Road Trip 2015: Day 16. Pinware, Labrador

Sunday | Aug. 23, 2015 @7:30pm
We’ve managed to keep the interesting days going. This morning we slept in for the first time on the trip. Then we listened to a sermon in the car. We then headed down to the beach to go for a walk. As usual there was still some fog hanging around, that added to the awesome scene before us. There were also thousands of sea gulls at various parts of the beach and out on the water as well as on the Pinware River. As we started hiking up the river we had a better view of the hills behind as well as the dunes across the other side.

The beach at Pinware
The beach at Pinware

We went back to the campsite and had lunch, then we headed out for the Point Amour lighthouse. The dirt road that led there was pretty cool, with a short cliff on the one side and the ocean on the other. The lighthouse itself is impressive as it is the highest lighthouse in Atlantic Canada. It also is one of few that let you climb the tower to the top. We learned that the tower was made of limestone and was quite thick, with stairs running around the edge to get up, then a ladder near the top. We couldn’t see much when we got to the top because the fog had rolled in. The guide said that like the wind, the fog was quite a bit more than usual this season.

The road to Point Amour
The road to Point Amour

The Point Amour Lighthouse

We also hiked the trail from the lighthouse which went to the wreck of the H.M.S. Raleigh. The ship ran aground 93 years ago and was blown up by the navy a few years later, so I wasn’t expecting anything to be there. But there was a lot of rusted steel bits all along the shore, and then some much bigger pieces that appeared to be doors, swivel guns and parts of the engine.

Leftover shipwreck
Leftover shipwreck

We came back to the campsite a little earlier than usual and were assaulted by black flies. Apparently they are quite normal and had been driven away by the high winds. We retreated to the tent for a nap, and then braved the bugs in order to make dinner and now we are in the tent again. Glad we are going to be in a cabin in Red Bay tomorrow.

Just a bit foggy
Just a bit foggy

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