Photos from July 28, 2003
Arriving at Rencontre East
When planning our trip, we decided that, besides seeing St. John's, it was important to see outport life. Since we had less than a full week between festivals and also wanted to St. Pierre, we needed to find something not too far from the route between St. John's and Fortune. This narrowed it to a few options. Then, to get the real feel of the place, we'd need to stay overnight. Of the outports we found, based on what could be learned on-line, only Rencontre East seemed to meet the need for lodging, so we phoned Fred and Margaret Mullins and reserved a place to stay that night. We then went to Bay L'Argent, parked the car and took the 40-passenger Northern Seal across the top of Fortune Bay to visit this idyllic community that has managed to survive the pressures for resettlement. After a 24-hour stay, we could see why. It's a great place to live and a great place to bring up children.
On the ferry from Bay L'Argent, we met a nice young man named Jerry Baker. He had grown up in Rencontre East and wanted to find a way to make a living. His solution is the development of an eco-tourism resort which he plans to call Driftwood Resort. He sent me a flyer describing his plans for the resort. When he gets it up and running, I'd recommend it as a great place to spend a vacation. Since sending me that flyer, Jerry has run into some snags, so the project won't be ready as soon as he originally hoped when he produced the flyer.
Read more about this town: Coast of Bays site Community Access page school site
Walking tour of Rencontre East
A Quick Tour of Rencontre East
At home with Fred & Margaret Mullins
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