I’ve already written about Signal Hill National Historic Site in St. John’s and the rambling we enjoyed up and down its craggy cliffs and trails. Now it’s on to Terra Nova National Park.
There are only two national parks in Newfoundland and Labrador, Gros Morne on Newfoundland’s west coast and Terra Nova on the east. Terra Nova fit in our itinerary on this trip. Gros Morne remains on our bucket list for another adventure.
This post will highlight a hike along Terra Nova’s Newman Sound Coastal Trail.
There are grand gestures in life. And grand landscapes and meals and people too. But, it’s often the small details that creep up on us and take all that grandness and bring it down to a scale that sticks in our minds and hearts. This theory is especially true when it comes to places.
Case in point, my recent travel in Newfoundland and Labrador. This is a place of grand size but it’s all its small details that have stuck in my mind and heart in the weeks since my visit. Whether it was a bit of homespun goodness like a cozy crazy quilt on your bed at night or the vivid colours in homes and landscapes, the fresh tastes of place, the turn of a phrase or the dramatic geography – I was completely charmed. I hope you’ll read on to see what I mean.
“If something doesn’t exist, that you want to exist – create it,” says The Maritime Edit magazine editor James Mullinger in the video above.
I’m just back from a quick trip home to New Brunswick to check in on my folks. I picked up the first edition of this magazine at the Saint John airport and devoured it on the Halifax to Calgary leg of my trek back to where I live with my husband and son. The magazine is fresh in that it exists “to celebrate and highlight the discreet luxury of living in Atlantic Canada.”
I love that wording.
The people of the Atlantic are discreet, low key, unpretentious, muted, restrained and intentionally unobtrusive as they go about the luxury of living their lives. Their lives are a luxury because living at a slower pace, in proximity to ocean and earth and connected to family and culture is an antidote to the fast pace world of carpools and commutes, distance and indifference that is existence for most of us. I’m so happy someone will be celebrating and highlighting this wee corner of Canada. I’ve subscribed.
I’m looking forward to including this quarterly art installation in my life. My Atlantic roots and values help me savour it all.