Undoubtedly one of the highlights of our trip to Newfoundland was our visit to Fogo Island. I had heard about a new beautiful Inn that had been built by architect Todd Saunders and where an overnight stay begins at $800 (albeit that includes all your food and non-alcoholic beverages). Not only that but he had been building these odd artist studios on the Island as well. I couldn't understand why such an elaborate Inn with only 29 rooms would be built on a fishing island that hardly anyone knew anything about. Anyway, something was drawing me there. I had also heard from a friend that the people of Newfoundland are very friendly. I discovered that the barren landscape and the buildings reminded me of Churchill, Manitoba - where I grew up.
I remember as a child climbing on the rocks which bordered Hudson Bay and picking wild blueberries. I remembered the wind which was ever present on Fogo Island and especially the evening where we attempted to hike Brimstone Head Trail which felt like 2,000 feet above sea level!
There are only two ways to get to Fogo Island. One is to charter a small airplane from Gander, Newfoundland and the other is take the Ferry at Farewell which may or may not be operating that day! Lucky for us, we only had to wait 3 and a half hours to get on the boat. It was well worth the wait though because the scenery is absolutely breathtaking and so is the Fogo Island Inn where we stopped for a tour and some lunch. Following our visit to the Inn we visited Joe Batt's Arm and had the most amazing home-made Partridge-berry ice cream ever.
The Shorefast Foundation, headed by Zita Cobb is who is behind the Fogo Island Inn and the Artist studios. Their intention is to revitalize the economy by bringing tourists, artists and jobs. They are committed to "finding new ways with old things". Anyway, I'm a much better photographer than writer so I'll share some photos. As they say "There are no strangers here, when you leave, you'll be leaving home."
I can't wait to go back.