My dear friend Nicole (whom I met in graduate school in Toronto) is a born-and-bred Newfoundlander. She now lives in another part of Canada but she recently spent some time in her home province of Newfoundland and Labrador on the far eastern coast of Canada.
Newfoundland is the one Canadian province that I have never been to and Nicole has long chided me for missing out on the amazing scenery, fishing towns and old character homes on the island. So I begged her to take some old house pictures the next time she was there.
And did she deliver!
Most of these photos were taken in the tiny village of King’s Cove but some are from the capital city of St. John’s.
King’s Cove is situated on the northeastern side of Newfoundland and is it also where Nicole’s family homestead is located.
These old homes are rich with family history, local lore… and, cool vintage furniture.
Love this antique bed…
The treasured objects of generations of a King’s Cove family…
According to Wikipedia, the King’s Cove Post Office dates back to 1851.
Its founder was James Aylward from Keels,who was born in Ireland in county Cork in 1690. His direct descendants still live in the community.
– from: wikipedia.org
This small fishing village now only has a year-round population of about 100, but is also a nice spot for vacationing – especially for those with family ties here.
[Believe it or not, all of these photos were taken with an iPhone!]
Then our tour takes us over to the capital city of Newfoundland and Labrador – St. John’s – which is also the oldest and most easterly city in North America!
Melded with culture, history, and personality, St. John’s has survived two World Wars, five centuries, countless hardships and triumphs. It’s become a rare, old city full of character, experience and charisma, with a contemporary, sophisticated edge.
Here’s one of those colorful historic St. John’s commercial buildings:
And check out this row of colorful homes…
Here’s a newer version of the colorful row houses of St. John’s…
This red house (below) is interesting because it is built right on top of – or into – a rock out-cropping…
I love how they painted the rock red to blend in with the house!
Fun fact about Newfoundland: although it was one of the first English colonies of the “New World” it did not technically join the country of Canada until the year 1949!
Beautiful and rugged – the island of Newfoundland is one of Canada’s most storied regions. And it is now on the top of my bucket-list of travel destinations!
Thanks to my friend Nicole for bringing us on this photo tour of her beloved “Rock”.