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I'd like to weigh in on the touton discussion.I grew up in Corner Brook (Mother from Trout River,Father from Port Rexton) and only knew them as flap jacks.However,when I went to my late husbands home of Gambo,they called them frozies His family came from Burnt Island.
I recently subscribed to Downhome and look forward to receiving it each month and learning things I never knew before about this beautiful province I'm fortunate enough to call home. Thank you and keep up the good work.
Experience the New Fox Island Trail!
Hike Discovery Inc. is a partnership between (7) seven communities (King's Cove, Trinity, Port Rexton, Champney's West, Trinity Bay North, Elliston and Bonavista) to develop and maintain the coastal trails on the Bonavista Peninsula. The trails allow visitors to experience the breathtaking scenery and the natural beauty of the rugged shorelines of these communities on the Bonavista Peninsula, along with observing sea birds, whales, icebergs, etc., The development of the trails are also beneficial for our residents as places to enjoy a stroll for the benefit of their health as well as enjoy the scenery.
In recent months, Hike Discovery was approached for the inclusion of two other trails into the network: The Fox Island Trail located in Champney's West and the Little Catalina to Maberly Trail in Trinity Bay North. The work has been completed on the Fox Island Trail to bring it up to acceptable standards and is now open to the public for hiking. Work is currently on-going on the Little Catalina to Maberly Trail and we are hoping it will be open to the public in the Summer 2017.
The trails that are currently a part of the Hike Discovery network are:
1. Lighthouse Trail King's Cove
2. Skerwink Trail Port Rexton
3. Gun Hill Trail Trinity
4. Fox Island Trail Champney's West
5. Murphy's Cove Lodges Pond Trail Trinity Bay North
6. Klondike Trail Elliston
7. Cape Shore Trail Bonavista
Hike Discovery is also in the process of trying to raise its profile through good marketing and promotion to make the area an even more popular hiking trail destination for visitors. Going forward we plan to develop maps for each trail, brochures, advertise through social media and develop a more extensive website that will have downloadable trail maps, sponsorship recognition and listing of events that we hope to plan for each trail. Mrs. Ashley King, Coordinator/Planner has been recently hired to assist with the promotion of the trails, plan various events throughout the trail network and will work closely with marketing firms to assist in a promotional campaign. She will also be meeting with local businesses to highlight to them the benefits of being a part of the Hike Discovery Network which involves paying an annual $300.00 fee to have advertising placards on each trail kiosk and links to their business on our website. The funds that are raised will be used to assist with the maintenance and upkeep of existing trail infrastructure.
You can find out more from our Website âï¿½" www.hikediscovery.com
Follow us: Facebook Hike Discovery Twitter - @hikediscovery
For more information or questions on Hike Discovery Inc. please contact Ashley King at email@example.com or 709-464-7687
Skerwink Trail, Port Rexton the hiking jewel of the region, is internationally recognized and was ranked amongst the top 35 trails in North America and Europe by Travel & Leisure magazine (2003). The 5.3km coastal loop begins near St Andrews Church in Trinity East and provides an opportunity to view and photograph seabirds, eagles, sea stacks, icebergs and whales (in season) as well as the surrounding communities.
Gun Hill Trail, Trinity consisting of two short trails (Upper and Lower) both provide you with breathe taking views of the historic Town of Trinity and the surrounding area. The Upper Trail takes you to the top of the central point of the Town of Trinity, Gun Hill, from which amazing views of the Town, adjacent communities and Trinity Bay can be absorbed and understood as to why this place was settled early for its protective harbour. The Lower Trail gives you a different perspective of Trinity as you break through a wooded area and come out into the clear to view the historic community. Parts of the trails are a little difficult but well worth the hike.
Murphy's Cove-Lodge's Pond Trail, Trinity Bay North the entrance is located next to St Catherines Haven in Port Union. The 7.7 km coastal loop trail will take you through the abandoned community of Murphys Cove and overlooks the Green Island Lighthouse.This looped trail has a variety of headlands that provide viewing platforms where surrounding communities, whales, seabirds and fishing vessels can be photographed. The halfway point provides a lookout where users can view the Green Island Lighthouse, one of the last remaining manned lighthouses in the province. The trail follows the coastline offering great photo opportunities.
Klondike Trail, Elliston located on the northern section of Elliston, it was regularly used years ago as a horse and cart trail, leading from Elliston to the community of Spillars Cove. This walk takes you from forest to wetlands, heathlands to sea. Learn about the plants and animals inhabiting our area while looking for our provincial bird, the puffin. You may also see whales, kittiwakes and other sea life as well as spectacular coastal scenery. This area was initially called Bird Island Cove and offers hikers spectacular oceanfront scenery with plenty of seabirds and wildlife along the way.
Cape Bonavista Trail, Bonavista a 3.5 km trail along the coastline that runs parallel to the main road from the Town of Bonavista to the Cape. This trail provides one with a spectacular view of Bonavista Bay as you enjoy a leisurely walk on a marked trail to the Cape Bonavista Lighthouse. Along this route you can enjoy the rugged coast line while watching for birds and whales (in season). Stop for a picnic along the trail or at the John Cabot Municipal Park.
Lighthouse Trail, King's Cove a former country road once known as Batterton's Path, connected the lighthouse on the headland to the community of King's Cove. Now restored, the traditional path consists of a 1.7 km inner loop and 3.5 km outer loop providing access to spectacular coastal scenery with the first and last parts of the trail taking you through the meadows famously known as âï¿½ï¿½Paddy Murphyâï¿½ï¿½s Meadowâï¿½ï¿½, which was also the inspiration for the famous folk song of that same name.
