20 Years From Now...

"20 YEARS FROM NOW," Mark Twain said, “you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than the ones you did.”THIS online journal is dedicated to our next 20 years!

Thursday, 5 October 2017

St. Anthony

We stayed three nights in St. Anthony as the Snuggle Inn self-catering cottage. Our unit is on the lower level of the orange house with the red roof, shown in the centre of the photo below (to the far right of the orange airplane).

We were cozy and comfortable in this cottage. It came equipped with everything we could possibly need or want (including a stackable washer/dryer) and the wifi which can often be hit and miss on the 'rock' was excellent.

While in this town of 2400 people we toured the Grenfell Historic Properties that showcases the lifelong dedication of Dr. Wilfred Thomason Grenfell to the people of Newfoundland and Labrador. Sadly, neither of us took many photos so the majority are courtesy of the Grenfell Historic Properties website.

Grenfell was born on February 28, 1865 in the north of England. A devout man, he joined the Royal National Mission to Deep Sea Fishermen and in 1892 was sent to investigate the conditions in the Labrador fishery.

What he found appalled him. One fisherman told him the locals had "never had a doctor in these parts before" and that was the start of Dr. Grenfell's lifelong work.

In the early years he travelled via boat to these remote villages and even operated on board and in the villager's homes. Dr. Grenfell practiced medicine, built hospitals, established schools and orphanages. He enticed nurses and other doctors to come to the region to help these communities and when not working on the coast toured the UK and North America looking for support and donations to further the cause.

Throughout his life he cared for the fishermen and their families often to the detriment of his own health. He died in Vermont on October 9th, 1940. His ashes were brought back to his beloved coast and are buried on Tea House Hill behind Grenfell House in St. Anthony. Dr. Grenfell is still revered in Newfoundland and Labrador and after visiting this museum it is clear why. He gave his all and singlehandedly made so many lives better.

We also drove to the St. Anthony lighthouse. Just look at that glorious blue sky!

From here we drove further down the coast to the small fishing village of Goose Cove East.

The Pumley Cove Walking Path enticed us to walk along the cliffs.

The easy one kilometre walk was one of the most enjoyable strolls we've enjoyed in Newfoundland. Timing, of course, is everything and we were witness to the multitude of partridge berries.

St. Anthony, Goose Cove East and in between is such an incredibly scenic region of Newfoundland. We're so glad we had the opportunity to experience for ourselves.

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