Trinity to Bonavista, Newfoundland
Sep 2, 2007
|Although it was still cold and windy we could see patches of blue sky this morning so we decided to take our chances and head north to Bonavista at the top of the penisula. As it turned out the weather got gradually better all day but it was mid afternoon before the cold wind stopped and you could feel the warm of the sun.
Our first stop was at East Trinity across the bay from where we were staying. It is a lovely little fishing community withy plenty of colourful houses perched on the rocky hill above the bay.
We continued north to Port Union. This town is unusual in that it was entirely build and operated by the fishermen's union including a fish plant and all the supporting buildings in the town.
It it now basically a historic site but there is still some activity in the harbour. A huge barge with a hydraulic excavator and a long covered section was docked at the warf.
It is an ice berg harvester, used to collect ice from ice bergs floating by. The ice is then used to make Ice Berg brand vodka and also sold as Ice Berg bottled water. These people seem to always find way to make the most of the few resources they have.
From Port Union we headed to Elliston which has a Puffin colony just off shore and also boasts itself as the "Root celler capital of the world". Apparently this small community has 135 root cellers, some a couple of hundred years old.
The bird colony was down to a few hundred Puffins as opposed to the 6,000 that nest there during spring and early summer but we were able to see and photograph a few very close to shore.
The scenery was just fantastic at Elliston. Rugged rocky shore lines and cliffs with waves crashing below. The cold winds were still very strong but the beauty of this place made it fade from our conciousness while we were there. What a fantastic place, this Newfoundland.
At the tip of the penisula lies Bonnavista, where John Cabot landed and discovered New Founde Land in 1597, over 500 years ago. There is an exact replica of his ship docked at Bonavista. It is amazingly small. I can't imagine going to sea in such a small ship, not knowing where you might find land again.
From Bonavista we headed south along the west shore, stopped for a bite to eat at Susy's Cafe at Newman's bay, then made our way back to Trinity.
We had a great day despite the cool weather and are thankful we were able to stay in Trinity and experience the northern part of the Bonavista peninsula.