Fogo Island Newfoundland

jbttrm2I was intrigued to learn that the Flat Earth Society considers Brimstone Head on Fogo Island to be one of the four corners of the Earth. I’m not entirely sure where the other three corners are located, but at least my interest was tweaked to learn more about Fogo Island, in Newfoundland, Canada, seeing as some believe it to be at one end of the Earth.

A cursory glance at a map shows that the Earth does, indeed, seem to extend beyond Brimstone Head, but at least its existence is celebrated each year at the annual Brimstone Head Folk Festival, which does have a fine reputation due to the calibre of the artists who perform there, and the enthusiasm of the many thousands of folk music fans to travel to Brimstone Head in order to indulge in some wonderful music.

Fogo Island is located just off the north east corner of Newfoundland, just east of change islands, and it is a substantial size measuring 25 km long and 14 km wide.

One of the things I like about Fogo Island is its interesting place names. One of these is the town of Seldom-Little Seldom where there is an excellent Marine Interpretation Centre. Sadly, for lovers of interesting nomenclature, Seldom-Little Seldom has amalgamated with other communities to form the positively ordinary-sounding Town of Fogo Island.

Other fascinating place names on Fogo Island are Joe Batt’s Arm and Tilting. Joe Batt’s Arm is part of the Barr’d Island and Shoal Bay community. Tradition has it that Joe Batt’s Arm was named after a deserter from Captain Cook’s expedition who settled in the area. Because the inlet is shaped like an arm, that’s how the area was named. It is a very attractive small fishing village which first attracted cod fishermen.

There are many historic buildings on Fogo Island, but it is the outstanding scenery that is unforgettable. The island has many costal walks which range from the easy to strenuous, but which give visitor many different perspectives of this lovely part of the world.

Fogo Island is part of Iceberg Alley and the best time to see these floating behemoths is in spring during the melt when these icebergs of all shapes and sizes make their way south from arctic waters. Many of these icebergs contain ice that is 10,000 years old and, depending on age, the colour of the ice ranges from brilliant white to luminescent blue.

There are boat tours and kayaking adventures out to the icebergs, or you can just go for a stroll and admire them from land.

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