Our trip to Newfoundland 2009 travel blog

Durrell

Salmon

Salmon ladder

West Brook Pond

West Brook Pond

Perry's from Huntsville

West Brook Pond

West Brook Pond

S.S. Ettie

S.S. Ettie

Tizzard's Harbour

West Brook Pond

West Brook Pond

West Brook Pond

West Brook Pond

West Brook Pond

West Brook Pond


Sunday

Raining and overcast today.

Taking it easy today and the best way to do that is to have your breakfast and watch Coronation Street.

We went into Twillingate and took the Auk winery tour and checked out the Durrell Museum. From the museum you could see huge chunks of an iceberg that broke up that morning. Apparently it was a good thing no tour boats were around because it caused a very large wave when it calved and flipped.

We stopped at the Prime Berth and Bill sang us a few Newfoundland songs which was great. We said our good-byes to Christine, Dave and Bill and headed home to Tizzard’s Harbour.

Dave and I went for a walk along the coast after supper, found a lot of busted up lobster traps, it was a nice walk. But then when hasn’t it been.

Monday

Rain/drizzle

Travel day today.

We left Tizzard’s Harbour and headed west for Grose Morne.

We stopped in Grand Falls-Windsor and visited the Salmonid Interpretative Centre. It had an amazing salmon ladder and at the top a viewing window so you could see the salmon. They showed us a short film and how and why they were doing all this with a partnership with DFO (Dept. of fishieries & Oceans) Instead of a daily limit they have a coloured tag system and can only take 6 salmon per year at certain times of the year. They also have a very good educational system to have the school kids raise the fry in an aquarium and then release them, this seems to stop or deter the legacy of poaching salmon as they feel more responsible for their fish’s lives.

We then headed to Gros Morne.

It was funny, as we travelled from Lewisport, the topography and terrain changed; it looked like we were travelling through Northwestern Ontario as it was mostly birch, poplar, spruce & fir. Even the accent seemed to disappear. It doesn’t feel like were in NFLD anymore.

We found a cabin and stayed in Wiltondale, just outside of Gros Morne National Park.

Tuesday

Sunny and warm

Packed up and headed into the park.

We stopped at the Information Centre and checked out the things to do. We finally decided to take the Western Brook Pond boat tour at 1:00. It was a 3 km trail & boardwalk through stunted forest and peat bogs to the boat that takes you into the fjord. They crammed about 70 people onto this boat and we were off for our 2.5 hour tour of the fjord. It was beautiful, the height of the fjord was around 2000 feet and the deepest spot in the lake was over 500 feet deep. As with any of our pictures they don’t do the scenery justice. Once we made it to the end of the fjord and we were returning the boat picked up a few knots and people who were not dressed properly were frozen. The once crowded bow and stern were now only occupied with people who dressed properly as everyone else was in the covered part of the boat. Dave had the entire bow to himself and I stayed at the stern taking pictures of the fjords. Mum & Dad were also in the stern taking a few pictures and chatting with the Perry family who are from Huntsville. When we returned back to shore we headed back on the trail and saw 2 moose, we had seen one on the way in but Dad said it didn’t count as it was too far away.

We stopped at the S.S. Ettie wreck site and walked along the beach, as if we hadn’t had enough walking for one day. Once again, beautiful.

We checked into our next cabin and called it a day.



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