Being a writer at Woody Point, Gros Morne

I climbed aboard a teeny-tiny plane today with some lovely reps from Newfoundland and Labrador Tourism to spend the next couple of days in Gros Morne. We’re all here for the Writers at Woody Point festival, a collaboration of authors and musicians and now bloggers. Ah, the evolution of writing. Look at me, I’m a professional!

I had the most interesting conversation with a very kind cab driver who poured out his life story to me, checked into The Tide’s Inn (oh god, I love that name), drank enough coffee to fuel an elephant at the Cat Stop Cafe, and soon I’ll be off for supper and live music.

Life as a travel writer. It ain’t bad.

View from the Cat Stop!

I’m staying in Norris Point, while the festival takes place at Woody Point (in case the festival title wasn’t clear), which are both located inside Gros Morne National Park. There’s something about this place that makes me feel the same way I did when I was in the Rockies: inspired, peaceful, and happy. People talk to me like they already know me; they don’t even bat an eyelash about me being an “outsider.” Earlier, I had the most riveting conversation with the front desk worker at my hotel about the gorgeous man next door. Maybe I’m just a small town girl, living in a lonely world.

I need a beer.

Guys, seriously. Someone buy me this house. I’ll let you take the spare bedroom.

Over the next few days I’ll be kayaking, hiking the Tablelands, eating, meeting cool folks, and attending readings by fantastic writers including Wayne Johnston. Did I mention he’s my favourite author in the whole wide world? He is. I can’t wait to stare at him until he agrees to sign my boobs books. Emma Donoghue is also in attendance, and if you haven’t already, get your hands on a copy of Room.

AND tonight I’m seeing Hey Rosetta! in concert, as well as Matthew Hornell and the Diamond Minds. Hey Rosetta! is one of my all-time favourite bands, and if you want to hear some kick-ass east coast music, start with my absolute favourite:

(I LOVE the video.)

And a bit of my favourite Hornell:

Happy listening! Follow me and the writers on Twitter with the hashtag #writersatwp.

  • August 17 2011

    am super jealous of all the fun your about the have! and the peacefulness of gros morne :) I can’t wait to go back (next summer, fingers crossed!)

    I’ve seen hey rosetta and matthew hornell in concert, on seperate occasions, both put on great shows… I’m sure you’re going to have a blast, wish i could be there with you!!

  • August 17 2011

    Was it just me… or did I just detect a sweet, sweet JOURNEY REFERENCE?!
    Because, believe it or not, I’ve been told that I sound, and look, NOTHING like Steve Perry. True story.

  • August 17 2011

    Dude, that sounds awesome! Congrats! And those pictures totally make me miss Northern America. Most epic nature ever.

  • August 17 2011

    I’m practically boiling over I’m so jealous. You are going to have an EXCELLENT time!

  • August 30 2011
    Davis Bennett

    I hitchhiked all up and down the west coast of Newfoundland from Nova Scotia years ago and I know what you mean about them not batting an eyelash about being an outsider. EVERYONE was really friendly… all I had to do was walk into a bar, spot myself a beer and within 10 minutes people would certainly notice I wasn’t from the area so they’d come over and strike up a conversation. I stayed at Woody Point and since it was hunting season I pitched my tent in the cemetery as I figured it might be the best place to avoid bullets :) It might sound creepy, but there was some good company there! Hahaha! In the end, I spent $250 for 10 days and it was on par with a trip that I took to Europe… seriously! After all, it IS the people that make the trip, right?

    Anyway, Happy Travels Candice!

    • August 30 2011

      That makes me so happy to hear, Davis!! This trip really opened my eyes to the amazingness of the west coast. Never appreciated it before, really, but I feel like in many ways it’s just as good of a spot as the Rockies. Maybe because it’s not TOO touristy though? Maybe we should keep the info to ourselves. ;)

      LOVE that you slept in a cemetery btw, hehe.

  • January 18 2012

    Reading this post is torture for me…lol. We share some things in common, a love of writing and a love of Gros Morne, except I haven’t actually been there (physically…in my mind, yes I’ve imagined what it could be like.)

    Canadians in general I’ve found to be so friendly, and I’ve traveled from Victoria, B.C. to Toronto to Montreal and places in between. I can imagine their Newfie brothers and sisters are just as – if not more – friendly.

    Argh….I’ve got to find a way to get out there this Summer. Do you have information you could share about this writing event? I’m more than intrigued.

    Thanks in advance,

    • January 20 2012

      Carol, I’ll be sending you an email shortly!

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