2008 Keys 2 Canada travel blog

mist rising off the sea at Grates Cove

this is the view we had at lunch

after lunch a walk on the moor

Partridgeberries show up better but they're not as good as the blueberries

high country water

despite the altitude there is water standing here - creating the bog

this sphagnum moss creates layers of peat so thick that they hold...

Grates Cove - and beyond it Grates Point from which you can...

Grates Cove

Grates Point (where the swimmers line up)

the church where they go to pray for a safe swim

our lunch spot on the hill by the cemetery - where we...

hillside of The Town With a View-Bay de Verde

some of the view

more of the view

gull enjoying the view



Miss Angela sports a picture of a cod for good luck

these boats don't waste much time on graphics

they put their faith in nets

which they work on and care for almost constantly

the pier is a good place to work

gulls watch the process with some interest

some pacing back and forth waiting for the fish

jellies float along showing no interest whatsoever

some in no particular hurry

while others are actively fleeing the scene

a few miles down the coast we got this view back at...

and the beautiful point it inhabits

our campground at Northern Bay

it feels good to walk on a beach again

where others have walked before us

can't you just feel our joy?

the beach is home to this lovely stream

which flows continuously but goes no farther than this on the surface...

seaweed washes ashore here

in several varieties

there is also this beautiful cascade

flowing over the rocks

and out to sea

it's good to see shorebirds again too!

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Beach Waterfall

Wednesday afternoon - September 3

The farthest end of the peninsula is Grates Point. We stopped for lunch at an overlook with a magnificent view of Grates Cove and Grates Point - which is said to be one of the closest points to Europe on the North American Continent. Here you are only 1,600 miles from Ireland!

After lunch we took a mile hike over a high country bog that was lush with fat wild blueberries and partridgeberries for the picking. in a few seconds you could pick a whole handfull of blueberries, which you could then cram into your mouth all at once for the ultimate blueberry experience! Is it any wonder we’ve fallen in love with Newfoundland?

From Grates Cove we continued exploring the communities at the end of the peninsula. First was Red Head Cove, where all we found was a steep grade and a road so narrow that we were forced to back into someone’s driveway (something I hate) and then make a half dozen maneuvers to get turned around.

The next place was a real town, however, and there we found a place to park so we could get out and walk the piers. It was the town of Bay de Verde which calls itself ‘The Town With a View’. A title that could be as easily applied to almost any town on the Newfoundland coast. Still - Bay de Verde’s view is more spectacular than most, the town straddling a rocky outcropping that has one face on the bay and the other out to sea.

We found a parking place on a gravel turnout overlooking the marina, and we took a walk down to the pier. These are heavy duty working boats, and while some were unloading at the processing plant, others had their nets stretched out on the pier so the crew could work on them. I talked to one man splicing cable. He talked as he worked and told me that now that the cod fishery is closed for the season, they are dragging for shrimp.

The air over the pier was thick with gulls, and the turgid water revealed two types of jellyfish languishing along in the film of oil and pollution. We took pictures for a while and then returned to the RV and headed south. The drive was a nice one that took us along the eastern shore of the peninsula where we had some awesome views.

We finally found a campground in the tiny community of Northern Bay, which with it’s sister community of Western Bay lie on the east shore on one of the few sandy beaches to be found in the province. We scored a site right on the beach, and once again we were lulled to sleep by the sound of the Atlantic surf rolling in. We have had that good fortune all the way from Florida to Labrador, and it is something we will really miss as we start south on a more inland route. For now we are enjoying it all we can.

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