Conche, Newfoundland & Labrador is a Town of the Great Northern Peninsula that is tagged as “The Beauty Spot of the North”. It like Fogo Island, should be one of the Top 10 Destinations to visit in the World – rich in culture, vernacular architecture, French history and overflowing with local knowledge. This place does exist, so add it to your vacation in 2013!
The view from the cove on a winter’s day can be enchanting…
Conche is also a vibrant fishing community, with a number of small boat fishers and those harvesting shellfish. An active fish plant still is seeking employees based on advertisements in the local paper. What a wonderful community to be able to earn a living. Why not consider putting in an application at Conche Seafoods Ltd?
What a great view of Lar’s Place in the photo below:
This wharf depicted below is a pleasure to view. It has since been updated with new lines as it continued to survive elements. The Newfoundland Flag has nearly been weathered away. Don’t despair though, from walking trails, snowmobiling and interactions with local Conchers will make the visit in winter well-worth the trip.
If you cannot make a winter’s visit to Conche, NL, then drop by in summer. This Town is at the Heart of the French Shore (www.frenchshore.com) and 2013 is 300 years after the signing of the Treaty of Utrecht. It has North America’s only 222 ft tapestry on Jacobian-linen, make by local women depicting the culture, heritage and history on the French Shore and was designed by artist J.C. Roy. As well, July 25 -August 1, 2013 is Conche Come Home Year Celebration. It is not to be missed!
Newfoundland & Labrador Government must commit, develop a plan to pave Route 434 to Conche. It is a 17.6 KM gravel road that has received millions in realignment a few years ago. Without the hardtop, that invest is eroding down to the bedrock.
Despite a gravel road, this Town is a destination – a must visit! While on the Great Northern Peninsula East, check out communities of Englee, Roddickton, Bide Arm, Main Brook, Croque & St. Julien’s-Grandois – you simply could not be disappointed. Experience the many wonders the Great Northern Peninsula has to offer.
Live Rural NL -Christopher Mitchelmore, MHA The Straits-White Bay North
- “Here’s to Great Ideas, Great Experiences and a Great Friendship” – 2013 (liveruralnl.com)
- There’s Giant Cod Fish Out There… (liveruralnl.com)
The Underground Salmon Pool just minutes from the Town of Roddickton-Bide Arm is a natural attraction. A boardwalk will allow you to circle the trails to the underground salmon pool.
There are panels with information and signs directing you to the underground hole.
It is amazing the natural beauty we have around us on the Great Northern Peninsula.
If you like the natural beauty of what the countryside has to offer than en route to Roddickton-Bide Arm, take a stroll to the underground salmon hole.
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- Black Bear spotted driving ‘Cross Country Road’ (liveruralnl.com)
Jenn of Wildwoods Farm was driving ‘cross country road’ – the road between Roddickton where one crosses the top of the peninsula to get to the Straits side via Grenfell Drive, Route 432, when she saw a Mama Black Bear crossing the road.
“She was very casual in her stroll. Once I got closer I saw in the woods she had single youngin’ in there, but they disappeared fast into the woods by then.”
Her photo was taken about 9 in the morning during the first week of June. It is incredible the amount of wildlife one has the opportunity to see when driving our highways in Rural Newfoundland & Labrador. I had travelled over this past weekend to St. Anthony, L’Anse Aux Meadows, Quirpon, Main Brook, Conche, Roddickton-Bide Arm and Englee and saw quite a few moose and other smaller critters. However, I have yet to see a bear this year. One trip to Conche last summer with a friend from Montreal, we did get a view of a young cub at roadside. It was my first black bear sighting in nearly 25 years on the rock. A few days later I would spot another black bear on the Trans-Canada Highway en route to Paradise to visit my sister.
I re-call when Winnie the Pooh was trapped in Rabbit’s burrow and Rabbit placed a sign, “Don’t Feed the Bear!” Remember, that is good practise as they are wild animals.
