Twilight in Twillingate

Trip Start Jun 01, 2011
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Trip End Sep 15, 2011


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Thursday, July 14, 2011

We arrived in Twilligate, got set up at Peyton’s Woods RV Park and Campground and then headed into town to catch the Split Peas at the Touton House. The Split Peas are a local singing group made up of 7 women specializing in traditional and folk music. They’ve been performing together for the past 18 years and are a fan favourite for many tourists in the area. It was a wonderful show. 



When we got out of the Touton House we saw the most amazing fiery sunset - similar to the one we saw back in the Gaspe Peninsula. It is our ‘Twilight in Twillingate’ feature shot. 


Twillingate, itself, claims to be the ‘Iceberg Capital of the World’ and, of course, is part of the famous song “I’se the By”. Now we didn’t go on the boats to see the ice bergs as we had before; however the day we left we were happy for the local tour operators as it had been such cool and rainy weather that nobody was going out to sea, but the sun came out and we could see good size bergs just out past the harbour for all to enjoy. I’m sure those who were in the area awoke to a thrill of knowing they’d get out to see what they had gone up that way for.


They also have a little winery in Durrell (just down the road) called the Auk Island Winery, which carries numerous types of their local berry wines. They sell blueberry, raspberry, bakeapple and even rhubarb wines. We bought one called Moose Juice. 


Our second night there we went to the All Around the Circle Dinner Theatre in Crow Head (also known as Crow ‘Ed, to the locals). Anyway, this group of 7 Newfoundlanders offer their talents 6 nights of the week. They not only perform music and skits, but they also cook up the meal and serve it too! We had a lovely cod dinner there and again a very entertaining show.


Both performances used an Ugly Stick as one of their musical instruments. Its a funny little thing made from an old mop handle, bottle caps, and a old rubber boot. They use a little stick to tap it as they keep the beat of the boot while pounding it down to the floor. The caps jingle and jangle along to the guitar and accordion that accompany it. Pretty neat thing that we’ve yet to get a proper photo of to share with you.


While in the area the other thing we wanted to do was to go Fogo Island - so off we went. And lucky me, I got to drive the boat! The Earl W. Windsor was the ferry that carried us to and from Fogo. A good size ferry as you can see from the photos. However, I was only able to drive it one way as the Captain wanted to do his part too.


At Fogo we drove the entire island and saw all of the little fishing villages. We went to Tilting first and had a lovely BBQ lunch by the sea; then on to Joe Batt’s Arm, which is where they host the Punt Boat Races in about a week’s time; to Fogo; Shoal Bay and picked up some treats from the local bakery; Deep Bay; Island Harbour; Fogo Island Central; Seldom; Little Seldom; and, finally, Stag Harbour, which is where the ferry docked.


We had a good day. It was cool, there was a bit of fog here and there and even a bit of rain, but we made the most of it just the same.
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doug switzer on

Hey guys,
Another nice write-up. Sounds like you arehaving lots of fun. Safe travels.

Doug

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