Ron & Elena's 2007-2010 Travels travel blog

Newtown, NL

The beautiful Anglican Church stands as a beautiful prominent landmark on the...




The church was open so we had a look at the inside.



No stained glass but the windows are beautiful.

Some very old monuments in the adjoining graveyard. So many Newfoundland men...

Some more views of the "Venice of Newfoundland".





We're not sure what these wild flowers are but we see them...

Tonight Elena whipped up this very delicious seafood stew using some of...

(Ron Writing) We left our beautiful boondocking site this morning and continued south on Hwy 330 to Newtown, NL. Newtown is on the most easterly side of this large arm of Newfoundland. It faces the open Atlantic in a very beautiful setting. It’s sometimes called “The Venice of Newfoundland” because of its many narrow waterways that run through the town. More accurately, the town is built on the strips of rock that jut out into the ocean. We enjoyed a walk around the town. There are many old buildings there which are open for touring with guides and in-period actors but we decided not to take that tour.

We continued southwest on Hwy 320 which runs through several coastal towns and through beautiful forest land dotted with many lakes. At Gambo we took Trans Canada Hwy (TCH) south to Terra Nova National Park. TCH continues south through the center of the national park. Several people told us that there really isn’t much to see or do in the national park other than a few hiking trails. It is the most beautiful forest land we’ve seen on Newfoundland. Most of the forests we’ve seen here have rather short pine trees but there the trees are much larger.

A little south of Terra Nova National Park drove on Hwy 230 east onto the Bonavista Peninsula. At South Bay we took 235 northeast which runs right along the Bonavista Bay. About this time it was getting late and we started looking for a spot to spend the night. After about a half-hour we saw an out-of-business dance bar with a nice level paved parking lot. It’s well off the highway and this highway has very little traffic at night. It’s out in the country a few miles northeast of Summerville just before the small town of Plate Cove East. We’re across the highway from the Discovery Trail Motel (48.47134, -53.51868).

We started the morning with a heavy overcast but by afternoon we were getting some periods of sunshine. Now at dusk the sky is completely clear – hope that holds out for tomorrow. Temperatures varied from the mid 60’s to the mid 70’s depending on location as we traveled.

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