Updated: Jan 27
Many of us spend years "chasing the dream" in our 9 to 5 jobs. This was certainly the case for me but, after my retirement, I saw that life had more possibilities than previously imagined. As a lover of nature and owner of a small vacation rental in Pouch Cove, I often explore the outdoors, take photos, and share my experiences with guests in order to help them plan their vacation. This blog showcases one of my favourite locations, my home of Pouch Cove.
Pouch Cove has its roots in the fishing industry. Prior to confederation, Newfoundland was on the radar of European colonies because of its rich fishing grounds. Fishermen would spend winters at home in Europe and return to fish off the coast of Newfoundland after the ice retreated in the spring of the year. However, in the early 1700's, some families began to settle year-around in Newfoundland and support themselves through fishing and farming. #fishing,#pouchcove, #newfoundland, #fishingstage, #portauthority, #boatlaunch, #ocean, #horizon, #fishingvillage
For years to follow, boats containing crews of 3-4 men would fish in Newfoundland waters, manually operating their crafts by rowing and sail. Typically, they would depart home at dawn and fish through the day with use of trawl lines and bait. Wearing cotton gloves to protect their hands, they would pull the fish into their boat, quite arduous work by any standard. This photograph shows fishermen at sea in Pouch Cove (possibly in the 1960's). One of the men in the far left boat is my husband's father, Matthew Murray. #fishing, #fishermen, #codfishery, #boat, #fishingboat, #pouchcove, #ocean
After a day of fishing offshore, the fishermen would journey home with their catch, holding poles upright in their boats as they came into view of the community to signify to their families that they had a successful day. In response, the women in the community would gather at the fishing stages in preparation for receiving the catch to process. #PouchCove #Newfoundland #Fishing #FishingCommunity #FishingStage #NewfoundlandHistory
With the arrival of winter, pack ice and harsh ocean conditions would prevent fishermen from going to sea. During this time, they would assess their equipment and upgrade gear as needed. #PouchCove #Newfoundland #Fishing #FishingCommunity #FishingStage #NewfoundlandHistory, #boatlaunch
Everything changed in 1992 when, in response to government concerns regarding dangerously low cod levels in Atlantic waters, the fishery was essentially shut down. The "cod moratorium" legislation was passed and the ability to make a living off the water fishing cod came to a screeching halt. Fishermen were compensated for their equipment and loss of livelihood. In some cases, they were retrained. Nonetheless, the decision to close the fishery was contentious and tensions regarding that decision remains high even today. #codmoratorium, #rural. #outport
Very few residents continue to live "off the land" but skeletons of the past still remain. Today, visitors to the town of Pouch Cove will be left with a lasting impression of its friendly residents, breathtaking views, and culturally rich atmosphere. #rural, #shed, #field, #purpleflowers
The natural landscape and beauty of Pouch Cove is attractive for those with a preference for an unrushed lifestyle and for tourists who wish to explore the great outdoors. Because of its proximity to St. John's, many feel that Pouch Cove's location offers the ideal position to enjoy the best of both worlds (errands and work in the city; coming home to the country atmosphere of Pouch Cove to relax in the evening). #pouchcove, #country
Many enjoy the hiking experiences available in the community. Two beautiful hiking paths are located in Pouch Cove: Stiles Cove Path and Biscan Cove Path (East Coast Trail). The view from atop the massive cliffs along the hiking trails offer panoramic, aesthetic, views of great expanses of forest, ocean, and rugged coastline. #hiking, #eastcoasttrail, #ocean, #oceanview
In season, Pouch Cove welcomes the arrival of a diverse population of sea birds, whales, dolphins, seals, and other aquatic life. This humpback whale completed a breach only a few feet from a lookout point on the coast. #whale, #humpbackwhale, #whalebreach, #ocean, #oceanview, #mammal, #pouchcove
Newfoundland is also a popular destination for those seeking bird watching opportunities. Many species of songbirds, including the American goldfinch, are common visitors in Pouch Cove. #songbird, #americangoldfinch, #bird, #birding, #birdwatching
Mother Nature never remains mad for long and, here, she bestows a double rainbow and lovingly embraces the community of Pouch Cove. #rainbow, #doublerainbow, #pouchcove, #coast, #sky, #nature, #naturephotography
Equally stunning at nightfall, the Pouch Cove coast under a veil of stratified clouds absorbing hues of yellow, pink, and blue from the setting sun is a spellbinding sight. #sky, #pouchcove, #coast, #sunset, #night
This rock art piece pretty well sums it up the Pouch Cove experience for me: "The ocean smells are "purfume" to my soul". Please follow my Newfoundland Travel Blog to see my work on some other popular tourist attractions in eastern Newfoundland. I'd be delighted to hear from you so why not contact me today?