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The Cruising Guide to Newfoundland

Updates from 2014 and 2017

The current edition of the guide is dated January 2018. However, These updates are based on the 2014 edition, that date can be found on the Table of Contents page.

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2013 -- Temporary Importation and Retention of Foreign Vessels in Canada by Non-residents: As of the fall of 2013, the Canadian Government begun to enforce limits on how long and under what conditions one may keep a non-Canadian boat in Canada. See opening page of website for more information.

A new book on the plight of the Newfoundland and Labrador cod fisheries: "Empty Nets, How greed and politics wiped out the World’s Greatest Fishery" by Gus Etchegary. Published in 2013 by Boulder Publications in Newfoundland. www.boulderpublications.ca

Logs of Newfoundland Circumnavigators:

NEW http://iprox.mi.mun.ca/cmi Coastal Marine Informatics (CMI) is a web-accessible resource connecting one to over 700 web pages addressing the informational needs of Newfoundland’s coastal mariners. A special website edition for those who have the 2014 CCA Newfoundland guide may be found here: http://iprox.mi.mun.ca/CcaNewfoundland, and a special tutorial may be found here: http://iprox.mi.mun.ca/CcaNfldTutorial.pdf

The following appeared on BostonGlobe.com:
Headline: Journey to the sights of Newfoundland - The Boston Globe
Date: Nov 29, 2016

"Newfoundland and its mainland provincial sister Labrador are chock full of moments of awe, owing to their powerful relics of human history and simply jaw-dropping scenery."


Starting at the Southwest Coast, moving counter-clockwise around the island.

PORT aux BASQUES (page 4)

2016 – Tom Templeton: Port aux Basque Gulf Museum now out by the mall, combined with the railroad museum.  You have to take the tour, 5 dollars.  Music only on weekdays, Monday through Thursday. The chandlery is closed on weekends. Only 5 kiosks are now open, and not on weekends. 

2015 – Ann Lange: There was no problem tying up at the public dock.  $15/ night, electricity was $5/night extra. Showers, Laundromat $1.00/ per wash or dry, right at dock, not open in evening. Groceries, hardware store, and bank are within close walking distance. 

2014 - Michael Moore: - Repairs were underway on the southern face of the middle government wharf. No sign of functional water supply on the wharf. 2014 – Dan Peifmore: We had a great experience with Land and Sea Outfitting located on the wharf. Harlan Warren runs a marine and fishing supply company, if he does not have it he can track it down for you. We were not able to plug in at the docks due a special commercial or European style outlet and no one had an adapter.

ISLE aux MORTS, (page 6)

2015 – Jay O’Hara: Both Western and Eastern Passage buoys were in place. Though there was no whistle buoy at the entrance to the Western Passage.

In July 2013, as reported in the guide, the government marks for the Eastern Passage were not in place, while the marks for the Western Passage were. See the next two reports in 2014. Be forewarned, the government marks for the Western Passage may or may not be in place. The marks for the Eastern Passage probably will be.

2014 - Michael Moore (early July): Port aux Basques traffic advised against using the Western Passage as navigational marks were not maintained, but they all seemed to be present and on location. The wharf to the north of the old fish plant in Isle aux Morts is in good shape. At least 12 feet on the NW face outer end. We approached from the SW with good water. The datum for getting into Mickles Tickle and Squid Hole seems to be accurate, as were the buoys and passage for the Western and Eastern approaches. Navionics showed the same. Wharfage 35c per meter a day. Eastern passage buoyage seems all in place as of July 2014.

The locals pronounce 'Squid Hole' as 'Squiddle.'

2014 - Mark Lenci (late July): Dockage: Neither the latest Canadian Hydrographic Service (CHS) chart nor the latest Navionics electronic chart had the newest public wharf on the charts. The Navionics electronic chart did however have a light marked that is at the outer end of the newest public dock (the light was shown in the harbor without the dock it was mounted on). Sunflower’s GPS position at the newest wharf, tied up at the end next to the light, matched precisely with GPS on both the Navionics and CHS charts. We are reasonably confident that the GPS charting was accurate for Isle aux Morts. The Canadian Hydrographic Service ATL 103 Sailing guide has a good picture of the current configuration of wharves at Iles aux Morts. The copy of the Navionics electronic chart below is annotated to show the position of the newest public wharf. The light on the end of it was already on the electronic chart.

chart Isle aux Morts
Figure Navionics chart of Isle aux Morts annotated to show the position of the newest public wharf.

It should be noted that all of the buoys in the Western Passage had been removed. All the buoys indicated on the chart in the Eastern. Passage were in place.

Advice: The town has a festival for the celebration of Ann Harvey Days the last weekend of July. Sunflower thoroughly enjoyed 2 days here during the celebration. It was a great opportunity to meet people and get an appreciation for life in this area.


2016 - At Rose Sea Bed and Breakfast just above the government wharf in the Central Cove, there is a Bed and Breakfast that will provide showers and laundry service. At the attached Madolyn’s Studio there is Wi.Fi, evening meals are available with prior arrangement, as are breakfasts and light lunches.

2014 – Michael Moore: The ferry to La Poile uses the west face of eastern finger wharf in the West Arm. The western finger of this wharf was missing substantial chunks of siding. Central Cove was full of fish boats.

2014 – Dan Peifmore: Space is very limited on the town pier (in the center cove) due to it’s use by local fisherman. Friendly Fisherman restaurant is now closed; the RoseSea B&B has a real ‘home style’ dining room.

HARBOUR LE COU (page 11)

2014 – Michael Moore: The wharfs and skiffs were as described. No aquaculture gear in the basin. Anchored in 10m water in bight to S of entrance to Barasway, with stern line ashore to the S and a second stern anchor to the north. Bottom felt rocky. No VHF weather in the Basin up by the Barasway.

PETITES (page 13)

2015 – Jay O’Hara: The first wharf is half collapsed, while the 2nd wharf was still suitable for a stop during the day in settled weather. The cap-rail of the second wharf has been cut off, and the two remaining cleats moved when kicked.

2014 – Michael Moore: Second wharf on left is still useable – just. The walkway from wharf to land will be gone soon, so then a dinghy will be OK to get ashore. The ledges are still there too!


2014 – Michael Moore: Approach - To enter the bay, a course of 20 deg M headed for just off the W edge of Deer Island clears the various obstructions on the way in. The passage between Deer Island and the obstructions to its west is not that wide. GPS datum is good enough if not spot on. Radar distances off seemed to jive with the plotters. We went west of the Bull, Calf and Cow.

chart Garia Bay

Ship Cove
Ship Cove
Anchored in Ship Cove
We are anchored and tied ashore in Ship Cove at low tide.
Passage to pool east of island would be between rocks in
foreground and island. Eagles nest is top right in this picture.
Anchorage – SHIP COVE : The tickle between the east side of Ship Cove Hill and the island in Ship Cove appears clean with maybe 15 feet at LW springs (chart at right is in meters). Bow anchor (in some mud but could hear rock on chain) and stern lines to both shores. WGS84 position: 47º 40.273’N 058º 31.845’W. With boat well moored here with bow and stern lines ashore to the cove shore and island this could be a great place to hide in a storm. Room for more than one boat. There is probably room to the east of the island in Ship Cove to anchor a not too large a boat. Bottom unknown. Probably some mud on rock.

OTHER: There could be an anchorage NW of Musk Rat Island or SW of Deer Point at the head of the bay.

Ashore - Eagle nest in east cliff of Ship Cove Hill. A few cabins around the shore at the head of the bay. There are well maintained cabins in Garia Harbour, and on Smock and Spruce Islands. A visit to the end of soundings up Garia Bay by Deer Point is well worth the time especially if fog outside. Awesome scenery.

Cautions – The entrance to Garia Bay has no navigational aids, and there are plenty of obstructions. But careful use of a plotter, depth sounder and radar should allow safe entry – we did it in thick fog. The various islands and larger visible rocks show up well on radar.

Credit – Hannah and Michael Moore – Rosita – using in part a 1970’s series of courses plotted by Hannah’s parents (Van and Mary Clark, in the Grampus) – their chart 4639, cost $1.00…..

