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Visiting the Salmonid Interpretation Centre in Grand Falls-Windsor

8 Aug 2012 by Keith and Heather Nicol in Nature
Region: Central

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The Salmonid Interpretation Centre is located just outside Grand Fall-Windsor on the Exploits River.The Exploits River is 246 km long making it the longest river on the island and it has a large salmon run. There is a fish ladder at the Salmonid Interpretation Centre which was built to help salmon bypass the falls on the Exploits River. Here they have an interpretation centre which features underwater viewing windows so that you can see the salmon swim past.

The Salmonid Interpretation Centre has a scenic setting  with picnic areas and short trails 

Outside of the centre you can walk over grates that cover the fish ladder and you can watch salmon leap up over various obstacles. When we were there in late July, 2012 there were many salmon moving through and it was fascinating watching the salmon leap from pool to pool. One interpreter told us that the salmon run was down a bit this year (compared to last year) which may have been due to the warmer, drier summer that we have been enjoying. The Salmonid Interpretation Centre has a gift shop, restaurant and short walking trails and is a great way to spend a summer afternoon. For more information on the centre see: http://www.exploitsriver.ca/index.php.

We saw many salmon swimming past the underwater viewing area

That evening we headed toward Gander and overnighted at the Blue Water Lodge and Retreat. The lodge is located 2 kilometers from the Trans Canada Highway near Notre Dame Junction and will suit those people that like to get off the beaten track like we do. The log lodge is striking as you approach it and you get good views of island studded Indian Arm Pond from the back deck. When we arrived we met 2 couples one from Greece and one from Turkey! It is not that common for us to meet people traveling in Newfoundland from these locations and owner Gary Sargent told us that they get quite a few European guests. They also serve dinner and we joined them for a nicely prepared feast of “Mediterranean-style” cod with a tasty salad made in large part from their own garden. Breakfast was equally good featuring homemade scones, homemade strawberry jam and scrambled eggs. See: www.relax-at-bluewater.ca for more information.

The Blue Water Lodge and Retreat caters to those who like to be surrounded by wilderness