Tim Horton’s coffee and scenery keeps us going in Newfoundland
Lobster Cove Head Lighthouse, Rocky Harbor, NF.
Lobster Cove Lighthouse at Rocky Harbor, NF.
Two things one can always expect in Newfoundland–windy days and Tim Horton’s coffee/donut shops. Tim Horton’s are everywhere, even in the middle of nowhere.
Driving north on Trans-Canada Highway 1, we found our first Tim Horton’s of the day just past Marble Mountain. It’s becoming a daily habit to skip a healthy breakfast in the RV for a hot mocha latte and a warm blueberry muffin, always available at any Tim Horton’s throughout the Maritimes and Canada.
Old House Rocks is a little fishing village off Highway 430 near Gros Morne Provincial Park.
We are driving to the far northern tip of Newfoundland with stops at popular Gros Morne Provincial Park, Port aux Choix, the northwest fishing capital of Newfoundland and St. Anthony for a whale watching trip. The road north ends at St. Anthony on the shores of the Atlantic Ocean. It will take us eight days to meander along the coastline and see the sights before arriving in St. Anthony.
At Deer Lake we drove on Highway 430 to Rocky Harbor, where we will camp for the next four nights. Highway 430 is also known as the Viking Trail and runs along the western coastline of Newfoundland to St. Anthony.
The trail to see the Cows Head Lighthouse was well maintained and an easy hike. The lighthouse is no longer operational.
Wildflowers were in full bloom when we visited Cow Head, Newfoundland in late July.
As luck would have it, we happen to be in the Maritimes when admission to all provincial parks is free as Canada Parks is celebrating its 150th anniversary.
We drove a few miles outside town to Lobster Cove Head lighthouse and toured the lighthouse keepers home which is now a museum. The light here is still active. We walked the trails around the lighthouse and along the coast for some incredible rocky shoreline and huge cliffs views as the sun was setting on the horizon.
The following day we drove north to Cow Head and hike 1.5 miles to see another lighthouse and the seashore. The lighthouse here was smaller than most and had been decommissioned years ago. It was made of steel and refurbished in 1990’s. During the hike we met two students from the University of Miami who were spending a month in Newfoundland on a geology field training trip. The University has been bringing students here since 1981.
We visited a museum of a prominent resident who once lived in Cow Head and returning to Rocky Harbor, stumbled into the little community of Old House Rocks.
A hand-carved wooden sign welcomes visitors to Hickey’s Cove, a place you will not find in the visitor’s guide. It’s primarily a summer fishing operation with docks along the waterfront and about 20 small cabins fishermen use for lodging while they are here. We could not determine where Hickey’s Cove ended and Old House Rocks begins. They seemed to be one in the same place.
Broom Point fishing exhibit.
Sunset at Lobster Head Cove Lighthouse.
At nearby Broom Point, a full-time interpreter with Parks Canada told the history of the Gulf of St. Lawrence natural harbor, beginning as early as 300 BC when it was used as a base for spring seal hunting and later for cod and lobster fishing, ending in 1975. Parks Canada acquired the land from the family of three brothers who fished here every summer from 1941 until 1975. Along with the land came all the boats, fishing equipment and buildings the brothers used in the fishing operation.
NEXT: Newfoundland’s crown jewel, Gros Morne Provincial Park