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Gorgeous Goose Cove Embodies Our Heritage, Quintessentially Rural Newfoundland


If you have make the trek up the Great Northern Peninsula and did not have the pleasure of visiting Goose Cove East than you are truly missing out on what is quintessentially representative of rural Newfoundland living. This vibrant fishing town is snuggled around the rugged harbour as homes hug the shoreline.


An expanse of walking trails take you to berry patches, gazebos and the ocean with views of whales, fishing boats and of course icebergs (below is a super size one from 2011). The walks are like a living fairy tale! 



All around Goose Cove is rural living, from the clothes hanging on the line, vegetable gardens, small scale farms, wood piles, root cellars and vernacular architecture. The church and community hall are the prominent public buildings, with a day park for recreational use.

The fishery is ever present with boats, fishing rooms, wharves, stages and continues to be the driver of the local economy. Storm damage has resulted in the loss of some of the traditional wharves and stages, such as the Simmonds wharf, which was crushed (depicted in photo gallery above by blue fishing boat). Work must continue to preserve and protect our traditional structures and our inshore fishery. Despite the daunting elements Goose Cove residents are proud of the place they call home. Incredible talented musicians and storytellers have grown-up or connected to this community. They keep passing on their traditions, telling their stories and singing their songs about home. They are quite fortunate of the beauty and all the things and people that make this place home!

Goose Cove is gorgeous, and is a must see as you experience all the Great Northern Peninsula has to offer.

Live Rural NL –

Christopher Mitchelmore, MHA
The Straits-White Bay North


Icebergs dominate the coastline on the tip of Great Northern Peninsula

As ice remains a pressing problem for our fishers, with delays in the opening of some of our fisheries, it also sets the expectation that this will likely be another banner year for icebergs on the Great Northern Peninsula. It is always fascinating to see the number of people travelling to L’Anse aux Meadows, St. Lunaire-Griquet, St. Anthony, Goose Cove, Conche and Englee to get incredible close up views of icebergs.

In 2011, we had the Peterman Ice Island land here in Goose Cove. An incredible sight!



Yesterday, I walked along the shores of my own community of Green Island Cove. It reminded me of a Fall vacation to Iceland, with glaciers and the magnificent sight of ice break-up on a day without a draft of wind.

A little further North on the Peninsula in St. Lunaire-Griquet and surrounding areas, icebergs have their full presence. They are right on time, given the Annual Iceberg Festival begins in on June 6th and lasts until the 15th.  You can visit the Facebook “The Iceberg Festival” where the photos below were taken (Photo credit T. Burden)

The Great Northern Peninsula is coined as “Iceberg Alley”. You’ll want to be here during the 9 day festival (Schedule at, but it not be sure to visit throughout the Iceberg Season! The Great Northern Peninsula will not disappoint.

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

Rural Communities are Stronger Together – Keep Government Accountable

On June 16, 2011 – Jim Diers writes “Building Strong Communities Means We Can Hold Government to Account” the complete article can be found at:

“Community is the engine room of people powered change; although there’s a role for government and other agencies with staff and budgets, there is no substitute for people identifying with and caring for one another and the place they share.” Jin Diers

The Great Northern Peninsula is stronger when we work together. Despite a small population and vast geographical distance, we have been overcoming barriers and working together in larger groups – with our partners. It is easier to reach our objectives, share-knowledge, skills and volunteers to achieve our goals for individual communities and regions.

One only has to look at St. Anthony Basin Resources Inc. (SABRI) to realize the success on can have when communities work in co-operation. I wrote an article on April 17, 2011 entitled, “Community Control Over Resources Leads to Greater Success in Rural NL ( In 1997, when the Federal Government released its new fisheries management plan, there was an allocation of 3,000 tonnes for the 16 communities (17 at the time) on the northern part of the Great Northern Peninsula. They included the communities from Big Brook (now re-settled) to Goose Cove that had lobbied for a share of the increased quotas. Having this resource in the hands of the communities, enabled SABRI to make local decisions that would provide the greatest benefit to residents of the area.

They were able to develop the many trails and gazebos, including the ones in Goose Cove that led me to view the Massive Icebergs. Additionally, millions were invested in infrastructure, hundreds of jobs created directly and many more indirectly in the region. SABRI is truly a local success story on the Great Northern Peninsula that was given a small allocation of 3,000 tonnes and manage it effectively to provide the greatest benefits to the people of their region. They should be commended for the work they do and the significant impact they have made.

Another example of communities working together is the Northern Peninsula East Heritage Corridor, consisting of a network of communities that work to build their tourism assets. As a collective unit they have been able to create a number of reasons for people to spend their vacation visiting their Towns. I know I have been to Englee, Roddickton-Bide Arm, Conche and Main Brook many times visiting the Underground Salmon Pool, Walking Trails or French Shore Culture Centre.

