Twillingate, Newfoundland, Canada

We travelled 69 miles through beautiful and scenic country to Peyton’s Woods RV Park in Twillingate.  The very nice RV park was centrally located for our activities for the next three days. 

Long PointLong Point Lighthouse offered some spectacular views over the 300 foot cliffs, looking down on Long Point.  The first evening we ride-shared a couple of miles to the Masonic Lodge where we had a "Newfie" dinner prepared by the locals — Pot roast, mashed potatoes, peas, carrots and Canadian turnips, with gravy on the side.  For dessert, two kind of pies were offered with coffee.  Some of us went upstairs to see their lodge meeting rooms – quite a beautiful large room done in a light blue with their various stations around the room for their officers and rituals.  After dinner  we were entertained by a young lady, Karren Churchill, who sang and played the guitar.  We had a great time participating as she sang many old songs. Karren also performs at the Masonic Lodge on Monday, Wednesday and Friday.

The next morning, we ride-shared to the Prime Berth Fishing Museum were we stepped backward in time to see how cod fishing was done right through the salting and barreling of the fish.  They used every part of the fish:  Liver into the liver bucket for cod liver oil, cheeks and tougue for eating, and ear bones for earrings

At the visit to the Durrell Museum we learned about Polar Bears and the two that visited town in March of 2000.  We then visited Melvin Horwood’s Fishing Stage.  He was certainly an old timer who knew a lot about fishing in the area.

IcebergWhile most caravan members went to the Long Point Lighthouse after lunch, because we had seen it the previous day, Melitta and I drove 18 miles to where an iceberg had been grounded for several days.  The main iceberg season around Twillingate is June, but this iceberg was a late visitor.  A local Newfie greeted us on his dock and offered to take us out to the iceberg for free.  We climbed down into his old boat and zoomed a mile across the bay to the edge of the iceberg, which was now about 40 ft long, 15 feet wide and rode 4 feet out of the water (with a lot more of it under water). He estimated that the iceberg would only last another Iceberg and Iceberg Vodkaday or two.  He retrieved a 30 pound piece of the 12,000 year old ice for us.  We returned to the dock where we gave him a nice tip.  On the way home we purchased a 1.75 liter bottle of Iceberg Vodka (made with sweet corn and water from melted icebergs).  Back at the park, we hosted a iceberg party, using up all the vodka and part of the iceberg.  Iceberg ice, when placed into water or vodka, quietly fizzes, as it releases its trapped air.  Harold’s RV has a large chest freezer where the remains of the iceberg piece is being stored and used.  We have a piece saved in our freezer to take back to Palm Springs CA. Check out the Photo Gallery for copies of a picture of the iceberg when it was large, and of other icebergs that have recently entered Twillingate Harbour – the self-proclaimed iceberg capitol of the world.

In the evening, the group went to another Dinner Show, this time in nearby Crow Head. Many of us were not impressed by the show.  It looked like the performers were bored with performing it five days a week — no spark.

The next morning the group departed on the M.V. Daybreak for a nice cruise, five miles out of the Tillingate Harbour, where we sighted several whales.  This was a LARGE day in Twillingate – there were forecasts of rain, but no rain materialized. 

Tasting of fruit wines made from handpicked Newfoundland berries was a treat at Auk Island Winery.  Some of the sweetened dessert wines were made with iceberg water.

The Split PeasTo round out the day, The Split Peas, seven very talented women, entertained us, displaying their unique and varied music — their love of Newfoundland really showed through.  We learned some new words like "swarvin", "Mummers", and "so-easter".  At intermission, "Toutons & Tea" was served.  They also sang "Seven Old Ladies – stuck in the lavatory" which I remembered from a New Orleans visit exactly 50 years previously, when I was 12 years old.  What a pleasant surprise to get a copy of the words from them.  We purchased several CDs of their music.

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