03.07.2015 - 05.07.2015 19 °C
My long flight from Montreal to Gander with a layover in Toronto is finally over and I am exhausted but happy to finally be back on the ground for a while. I check into my hotel, the Albatross Hotel, in the morning. The Albatross Hotel is a 3 star hotel and is $124 CAD a night. This hotel is very close to many of the attractions in Gander and that is why I decided to stay here.
The first thing I do after I check into my hotel and take a nap is go find somewhere to eat for lunch. I decide to go to Rosie's Restaurant and Bakery. This bakery has home cooked food and when here I get a cheeseburger. The first place I visit in Gander is the North Atlantic Aviation Museum. I have been told that this museum is a must see if you go to Gander. Admission is $5.00 and here I learn about North Atlantic aviation from the 1930s to present and how it relates to Gander, most of the exhibits in this museum are from World War Two and the early jet age. They have WW2 aircraft engines, a restored WW2 bi-plane, a WWII Lockheed Hudson MkIIIA mid-range bomber, which is said to be one of only 8 left in the world, and is the only one in North America, a 1950’s CF101 Voodoo jet, a 1930’s Beech 18-S, and a 1940’s Canso PBY-5A waterbomber. Also, a big intrests at this museum is tail section of a DC-3 (1930s model), which is above the main entry. At the back of the building is the cockpit for the DC-3 and from here I get to see a beautiful view of Gander Lake.
North Atlantic Aviation Museum Main Entry
I spent quite a long time at the museum, it's starting to get late so I decide to go to Cobb's Pond Rotary Park to watch the sunset. The park is very beautiful, with many different birds, trees, a pond and other animals. The sunset was very pretty and I am planning on returning tomorrow to go canoeing. Now I return to my hotel to sleep and prepare for the tomorrow, which will be filled with many things to do and see.
Sunset at Cobb's Pond Rotary Park
I wake up at 7:00am so I can do as many things as possible today. I have breakfast in my hotel and then I'm off on my way back to Cobb's Pond Rotary Park to go canoeing. After I go canoeing and take a hike through the park to see how it looks during the day compared to the night, I go to the Silent Witness Memorial. The memorial commemorates the worst air disaster ever on Canadian soil. A plane crash on December 11, 1985 and killed 24 passengers and 8 crew members. I go here because I really like history, so I go to memorials and museums in the cities I visit to learn that cities history and the events that happened there. The memorial is really nice, there are plaques that describe the accident and 3 flags behind the statue, a Canadian flag, an American flag, and the flag of Newfoundland. The clear sky and the mountains around the memorial make everything really beautiful.
Silent Witness Memorial
The memorial is really beautiful and I liked it a lot, but I have to move on if I want to be able to see and so everything I want to do while here. Next I go to Thomas Howe Demonstration Forest. This forest is a good place to go to learn about the forest and forest management techniques in Newfoundland and Labrador. While here I'll walk down the P.G. Tipping Trail, this trail teaches people about the forest management techniques in Newfoundland and it also has the remains of a B-17G plane from World War Two. I go on another trail while here, the Albert Martin Trail. This trail is the longest in the forest and it also concentrates on forest management techniques in Newfoundland. I go on the last trail, the Frank R. Hayward, it is the shortest trail in the forest and it teaches people about the ecology of forests and different tree species.
One of the trails at the Demonstration Forest
After all my walking I'm really hungry so I decide to go find somewhere to go for lunch. I go to Lilly's Landing Family Restaurant. For the rest of the afternoon I am going to go whale watching on Notre Dame Bay, which is also known as "the Caribbean of the north".
One of the whales I saw while whale watching
I return to land in the evening and I go to the Arts and Culture Centre to watch a comedy show to end the night. After the show I go have dinner, I go to Bistro On Roe. This restaurant serves freshly prepared food like seafood and chicken. After dinner I go back to my hotel to rest and pack up for my flight tomorrow to Nuuk, Greenland.
I wake up early to get ready for my flight to Nuuk, Greenland. I enjoyed my time in Gander and am excited to go to my last city in North America soon. I go to Tim Hortons for breakfast and then I'm off to the airport. I'm flying with Air Canada again and the average flight cost is $900 CAD. I will be leaving from Gander International Airport (YQZ) and will land at Nuuk Airport (GOH). Gander was a very beautiful town and I hope that Nuuk will be the same.