We traveled a total of 154 miles on our Labrador excursion, a little over 40 of those was on the ferry (over and back) that crosses the Strait of Belle Isle that separates Newfoundland from Labrador. I may not have mentioned before that Newfoundland and Labrador are one province in Canada, hence the designation NL in their addresses. The ferry actually arrives in Blanc-Sabon, Quebec but it is a very short drive before you cross into Labrador.
We first went through L'Anse au Clair which is the first community you come to in Labrador and then we went on to L'Anse Amour, about 13 miles further, to check in before heading on North to Red Bay, which is the location of the Red Bay National Historic Site
. The historic site is about Red Bay being the site of Basque whaling done in the late 1500s and early 1600s. They have found the remains of a Basque galleon just offshore and from research it appears (but cannot be positive) to be the ship San Juan which was lost in 1565 after its mooring lines had broken in a storm while it was fully loaded with whale oil. They have also recovered and rebuilt a Chalupa boat that was used in whale hunting. These small boats are only about 15 feet long and they would pursue and kill whales that were ever so much larger and tow them back to shore for processing.
We then returned to our B&B at L'Anse Amour
. The tiny community of L'Anse Amour consists of three homes, the middle one being the Lighthouse Cove B&B, all part of the Davis family which has occupied this area for over 150 years. The B&B is owned by Rita and Cecil Davis, who are currently the senior members of the family residing here. Rita is 72 and Cecil is 81 but you would think they are at least 15-20 years younger by their actions. Rita's mother who is 95 also lives with them and is in excellent health. Their diet is largely fish and vegetables which I am sure contributes to their longevity. They were very gracious hosts and we enjoyed their company immensely as we learned of the ways they grew up and have lived here for so long. Rita and her mother had many stories to tell us.
We have found the people of Newfoundland and Labrador to be most gracious in all their actions. Most live in small communities on the coast and get most of their livelihood from fishing. They are very hard working but never in a hurry and willing to chat with you for as long as you want, answering any questions us foolish tourists have, no matter how many times they have heard it before. They have been the friendliest of anywhere we have been, USA or otherwise.