Mel And Nancy trip to Maritime Provences travel blog

Moving the house during resettlement

Mel and Nancy cooking the bread

sitting in red chairs in front of lighthouse


history of the french shore

A 284 mile drive up the west coast of Newfoundland (The Newfoundlanders refer to this, their island home, as “The Rock”, and to people like us as people from “away”). We arrived Port Au Choix Nfld. (pronounced Port-o-Choy), or (Port of Choice). This is near the center of the west coast or the “Northern Peninsula. Our RV site was face on to the sea about one hundred feet from the blowing angry surf. After 48 hours here we had salt in places where we didn’t know we had places. The RV slides were pulled in and during the night we lost our limited shore power several times. We rocked and we rolled.

7 July 18

Port Au Choix was a french fishing port during the treaty period from 1713 to 1904 when France had exclusive fishing rights to this area which is referred to as the French Shore. Many French fishermen have settled here, the history of which can be seen at the “French Rooms Cultural Center” museum.

This area is where we first began to learn about resettlement programs from 1954 to 1975 when the government paid about $300 per family for people to move from isolated areas to larger more easily sustained and supported communities. These programs resulted in 300 settlements being abandoned and 28,000 people being relocated. Some families moved everything they owned including floating their house to the new town and new location.

This general area begins what is referred to as the “Viking Trail” where the Viking history and lore influences what is prominent today. Viking stuff is more apparent as we go north.

The “Long Range” mountains of western Newfoundland that run north to south along this northern peninsula are known to be the northern part of the Appalachian Trail which starts in Georgia and extends northward all the way to the northern tip of Newfoundland. Continental drift caused the break between the mainland and the island of Newfoundland, “The Rock”.

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