Fox Island Trail is a 5.5 km hike. It is an easy-moderate difficulty. The trail displays the beautiful coastal scenery, views of the surrounding communities and local wildlife, then to finish with walking through the fishing village of Champneyâï¿½ï¿½s West. Take the time to walk down and view the fishing stages.
Happy 65th Birthday
My Dad, Austin Aylward, born in Bonavista Bay, raised in Knight's Cove, now resided in Moncton, NB, celebrated his 65th birthday June 15; unfortunately he was not able to return to celebrate with family and friends so I sent "Home" to him...and what a fitting issue as it includes an article on King's Cove "Athens of the North" the community in which Dad went to school.
Jesus Took the Wheel
Here is my story. In March 2014, I suffered a heart attack. I recovered and all was well. I had my checkups, my follow up appointments and faithfully took my medication. On the weekend of November 20, 2015, I drove from my home in Wasaga, ON to Waterloo ON, a two and a half hour drive to spend the weekend visiting my son and his family and my daughter and her family in Kitchener. On Monday, November 23, I got up and went out xmas shopping with my daughter-in-law. At noon we got back to her house and we had our coffee before I left her place at 12:30. It was a beautiful day and I told her that I was going up the back way, but for whatever reason I changed my mind and went a different way. I stopped for coffee and continued on my way. I recall pulling into my driveway at 3:15 and brought in my suitcase and overnight bag. That's where my memory shuts off. Apparently I brought in two more items after that but I have no recollection of it. I got into my vehicle, I closed the garage door and I drove 25 minutes to Collingwood. I don't recall doing that. I drove by my doctor's office and I drove by the hospital and drove to a building where my cardiologist used to work out of. I had no idea that he had moved eight months prior, to another building in Collingwood. I parked perfectly between the lines, so I was told later, and got out of my vehicle and headed into the building. As I did, there were two people coming out. They went on and the lady heard something. That was my head hitting the concrete step. She came back and decided that she was going to do CPR on me. She told her coworker to call 911. He did and she continued CPR until the paramedics arrived. At one point I was not breathing and my pulse was very weak. I was put on board the ambulance and taken to the hospital where the two doctors in emergency didn't hold out much hope for my survival. I was put into an induced coma and was sent to Mississauga Trillium Hospital where I had two stints put in. When I woke up I had no idea where I was or how I got there or what had happened. I recovered and was out of hospital within five days. My son tracked down the lady who gave my CPR and I met her twice since. The local paper, The Wasaga Sun, did an article and a picture on the front page. My cardiologist told me that this lady had doubled my chance of survival and my doctor says "she saved your life, as simple as that." I feel very luck to be alive. If I had come up the way I first planned I would have been here a half hour sooner. I could have gone to Collingwood without coming home. My Nitroglycerin was found in my coat pocket instead of in my purse where it has been for over a year. The driving part really scared me when I was told what I did. Anything could have happened. I was wearing my medical alert bracelet and the police got all my family contacts form them. I had my cell phone, but that was locked and needed a passcode. I don't recall feeling any pain or feeling sick. I don't know what to make of it. I tell my friends that "Jesus Took the Wheel."
Proud New Subscriber
As a new subscriber I want to thank you for your great magazine. The articles on Newfoundland and Labrador's rich culture and family life are all extremely important and interesting. I have received the first two issues as a gift, and it is a gift I could not be more proud to receive as both issues have been read cover to cover. As a long-term member of the military who has served with many Newfoundlanders, it is now easy for me to understand such proud and resourceful people with a great deal of down home common sense and logic. I look forward to receiving the next issue and I also want to thank your fine editorial staff for the excellent work. As an afterthought, maybe Canada should have joined Newfoundland!
Surprised to See Me
What a shock when I came to page 121 of April's Downhome magazine and saw myself and my brother, George, on the steps of the Old Staff House School. That is where we both started school. I remember all the students in the picture and know that some have passed away. The teacher at the very back by the open door is Miss Lodge. I am in the third row on the right side - the girl with the white angora hat that my Gram knit for me. My brother, George, is at the very top left corner. I would like to say "hello" to any of the students that read this and wish them well.
Thinking of Fort Mac Folks
I am writing to give you my thoughts on the Fort McMurray, Alberta fire. I watched with horror and shock as the devastation unfolded. It brought back all the horror of the Slave Lake fire five years ago when our home was destroyed. We had a long road ahead of us and resettled in Grande Prairie. I can only imagine what those people have to face as they try to pick up the pieces and rebuild. My prayers are with them all. The premier, the staff, the RCMP, the firefighters, the media, also the evacuation centres' volunteers, the Red Cross, the people who donated money etc., they all deserve a big hug. God bless them.
Search for Spencers
I have been working on the Spencer family tree and really need some help. I am trying to trace a member of this family so that I can take the search further. Does anyone know or have a relative named Irene Florence Spencer? She was born approximately 1932, so she would be in her 80s now if still alive. Although she was born in Ontario, her parents were from Newfoundland. I'm not sure where in Newfoundland or what their names were, only that her father was a woodworker born circa 1901. Her mother was a little older, born in 1906. Irene worked for Bell Telephone company and had two sisters. The family may have lived In Ottawa/Pembroke/Petawawa area. I would like to hear from anyone who could help me. I can be reached by email at firstname.lastname@example.org, or write to me at 47 Abbey Dawn Dr., Bath, ON, K0H 1G0.
Sir Richard Squires
Dear Ms Stuckless; I read with interest the article by Ron Young, in your latest edition, about Sir Richard Squires. In the 1928 election Sir Richard ran in the Humber District. Perhaps there was a good reason to switch from east to west coast given his political history. His Conservative opponent in that election was my father John A Barrett, at that the time editor of The Western Star in Curling. It was my dad's only venture into politics. Perhaps being defeated 3011 to 632 had something to do with it. (See Smallwood's "I chose Canada," pages 176-179)