The next day we left Terra Nova for Lockston
Path Provincial Park. Stopping in Caitlin for groceries
and a small ice maker before proceeding to Port Rexton and the
campground which is out five kilometers on a 17 kilometer gravel
road. It is a nice CG with water and electric on a lake and
river. We took a walk through the CG which is actually on a hill
and around part of the large pond at the bottom. I never did and
still don’t understand the difference
between a lake and a pond. When planning this trip I expected
relatively cold temperature but we had everything but. The
locals of course weren't used to this kind of warm weather and
took the opportunity to hang out in the river and cool off.
Sunday July 21 we
went to Trinity a small historical fishing village that has
replaced the fishing industry in the area with tourism.
Newfoundland used to rely on cod mainly salted and seal
hunting for it’s lively hood. Both of these resources have
been depleted in numbers and their popularity has been
reduced in recent years.
In some regard Sunday was not the best day to go to
Trinity as some of the artisans like the blacksmith and
cooper have the day off.
Notice the Jello not authentic as there is a company that
makes this type of display for museums and other venues.
One of the historic buildings hosts a free Tea Lunch. We
even had birthday cake for the youngest daughter of the
historical homeowner the daughter would have been 126 on the
day we visited. During Tea lunch we had the opportunity to
meet and talk to several interesting people. One couple from
Warwick N.Y had just bought a summer home in Trinity. His
father had originally been from Trinity moving down into the
States as a young man. Then there was a young lady who
taught in Alberta during the winter but she and her family
including two young children spent 6 months in Trinity. Her
husband ran the Whale touring company. Another local lady
who’s grandchildren had
come to visit from St Johns where most of Newfoundland’s
population lives. After our tea lunch we continued to walk
around town. We met and talked to some folks on a tour bus
visiting from the States. They don’t do Tea lunch as their
tour includes lunch in the town restaurant. CK Chesterton
has said “ The traveler sees what he sees the tourist sees
what he has come to see” Guess we are travelers.
On Monday we drove to the end of the
Bonavista Peninsula and visited Ellison and Bonavista.
Ellison is the root cellar capital of the world. There
are 103 root cellars with many still in use. They also
have a series of islands where nesting puffins can be
seen without the need to go boating.
they were creative with their Adirondack chair
The town is also famous for the now depleted seal
hunting industry. There is a monument and interpretive
center dedicated to the sealers lost in a 1919 tragic
storm. I know seal hunting is frowned upon. In many
quarters but seals provided needed resources to the pre
modern world and these men supported their families in
this harsh dangerous occupation. Many lost their lives
during the normal course of everyday seal hunting. The
boats brought the men out to the seals and then the men
trudged across the ice flow to the seals with harpoons
bringing the dead seals back to the ships for
In Bonavista we went to the Ryan Premises, consisting
of a dock and combined buildings of the Ryan
family a Newfoundland merchant family business. They
bought fish and seals from the fisherman and dealers
processed them and sold world wide. Fisherman borrowed
for what needed using what they called the “Truck
System” and paid up with fish hoping to have a surplus
at the end of the season. All the building were built in
the 1800’s and were timber framed built with pegs and
fitted joints essentially without nails and bolts and
the building contained period appropriate antiques like
this dentist suit.
We didn’t see any more of Bonavista although I don’t
think there was much more that interested us as it was
pouring so we went back to the truck getting soaked
along the way, went shopping for groceries mostly
produce and returned to the campground. One of the
downsides of not having a working refrigerator is the
need to shop more often.
Tuesday brought us to the Skerwink
trail supposedly one of the top 35 trails in North
America. It is listed as moderate but for us older
folk it was downright difficult with
lots of stairs to climb and descend.
view of and from the cliffs was spectacular and the whales were
Wednesday we hung around till the
afternoon and then went back to Trinity. At 2:39 we
attended The Trinity pageant. A two hour street theater
and tour of the physical town and it’s history
with local actors displaying the various periods in the
towns history and then there was the ubiquitous
Adirondack chairs except this time in yellow. The
pageant was written and is presented by the Rising Tide
Theater Group. They also have a dinner theater and
present several locally written plays.
morning we left Lockston Path a day earlier then
planned and drove to Winterton stopping in Caitlin
first for groceries..