Newfoundland, Canada’s Place Apart

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“You can stand on a cliff in Newfoundland that is as far east as one can stand in North America, It is called Cape Spear. And from this spot where the great lighthouse stands, you can look upon the vast stretch of the Atlantic and imagine the 16th century ships that were drawn to these shores from Europe. They were  English and French and they called this place Newfoundland, and they told stories of a sea teaming with a large fish they called Cod.

From the very beginning the people of Newfoundland lived from the sea where the fishermen risked their lives on the cold waters of the Grand Banks and through fog, storms and early winter gales, many were lost along these unforgiving shores. A family’s tearful gift to the sea.

Every protected bay became a fishing village called outports, but the natural deep harbor of St. Johns on Newfoundland's East Coast was the best and became the center of the fishing fleet. Here the city grew around the protected waters and the trawlers came and grew in size and for many years, millions of tons of the Cod were dredged from the sea and passed through St. Johns. I find Newfoundland one of the more spectacular places I have traveled. It’s interface with the sea and one’s access to it, unmatched. ” Richard Olsenius

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