Saturday, August 13, 2016
Lighthouse Beach and Trail
Photos: August 10, 2016
We visited the lighthouse at Point Amour, the second highest in Canada and built in the 1850s.
A climb of about 130 steps brought us to the top.
The view is quite something looking over Forteau Bay and out towards Newfoundland. The coast of Labrador has been the site of many shipwrecks.
Although the system for lighting the beam has changed (it now is electric light), the original Fresnel lens is still in use.
These formations were once alive - they are, according to a nearby sign, "the calcite skeletons of an extinct group of sponge-like animals called archaeocyathids. The Port Armour reefs, which were formed about 530 million years ago, provide evidence that this region was once a warm shallow sea near the equator." Continental drift plays a big role in Newfoundland's geography.
The beaches in Labrador are beautiful, though I wouldn't want to test the water. A picnic nearby and a walk on the sand was the perfect way to enjoy this beach for me.
L'Anse Amour has a population of only 8.
We continued on with a hike near L'Anse au Loup. While all the villages have French names, the population is not English-speaking. The pronunciation of the names is nothing like what I would have expected.
While we didn't spot any whales, we did see these sandpipers.
The chief industries in the area still revolve around the sea. The Labrador Fisherman's Union Shrimp Company has a plant in L'Anse au Loup. According to their web site they harvest and process cod, scallops, snow crab, capelin and shrimp from the North Atlantic.
Just some of the boats that operate out of this bay.
We always bring instruments with us when we travel. Playing music together - a great way to end the afternoon.