Thursday, June 4, 2009

101 reasons to visit Newfoundland & Labrador: Reason # 002 Cape St Mary's!!

Your "bucket list", (the do before you're done list) needs to include things you will never ever forget. The Cape St Mary's Ecological Reserve is just such a place. It is one of the largest and most accessible sea bird scantuaries in the world. 70,000 nesting pairs of birds call this home sweet home! The Northern Gannet with its magnificent 6 foot wing span dives into the water at 100km per hour, the smaller common murres dive 600 feet down, and the whales try their very best not to be shown up by their amazing feathered neighbours.

While the birds are the top attraction, there's alot more to see here...caribou herds, unique flora, wiley ravens, bald eagles...baaa....
Sheep farming means lambs running all around the middle of town in the near by community of Branch...which is something right out of Ireland in terms of language, lilt and looks. And the internationally recognized, "The Cliff House B & B" is a new, picturesque and spotlessly clean bit of accommodation over looking the ocean on the Branch waterfront. Local & passionate owners Chris and Priscilla are a wealth of knowledge about the plants, birds and history of the area. Rita's homemade local Bakeapple jam at breakfast is a gourmet treasure... you'll definitely be back for seconds.

This is the unforgetable view out the front porch window from the B & B.

While nothing can ever compare to the breath taking, in person visit to "the Cape", here is a short video to entice you to immediately get on your plane, train or come and experience the world class tourist destination of Cape St Mary's, Newfoundland & Labrador, Canada. (All video and images are by King's Point Pottery.)

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