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Fishing Point Emporium Filled with Newfoundland Treasures, St. Anthony, NL

Fishing Point Park. St. Anthony is at the “Peak of Your Experience” on the Great Northern Peninsula with a host of walking trails, wildlife, nature, lighthouse, dining that includes (The Great Viking Feast & Light keeper’s Restaurant) and retail shopping that includes the largest selection of souvenirs on the Viking Trail at the Fishing Point Emporium. 

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Rest awhile, and enjoy the surrounds of the coastline where you see fishing boats and glimpses of whales. During May to August the iceberg giants dominate the viewing vistas, as hoards of tourists flock to this space to enjoy many unique experiences the Great Northern Peninsula has to offer.

After taking some of the natural walking trails or reading interpretative panels placed by St. Anthony Basin Resources Inc. (SABRI), you’ll want to stop into the Fishing Point Emporium, which has a unique Polar Bear display. It also has many panels depicting life in rural Northern Newfoundland & Labrador from re-settlement, mummering, whales, icebergs, fishing, Vikings, Dr. Grenfell, provincial symbols and everyday living. 

Shop and learn about the area at the Fishing Point Emporium and Interpretation Centre. They have so many unique treasures from Viking swords, hand painted rocks, Newfoundland tartan pajamas, music, books and a host of other souvenirs and local crafts. Iceberg water is for sale there with a dairy bay and other light snacks. One of the photos above gives you a view from their window. It is just spectacular! There is a high speed internet cafe and WIFI readily available. The owners/operators exemplified customer service and knowledge of the area. They have a passion for this place!

I encourage you to visit Fishing Point and all it has to offer. Support locally owned and operated small businesses in rural communities, they are a driving force to our economy.

Live Rural NL –

Christopher Mitchelmore, MHA
The Straits-White Bay North
@MitchelmoreMHA

A Great Viking Feast -Leifsburdir

Most likely the only place in North America where one can eat in a sod hut and enjoy a Great Viking Feast is on Fishing Point, St. Anthony, NL.

Last September 2011, I attended the final feast of the season which was a fundraiser for the local Boys & Girls Club. An incredible meal of meat, potatoes and other root crops. One will quickly notice there are no forks – simply because the Vikings did not use forks. It can be quite challenging trying to eat certain foods without this utensil. Although, one never really thinks about it until he or she does not have it. Funny how we take for granted some of the items we use daily that makes life a little easier.

As that evening progressed we were treated to theatrical performances, music, ballads and even served by people dressed up in Viking attire.

My friend from Switzerland certainly enjoy the walkabout the Leifsburdir and the view of St. Anthony in the backdrop.

The crashing waves and rocky shores are something to see as you walk to the entrance for service. If you can in 2012, you may want to dine and experience a Great Viking Feast on Fishing Point.

Experience the Great Northern Peninsula

Christopher C. Mitchelmore, MHA
The Straits-White Bay North

Frozen Waterfall – Fishing Point, St. Anthony, NL

The road to Fishing Point in St. Anthony, NL is a winding narrow road like that of Signal Hill, which receives great attention from locals and visitors no matter what time of year one visits.

At the end of the road there are pull-offs, board walks, walking trails and even a hike to the top of the hill for the more avid adventurer. The views are terrific – as you can peer out at the open ocean and sense the freedom and life it creates. The smell of the salt water, the sights of St. Anthony Bight, rugged rocks and if lucky a giant iceberg.

One never knows what will capture their eye. I placed the picture above to illustrate this, as I am looking at something completely different from my German buddy. I have been to Fishing Points on many occasions, but I am never disappointed even if I walk the same steps. This visit gave me a  frozen waterfall.

A tour of St. Anthony is not complete unless it is coupled with some time to capture the landscape and natural wonder that Fishing Point so freely offers. Get out and find your frozen waterfall today!

Live Rural NL –
Christopher C. Mitchelmore, MHA
The Straits-White Bay North 

The Tip of the Great Northern Pen

The Great Northern Peninsula has many worldy treasures, fabulous businesses, natural wonders and characters in every community. As I reflect back on my vacation, it would take me weeks to describe all the places I’ve been, people I met and experiences I’ve had…the good thing is that I have the time to tell you a little bit….the rest you may have to experience for yourself….

June 28, 2010 – St. Anthony, NL

At the very tip is the peninsula’s economic hub with various industry, government services, tourist attractions and yes….for all you quintessentially Canadians out there…it has a Tim Horton’s! It is also coined ICEBERG ALLEY….rightfully so as it boasts the province’s longest season for iceberg sightings. You don’t have to take my word for it, just visit www.icebergfinder.com.

One can often view the lovely ‘bergs from scenic Fishing Point. It was my first stop!

Fishing Point Lighthouse

Fishing Point has pristine views of the Town of St. Anthony, Harbour and peaks off into the ocean. It is comparable to Signal Hill, St. Johns with respect to its offering and viewscapes. We had the ability to see an iceberg off in the distance, as well as fishing boats and Northland Discovery Boat Tours setting sail for its first expedition of the day (http://www.discovernorthland.com).

Fishing Point has numerous walking trails and rest stops. It is a social commons for the locals as much as it is for tourists and other visitors. I am glad this space is shared because it is breathtaking, tranquil and beautiful.

"Leifsburdir"

The Lightkeeper’s Cafe, which has remarkable sea food  and sits on the hill with the best views in Town. Just underneath is the Great Viking Feast and Dinner Theatre, “”Leifsburdir”. It is the only sod-covered restaurant in North America.  It seems the Great Northern Peninsula has a lot of firsts, unique findings and other oddities that appeal to me and many others as those who live or chose to visit enjoy the fabric of everything rural!

As well, the Fishing Point Emporium has a wide selection of souvenirs and a textile exhibit which includes a polar bear display and many interpretative panels noting the wildlife that lives in the region. After spending some time it was certainly time to take in more this fair Town has to offer. However, when leaving my friend wanted to take a photo of the cemetary I was passing. He noted that our graveyards are so much different than in other parts of Europe. I’ve travelled to more than 25 countries and never thought the way we bury our dead as being different, but after recalling all the cemetaries visited in Europe, I understood. I guess you often don’t question your own culture and heritage as you do with others. I don’t have an explaination for this difference, but I do know it exists. I guess growing up rural we accept our way of life and continue with some traditions, despite being exposed to the world around us. We are unique in many ways and have many things to offer…..Fishing Point is just one of those great places you must go again and again….

Take another look…

CCM

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