LA POILE (page 15)

2014 – Michael Moore: Little Bay – Ferry now docks on S face of wharf, so east and west faces are potentially available. The floating pier is full of local boats. Wharf on south side is still useable with care, but the decking has many voids. The Community is vibrant. Late July Friday night saw a loaded ferry arrive, weedwhackers, car horns, loud music, ATV’s galore and more – the place was throbbing. Northeast arm – there is an old cemetery on the east end of Baker’s Spit. It’s easier digging than the rocky shore nearby.

2014 – Dan Peifmore: We anchored up in the well protected Northeast arm and were able to find a place on shore for the dog.

GRAND BRUIT (page 17)

2015 – Jay O’Hara: Reports from 2014 still accurate. Trails, starting behind the church, still lead to the Grand Bruit Highlands. While markers are starting to fall down, it’s still possible to find the trails if you don’t mind following your nose a bit. The hike is spectacular with a 360° view of the coast, and the land stretching to the north interior.

2014 – Michael Moore: The rock dike still has a few years left in it. Both docks still good. Floating dock on west side still useable. Only one local boat on the inside of it. If the outside faces of the docks are filled up with boats, there is water on the SE inner side of the eastern dock. 12 feet for the southern most 40 feet of that face. There is a solid ring in a rock to the east that is useful. Grand Bruit is essentially open to the SSW, thus it is can be a bit lumpy at the dock. 14 people living in houses in late July 2014.

2014 – Dan Peifmore: Very sadly this in now one of the closed outposts, circa 2010. The town is still pristine with excellent dockage, but there are no longer any residences or services. The buoys at the harbor entrance have been removed, the electrical lines removed and there is no longer ferry service.

chart Culotte Cove
Culotte Cove

CINQ SERF BAY Culotte Cove - (page 18)

2015 – Jim Watson: Fabulous – nothing new to add. In Culoutte Cove the holding is excellent. Great harbor with good hiking along game trails. You can get up high quickly – great long views of the coast and the interesting harbors nearby.

2014 – Michael Moore: Datum is a bit off here. Anchorage (47º 42.0148’N x 058º 05.7954’W) plots on N beach of cove.

BURGEO (page 21)

2015 – Stocky Smith: The Travel Lift in Burgeo is more than "in a decline."  June Hiscock told me that the starter motor burned up.  A couple, recently emigrated from Germany, have excellent mechanical skills as well as an incentive to fix it, as their boat needs hauling.  Whether the parts are provided or not is the big question.  Also - Weather Gauge draws 8 feet.  We had no trouble getting into the marina area at dead low tide, but I DO recommend a DEAD SLOW speed while doing it!

2014 - Michael Moore: The marine Service Center Travelift slot has only 5 foot depth and 6 foot across the end. Space on the public wharf – 11 feet

2014 – Dan Peifmore: While this is the major community on the south shore with a road, it is a pretty dismal place. Grocery store had very limited supplies of anything fresh, no services were available at the docks, fuel supplier would only supply to commercial vessels (insisted on a permit #). We found fuel and wonderful RO water at Ramea was a far superior choice.


2017 – Lee Campbell: Fresh water and electricity have been added to these docks. Beside the dilapidated fish plant is a large white building used to process scallops, when active one can purchase scallops there. The scallop boats tie to the dilapidated wharf.

2015 – Jay O’Hara: The public wharf has been completely replaced, eliminating the wharf “L” to the north. The floating dock to the south is still in place. Water and electricity were still being installed. See photo below.

2015 - Stocky Smith: Ramea has a brand spanking new public wharf.  So new that it's electrical outlets were not yet fully installed.

2014 – Dan Peifmore: Fuel is off the truck, mostly likely it is #2 home heating oil, burns just fine. Truck comes to the ferry dock, pull all the way up to the ramp. Clear water available at RO water facility on the other side of the harbor.

GRAY RIVER (page 31)

2014 – Dan Peifmore: This was where Howard Blackburn, The Lone Voyager, landed in the winter of 1883 after rowing his dory for 5 days without food or water having been separated from the Schooner Grace L. Fears. The folks at Jerts Cove still tell the story of his arrival and recuperation. There is a general store, they can arrange for limited amounts of fuel that is stored in 55 gallon drums. Ira Carroll was our ‘go to guy’ during a four day layover here, great folks.

AVIRON BAY (page 34)

2015 – Jim Watson: Beautiful! This harbor is – wow, in any weather!

FRANCOIS (page 35)

2015 – Jim Watson: Now there are showers and laundry available near the dock. There is also a small/makeshift Pub called “Killick”. Townsfolk are friendly as always.

2015 - Mike Bradford:  Diesel and gas were available at the dock where the ferry ties up.  The floating town pier/dock is still available for use by visiting boats.  There is now only one grocery store in town.  One has closed.


2015 – Jim Watson: Great spot! We got in close to low tide, but it was tricky. CCA Guide helped!

MCCALLUM (page 43)

2015 - Stocky Smith: McCallum conducted a resettlement vote a month or so ago.  The vote was 78% in favor - short of the 90% requirement.  So the village remains in gear, but for how long?

2015 – Jim Watson: We saw only one store on the wharf, it had basic supplies including some liquor/wine. McCallum is a quiet town, only 85 people there now with 5 children. There is a rumor that the government might be “relocating” McCallum soon. No free internet access. Internet can be purchased. They do have it at the school. Ask at the store. We noticed marine aquaculture in Bonne Bay possibly blocking Killbrick Cove. We did not venture up that far.

2014 – Karl Coplan: This beautiful town has a nice floating dock.  There were rumors on St Pierre that this Town, too, was voting to disband. 



2015 – Jim Watson: I saw significant marine aquaculture in this bay.


2015 – Jim Watson: We spent a night in Little Goblin anchored a little further in than the little islet which we named “Moby Dick”. The holding was only ‘fair’ and we dragged during the night. There is not enough room to use a decent amount of scope = limited swinging room here.

NORTH BAY (page 47)

2015 – Jim Watson: We anchored for a lunch top in Second Brook Cove. The rainy drizzle stopped in time for our hike! We went ashore and followed a huge slab of rock / smooth ledges/ with a little brook flowing...and some of us did some bush-whacking along a game trail hiking through tucker-brush and abundant blackflies. We enjoyed the wild flowers; bright pink tiny bog orchids, sheep laurel, pitcher plants, ferns, and lots of blueberry flowers. There was a gorgeous view from up top.

ROTI BAY (page 48)

2015 – Jim Watson: The Southeast cove is still open, but the rest of Roti Bay is full of marine aquaculture paraphernalia. Some unmarked and unused lines cross the bay. I do not recommend going beyond the southeast cove even though it looks like you can. We fetched up on some submerged lines that were unmarked.

ST. ALBANS (page 48)

2015 – Jim Watson: There is a large fish plant on the port side on entering the harbor; busy place with marine aquaculture support. There is a smaller wharf at the north end of the bay called Cook’s Landing. There is 5 feet of water at MLW on the outside of this wharf. We tied up there, and spent the night. There are stores (large supermarket with liquor store) within walking distance. We got water and fuel using Gerry cans. Wireless -internet service is available at the Community Center near the church. Cell service is spotty. It proved to be a satisfactory port to exchange crews via Gander Airport which is a 3 hour drive from St. Albans.

2015 – Stocky Smith: The inside sheltered side of the public pier at St. Albans is all fouled up with many warps extending out to hold several fish pens in place.  It is only usable by small shallow draft vessels at the shore end of the pier.  The anchorage, however, is solid first class GRADE A mud.

PATRICK’S HARBOR – north shore of Long Island (page 49)

2015 - Jim Watson: There is a small trout stream, entering by the beach near the entrance; a grotto like passage with a beautiful stream and small waterfall. (caught two trout!)


2015 - Jim Watson:
Deer Cove- no aquaculture
Blackfish Cove – no aquaculture
Strickland Cove – limited aquaculture
Seal Nest Cove – no aquaculture
Grip Cove – yes aquaculture
Seal Cove yes – had major aquaculture
The Machums – significant marine aquaculture
Robin Hood Cove – yes, aquaculture
L’Anse a Flamme – significant aquaculture at the northern end

HERMITAGE (page 54)

2015 – Stocky Smith: I can confirm plenty of depth getting in to the inner harbor.

SAM HITCHES HARBOUR Little Bay - (page 52)

2015 – Jim Watson: There was no aquaculture present. The cove on the left had a cabin and a mooring for a small boat. The upper harbor was clear of aquaculture. We rafted 4 boats with bow and stern lines ashore in the small cove to the east of the waterfall in 20 + feet of water. We had a peaceful quiet evening (except for the contra dancing across the 4 boats – love Buddy Holly!.)

