Sunday, September 9, 2007

Around the Cape: Monday August 27th

This morning we woke up to a delicious, home cooked breakfast at the Cliffhouse. We were looking forward to taking in views of the Atlantic Ocean while enjoying breakfast, but the morning brought heavy fog. With visibility reduced to several metres, we cautiously made off towards the Cataracts Provincial Park.

The park encloses a deep river gorge with two cascading waterfalls. There were stairs and walkways that descended into the gorge and across a river. Very nice!

From the park we made our way south to Cape St. Vincent, site of many woodland caribou and breaching humpback whales. Unfortunately, we saw neither caribou nor humpback whales. That said, we learned that it is late in the season to see humpback whales. Still wanting to see wildlife though, we headed up to the Salmonier Nature Park. This beautiful park consists of a boardwalk which brings visitors through various habitats and viewing areas. Along the way we were able to see snowy owls, bald eagles, falcons, otters, and moose!

Afterwards, we made our way to the quaint village of Brigus where we checked into the Brittoner Bed and Breakfast (constructed circa 1840). We spent the late afternoon enjoying lunch at the nearby Country Corner. Generous servings of mouthwatering seafood chowder and scrumptious blueberry crumble was an excellent way to fuel up before a walk around the historic community.

Later that evening we explored the area surrounding Brigus, including Cupids, Port de Grave, Bay Roberts, and Spaniard's Bay. Late night hunger pains were kept in check with a visit to Pizza Delight. Tasty! We then returned to the bed and breakfast for the night.

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