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Newfoundland to Nova Scotia

Newfoundland to Nova Scotia

From Newfoundland we made a 150-nm, 24-hour passage to Bras d’Or Lake in Nova Scotia. In addition to looking for a good weather forecast for the run across Laurentian Channel between Newfoundland and Nova Scotia, we also needed to time our arrival at the entrance channel, Great Bras d’Or. The current at the narrow north…

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Last Day in Newfoundland

Last Day in Newfoundland

Newfoundland is a world-class cruising destination and we’ll certainly be back for more. Our initial plan for cruising the province was to circumnavigate the island, hitting the highlights. But after our first taste of the beautiful fiords and amazing view hikes along the south coast, we were hooked. We decided instead to spend our time…

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Bay de Vieux

Bay de Vieux

Bay de Vieux was a microcosm of our Newfoundland trip and a fitting final anchorage. There we enjoyed fabulous scenery, dramatic waterfalls, an excellent view hike and chatted with some friendly locals from nearby Ramea. Trip highlights from August 27th follow. Click any image for a larger view, or click the position to view the…

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Grey River

Grey River

The narrow entrance channel to Grey River is a gap in the cliffs only 450-ft wide and hardly is visible until you are right up to it. We’d timed our entrance for low-water slack as an ebb current against wind and swell can generate steep and rough seas outside the entrance. Even without any opposing…

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La Hune Bay

La Hune Bay

We entered La Hune Bay past a stubby light perched above a helicopter service pad on a steep, barren cliff. The light and the abandoned community of Cape La Hune gave the place an even more remote feel than some of our other anchorages, as if nobody had been there for a very long time….

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Aviron Bay

Aviron Bay

You’d think by now that we might be getting tired of yet another view hike with a waterfall. Not yet. But even if we were, Aviron Bay would perk us right back up again. There we anchored off a one thousand-foot waterfall and climbed to the clifftops for sweeping views of the anchorage and surrounding…

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Hare Bay

Hare Bay

We’d been told that we couldn’t really say we’d been to Newfoundland without sighting a moose, but we’d not seen one yet. We’d seen moose dropping and moose tracks, but no moose. We have been up on the highest points in the area where we can see for miles in all directions with unbroken hills…

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Facheux Harbour

Facheux Harbour

Facheux Harbour is the longest, at about ten miles, and deepest fjord on the south coast of Newfoundland. Surprisingly, a good anchorage is at the head in 45ft. The steeply-sloped sides make shore access difficult, but we did find a track to the top, complete with climbing ropes. Trip highlights from Aug 19th follow. Click…

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Pushthrough

Pushthrough

The first permanent settlers inhabited Pushthrough, at the mouth of Northern Arm, in 1812. The population reached 209 by 1884 and peaked at 247 in 1961. Between 1966 and 1968, a third of the 50 families relocated and the entire community resettled in 1969. Much has been written about the negative impacts of the resettlement…

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Northern Arm

Northern Arm

Northern Arm extends as two long inlets roughly eleven miles into the Newfoundland Coast from the western edge of Bay d’Espoir. The scenery there, particularly along seven-mile North Bay, is spectacular. We spent four nights in Northern Arm where we saw seals, whales and eagles, made five climbs, and completely ran out of superlatives to…

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Bay d’Espoir

Bay d’Espoir

From Piccaire we travelled around the east side of Long Island into Bay d’Espoir through scenic, but aquaculture-filled Little Passage. We stopped for the night at Jack Damp Cove with great views into Bay d’Espoir. The next day we ran through even more scenic Lampidoes Passage and anchored at beautiful and sheltered Middle Goblin Bay…

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Piccaire and Gaultois

Piccaire and Gaultois

In 1961 when best-selling Canadian author Farley Mowat visited Piccaire, he could barely find room to tie his skiff to the crowded new Government wharf. He prefered to anchor off Piccaire and make the three-mile walk overland if he wanted to reach the nearby town of Gaultois. Little remains of that new Government wharf today,…

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Round Harbour

Round Harbour

We weren’t planning to visit Round Harbour on the south side of Long Island as the entrance looked tight and the charts showed aquaculture filling the small basin inside. But we decided to at least check it out on our way past and are glad we did. The entrance wasn’t difficult and the bay inside…

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Sam Hitches Harbour

Sam Hitches Harbour

Sam Hitches Harbour is as beautiful as Little Bay, and also has a waterfall at the head. It seems like it’s a rare anchorage here that doesn’t have a waterfall. Newfoundland is exactly our kind of cruising grounds: solitude with amazing natural scenery. Except for a few local-looking boats docked at Harbour Breton, we’ve not…

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