Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Gander Newfoundland

Adios, Newfoundland


Gander has an interesting museum and static display of older aircraft.  I had to stop and take some photos. These aircraft remind me of my Dad, my uncle, and Big Jim as well.












Now, my Son and Nephew are th pilots of this generation..


From Gander, I travelled northeastward, up the Bonavista peninsula.  There were some incredibly beautiful small outpost towns and villages.



Although there are many modern homes in the smaller communities of Newfoundland, I particularly enjoyed the older style houses: functional and practical.  The colours were a welcome addition to the sometimes grey vistas.




The number of men from each small community who had died serving our Country was sometimes staggering.  In one village, I saw memorials for members of the same family in every war since the Boer War.










There is a strong United Church, Presbyterian and Anglican influence on the island.  It looks like in each community there are churches and cemeteries for each of the different beliefs.



I have never been this close to the ice bergs. It is a strange feeling to know that these huge bergs have travelled down from Greenland.  









My view from the campsite...








I  travelled down from Bonnvista to St. Johns...



 Signal Hill....

The Eastern Edge of Canada...Cape Spear





During the Second War, there were American forces based here, defending NL from the U Boats...


Had a rain day in St. John's.  Spent it in their museum....






 Beothuk artifacts...





Moved south towards the Argentia ferry.  Placentia is nearby and it has an interesting fortification overlooking the town.  It has been inhabited since the late 1500's...







A scene of major battles between British and French forces for control of the New World...




The cod were dried directly on the rocky beaches of Placentia..










 I boarded the overnight ferry at Argentia, and headed back to Sydney.  Nearby is the historic site of Louisbourg.  An amazing reconstruction of this historic site.










































I camped in the nearby village of Louisbourg...







The offshore trawlers require some big lighting...