2014 – Karl Coplan: This is wonderfully dramatic.  We anchored bow and stern in 25' of water.  Anchor dragged a little while setting so there may be kelp on the bottom.


2014 – Karl Coplan: We tied off to rocks bow and stern across the stream at the S side of the Bay.  There were aquaculture operations in the N. side of the bay, and there was a floating line to a mooring right near where we moored, but we did not take the chance of tieing to it.  I found the bay a little less dramatic and awe inspiring than the name and the guidebook seem to imply -- there are many prettier harbors around.

FORTUNE (page 70)

2017 – Charles Gibbons: The white building across from the floating docks has the Harbor Supervisors office; he can be reached at 709-832-1659. He can arrange for fuel to be delivered at the wharf in front of his building, if sufficient quantities are desired.

2015 - Mike Bradford: Diesel and gas were available at the Irving Station just up the road.  We also rented a car from them.  The marina has $1 laundry machines but showers are $5 Canadian.

2014 – Dan Peifmore: Best place to clear in after visiting St. Pierre. For docking, definitely tie up at the floating docks. The harbor master’s office is located on the south side of the harbor next to the fish processing plant. From the floating docks, one must walk around the Marine Service Center to get to town and the customs office. We left the boat here for several days and arranged for a rental car to visit St John’s and explore the island.


2015 – Jim Watson: We found the information in the 2005 Cruising Guide is accurate. We had a beautiful evening and spent a very comfortable night there. At the entrance we did not see depths less than 12 feet. The only addition is that there is a derelict fishing boat moored to a trawl line on the starboard hand after the wooden wharf.

2014 – Burt Brewer: While safe entry into Cutthroat Harbor at Segona Island looked dubious—the chart showed 0-one foot of water at low tide—we heeded the advice of the Harbor Master in Grand Bank (who corroborated the colorful comments of Archie White, the fog horn keeper quoted in the cruising guide), held our breath and entered. We entered at half-tide through a heavy chop into the calm harbor of the harbor. We draw 5.5 feet and had plenty of depth to spare estimating about 8 to 10 feet of water in the narrows. Bow watch was necessary to avoid rocks and stay in the channel. The water was exceptionally clear. We anchored in the inner harbor just below the old dock. Our first attempt at anchoring was not satisfactory so we dropped anchor again in mid channel and ran a second line to the dock.

We took the dinghy to the end of Cutthroat Harbor and explored the old cemetery by Eastern Cove. We climbed the high ridge with a magnificent view of the Harbor and watched whales and seabirds beyond. Later we hiked to the old fog keepers house—another spectacular hike and view to the south and west.

This was one of the most special places that we found along the south coast and we hope to return.


2014 – Karl Coplan: We have stopped here on each of three trips to Newfoundland, now, and have never been bothered by the roll the guidebook claims.  Holding ground is good, lots of places to anchor, and we have seen caribou each time we visited, an arctic hare several times.  Its one of the highlights of a Newfoundland cruise for me, because of the wildlife.

MIQUELON (page 71)

2015 – Bill Cook: The basin is often full of fishing craft, but ask about space, rafting, and best protection. 40’ craft might be able to use inner basin.

ST. PIERRE (page 73)

2015 – Jim Watson: You only need to Clear In to Customs. Internet is available at the Yachting Centre. The charge to dock at the Yachting Centre is 1 Euro per foot. For electricity the European style voltage is still required, as mentioned in the CCA Guidebook. Saint Pierre seems to be more vibrant and welcoming yachts than ever before!

2015 - Mike Bradford: Since the sailing clubs pier was full due to a race, we were welcomed at the port captains pier at no charge.  There are numerous moorings.  The moorings further in the harbor are for smaller boats and the moorings off the port captains dock are for larger boats.  Fuel is available via delivery truck.

LAMALINE (page 78)

2015 – Ann Lange: We tied up at the wharf and were very protected. Follow the buoys and watch your charts going in, we saw 2.8 m on the depth finder at low tide. There is a floating dock with adequate water to tie up. Fresh water available to jerry jug from a tap on the left hand side of the building on the left side of the wharf as you are walking off the wharf. There is a floating dock with enough water for most yachts, The lowest water we saw going in was 2.8 m. at low tide. Electricity and garbage disposal on the dock. Locals are very friendly and we had two offers of rides to the store, which is about 1 km. away, to get fuel, gas and diesel, and a small selection of groceries, frozen meat, some fresh fruits and veg. canned goods and fresh dairy. Walking trails on Allan Island with views of St. Pierre, great stop.

2014 – Karl Coplan: This harbor is a nice stopover between Trepassey and St Pierre or the Bay d'Espoir.  The channel does wind around in a complete circle, but there are buoys marking the channel, and a floating dock at the town pier with about 10 feet of water at the end.  Note that there is now a breakwater around the T-shaped dock shown on the charts -- the breakwater did not show up on our electronic chart.  The town is friendly, there is a good grocery store, and if you tune your stereo to 107.7 FM, there is a continuous loop of Newfoundland folk music playing.


2015 – Ann Lange: Anchored in 4m. of water. Good holding, Hurricane hole, great protection all around. Services available in town I km. away by road. Very friendly locals. 

BAR HAVEN (page 93)

History: Recorded land grants suggest that Haystack, named for haystack-shaped hills near the harbor, was occupied by the early 1800s. By the late 1800s Haystack had a population around 50 along with its own church and school. The community was primarily sustained by the inshore cod fishery, the product of which was largely traded for needed goods with suppliers in Harbour Buffett. Haystack’s population peaked at around 160 in the early 1900s.

WOODY ISLAND (page 95)


2015 – Jim Wyse: The web address given here for ‘further information’ has changed to that shown for Placentia Bay on page 82 of the 2014 Guide.

Spencers Cove/Peaches Cove new 47º 39.7' N x 054º 05' W

2017 – Peg Brandon: These coves are on the northwest side of Long Island, some 2 nm south of Long Island Point. Keep clear of the 2 small rock islets and accompanying shallows to the SE of the northern point into Spencers Cove. Otherwise there are no dangers when entering. Spencers Cove is somewhat deep and exposed to the SW.

However, off to the SE is Peaches Cove, which is deeper than electronic charts show. Like there are 20 foot depths right into the cove. There are a couple of wharfs, one with a floating dock. Ask permission to tie up. 12 - 14 families still have cabins here. It was a busy place with young and old when we stopped here in early August. A wonderful seen was a youngster, perhaps 10-12 years old, explaining to us the process his grandfather was doing as he cleaned a cod fish they had caught that afternoon. The child admitted that he hadn't yet mastered the art of cleaning fish.

LONG HARBOUR (page 96)

HISTORY: This used to be a quiet inshore fishing community, selling to merchants at Harbour Buffett. In 1968 the Electric Reduction Company opened a phosphorus plant in the community; its remains are plainly visible today. 70 percent of the local population was employed at the plant. The plant was plagued from the start by many technical and pollution problems. Technical advancements were made to bring the pollution down to acceptable standards, but new methods of producing phosphorus chemicals and a declining world market contributed to the plant’s closure in the summer of 1989, putting approximately 300 local people out of work. However, since 2014 nickel concentrate produced at Voisey Bay’s open-pit mine at Voisey Bay Labrador (near Nain, the northernmost town in Labrador) is shipped to a new hydro-metallurgical processing facility in Long Harbour and processed into finished nickel and associated copper and cobalt products. This facility will eventually employ about 475 people at full production.


History: The 1921 census reported that Indian Harbour had 49 residents many of whom had been born there with birth years as early as the mid-1800s. The harbor’s population declined throughout the first half of the 20th century and by the late 1950s no permanent residents remained. The origin of the harbor’s name is the subject of varied speculation. One source attributes the name to a purported finding of aboriginal remains in the area. Another holds that the name is a politically incorrect translation of its French name Havre Sauvage. Others hold that “sauvage” was simply intended to mean “wild” and referred to the very squally wind conditions that sometimes pervade the harbour because of the surrounding perpendicular cliffs and steeply rising hills. Perhaps the last of these is a message to visiting mariners that anchors should be well set and the option of putting a line ashore should be seriously considered.


HISTORY – On the southeast shore of the harbor is a shipwrecked whaler.

