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St. Matthew’s Church – the Ascension


Happy Easter from Baccalieu Consulting. The church has always played a major role in communities in Newfoundland and Labrador.

On this Easter weekend, we are celebrating the Resurrection and the Ascension and the hope that they have brought mankind. We are recognizing all the blessings that God has bestowed on us in this beautiful part of the world, where people are free to enjoy their lives in peace and security. At the same time, many of us are also remembering to pray for and give as much help as possible to those that do not enjoy the privileges that we do as part of Canada. Through caring, we can help others.

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Flickr – My Favourite of the Social Media


A Bald Eagle Couple getting ready to nest in a tree top at Deer Arm. Photo by Mark Robertson Tsang.

“A picture is worth a thousand words” and tens of thousands of people from all over the globe are willing to share their high quality images of the part of the world where they live or they have traveled with everyone.

Even better, they share their comments and feelings about what they have observed… and others comment back with words and their own photos.

I prefer Flickr to YouTube because in most cases the quality of the images is better, the posters seem to give more thought to what they are posting, and one good image can be so eloquent.

I prefer Flickr to Twitter because you see the image first and look for text and description afterwords.

On Flickr, every single day, I see a place in our province that I have never seen before or never seen in the way photographer is presenting it. The whole story of the eagle rescue in the winter on Newfoundland’s west coast, and the eagles, sea otter, and ducks in Quidi Vidi Lake right in the middle of St. John’s (the capital of Newfoundland and Labardor), and moose, caribou and seals … and so much more.

Another feature that Karen Chappell, a Newfoundland photographer, has been using is loc.alize.us which allows the photographer to pinpoint the exact spot where a photo was taken, and allows the poster to insert GPS coordinates. This is extremely useful in areas with Google Street View, but even in rural areas, it allows people to see photos of the surroundings. Here is what comes up when you type “Cupids, Newfoundland”  — Cupids Newfoundland on loc.alize.us

Most people that we follow are from Newfoundland and Labrador or visit the province frequently. We actually administer three Flickr sites:

Baccalieu Consulting’s Flickr Site (Mostly, but not all, photos by Baccalieu Consulting.)

Uncle Mose Flickr Site (Mostly, but not all, photos from and for the Town of Bay Roberts and “A Time in Pigeon Inlet”)

And this new one that we started last month for Cupids 400 Inc.
John Guy’s Flickr Site (Photos by us and by others relating to the 400th Anniversary Celebrations of the birth of English Canada in 1610.)

If you are interested in amazing photos and stories, check the list of contacts on each site.

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Provincial Historic Commemorations Program


Last week, the government of Newfoundland and Labrador announced the first-ever designations under the newly-established Provincial Historic Commemorations Program. The program is designed to  recognize and commemorate distinctive aspects of our province’s history, culture and heritage. Dildo Island, which represents more than 2,500 years of occupation by various cultures, was commemorated as a Place of Provincial Significance.   Kelly Russell, well-known fiddler and tireless promoter of Newfoundland and Labrador’s traditional music, was recognized under the category of Tradition Bearer.

Because we worked on the  Baccalieu: Crossroads for Culture Project and have worked closely with clients in the Dildo area, as well as with Kelly and his family through the Bay Roberts Cultural Foundation and “A Time in Pigeon Inlet,” we have in depth knowledge about the two choices.

One of Kelly Russell's music collections.

Kelly Russell, at the March 3rd Award Ceremony, with his book of musical notation.

Kelly Russell

Like almost everyone in the province, I was familiar with Kelly Russell, the fiddle player, but until “A Time in Pigeon Inlet,” I did not know that he is also a skilled storyteller,  a producer and director, and recorder and arranger of music. With his company Pigeon Inlet Productions, he has produced Tales from Pigeon Inlet (3CD set, featuring 30 original recordings of his father, Ted Russell’s works) and a number of other compilations of music and spoken word by the best know performers in the province.

He has developed and printed two unique books of musical notation:  Fiddle Music of Newfoundland & Labrador – Volume 1 – The Music of Rufus Guinchard & Emile Benoit, containing musical notation to over 250 fiddle tunes learned from master fiddlers Rufus Guinchard and Emile Benoit. Volume 2 is also now available, containing tunes from 25 other fiddlers around the Province including several fiddlers from Labrador.

Needless to say, over the past two years, I have gained tremendous respect for Kelly’s contribution to the culture and heritage of the province, and he is very worthy of the name Tradition BearerA Time in Pigeon Inlet which he produces in cooperation with the Bay Roberts Cultural Foundation, helps to preserve the legacy his father, Ted Russell and to preserve the traditions and culture of outport Newfoundland.  His own website, Pigeon Inlet Productions, www.pigeoninlet.com,  provides information about the items he has produced, and his contribution to ensuring future generations are aware of our traditional music.

