By: Trisha Yanke
So yesterday we ‘took the plunge’ and booked our first campsite in Newfoundland. I was both a little surprised, and panicked when I went searching for campgrounds in Gros Morne National Park and the campground we wanted (Berry Hill Campground) was already booked up.
We originally thought we would book a site here for the 5 nights we would be on the Island, and travel out from there as we liked. The best I could now get was our first 3 nights (and only 1 site was even available for that)! After confirming with Sherri that they would also plan to stay at Berry Hill, I quickly booked the site.
So, now what to do with the next 2 nights? The Herrera’s and ourselves discussed it a bit, and kind of decided we would each head our own way and see the things that interested us. We could meet back up for the ferry ride back to Nova Scotia.
Dale and I had already talked about taking a day trip farther north to the UNESCO National Historic Site, L’Anse Aux Meadows.
This is supposedly the location of the earliest known evidence of European presence in the Americas (pre-dating Columbus by almost 500 years). L’Anse Aux Meadows is the site of a long-ago Norse/Viking village.
I asked our oldest a few days ago if he’d ever heard about the Vikings landing in Canada 1000 years ago. He said “yeah, L’Anse Aux Meadows, right?” I had no idea he’d been studying this in school this year (or that he would remember the specific name??!!!?!) – but it pretty much locked in our decision to go there.
Since we needed somewhere to stay for 2 nights, we figured we would head up to this northern peninsula and stay there.
I also looked into whale watching tours, and was pleased to find there is one that leaves from the town of St. Anthony (about 1/2 an hour from L’Anse Aux Meadows).
More plans to research, more bookings to make!
Oh yes, now that we’d booked our campground we thought it would probably be a good idea to book our ferry ride over! The ferry leaves from North Sydney, NS and takes about 7-8 hours to get to Port Aux Basques, NL. We’ve opted for an overnight trip (leaving Nova Scotia just before midnight, and arriving in Newfoundland early morning), and booked a berth onboard so we can sleep as we go!