Rural Route: Codroy Valley, Newfoundland


The lighthouse at Cape Anguille sits on the westernmost edge of Newfoundland, its white concrete and red cap a contrast to the sparkling deep blues of the Atlantic Ocean and the greens of the surrounding small farms. It’s wonderfully peaceful, the sort of place where a visitor’s to-do list mainly consists of relaxing on a porch at the inn next door and watching the waves as the ocean breeze washes over you.

For the past five years, Ann English has managed the six-suite Cape Anguille Lighthouse Inn, 90 minutes from Stephenville. “It’s very calm here,” she tells me. “People almost take a holiday from their vacations.”

The lighthouse and inn stand near the end of the road in the Codroy Valley, home to 15 small communities nestled between the Atlantic and the Anguille Mountains. When I turn off the Trans-Canada Highway and enter this southwestern corner of the province, it feels as if time has slowed down. Transported to a simpler era, I’m eager to learn more about the area’s storied past.

Here are a few noteworthy stops along the way:

 

Route 407, Cape Anguille

Unwind, eat well and take in the ocean air at the Cape Anguille Lighthouse Inn. This idyllic guest house is surrounded by meadows and hills dotted with grazing livestock.

 

Route 406, Upper Ferry

The Codroy Valley Wetland Interpretation Centre offers trail maps, birding information and community activities from June 18 through August 31.

 

Route 407, Chap’s Garage

A veritable museum of ‘50s memorabilia.

Chap's Garage

 

Gulf of St. Lawrence

The Gulf of St. Lawrence, with the Long Range Mountains, makes for the perfect backdrop along your road trip.

Gulf of St. Lawrence

 

Coates’ Farm

Pick up some fresh vegetables, fruits and meats from Coates’ Farm.

Coates Farm

Read more onboard in Issue 66 of re:porter magazine.