Newfoundland Expedition 2022
I'll be enjoying a photo and nature expedition to Newfoundland May 20 to June 20, 2022. This is my fourth trip to Newfoundland and my third photographic expedition.
Newfoundland is absolutely the best place in Atlantic Canada for photography; nature, scenery, culture, wildlife and birds. There is no better place to see birds nesting in the millions. One small islet east of Fogo Island hosts over one million nesting sea birds.
This will be my personal diary and log for this trip. I will post daily updates when I can. WIFI hot spots are hard to come by in Newfoundland especially on the Great Northern Peninsula, a must trip for alpine and arctic wildflowers, icebergs and L'Anse aux Meadows, the restoration of a viking settlement.
When the weather is foul I will travel to my next destination so the following guide to my trip is tentative and will change as the weather changes.
My transportation is a Fraserway Overlander, a four wheel drive diesel truck, that totes a home with all the amenities including an on board generator.
Everything you need to know about the Overlander is here: https://www.fraserway.com/rentals/vehicles/overlander
. Newfoundland and Labrador is a large province with narrow roads and few places to pull off and stop when a scene or wildflower appears. Gros Morne National Park is a highlight but the provincial parks are very impressive as well with polite and professional staff. Here is a list of the provincial parks: https://www.parksnl.ca/
I leave Bedford, Nova Scotia early on May 20 and head north.
This day's highlights are;
-Fortress of Louisbourg, my first stop,
-Dominion Beach Provincial Park, my first bird photographic challenge.
I line up at the ferry line at the North Sydney ferry terminus at 9PM for my voyage to Channel-Port-aux Basques The ferry leaves at 11:15PM and I will sleep on board in my state room.
After arrival in Newfoundland I will drive north from Channel-Port-aux Basques to Notre Dame Provincial Park for an afternoon of photography and a good night's sleep.
May 22-26 will be an exciting time as I look for icebergs at Twillingate and enjoy my first visit to Fogo Island for culture, scenery, sea birds and a herd of caribou.
May 27-June 2
I will drive from Fogo Island(after a short ferry ride) to Le Manche Provincial Park. Highlights include:
-Bay Bull and Witless Bay for millions(no exaggeration) of nesting, floating and flying seabirds, and with luck a few whales;
-Trails of Le Manche Provincial Park;
-Cape St. Mary's for jaw dropping nesting colonies of sea birds.
The drive from Cape St. Mary's to the south side of Gros Morne National Park is the longest drive of my trip, likely close to eight hours so I may stop at Notre Dame Provincial Park if I get tired on route.
Highlights here are plentifull:
-south side of Gros Morne National Park;
-north side of Gros Morne National Park, with a major side trip up the Great Northern Peninsula;
-boat tour of the fjords of Gross Morne National Park;
-the Great Northern Peninsula with many scenic stops on route;
-L'Anse aux Meadows;
-Burnt Cape Ecological Reserve loaded up with arctic and alpine wildflowers.
I drive south from Gros Morne National Park to Blow Me Down provincial park a new visit for me. I'll try to add a day or two at this park if the weather turns nasty at Gros Morne National Park.
After I visit Blow Me Down provincial park I will continue south for my final visit and overnight stay at J. T. Cheesman Provincial Park.
I board the ferry for a 11:45 AM departure and a 6PM arrival in North Sydney. I'll drive south as far as I can and hope to make Dollar Lake provincial park or Caribou/Munroes Island Provincial Park for my final overnight stay of this expedition.
I will create a daily running diary of my adventure and hope to upload same where I can. This guide is an outline of what is possible but the final result will likely differ due to weather.
I will have over 10,000 photos to sort through and edit.
Here's four photos from previous expeditions:
Northern Gannet at Cape St. Mary's
Viking lodge at L'Anse aux Meadows
The Cheerful Colours of St. John's
Keywords: Bay Bull, Burnt Cape Ecological Reserve, Cape St. Mary's, Fogo Island, Gros Morne National Park, L'Anse aux Meadows, Newfoundland, Newfoundland provincial parks, Witless Bay