Saint Anthony Things to Do
Even if you are only passing through Saint Anthony (which is hard to do, since it sits at the northern tip of the Newfoundland), you must take a few minutes to stop and see the Jordi Bonet murals inside Charles S. Curtis Memorial Hospital.
Found in the rotunda behind the main entrance, the ceramic murals depict the culture and history of the people of Newfoundland and Labrador. While some of the panels are quite realistic and straightforward, others are more abstract, which makes the available brochure all the more useful.
Jordi Bonet was born in Barcelona, Spain and his Catalan influences are fairly obvious in the murals.Related to:
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An essential part of any visit to St. Anthony is to take a boat tour, whether you want to see marine animals, birds or icebergs.
We took a tour with Northland Discovery Boat Tours, a smoothly-run father-and-son business (the father is a former fisherman, while the son studied in marine biology). The commentary was to the point and the tour was adapted to the visitors: when we spotted an iceberg out at sea and people asked to be taken close to the iceberg, that is exactly what the captain did, even though this meant abandoning what had so far been a fruitless search for whales. Not only did we end up very close to the iceberg, we even went "iceberg-hunting", with the son (whose name I forget, unfortunately) catching a chunk of ice with his net and then breaking it up into small pieces so we could have some as popsicles!
Bring something warm to wear on the ship, since it gets quite cold out at sea! Also, it is important to check out the "Schedule/Rates" section of the Northland Discovery Boat Tours website (to be found below) to know what sighting to expect during any given season.Related to:
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Fishing Point Head has four different hiking trails. All but one are short and easy enough for most people to enjoy, but hiking enthusiasts will no doubt wish to do the Santana Trail, which includes a 476-step stairway to Fishing Point Lookout and its outstanding views (not to mention its curiously-located distance marker).Related to:
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Saint Anthony Off The Beaten Path
In the early days of the Cold War, a radar station that was part of Pinetree Line, a short-lived system designed to quickly detect potential Soviet bomber attacks on North America, was built in Saint Anthony. According to Wikipedia, "the early 1950s radar technology quickly became outdated and the line was in full operation only for a short time," but the ruins of the station are still there today for everyone (who knows of this offbeat site) to visit.
Access is by a rough gravel road via American Drive on the east side of town. Drive for a couple of kilometres and you'll get to the highest point around. There are foundations of old buildings everywhere and, on a clear day, outstanding vistas all around.Related to:
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