Dailies: From Tobermory to Newfoundland

As I begin to write this it is just after 9:00am “Newfie time”, which means it is around 4:30am back home in Vancouver. We spent the night in Cornerbrook, Newfoundland and will be heading off to Baie Verte shortly after I finish this post. But I’m getting ahead of myself. Before the past 6 days on the road we were in Tobermory, Ontario – and exactly one week ago tonight we held our 7th screening of this trip at the Parks Canada Theatre (one of the swankiest venues of the trip so far… very plush seating). If you’re interested in seeing how that screening went (from the perspective of a webcam in the front row) you can watch the screening here. During our time in Tobermory we were fortunate to get to know some wonderful people, and add another destination to the list of places we hope to return to one day.

In a Canadian Frame(lines) first, we left Tobermory the day after the screening. You might think that was because we were sick of the place (NO! If you’ve seen our pictures you’d know we’d happily stay there all summer) or because  we have become a lot faster at packing (Maybe), but the truth is we had to leave so quickly because we were in a hurry to get to Newfoundland. Our trip was relatively uneventful: we passed through Toronto late at night so it was not-quite-gridlocked, ran a bunch of errands in Ottawa, including picking up some reasonably priced D76 from Henry’s Photo, then, a peaceful sleep in Brossard (just outside Montreal), and after an early start we made it all the way to Fredericton, New Brunswick. Since we were ahead of schedule we spent a morning in Fredericton trying to catch up on some Caulfield-White Productions work which turned out to be an excellent decision because not only did we accomplish a lot but on our way to Moncton, just outside of Fredericton on Highway 2 our bus was passed by the Google Street View car! We even followed behind him for a while, so keep your eyes peeled for our big black bus.

Outside of Moncton we saw the former RCI shortwave towers in the Tantramar Marshes.  They are very striking to look at, and always bring a tinge of sadness to Ryder’s heart. If you want to learn more about them you can read an article Ryder wrote for Contenders Magazine, or check out this documentary film by Amanda Christie. We couldn’t linger though, we had a ferry to catch.

The ferry ride was long, but not as long as I thought it’d feel. Most of the time we were taking video and pictures on the deck, which was the one place I didn’t feel vaguely sea sick. Near the end the journey started to feel really mystical: when we left Nova Scotia it was a bright, sunny, HOT day, out in the open water it was a little clouded over and the speed of the ship kept the temperature comfortable, but as we neared Newfoundland there was a dense fog (which meant we got to record a lot of the ship’s fog horn blowing!!) that made visibility very low. One of the strangest things I saw was a man in a small row boat tucked up against a buoy as the ship passed mere metres away from him. Quickly I realized how close we were to docking, but at the time it just looked like a man in a small boat in the middle of a large ocean.

We’ve only seen a tiny corner of this province so far, but we’re very excited to get to Baie Verte and meet in person the people we’ve been conversing with over the past couple of months. I feel very thankful that so many people have (already) been so welcoming to us and kind in letting us share in the Come Home Year experience with them. We hope to meet and talk to many more people over the next few weeks so we can share what is unique and special about this place. We will try to keep as active on this blog as we can, but please forgive us if the posts are short and sparse, it looks as though we’ll have a packed schedule if we hope to even get a taste of what life is like in Baie Verte. And we promise that you’ll be the first to know all the details about our latest project the “Come Home” documentary.




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