Areas of interest
in the Channel - Port aux Basques area
find lots to see in southwestern
Newfoundland. The following birds are not strangers to the area:
American Redstart, Great Crested Flycatcher, Gray Catbird, Eastern
Kingbird, Veery, Cape May, Ruby Throated Hummingbird, and Say's Phoebe.
The Starlite Trail
is a well marked
trail to the top of the Long Range Mountains. It starts at the
Trans-Canada Highway about 20 miles north of Port aux Basques.
The S. S. Caribou
monument, near the public library, notes
the torpedoing of the passenger ferry S.S. Caribou
40 km (25
miles) off Port aux Basques on October 14, 1942. 137 persons lost
their lives (with 1 death on land); there were 102 survivors.
The Bethany United
Church in Petites (near Rose Blanche) is the oldest wooden
church in Newfoundland that is standing on its original foundation.
Blanche Lighthouse (50 km [30 miles] east of Port aux
Basques) was built in 1873, before Newfoundland joined Canada in 1949.
coast scenery makes this a favourite evening trip. The restored
lighthouse was offically opened on June 23, 1999.
During the summer months, the Mushrow
Astrolabe is housed
in the Gulf Museum in downtown Port aux Basques. 3 astrolabes have
been found in Canada.
The Harvey Trail
in Isle aux Morts is named after the Harvey family that in 1828 saved
the entire crew of the ship "Despatch."
[(709) 695-3920] offers oceanside Newfoundland Pony and horse rides at
Port aux Basques. Wagons rides are also available.
The wave forest
at Bear Cove Brook, just 16 km (10 miles)
north of Port aux Basques, can easily be seen from the Trans-Canada
Highway. The wavy swaths of trees on the hillside mark the trailing
edges of each wavefront. The forest profile moves up the hill at a
rate of roughly 100 metres (110 yards) per 60 years.
The unmarked Dorset
site near the Cape Ray lighthouse was the most southerly site inhabited
by these people. The site was occupied as a summer staging area for
about 700 years, beginning around 400 B.C. Further archaeological
excavations were made in 1997. The Cape Ray Lightkeeper's
House Museum is nearby, within walking distance.
The Codroy Valley
is a great place to see one of Newfoundland's
rare fertile areas. The valley includes a Ramsar protected wetland.
33 different orchids have been
recorded in southwestern
Newfoundland. The Large Purple-Fringed Orchid is
common in July.
The public library
has a Newfoundland Section for the
The Sand Dunes
area is unknown even
to most Newfoundlanders. This area is the largest sand
dune/saltwater-marsh estuary ecosystem in Newfoundland. The total area
exceeds 10 sq. kms. The sand dunes have occasionally become large
enough to appear on charts as the winds and waves have altered their
shape. Within the dunefield itself many classic textbook dune forms
often occur. Barchans, lunettes, seif dunes, and rhourds may
periodically be observed. The sand in the dunes (and the adjacent
beaches) is derived from pre-existing glacial deposits that were
deposited within the last 10,000 years.
A walk not much more than
halfway up Table Mountain, 8 miles north of Port
aux Basques, will provide a nice view of the coast of Nova Scotia on a
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