Visions of the Rock: A Newfoundland Gallery

 

Given the geography of Newfoundland (something that will become VERY apparent as you check out this gallery), it’s hardly surprising that this Canadian island-province’s nickname is the “Rock.”

The Rock has a special place in both of our hearts. Sharon’s father hails from Burgeo on the south shore ( check out some shots from Burgeo below) while Mark lived in Newfoundland back in the 70’s and went to school in St. John’s.

In the words of Newfoundland and Labrador’s unofficial anthem, “Ode to Newfoundland”,  “As loved our fathers, so we love, Where once they stood we stand.”

Here are images, not just of the rock, but of a way of life, of images that are fond memories for both of us.

 

TRIP TIPS: Before your visit to Newfoundland (and you REALLY need to put it on your bucket list!), log on to www.newfoundlandlabrador.com and http://gowesternnewfoundland.com

file ATV Pirates Codroy Rose Blanche
Whimsical “statues” on the South Coast both speak to the sense of humour of Newfies and to their respect for art and local culture.

 

file Stephenville Crossing/Pirates/Robinsons/Beaches
Not what you might call a Caribbean getaway, but there is water and sun on this west coast “beach” near the village of Robinsons.

 

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Fascinating rock formations are found near the “Gravels” at Port au Port.

 

road to Burgeo off Trans Canada, Newfoundland
A pristine river flows beside the road that leads to Burgeo on the south coast (Sharon’s father’s hometown).

 

Burgeo town, Newfoundland
The fishing village of Burgeo. There is a street here named for Sharon’s family, the original school was named after her uncle.

 

file Gros Morne
At the Tablelands in Gros Morne National Park you’ll find some of the most ancient rock samples on the planet.

 

file Woody Point Tablelands Norris Point Western Brook Pond Moose Cow Head
The Tablelands Trail at Gros Morne is one of the few places on earth where the mantle is actually exposed.

 

file Woody Point Tablelands Norris Point Western Brook Pond Moose Cow Head
One of the most beautiful boat rides you can ever take is on the waters of Western Brook Pond on Newfoundland’s west coast.

 

file Woody Point Tablelands Norris Point Western Brook Pond Moose Cow Head
Some intrepid hikers and climbers actually make it to the top of these Gros Morne behemoths.

 

file St. Anthony and Gros Morne
The scenery is spectacular between Gros Morne and St. Anthony up the Great Northern Peninsula.

 

file Woody Point Tablelands Norris Point Western Brook Pond Moose Cow Head
True fjords in Gros Morne make for spectacular vistas. The only other places in Canada with formations like this are in Quebec’s Saguenay.

 

Sandbanks Provincial Park, Burgeo, Newfoundland
Though there’s plenty of sand at Sandbanks Provincial Park near Burgeo, it’s the rock that helps it keep its Newfie identity.

 

 

 

2 Responses

  1. Daniela Crean

    Beautiful! Definitely on our bucket list and has been for some time. Thanks!

    • Mark Stevens, photos by Sharon Matthews-Stevens

      Newfoundland is a great place to have a road trip. I like car rentals because you can stop almost anywhere you fancy. Mark and I enjoyed driving in this province.