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Aug 7, 2010 - Northeast Coast of Newfoundland

We spent a few days in the fishing village of Twillingate (all villages along the coast are fishing villages). When the Canadian government implemented the cod moratorium in 1992, 60,000 people in NL lost their jobs overnight. Newfoundland has spent the last 18 years trying to re-invent itself. Most young people have to leave in order to find work in other parts of Canada. One of the local personalities when asked why there are no jobs in Newfoundland, he replied that we finished all of our work now we are going to other parts of Canada to...

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Aug 6, 2010 - Twillingate, Newfoundland

Our ferry ride across the Straits of Belle Isle from Labrador to Newfoundland was smooth as glass. We enjoyed our drive after we arrived back in Newfoundland as we drove along the coast looking at the silky sea. We spent the night at Shallow Bay Campground in Gros Morne and saw one of the best beaches in this province...sandy beach and sandy, shallow swimming area. Some of the local Newfies were swimming, but we didn't try it! The following day we bid Gros Morne National Park good-bye after making a couple more picturesque stops and...

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Jul 21, 2010 - Twillingate, NL

7-21-10 Twillingate, Newfoundland From St. John’s, we headed for Bonavista, NL. It is a wonderful little fishing community and is supposed to be the site where John Cabot landed in 1497. There is a great lighthouse with an island nearby which is mostly populated with puffins. We explored the town, including a former salt cod plant, the replica of Cabot’s boat the Mathew, the Mockbeggar Plantation (a well-off homestead!), and “The Dungeon Rock” (a cave with two openings to the sea and a collapsed roof). We also got “Screeched-In” which makes...

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Jul 16, 2010 - Twillingate, Newfoundland

7/16 – 7/25 It took us three days to drive the 429 miles to Twillingate, Newfoundland (PH430, PH1, PH340). The first night we stopped at a rest area in Saint Pauls. We stopped there so we could take the Western Brook Pond boat trip in Gros Morne National Park. We did not take this boat trip the first time through because of lousy weather. Well, the weather was not that much better but we enjoyed this boat trip along an inland fjord with 2000 foot mountains and waterfalls on both sides. The second night we stopped at a roadside pull-off in...

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Jun 5, 2010 - To Twillingate, NL

Drove East on the TCH and turned up PH 390 to Springdale, looked around and ate breakfast at Marie’s Motel. Got back on TCH, stopped at Irving in Grand Falls for diesel, propane, and free water fill. Stopped at information center at Notre Dame Junction and drove up PH 430 towards Twillingate. By then, the temperature was up to 72F and the sun was out. Went to the Beothuk Archeological Center at Boyd’s Cove – very interesting. Finally drove on to Twillingate. Linda got a fish sampler which included cod tongues with scrunchin crust (she...

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Sep 15, 2009 - Twillingate,NFLD

September 15 – Tuesday It was another sunny morning as we started our day viewing the “Matthew”, a replica of a small wooden ship that sailed from Bristol, England in 1497 with the Italian explorer Giovanni Cabot and landed on the shore of Newfoundland at Cape Bonavista. Leaving Bonavista we followed scenic Route 235 along Blackhead Bay over the windy, hilly roads enjoying more views of the countryside and the bay. The side roads are rather bumpy so we were glad to get onto the TCH again and have smooth roads for awhile. Stopping at Terra...

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Sep 11, 2009 - Twillingate NL

From Grand Falls, highway 1 and 340 lead northeast to the bustling commercial centre of Lewisporte a popular tuna-fishing base. (Our camping destination for our trek north to Twillingate). The "Road to the Isles" begins...a series of bridges and causeways crossing Dildo Run, linking the mainland with Chapel, New World and South Twillingate islands. We were too late in the season to experience the giant icebergs off Long Point Lighthouse usually drifting with the Labrador Current in June and July. We had a primary purpose to visit...

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Aug 13, 2009 - Twillingate

We made our way to Twillingate and got set up in time to go look about town. We found the lighthouse which had unbelievable views to add to a neat light. The next day to drove the Road to the Shore loop. We found more picturesque harbors, interesting people to talk to, delicious bakery shops, and beaches. The star of the trip was Newtown, the Venice of Newfoundland since it is built on 17 islands and connected by bridges & canals. We stopped by Gander's Silent Witness Memorial at the Dec 1985 crash site of a charter flight. There were no...

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Jul 25, 2009 - Twillingate, NL (Day 10) - Dinner at Central United Church

(Ron Writing) The forecast was rain today but it was bright and sunny this morning. It did get cloudy in the afternoon but it didn’t rain and the temperature was perfect. This morning we attended a performance by the “Split Peas”. It’s one of the more popular groups here. It consists of 7 local ladies who all sing and play various instruments. Most of their music is traditional Irish and Newfoundland style. They put on a great concert. This afternoon we went to the arena for awhile and listened to a performance by two Newfoundland...

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Jul 24, 2009 - Twillingate, NL (Day 9) - Elena Goes Sailing

(Ron Writing) We had beautiful weather and enjoyed another fun day at the festival. This morning we walked down to the wharf to see the Bowdoin, two-masted sailing ship that was built around 1903. It was originally a Canadian ship built for Arctic exploration but it is now based in Maine and used as a training vessel by the Maritime Academy. The crew of 16 that sails the ship are nearly all students of the academy. We listened to a short drama presentation on the dock. It told a story about Captain Bob Bartlett, one of the early Arctic...

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Jul 23, 2009 - Twillingate, NL (Day 8) - Jigg's Dinner, Parade, Entertainment

(Ron Writing) This afternoon we watched the festival parade as it passed just a block from our campsite. After the parade we went to the hockey arena where we looked around the craft booths and then watched part of the opening ceremonies. We had dinner at the Cozy Tea Room & Bakery. It’s a very small restaurant with just nine tables. Each day they have a special menu item and on Thursdays it’s a traditional Newfoundland dish called Jigg’s Dinner. Our Jigg’s dinner had rutabaga, potatoes, carrots, mashed/boiled yellow peas, pumpkin pickles,...

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Jul 22, 2009 - Twillingate and Eastport

Twillingate A short day today from Gander up to Twillingate. Feels like a large fishing town. Lots of harbour space, all the houses along the ocean, roads up and down the rocky coast, Town centre along the harbour. We were able to visit a few tourist attractions, and finished off the evening at a dinner theatre. One of the more interesting attractions was a 150 year old United Church which was abandoned by it’s congregation in favour of a new church, and which was bought by local people aiming to keep the old church and it’s organ. A really...

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