Per: Lori Hallett, Drake House Coordinator, Arnold’s Cove "There were two whaling vessels built by a Japanese company and sold to someone to be used in Newfoundland during the 1960’s for Whaling.  The venture was short lived as the Canadian whaling industry was closed in 1972.  (The last operation was in Williamsport in White Bay.)  The two vessels were then tied up in Argentia waiting to be scrapped.  Because the berth was required for some other purpose until that time, the two vessels were taken to Harbour Buffet and anchored until they were ready to go back to Argentia.  While there, a storm broke the anchor of one of the vessels and she went aground along the shore in Harbour Buffett.  They took the other one and scraped her but left that one in Harbour Buffett.  The residents of Harbour Buffett had all resettled at that time so it was agreed to leave her there."

 This from the Centre for Newfoundland Studies at mun: "Two sources believe the name of the ship is the Fumi Maru no. 15.  She was a Japanese whaling ship that was abandoned near Harbour Buffett around 1976.  Included are two links to websites which have photos and some information." 

"Also, the book Twentieth Century shore station whaling (p. 141) says she had a crew of 14, seven of whom were Newfoundlanders." http://www.virtualmuseum.ca/sgc-cms/histoires_de_chez_nous-unity_memories/pm_v2.php?id=record_detail&fl=0&lg=English&ex=00000368&hs=0&rd=88280

And http://www.shed-headz.com/Summer_2009/July182009.htm


History: The Red Island Harbour cemetery, a few minutes away from the wharf, joins its counterpart in Broad Cove (King’s Island) as one of the temporary interment locations for the bodies of sailors discovered at Red Island from the tragic grounding at St. Lawrence of the US naval vessels Truxton and Pollux in 1942. Stories of their discovery ashore, recovery at sea, temporary interment, and mistaken disinterment remain topics of conversation to the present day.

Red Island is named for the prominent hills of red sandstone that rise to nearly 900 feet in the southern part of the Island. Red Island Harbour was first settled by two Irish fishermen around 1811. The Island’s entire population peaked at almost 500 by the 1920s. Although it was primarily a fishing community throughout its history, it included subsistence farming and several small-scale industrial activities such as cod liver oil factories and lobster canning plants. Difficult times for the fishery in the 1930s combined with good job prospects constructing the US Naval Base in nearby Argentia in the 1940s halved the population quickly. The 1960s resettlement program completed the Island’s depopulation. The substantial size of the seasonal population and various community re-establishment initiatives indicate the strong attachment of former residents and their descendants to the Island and their reluctance to see it fade into history as yet another of Newfoundland’s abandoned outports.


Photo is as of 2017, which replaced last year’s photo that showed the old and new structures.

2014 – Ann Lange: As mentioned in the guide, the bridge is "often" stuck open, as shown below.

Placentia Harbour

ST MARY'S HARBOUR (page 103)

2016 - Bill Ebling: St Mary's Bay can generate large steep breaking seas in a southwest blow. We ran to St. Mary's in a south south-wester in near gale conditions.  Mall Bay was receiving ocean swells so anchorage here was aborted. Tried to hide in under lee shore adjacent to town; near anchorage described in sailing directions, but could not find sand as described. Poor holding near town; thin mud over rock with lots of kelp. Neither danforth, CQR or fisherman's anchor held. Had to go up to Graven Beach until anchor would hold.  Graven beach wharf is no longer present. Anchored in 30 feet with good holding. This Arm is not totally protected from south west winds. Although we had no ocean surge, but we did had sizable chop rolling up the arm because of the long fetch with lots of uncomfortable hobby horsing. Remained at anchor in heavy fog for two days until ocean swell eased.

TREPASSY (page 104)

2016 - Dave Pratt: The museum building pertaining to Amelia Earhart that closed in 2008 was removed in 2016 as it was falling down. No word as word as whether it will be rebuilt or not.

2015 – Ann Lange: Anchored in 5m. of water in NW arm. Put out 50 m. of chain. Good holding. Picked up a log on the anchor. Dock on eastern side of harbor was available but is very open to W and SW winds  It’s an easy entrance into harbor. 

2015 - Mike Bradford: No diesel is available in town.  Gas was available across the bay near the old fishing plant.  The closest diesel is 40 miles away via car.  There are two convenience/grocery stores in town, well stocked.  Two restaurants serve good local dishes.

2015- Bill Cook: Little fishing, ample room at pier on east side of harbor. Long fetch, so tie on lee side. Fuel available by truck, best to arrange

2014 – Karl Coplan: The restaurant still offers laundry services.  We anchored on the west side of the fjord north of the town pier.


2016 - Dave Pratt: The photo of the government wharf shown in the guide is no longer accurate. The floating docks shown in the photo are now solid wharfs and the wharf shown in the picture has been extended.

2015 – Ann Lange: Tied to the dock at the harbor west of Sheep's Head. Electricity and garbage disposal available at dock, no water, no charge, came in late, left early so no info on services in town. Great protection with lots of water going into the dock. 

AQUAFORTE (page 109)

2014 – Karl Coplan: None of the anchorages halfway up the fjord looked at all inviting with a stiff wind blowing down the fjord, so we anchored in the shallow cove at the very head of the bay.  We carefully set a bow anchor off the point on the west side of the cove, and ran a stern anchor to the shore on the east side of the cove to keep from swinging on to the ledge.  It was very peaceful there, and there is a wonderful (but long) hike out to the natural arch bridge.

WITLESS BAY (page 111)

2014 – Karl Coplan: We ducked in here to anchor overnight on our way down the coast.  We had only a little bit of roll, but there was a surprising amount of small boat traffic in the evening.

ST. JOHN'S (page 113)

2017 – Bill Bowers: Queens Wharf has closed permanently. A Costco warehouse is just north of town.

2016 – Peg Brandon: Queens Wharf was closed in 2016 for repairs to the adjoining wharfs. Presumably it will be reopening in 2017. It is against this guides habit of recommending restaurants, for they come and go so quickly, but The Keg and the Fish Exchange, both located opposite pier 6 & 7 are excellent and have been so for quite a while.

Good Life Fitness Center on 3rd floor of the Atlantic Building on Water St. offers showers, $5 for a four day pass or $4. for a single shower, along with towels.

2015 – Ann Lange: If you don't know where it is just look it up on any map!! We tied up to a floating dock at Queen's Wharf, lots of gawkers, 2 tried to get on boat for pics.  There is no water, electricity, showers or laundry at the dock; however it is great to access the downtown area. Laundry 5 min walk. Bus stop 2 min. Good website for buses. Showers at Max fitness center on #3 bus, a little further on there is a Sobie's a large grocery store.  Price, minimum one week stay $42. Possible to tie up at pier 6 & 7, noisy & busy, closer to George St. 

2015 – Bill Cook: Pier 6, in the far SW corner, offers the best protection in an easterly blow.

2014 – Karl Coplan: -- They send you right to Queens Wharf as a visitor -- that's the only option.  It is close to the center of town, though it is a little unnerving to have the oil rig service vessels docking and undocking 24 hours a day within a few meters of the floating dock.

HOLYROOD – (new) 47°23.21’N x 53° 07.53’W

Holyrood Marina
Holyrood Marina obviously during the winter.

2016 – Randy Earle: The Town of Holyrood is located at the southeastern extreme of Conception Bay. It has marina which is home to a community of local power and sail boaters. There is water, gasoline, diesel and holding tank pump out available at water side. The marina has floating 35 ft long finger piers dedicated to transient boaters and allow boats to overhang 5 ft. Depth at the transient floats is 7 ft. which also has electricity. There is overwinter storage on the marina site and require masts to be unstepped. A marine travel lift, rated to 50 tons, is available throughout the season as is a mast crane. (May 1 to Oct 31).

Banking, restaurants, small grocery stores, a liquor store, a fish, meat and produce shop, and a drug store are all located within walking distance of the marina. Taxi service is available. For those needing to make travel connections, Holyrood is thirty-five minutes from St. John’s International Airport and one hour from the Argentia terminus for the Marine Atlantic ferry to Nova Scotia. Visit the marina website at www.holyroodmaraina.ca and contact the marina supervisor at holyroodmarinasupervisor@gmail.com or by telephone during office hours during the season @ 709 2294348

BRIGUS - (page 116)

2016 - Bill Ebling: According to sailing directions there is mud 0.1 nm from public wharf with good holding, but we could not find the area after repeated searches. Anchored with fisherman's anchor on rock in 25 feet in bay southwest between small boat harbor entrance and Molly's island. All moorings occupied during 2016 blueberry festival.

