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Polar Bear Visited St. Anthony, NL…Many Moons Ago

This was not the first or the last Polar Bear to find its way into the Town of St. Anthony on the Peninsula`s Northern Tip.

The bear is quite impressive in size as my friend stands at over 6 feet in height. I had taken the time to read the article again which made the Northern Pen Newspaper many moons ago. There is a back story as to how it ended up being preserved and how it died. I won`t spoil it for you, but recommend if you are in Town to visit the preserved bear at the Town Hall during regular business hours.

This is about as close as I`d like to come with a Polar Bear.

Live Rural NL -

Christopher Mitchelmore, MHA
The Straits-White Bay North

Caribou Crossing – Viking Trail (Route 430) Great Northern Peninsula

A caribou herd had decided to establish a crossing on the Viking Trail. My European friend’s were treated to another experience with nature on the Great Northern Peninsula.

The caribou were crossing in two separate lines. The car driving south is also getting a closer view of the majestic animal that is a relative of the reindeer.

Watch this young caribou jump into the shrubbery at roadside.

It is not uncommon to see a small herd of caribou when visiting the Great Northern Peninsula. Our Moose sighting at this point was nil. In fact, I have not seen a moose in the District of the Straits-White Bay North alive since late night July 2011. I did encounter a moose during the campaign in the St. Barbe area back in September. There is a growing concern on the Great Northern Peninsula that the moose population is in severe decline.

Live Rural NL -

Christopher Mitchelmore, MHA
The Straits-White Bay North

Plane Touching Down in Deer Lake

Derek Pilgrim’s song, “When the Plane Touches Down in Deer Lake” resonates with many rural Newfoundlanders & Labradorians. The plane landing on the rock, brings a feeling of being home even though I live more than 330 kms to the north.

On May 2, 2011 I departed Deer Lake Regional Airport for Halifax. There a connection to Boston and from there to reach Las Vegas, Nevada. I certainly enjoyed a week away in the desert climate with an abundance of nightly entertainment. It was nice to re-unite with an old friend and to meet others for the first time.

After a week away, a feeling of happiness came upon me when the plane touched down in Deer Lake. The professional staff of Air Canada and the airport staff made the travel a breeze. I landed at 2:46 AM and left the parking lot at 3:20 AM to drive the distance, as I would work in the AM.

Driving up the Great Northern Peninsula, the vehicle count was 10 – moose count was 11. The moose are out in abundance and in great numbers. Be safe when travelling beautiful Route 430 – The Viking Trail. It can be a haven for wildlife.

Moose opting to turn vs. cross the road to on-coming traffic

My grandmother & I saw four lovely caribou grazing on a yard in the community of Bear Cove as we were en route to a traditional Sunday’s Dinner. I wish I had my camera handy. Visit the Great Northern Peninsula and get that wonderful feeling of the plane landing at Deer Lake for yourself this summer season.

 
Live Rural NL -
Christopher C. Mitchelmore

HAVE A SCOFF – Gourmet Cooking, Newfoundland Style

A recent vacation, led me to visit the pristine oasis of Main Brook, Newfoundland and Labrador. If you ever have the opportunity, visit and stay awhile.
Tuckamore Lodge

 I decided to stop by the Tuckamore Lodge, a wilderness retreat located in the centre of a vast region of exceptional natural beauty. Upon stopping, I was greeted by the proprietor, Barb Genge and instantly invited into her home. She is a visionary.  I enjoy every conversation we are able to have with respect to  marketing, packaging, the industry and the great outdoors.  Yes, this woman is a titan for the Viking Trail and its remarkable tourism and outfitting offering. 

While at the Tuckamore Lodge, I was privileged to enjoy a great lunch, what a “scoff”. You see the cuisine of Newfoundland and Labrador is as diverse as the heritage. We have Jigg’s Dinner, Toutons, Mug-ups and various wild game and seafood dishes that have been passed on from generation to generation. Tuckamore staff strive to provide an experience to its customers and not just a nights accommodation, with the food being a big part of the experience. 

Juicy scallops, seared with hollandaise sauce

The Scandinavian Decor, placement setting and experienced staff set the mood and  atmosphere. Lunch was served; on thick slices of freshly baked homemade bread was a gourmet sandwich and  side salad so fresh, you would think the vegetables came from a backyard garden. Yes, this lunch was an unexpected treat and so was the dessert that followed. A bakeapple square with a heaping scoop of vanilla ice-cream. This was incredible, as I found my way into dessert heaven. It was so enjoyable to the tastebuds I asked the chef for the recipe. She provided it instantly, despite being very busy with a number of other tasks. Now that is exceptional customer service. I’ve since prepared the dessert, not really comparable to the first, but I will keep trying. If you would like to eat at Tuckamore, it would be best to make a reservation in advance. You will certainly not be disappointed. 

I wish, there was more time to inhale the natural beauty of the lake, the sights and sounds of nature and the great outdoors. The countryside teams with wildlife: moose, caribou, black bears, salmon, trout, birds and other animals. Truly, something for everyone – the nature enthusiast, photographer, eco-tourist, hunter and anyone who would like to get-a-way from it all without having to “rough it” since there is a sauna, billiards room, hot tub, library, fitness equipment and more… 

Check out their website and see it for yourself: http://www.tuckamorelodge.com/ 

A Recommended Rural Retreat - 

CCM

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