Rocky Harbour, Newfoundland, Canada

Lobster Cove Head Lighthouse

We drove 120 miles to the Gros Morne RV Park in Rocky Harbour, NFLD, adjacent to the Gros Morne National Park.  After getting setup for three nights, we drove through the small town to Lobster Cove Head Lighthouse that has marked the marine approach to Rocky Harbour and the entrance of Bonne Bay since 1897. The light is still run by the Canadian Coast Guard. View from Lobster Cove Head to Rocky HarbourIt is now automated, but the lightkeeper’s house is open as a park interpretive exhibit. The exhibit interprets how people have lived along this coast and harvested the sea for more than 4,000 years.

We started at a 5 p.m. happy hour back at camp, and ended up at a wonderful impromptu potluck dinner for eight. 

View from Woody Point visitor centerThe next morning, we all took the pedestrian ferry across the bay to Woody Point, a beautiful and historic town located in the heart of Gros Morne National Park, in Newfoundland Canada. The Town of Woody Point encompasses three areas, Curzon village, Woody Point and Winterhouse Brook. It has a total population of 400 residents. It would have been a 50+ mile trip by car.  Woody Point HarbourA school bus took us up the hillside to visit a beautiful Canadian Historical Center and return us to town for lunch at various restaurants before we caught the 1:15 p.m. return ferry, just missing the big downpour of rain.  We ended the afternoon with Adventure Carivan provining hot apple cider or chocolate with rum in the gazebo with a hot fire in the stove.

Sunday morning, Bill provided a non-denominational service in the park’s gazebo around a hot stove for a dozen of us.  Later, the weather was disappointing, but some folks braved what turned out to be a beautiful 3/4 mile hike to the Etang Western Brook Pond and the 2.5 hour boat trip up what was like a fresh water Fjord.

In the evening we had a Newfie Jiggs Dinner at the RV Park’s restaurant.  This is really a dinner of salt beef (corn beef), cabbage, carrots, turnip and potatoes (root crops are the main staple because they grow easily on the island and can be stored in a root cellar). Islands consumed a lot of salt beef and salt cod because Newfies had to preserve foods to last out the long winters.  Not my favorite!

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