A Wash Out in Stanley Park?

My first full day in British Columbia began as a very wet adventure but the weather eventually turned as I made my way out of Stanley Park and off on the ferry to Nanaimo. Here is a video I put together of my day along with some of my favourite photos from the day.

 

Two Red Chairs

It’s our last day in Newfoundland before we head out on the ferry tomorrow to the mainland. We leave Gros Morne behind as a light drizzle falls.

The National Parks have put a campaign together involving taking photos of a pair of red adirondack chairs. One has to first find these chairs then take a photo and share on social media. Today, on our way out of the park, we found a pair of chairs.

Two Red Chairs

Two Red Chairs

Rain and cold temps keep us bundled up and in the car with the occasional “Stop!” yelled out to grab a roadside shot. We did plan some stop at lighthouses today as we take the long way back to Port aux Basques. Cape Anguille lighthouse is our first stop and we actually get out of the car to explore.

Cape Anguille Lighthouse

Cape Anguille Lighthouse

Unfortunately the lighthouse and office are surrounded by a gate which makes this one not so picturesque as it could be. I found an angle that with the use of an old fence mostly hid the chain link fence.

As we continued along the coast and the rain started in a little harder I made my friend Nigel stop the car so I could explore a path that looked to head to a small beach. Not everyone was thrilled about getting out of the car but it was well worth it. As I crested the small hill a beach came into view and along the shore about 50 small shore birds were playing in the waves.

Sanderling

Sanderling

These little sanderlings were following the waves in and out to find little morsels to eat. It was amusing to watch – those little birds are quick. I took some video but they were way too fast and I couldn’t keep up with them.

Our last stop of the day was Cape Ray where another lighthouse stands. With the heavy fog it was hard to get a great shot of the lighthouse so we settled for taking photos along the coast. As we drove away I noticed an old boat along the road with an impressive view and I knew I had to photograph it.

Discarded

Discarded

This was my final photo of the day and I fell in love with it. Tomorrow we start the journey home – first with our trip on the ferry and a long drive back to Truro. No photographs tomorrow but we get one or two on our final day through New Brunswick and Quebec.

Gros Morne’s Bonne Bay

I’m so excited! Today we are finally in Gros Morne Provincial Park. This is what I’ve been waiting for since we crossed over from Nova Scotia. Our first day in the park is filled with sunshine and warm temps as we head out on our first hike – Burnt Hill Trail. The trail takes us around a long loop with great views of the mountains and Bonne Bay.

Bonne Bay

Bonne Bay

After the cooler temperatures on the east coast we were surprised by how warm it became as we hiked. Luckily there was a bench for us to sit a spell and take in the views.

Take a Seat

Take a Seat

From here we ventured further into the park to the Discovery Centre where we took a short break, took some layers off and then headed skyward up the lookout trail. The trail leaves from the parking lot and heads up eventually passing out of the tree line. Due to a knee issue I didn’t make it up to the top but I still got some amazing views of Bonne Bay’s South Arm. 

View of the Bay

View of the Bay

I can’t even imagine what the views were like right from the top but next time I visit I will attempt it again. Tomorrow’s forecast is calling for rain so it will be a more challenging shooting day as we start our day in Arches Provincial Park.

Solitary

Back on the road again and this time we’re headed from Corner Brook to King’s Point. Before leaving the Corner Brook area we went to check out Lark Harbour, a small cove surrounded by mountains. A small overlook is part of a trail system called Cedar Cove.

Cedar Cove Trail

Cedar Cove Trail

King’s Point is a town north of Springdale in the central part of the island. After checking into our rooms we decided drive up the peninsula before heading to dinner. Heading north we found a couple different rocky beaches before getting into the town of Harry’s Harbour. There we met a gentleman who told us to climb down a short path to a small beach where a sea stack stood with its lone tree.

Harry's Harbour

Harry’s Harbour

We couldn’t believe our luck! After spending about an hour here exploring the beach we knew we had to get back to the hotel to get some dinner in us but as we pulled up we decided to explore the area before the beautiful light vanished for the day.

Fishing Pier

Fishing Pier

The late day sun was spectacular and during dinner a small rain shower appeared and we were shown a double rainbow. I think Newfoundland was tempting us to stay.

Dinner in Quebec

It’s our first day of our epic east coast road trip. As all epic road trips the first day is usually just a bunch of driving as was the case for us. We didn’t stop much, as eastern Ontario, along the 401 corridor, is pretty dry for quick photography spots.  There are definitely spots we could go to but the goal today was get to River-du-loop, get settled in and enjoy a lovely dinner at Notre-Dame-du-Portage.

When we sat down to dinner at Auberge-du-Portage we were treated to a spectacular sunset over the St. Lawrence River not to mention an amazing dinner.

Notre-Dame-du-Portage

Notre-Dame-du-Portage

I ran out mid-feast to get some shots but it was after the sun went down and we got our cameras out that we were treated to this sky.