The Humber River, NFLD......        


After spending four days in a steadily emptying Gros Morne Park (the more it rained the more people left) we headed for Sir Richard Squires Memorial Park and ran straight into a piece of Newfoundland. Situated at the end of a rather rough 15 km of dirt road and only one hour or so from the bigger and more illustrious Gros Morne we mistakenly thought that this park would be virtually empty. As it turned out this was a naive assumption; the Humber is one of the best Salmon rivers in the province and it is FULL of fisherman (and presumably fish).

As with any of the provincial parks we stayed at in Newfoundland the park staff were extremely friendly and helpful. Carol and I were looking to spend a day canoeing the portion of the Humber from Little Falls to the bridge over Highway 430 and one of the staff did the canoe shuttle for us before he started work on the Saturday. This was nice as it put us on the river good and early. The river itself was nice although due to our late running the water was a bit low. The recent rains had helped but we still had to walk in a couple of places. A few spots sported what may have been some decent rapids had the water levels been higher but by and far the biggest obstacle were the legions of fisherman at every twist and bend in the river. They tended to stand in the deeper channels which is exactly where a canoeist would want to go so we ended end up avoiding rocks only to run into fishermen. We did our best to avoid everyone (even walking along the shore where necessary) as in the end this was a fisherman's river. Overall though, this would really limit the fun a canoeist could have on this river.

The populated river aside, our stay at Sir Richard Squires Memorial Park was excellent. Everyone at this park was from Newfoundland so we got a look at what is more or less a tradition and gained a new appreciation for the work salmon have to do (getting upstream) and for the interest they generate among fishermen.



The Humber River


Shallow waters....


Big Falls behind the falls


Yikes....

 

Almost there...


The twist...


The take-out...

 




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