In the Labrador Straits region you will find the second tallest lighthouse in North America, the tallest in Atlantic Canada.
Just down a short trail from the lighthouse you will also find out why the lighthouse has been so important over the years and the remains of the HMS Lily and HMS Raleigh remain on the beach.
For a number of years the water in the area still contained explosive materials, in 2003 the Canadian Military properly dispossed of this remaining material.
I provided a web site link where you can learn more about the history of these disasters. I hope you enjoy this walk back in time. It is a great place to walk on the beach.
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The Labrador region is also home to one of the world's greatest sights, the northern lights or technically referred to as the Aurora Borealis. I'll give you a dictionary explanation here:
Aurora borealis, i. e., northern daybreak; popularly called northern lights. A luminous meteoric phenomenon, visible only at night, and supposed to be of electrical origin. This species of light usually appears in streams, ascending toward the zenith from a dusky line or bank, a few degrees above the northern horizon; when reaching south beyond the zenith, it forms what is called the corona, about a spot in the heavens toward which the dipping needle points.
Occasionally the aurora appears as an arch of light across the heavens from east to west. Sometimes it assumes a wavy appearance.
Here is a great picture, they are most common in the late fall and early winter months. I have seen the northern lights on a number of occassions and they are always amazing, especially when the literally seem to be dancing across the sky!!
The Labrador region is home to some of the world's rarest plants. Local economic developers in the region are currently documenting and interpreting these plants specifically in the Labrador Straits region.
Researchers from around the world have identified the area with amazing potential in this regard.
I provided one picture of from a local resident and directions to the center at the Point Amour Lighthouse.
So while exploring this region if you get out and explore the barren landscapes pay close attention to the flowers and fauna around you because chances are it is very rare or specific to the region.
The Crab Festival is the annual celebration of the crab fishery. There are lots of fun and prizes to be won for people of all ages. Entertainment provided throughout the course of the weekend. Canteen services are provided with beverages and BBQs. Dances for both young and old. Crowning of the crab king and queen.
This happens the first weekend in August of each year and makes for an excellent time. The opening evening with traditional seafood dishes is amazing and well worth the visit. Where in the world can you get so full on exotic seafood for $2.00 CDN??? The opening of the Mary's Harbour Crab Festival!!! In 2003 I was lucky enough to be picked as a judge for the event!
As long as it is not too windy a day, a hike up to the top Signal Hill is well worth the effort. the trail goes through the quirky little village of Battery Row with it's colorful houses and follow the often steep paths along the cliffs. Be careful, as I gingerly made my way up, joggers along the trail seem not to notice as they whized by me, the drop down if you happen to be careless and slip. There are a few fences and chain links attached to the rock face at the more narrower places.
They will give you a lot of information, sailings to other parts of Labrador, dates and prices of the ferries, etc. A lot of brochures and maps, for free. It was there that they gave me the address of the Friendship Center, the cheapest place to sllep in Goose Bay.
There is internet for free.
The building itself is very nice, wooden.
The two ladies in charge are most kind and helpful.
The drive to Trinity Bay where the set for the Mini series Random Passage is very beautiful. Please watch out for MOOSE. We saw two on the way. The set was beautiful. You really felt like one of the settlers that came over in the early 1800's. You could go inside the houses and church. They were all set up like the series with straw beds and tin bathtubs. Although we specifically started out for this place, I was also looking for a quilt. I saw a small little cardboard sign on the side of the road and we pulled up into a driveway of a tiny house filled with every craft you can imagine. She led me inside and showed me a room full of quilts. I was in my glory. She was a dear lady and we still exchange Christmas cards.
3 kms/1.8 miles trail along the bogs before reaching the ferry, if you are lucky, mooses could be sighted. Taking a 2.5 hour boat tour in the billion years fjord is a great experience.
Reservation is strongly recommended especially during the peak season.
Whilst visiting St. John's you should visit Bowring Park.
Bowring park abbutes Waterford River. The land was donated to St. John's as a public park by the Bowring family, and was officially opened in 1914 by the Duke of Glouster who planted a lime tree to celebrate the occassion.
There has long been a breeding pair of swans kept at Bowring Park. They are large and white and rather aggressive, but are still tame enough that they can be fed by hand
If you take a 20 min. ferry ride over to Bell Island you can tour the old iron mine. The tunnels reach 3 miles under the sea floor of Conception Bay. Hard hats needed. Pony's were used along the tunnels to pull the carts of ore. The mines closed in 1966.
Cape Spear is known as the most easterly point in North America.
Cape Spear has a lighthouse perched on the cliffs, which can be seen across Spear Bay from St. John's Harbour.
There are old fortifications at Cape Spear, which were built by the Canadian Army during World War II. They were meant to protect St. John's' harbourmouth.
Practically within walking distance of our B&B in Saint Anthony is the second of Newfoundland's UNESCO World Heritage Sites. L'Anse aux Meadows was first visited by Europeans when a 30-man Viking ship from Greenland, captained by Leif Eriksson, landed there during a voyage of discovery to the west (1000 AD). They found the area and climate to be so hospitable that they decided to spend the winter there, before sailing back to Greenland in the spring with a load of lumber and wild grapes that they had found growing nearby (hence the name 'Vinland' in the Viking Chronicles). As word got out in Greenland, more ships sailed west and eventually the settlement consisted of 8 wood-framed huts overlaid with sod roof and walls. There are even records of the birth of the first European in the New World taking place at this location (a boy named Snorri). However, this area had also been used by the native population (called 'Skraelings' by the Vikings) since about 6000 BC. The result was eventual conflict and deaths, culminating in a retreat back to Greenland by the heavily out-numbered Vikings. L'Anse aux Meadows would gradually decay for almost 1000 years before it was once again brought back to life. Today, Parks Canada administers the site and puts on wonderful demonstrations of how life took place inside the huts. These huts had long narrow fireplaces in the middle, used for heat, light and cooking (note the roof-vent in the photo). In addition to the buildings, there are other sites that show the original foundations of other buildings. Admission is US$6 for adults, open from June 1 - Oct. 14.
It is said that Gros Morne National Park is to geology what the Galapagos Islands (Ecuador) are to biology. Designated as a UNESCO World Heritage site back in 1987, Gros Morne is the place where the theories of continental drift were proven.
For the less scientific minds, Gros Morne National Park is a place of great beauty, dominated by Gros Morne Mountain. We went there for the hiking trails -- which vary in length and difficulty, providing something for all types of hikers -- but boat tours and kayaking are also quite popular in the summertime. In fact, we would have gone kayaking had the weather not been so bad on our final day in the park.
Gros Morne National Park is also special because it encompasses a number of small towns offering a range of accommodations. (We stayed in Rocky Harbour, the largest of these towns with a population figure of around 1,000.)
St John's has the distinction of being at the beginning of the Trans Canada Highway. To mark the spot they built Mile One Centre a first-class multi-purpose sports and entertainment facility in the heart of downtown St. John’s. It is home to the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL), the St. John’s Fog Devils .
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