BAY ROBERTS – (page 118)

2016 – Peg Brandon: Along the northern shore of Bay Roberts are three wharfs, the western most, the Moor Frost complex, is privately owned. Further to the west is a small shallow marina with floating docks; it is associated with the Canadian Legion Club. The marina is well protected by a wharf. It is too shallow to lie alongside on the eastern side of this wharf, plus there are apparently underwater obstacles in that area.

There is a good anchorage area between the Moor Frost wharf and the small marina in 15 feet with a mud bottom. Two fishermen we talked with said Bay Roberts and Conception Harbour were the only two harbors in Conception Bay where fishing schooners would anchor, they being the only two harbors in Conception Bay with all around protection, particularly from NE winds.

BAY DE VERDE - (page 119)

2016 Peg Brandon: The fish plant burned down in the spring of 2016. Rebuilding the plant began quickly and it’s expected to reopen in early 2017

OLD PERLICAN – (page 121)

Old Perlican chartlet

2017 – Dave Pratt: The extensive open area adjacent to and to the east of the north breakwater was a rock garden. In recent years this area has been dredged with most of the rocks being removed and two long wharfs have been built, used primarily by fishing boats. In addition 3 floating docks have been installed two on the northeast shore, the other extending from the northern breakwater parallel with the larger wharfs. The floating docks have 6 ft. alongside. These wharfs are away from the smell and commotion of the fish plants, but they are a long walk around to the community.

ST. JOHNS WITHIN – (page 124)

2016 Peg Brandon: A small public floating dock is located on the northwest side of the harbor with 16 foot depths at its outer end and 9 foot depths where it attaches to the bulkhead. Anchoring off the floating dock in 20 – 30 foot depths is also an option with good all-around protection and a mud bottom.


2016 - Dave Curtin: Fisher Cove – on the south side of town - provides good protection in Northerly winds, with a firm mud bottom.

2016 - Bill Ebling: This beautiful historic town with theater groups performing nightly is a must visit. The Dock Marina is under new management, the docks are in excellent condition.  It is crowded in the summer with recreational craft, moorings are available.  However, there is no laundry at Marina or showers as reported in 2016 Atlantic Canada Marina guide. Toilets only available while dock restaurant is open 9 am to 9 pm. Limited electric at docks may require long extensions that owner can proved. We did not see water on docks and Marina Wifi only reachable from within dock Marina gift shop. The owner is upgrading so this may improve in future.  The owner is very helpful and accommodating.

Nearest grocery is at Goose Cove just off the Trinity Peninsula about a 15 minute strenuous bike ride from town with two significant hill climbs

CHAMPNEYS COVE (new) 48 23’N x 53 18’W

2017 – Gary Ryan: There is a rock; the locals call The Breaker off the point opposite Huzzie Head, but not the rock off Fox Hd. Go straight into the harbor half way between the land you will miss it by a great margin.

Once in the harbor, it's quite deep everywhere except one place up at the very west end where a bar juts out from the southern shore. If you keep to the north however, it stays "deep" and you can go up to the wharves - depending on your draft. The wharf near the middle has 10 feet of water at its end.

There is a public wharf at Champneys West, which is on your left on the way into the harbour. 65 foot long liners tie up here sometimes. The western end of Champneys Cove is a great protected harbor. However, there are no services available.

Robin Hood Bay is not considered a safe harbor (the little one you see off the west side is quite shallow) and you will almost always end up on a lee shore (high cliffs on east and west sides) with the waves rolling against you.

CATALINA – (page 127)

2016 – Dave Pratt: The floating finger pier mentioned in the guide was being replaced in 2016 with massive dredging project for another public wharf. Per the Harbour Authority "we are putting a new wharf in place, but we are hoping to put back our floating docks as well. Just north of our wharf are some floating docks, they are privately own but anyone can use them for a fee."

BONAVISTA  (page 128)

2016 – Dave Pratt: The outer 2 sections of the floating dock marked #1 are reserved for recreation vessels – visiting yachts. In 2016 the docking fee was about 43¢ per meter. The Harbour Supervisor’s phone # is 907-468-1209. Unfortunately the replica of the Matthew is in terrible condition.

2015 – Ann Lange: We tied up to floating dock reserved for pleasure craft. There are Laundry $1.25/load, showers $4, water and electricity available at the wharf. Wharf fees were $18.50 for our 39 ft. boat. Call Harbour Master after hours, he gave us a key to do laundry and access showers.  Groceries about 1 km away, all services available. Replica of John Cabot's boat built in Bonavista at top of quay. 

GLOVERTOWN - (page 130)

2016 – Dave Pratt: In 2011 a group of local people worked with the Provincial and Federal Governments to fund and build a yacht club and marina in Glovertown, at the very western end of Alexander Bay. In 2016 the eastern part of the breakwater protected basin was dredged and a third row of finger floats were installed, now totaling some 35 floats plus a bulk-headed wharf. All floats have fresh water and electricity (30 & 50 amp) with depths to 7 feet.


There is a 35 ton travel lift and plans to install diesel and gas pumps in the fall of 2016. The marina office is staffed 7 days a week, their phone number (709) 520-3044 or glov.yachtclub@hotmail.com. Showers and laundry facilities are available 24/7.

At the western end of Middle Arm is the mouth of the Terra Nova River which dumps substantial silt into the Middle Arm, thus the depths are constantly changing. To approach the marina; upon rounding the headland on the northern side of the eastern end to Middle Arm, one should head for the white church steeple in town, on a course of approximately 255ºM, which will bring you a green buoy, leave it to port and head for the entrance to the marina, on a course of about 225ºM.

There is a liquor store across from the marina, attached to the Esso gas station, and a small well stocked grocery store a 5 minute walk away. The view from the gazebo on the hill to the south of the marina is terrific. A trail leads there from the sport facility.

SALVAGE   (page 134)

2016 photo by Dave Curtin of dock and entrance with route between buoys marked.

Salvage entrance route

2015 – Ann Lange: We tied up to floating dock. The entrance is well marked, but pay attention and have a good look at charts before entering. Lots of hiking trails. Bar with food within walking distance. No other services. Grocery store approx. 5km away.  Gorgeous setting, well worth a stop.

FLAT ISLANDS (page 136)

2016 – Dave Curtin: In only a moderate SW breeze we got blown out of the cove between Upper Flat Is and Lower Flat Is. using the same anchor I’d used successfully in this same cove several times in the past. ??

2015 – Bill Cook: The dock is now unusable – anchored off it in 40'

ST. BRENDAN’S (new) 48º 52’N x 53º 39’W

2016 – Dave Curtin: This harbor is on the eastern end of Cottle Is. There are no facilities in town, the folks take the ferry to Burnside to shop, but with the small store in Burnside closing, they will have to go further to Happy Adventure or beyond for supplies . The harbor here, Shoal Cove, seems to be miss-named; we found the depths to be 30 – 40 feet or more until really close to shore.

DEER ISLAND (new) 48º 56N x 053º 43’W

2016 – Dave Curtin: With a brisk SW blowing I didn’t want to enter Bragg’s Island’s Round Cove for the first time so circled around that island and entered a cove on the eastern side of Deer Island which the electronic chart shows to have an ample area with suitable depths (15-20 ft) for anchoring. It is also well protected from westerly winds. The boat’s depth sounder didn’t begin to read depths below 20 ft. until well into the bite to the south of the passage between the islands to Deer Is. itself. As expected, we anchored in really soft mud/silt.

Remnants of a drying stage in Puddingbag Cove.


2017 – Sandy Weld: As the charts indicate the bottom is mud, soft at least in the center of the harbor.

2015 – Ann Lange: We anchored in 6m very good holding mud bottom, lots of swing room, protected, excellent anchorage. It’s locally known as Safe Harbour, good raspberries and blueberries in season. Watch out for crab pots in the anchorage. All services available 1.5 nm by dinghy, floating dock to tie up to at fish plant or a local dock near grocery store. 

