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Down Memory Lane: Rencontre East and Pool’s Cove

On a beautiful late summer’s morning, the MV Northern Seal arrives at Bay L’Argent to pick up passengers and freight for Rencontre East and Pool’s Cove. The ferry service, connecting the three communities, operates everyday of the week except Wednesdays.
On a beautiful late summer’s morning, the MV Northern Seal arrives at Bay L’Argent to pick up passengers and freight for Rencontre East and Pool’s Cove. The ferry service, connecting the three communities, operates everyday of the week except Wednesdays.

Many more people are enjoying new experiences and visiting places they have never been before thanks to social media in general and Facebook in particular.

Humour is alive and well in Rencontre East, an isolated community in Fortune Bay. With the only means of transportation being boat or ATV, someone with tongue-in-cheek decided a Metro bus stop sign should be prominently displayed in the picturesque town.

Take for example the isolated community of Rencontre East in Fortune Bay. The mayor, Peter Giovannini, says “the past two summers we have had a lot more people coming to visit than ever before.”
The same can be said for Sandy Cove Beach at Lord’s Cove, or the new restaurant that opened in that town this past summer. Many people who visited there will post photos or comments singing the praises of how they enjoyed the experience and then, quite naturally, other people will follow suit.
A few weeks ago, two of my adult sons and I decided to catch the ferry at Bay L’Argent and visit Rencontre East and Pool’s Cove. It was a beautiful day and we enjoyed it to the full. The next “out-of-the-way” place I hope to visit and explore is South East Bight in Placentia Bay.
Getting back to Rencontre East and Pool’s Cove – the one big mistake we made was trying to take in the two places in one trip. The ferry only has a 30-minute lay-over in Rencontre East, and then a 30-minute stop on the return trip.

A resident of Pool’s Cove in Fortune Bay has this interesting place to put a “No Parking” sign on his lawn.

However, if we had left the vessel when we arrived there and caught her again on her return trip, we would have had several hours to explore and get to know the town and its people a little more.
In a future article, we will look in more detail at Rencontre East and the lifestyle the people enjoy there.
Allan Stoodley is a long-time resident of Grand Bank. He can be reached at amstoodley@hotmail.com and he welcomes comments on this or any other article he has written.
 

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