Hermitage, Newfoundland—A Warm Welcome

Thank god for Marjorie! Our laundry was taking over the boat—in more ways than one—and so finding a laundromat was the driving force behind our decision to come to Hermitage, a road-served, larger community than the outports we’ve been fortunate enough to visit over the last while. So learning that a laundromat is not one of the amenities available in Hermitage disconcerted us for a while. However, June, the post mistress and fount of all knowledge, solved our problem quickly and easily. She directed us to the sixth house on the right on the street where Marjorie resides, and now our clothes are clean, folded beautifully, and sweet-smelling once again.

Hermitage, though road-served, actually sees fewer yachts than Ramea or Francois, since it is out of the way in Hermitage Bay. And, as we have noticed time and time again, the fewer the visiting boats, the warmer the welcome. Now that we’ve been here a few days, we can’t walk down the street without meeting a familiar face and stopping for a chat.

Our new friends have directed us to a number of walks: the boardwalk (not red and white, I guess those are outport colours!) that surrounds the pond across from the restaurant; the short trail from the boardwalk out to Back Cove (Landing Cove on the chart); along the road to Sandyville (a small fishing village); and up a gravel road and along the ridgeline for reportedly stunning views of the surrounding bays (we’re saving this one for our next visit).

Compared to the quiet outport harbours we’ve stayed in lately, Hermitage is a happening place. On one side of the outer harbour is a huge aquaculture offloading dock and on the other side a competing aquaculture business is building a processing plant. In the inner harbour there are a number of longliners tied up to the wharf and numerous speedboats on three floating docks.

The mixed fishery ended today but for the last few days speedboats have been pulling up to the dock every afternoon unloading their catch. It’s great to be tied up in the middle of such an active working harbour.


And what a harbour it is. At the end of a cove tucked into the south coast of Hermitage Bay, the harbour was formed by dredging out the area behind substantial breakwaters. It’s so snug in here that, one guy we chat with says, you could tie up your boat with thread!

So we came to do our laundry but we will leave with fond memories of this unexpected treasure of a place.

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Phyllis has sailed over 40,000 offshore miles with John on their McCurdy & Rhodes 56, Morgan's Cloud, most of it in the high latitudes, and has crossed the Atlantic three times. As a woman who came to sailing as an adult, she brings a fresh perspective to cruising, which has helped her communicate what they do in an approachable way, first in yachting magazines and, for the last 12 years, as co-editor/publisher of AAC.

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