There are two kinds of people in this world – Newfoundlanders, and those who want to be. If you don’t know what all the fuss is about, you likely haven’t visited yet. I hope you’ll let me help you reform your ways, and plan your trip to the promised land!
The rugged coastline of Canada’s youngest province has been formed, and worn, by the sea – much as its people have been. Being surrounded by water defines life in Newfoundland, and anyone raised there has salt water coursing through their veins. It’s why, year after year of living on the mainland (or “upalong”), the ties to Newfoundland grow stronger. Speak to any Newfoundlander (or wannabe) and they’ll all share the same sentiment – no matter where we sleep/ pay taxes/ live, Newfoundland is “home.”
Every summer (and Christmas, if we can), my family of four returns “home”. We spent time showing the sights to the kiddies (walked where Captain Cook walked), spent time on the water, but, more importantly, we spent time reconnecting with our large extended circle of family and friends. Last summer, ten grandkids aged 3-13 converged at my mom’s house for some raucous and crazy times.
I had the chance to share my love of my homeland with some clients this past year, and had a lot of fun creating an “insider’s tour” of Newfoundland. My clients flew into the east coast to tour St. John’s and Bay Bulls before they drove across the island to visit Trinity and Twillingate and Gros Morne. After that, they visited the Viking settlements at L’Anse aux Meadows, took a ferry across to Labrador, and then came back to discover Corner Brook and the Bay of Islands. It was no surprise to me that they had an absolutely fabulous time, and have raved about the tour to their friends and family.
Let me know if you’d like me to arrange a tour for you!