As we continue this blog series on the various stops that the Rolling Barrage will ride through this August 2023, we hope you are enjoying the reading. As we note in other blogs on this series, the Rolling Barrage visits or passes through a lot of the areas we will mention in this blog series. We don’t, however, visit them all. We do highly recommend that if you return to these areas on your own motorcycle rides, you may want to further explore the areas we mention.
Nestled in the heart of Newfoundland, the town of Gander offers motorcycling enthusiasts a gateway to stunning landscapes, charming communities, and warm Newfoundland hospitality. With its network of scenic roads, picturesque lakes, and proximity to natural wonders, Gander is a perfect base for unforgettable motorcycle adventures. In this blog post, we’ll delve into the wonders of motorcycling in Gander, uncovering the experiences that make it an ideal destination for riders seeking scenic beauty and a taste of Newfoundland’s unique culture.
The Kittiwake Coast – A Coastal Delight
Embark on a thrilling ride along the Kittiwake Coast, a scenic route that winds along Newfoundland’s northeastern coastline. Take the Trans-Canada Highway east from Gander, and as you approach Musgrave Harbour, veer off onto Route 330. This road will lead you through charming fishing villages, rolling hills, and breathtaking coastal vistas. Explore communities like Twillingate, known as the “Iceberg Capital of the World,” where you can witness massive icebergs and enjoy a boat tour to get up close to these frozen giants.
Terra Nova National Park – Nature’s Playground
Located just a short ride from Gander, Terra Nova National Park offers motorcyclists a chance to immerse themselves in pristine wilderness. Cruise along the roads that meander through dense forests, revealing glimpses of serene lakes and winding rivers. Take a break at one of the park’s many hiking trails, such as the Coastal Trail or the Malady Head Trail, for stunning views of the coastline and opportunities to spot wildlife. Set up camp or stay in a cozy cabin to fully experience the park’s tranquility and natural beauty.
Exploits River – Scenic Waterways and Fishing Heritage
Follow the meandering Exploits River, one of the largest and most scenic rivers in Newfoundland. As you ride alongside this majestic waterway, you’ll be treated to picturesque views of rolling hills, dense forests, and the occasional bald eagle soaring overhead. Stop by the charming community of Bishop’s Falls, where you can learn about the region’s fishing heritage at the Salmonid Interpretation Centre. Consider taking a boat tour or casting a line for Atlantic salmon, a prized catch in these waters.
Beothuk Interpretation Centre – Immersing in Indigenous Culture
To deepen your understanding of Newfoundland’s rich history and Indigenous culture, visit the Beothuk Interpretation Centre in Boyd’s Cove. Ride along scenic roads that cut through the rugged interior of the island to reach this immersive cultural center. Learn about the Beothuk people, the original inhabitants of Newfoundland, through engaging exhibits and guided tours. Gain insight into their way of life, their struggles, and their lasting impact on the province’s heritage.
Gander Aviation Heritage – A Tribute to Flight
Pay homage to Gander’s important role in aviation history at the Silent Witness Memorial and the North Atlantic Aviation Museum. These sites commemorate Gander’s contribution as a key refueling stop during transatlantic flights in the early days of aviation. Explore vintage aircraft displays, browse historic artifacts, and discover the stories of brave pilots who passed through Gander’s skies. It’s a chance to connect with the town’s fascinating past and its enduring ties to the world of flight.