Bound for the Isles

Tourists still drawn to ex­plore.

The Pilot - - Front Page - BY PA­TRICK MUR­PHY Pa­trick.Mur­phy@ad­ve­tis­ernl.ca

Cap­tain Dave Boyd had lit­tle trou­ble nav­i­gat­ing the bergs and ice pans that lit­tered Ex­ploits Bay, near his Twill­ingate home this year.

Far more dif­fi­cult was the task of nav­i­gat­ing through the sheer num­ber of vis­i­tors to the Twill­ingate Fish­ery and Her­itage Cen­tre, Prime Berth op­er­ated by Boyd and his wife Chris­tine.

“This year we’ve had over 85 mo­tor coaches,” Boyd told the Pi­lot. “Twill­ingate I would say is right up there in the top tourism des­ti­na­tions in New­found­land.”

Boyd of­fers what he de­scribes as “ex­pe­ri­ence” tourism and says busi­ness has been boom­ing this year. Boyd says he of­fers a place where Come From Away’s can chase ice­bergs and get their hands dirty catch­ing a cod.

“We come in and I fil­let the fish they caught them­selves,” said Boyd, “which is a won­der­ful ex­pe­ri­ence for them.”

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Cap­tain Dave Boyd of Twill­ingate pre­pares to de­part in search of cod and ice with Chi­nese tourists.

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Isles of ice.

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Vis­i­tors pose with moose antlers while wait­ing to take part in a boat tour in Twill­ingate.

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