The Newfoundland Journal
7 Days | 8,851 kms | 1 Province
It was my second visit to Newfoundland and it was just as incredible as the first. This time around I flew in to Deer Lake and began my trip in Corner Brook, a great little city nestled in a valley surrounding by beautiful rolling hills. From here, my goal was to drive as far south as possible and explore the lesser known parts of the province, before making my way up to Gros Morne National Park.
I picked up local photographer, Tom Cochrane, who was joining me for the first part of my trip to show me some secret spots along the South coast. Our first stop was Cape Anguille Lighthouse, this place holds a lot of history and is equally stunning as it is interesting. Nowhere is too far to travel in Newfoundland but driving at night is highly discouraged because of Moose on the roads.
Continuing down the coast, there are places to pull off and see in every direction. Some of the smaller communities have few supplies so plan your snacks and lunch ahead of time. Port au Basques is the perfect place to get some food, refuel and watch the ferries coming in and out of port.
After spending a few days exploring the south coast, I made my way to the west coast and in to Gros Morne National Park, staying in my favourite little town of the trip, Woody Point. This part of the world truly is magical and one of a kind and Newfoundland hospitality really shines through here.
Sailing down Western Brook Pond was easily a highlight for me, while bittersweet at the same time. I had intended to hike to the back of the fjord to a viewpoint I had dreamed of hiking for nearly half a decade. Sadly the weather didn't cooperate on the day, with 110km winds gusting, the boats could hardly make it out of the harbour safely so sadly I had to just stick with the scenic tour.
I returned to Woody Point and the weather broke later in the day and made way for a beautiful sunset and moon rise. In search of an evening coffee, I came across a small art studio / coffee / beer place called Galliott studios that lead out to a wooden patio out the back where I heard music coming from. My coffee switched to beer and I joined the locals listening to some beautiful Newfoundland music.
On my final day, I spent the day exploring the Tablelands area of Gros Morne National Park and came across this beautiful Caribou, shedding the last remaining hair from its Winter coat. I was fortunate to have this hour long encounter all to myself and it was beautiful to observe these wild animals in the natural habitat, despite the heavy rain.