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Report 1901: A Month on the Rock

By Eleanor from UK, Fall 2010

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Page 3 of 31: Arrival in Newfoundland and Steady Brook

photo by Michael

Humber River at Steady Brook

We flew from Heathrow to Halifax and had a night at the Hilton Garden Inn at the airport before catching the morning flight to Deer Lake. It was a good flight in a 30 seat plane. There were puffy clouds across Cape Breton Island and we could see the Labrador coast and up the length of Newfoundland - lots of bare rock, trees and lakes. Great!

We picked up the hire car. I had printed off a map of Deer Lake. There were no signs as we came out of the airport and all the traffic had long cleared. I confidently said turn right ... which took us to a dead end at the end of the runway, which is an all time record for my navigation skills.

It was a glorious afternoon, warm and sunny. We had decided to spend our first two nights at Steady Brook. It was a nice drive past well spaced out wooden houses surrounded by neatly trimmed lawns along the road and side of the lake. There was little traffic and we relaxed and decided we liked Newfoundland.

Steady Brook is a pleasant small settlement along the River Humber and is split in two by the Trans Canada Highway. There is no real centre and large wooden houses are spread out along the roads with lots of ground and trees round them. The residential area with Community Office, small Library and Fire Station is on the river side of the Trans Canada Highway. Marble Mountain area with a small convenience store, Tim Hortons, gas station, Ski World and Steady Brook Falls Trail is the other side of the road.

We had booked into Edgewater Inn in Steady Brook. There was no-one in and the phone number left put us through to the answer phone inside the house. We decided to drive into Corner Brook to find a supermarket to buy our tea. It was a pleasant run along the river and past the ĎHistoric Trainsí (loco, carriages and snow plough).

Edgewater Inn is a large wooden house on a quiet side road along the river. There are four guest rooms upstairs (two en suite) reached by outside steps to a balcony area with seats and small utility area with washing machine, microwave, fridge, kettle, tea and coffee. (We had to ask for cups, plates and cutlery.)

At the end of the corridor was a lounge area with computer, easy chairs and books. A spiral staircase led down to the breakfast area.

We had an en suite room at the back of the house overlooking the river. It was a reasonable size room with bathroom off. Sound proofing was not good. There could be a lot of noise from the corridor and other rooms if there were noisy guests around and from outside if windows were open.

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