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Jul 24, 2013 - Bonavista

Lots of exploring to do here. The Italian explorer, John Cabot, discovered what was to be called New Found Land in 1497. A full scale replica of his ship, the Matthew, was built in 1997 and sits in the harbor in the summer. The Masonic Lodge opened in 1907 and still holds meetings. The Puffin site was an interesting experience. There were at least a 100 of them, mixed in with the screeching seagulls. They were on a very large rock a stones throw from where we were sitting. We were told that sometimes a couple of them fly to within a few...

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Aug 15, 2012 - Bonavista

Wednesday, August 15, 2012 – Bonavista, NFLD We toured the Cape Bonavista Lighthouse established in 1841. This is one of the most photographed sites in the province. We met Margaret who wintered at Seven Oaks RV park with her late husband, John for several years. She now lives in Amarillo, TX and has a fiance and they reside near Trinity, NFLD. What a surprise to meet that far away and have Mission, TX in common. Then on to The Dungeon to see the unique rock formation and the sea and we had lunch there. In town we toured the Ryan...

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2012 travel

Sep 2, 2010 - Trinity

Our new friend, Chris is coming with us today as we explore Trinity which is supposed to be one of the prettiest villages in Newfoundland. We stopped at Bonavista to see if the Matthew Centre was open and it was so we took the tour. Very cool! Actually got to go on the boat with a guide who explained all about life on board, the voyage and the actual boat. Off to Trinity. Moose alert!!! Marilyn spotted a moose grazing just off the road. She was driving at the time so it was a great example of multi-tasking. We had to drive up the road to...

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Sep 1, 2010 - Bonavista and Chris

Happy September! We have been on the road for nearly a month. This morning we went to Bonavista and hit the local TI (tourist info) and got some information. Headed immediately to the Ryan Buildings as there was a concert at 11:30. The group was comprised of 4 men, the youngest mid-seventies. The passed out song books and took requests. The band was comprised of a guitar, a squeezebox (small accordion), spoons and something that I can't describe. We were joined at the concert by a bus tour (senior's) so we felt right at home. Lasted about...

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Aug 31, 2010 - Elliston

Left the campground at 9:30 headed for Bonavista. It is on the tip of the Bonavista Peninsula with Trinity Bay on the east side and Bonavista Bay on the west. An easy drive on excellent road (until the last 4 km) and we arrived in Elliston which is about 5 km from Bonavista. The had advertised a municipal park with hydro and water. The park was about 2 km outside town and was OK. We backed into the most level site and had lunch. As we were eating lunch we decided that it would be better if we could camp in the parking lot right by the...

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Aug 3, 2010 - Traveling the coast of Newfoundland

I am a little behind in getting this out since we don't always have WiFi access. We have been traveling up the Eastern coast of Newfoundland and stopped for a few days in a little fishing village of Bonavista. Bonavista's claim to fame was that John Cabot landed here in 1497 on Cape Bonavista. The globe was in the museum dedicated to him. It is a replica of the oldest known globe in existence. I found it fascinating since the Old World is on there but the side where the New World is located is black since it hadn't been discovered yet by...

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Oct 1, 2009 - Bonavista to Placentia

We started the day by waking up to fog! We had a lazy morning because we had to wait until the lighthouse premises opened at 10, so we enjoyed the views in a fog bank. Then we toured the interpretive information and had a good tour of the lighthouse itself with costumed guides, and we haven't met a bad one yet. These two ladies had an extra handicap - because it was so foggy the automated foghorn mounted on the light tower right behind the old lighthouse was going full strength, so it was VERY loud, depending on where you were in the...

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Sep 14, 2009 - Bonavista Peninsula,NFLD

September 14 – Monday Our day started out with wind & rain as we packed the truck and headed out from St. John’s, NFDL. It was still a beautiful drive as we travelled for a while along Conception Bay and then inland along the TCH. The rocky hills with their short trees and rivers and lakes make for some awesome scenery. By noon the rain had subsided and the afternoon turned out to be sunny but with no let up in the wind. We stopped at Clarenville for lunch at a small café – Grabba Cup Café, “The best coffee in town” and homemade soups,...

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Hilzberry Travels

Sep 10, 2009 - Bonavista Peninsula

An awesome day was had by all! It could well have been entitled "Heart's Content"! There is an actual place called just that....many very fun/romantic names on the island....to name just a few - - Tickle Harbour; Taffey's Lane; Shanneyganock; Come By Chance; Pinchgut; Little Heart's Ease. Love it!! It is an amazing discovery - getting to know this land & it's peoples just a tad. We are more & more losing our schedule and finding spontaneity. I lost my watch & found the time. It's possible to just get so lost in the vastness of this...

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Sep 10, 2009 - Bonavista on the Discovery Trail

Bonavista Peninsula.... Another day of exploring! Trinity has now become another favorite little town.. History abounds! This little village is know to be one of the oldest settlements in North America. Newfoundland's first Court of Admiralty was held at Trinity in June 1615. A few of the buildings have been restored to the 1700's era. Many of the buildings have "froze" in time. The harbour overlooks the lighthouse in a distance. A painters paradise!! St.Paul's church, the largest building in Trinity with its cemetery on the same grounds....

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Aug 16, 2009 - Bonavista

We made our way to Bonavista, where we planned to see the famed Bonavista lighthouse and puffins to complete Judy's 'gottasee' list for this area. We accomplished both. The area around the lighthouse is dramatic cliffs, seabirds, and vistas (as the name implies). We found the puffins in Elliston, the 'world capital root cellar' town. The root cellars were used prior to refrigeration, and kept their veggies cool in summer & from freezing in winter long before the fridge came along. Not terribly exciting, but since the puffins are out to sea...

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Jul 30, 2009 - Bonavista, NL - Ryan Premises

(Ron Writing) We continued our travel on the Bonavista Peninsula heading east on Hwy 235. The huge Bonavista Bay is directly to the north but there are many smaller bays and coves at the edge of Bonavista Bay. This area is one of the most scenic and earliest settled parts of Newfoundland, and indeed of North America. Europeans have been coming here for centuries to fish on the “banks” which were so very rich in cod, seals, and whales. In those days the cod were so thick you could just dip a basket in the water and it would come up full of...

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