Hello and welcome from Canada! In this post I’ll be taking you on a road trip through the region of Newfoundland and Labrador. Are you ready? Let’s explore! I made my way to the Gros Morne national park and this is where I start my discovery. The Gros Morne National Park is a UNESCO World Heritage site on the west coast of Newfoundland. It is the second largest national park in Atlantic Canada and takes its name from Newfoundland second highest mountain peak. My first stop have been the “Tablelands” found between the towns of trout river and woody point.
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Here I went on a walk upon the actual earths mantle. After a short stopover in Woody Point we drove to rocky harbour near the entrance to Bonne Bay. This small town is the perfect base to explore the various sides the National Park has to offer! I got up quite early for my trip to the Western Brook Pond which has been without any doubts my personal highlight of the park. Like all Fjords it has once been a glacier.
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After the ice melted the land rebounded. and the fjord was cut off from the sea resulting in the clearest freshwater one can imagine. It is also home to one of the highest waterfalls in eastern North America. The -believe it or not”Pissing mare falls”. Then with a few scenic stops we headed to Labrador and saw our first iceberg. We made our way over to Labrador. I’m now standing in front of Red Bay. which is the next UNESCO World Heritage Site on our list. Between and the early th century Red Bay was a major basque whaling area. The discovery of the galleon “San Juan” prooved the fact of the first transatlantic fishery. and made Red Bay one of the most precious archaeological sites in the Americas. This time I stayed at the Point Amour lighthouse which is also the tallest lighthouse in Atlantic Canada.
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Of course I made sure the light was up all night long. My favorite spot in Labrador was our next destination: the island of Battle Harbour. Ballte Harbour was for two centuries the economic & social center of the southeastern labrador coast. Mercantile saltfish premises first established there in the s developed into a thriving community that was known as the capital of Labrador. Nowadays the facilities at battle harbour provide a commemoration of the life and society created here by Newfoundlanders & Labradorians during the th, th and th century.
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It is also the perfect place to go on an expedition to see whales and icebergs up close. The icebergs in the so-called “Iceberg Alley” make their way down south from the ice shield in Greenland. and consist of, year old artctic ice. I’m back in Newfoundland but this time in the north because this is where we visit our third UNESCO World Heritage Site the Viking village in L’Anse aux Meadows. Discovered in L’Anse aux Meadows is the most famous site of a Norse or viking settlement in North America outside Greenland. Dating to around the year L’Anse aux Meadows is the only side widely accepted as evidence of pre-columbian transoceanic contact.
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When contact occurred here at L’Anse aux Meadows between the Norse and the Aboriginal peoples it symbolizes the completion of the encirclement of the earth by humanity. Before heading back to Europe the last stop at Steady Brook was dedicated to kayaking and paddle boarding. After fjords, icebergs & whales I’m finishing this road trip through Newfoundland & Labrador at the Humber River. If you want to know more about all the spots: check out the website which you can find below this post. And don’t forget to comment to this blog for new travel posts every Thursday! See you soon!