Dildo Island

Dildo Island was also an excellent choice. Dildo Island, is relatively unknown outside the region, although it is a treasure of international interest on many levels.  The fact that so many different cultures chose to live there, speaks volumes.  The island is located in area which is visited by seals, whales, and various types of birds.  Fish swim in the water and the land provides quantities of berries and other editable plants. A caribou migration path was located in nearby Blaketown, and various types of small animals such as rabbits and beaver live in the woods. The various  cultures that occupied the island took advantage of the abundant food supply. In spite of the many excesses of hunting and fishing habits during the last half of the  20th century, the island, the waters around it, and the Dildo area are still home to many species of plant and animal life on land and in the water.  Dildo and Dildo Island can be the site for marvelous hiking trips, studying the natural history of the area.

Journey Through Time

Journey Through Time

Everyone loves a good story and the story of human habitation on Dildo Island is an amazing tale. I was first introduced to that story by William Gilbert, chief  archaeologist, when Baccalieu Consulting worked with him to produce a booklet for the Baccalieu Trail Heritage Corporation entitled Journeys Through Time: 10 Years of Archaeology on the Baccalieu Trail. The amount of   documentation and the number of artifacts that have been found are truly amazing, and William Gilbert has an ability to tell a detailed technical story in plain, coherent language  that is easy to understand.

In 2005, we were project managers for Baccalieu: Crossroads for Cultures, which brought together a large number of groups and individuals, including William Gilbert, to tell the   17th century history of the region, in preparation for the Cupids 400 Celebrations, which are taking place this year.

Tools of the Dorset Eskimo

Tools of the Dorset Eskimo

For a person who loves history and anthropology, the ability to be able to handle items that people used on that island over two thousand years ago is unimaginable. It was fascinating to learn that the Dorset Eskimo over 1000 years ago actually fashioned lamps which burned seal oil and that they produced serrated blades on their cutting  instruments.

It was eerie to read Henry  Cout’s 1613 account of landing on Dildo Island.  He entered a Beothuk home where the fire pit was still warm and examined the inside, seeing how they slept.  When he was ready to go, he left gifts for the Beothuk that own the home. The following day, when he returned, he found the Beothuk had left a gift of cooked meat for them. It is heartbreaking to  read his plea, saying do no harm to the Beothuk  people, in the light of later events.

More Information about Dildo Island

If you are interesting in following the story of Dildo Island and of the visit by the Cupids colonists, you can find detailed information.

From Baccalieu: Crossroads for Cultures – “The Beothuk at Dildo Island”  (available in English and French )

From Baccalieu: Crossroads for Cultures – Henry Crout’s letter to Sir Percival Willoughby, Summer 1613 transcribed by William Gilbert  (available in French and English)

If you want to find more information about the archaeological dig, and the various cultures that occupied Dildo Island, you can find detailed information.

From Baccalieu Digs  (website of the Baccalieu Heritage Corporation, maintained by William Gilbert, chief archaeologist) – Dildo Island

And, to find information about events and activities of Cupids 400, you can see Cupids Cove Chatter.

Accommodations in the Region

If you are interested in visiting the area, we maintain websites for a number of accommodations.  These accommodations consist of B & Bs, Cottages, RV and Camping Parks and range in cost.  The whole area covers a radius of about 40km, so if you stay in one place, you are with easy driving distance of all other parts.

Cupids area:  Blumblebee B & B (Brigus), Roaches Line RV Park & Cottages (Roaches Line), Rose Manor (Harbour Grace), and Klondyke Cottage (Bay Roberts)

Dildo area: George House Heritage B& B and Inn By the Bay (Dildo)Blueberry Hill B & B (Cavendish)Ocean Delight Cottages (Whiteway) and Ocean Delight Cottages (Heart’s  Delight)

In addition, we maintain the website for Northern Bay Sands RV and Camping Park, which is also on the Baccalieu Peninsula.

We also maintain the website for Northern Avalon Tourism Association – Accommodations – All the accommodations listed are within an hour of the Cupids – Dildo area.

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The Rock… from Many Perspectives: Newfoundland Photography.


Living in Newfoundland and Labrador inspires photography.  The spectacular setting of the capital of St. John’s, as well as the unique local housing, such as Jellybean Row, and Quidi Vidi Village, are frequently photographed.

In “Outports,”  located on the shoreline of the Atlantic Ocean,  the ever changing moods of wind, light, and water are a photographer’s delight.  Because the province is very sparsely populated, nature is on the doorstep… many varieties of birds and other wildlife are frequently seen;  wildflowers, trees, and other plant life is always on display.  And of course, rocks and rocky seascapes are everywhere.

Our own photos of Bay Roberts and nearby communities on the Northern Avalon can be found on Flickr:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/baccalieu/

Because of the quality and variety of  Newfoundland Amateur Photographers who display their works on Flickr and blogs, we have been using these for time as a source for regional photos for both print and websites.  After finding a suitable photo, we contact the person who has posted it and ask for permission to use the photo, assuring him or her that we will credit the work in any publication.    Almost without exception, they have given permission.

