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More Than “Come From Away”: Taking a Gander at The Avalon Peninsula of Newfoundland

The recent Broadway hit musical “Come From Away”, about the events surrounding the grounding of dozens of commercial aircraft in Newfoundland following the tragic events of 9/11, has prompted increased interest in visits to the rugged island affectionately known to locals as “The Rock.” But as one local family discovered during a visit last summer, there is much more to Newfoundland than its well-deserved reputation for hospitality and kindness.

Those discoveries and much more will be featured during the next Travel Talk at the Woods Hole Public Library on Monday, March 23 at 7:15 p.m. During the talk, Jeffrey Brodeur of Waquoit will speak to his family’s time on the Avalon Peninsula, which makes up the southeast portion of the vast province of Newfoundland and Labrador. He’ll speak of humpback whales feeding on capelin just yards of the cobble beaches of St. Valentine’s, the vast number of puffins in the Witless Bay Ecological Reserve, and their dedicated and frantic search for at least one iceberg!

Brodeur will also touch on the vibrant port city of St. John’s, home to the charming village of Quidi Vidi and the incredible views atop the Signal Hill National Historic Park, as well as the rugged and stirring coastline of Cape Spear, the easternmost point of land in North America. Newfoundland and Labrador offers something for visitors of all types, from birders and hikers to foodies and music lovers. You’re sure to be inspired to make this special place a destination following Brodeur’s talk.