Thursday, July 21, 2011

The Kittiwake Coast

Newfoundland is a rocky island punctuated by many lakes and is surrounded by many smaller islands.

 Most roads follow the coast, which is composed of many peninsulas jutting into the sea.  Much of the interior is barren, peat and uninhabited.  Only a few outlying islands have ever been occupied—most of those now abandoned due to the remoteness and difficult circumstances involved in living there.

As we travel south along the east coast we have come to an area known as the New-Wes-Valley.  As is true of much of Newfoundland, the main industry here is fishing related.

 Newtown is known as the “Venice of Newfoundland” and is home to the Barbour Living Heritage Village.

This was once part of a prosperous mercantile premises owned by the Barbour family. 

In the early 1900’s, this site was completely developed with houses, fishing stages, wharves, fish flakes and a general store.  It is now a Heritage Trust with seventeen buildings, some restored and others built to replicate the original site.

   The tour of the Barbour Queen Victorian home with all original furnishing and several other homes and buildings was very interesting.

   We stopped for the night on Greenspond Island, our camp site high on a hill overlooking the town of Greenspond and the sea.

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