Fogo Is­land, N.L.

Canadian Geographic - - CANADA’S BEST ISLAND GETAWAYS - —Bob Ramsay

FOGO IS AN IS­LAND OFF AN IS­LAND in north­ern New­found­land. It’s bleak, wind­blown and hard to get to — the ferry some­times gets stuck in the chan­nel ice. Yet Fogo’s now an “it” place for global trend-seek­ers. Fogo? Whose vil­lages have names such as Joe Batt’s Arm, Tilt­ing, Sel­dom and, of course, Lit­tle Sel­dom? The same. True, there’s great berry-pick­ing in Septem­ber. I went for a quick hike and came back four hours later with a garbage bag full of blue­ber­ries and blue lips. But what makes Fogo so be­guil­ing is that the lo­cals are the ex­pe­ri­ence. None of your fancy folks here. Even at the up­scale Fogo Is­land Inn au­then­tic­ity trumps lux­ury. It’s the cre­ation of tech multi-mil­lion­aire Zita Cobb, who was born on the is­land and started the Shore­fast Foun­da­tion to help bring back its peo­ple and cul­ture when the cod dwin­dled. The foun­da­tion’s motto is “Find­ing new ways for an old con­ti­nu­ity,” and both the inn and the is­land are that, for sure.

The Fogo Is­land Inn stands on the is­land’s rugged north shore next to Joe Batt’s Arm.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Canada

© PressReader. All rights reserved.