The Eagle River Credit Union is another success story of communities working together and deciding its needs. St. Barbe Consumer Co-op, Flower’s Cove and Grenfell Memorial Co-op, St. Anthony continue to exist because of its ability to serve their members.

Communities decide on what it values and what it needs to add to be happy. We have unique ideas in Rural NL and solutions to fill voids that do not always register or understood by the Government. There is a wealth of creativity, ingenuity and knowledge in our rural economy. Our suggestions do not always require hiring a consultant – sometimes it is a matter of good common sense.

I have written past articles asking, “Where are our Farmer’s Markets?”, “Where are our Social Spaces?”, “Where is Our Community Murals?” “Where are the Community Gardens?”. These are all small measures that can help with rural revitalization. These measures generate revenue, can help re-train employees and lead to long-term growth in various industries. Enhancing the community advances tourism and attracts a climate for further business development.

“Strong communities are the key to holding government accountable for protecting the rights of the most vulnerable. Social justice never comes from the top-down. People must be organized to support one another but also to demand that their government provide what the community can’t or shouldn’t do for itself. There are some things best done by community, some by government, and some that can only be accomplished by working in true partnership.”Jim Dier.

When communities come together and collaborate for the common good of everyone, there is greater success. We are beginning to see local groups with common interests, working closer together to share finite resources. We only have to look to co-operatives and how they have thrived in rural Newfoundland & Labrador. We need more local co-ops (agriculture, forestry, fishery, crafts, tourism), as well as collaboration from communities, businesses and government. There is room for everyone to play a role. Everyone has a strength and everyone deficiencies – so Together We Can Change the World!

Icebergs Again in Goose Cove, NL

A visit to Goose Cove is good for the body, mind and soul.

On July 22, 2011 – The water was peaceful, clouds puffy and lots of icebergs in the harbour. I passed by the Simmonds Family wharf and fishing rooms. Its age is greatly showing with the curves in the roof and slight slants to the right or left. It is evident that the decline and mismanagement of our fishing resources has led to out-migration and effected the way of living in this small Town, as it has with many other outports in Rural Newfoundland & Labrador. The prosperity is not felt in rural regions, as it is in large cities. The needed investments are not being made to maintain, further develop and properly market our tourism assets on the Great Northern Peninsula.

Greater action is needed to preserve the cultural significance and history in these small outer buildings that are truly a part of our heritage.

Further along there was Pumley Cove Trail. I was greatly impressed, as it had appropriate signage, was well mapped and provided important information, for example 1 KM (Easy). This is just the type of trail for me :). Good things happen when local groups, the community and a lead partner, like SABRI, all work together to develop something positive that adds value for the traveller and also for the locals that live here year-round. Community control of resources leads to greater success.

This Town is an absolute destination, see more for yourself…

The icebergs near the harbour. Another wharf once predominate, now falling.

A mini-berg near a house, fishing rooms and other outer buildings. I love the small wharf built along the rocks edge. Newfoundland & Labrador has talented people.

The highly landscape reminds me of a land before time, just perfectly preserved and available for those who are lucky enough to live here to enjoy. Goose Cove is a reflection of rural outport Newfoundland & Labrador.

The icebergs are so large they almost block the harbour.

The Great Northern Peninsula has the markings of a Great Tourism Advertisement that focuses on the people, lifestyle, culture, history, landscapes – the Experience. Let’s get moving on this as we have a world of living art to show in every nook and cranny! A photo can be taken just about anywhere…

Live Rural NL – Experience the Great Northern Peninsula

Christopher C. Mitchelmore



Massive Icebergs on the Loose in Goose Cove, NL – Draw Crowds

Icebergs surround the tip of the Great Northern Peninsula. They have been spotted in Conche and can be seen from Sailer Jack’s Lookout, St. Carol’s, St. Lunaire-Griqurt, L’Anse Aux Meadows, Englee, St. Anthony and Goose Cove.

I had the privilege of driving to Goose Cove, NL today. It is another picturesque Town that is not far off Route 430, a mere 8 km from St. Anthony.  Although it gets much traffic, it does not see 30,000+ visitors that other attractions see. Locals know – so I encourage you to add Goose Cove, NL to your travel plans when driving the Great Northern Peninsula for your Rural Inspired Travel Experience (RITE)

Today, there is an extremely large drawing card with towering ice mountains that could be spotted from the harbour.

Here they are peeking out….

I had to get a closer look…

They were just breath-taking. On my return from the Pumley Cove Trail, I opted to take one last sneak peek of the bergs by the wintertime sleds.

There were so many wonderful photo opportunities that I’ve decided to post a second part and continue my Goose Cove Story. So hop in your car and get up to Goose Cove – before they are gone!

Live Rural NL –

Christopher C. Mitchelmore


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