Bonavista Harbour is at the top of Bonavista Peninsular, on the eastern shores of Bonavista Bay and south of Cape Bonavista. The locals were quick to correct you if you mixed them up:

I hear it rains a lot up here, ahh thats the Bay you’re thinking of.

And the fog, ahh thats the Cape you’re thinking of.

Where can I get a beer? Try Bonavista.

A fishing port with a factory and a developing tourist business. It’s main claim to fame is the first landing point of John Cabot.

As we approached we were greeted with a flood of boats coming out of the harbour. We thought the locals had heard about us – flee it’s the Johnson horde on the Kapowai.

In truth it was the first fine day during the 3 week recreational fishing window allowed in Canada and everyone was heading out to get some fish.



Passage To Bonavista

We left Halifax heading for Bonavista Harbour but didn’t get too far. Set up the fuel system incorrectly and the main engine died. Started the wing and with a poor forecast put into Tangier Harbour for the night.  Here is the anchorage:


The next day went round to Sheet Harbour and another pleasant night at anchor.




Still not able to start the main engine and no cell phone or internet we headed back to Halifax until in phone range. 5 minute call with an MTU engineer and the engine was back on line and we resumed the passage to Bonavista.

Whales & Dolphins

We encountered both of these at various times after leaving Falmouth. Two of which happened such that we had no chance to get photos.

On the leg from Falmouth to Halifax I was on watch and looking directly forward when about a half mile ahead a hump back whale rose vertically out of the water like a launching rocket before crashing back into the sea.  Didn’t do it again but we came across two of them a little later hence the identification. What a sight.

On the next leg we had just altered course off Cape Race when a whale back burst out of the water about 50 feet off the port bow and then sat there with its tail sticking out. Looked like a Minke.  I think our alteration surprised it and we got a surprise as well.

Here are some photos of other encounters:

White Beaked Dolphin of which we saw a lot.


Tom, Dick & Harry, Harry is pretending to be an island but we can see him.


Tom & Dick on the surface with Harry just about there.


Paul & Jenny at the light house get photo bombed as does Fred on the cliff.