Sunday, 19 October 2014

Brigus, Newfoundland 1

A sunny day deserves a road trip, so we headed to the small fishing community of Brigus on Conception Bay.

Brigus was fist settled around 1612 when the Spracklin family acquired the harbour. The first settlers came from England, Ireland and Wales. This day was warm and sunny, but the early settlers must have had quite a shock when they encountered their first Newfoundland winter weather!

The people of Brigus traditionally made their living from the sea, but tourism is probably the main business these days, especially during the four day Blueberry Festival every August. Luckily, I missed that.... I think Brigus is a lot prettier without the crowds.

New buildings are springing up beside the old, and the distinctive character and design is being honoured. No two buildings are the same colour.

Some of the fishing boats lined up in the tiny harbour. Since 1992, there has been a moratorium on commercial cod fishing due to declining cod stocks in the North Atlantic, and many fishermen have lost their livelihood. Some personal fishing for cod is still allowed on certain licensed dates, but the main catch now is crab, shrimp and other shellfish.

More about Newfoundland to come - stay tuned.

9 comments:

Hilary said...

For a big rock, Newfoundland has so much colour and charm, by de jaysus!

madretz said...

California girl can't even imagine how cold it gets there in the winter. I want to visit in the summer, though!

Rock Chef said...

Very nice! Makes me think of the TV series Haven.

ann @ studiohyde said...

What a pretty fishing town Brigus is. Those boats in the last picture remind me of somewhere....umm, now let me think, lol ;)

ShadowRun300 said...

LOVE those fishing boats! What a great little fishing town. Lucky you to have visited it!

EG CameraGirl said...

I love the charm of this village.

Craver Vii said...

I like the look of those fishing boats, but it's a bummer to learn about their declining industry.

Tomoko said...

Wow, the fishing community of Brigus is so charming!I enjoyed looking at those fishing boats in the harbor.
Have a good new week!

sonia a. mascaro said...

Love that small fishing community of Brigus! It looks adorable! :)