Newfoundland Travels – A Day on Fogo Island

With the ferry schedule we ended up with about a day and a half on Fogo Island. I already posted about how we spent our first half day hiking a couple of trails near our rental house in the Town of Fogo – this is how we spent our second day on the lovely Fogo.

We started by heading to Joe Batt’s Arm from the Town of Fogo. Nicole’s Cafe in Joe Batt’s Arm opens at 10 am for a coffee to go but if you’re a little early check out the artist residence on the road just before Joe Batt’s Arm.

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While we picked up our coffee we made a reservation for dinner and then headed towards Tilting and Sandy Cove. Sandy Cove is a rarity – a beautiful white sandy beach on the rocky shores. We all quickly pulled off our shoes and went wandering on the beach.

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It was a great way to spend a morning – drinking coffees while splashing in the water. We weren’t brave enough to swim (it was a little cool) but other families were enjoying a day at the beach.

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After our beach time we started back toward home with a brief stop at Ethridges Point in an attempt to get a closer look at what we thought might be an iceberg. While we were there we walked to see the “witch’s foot print“. The tide was up so the print was hard to see but the views are pretty. Unfortunately, we couldn’t spot our iceberg again.

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We stopped in Shoal Bay on our way back towards Fogo to visit the Island Bakery where we picked up fresh buns, homemade jelly and assorted sweets for a picnic lunch back at our house. A large family reunion was using our yard for some group photos so we sat outside and watched while we ate. Feeling much better we went out again with the plan of hiking Lion’s Den but our way to the trailhead we spotted our iceberg again and raced to the Marconi Site (also the start to the trail) to see if we could spot it. Success!

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It was a little stormy once we had our fill of iceberg watching so instead of hiking we visited the Marconi Interpretive Centre. Entrance is by donation and it is a very interesting (and full!) museum with information about wireless transmission and the history of Fogo Island. Worth a visit and definitely a nice spot to spend an hour if you have a rainy day.

It was decided after that to return home for some napping and relaxation. Ruben and I ran back to the Marconi Site (3.5 miles return with one giant hill) and then the rest of the afternoon was spent in front of the window with our books. Weather changes quickly on Fogo so we had sun and rain and clouds throughout the afternoon.

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We finished our day with a really great dinner at Nicole’s Cafe – muscles and cod with a window seat. All in all a very nice day on the island. Not the easiest place to get to but worth the ferry ride for sure!

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