Friday, 25 July 2014

Fogo Part 1: Getting There.

2013_NL_F14_0023Although I have lived in the nearby towns of Gander and Musgrave Harbour, I had never visited the island of Fogo until the summer of 2013. Besides wanting to see a part of Newfoundland that I had not yet seen, I confess that I also wanted to check out The Fogo Island Inn, a luxury hotel built by Zita Cobb and her Shorefast Foundation. I find Zita's idea of "progressive capitalism" or "entrepreneurial philanthropy" interesting. When I first heard about the Shorefast Foundation several years ago, I sent them an e-mail offering to spend some volunteer time getting things moving. I never heard back from them, but I was curious to see what they had achieved.

To get to Fogo Island, you need to get to Farewell, just north of Gander. The ferry operates on a first-come, first-serve basis, so you need to arrive well ahead of time to make sure you get aboard, otherwise you could be at the end of a long line and may not board until the next ferry. Like this couple, I see issues with the ferry service as a threat to the success of the Fogo Island Inn.

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When the ferry, the Captain Earl W. Winsor, arrives, it is quick to unload, so when you see it approaching, you best head back to your car.

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Ferries like this one are common throughout Newfoundland and Labrador, and are constantly in the news due to their state of disrepair. This one is in a somewhat shoddy state with a lot of visible rusting and painted-over rust. There is no comparison between this and an RCN ship or a CCG ship.

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The Captain Earl W. Winsor started out life in 1972 as the MV Prince Edward and ran on the PEI - Pictou run until 1997 when she was refitted, renamed, and reassigned to service Fogo Island and Change Islands. While she is not a large ferry, she has a big enough cafeteria for a mug-up and a game of cards to while away the time.

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In about an hour after leaving Farewell, the ferry ramp on Fogo island hove into view.

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Fogo, like many parts of Newfoundland, is short on forest. But driving along the highway, I was struck by the "forest" of utility poles!

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Since Fogo Island is a remote island accessible only by ferry, anyone traveling for a visit there needs to have booked a place to stay well in advance, such as the Landwash Lodging B&B in Joe Batt's Arm.

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Here are the links to all the posts in the Fogo Island series:

Fogo Part 1: Getting There
Fogo Part 2: Walking Around
Fogo Part 3: The Fishery
Fogo Part 4: The Fogo Island Inn


Here is a list of links to all of the blog posts from my 2013 tour around Newfoundland:
Trout River and Gros Morne National Park
Cuckolds Cove to Carbonear
Signal Hill
Boat Tour!
Bird Watching!
Whale Watching!
Twillingate Part 1: Getting There
Twillingate Part 2: Wine, Music, and Whine
Twillingate Part 3: An Iceberg and a Lighthouse
Twillingate Part 4: Down to the Sea in Boats



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