A few weeks ago, I took a vacation and spent a couple of days in the Town of Woody Point. I was greatly impressed by their overall product offering that promotes one another’s small business and supports overall growth in the region.
The Mission of the Town of Woody Point is to provide a lead role in the promotion, sustainable development, and protection of our natural beauty and rich cultural heritage, through ensuring the support of the community while maintaining the integrity and uniqueness of the lifestyle of our citizens – http://www.woodypoint.ca
I took Route 431 at Wiltondale and checked in at the office at Aunt Jane’s Place, which their gift shop resembled a general store. The old-fashion cash register was a nice touch. I collected the keys to Uncle Steve’s Place, which was a traditional salt box home built in the late 1800’s. This was referred by Darlene Thomas of Seaside Suites, as they were booked for the weekend. Thank you!
Woody Point is famous for its annual Writer’s at Woody Point Festival in August, which draws some of the province’s biggest literary names. It continues to be a thriving success!
Woody Point and area has a wonderful business district that includes:
- Hunky Dory Folk Art
- Aunt Maggie’s Homespun
- Molly Made
- Seaside Souvenirs
- Galliott’s Studios
- Jersey Rooms Crafts
- The Sample Room
- Lise Sorenson Art Studio
- Christine Koch Art Studio
Where to Eat
- Old Loft Restaurant, Woody Point waterfront- www.theoldloft.com
- Seaside Deli and Dairy Bar, Woody Point waterfront- www.seasidesuites.ca
- Granite Coffee House, Woody Point waterfront- www.crockercabins.com
- Back Room Cafe, Cox’s Lane
Where to Stay
- Aunt Jane’s Place B&B-www.grosmorne.com/victorianmanor/
- Blanchard House Bed & Breakfast-www.crockercabins.com
- Seaside Suites-www.seasidesuites.ca
- Victorian Manor Heritage Properties- Efficiency Units, Vacation Homes www.grosmorne.com/victorianmanor/
- Woody Point Motel
Other Local Businesses and services:
- Pete’s One Stop Grocery
- Granite Coffee House Laundromat
- 3T’s Convenience Store
- 3T’s Fish Plant
- Martin’s Garage and Liquor Store
- Martin’s Transportation
- Post Office
- Royal Canadian Legion
- E.L. Roberts Library
- Woody Point Heritage Theatre
Nightly entertainment is extremely important to any tourist visiting an area and will extend the stay. I likely would have only booked just one night and moved on, however, there was nightly entertainment offered at the Merchant Warehouse throughout the weekend. After hearing Jeff Quilty was playing, I knew it would be worth a second night as I love his traditional Irish and Celtic styling.
Just outside Uncle Steve’s Place was “Molly Made”. I’ve seen her rug hooking kits for sale at places like Grenfell Historic Properties, St. Anthony and other venues. However, it was a real treat to drop by her shop and see the studio where all the magic happens. It was also nice to see how this business supported others selling “Aunt Maggie’s Homespun” products. I bought I lovely set of mittens and a rug-hooked mummer for my Christmas tree.
The area is easy to navigate for the novice tourist, as there are directional signs helping you find the business and places you wanted to experience. There are printed maps outlining what is available in the region and the Town itself is highly walk-able. This is an attractive feature! I truly enjoyed all the vernacular architecture, the food and entertainment at the Merchant Warehouse, dart night at the Legion, seeing Coldwater Cowboy Todd Young, his vessel, taking the water taxi to Norris Point and enjoying the natural beauty of the area. In addition we visited neighbouring Trout River, the Tablelands World UNESCO site and the Bonne Bay Marine Station in Norris Point.
There is so much to see and do, even in just a couple of days you can fit lots in. I would have loved to have watched a show at the Theatre, however, I had to make the short trek to Deer Lake to pick up my friends. We ended up dining at The Loft restaurant which has a unique atmosphere. I highly recommend the halibut, it was cooked to perfection.
