Our Favourite Pics From 2020By Newfoundland & Labrador
2020 was quite a year—for everyone. For Newfoundlanders and Labradorians it was a year to rediscover home, and as we pretty much had the place all to ourselves, we participated in Stay Home Year in a big way. Here’s a look at some of our favourite photos from 2020.
Scenic Pinware River
Just southwest of Red Bay in Labrador is Pinware River Provincial Park, one of those special places where you can truly disconnect from the modern world. Fishing, camping, hiking, and picnicking opportunities abound along the mighty Pinware River.
Rugged Bottle Cove
The stark beauty of Bottle Cove is perfectly captured here against the backdrop of a purple sky on the west coast of the island. You'll get this same view by taking a short trek along the Bottle Cove Hiking Trail. Be sure to come before sun set for the spectacular sky show from Sunset Rock.
No list of best 2020 photos would be complete without a photo of the colourful and iconic homes in downtown St. John's. As photographer Michael Kennedy puts it, here's a "handful of jellybeans."
Secluded Chance Cove
One of the most popular locations this year was definitely the tropical-esque landscape of Chance Cove. A long, sandy beach frames an isolated sea cave surrounded by shallow emerald waters—and the hiking trail to get there is just as stunning. It's no wonder this place became one of Newfoundland and Labrador's most photographed destinations in 2020.
Salvage, Eastport Peninsula
Photographer Gord Follett writes: "If you decide to visit the Eastport Peninsula, check out the town of Salvage. I made several trips to the town and spent some time taking in sunsets overlooking this little piece of land occupied by some old homes. While up on a hill overlooking this I could hear the whales coming up for air in the bay. The seabirds were plentiful this evening and the boats were working their way back in for the day. It is a great place to take in the sites and sounds while watching the sunset." Well said Gord, we couldn't have put it any better ourselves.
Chasing the Light in Twillingate
We're fairly certain that it's impossible to take a bad photo of Twillingate, the Iceberg Capital of the World. Photographer Ben Smith takes advantage of perfect lighting to capture this bright red fishing stage sitting on a rocky outcrop by the sea.
There are plenty of picture perfect locations on the Burin Peninsula, but the quaint town of Burin itself is full of old homes and eye-catching fishing stages right at the water's edge. On a calm morning walk, there's no better place to be.
Have You Met the Man in the Mountain?
Newfoundlanders and Labradorians were busy hiking throughout the fall, with the Man in the Mountain Trail offering up unparalleled views of the Humber Valley on the west coast. While this image was snapped in September, it wasn't long before the valley turned into a carpet of brilliant reds, golds, and oranges.
The Fjords of Francois
The towering fjords wrapped around the jellybean houses of Francois make this tiny boat-in community a photographer's favourite. The population is small here in one of the most remote corners of the island's south coast, but the locals are as warm as can be.
The whales were busy last summer as humpbacks, orcas, minke, and more decided to pay Newfoundland and Labrador a visit. Even the dolphins couldn't stay away! Here, Leona Rockwood photographs the sheer wonder of a humpback breaching in front of her tour boat in Trinity Bay.
If you hike to the top of Gun Hill Lookout in Harbour Breton at sunrise on a cloudless day, you'll see clear over the tops of the fjords and straight through to the Atlantic Ocean. The deep bays and inlets around Harbour Breton once provided centuries of rich fishing grounds for inhabitants of the area.
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