Below is a listing of some sites we check very frequently for the quality of their photos:

Karen Chappell  Location: St. John’s, Newfoundland, Canada
Karren Chappell - Family views Iceberg

Karren Chappell - Family views Iceberg

http://bitstop-nfld.blogspot.com/

Lloyd C. Rees: Location: Chamberlains, CBS (On the other side of Conception Bay from Bay Roberts) – photos of seascapes, birds, wildflowers, historic photos.

Lloyd Rees - Sailing near Bell Island

Lloyd Rees - Sailing near Bell Island

http://lloydsnfldpics.blogspot.com/

Clyde Barrett: Location: Bishop’s Cove, Conception Bay North (On the other side of Spaniards’ Bay Harbour.) photos of birds, seascapes, icebergs, wildflowers, boats.

Clyde Barrett - Young Bald Eagle

Clyde Barrett - Young Bald Eagle

http://www.flickr.com/photos/clbarret2003/

Geoff Whiteway : Location: St. John’s.  He teaches at the Marine Institute, which is affiliated with Memorial University, in St. John’s.  His photos have a unique look and feel.

Iceberg Off Shore by Geoff Whiteway

Iceberg Off Shore by Geoff Whiteway

http://www.flickr.com/photos/21096258@N05/

Jean Knowles : Location:  St. John’s.  She is a Tour Guide in Newfoundland and Labrador. Her photos are of scenery, wildlife and flowers.

Jean Knowles - Iceberg from Signal Hill

Jean Knowles - Iceberg from Signal Hill

http://www.flickr.com/photos/song_of_the_sea/

Mark Robertson Tsang: Location: West Coast Newfoundland. He is a ski instructor/coach in the winter months and is also a tour guide.  His photos of wildlife and plants are amazing – he even uses the correct biological terms.

Mark Robertson Tsang - Great Northern Peninsula

Mark Robertson Tsang - Great Northern Peninsula

http://www.flickr.com/photos/mark_r_tsang/

I will be presenting another list in the near future.  There are just too many to include in one posting.

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Flickr


Although we use photos from other people in our websites and other design work, we have a large collection of photos ourselves of the Conception Bay North Region, especially of Bay Roberts.

You can view a these photos on our Flickr site.

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Northern Avalon Tourism Association


The Northern Avalon Tourism Association [NATA] has been a client since 2006 when the Baccalieu Trail, the Killick Coast, and the Admirals’ Coast joined to form one tourism organization. Previous to 2006, we worked with the Baccalieu Trail Tourism Association. In the past year, the NATA website has had 138,427 visitors and 381,674 page views. In the month of July, there were an average of 544 visitors per day and about 1262 page views.

The major work that we do for the Northern Avalon Tourism Association is developing and maintaining their website www.northernavalon.comand designing the Northern Avalon Tourism Guide. The print guide, which is published by Transcontinental Press in St. John’s is approximately 72 pages in length.

Both the website and the printed guide follow the shoreline around the Northern Avalon Peninsula, starting in Whibourne and ending in Logy Bay, Outer Cover, Middle Cove.

The guides contain information about all the tourism businesses in the region including accommodations, activities, tours, arts, crafts, music, restaurants, shopping and services. They also contain information about the regions’ many festivals and events, hiking/walking trails, and museums.

John Guy at the Cupers Cove Soiree in Cupids

John Guy at the Cupers Cove Soiree in Cupids

Both contain information and many pictures of each of the communities along the coast. One of the interesting features of the Northern Avalon Website is “Find that Town.” The website has a separate page for each town in the region that does not have its own website [the pages contain a link to each tourism business in the that town] , and links to the websites of the larger towns that have their own websites. It also has descriptions of a number of smaller uninhabited islands off the coast including Baccalieu Island, Carbonear Island, Dildo Island, and Kelly’s Island.

Dildo Island

Dildo Island

One interesting feature of the website is information about surfing and surf kayaking in New Melbourne.

Surfing in New Melbourne

Surfing in New Melbourne

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Town of Carbonear


Another of our clients is the town of the Carbonear in Conception Bay North, Newfoundland and Labrador, which has been our client since 2004. Over the past year, the town website has had 52,485 visitors, viewing a total of 220,323 pages.

Town of Carbonear Website – www.carbonear.ca

Harbour Rock Hill

Harbour Rock Hill

In addition to the town website, we have developed and maintain a website for the Princess Sheila NaGeira Theatre which is a 384 seat, air conditioned and wheelchair accessible facility, set in the heart of the Baccalieu Trail Region.

The Princess Sheila Na Geira Theatre

The Princess Sheila Na Geira Theatre

Princess Sheila NaGeira Theatre – www.princesssheilatheatre.com

We also have design and maintain a website for the Carbonear Heritage Society.

Carbonear Heritage Society – carbonear.ca/heritage

Railway Station Museum

Railway Station Museum

We have designed a booklet about the town of Carbonear in 2008.

Carbonear Booklet [PDF]- Welcome to Carbonear – Hub of the Bay

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