LUMSDEN SOUTH (page 142)

2016 – Bill Peterson: The charts clearly show rock ledges extending to the SE of Southern Cat Island and 2 or more fathoms between there and shore. In settled weather I passed through this area and never saw less than 17 ft on my depth sounder. Fuel can be delivered to the docks by Melvin Parson’s LTD – 709-651-2840. As elsewhere, cash works best. There are no longer any restaurants and only one convenience store and small grocery store up the hill a way.


2017 – Howard Peer: The harbor was more commodious than it appears on the chart and there are more buoys than shown to keep you off the surrounding rocks.  The docks were in fine order.  We docked immediately as you enter the breakwater.  The bollards on this dock showed no sign of having ever been used, pristine paint.  Avoid any docks with a lift as they are used to unload fishing boats.  We had 15+ feet of water and adequate maneuvering room for a boat larger than our 33'.

We found an office but it was locked.  We were told there was a harbor master but we never saw him.  The docks had power pedestals and you might be able to get ice from the fish plant.  There were no obvious other facilities and town appeared to be a good walk away.

2015 – Ann Lange: Tied up to fishing dock, lots of water on dock closest to breakwater.  Diesel available at gas station, 3 km Barry was given a ride 1 km into walk there.  No info on other services. 

SELDOM (page 147)

2015 – Bill Cook: F.U. Museum, face dock. Also room for perhaps a 45 footer on East side, but shoals toward shore.

2014 – Karl Coplan: Fisherman's Union museum dock still welcomes visiting yachts. I think the guidebook should include a description of Tilting harbor, since it is such an interesting community, and there is no reason you can’t get a cruising boat in there.  We went to Tilting overland, but if we ever get back to Fogo Island, I would love to go there by boat. (editor – who will report on Tilting Harbour?)

FOGO HARBOUR  (page 148)

2015 – Ann Lange: We tied up at the dock.  No water was available, but electricity was. $20/ without elec. No showers or laundry.  The fish plant attached was smelly. All services available, but big grocery store and perhaps diesel not within walking distance.  Great deal to see on the island, got a land tour, which was good experience.

PIKES ARM NEW 49º 38'.8 N X 54º 34'.1 W

2015 – Ann Lange: Anchored in 8m. water.  Good holding, unsure of bottom, lots of kelp.  Protected from all but northerlies. Swell came in when wind switched to the north.  No services. Hike available to lookout point with wooden steps where needed. B & B  Good shore access via dock 15 min. dinghy ride away. 

TWILLINGATE    (page 150)

2016 – Bill Peterson: In 2016 dredging began for a new marina on the west side of the harbor, just north of the bridge that crosses over to the town of Twillingate, where the grocery store, bank and other stores are located. This will be for recreational craft; hopefully it will have dock space for visiting cruisers and not filled up with local dories.

2015 – Ann Lange: We tied up to the fishing dock.  It was busy with lots of fish boats. There was water, power, $20/ night.  TV lounge with Free Wifi in Harbour Master building at end of dock. $5/shower, 1.50/ load of laundry. All services available. 

FARMERS ARM (page 151)

2016 – Bill Peterson: The Twillingate Marine Service Center is now the Durell Marine Service Center and looks like it is turning into an ice plant and truck terminal as well as some boat storage.

LEWISPORTE (page 152)

2017 – Photo thanks to Peter Watkins. The Lewisporte YC is strictly a social arm of the marina. The marina can be contacted by calling 709-535-3625.

2016 – Bill Peterson: The marina here became the largest in Atlantic Canada after it expanded to 240 docks in 2014 and still has plans to expand by another 60 docks. The fuel dock has moved from the outer face of the main wharf that extended directly out from the club house. It is now located by the travel lift slip/launching ramp. There are now slips filling the space between the slips shown in the photo in the current guide and shore.


2016 – Bill Peterson: In 2016 there were two cabins on the shore to this sweet cove with no aquaculture present. Water depth between the two inner points of the entrance shallows to about 15 ft, and then drops to around 30 ft. Anchor as indicated on chartlet in guide.


2016 – Bill Peterson: The wharf on Lacy Point has 15 foot depths along both the SE and East faces. The north face shallows quickly to ledges while inside is suitable only for real shallow draft craft. The hike to Surgeon Cove Point Lighthouse is about 1 ½ hr for the older folks, it’s done regularly in under 1 hr by those who are fit. In 2016 Paul Langdon’s www.canoehilladventures was transforming the old lighthouse living quarters into an Adventurers Inn with 5 bed rooms with plans on opening in 2017. Guests would hike there from Exploits Hr or kayak to the foot of the lighthouse, weather permitting.

fortune chartlet
The charlet is not to be used for navigational purposes,
however the number on it represent fathoms and it
appears to be accurate.

FORTUNE (page 156)

2016 – Bill Peterson: It’s unfortunate that neither Canadian chart #4864 nor the Navionic’s chart of this area give any depths for the cove north of Gillespie Is or in Southwest Arm, while the old Canadian chart gives great detail. There appears to be a shallow area, perhaps as little as 15 feet, in the area just south of the 0.5 meter spot on chart 4864, about at the junction for entering the cove north of Gillespie Is., or turning SW to Southwest Arm or the well blocked off, by a mussel farm, Northwest Arm. North of Gillespie Is. one can anchor in 20-30 feet with plenty of swinging room by proceeding far enough to sees the mussel buoys between Gillespie Is and Quirk Island to the NW of it. The bottom is firm mud for good holding.

In Southwest Arm one can carry 30+ ft. to the house and dock on the SE shore, opposite the ledge mentioned in the guide on the other shore. From there one can carry 20 + ft. further in until the water shallows rapidly.


2016 – Bill Peterson: The slow decline of permanent residents continues, now down to about 35 people. They are still hanging on.


2016 – Bill Peterson: Triton West – located on the north side of Triton Island 49º 32’N x 55º 37’W. Enter to the N and W of Big Triton Island and to the E and S of Great Tinker Island and Grassey Is. (If approaching from Long Island Tickle one can safely leave Great Tinker Island and Grassey Is. to port.) There is a light on the NW point of Big Triton Island and a cardinal mark (DNC) to the south of Grassey Is. However, that cardinal mark is so small, it looks like a stick floating in the water. There is another appropriately sized red buoy (DNC2) between Brighton Tickle and Captin Cove.

In the SE corner of the harbor is a government wharf adjacent to an unused fish processing building. The wharf is used by fishing boats, beside it and to the south is a new (2016) floating dock. There are two sections to it with the outer one hinged to the inner one, so do not lie overlapping the two sections. The small town of Triton West is right there, with a small grocery store and a small general convince store. With care one can continue on into Squid Cove (follow the track on the attached chart) where there is a small marina with slips for pleasure craft. There is 10 feet alongside the outer float. The depths shown on the attached chart are NOT accurate!


2016 – Tim Moe: This is a delightful anchorage that challenges God’s Pocket for charm. Or, I’m sure it did in the past. However, in the last year or so a new home was built at the head of the cove north of the sand spit. The yellow track represented on the electronic chart is north of the boat’s actual path, which was midway between the sand spit and the land to the south and southwest of it. Where the track ends is where we spent the night in 15-18 feet. The depths on the electronic chart are NOT accurate. Where the track passes over the depth “24” (which supposedly represents feet) there was actually 15 feet showing on the depth sounder at high tide. The numbers on the black and white chart (copy of a paper chart) are in fathoms.

There is a fairly substantial and sturdy dock to the stern of the sailboat in the photo below. Between that dock and the near shore the water is really shallow and was roped off when we were there.

ROBERTS ARM (new) 49º 29’N x 055º 48’W

2016 – Tim Moe: Do not turn the last corner into the harbor too tightly, as there is a ledge south of the line between the first point and the next point to the west and is shown on the Navionics chart. It dries at low tide. Numerous private wharfs are along the shore. There is a government wharf and a floating dock right beside it with 15 ft depths ½ ways out. There is electricity and fresh water on the main wharf; neither are on the floating dock. A small all purposed grocery store is a 15 min walk up Main St from the wharf, a liquor store is attached to the drug store.

LITTLE WARD HARBOUR (new) 49º 35’N x 055º 53’W

2016 – Tim Moe: This little harbor rivals both God’s Pocket and Julies Harbour for charm. Along the southern shore, before the entrance is an attractive small home, with perhaps a working garden and a beach. While on the northern side of the entrance is a unique encampment.

The chartlet is not to be used for navigation, however the numbers on it represent fathoms.

