Friday, October 22, 2010

Irish Loop, Newfoundland

The Irish Loop is a scenic and historic drive (310 kms in total), which starts at St. John's and heads south on Route 10 into the heart of Irish Newfoundland.

Paul has always found the name "Witless Bay" interesting, hence this photo. The town was named for an English sea captain, John Whittle. After he passed away his family sailed back to England, leaving no Whittles behind. The town's people joked that the bay was "Whittle-less", and later shortened the town name to Witless Bay - a little Newfoundland humor.

The coastline along the drive is breathtaking and we stopped many times to "take it all in" and enjoy.

Ferryland is one of the oldest settlements in North America. Used as a migratory fishing station in the 15th century and officially founded in 1621.

The Ferryland Lighthouse has stood since 1870. The 10-15 minute walk from the parking lot to the lighthouse is well worth it, if only for the view.

Another great thing about the lighthouse is the opportunity to enjoy a beautiful picnic lunch from
Ferryland Lighthouse Picnics. For a reasonable price they provide a picnic blanket and lunch, to enjoy the fantastic ocean view. It is a great idea and very popular so it is suggested you make a reservation so you are not disappointed.

As we drove through the Fermeuse area, we saw seven wind turbines.

Trepassey - the French word trepasses, meaning "departed" and it is believed that it acquired this name due to the many ship wrecks off its coast.

Trepassey Battery at Powell's Point - the gun battery was established during the American Revolutionary War and was used in the War of 1812.

St. Vincent's - this area is known for its scenery, large variety of birds, whale watching, trails and caribou.


  1. Looks like it was a wonderful day - the last shot is my favorite.

  2. These photos are making me homesick! I love the St. John's houses.

  3. Love your photos and comments of the Irish Loop. However, the last picture was not taken in St.Vincent's as your text seems to imply. That's my Great-grandfather's house in Trepassey.