2008 Keys 2 Canada travel blog

Trout River bay front

entry to the harbor is behind the jetty

boys being boys

the collapsed boardwalk

Trout River waterfront

the other side of the bay

parking was not hard to find

the other end of the boardwalk

washing on the line

some of the buildings are in need of repair

some of the docks need repair too

lobster traps

no one is out on the sea today

a variety of floats

homes have a view of the bay

they start fishing young

kids learn the skills working with their fathers


boats are painted and there is no rust

even the skiffs

this a colorful harbor

men were working on some of the boats

I stopped to talk to the men working on this boat

they were friendly and answered my questions

it is a lot of work to keep these boats seaworthy and...

this harbor has a good feel to it

net with lead sinkers

ready for Monday

lobster traps

crab traps

very different from our west coast traps

the road back to the center of the park

a beautiful drive

trail to the falls

there are several types of plants with red berries

there is not a lot of water in the falls

but enough to make it worth the walk to see it

good habitat but not a lot of wildlife

Madolyn's favorite sign

the road to Rocky Harbour

over that hill

Mattie Mitchell

the Mi'kmaq used to make the voyage from Nova Scotia to Newfoundland...

old photo of Mitchell

creek along the walk

the signs were in three languages, English, French and Mi'kmaq


ready to head for the campground

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The village of Trout River looks to the sea - Sunday, August 10

Two kilometers from the campground is the village of Trout River, named for the stream that feeds Trout Pond. It’s a small fishing village that faces the source of it’s livelihood, the Gulf of St. Lawrence. Trout River exists on the cod and crab fishery, one that has not deserted them yet. The village is not prosperous but it’s hanging on. The boats are painted and clean, and the fishermen are dressed for the weather and proud.

We parked on the waterfront and got out to walk the boardwalk that runs the length of the town. To the south it is collapsed and you can’t use it to get to the wharf. A couple of boys were down on the beach doing what boys love to do - throw stones into the water. We turned back and headed for the other end.

On the way we met a nice couple we had seen on the ferry crossing. Ken and Mary are from Ontario and they are here on vacation. We spent a nice half hour talking with them and comparing notes on travel. They are driving a Road Trek and traveling a lot lighter than we are. One of the good things about travel is this kind of chance meetings with friendly and interesting people. We hope our paths cross again some day.

We walked on to the other end of the boardwalk, accompanied for a while by a young man who had been out on the beach partying last night with some friends. He had lost something when they threw him up in the air and he was back to look for it. He was still pretty drunk, but friendly and reasonably functional.

From the end of the boardwalk we returned to the main street and followed it to the wharf. The pictures tell the story of what we saw. I talked to some of the fishermen and learned that with the fuel expenses what they are, like the west coast fishermen they too are having to pool their resources and share boats to make ends meet. It is a hard life, but at least they do not have to go as far out to sea as some of the west coasters. They said they go out from three to twenty miles to get cod, which is their main livelihood.

We returned to our RV and headed back the way we’d come yesterday, stopping again at the Discovery Center to look at their displays on the Tablelands. It means a lot more now that we’ve seen them. From there we retraced our route back out to Highway 430 and turned toward Rocky Harbour, a town in the heart of Gros Morne National Park.

On the way we stopped to take two short hikes, one to see a waterfall and the other to walk a trail dedicated to Mattie Mitchell, a native (or First Nation as they refer to them in Canada) guide noted at the turn of the century for his knowledge and expertise. We also stopped at the park Visitor Center were we watched an excellent video on the park, and one on Labrador.

We drove on in to Rocky Harbour and found a nice RV park with WiFi, so we settled in for the night and worked on line until the network went down - and then watched the Olympics. They only get one channel here but it comes in very clearly on the antenna. Tomorrow - more of the park.

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