Fleeton Year of Adventure travel blog

Driving north through the park - a typical fishing village

Lobster Cove Lighthouse - there was moose poop on the trails down...

Incredible geology everywhere

Typical bayside cottages only used during their particular fishing season, with huge...

Firewood cutting areas - see my comments

Roadside gardens - see my comments again

St. Anthony Lighthouse - and nothing to see!

Taken from the narrowest spot on the Strait of Belleisle - the...


After a rest day or two (and some laundry) we left our campsite near Rocky Harbour in Gros Morne (pronounced Grow-Morn, by the way) and headed north towards the very top of Newfoundland. We saw so many picturesque little fishing villages along each bay and cove - most with picturesque names as well. And there were lighthouses all along the way, and huge piles of lobster traps (the season was over in the spring here), and other interesting sights. The firewood photo: we saw huge piles of firewood and logs everywhere in the western, northern, and interior parts of the island, and most piles had wagons and old fashioned sleighs beside them. We found out that for a $21 firewood use permit. you can harvest all the wood you want off Crown land. What people do is wait until the winter when the boggy land is much firmer, and then they go into the woods with their chainsaws on their snowmobiles, cut down the trees, and pull them out to the roadside on the sleighs, which fasten behind the skidoos. The wood is then cut up immediately into firewood lengths and carefully stacked on old pallets to season, or it's left piled in teepees for the whole logs to dry. The following fall (i.e. right now), the wood cutter comes back with his truck and/or trailer, and loads up the firewood to take to his house. Most people burn firewood full-time, and there are HUGE mountains of it in yards. And as fr the road-side gardens: most of the same areas of Newfoundland are all bedrock, so there is little soil for gardening. Where roads have been built, soil has often been shovelled out of the way and piled up to make room for the road, so people drive out from the towns and set up their own plots, first surrounding them with make-shift fencing (I assume to claim the patch and keep the moose out!) We saw lots of big cabbages and potato plants growing right beside the highway in very remote locations.

Near the top of the island we drove along where the Strait of Belleisle is the narrowest, where there is a ferry which goes over to Quebec where it meets Labrador. At one stretch we could actually faintly make out the coast of Labrador! When we reached the top of the island we went into St. Anthony. This is one of the lighthouses you sit under to watch the whales and the icebergs go by. Unfortunately, the whales are gone by September, and the icebergs have all melted by the end of July, so there goes that dream!



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