Western Brook Pond
Trip Start Jul 06, 2007
29Trip End Aug 03, 2007
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The big hike looms on the horizon...for me at least! We have to hike more than a mile and a quarter into the bog/forest on a combination of gravel and boardwalk trail until we reach the so-called pond which looks more like the ocean to me. We were told this would take roughly an hour (for those who need to travel at a slower pace)
Because we got to the parking lot with less than the necessary hour for hiking, that put more pressure on me. There were some folks who caught up and passed me but they looked like speed-walkers! I was literally the last person on the trail. I kept chugging along and to my credit I didn't stop once to rest even though it was tempting. I finally arrived at the dock with only five minutes to spare before sailing. The trek took me a total of 45 minutes.
I didn't feel too badly being last because there were lots of much older folks who I know must've started the hike at least two or three hours ahead of time! There are no rides into this place, everyone has to walk. There are two 165 passenger boats that leave at the same time.
Needless to say the two hour boat trip was breathtaking and I would advise anyone passing this way to take advantage of this opportunity
After leaving here we headed south approximately two hundred miles for Port aux Basques to spend our eighth and last night on Newfoundland/Labrador before heading back to Nova Scotia.
We stayed at a B&B called Heritage Home which was located just across the highway from the ferry dock.
Port aux Basques is considered the hub of the Southwest Coast. The smaller communities use Port aux Basques for its commercial, retail, professional, recreational, and other related services. As the main "Gateway to Newfoundland," Port aux Basques provides an essential ferry service to Newfoundland and mainland Canada.
This area was socked-in with low clouds the entire time we were here but we did a bit of sightseeing and this is a really quaint village. Our room faced the docks and since the ships come and go around the clock, announcements can be heard loudly and clearly all night long!