Christmas 2019 was spent in a quaint fishing community hours away from our home. Harbour Breton - Jarrid’s hometown - isn’t just the place where he grew up - but it’s a place that once we reach it’s city limits, relaxation kicks in.
The days spent here somehow pass slowly, but yet in a way, too fast. As we only had 2 days over Christmas break to indulge in blank schedules and over-eating chocolates and cookies - I knew some exploring needed to be done. And done, it was.
Harbour Breton may only have less than 2,000 residents, but the smaller the community, the greater the treasures. That’s a saying, right?
The town itself is a true sight for sore eyes - it’s any mainlander’s dream to see so many colourful houses perched along the cliffside with the ocean crashing up against the coast. Well, it’s this mainlander’s dream anyway.
As our trip here was quite leisurely, so were our exploits around town. We were able to hit up a few of the finest - so keep on-a-scrollin'.
Deadman's Cove Beach
If you're thinking "Dead-man's Cove?" - well, there's a story behind the chilling name of this place.
According to HistoricPlaces.ca, this particular area was named after a shipwreck said to have held some pretty evil dudes. Their spirits haunted the area and the towns-folk at the time (in the shape of wolves, of course) until one day God intervened during an attack of a woman roaming the beach and destroyed all of the evil-shipwrecked-wolf-spirit... things. So there - nothing to worry about now!
Deadman's Cove also holds a scenic 2 km walking trail where you can gaze out at the ocean and nearby islands. If you're lucky - you can even spot the island of Miquelon (part of French owned St. Pierre & Miquelon).
Besides the walking trail and beaches here at Deadman's Cove, the summer-time brings many campers and RVers to the Deadman's Cove RV Park. People traveling along the Coast of Bays will often make a pit-stop to the campground.
From my several trips up to Harbour Breton, it's always been a pleasure visiting this beach. With it's secluded and peaceful coves and shores (minus the not-so-comforting thought of evil wolf spirits lurking the beach), Deadman's Cove makes for a perfect afternoon stroll.
Rocky Point Lighthouse
One of my all-time favourite lighthouses on this earth is the Rocky Point Lighthouse. Is it a coincidence it sorta looks like a candy cane? Nope.
A short walking trail will take you down to a lookout - where the lighthouse makes its home. Once there, you'll be gazing out at the Harbour Breton Bay and to the fjords and cliffs that shape the landscape here.
As it was constructed in 1881, this lighthouse is the oldest in the Southwest of Newfoundland. Pretty awesome that something this old looks so dang good. You go, Rocky Point Lighthouse.
As the town's largest tourist attraction, the Rocky Point Lighthouse is such a fun place to visit in Harbour Breton. Being able to look out onto Harbour Breton, Jersey Harbour, Gun Hill and Sagona Island makes it the one-stop-shop for amazing Newfoundland scenery.
You can find out more info about the lighthouse, here.
I didn't want to end this post without sharing that it wasn't only Jarrid and I that had a great time during Christmas - but so did our Mr. Rollo.
We took our boy to the ball field for some much needed energy release (can I get an amen, husky dog owners!) and for some fresh air.
So, folks, enjoy these cute doggy pics as I end this post. I'm glad our holiday break included some adventuring around this charming town, and I look forward to coming back in the spring/summer to do a proper travel guide here!
Until next time,