Another gem of a place we visited was Grates Cove, situated at the most northern point of the Avalon Peninsular. We didn’t have great weather but this small fishing village beckoned us to stay longer. Settled in 1790 it isn’t as old as some of the other places we have visited, however it is believed that Grates Cove was visited by seasonal fisherman before this and the small amount of research I have done indicates the area could have been visited as early as 1497 by John Cabot.
One of he things we were really keen to see was the stone walls in this area. The “Walled Landscape of Grates Cove” is a National Historic Site comprising 65 hectares of grassy landscape containing small gardens demarcated by stone walls. The area represents a rare surviving example of a communal system of land and community organisation unique in Newfoundland.
While looking around this area we had difficulty trying to imagining what it would have been like for the settlers trying to establish gardens for food production in this inhospitable landscape.