We have been so fortunate to have some outstandingly memorable days on this journey and our recent trip to Cape Race situated at the southeast corner of Newfoundland with all of it’s wonders was one of those days.
Cape Race and the surrounding ecological reserve is notable for a number of things.
Since Europeans have been travelling to the New World, Cape Race has been the first definite sighting of land from which they could confirm their position. It has also been a notorious and treacherous stretch of coastline foundering many ships and claiming thousands of lives and millions of tonnes of cargo. Mistaken Point is well named as Captains erroneously misjudged their location and ran aground.
During WWII the Cape Race concrete lighthouse (built in 1907) was considered so important to all nations it was never attacked by the German navy. It’s massive one million candle power lens flashes every 7.5 seconds and the fog horn also gets plenty of work given on average the Cape is shrouded in fog on 158 days of the year.
The Radio Station situated at Cape Race has been an important communication point for seafarers. Of course much is made of the fact that it was the first land location to receive the distress call from the Titanic.
Also at Mistaken Point are 560 million year old fossils. These show the oldest examples of complex marine life found in the world. Unfortunately Meg and I weren’t able to join that days tour (it pays to book ahead of time) so I can’t share any photos with you however the interpretive centre at Portugal Cove South was the next best thing and had some great exhibits.
These coves on the edge near the lighthouse opened up like the earth was splitting and drew you in as you got closer for a peek over the edge. It would be great to see them in a storm with huge waves pounding in and the white water exploding over the top. (In the first photo, the black speck in the water is a seal)
The trail to the rookery is quite accessible and worth the short hike. Despite being covered in fog while we were there it did lift just a little to enable these photos of the cliff face.
These streams pictured below are typical of the freshwater running everywhere fed by a myriad of small lakes.
It was fun to watch the seals watching us with a very cautious eye however they did appear to be very gun shy. As I raised my arm quickly to point them out to Meg they immediately dived for cover. The supporting photo is the small bay the seals were fishing in.
Some other scenes from this beautiful and rewarding day.