12 Reasons You Should Go to Newfoundland

12. The Seafood
I wouldn’t actually know, since I don’t and didn’t eat any, but Jonathan told me it was amazing. It was also dirt cheap.

11. Jams
Not the music, but the food. Often fresh and homemade, treat yourself to blueberry, raspberry and the local bakeapple (or cloudberry) and partridgeberry (related to the cranberry). I don’t have a picture of the jams because I ate them all.

10. Wildlife
Moose, caribou, puffins, and a bunch more furry and feathered creatures. Jonathan got most of the pics, but here’s a moose track for reference.

9. B&Bs
I’d never stayed in a Bed & Breakfast before Newfoundland, and now I’m totally sold. Granted, we were the youngest couple at each stop by 20-30 years. But, we met many lovely Canadian couples and enjoyed staying in cozy, homey, personal spaces.

8. Icebergs
10,000-25,000 year old ice floating down the way. Phenomenal. That thing that kind of looks like a white church sitting on top of the hill is an iceberg.

7. Quaint Towns
Trinity, Brigus, Twillingate and more…undoubtedly, there are many equally charming towns that we were not able to visit in our two weeks, but these alone are enough to fill you up on cuteness for a good long while.

6. Local Beer

5. History
I’d read up on Newfoundland prior to the trip, so was well aware of the long history of human settlement — from Maritime Archaic Indians to Beothuks (pronounced “Bee-AWE-thuck”), the latter sadly now extinct from conflict, disease and starvation, to Norseman/Vikings, to more modern Europeans from Spain, France, Ireland, England, Basque country, Portugal and probably more — the history is varied and fascinating. L’Anse aux Meadows is the site of the first European settlement (c. 1000 AD by the Vikings; Cupids is the site of the first successful modern English settlement in North America (c. 1620); Marconi received the first trans Atlantic wireless message there; Amelia Earhart started her non-stop trans Atlantic flight from here; the Titanic’s SOS call was received here; and Gander played host to several thousand stranded travelers–the majority Americans–on 9/11. History is thick enough to slap you in the face.

4. Landscape
Lakes? It’s gotta have Minnesota beat. Trees? So dense you can’t see through them, and they make great wind breaks. Rocks? Literally some of the oldest rocks on the planet. If you go, do me a favor and yell “Sideways Rocks!” every time you see a rock formation where the rocks are flipped up vertically.

3. Rainbows
OK, this might have been a one off, but c’mon, you can’t beat this. I actually took this photo, for reals.

2. People
You thought Canadians were friendly? Newfoundlanders make the rest of Canada seem like the most miserable place on earth (isn’t that Moldova?). Granted, most of our interaction were with individuals in the tourism industry, but nonetheless, everyone was genuinely interested in our experience of Newfoundland and always had a kind word for us.

As I was standing outside this fish shed in Twillingate, the owner (70-something Melvin Horwood), who as a reputation for greeting visitors, showing them his “museum” (a collection of pens, pins, and trinkets sent by visitors from around the world) greeted us and invited us in for a chat.

1. Getting Engaged
OK, this has nothing to do with Newfoundland per se, but I can’t complain. Thanks to my love, Jonathan, for making that moment memorable.


2 thoughts on “12 Reasons You Should Go to Newfoundland

  1. This is great, Casey. So glad you went and had such a good time. And I’d love to hear the story of how that ring came to be on that pile of stones and how you discovered it.

    You’ve re-awakened my love for the place. I’d love to get back there someday.

    Oh, and make it a baker’s dozen with 13, The accents.

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