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STEP Vinland Needs you Ideas!

STEP Vinland Needs your Ideas!


The Vinland Region of the Great Northern Peninsula has a special opportunity right now to develop a Community Tourism Plan which is profitable, sustainable over time and benefits our communities from Cook’s Harbour to Goose Cove East, as well as the greater regional economy.


The Strategic Tourism Expansion Program (STEP) has only been offered once before in NL; investment is in place to undertake STEP and boost tourism visitation and revenues in Vinland.


  • Tourism in 2012 was worth $1 Billion annually to NL. Is Vinland working to earn its share? 
  • Gros Morne National Park attracts 150,000+ visitors annually, with L’Anse aux Meadows UNESCO site attracting close to 30,000 annual visitors. What more needs to be done to attract greater visitation throughout Vinland?
  • Visitors to Vinland tend to be older, affluent and well-educated. Are our communities organized to maximize the visitor experience? 

It takes regional commitment by every business and resident to build a Tourism Plan that works.


The STEPs program for Vinland is seeking your input.

Think about these questions:

1) What are the goals/ priorities of a fresh Tourism Plan for Vinland?

2) What is unique & appealing about this area for visitors?

3) What can we do to build a winning destination?


Email your thoughts and ideas to: by October 31.


For more information please contact:

Thresa Burden

Phone: 454-3454


It was wonderful to see a well-represented group of regional stakeholders interested in advancing the tourism-sector in the Vinland region this past week at the Grenfell Interpretation Centre. I look forward to the outcome of this process. I encourage you to share your ideas at the email listed above.

Live Rural NL –

Christopher Mitchelmore, MHA

The Straits-White Bay North


Let’s Connect: Seniors’ Forum in St. Lunaire-Griquet, St. Anthony, Flower’s Cove & Roddickton-Bide Arm


Christmas Card Contest Open to K-6 Students in The Straits-White Bay North


Enjoy your Labour Day Weekend!

The Great Northern Peninsula is an ideal place to spend your last long weekend of summer!


The photo above was taken in Roddickton, on the Blast from the Past Memory Trail. I encourage you to visit.

Live Rural NL & Happy Labour Day everyone!

Christopher Mitchelmore, MHA
The Straits-White Bay North

MHA Participates in Recreational Cod Fishery


It has been nearly 15 years since I’ve taken to the water to go cod jigging. The last time was with my father, before he passed away. We spent many weeks fishing together during summer of 1999.


The memories I have of those 4 AM wake-up calls will always firmly remain. Sometimes though we are hesitate to do some of the things we enjoyed when a loved one is lost.


The morning of jigging happened during our family reunion on my mom’s side this past weekend. I’m so happy to begin making new memories and enjoy again something my father did for a living.

I got the first catch, which caused me to work very hard as a big tug came on my line. I pulled in over the boat a big halibut of 15+ pounds. Despite all the effort, this is one fish you can not keep. I love halibut, but to the sea it was returned. After getting what was likely more nibbles from halibut, we moved off into deeper water. There I caught a small cod. Since it was our only catch for the afternoon, I opted to keep it. Not too long after my mother and I both pulled in two dandy size fish, one after the other.


The morning was quite fruitful despite not catching our bag limit of 15 fish per boat. We were only in the water a short time and came home and prepared for a family barbecue.

Saturday’s lunch menu was fresh pan-fried cod.


Certainly not to be beat and quite rewarding knowing you got it yourself from the Atlantic Ocean, which is just at your doorstep.

Live Rural NL-

Christopher Mitchelmore, MHA
The Straits-White Bay North

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