North­ern Penin­sula beauty

Northern Pen - - FRONT PAGE - Melissa Jenkins Stepping Stones

Vis­it­ing the North­ern Penin­sula and vis­it­ing its many won­der­ful places would take weeks to ac­com­plish.

I have had the priv­i­lege of trav­el­ing around the area in the past month. From the West­ern Brook Pond fjord to the L’Anse aux Mead­ows sod houses, I con­tinue to get amazed at this beau­ti­ful province we live in.

Just last week­end, I went to Great Bre­hat, a com­mu­nity I didn’t know about un­til I moved to St. An­thony.

Af­ter tak­ing the set of stairs on the lo­cal walk­ing trail to the top, the sight was breath­tak­ing.

There were hills in the dis­tance across the lit­tle har­bour, and right in front of the coast­line was a fairly large ice­berg.

This time of year, it’s not un­com­mon to see these ran­dom ice­bergs just float­ing around shore.

It’s fit­ting that this week, the St. An­thony re­gion cel­e­brates its Ice- berg Fes­ti­val.

Be­sides the ice­berg, the view is spec­tac­u­lar, no mat­ter which com­mu­nity you travel to. It’s like trav­el­ling all over the world in one area.

At Cape Nor­man, a cliff with a light­house out­side of Cook’s Har­bour, the rocky shore­line re­sem­bles some­thing one might be­lieve came from the moon. My travel com­pan­ion and I re­fer to it as moon rock.

Walk­ing along the board­walk to West­ern Brook Pond, it was a dras­ti­cally dif­fer­ent ecosys­tem, with peat moss and flat land.

Along with the beau­ti­ful land­scapes, we are also blessed with so many an­i­mals many peo­ple never have the op­por­tu­nity to see.

Over a cou­ple of week­ends, we saw a beaver, two frogs, rab­bits and a few squir­rels, dozens of moose and cari­bou and, of course, many dif­fer­ent types of birds.

In my opin­ion, the north­ern Penin­sula is the most beau­ti­ful part of the is­land por­tion of the province. Whether you ap­pre­ci­ate a nice calm­ing water­fall, moun­tain­ous ranges, ev­er­greens as far as the eye can see or vis­it­ing quaint fish­ing com­mu­ni­ties that make you feel like you stepped back in time, this re­gion has it.

I haven’t had the op­por­tu­nity to travel to the south­ern coast of Labrador yet, but I have plans to go for a cou­ple of days in July, to ex­pe­ri­ence the beauty the other part of our province has to of­fer.

At least for the next lit­tle while, I hope to con­tinue to ex­plore and ex­pe­ri­ence the scenic beauty and peace­ful na­ture the North­ern Pen-

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