I really enjoyed the co-operation between the business community to support one another and encourage you to experience all the Town and what neighbouring communities had to offer. It provides a very good selling point for the Town and the region. They truly benefit from collaboration and will see further growth and new business opportunities created through these partnerships. A wonderful couple of days, with incredible customer service! I look forward to future visits.
Woody Point is a great starting point as you make your trek up the Great Northern Peninsula.
Live Rural NL –
Christopher Mitchelmore, MHA
The Straits-White Bay North
The St. Lunaire-Griquet Mussel Festival was founded at the grassroots last year, as a hardworking committee wanted to give back to their community and celebrate with music, locally grown mussels and lots of activities. It was a pleasure to be in attendance and walk the grounds on Friday.
I was impressed by the extremely professional set-up of the bandstand, grounds, picnic tables, kiosks, ticket booth, signage, banners and washroom facilities. The organizing committee had improved upon last years start to host a first class festival. Everything was perfect, right down to the bountiful sunshine.
Opening ceremonies included all you can eat delicious SABRI mussels boiled in saltwater, lassy bread and hotdogs. There was a cake cutting, speeches and bountiful local entertainment. Youth had set up business and so had a number of local retailers and craftspeople. The nights brought lots of dancing and conversations, when mornings included Teddy Bear picnics, rummage sales, tea parties, punt races and a host of other activities. There truly is something for everyone to enjoy! Today is an outdoor Gospel Concert at 2 PM.
Communities grow and succeed when the local people support the ideas, business and development initiatives. This is something that does have that local buy-in. The committee circulated a schedule to all residents via direct mail. In future years, some signage on both sides of Route 436 and a sandwich board of what events are taking place may also help drive visitor traffic. As the festival continues to add new events and activities we will hope to see more exponential growth from those visiting our tourism region of L’Anse aux Meadows, St. Anthony and surrounding areas.
A big thank you to the hard working and dedicated volunteers who have made big things possible in small towns. Mark your calendars for next years festivities! It was indeed, so much fun!Live Rural NL – Christopher Mitchelmore, MHA The Straits-White Bay North @MitchelmoreMHA
Last year, residents in St. Lunaire-Griquet started a community development initiative to host a mussel festival, a fitting name given the Town is the only site of aquaculture on the tip of the Great Northern Peninsula.
I enjoy eating the locally grown mussels from our restaurants in St. Lunaire-Griquet & Gunner’s Cove. Northern Delight and the Daily Catch are two fabulous dining establishments. Mussels can also be purchased at Burden’s General Store or Hedderson’s Store (out of town mussels can be found at Grenfell Memorial Co-op, St. Anthony and through Gloria Barrett, Black Duck Cove). One gets great value from buying 10 lbs for $15.00. Buying mussels supports our local economy, it creates and maintains employment and leads to other economic opportunities that supports our small business and the non-for-profit community. St. Anthony Basin Resources Inc. (SABRI)’s initiative has positive impacts on the 16 communities of Cook’s Harbour to Goose Cove and even the greater region.
One can see the schedule of events below of this year’s planned activities for the Mussel Festival in which I am delighted to attend the official opening. The volunteer committee has given many hours of their time and have worked with other groups such as the Firettes to help raise needed money for the volunteer fire department, as well drawing upon local talent and events for all ages. They deserve to be recognized for their hard work and dedication to creating new opportunities in their small town.
I would encourage local residents of the Great Northern Peninsula and visitors to the region to enjoy a fun filled weekend at the Town of St. Lunaire-Griquet and of course, get a fine feed of mussels.
Live Rural NL –
Christopher Mitchelmore, MHA The Straits-White Bay North @MitchelmoreMHA
The Town of Main Brook will be filled with activity this week at the Hare Bay Festival. I encourage everyone to come out and celebrate. This will also be the first activities held at the new community centre. The building of this space was a major accomplishment that has unified a small community and now provides the needed social space to host an array of events for everyone to enjoy.
Live Rural NL –Christopher Mitchelmore, MHA The Straits-White Bay North @MitchelmoreMHA