Firewood on the Hills – Grandois, NL

On January 24th, 2012 I returned to the quiet community of Grandois or St. Juliens (currently used interchangeably). In 1980 this community was connected via road to neighbouring Croque and to Main Brook – which remains today a 30 km gravel road craving some crush stone. Although, the blanket of snow cushioned the numerous potholes.

The view from the harbour is worth the ride. The tiny islands and hamlets showcase the remnants of re-settlement. During the summer a boat tour can be arranged to see the Ghost Towns that remain on these islands.

On this chilly day in January, one could see the chimneys burning, heating the homes. I stopped and took the photo of the tiers of firewood on the hill. A view of the community can be seen from here. There are very few homes, of which many are currently vacant. The closure of the cod fishery in 1992 – left the community, like many other outports struggling to survive.

The community of Grandois at its peak had 135 people. Today, those numbers have dropped drastically into the low double digits. Despite the population decline, limited water supply and lack of community services – the residents are extremely hospitable and a pleasure to talk about the past, present and future. We must savour the beauty this place offers the people who continue to call this place home. There is a wealth of history in this community on the French Shore. It may just be the next place you want to visit.

Live Rural NL –

Christopher Mitchelmore, MHA
The Straits-White Bay North

3 comments

  1. Hi there Christopher, TGIF…. TWO DAYS OF BLISS FROM WORK. It is stil nice hot wheather in Cape Town, 28 degrees and no clouds. Whish someday I would have the experience to wade in knee deep snow or to take a ride on a snowmobile. Ive been on a snow capped mountain once when we went on a 4×4 drive up to 2000 meters above sea level. My ultimate goal is to hunt cariboe, elk or moose in Alaska someday. Im a keen hunter but only hunt animals I can consume. Ive read up on Alaskan outfitteres and would love to make my dream come true. You must have a beautifull weekend and hope to hear from you soon. regards Walter Strever.

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