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Edition 23: May 22, 2002

In the twenty-third issue of the Bed and Breakfast Traveller, we take you to Eastern Newfoundland, a region famous for its rugged beauty, proud history, and warm hospitality, making it a favorite destination for travellers... and film-makers!

Eastern Newfoundland

The eastern region of Newfoundland has developed quite a rapport with actors. The New-Founde-Lande Trinity Pageant and accompanying Summer in the Bight theatre festival have helped make the Bonavista Peninsula a favourite destination over the past decade. Now, the Trinity Bight area where they are held every year is famous as the location where both the movie The Shipping News and the TV mini series Random Passage were filmed. Both were released to good reviews in early 2002.

The Bonavista Peninsula is also where John Cabot landed in 1497, ushering in a five-centuries old fishery that remains the economic mainstay of rural Newfoundland. That history is explored at the Ryan Premises National Historic Site in Bonavista.

The Burin Peninsula comprises the other section of eastern Newfoundland, and is also synonymous with the deep sea fishery on the Grand Banks, which are just offshore. The Burin Heritage House at the Seamen's Museum in Grand Bank hold a wealth of material on this seafaring culture. In this part of the province you can explore tiny fishing villages that are centuries old. The town of Fortune is the gateway to St. Pierre, a little bit of France just an hour away by ferry.


July-Sept., Trinity, Route 239, the New Founde Lande Trinity Pageant and Summer in the Bight theatre festival. The pageant takes you on a musical journey through the roads, lanes and historic sites of Trinity. You will meet an array of colorful characters as our past unfolds in story and song. A story of tears and laughter of soul and sadness, a moving tribute to the strength, the courage and the humour of our people. Tel: 709-464-3232.

July-Aug., Trinity, Trinity Bay, Route 239, Dance Up is Newfoundland Set Dancing every Tuesday at 8pm at Rocky's Place. Bring your dancing shoes and learn the basic steps, and with the preliminaries out of the way, the live music begins featuring Kelly Russell & Friends playing lively & authentic Newfoundland music. Participants & spectators alike will have the time of their lives, taking part in a time honoured local tradition. Tel: 709-754-7324/464-3807

July-Aug., Grand Bank, Route 220, Soirees & Times Dinner Theatre depicts the history and culture of the area. A meal of traditional food, plus music and songs. Tel: 709-832-1574. Also, look for other Soirees & Times throughout the province.

Aug 9 - 12, Burin, Route 221, Burin Heritage Weekend is a four-day community event featuring live traditional music, food song & dance, a huge fireworks show, sporting events and dancing, celebrating Burin's heritage and traditions. See dances here that are unique to the Burin Peninsula. Tel: 709-891-2217

Photos for this issue courtesy of Newfoundland and Labrador Tourism

Newfoundland B&B Association/ Hospitality Newfoundland and Labrador

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