LA SCIE (page 161)

2015 – Ann Lange: We tied up to the floating dock with no water or power available. We Dinghied over to the town and tied up to a private stage but the fellow had no problems with us doing that. All services available in town.  We were well protected behind a breakwater. 

2014 – Karl Coplan: I think the guidebook is unfair to this town -- it is easy to enter, is an active fishing community, and has a dramatic hiking path at the headlands near the entrance.


2017 – Richard Hudson: Arriving at an empty dock, just as we were tying up, a local person drove up in his truck and told us that Coachman's Harbor was very bad for swell, and that they had moved all the fishing boats off the day before. He said Fleur de Lys harbor was the best place around to tie up to a dock, it being called "God's Pocket" by the local longliners. He wasn't sure about how the swell was at anchor, just warned that the swell comes up sometimes, not necessarily with the wind (ie, ocean swell from far off). We were surging back and forth a fair amount as we tied up, considered his warning, and anchored in the middle of the harbor in 10m instead. Depths we saw at the outer end of the dock were 5-7m.

GREAT HARBOUR DEEP    (page 166)

2015 – Ann Lange: We anchored in 8m. of water in Sault Cove just north of town.  Very good holding, good protection from all winds except SE.  Winds funnel in this area so take care where you decide to anchor. No services, town abandoned in 2003, beautiful spot.  The community of Deep Harbour was resettled in 2003. The town was getting too small to warrant a teacher, nurse and the weekly boat that came in with supplies; it was noticeable that a number of houses are still in use.  There were two 50 foot fishing boats in the harbor when we arrived and about 7 or 8 skiffs. Summer holidays could be spent here and a house kept available for the fisherman when he was out on the boat. We wondered how far away the families went when they resettled?? We know of one community on the south coast the Government is trying to resettle and are offering each family $250,000 to do so. 

FOURCHE (page 167)

2015 – Ann Lange: We anchored in 13m. of water just off the old whaling station, it’s only a lunch stop for it is very exposed and the bottom is poor. It’s a fiord like spot with high hills and waterfalls running into the bay from the top. There are no services. 

2014 – Karl Coplan: very eerie harbor.  The "maintained" house mentioned in the guidebook as an anchoring mark is no longer maintained.  We had real trouble getting an anchor to set in the soft soft bottom.  The old whale processing plant is kind of spooky.

CROUSE HARBOUR  (page 169)

2015 – Ann Lange: We anchored in 7 m. fair holding, had to anchor twice, put kellet down, there is no dock.  Local fishermen have moorings so watch for them as you get close to the stages on the west shore. There is good protection from prevailing SW winds but winds may funnel through high sided cliffs. It’s open from SE.   No services. Walk the 1.5 km to Conche to see the French shore tapestry; it’s a must, in a small store. 

We stopped in Crouse Harbour in order to see the French shore tapestry in Conche and got more than we bargained for.  The people in Crouse and Conche were the friendliest we have met yet.  There were a couple of old fellows who greeted us when we came ashore, they gave us directions.  The interpretive center and the 217 ft. tapestry about life on the French shore was one of the best museums we have encountered. 

When I walked up to the building I could not imagine how they would get a 217 ft. tapestry in the building but they very creatively have wound it around one room.  An artist dreamed up the concept, researched and created it, and with grants from the government employed lots of women to sew it.  There was over 20,000 hours put in to making it.  The tapestry depicts the history of the French shore of Nfld. from the beginning until the present.  There are 4 languages on the tapestry, French, English, a Scandinavian language and Gaelic. There are panels on the top and bottom and the main theme in the middle, a person could spend hours noticing all the details. 

Once back in Crouse we ran into the old fellows again and one of them invited us in for a cup of tea.  He realized that we had not been back to the boat since we had left in the morning and we ended up with a lovely feed of potatoes and fresh cod!! We got to hear wonderful stories about the old days.  Lar is 84, the road and electricity did not come to the area until the 1960's.  He remembers going out with dog teams, if someone was really sick. That was the only way to get them to help.  He said there were 18 men on snowshoes in front of the sled to break the trail and the leader would only be able to walk 25 feet, sinking into the snow up to their thighs before the next man in line would take the lead. The snowshoes they used were a lot smaller than the ones we have now. They were very self-sufficient, they had gardens, picked berries, and the goats, sheep and cows ran wild, there were only 3 horses in the area.  Kenny, who is 85, has hardly ever left the community. He has been to St. Anthony once when his father died, even though now it’s only an hour and a half away by car or boat. When Kenny got talking fast he was really hard to understand. 

ST. ANTHONY (page 173)

2015 – Ann Lange: We anchored in 8m. just NW of the Grenfell docks, with very good holding and great 360 protection. Dinghy access at Grenfell docks, the whale watching outfit there was very friendly and welcoming. All services available in town except no showers. A laundromat is at the Irving Gas Station, $3.00/load.

2014 Karl Coplan: We ducked in here when the weather got soggy and the winds turned south on us.

GRIQUET (page 176)

2014 – Karl Coplan: Nice stopover, pretty hiking trail, very quiet community and very sheltered.  Follow the buoys, not the Canadian chart.  Our chart plotter showed us crossing an island when we were in deep water.

QUIRPON HARBOUR:  (page 177)

2016 - Howard Peer: We came through the tickle with a following tide.  The current around Butter Pot Rock was quite strong and gave the boat a substantial hard jerk to Port.  I recovered OK but it was exciting, I can see it easily going wrong.

2015 – Ann Lange: Anchored in 8m. very good holding  Excellent flat anchorage with almost 360 protection.  Jacques Cartier waited out a gale here so it was good enough for us.  No info or services. 

HAY COVE (Anse aux Meadows) (page 178)

2015 – Ann Lange: We anchored at the end of the cove in 4m. Open to the NE, swell comes in from Atlantic. Good holding in settled weather.  Beach landing available with road access to former Viking settlement.  Spent a very rolly night, moved anchorages the second night. 

2014 – Karl Coplan: This was a beautiful harbor, with some lovely hiking on the Noddy Head trail as well as being very convenient to the archeological site.  It took a little doing to get the anchor set satisfactorily where we were not concerned about swinging into shallow water and easily visible rocks.

RED BAY, LABRADOR  (page 180)

2015 – Ann Lange: We anchored in 8m between Saddle Island and the mainland.  The holding was good in settled weather.  Great museum on Basque whaling ashore, well worth the stop. 

FLOWER COVE (page 184)

2016 – Howard Peer: The new wharf is finished.  Behind the wharf, on the North side, is a small basin for little boats.  Not big enough for any cruising boat.  The wharf L shaped.  The L was taken by a fishing boat, the long side had 5 fishing boats, two backed in and two rafters together.  The only open space was where they unloaded catch.  We docked there for two nights as no one was fishing due to weather.

2015 – Ann Lange: We tied to the southern end of the wharf, the rest of the wharf was under reconstruction and not attached to shore, so we had to dinghy to the inner floating dock to get ashore. We were told it would be completed by the fall of 2015. No services on dock at this time. Groceries, liquor and fuel are available 20 min. away on foot.  Entrance had lots of hazards but was well buoyed with leading lights. 

2014 – Karl Coplan: This is a nice stopover harbor with some interesting rocks and hiking trails, and a fairly well stocked grocery on the main highway EAST of town.

ST. JOHN ISLAND, ST. JOHN HARBOUR (West Coast of NL) (page 186)

2015 – Ann Lange: The Haven, on St. John Island 50º48'.7 N X 57º14'.3 W  Anchored in 8m of water with excellent holding on sandy bottom.  Great protection from all directions, no swell even though wind was blowing in from the ocean. No services, limited shore access with a few dwellings that fishermen use.  Our Navionics electronic charts were out in this area. It said we anchored in 0.9m of water!

2014 – Karl Coplan: We were tempted into this harbor by the guidebook in a stiff S. wind.  I WOULD NOT GO BACK THERE.  The inner harbor is too narrow and steep sided to allow proper scope.  The outer harbor has fishermen’s moorings in the only area shallow enough to anchor.  We ended fouling a mooring line while setting our anchor but did not realize it unit the morning.  Fortunately, we were able to unfoul ourselves. 

