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Jul 11, 2018 - L'Anse aux Meadows, Newfoundland

The drive north along the coast has been a combination of sun, stunning views, and wind. By day three we are in St. Anthony just outside of L’Anse aux Meadows at the northern tip of the northern peninsula. We start out in fair weather with lots of stops along the way but end up in a howling gale with horizontal rain about 3 hours into our drive. It gets more remote as we move north but we start to see see what can only be described as tilled garden plots scattered along the side of the highway, some are in the middle of nowhere. We are told...

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Jul 10, 2018 - Whale watching and Iceberg viewing

A cold, windy cloudy morning for a boat ride in an open boat to see whales and ice bergs 5 miles offshore. We dressed warmly in our woolies and rain gear. By the time we left the harbor the sun was out and we were hot and shedding layers. The Newfies say that you can experience every season in a day and we pretty much did today. It turned out to be a great boat ride with whale sightings and watching and over a dozen ice bergs. We toured around the largest berg about 5 miles offshore which was partially hidden in the fog. Beautiful and...

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Jul 9, 2018 - Norstead Village & Viking Port of Trade & L'Anse Aux Meadows Historic Site

This day began with a visit to “Norstead Village and Viking Port of Trade” across the road from “L’Anse Aux Meadows” National Historic Site, the “Land of the Vikings. Norstead Village is a reconstructed 980-1,000AD Viking settlement or village called “Vinland”. There are several huts or structures including a blacksmiths shop, a chapel, a store room and most significant, a longhouse that includes accommodations, cooking space and separate crafts and working spaces. The structures have wood and stone walls with wooden pole roofs covered with...

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Jul 8, 2018 - Travel to St. Lunaire-Griquet / St Anthony

July 8 138 Miles of pot holes on the drive north to St. Lunaire-Griquet near St Anthony Nfld. Nancy says she felt like a bobble-head doll by the time we arrived. This is the center of Viking Nors country. Along the Viking Trail, the highway 430 north and other roads in the north, we saw many gardens along the roadsides where there are no homes around. There is so little topsoil in Newfoundland “The Rock”, that garden plants can’t be grown successfully. When roads are built the top soil is pushed back along the right of ways and the local...

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Sep 29, 2017 - Nova Scotia

We've left behind the land of the jig and cod and now we're in the land of the long front yard and blazing (autumn leaf) roadsides. They are experiencing something of a heatwave here. We seem to be bringing it with us and the daily maximum is around 30 when the average is usually more like 17. They're all enjoying summer’s last hurrah. We've found Nova Scotia to be something of an anti climax. We remembered the Cape Breton trail as the best coastal road in the world but it's a long second after what we've seen in Newfoundland. Mr Romance...

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Sep 23, 2017 - Guest blogger Jim, reporting.............

Three words to describe Newfoundland - rugged, surprising and unforgettable but all of these words may be applied to an unusual aspect of the island, its POTHOLES. Hilarious but true. Some roads are just potholes, we found our top three locations but truth is at any time there is a large one waiting to capture the unwary. The federally financed roads through the National Parks are of course the exception. Driving in Newfoundland can be dangerous and everyone has their own tactics to miss the potholes but at least you don't fall asleep at...

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Sep 21, 2017 - The Bonavista Peninsula

We're now onto our final peninsula, the Bonavista Peninsula before we return to St Johns after nearly 7000 krilometres. This is about as touristy as you get in Newfoundland. We've now been away for nearly a month, the half way mark. This is the area where the filming of the Shipping News took place and more recently The Grand Seduction. Both Bonavista and Trinity have long associations with Britain both for military and trading reasons. It was said that the entire British fleet could anchor in Trinity Bay and I've seen the picture to prove...

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Sep 18, 2017 - Gros Morne

AWESOME. I haven’t used that word since the Perito Moreno glacier in Argentina but Gros Morne National Park is the sparkling jewel in the Canadian National Parks crown already studded with many precious gems. In fact Gros Morne demanded a first in blog writing history, a movie, since photos don't adequately convey the grandeur and majesty of the mountains, the shimmering cobalt of the water and the sweeping highs and lows of the immaculately maintained roads which traverse the park. Unfortunately this will need to wait until I can master...

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Sep 13, 2017 - Caution! Content may cause distress to some people

Newfoundland is a dangerous place to be a moose right now. Sunday marked the start of the moose hunting season and there was clear evidence of this as we drove the Viking Trail to Northern Newfoundland. Up and down the highway trucks were slowly driving with men in orange jackets scanning the woodlands. We were told they have such keen eyes they can see them from the road. One man told us he counted 49 one time as he drove to the airport from his home In St. Anthony. On the side of the road two men butchering a moose, further up two more...

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Aug 12, 2017 - Whales & Dolphins!

We slept in this morning and got fed a pancake breakfast by Adventure Caravan. I supplied some blueberries for the last bunch of eaters. People started showing up at 8:45 for breakfast to be served between 9 and 10! I got a knock on my door that I will miss out if I don’t get there and it was 9:15! Ah, but Connie and Nancy came over at 9:50 when they were putting things away! There were pancakes already made though, so all was good. We left the “parking lot” for the tip of the peninsula and the town of St. Anthony late morning. Since we...

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Jul 13, 2017 - prettiest road yet!

Our 4 nights in Rocky Harbour had been great and we really like this little town but it was time to head north to St. Anthony and L’Anse aux Meadows. Originally our plan had been to explore this area as soon as we hit NFLD but because of lousy weather at that time we decided to leave it to the end in the hopes for better weather. This decision turned out perfectly as it dawns warm with blue skies in the morning as we start off on the picturesque drive up the west coast. The road is as good as any we have travelled and before we know it we...

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Aug 8, 2015 - St. Anthony

Yesterday was a long day made longer, because the ferry boat from Labrador had something wrong with it and could not go at top speed. We were supposed to be back in St. Barbe by 9:30, but it was closer to 11pm by the time when we followed our flashlight beams back to the rig. So we were extra grateful that today’s drive was a mere 75 miles and we didn’t get on the road until noon. The sun shone brightly and the blue water sparkled as we drove along the shore. It wasn’t long before a town with a light house caught our eye and we stopped in...

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