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Fogo Island, Newfoundland Cruise Port

For an island full of history that lives on in its residents, cruising to the port of Fogo Island, Newfoundland, Canada is a treat for those who prefer their vacations away from the relentlessly hot sun. Despite the almost subarctic climate creating mild temperatures year-round, the island was once called Y del Fogo, meaning "Isle of Fire." Whether it’s because Fogo often suffered from forest fires or because an immigrant named it after a far-away volcano is lost in time – unlike some of the island’s traditions that approximately 2,700 citizens are keeping alive. Most of the island’s settlers were English and Irish, which is heard in the various dialects (although the Beothuk Indians lived on Fogo for hundreds of years before the settlers arrived). For plenty of culture and great fresh seafood, here are a handful of our favorite experiences for the cruise port of Fogo Island, Newfoundland:
  • A quaint display of handmade quilts and crafts, the Hart House Museum and Craft Shop offers the chance to see a local artist in action. Not only has owner Mona Brown created a delightful place to see the process of quilting, but she also makes an "unparalleled" partridgeberry jam.
  • A stop at Sandy Cove Beach allows you to walk the white sands, swim the clear waters, and perhaps spot a caribou or two on the nearby trails. Related fun fact: because of the view of the Atlantic Ocean from here, the Flat Earth Society believes this is one of the four corners of the earth.
  • Joe Batt’s Arm is an area of the island that prides itself on tradition. It's one of the places where the Elizabethan dialect can be heard in full force, along with expressions that will leave a tourist totally perplexed (such as "Tis not every day that Morris kills a cow").
  • A modern-looking structure, Burnt Point Lighthouse can be found in the charmingly named harbor of Seldom-Come-By. Dating back to 1905, the original structure has been expanded upon and now includes a helicopter landing pad. The light flashes every six seconds to keep ships safe in their travels.
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