Talk­ing with tourists

From Mon­treal with love

The Gulf News (Port aux Basques) - - Community Calendar - BY ROSALYN ROY [email protected] Twit­ter: @tyger­lylly

For the sec­ond year in a row, Katie and Tyler Flood have at­tended the Rock Is­land Music Fes­ti­val in Ramea. The Mon­treal cou­ple plan to con­tinue their trav­els to visit Fran­cois and Grey River too.

Katie said they first came to New­found­land nine years ago on their hon­ey­moon, and they’ve been back al­most ev­ery year since.

She said, “We love New­found­land.”

“I ac­tu­ally met two New­found­lan­ders in Mon­treal at a concert and a French guy was try­ing to talk to them and I trans­lated,” re­calls Tyler. He went on to play tour guide for them, and the New­found­lan­ders promised to re­turn the favour some­day. “(We) never took them up on the of­fer but saw the com­mer­cials and was drawn to New­found­land.”

The Floods own a mo­bile dog groom­ing busi­ness and par­tially con­verted one of their vans into a small cam­per for this sum­mer’s trip.

“Our first time we went all across the prov­ince, quickly and in dif­fer­ent places,” Tyler said. “When we left here, we spent all 11 month,s all year long think­ing of New­found­land, play­ing New­found­land music in our car and then we’d come back for a month.”

Find­ing the Rock Is­land Music Fes­ti­val was a happy ac­ci­dent.

Last year the Floods failed to pre-book a re­turn trip on the ferry to Nova Sco­tia and were forced to wait for four or five days. In the in­terim they took a drive to Bur­geo, one of the few places they had left to ex­plore.

“We loved Bur­geo. It was beau­ti­ful,” says Katie. “And then we found out it was that music fes­ti­val in Ramea Is­land, so we got on the ferry and we went over to Ramea and we had a blast. So this year we said we had to come back for the music fes­ti­val.”

“We al­most bought a house last year. That’s how much we loved it,” agrees Tyler.

The cou­ple has ex­plored the prov­ince ex­ten­sively since their first trip nine years ago, and New­found­lan­ders they meet al­ways of­fer sug­ges­tions, but usu­ally the cou­ple has al­ready been there and done that. But there are still some un­ex­plored ad­ven­tures to be had along the south­west coast.

“They’d al­ways stump us with Ramea and Fran­cois,” ad­mits Tyler.

Last year the cou­ple tried to fi­nally reach Fran­cois and Grey River, just to say they’d vis­ited those places too, but they ran out of time.

“But we had so much fun in Ramea,” says Tyler.

In fact, the cou­ple tells ev­ery­one they meet to visit the area be­cause of its stun­ning scenery. He likens the white sand beaches of Bur­geo to those in the Caribbean or Greece.

“Bur­geo is fab­u­lous, prob­a­bly an undis­cov­ered jewel to tourists,” he said.

This year they’ve planned a month long va­ca­tion and have packed a tent in case there’s no avail­able ac­com­mo­da­tion.

They seem to like pretty much ev­ery­thing about New­found­land, even the cli­mate, which is some­times so dif­fer­ent from Mon­treal.

“And the fog. The fog is beau­ti­ful.” Katie and Tyler Flood of Mon­treal have vis­ited al­most ev­ery nook and cranny through­out the prov­ince.

ROSALYN ROY — THE GULF NEWS

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