Getting back to our Canada trip, we travelled from Gander to the Twillingate Islands and the town of Twillingate in Notre Dame Bay. This once prosperous fishing community now largely exists on tourism after the cod moratorium made fishing uneconomical.
Then there is the quaint Twillingate Museum that is the former home of the church pastors.
I particularly enjoyed visiting St Peter's Anglican church founded in 1845. Talking with the two young ladies who opened the church for us, I learned that the current congregation consists of about 30 regular attendees. It is well maintained on the inside and much of the history of the town can be gleamed from walking the church grave yard.
Just on the edge of town is Long Point Lighthouse, one of the most photographed in Newfoundland. There is a small exhibit in what was the lighthouse keepers quarters. For me, the lighthouse was not near as interesting as the wonderful views of the Atlantic Ocean from a height of 300 feet above sea level in the bay that is called the Iceberg Capital of Newfoundland. Ironically, we did not see any icebergs here.
Our last stop on this tour was The Boyd's Cove Beothuk site. Excavations in the late 1900's confirmed the existence of a seasonal Beothuk village that existed between 1650 and 1720. Unfortunately for these hunter/gatherers, this coincided with the arrivals of the first Europeans to the area. The natives chose to try and avoid contact with the Europeans but they were competing for the same resources. Over time they were pushed out of the area and suffered from lack of food resources. They essentially starved to death and they were thought to be extinct as a people by the 1820's