Newfoundland and Labrador are the most easterly areas of the continent of North America. Home to ancient Vikings, this region is home to the both the oldest settlement and the oldest city in North America. Quite peaceful and with a relatively small population, it is easy to see what draws visitors to this region. One can’t help but be inspired by not just the views but the history and the friendly people. Icebergs, whales, mountains and fascinating historic sites make this a region worth exploring.
The islands of this area are home to many of the region’s most popular sites and attractions including the islands of Fogo and the Change Islands.
Fogo Island itself is home to almost 3,000 people and has a history of settlement that is much younger than other areas making it quite unique. Known for its migrant French fisher populations in the 1500’s, the first true settlement didn’t begin here until the early 1700’s when Fogo Harbour and Tilting Harbour were created. Though these settlements are certainly young in comparison to others found in the region, they are still historically significant and are both part of the National Cultural Landscape District of Canada and unique for their Irish heritage. While native peoples spent time on the island long before European arrival, the island was not settled until this time.
A natural paradise, it is the animals and fish found in the region which made it so popular to those who both visited and those who came to live here. This history and much more can all be seen and enjoyed today with a trip to Fogo Island. From the Brimston Head Folk Festival to the stunning natural beauty, those visiting here are never disappointed. Museums including the Bleak House, Brett House, Fogo Site and the Marine Interpretation Center are just a few of the most popular destinations.
Just west of Fogo Island are the Change Islands. Home to many fewer people, the Change Islands are home to only 300 residents and only one community today, the Town of Change Islands. Actual three small islands, the Change Islands are only separated by narrow channels which are referred to as tickles. Like most other settlements of the region, the settlement of Change was based on the fishery and fishing activities around the mid 18th century.
Rich in history and traditions, the community has a strong connection with its past and today, visitors can still experience these traditions in the form of historic sites and landmarks long gone from other regions. Hike the trails, enjoy the food, talk to the locals and experience life in Labrador long ago at this one of kind destination.
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