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Saturday, January 7, 2012

Newfoundland 2010

I was inspired to upload some of my favorite photos from our last trip to Newfoundland by Judy  and her picture of last season's pitcher plants. We flew there in September 2010 for a long overdue visit with relatives and had the opportunity to see some beautiful sights and enjoy the fall weather. We drove up to "Site Sam" which is where the radio tower is at the former U.S. Navy base in Argentia. Argentia is where I was born and is also where the ferry terminal is located for RV'ers who are considering a trip to this beautiful island.

My son Cory on top of Site Sam

 While in the area we stayed at Wayne's mother's home in Placentia. The town of Placentia was established as a fishing settlement and the British and the French waged war over this area for centuries.  It was also a valuable military port due to its strategic narrow harbor entrance. Castle Hill  features the remains of the military fortifications built to protect the harbor, and is always worth a visit.

Wayne looking out on Placentia from Castle Hill

Wayne's brother Harold's boat

 I took a few early morning walks while in Placentia, and loved reconnecting with this place where I spent many happy times with my mother's family.

Ambrose Shea lift bridge
 My son Cory and I also walked from Placentia to Freshwater one afternoon. Freshwater is where my mother's family mostly lives, and the best part of walking to my grandmother's house is going up Old Settlement Hill. Your legs burn by the time you reach the top!

Freshwater wharf

 On another afternoon we walked down the hill to First Beach with my mother and my Uncle Ronnie. No sun and sand to be had at this beach, but still worth a trip, especially if you need some exercise.

My mom on the road to First Beach

Cory finds a moose track on the beach

 We scoured the shore for treasures, finding mostly seaweed, rocks, and barnacles, but also a few starfish in the tidepools and even spotted a seal offshore and watched him for awhile.


Tide pool treasures

 Cape St. Mary's bird sanctuary is within a reasonable drive so we made a stop out there one afternoon also.

Cape St. Mary's

 Another daytrip we made was to Salmonier Nature Park. Wayne had been here before, but it was new to me and I was quite surprised by the wide variety of native animals in natural surroundings. The enclosures are scattered along a boardwalk trail and one of the plants I photographed was the Pitcher Plant which is the province's official flower.

Pitcher plant

If you're visiting Newfoundland and you take a trip into St. John's, don't miss Signal Hill where the first transatlantic wireless signal was received in 1901.  We skipped the tower and hiked down the North Head Trail to get a great view of the harbor and the Quidi Vidi Battery and Lighthouse.

North Head Trail

It was berry pickin' time and so I took my great-niece Emily out to pick blueberries on the bog.

I filled my bucket too!

 In addition to picking...and eating...lots of blueberries we got to see lots of ponds...and more pitcher plants.

 There's much to see and do in Newfoundland, and I hope I've inspired some of my fellow travelers to consider it for their next trip!


  1. I think pitcher plants are incredible!

  2. We have always wanted to go to Newfoundland..but you reminded me. What beautiful pictures. Could you tell me about the lift bridge?

    1. The bridge was finished in 1961 and if you want to see it you might have to hurry! A new bridge is planned to be built and the lift bridge will disassembled. On our last trip home my husband and son climbed to the top in the wee hours of the morning and enjoyed the view...glad I wasn't there to see them climb up! Apparently they did this as teenagers growing up there. Boys!

  3. This is on my list of places to visit.

    1. You'll find nicer people nowhere else! There is also a boardwalk that was built along the beach where they used to dry to cod that is nice to walk along, and the road into and out of Placentia is a nice walk also, if you can handle a climb! Be careful on those roads out there driving, there really isn't any shoulder and they are bumpy, but it's okay because when you're there you aren't in a hurry anyway. Do all your driving before dusk...the moose are on the roads and it's pitch black out there!

  4. I LOVE Newfoundland! Amazing photos of the Pitcher Plant!