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Lying offshore from Newfoundland's Kittiwake coast is Fogo Island, a remote destination far from the tourist path. Visitors who make the ferry crossing from the mainland to the island are rewarded with a slice of Newfoundland life that hasn’t changed in generations. Named “Fire Island” by the Portuguese for fires lit by resident Beothuk people, Fogo Island has only a couple of official attractions, including the architecturally striking studios of the Fogo Island Arts Corporation. From the ferry dock at Man-O-War Cove, it's a 40-minute drive around the island, passing 11 small communities, including the town of Fogo, which has a stunning ...

Lying offshore from Newfoundland's Kittiwake coast is Fogo Island, a remote destination far from the tourist path. Visitors who make the ferry crossing from the mainland to the island are rewarded with a slice of Newfoundland life that hasn’t changed in generations. Named “Fire Island” by the Portuguese for fires lit by resident Beothuk people, Fogo Island has only a couple of official attractions, including the architecturally striking studios of the Fogo Island Arts Corporation. From the ferry dock at Man-O-War Cove, it's a 40-minute drive around the island, passing 11 small communities, including the town of Fogo, which has a stunning oceanfront setting and is surrounded by water on all sides. The main island road ends at the village of Tilting, where a distinctive Irish flavor thrives. Nearby, Sandy Cove Beach is a real surprise — beautiful white sand that fills with locals on sunny summer days.

Andrew Hempstead
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Over the last 20 years, Andrew Hempstead has authored and updated more than 60 guidebooks for Avalon Travel, Frommer’s, Michelin, Odyssey, Dorling Kindersley, Michelin, and Sasquatch Books, including many books on Canada.

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Facts at a Glance

  • Location: Fogo Island is the largest of the offshore islands of Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada. It lies off the northeast coast of Newfoundland, northwest of Musgrave Harbour across Hamilton Sound, just east of the Change Islands. The island is about 25 km long.
  • Language: English
  • Currency: Canadian Dollar
  • Research: Wikipedia | Wikitravel

Climate

  • Best Time to Visit:

    Summer, early fall