Baycation 2013, Part III: Musgrave Harbour

We left Fogo Island on August 8th, catching the 1:45 ferry back to Farewell. As much as I loved Fogo Island, I would NOT be able to live in a place where I had to depend on the ferry system. The day after we left, Fogo’s Brimstone Head Festival kicked off, bringing hundreds of visitors to the island. When the time came to sober up and go back home, many people found themselves in a ferry line-up of 300+ cars, and many had to sleep in their vehicles overnight so that they wouldn’t lose their place in the line.

We had another spectacularly calm crossing that day, and made our way from Farewell to Mark’s hometown of Musgrave Harbour on the Kittiwake Coast, where we would spend the next few days relaxing and eating home cooked meals. Thanks again Ena & Reg for the wonderful hospitality, as always.

I don’t know why this town doesn’t publicize their 10km of white sandy beach, maybe they don’t care for outsiders and want to keep it for themselves.  Too bad, their secret is out now!

To say that I’m not a fan of ATV’s is putting it mildly, but like the expression goes, “when in Rome, do as the Romans do”. So I jumped on Mark’s old Yamaha four-wheeler and followed him down across the beach to get some GoPro pictures.


I guess I could’ve cropped the winch out of this shot, but you get the idea. Miles of sand!


Off-roadin’ down on the point, as the locals would say.

While in Musgrave Harbour we spent some time touring the neighbouring communities as well. We went to Aspen Cove and Ladle Cove, and all I will say about those two communities is that I won’t be back again until one of two things happen: they get their road repaved or I get an adventure-touring bike. Definitely the worst road we encountered on this trip. We then went through Carmenville, Noggin Cove, Frederickton and Davidsville, and back on the main highway. It’s a nice little loop to pass away the afternoon.


The gravel road between Frederickton and Davidsville. No sweat for the Sporty.

I’m very happy that I got the opportunity to take in the Newtown dinner theatre during this trip. Newtown’s Barbour Living Heritage Village is one of the few “tourist” attractions in the area, and should be on your to-do list if visiting this part of the island.


I took this picture last year. The yellow buildings are part of the Barbour Living Heritage Village.

The food at the dinner theatre was just fantastic. It was set up as a buffet-style, with an appetizer of chowder or soup, a main course of fish & brewis, baked ham, turkey, baked beans, sweet & sour beef, and all sorts of salads. There were many choices for dessert as well, with lemon meringue pie, jell-o, custard, partridgeberry pie and caramel tarts. After the meal we went downstairs and sat in theatre-style chairs in front of a stage where we were entertained by local musicians and actors. It was a great laugh, a good way to spend a windy, rainy evening.

We left Musgrave Harbour on a sunny morning and headed for Eastport…stay tuned!


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