Meg and I spent the best part of a day exploring the beautiful village of Brigus and the surrounding hills. Settled in 1612, this was one of the earliest English settlements in Newfoundland (2 years after the first settlement of neighbouring Cupids). This is one area we would love to come back to and would thoroughly recommend to others wanting to immerse themselves in such a rich history.
As with so many villages, it suffered from the various skirmishes with the French and was actually burned down twice (1697 and again in 1705) however the village was reestablished. The main industry was fishing, like so many of the villages dotted around the Newfoundland coast but the other notable thing about Brigus is it is the birthplace of Captain Robert A. Bartlett, the master mariner of arctic fame.
While we were wandering around we were fortunate to meet a descendant of Robert Bartlett. Even though she lives in Nova Scotia her roots are strong and returns to Brigus every summer. It was great to get some local knowledge of the area which adds another dimension to our experience.
While exploring the hills surrounding Brigus we helped ourselves to the wild blueberries.