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Jul 25, 2015 - Ferryland

The news media here are saying that this is the coldest July in recent history in Newfoundland. It has definitely been chilly. But worse than that it has been windy and wet. The weather has curtailed our outside activities for the last several days. Instead we have caught a couple of movies in St. John and attended a dinner theatre in Ferryland. The weather looks much better during the upcoming week so we have extended our stay two days and will be here until Thursday morning. The Dinner Theater was pretty good and we had a chance to talk...

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Jul 5, 2014 - Ferryland and hurricanes. . .sort of.

Today was a trip out to Ferryland and the Colony of Avalon, which, in 1621, is one of the oldest settlements by the English in the New World. Started by George Calvert, Lord Baltimore (the father of Cecil Baltimore, for whom Baltimore, Maryland was founded), the colony lasted for about a decade before the extreme cold, disease, and oh, yeah, the French drove them out. Great little walking tour, and I got to see some fantastic artifacts, as well. Other bit of news: the first hurricane of the Atlantic season is due to hit Newfoundland tonight...

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Aug 17, 2012 - Ferryland

August 17, 2012 – Ferryland, NFLD After leaving St. Johns, we took the Irish Loop (I have Irish in me). This takes us to Witless Bay Ecological Reserve and then to Ferryland. We are interested in the on-going dig there. Ferryland is one of the oldest European settlements in North America. The Colony of Avalon, as it was named was founded in the 1620s by Lord Baltimore, whose family later founded the American colony of Maryland. The archaeological dig has uncovered thousands of artifacts (actually they have recovered over one million), the...

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Jul 21, 2012 - St. John's, NL to Ferryland, NL

Well, I can hardly wait for today. Sure I will be buying a sweatshirt. It is such lovely weather today. We went out to Witless Bay Ecological Reserve. The reserve contains North America's largest Atlantic puffin colony! More than 260,000 pairs of the province's official bird nest here during the late spring and summer. In addition, black-legged kittiwakes and common murres appear in the thousands. That is where they told us not to look up and open our mouths!!! LOL. The adorable little puffins were bobbing around all over the sea and the...

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Aug 1, 2010 - Ferryland, Newfoundland

8/1 A short drive of 44 miles (PH10) brought us from Mount Pearl to Ferryland, Newfoundland. We had just started the Irish Loop which is the costal highway around the peninsula south of St John’s. Our stop for the night was the parking lot for the Colony of Avalon Visitor Center. In 1621 a settlement was founded in Ferryland for George Calvert. In 1638 Sir David Kirke and his family took up residence in this settlement. Over the last twenty years archaeologists have labored to uncover the remains of this lost settlement and have uncovered a...

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Aug 22, 2009 - Ferryland

We picked a sunny day to make the Irish loop - a drive through a section of Newfoundland which is as Irish as Ireland itself. We saw the Irish flag flying from many houses, and a lot of O'Briens and O'Malleys on mailboxes. We found many beautiful vistas, but the highlight was Ferryland where there was a lighthouse. We wondered why so many people were walking the mile path to the lighthouse - there was a company there that had a picnic business out of the lighthouse. They gave you a picnic basket with your choice of lunches and a mason jar...

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Aug 6, 2009 - St. Mary's, NL - Colony of Avalon

(Ron Writing) Our overnight parking spot was a little noisy with intermittent traffic most of the night. Other than that it was a great spot. We left Witless Bay this morning and continued south on Hwy. 10, also called the Irish Loop Scenic Route. We drove to the town of Ferryland to tour the site of Lord Baltimore’s Colony of Avalon which he founded in 1621. This is one of the most well preserved and richest archeological sites of any very early European settlement in North America. The archeological excavation is ongoing and yields...

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Aug 27, 2008 - Ferryland, NL (The Colony of Avalon)

It was raining lightly this morning, but we got ready and headed south on #10 to Ferryland anyway. The current-day town of Ferryland is located on the site of The Colony of Avalon which was established by the English Lord Baltimore in 1621. Lord Baltimore hired men to build the colony to the highest standards of the day, working on it for several years before he moved his family to Avalon. The family only stayed a little over one year; finding the weather and living conditions too harsh, despite the many luxuries they enjoyed. Lord...

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Sep 6, 2007 - St. John's to Ferryland, Newfoundland

One thing about Newfoundland is that there is no consistancy in the weather. Yesterdays beautify day was replaced with 8C and drizzle this morning. We planned on riding down the Irish Loop of the Avalon peninsula to Trepasey. The weather network showed the temperature at Trepassey as -2C at 8:00 AM. We hung around until 11:00 AM when the rain stopped and decided to head south anyway. We stopped at Wallmart on the way out of St. John's and bought Janine some winter gloves since hers are just thin leather. I felt a little guilty since I have...

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Aug 26, 2006 - The Avalon Penisula and the Irish Loop

We spent three days exploring the Avalon Penisula along the Irish Loop. We had a picnic at the Lighthouse in Ferryland, watched fishermen catching squid, enjoyed a numver of trails at La Manche Provincial Park and Mistaken Point and saw caribou in the distance.

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