Our travels today took us north to the National Historic Site of Red Bay where evidence exists that the Basque whaling ships traversed the Atlantic in search of the “Right Whale”. Come on tour with us to find out all the details about these behemoths and how they changed the lives of the whalers for between 75 and 80 years in the 16th and 17th centuries. Then we had a look at some of the artifacts as well as a miniature “rendering station” where blubber became the lucrative oil. (Not much has changed off the coast of Newfoundland in 400 years! Still getting oil from the ocean!!)
We had a delicious meal in Blanc Sablon and then we had just a few minutes to spare while we went to the dock to see the fishermen bringing in their stocks of herring – simply fascinating!
Much better day today for our ferry crossing! Although it was still a little foggy, we were able to see porpoises off the starboard stern of the boat a few minutes after we were leaving Labrador.
At our arrival in Port au Choix, then gent who helped with the luggage was very keen to help yours truly with the difficult task of finding a moose to photograph. While the moose were elusive, we found three on the far side of a pond. What was really amazing, however, were the caribou that really didn’t mind having their photos taken! Brendan was gracious enough to spend about two hours in search of great photos and the incredible wildlife.