July 24, 2007:
We finally left the northern tip of Bonavista Peninsula but not before one more visit to the internet cafe, then capturing a few more images of historic buildings in the town.
We set out south along Highway 230 (The Discovery Trail) and basically made a beeline straight for the town of Trinity. Prior to 1700, Trinity was mainly a summer fishing station used by merchants and ship-owners from Channel Islands and the South of England. After 1700, Trinity became virtually a colony of the English and by the 1740's was a principal port for the transatlantic salt fish trade. The town of Trinity is also thought to be one of the oldest communities in North America.
We parked the camper and took to the streets on foot, with the wind blowing fiercely there was no chance for hat wearing even though the sun was blazing. There's a multitude of historic buildings to view while in Trinity so we started with the St Paul's Anglican Church. Although construction of the current building (which is the third) was completed in 1892, the first was established in 1730. Further along is the Holy Trinity Roman Catholic Church which was established in 1833 and is the oldest standing church in Newfoundland. There are many residence's, and halls, plus the Erikson Premises.
We did full circle of the town and returned to the camper then decided to head out to the end of the road (highway 239). Arriving in New Bonaventure, we thought we'd check out the site of the famous mini-series "Random Passage", but unfortunately it was already closed, but a fortuitous visit to the ticket office developed into a discovery of a large beached iceberg in the harbour of Old Bonaventure.
We rushed over to Old Bonaventure in the hope of finding the berg, and as we came over the hill, there it was. We found a local boat owner willing to transport us out to the large iceberg, so off we went - iceberg hunting!!
We found out that the berg has been beached there for several months and currently every day was changing shape as it melted, turned or massive chunks slipped off into the sea. After circling several times we returned to the harbour then set up for a sunset shot from the town of Old Bonaventure. We enjoyed the company of a beautiful black lab dog, who'd joined us on the knoll where we stood and plonked himself at our feet (actually on my foot), no invitation needed - friendly locals!! It was stunning and quite impressive to hear the "boom" of the ice cracking as a chunk broke off and slipped into the sea - the thunderous sound was enough to send the dog running for the bushes!
We headed back along the road to Dunfield where we turned off towards Admiral's Point Light which sits across from the town of Trinity - it was the perfect spot to camp for the night!
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