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Isle aux Morts

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Isle aux Morts, NL, Town Hall
Harvey Trail Visitor Centre & Craft Shop,  Isle aux Morts, NL

As you are coming out of the ferry terminal in Port aux Basques, the first exit to the right is Highway 470, Isle aux Morts. Follow that road for 20 km to the east.

Newfoundland Travel Tip:

If you are coming towards Port aux Basques on the Trans Canada it will look like you are driving into the ferry terminal. You'll pass signs thanking you for visiting the province. Don't be fooled, just before you get to the terminal, there's a final exit for Route 470.

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Hairyman's Safe Haven Café, Isle aux Morts, NL
Hours, Hairyman's Safe Haven Café, Isle aux Morts, NL

Isle aux Morts Restaurant:

As you are driving through town, you'll see a community hall on your right. That's also home to The Hairyman's Safe Haven Café & Craft Store. We stopped here for lunch and I tried some moose soup. The windows at the back of the restaurant have a nice view of the Harvey Trail and the ocean. You can also learn about the Harvey family and their famous Newfoundland dog Hairyman, who twice made heroic rescues at sea in the 1800's.

While you are at the Hairyman's Café, ask about the scalded buns (also called pork buns). They are awesome, you can order a dozen to take with you.

Isle aux Morts Tourist Attractions:

The Café is a good place to stop if you are going to Rose Blanche, because it's the last restaurant you'll come by. While chatting after lunch, we found out about a dinner theatre that was coming up the next night. We decided to go and went down to the town hall and picked up the last two tickets. It turns out we were very lucky, they only do 3 or 4 shows every year. It's a community event to raise money to build a museum. The dinner theatre is held at the community centre and The Hairyman's Safe Haven Café serves the meal. We met many of the locals and saw one of the funniest shows ever.

The Harvey Trail is a must do. Very well maintained, clearly marked, fairly level terrain and spectacular scenery make for a great hike. The lady at the Café recommended it. Signs along the way tell the Harvey story and the history of ship wrecks along this coast.

Newfoundland Travel Tip:

If you are in Isle aux Morts, or any community, ask if they have a dinner theatre coming up, if you can grab some tickets, don't miss it!

Near Isle aux Morts:

Diamond Cove
Barachois Falls
Harvey Trail

Newfoundland Travel Books and Field Guides

Before you head to Newfoundland, you may want to consider one or more of the great field guides that are available. We have done short reviews of the following:

Edible Plants of Newfoundland and Labrador
Trees & Shrubs of Newfoundland and Labrador
Wildflowers of Newfoundland and Labrador
Whales and Dolphins of Newfoundland and Labrador
Birds of Newfoundland
Geology of Newfoundland

Newfoundland books available from (Canada)

Newfoundland books available from (USA)