Southwest Newfoundland – a secret!
Featuring the amazing bird life and scenery which is unlike anywhere else on the island we have developed a short tour to allow you to capture our excitement for the southwest region of Newfoundland. This three day addition to any of our other tours also brings you in contact with the vestiges of French culture which exist in the accents and beliefs of a small number of French descendents.
Start with a visit to the serenity of Cape Anguille Lighthouse Inn and the sight of rolling mountains and soaring birds.
The south coast road is a thread connecting outport jewels and I challenge you to resist taking photos! Rose Blanche is the remote outport best know for the remarkable lighthouse designed by Robert Louis Stevenson’s family. This mass of granite is unlike any other lighthouse in North America and the setting looks like it was designed for a movie in Scotland.
Driving a loop of the Port au Port Peninsula is a study in landscapes, with a glimpse at the French culture that once thrived here, while a visit to Stephenville is a chance to understand Newfoundland’s role in WW 2.
The success we experienced with Quirpon Lighthouse Inn led to our being approached to restore another lighthouse – this time in the southwest corner of Newfoundland. Frankly, we were hesitant because we couldn’t imagine a setting that could equal Quirpon Island but off we went on a sunny day to Cape Anguille Lighthouse.
We were left speechless. Finding the unpolished gem of Quirpon had been a story of serendipity worthy of a book. It was unreasonable to ask for such luck twice in a lifetime and yet there we were, unexpectedly unearthing solid gold in our backyard. After regaining our voices we committed to the restoration before we were back in the car and exploring the region.
To understand southwestern Newfoundland from a tourist’s perspective, you have to realize that most folks arrive in the region by ferry, are let off on the dock where they immediately join the traffic racing north, missing the amazing sites in this corner of our island. The clever (or lucky) ones stop. Take a breath. And start their vacation. Their reward is accumulating some of the best memories they will have of their vacation.
Featuring the amazing bird life and scenery which is unlike anywhere else on the island, we have developed a short tour to allow you to capture our excitement for the southwest region of Newfoundland. This three day addition to any of our other tours also brings you in contact with the vestiges of French culture which exist in the accents and beliefs of a small number of French descendents.
Perhaps you are a true bird aficionado, or, like most of us, have an appreciation for them, but little knowledge. Either way, this is the location to experience the best bird life in Newfoundland. As you stroll the cliffs and abandoned fields the osprey will be returning to their nests, the harlequins playing in the surf and the eagles reign all over. (True bird watchers are welcome to view our bird checklist for the area.)
Even without the birds, the estuaries, rolling hills, and seaside walks are perfect outings for working up an appetite before relaxing at Cape Anguille Lighthouse Inn and watching the sun dip into the ocean.
Two nights lodging
2 Breakfast, 1 Dinner
Per Person Price: $390 + tax, based on double occupancy
All prices are in Canadian dollars. Applicable taxes include 15% HST.