The handful of communities on the east coast of the Northern Peninsula were once French summer fishing stations, which makes this another section of the old French Shore. Take Route 432 south from St. Anthony airport to Roddickton where an underground salmon pool marks an unusual salmon migration route. East on Route 434, the French Shore Interpretation Centre in Conche houses the French Shore Tapestry, a 222-foot-long embroidery, done in the style of the Bayeux Tapestry by local women, that tells the history of the French Shore from prehistoric times to the present century.
Nearby Crouse, resettled in the 1960s, is a favourite destination of hikers. This road trip is also home to the Northeast Way Trails, which includes coastal treks with rewarding iceberg views and whale watching opportunities. Glass Hole Trail in Conche leads to a cavern in the heights of the cliffs that take you to the Atlantic Ocean. From here, you’ll find amazing vistas straight through to the resettled (abandoned) islands in the distance. The trailhead is located at a crashed WWII Boston BZ-277 plane from 1942, with most of the wreck still intact.