|WHAT TO EXPECT
Caribou or moose may block your way – an iceberg may float onto the beach and groan –
whales may cavort just off shore. You may see the site of landings by the Norsemen in
about 1000 AD; or visit the radio tower where Marconi received the first transatlantic
wireless message. You may visit an area of such great significance that it is a designated
World Heritage Site.
Newfoundland is essentially a barren rock island with heavily wooded wilderness areas and
bogs. In spite of that description it is scenic. Parts of the island are accessible only by air
or boat. The main road connects the ferry landing at Channel-Port aux Basques to St.
John’s at the other end of the island, over 560 miles. Roads branch off the TCH (Trans
Canadian Highway) to serve small outports. Take time to visit some of the outports –
walk along the wharfs, drop into the museums, chat with the folks you meet.
Roads are generally paved and in good condition – good enough for cars and the trucks
carrying logs to the mills. The harsh sub arctic climate gives the island a short tourist
It is a tough place to live. Because of the distance to markets and the decline of the
fishing industry there is chronic unemployment. This leads many young people to leave
the island for college or jobs and they return only to visit, often to introduce a new
spouse or offspring to their family. Therefore, the population of the province is declining.
Memorial University in St. John’s offers many degree programs to encourage young
people to stay on the island.
Because of its strategic location a hundred thousand US troops were stationed here
during WW2. It's said that when the war was over they returned home with 25,000