August 25, 2017, 184.5 miles
Grand Codroy RV Park, Grand Codroy, Newfoundland
Our last stop in Newfoundland was a drive of 184 miles, the campground was on another beautiful blue lake, with so much vegetation around there was no way to access it. There was going to be a social later in the evening so Guy and I relaxed outside with Paul and Steve relaxing and getting to know each other. At the social the owner of the campground arrived to give us the low down of the area and things to do for the next day.
We decided to take a ride the next day around the area with Steve and Sharon and have a little lunch. We were armed with maps and directions to a great chicken diner, since we were all tired of fried fish and french fries, chicken sounded wonderful.
Along the way we looking for the diner we found the Cape Anguille Light station and Inn out on the cliffs above the ocean in the western most point on the island of Newfoundland. The inn is a restored century old light keepers home. This lighthouse was sitting on a cliff with one of the most beautiful views, I would have liked to bring my toothbrush and chair and hang there for a few days.
The lighthouse and inn are isolated in fields where horses and sheep still roam, and provides the perfect setting to relax and watch the sun set over the Atlantic while watching the whales, seals or boats sail by. If you walk along the trail you will come upon the ship wreck “SS Mareotis” that wrecked in June 1900.
After the lighthouse we started looking for our chicken diner, which, to our dismay, was closed when we finally found it. Now let me tell you, we were so frustrated, everyone was so looking forward to some chicken.
We decided to head to Port aux Basques which is the port town where we will pick up the ferry to head back to New Brunswick. We drove thru the town looking for something we could all agree on for lunch.
We ended up leaving and heading about an hour away to Harbour le Cou, a small town on the southwest shore. The town is located in a barren area of a small bay, where the 2 harbors provide shelter for fishing vessels. The coastline is rugged and lined with granite rocks with no sandy beaches.
As we were driving the amazing views of the Atlantic changed at every turn in the road. We were headed to the Rose Blanch lighthouse and wondered why we could not see the lighthouse along the coast as we drove. When we finally got to the parking area of the lighthouse it still was not visible. To get to the lighthouse, we walked along the coast on a trail for maybe a ¼ mile. As we came around a bend near the end of the trail the lighthouse finally came into sight. It sat on the top of the rock cliff far away from the village and anything else. As were all other lighthouses we saw in Canada, this one had a house attached around the base of lighthouse also.
After visiting the lighthouse we headed up a path that went to a higher cliff behind that took us to a viewing platform overlooking the town of Rose Blanche. It was a very nice sight. At the entrance to the town as we drove in we pasted a small replica of the lighthouse along the side of the road. As we left town we stopped by this miniature replica to take a closer look at it. It looked just like the real one.
The Rose Blanche lighthouse, was in operation from 1873 until the 1940’s it is made of granite with a spiral stone staircase into the tower wall which kept the tower from collapsing while the remainder fell to ruin. In 1999 the lighthouse was fully reconstructed and now is a tourist attraction. Before walking out along the rocky granite coastline to the lighthouse there is a short movie about the rebuilding of the lighthouse.
We did finally find lunch, in another little town (we had given up looking for a restaurant) and believe it or not we all ended up not having chicken but, you guessed it… fish and chips, again.
The next day we all left the campground together for the ferry, so we could board together for the 6 hour ride over to Arm of Gold Campground in North Sydney, which is where we started a month ago, before boarding the overnight ferry to Newfoundland. Loading ferry was pretty easy and did not take long to load the coaches and cars, there didn’t seem to be as many this time. Once we got back on land it was an easy 3 mile drive to our next campground, just sitting around for 6 hrs on the ferry was sure tiring.
Come on back and read about our stay back in North Sydney, and what we experience while attending an 18th Century Style Dinner and the Fortress at Louisbourg.