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Where Canada Begins or Ends? – Cape Spear, NL

Cape Spear is the most easterly point in North America and located near the city of St. Johns. After leaving Bell Island we managed to visit before darkness felt. This was my first time starting off the new year at the most easterly point in the country.

The wind was bone chilling and can be realized on my friend’s face below. Also, the current was quite strong as the waves crashed to the rocky shoreline. As we walked the boardwalk we could see the coastline. Further up the walk is a former World War II Bunker and at the top of the hill is the Lighthouse.

During summer 2011 was my last visit to this place. As I drove the winding road, I passed runners and parked in a near full lot. At the top of the hill an artist was painting visuals of the coastline. It was a lively place.

If you start east, be sure to come north and visit the Great Northern Peninsula – we are just a short ferry ride from the Big Land of Labrador. I’ll affirm that I can see Labrador from my window, but certainly not Russia.

Explore the Great Northern Peninsula and you may be surprised by what you find.

Live Rural NL

Christopher Mitchelmore, MHA
The Straits-White Bay North

A Swiss, German and Rural Newfoundlander Re-united for the Holidays.

On December 25th, 2011 I was re-united with my Swiss and German friend, who I had met in the Czech Republicin 2007. Unfortunately two others were unable to make the trip across the pond during the holidays due to work commitments as we all try to visit each other once a year.

We had embarked on a journey that brought us 4,551 kms to places that include St. Anthony, L’Anse Aux Meadows, The Straits, Gros Morne National Park, Gambo, Bell Island, Cape Spear, St. Johns and of course, Paradise.

Again, I had the opportunity to explore this beautiful Province of Newfoundland & Labrador and be a tourist at home. We had truly experienced our unique landscapes, culture, cuisine and shared much laughter.

Over the next few posts, I’ll share with you a taste of what it means to explore Rural NL during the holiday season. Please join us for the journey.

I remember returning in 2010 from Ireland, quite eager for “When the Plane Touches Down in Deer Lake” (Derrick Pilgrim Song).  This time, I would be arriving at the Deer Lake Regional Airport some 335 kms away from my home to pick up friends arriving on the 1:22 AM and 3:25 AM flights.

In the morning we would drive up the Great Northern Peninsula. Gros Morne National Park is just 67 kms away. The beauty of this landscape attracts some 180,000 visitors during the summer season. It could also become a winter destination, as we had no choice but to stop and take a few images, breathing in the visual appeal of the mountains, water and nature as far as the eye could see.

 A view from Jenniex House Lookout, overlooking Norris Point

The Wharf at the Bonne Bay Marine Station, Norris Point

Gazing from the pier in Norris Point

Another view of Norris Point

As we moved further up the coast the experience continued to impress. I look forward to talking local hockey, ice-fishing, mummering and more as we begin to experience a rural Newfoundland & Labrador Christmas.

Christopher Mitchelmore, MHA
The Straits-White Bay North
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