Discover Canada Series: Newfoundland and Labrador

Over the course of the rest of the year, please join Dragonfly on a journey across our beautiful country – Canada.  We will introduce you to places you haven’t yet visited and give you a new perspective of places you already love.

whaleWe start our tour in Newfoundland and Labrador, located on the eastern edge of North America, the capital city of St. John’s shares the same latitude as Paris, France and Seattle, Washington.  As a frame of reference, Newfoundland and Labrador combined, is slightly smaller than the state of California, a touch bigger than Japan and twice the size of the entire United Kingdom.  When most people think of Newfoundland and Labrador, the first place that comes to mind is usually St. John’s or maybe Gros Morne National Park.  But this province has so much more to offer.

TiltingFogo Island has been in the news recently as Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his family recently vacationed there.  The largest island on Newfoundland and Labrador’s vast coast, is located off the northeast coast of Newfoundland, northwest of Musgrave Harbour across Hamilton Sound.  It is home to 11 communities, each known for their distinctive flare and allure. The main town & harbour on the island is Tilting, an inspirational and historic landmark.  First settled in the 18th Century by the Irish, the town is now a National Historic Site of Canada.

Artist StudioCreative traditions of art, music, dance and storytelling are strong through the island.  The island is home to a renowned annual theatre festive hosted by World’s End Theatre Company.  The town and the island attract acclaimed artists from around the world, drawn to the region’s residency programs and the chance to work in incredible modern studios built into the natural landscape with a very modern flare.  The artist’s residency initiative is part of the Shorefast Foundations’ mandate to preserve and revitalize Fogo Island’s cultural traditions through modern projects encompassing art, heritage, geotourism and entrepreneurship.

Fogo Island InnOne of the most talked about initiatives is the luxury hotel – the Fogo Island Inn.  This 29-room gem offers guests “room to dream” in an oceanside setting.  Fogo Island Inn has helped continue the economic revitalization on the island.  The Inn and its associated projects have created substantial employment opportunities in a region previously devastated by the decline of the cod fishery.  Fogo Inn follows an innoFogo Island Inn 2vative and radical social business model, and is a community asset: 100% of operating surpluses are reinvested in the community of Fogo Island through the Shorefast Foundation.  The Inn stands to promote sustainable economic prosperity on Fogo Island, a community that once stood on the brink of extinction.

No matter what time of year you visit Fogo Island, there is always an adventure to behold.  It is said there are seven seasons on the island:

icebergSpring Season (April 1 – May 31) is a time for excitement and renewal.  Whales and icebergs are visible offshore as they make their way through famed Iceberg Alley.

Trap Berth Season (June 1-30) is an in between season, marking the tradition of cod fishing, when the trap berths were dropped, prime locations were fought over and the hopes for a good season were celebrated.

Summer Season (July 1-August 31) brings warm southerly breezes and blooming flowers.  It’s a time for being outdoors: Hike, bicycle, beachcomb, or walk along the Island’s many trails and paths.  Icebergs can often still be seen and abundant seabirds including puffins

Fogo Island, Newfoundland, CanadaBerry Season (September 1 – October 31) is a favourite among locals.  Blueberries, raspberries, marshberries, or partridgeberries are prevalent.  If you are lucky, a local might even invite you to visit their “secret” berry patch, every local has one!

Late Fall Season (November 1 – 30) is a wonderful season to spend sitting and sipping a warm beverage as you watch dramatic waves crash up against the Island’s 420-million-year-old rocks.  When locals are preparing for the winter season, it’s a time for reflection.

Winter Season (December 1 – February 28) brings snow activities to the island.  Snowmobiling, snowshoeing and sledding are enjoyed, as well as pond hockey and don’t forget storm watching!

winter seasonIce Pack Season (March 1 – 31) is the time the powerful Labrador Current brings pack ice to the Island’s shores.  The pack ice moves and breathes with the current as the waters shift beneath it.  Spot seals and seabirds scurrying across the floes and track changes in the ice as it moves in and out of Fogo Island’s harbours with the tides.

Access to Fogo Island is by ferry service that runs several times a day from Farewell.  The crossing takes approximately 45 minutes.  There is also a landing strip on the island that can accommodate small charter flights.  The closest international airport is Gander.

Interested in learning more about Fogo Island and Newfoundland and Labrador and how it could be a great location for your next corporate retreat?  Contact Dragonfly Meeting Solutions Inc. to create a lifetime experience for your attendees.


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