Thank you Jenn for providing Live Rural NL readers the opportunity to see your supplied photo. I encourage you and others to send images of Great Northern Peninsula and I will do my best to make them available. Email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Christopher C. Mitchelmore
- Winter road to Roddickton-Bide Arm (liveruralnl.com)
- Moose on Great Northern Peninsula Abides Traffic Laws (liveruralnl.com)
One year ago today, I introduced myself to the wonderful world of blogging under the name Live Rural NL. Over the past year I have scribed nearly 200 posts and have shared with you my rural life from heritage, cuisine, politics to vacations. I extend a big thank you for all my loyal readers for continuing to show interest in the potluck of articles I post daily as time permits.
The journey over the past 365 days was a learning experience as I became much more aware of the significant aspects of rural culture that surrounded my daily life. For instance:
- the tradition of soup Saturday with my grandmother, my love for fisherman’s brewis, figgy duff and Sunday’s Dinner.
- the significance of my grandfather’s folklore, his incredible riddles, quotes and jokes – sadly only the memories remain with his passing on June 6, 2010.
- I continued to realize how much I value the water and the importance of the fishery to our rural economy.
- I took a strong stance against Ellen DeGeneres’ views on the Canadian seal hunt, lobbied Governments for Broadband Internet access and asked for decision-making at a more localized level.
- I realized the nuisance a Moose can be on our roadways, but how delicious they are in a pot of stew.
- I learned how to traditionally hook rugs, paint using acrylics and also improve my photography skills.
- I spent time with family, playing games, telling stories, enjoying laughter.
- Locally, I visited most places on the Great Northern Peninsula, being a tourist at home. |This past weekend, I’ve re-visited again Conche, Englee, Roddickton- Bide-Arm, Main Brook, St. Anthony, L’Anse aux Meadows and Quirpon to tour with a friend. I’ve returned to St. Pierre-Miquelon-Langlade, Grand Bank, Marystown, Burin, Brigus, Cupids, the Irish Loop, St, Johns, Port Home Simpson, Mary’s Harbour, Lodge Bay, Battle Harbour and the Labrador Straits. Evident from the nearly 50,000 kms I have placed on my car in the past year.
- Nationally, I visited Toronto, Montreal, Halifax and Winnipeg
- Internationally, Mom and I visited France, England, Northern Ireland and Republic of Ireland last November to experience the Newfoundland-Ireland connection. I also travelled to Las Vegas, Los Angeles and Cuba.
- I joined Couch Surfing
- I met up with old friends and made new friendships
- I realized the importance of community and how everyone has a role to play and that we should do our best to contribute.
- I plan to visit Raleigh, Cook’s Harbour and Cape Onion this summer season. As well as return to many other places. As well, I would love to spend a weekend in Fogo, Ramea and St. Brendan’s. There must be something about island culture.
- Culture evolves and does not remain stagnant
- We have some of the best cultural assets in the world!
- There is immense opportunities on the Great Northern Peninsula, for those young and old alike.
- Include the community in the decision-making process. Local people have valuable ideas and contributions.
- The Great Northern Peninsula is an experience
- Live Rural NL!
To reiterate lines of my first post, “I have changed many times as a person as I progress through my twenties, but I realize that with the right attitude and efforts we can accomplish the unthinkable. Today my friends, I just want to share with you what it means for me to continue to Live Rural Newfoundland.”
Christopher C. Mitchelmore
Rural Newfoundland & Labrador has talent. I stand by this statement, which I had written in July 2010 after attending the Big Droke Idol as part of the annual Big Droke Heritage Festival. There was a diverse range of talent – with some very young vocalists singing to background music, to more veteran singers using the squeezebox and those that needed no music but their own. It was quite the night and array of talent.
Just moments ago, my friend messages me on Facebook with the following message:
Watch my Much Music video by following the above link. Copy the link to your facebook page so all your friends can watch too…..
Make sure you rate the video and share on the social networks.
If you have talent, join the competition. Release Your Inner Superstar!
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