PORT AUX CHOIX (page 187)

2017 – Sandy Andrew & Stocky Smith: The wharf mentioned in 2016 has been completed. This new wharf extends out perpendicular from the original fisherman’s wharf. The new sections has about a 45 degree bend in it about 1/2 way out, which aims for the wharf closer to town, creating a very snug basin within where one can tie up. Inside the basin there are three floating docks, one for the Coast Guard and two for small vessels, one on each side of the Coast Guard dock. See attached sketch.

2016 - Howard Peer: At this writing the small public wharf has been ripped out and is being replaced with a much extended wharf.  They are also adding a finger out from the East dock front enclosing both the CG dock and the floating dock presumably to create an inner basin with wharfage all around.  I saw a pallet of power pylons so let's hope they get installed.  It's hard to see how well this idea will work; now things are very crowded.  We ended up docking at the rough town commercial dock on the East side of the harbor.

There are three red brick buildings; the middle one being the town port building next to the CG base.  Inside the unlocked garage area (empty) was a well maintained rest room, shower, and coin laundry facility.  No signs what so ever.

Previously (2008ish) I anchored in the harbor only to snag an old heavy wire cable.

COW HEAD (page189)

2016 - Howard Peer: The harbor has undergone some renovations receiving a new deck in 2015.  Further renovations including strengthening and a small extension of the breakwater was going on while we were there. At this time the entrance buoys are as previously reported.

BONNE BAY – (page 190)

2015 – Jay O’Hara: East Arm, Lomand Cove: The wharf marked on the chart and described in the guide has been removed and replaced with a small fishing pier unsuitable for docking. We anchored in 20’ of water with good holding off the gravel beach. Went ashore and had a hot shower at the campground.

2015 – Ann Lange: Lomond Cove - the dock no longer exists. We anchored in 8 m. about 100m off the shore. It was fair holding on a rocky bottom. We put down our kellet to shorten our scope and stayed two days in settled conditions. There is an easy beach landing to access the campground that had the best fresh water we tasted in Newfoundland. Easy shore access, Nat. Park Campsite here, water, shower, garbage disposal available. Nat. Park Fee should be paid. No groceries or other stores. 

SE Arm:
2015 – Jay O’Hara
: We anchored in the SE Arm, locally referred to as “Man-O-War Cove”. The bottom slopes up gently in the northern half of the east end of the harbor, and holding was excellent.

NEDDY HARBOR (page 191)

2017 – Richard Hudson reported looking at the bottom with the fisher finder. “I noticed that the outer parts of the harbor was uneven and looked to be mud over rock. Farther in, closer to the moorings, the bottom was even with soft mud.” It seems a “Danforth” type anchor is better than the “plow” type.

NORRIS COVE (page 191)

2016 - Howard Peer: We found dockage at the Bonn Bay Marine Center next to the ferry dock just before Neddys Harbor.  They charged $2/meter/night.  Water and 20/30/50 amp power was available.  The attendant noted that you don't want to be there when the wind comes down the arm.

2015 – Sandy Dumaresq: In addition to the ferry, there is a tour boat. Both of these boats dock at a wharf next to the public wharf. The overnight charge for the public wharf is $1.25 per meter per night. There is no water or power hook up.

Government wharf in Crawley Cove.

WOODY POINT (page 192)

2016 - Howard Peer: We found dockage at the Bonn Bay Marine Center next to the ferry dock just before Neddys Harbor.  They charged $2/meter/night.  Water and 20/30/50 amp power was available.  The attendant noted that you don't want to be there when the wind comes down the arm.

2015 – Jay O’Hara: Woody Point’s general stores have been reduced from 3 to 2. A new coffee shop has opened, and the restaurant/bar hosts a summer music series. There is a government wharf located just north of Woody Point in "Crawley Cove" with easy access to the village. Good protection on the southern side of the wharf, with 6 feet alongside the bulkhead at the base of the wharf, and plenty of water along it’s length. No fee was charged, and there is no water or obvious electric, but the wharf is in good repair, and used by a few fishing boats. See attached photo.

The public wharf has a flashing green on the end of the “L”, and has a pipe with municipal water at the head of the pier.

2015 – Sandy Dumaresq: Woody Point has become famous for its week-long Writers’ Festival which occurs each year around the second week in August. Local and nationally renowned writers and musicians take part in readings and concerts and workshops with national personalities acting as MCs.

There are now two full service restaurants as well as luncheon and dockside cafes. Across from the Western Petroleum station (no longer Esso), there is a small laundromat. If one uses the small government wharf, City Hall requests a fee of $0.50 per foot.

2014 – Karl Coplan: We looked for a place to tie up in Woods Point, but people waved us off the private docks at the southwest end of town, and there did not seem to be any comfortable place to tie up with a stiff wind blowing up the Fjord.  The floating dock is reserved for the passenger ferry.  In calm conditions you might find a way to tie up to the old passenger ferry pier.  We went across to Norris Cove, where there is now a floating dock available for transients.  We were told that the floating dock was put in to service launches from cruise ships, but there were no cruise ships when we were there, and plenty of room and water.  There was a modest charge, but no-one to collect it, so we mailed them a check when we got home.  People are very friendly and offered us rides and use of their cars.

ROCKY HARBOUR (page 192)

2016 - Howard Peer: The public wharf was crowded and tying to the outside was not tenable even in the settled conditions we had.  We eventually moved to tie across the end of the dock.  It worked but would not have in anything but near calm.  There is another wharf where commercial boats tie that looks better but we didn't try it.

2015 – Jay O’Hara: The line of “malicious” rocks at the entrance to the harbor are now mostly covered with a new breakwater that shelters the new wharf. The end of the line of rocks is now marked by Fl R Spar Buoy “XR2”.

2015 – Ann Lange: All services are available here. Laundry is just up the road from the wharf. We tied up to the outside of the wharf in calm conditions but left once the wind came up, we were bashing against the dock.  If there had been space on the inside of the wharf it would be good protection. The dock on the south side of the harbor is reported to have a vicious undertow. 

2015 – Sandy Dumaresq: There is no longer a “new wharf” just to starboard on the way in to Rocky Harbour. One must use the government wharf at the head of the harbour. The Esso Station that was reported at the end of this wharf is gone and so is the bank. In order to obtain fuel, one should call Western Petroleum. They have a station located in Woody Point. However, the truck will deliver to the wharves in Rocky Harbour, Norris Cove, and Woody Point, and possibly in other locations. The cell phone for local owner, Randy Welsh, is 709-458-7457.


2015 – Jay O’Hara: South Light at entrance to Bay of Islands, pictured in guide, has been removed and replaced with a skeleton tower.

Little Port - located just outside Bay of Islands (page 193)

2015 – Ann Lange: We tied up to local dock, no charge, 8 feet at low water at the end of the dock, electricity available. There is water at the dock, but we did not use because it was discolored.  Toilet available ashore, but no showers, or other services close by.  Good hiking trials very close to dock, lovely spot. 

Lark Harbour

2015 – Sandy Dumaresq: There is no water on the easterly side of the government wharf, and the westerly side is exposed to the incredible, ever persistent, southwesterly winds. As a result, we were forced to lie at the head of the wharf. This is not a comfortable harbor and despite the scenery, we would strongly recommend giving it a pass.

Woods Island Harbour (page 194)

2015 – Jay O’Hara: The description in the guide is accurate, and the range markers were in place. Red and green buoys at entrance were not present in July 2015.

2015 – Ann Lange: Great anchorage, almost 360 degree protection, great holding  No services, but good shore access to some walking trails. 

Middle Arm (page 195)

2015 – Jay O’Hara: Cox’s Cove: In addition to the small general store reported a few yards from the wharf, there is a slightly larger grocery and gas station (with diesel), up the hill to the east.  Penguin Arm Harbor: As reported. The stream that flows into the harbor can be traced up the hills to find a lovely bog with orchids and other beautiful flowers in it.

North Arm Harbour (page 196)

2015 – Ann Lange: Good anchorage, good holding in 9 meters at the end of the bay, probably could have got shallower. No services, but it was a five waterfall bay, very quiet. Open to the southwest.

BEACH POINT (page 197)

2015 – Jay O’Hara: Inner basin quite crowded during lobster season.


CODROY – (page 199)

2015 – Ann Lange: We tied up at a deteriorated dock on the breakwater because there was no room at the inner dock.  We draw about 6 feet and only had about 1 and 1/2 feet under the keel at low water. No problem though.  Fresh water available, but you have to walk to get it.  There was no charge to tie up. 

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