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Scenic Pursuit Boat Tours- Tourism at its Finest.

The Scenic Pursuit Boat Tours is operated from Bide Arm (Roddickton-Bide Arm). This boat tour operates three runs daily to view the unique coastlines, whales and other sea life. If you are lucky you might catch the glimpse of an iceberg in Canada Bay.

This boat can seat up to 37 passengers and has entertaining music, flavoured coffee and other snacks. As you walk on this boat you will be surprised by the aromas of cedar and abundance of spacious seating. If you like the smell of salt water and the wind in your hair than enjoy the outside or upper deck. The ride is 2.5 hours in length.

If you like something even more unique, you may wish to charter the boat with the Captain, who will take you to the resettled community of Hooping Harbour. This heritage/adventure learning vacation is 8-9 hours in length.

This past week, Scenic Pursuit had Peter Jacobs perform live music on the tour.

Visit their website at www.scenicpursuit.com. They are another great addition to our tourism experiences on the Great Northern Peninsula.

Book your tour today!

Live Rural NL

Christopher C. Mitchelmore

GNP Craft Producers Launches Website – Shoal Cove East, NL

NEW WEBSITE: www.gnpcrafts.ca

GNP Craft Producers Launch New Website: www.gnpcraft.com

Visit them for a unique offering as they specialize in sealskin products.

Products are locally made. The pleated sealskin boots are made by a local resident in her early 80’s. She has been producing the boots for 7 decades. Seal skin boots protected us from the harsh winter conditions and damp weather.

You may want to pick up the “Out of Necessity – The Story of Sealskin Boots in the Strait of Belle Isle“.

I proudly wear my sealskin boots during winter. I turned a few heads at Memorial University on days walking across campus wearing sealskin prepared by my father.

Take some time to learn about our culture – the seal hunt, the impact on our economy and the art of sealskin boot making. You may be amazed with what your find out.

Live Rural NL –

Christopher C. Mitchelmore

Twitter/LiveRuralNL

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

Twitter/LiveRuralNL

 

“The Peak of Your Newfoundland Experience” – Fishing Point, St. Anthony, NL

Fishing Point in the scenic seaside Town of St. Anthony, NL is a destination! It is the meeting place for many residents, local rural settlers and even an abundance of tourist. In comparison, it is the Signal Hill of the Great Northern Peninsula. However, I believe the view is much better as one can often catch a glimpse of an iceberg, whale, sea-bird, fishing vessel or even a viking!

A photo montage of my last visit on June 18, 2011:

From the rugged coastline…

The beacon that shines…

The Great Viking Feast – Dinner Theatre at Leifsburdir. The only sod covered restaurant in North America. Food served by the Vikings!

Walking Trails, Nature and Wildlife.

The Lightkeeper’s Restaurant & Fishing Point Emporium. Great food with an exceptional view. The Emporium has a large offering for those wishing to take away a piece of the rock. There is also a viewing area of local textile wildlife.

Snow at Fishing Point on June 18, 2011! It has been a cold cold summer thus far.

Northland Discovery Boat Tours departs for the giant iceberg just off the bight!

Fishing Point, St. Anthony, NL has so much to offer. It should not be missed on your visit of the Great Northern Peninsula.

Live Rural NL –

Christopher C. Mitchelmore

Follow me on Twitter @LiveRuralNL

 

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