Exploring Canadian Backroads Coast to Coast 2007 travel blog

A little backroad we found near Trepassey

The coastline near Trepassey

The coastline near Trepassey

This is souther Newfoundland, not the arctic, but it looks identical

The beach near St. Vincent's

The beach near St. Vincent's

This miniature town was in a yard along the highway

The cliffs at Cape St. Mary's Ecological Reserve, Newfoundland

Cape St. Mary's Ecological Reserve, Newfoundland

Gannets - Cape St. Mary's Ecological Reserve, Newfoundland

Gannets - Cape St. Mary's Ecological Reserve, Newfoundland

Gannets - Cape St. Mary's Ecological Reserve, Newfoundland

Gannets - Cape St. Mary's Ecological Reserve, Newfoundland

Gannets - Cape St. Mary's Ecological Reserve, Newfoundland

Gannets - Cape St. Mary's Ecological Reserve, Newfoundland

Cape St. Mary's Ecological Reserve, Newfoundland


This was the second day in a row we awoke to sunny skies; a record of sorts for us lately.

The plan was to finish exploring the Irish Loop today, then the Cape Route the next day, arriving in Placentia Sunday night to catch the ferry to Nova Scotia Monday night. Unfortunately we covered the entire distance to Placentia in one day, leaving two full days ahead of us before the ferry leaves.

The reason we moved so quickly is that the terrain changed dramatically as we approached Trepassey yesterday and it stayed that way for the rest of the Irish Loop and much of the Cape Route. The rocky shores and wooded hills gave way to vast expanses of tundra; At least that is what it looked like. At one point I took a picture that is so close to some of the shots I took near Prudhoe Bay, Alaska that I will have to look at the dates to tell them apart. In fact in this area they have a herd of caribou, just like the northern tundra of Alaska.

Needless to say there was not a lot to explore here and we covered the ground fairly quickly. The highlight of the day was a visit to St. Mary's ecological reserve. This is a breeding ground for large colony's of sea birds, most notably gannets. You can hike along the towering cliffs and at one point get with-in about 100 ft of the nesting site. It is absolutely spectacular to sit and watch thousands of birds in one place like this, tending to their young. This was a once in a lifetime experience.

By the time we reached Placentia it was about 6:00 PM, cold and starting to rain. We found a room in the only hotel in town, which was far from being a "class joint" and settled in to plan for the next two days, while waiting to get on the ferry.



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