Monday, July 19, 2004
Rose Blanche is located some 50 kilometres east of Port aux Basques along the southern coast of Newfoundland. The gentle winding road takes the traveller through beautiful countryside very different from that between Port aux Basques and Corner Brook. It is a trip well worth making. The lighthouse was built in the 1870s and stayed in commission until the late 1940s, when Newfoundland joined the Canadian federation of provinces. In the 50+ years after falling out of commission the lighthouse fell apart until only the light tower remained. Local efforts rebuilt the whole lighthouse as closely as possible to original specifications between 1996 and 1999. On the way the road passes the charming townships of Isle de Morts, Burnt Islands and Harbour LeCou.
Saturday, July 17, 2004
The Main Game
The reason for being here in the first place was to teach a Summer Institute for 42 students enrolled in a Masters of Education degree program at Mount St Vincent Univerity. The Institute was held in the Marble Mountain ski lodge, just a short distance below the Humber Arm toward Deer Lake. The university spared nothing to ensure a superb and accommodating setting in which to teach and learn -- a fact lost on nobody who participated.
Friday, July 16, 2004
A nice spot for a picnic
Just above the waterline we found a fine piece of open land which gave us some nice views of the cove from higher ground. It looked like a perfect spot for a picnic, or for spending considerably more time.
On the coast of the Gulf of St Lawrence, a few miles south of the Bay of Islands at the entrance to the Humber Arm, Bottle Cove was until recently a small fishing community. The 1921 census reported 4 people living in 6 households. Its lava flows and wavecut platforms are of much geological interest. At the end of the last ice age, as the glaciers retreated from the shoreline, the sea cut platforms into the now exposed cliffs. As the ice continued to melt, the land -- freed of the weight of the ice -- slowly lifted. Today the two wave cut platforms at Bottle Cove are 30 and 60 metres above sea level respectively. Besides being of geological interest the cove rates highly on the scale of natural beauty and is proudly commended to tourists by local inhabitants. It is separated from Lark Harbour, just 2 kilometres away, by a low peninsula.