Tuesday, July 26, 2011

The two sides of Newfoundland

A few years ago I had the joy of traveling to Newfoundland. It is an amazing province. The island apparently was created eons ago by two large pieces of land smashing together.

You can see the difference in the east and west coastlines. This photograph was taken on a beautiful sunny day from one of the western most points of land looking south from Gros Morne provincial park to Trout River, a shoreline village hidden in the inlet behind that first jutting promontory.

The western coastline is rugged and drops into the water abruptly in many places, covered in craggy rock faces and timber that can't easily be reached.

This is the village of Trout River seen from a museum and nature centre.

Above - looking west along a river valley on the way to Gros Morne

East coast Musgrave Harbour, on the northern side of the Bonavista Peninsula, is a similarly lovely small fishing village, but with no high mountains and rocky peaks behind it... much of the land on the eastern sea side has gentle small hills and flat coastlines with sandy or shale beaches or low lying rocks into the water.

The tide is out, it's a misty morning when I take this photo, but you can see the different topography easily.

Beautiful Newfoundland - one of Canada's treasures.


  1. I went to New Foundland in the 1970's. It is stark, ancient, and beautiful all at the same time. The interior is deep forest, and on the eastern rocky beaches you can find moose antler sheds. What memories!

  2. Yes I believe moose are a big problem now on the highways... but it is beautiful... I drove from one side to the other, and loved it, every scrap of it. If it weren't so far away from my family and so miserably cold in winter Bill, I'd probably live there. Thanks for stopping by.