Canada 2017 travel blog

I didn't get the name of the cruise ship at St Anthony

The funny little lighthouse at St Anthony

Thrombolites at Flower's Cove

A little covered bridge on the track to the thrombolites


I’m happy to leave Newfoundland now because today I finally saw a moose. There was nowhere to stop & take a photo but at least I had a good look. I learned yesterday that moose aren’t native to Newfoundland (caribou are) but there’s a very healthy population here.

It was a lovely morning so I did a 10 km detour into St Anthony which is the main town in the northern part of this peninsular. I needed to get petrol & would have liked to do some grocery shopping but the supermarkets were closed for Labour Day. I’m sure I can survive until tomorrow.

I noticed lots of people walking along the road into town & when I got around a corner there was a big cruise ship in the bay. I met up with a lady from the ship, in fact we chatted for nearly an hour so I got her life story.

Originally from Germany but has lived in Canada, New York & now lives in Florida. She’s 84, travelling by herself so was intrigued by what I was doing. This 38 day cruise left Boston then she said they went to Rotterdam, Liverpool, Bergen & Greenland (not necessarily in that order). From here they go to St John’s, Halifax & back to Boston. Sounds like an interesting trip.

My next stop at lunch-time was Flower’s Cove, named by James Cook when he mapped this coast in 1764. I stopped here because I read they had some Thrombolites (very primitive single-cell organisms that look & act remarkably like rocks) & according to what I read, the only other place in the world they exist is Hamelin Pool, Shark Bay WA.

Wes & I camped at Hamelin Pool but I’ve never heard of Thrombolites. What they have there are called Stromatolites but when I did some further research the two are closely related but not the same thing. They definitely look quite different.

According to a Western Australian web-site:

“There are three known locations in the world where stromatolites are found and the other two are in the Bahamas. Thrombolites seem to be more widespread and can be found in several lakes around the world. In W.A. they exist at Lake Thetis 12 km south east of Cervantes, Pink Lake near Esperance, Lakes Preston and Lake Clifton near Mandurah and Lake Richmond in Rockingham.”

However the sign at Flower’s Cove reads:

“These structures are very, very rare. One other place in which they grow is Hamelin Pool in Shark Bay, Western Australia.”

Someone’s got it wrong.



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