I sailed to Newfoundland in 2005 and 2006 on my previous boat, a Crealock 37 named Midnight Mail. My wife Sally and I were there in 2014 on Gorgeous Girl. Those trips were all along the south coast. We're planning to return this summer (2016) to visit the west coast and perhaps circumnavigate the island.
To get to Newfoundland we cross Penobscot Bay to Swan's Island Maine then it's an overnight trip across the Gulf of Maine to Shelburne Nova Scotia where we clear into Canada. It takes a week or two to work our way east to St. Peters NS where we lock into the Bras d'Or Lakes. We could spend weeks in the lakes, as I have, but as soon as the weather looks promising we head out the Great Bras d'Or Channel to Ingonish or Neil's Harbour.
With good wind it's possible to make it across the Cabot Straits to Newfoundland during daylight. The first port is Channel-ort aux Basques but we generally prefer to continue onto Isle Aux Morts.
Here are some photos taken on our trips to Newfoundland over the years. This is still a work in progress.
1. Isle aux Morts
This is the superbly protected anchorage known as Mickle's Tickle. Ya gotta love some of those Newfoundland names.
2. Rose Blanche
3. La Poile
La Poile is pronounced La Pile. And this is La Poile Bay
4. Grand Bruit
Grand Bruit means Great Noise. It's this waterfall in the center of town that generates the noise. (Bruit is pronounced Brit.)
This was a thriving community when I first came here in 2005. The residents would often meet for a bantering happy hour in the repurposed fishing shack named the Cramalot Inn. Now the village is essentially closed. A few old-timers still return for summer vacations but there is no way to get here other than private boat. What had been joy is now sadness.
7. Aviron Bay
This is a spectacular fjord with waterfalls all along the way on both banks.
Steep walkways wander through this hillside village that was still open in 2014 but was said to be on the chopping block. From here it's only about 20 miles to France, the island of Miquelon, that is.
9. Hare Bay
This is another outport trying to stay alive.
11. Sam Hitches
I have dozens of waterfall photos taken in every fjord. I'll only post a few of them.
12. Little Bay
If you're fond of waterfalls, Newfounland is the place for you.
14. Harbour Breton
It was a challenging maneuvering into that spot along the wharf. Our efforts were rewarded when a townsman came to visit bring gifts of cod and moose meat.
Throughout Newfoundland those yellow painted rails signify a public dock. There is often no charge for tying up but that is gradually chaining to small fees.