WALK THE TRAILS
HISTORIC MINE TOUR
Dick's Fish & Chips and Seaview Lounge
Oh my gosh. I remember as a little girl a day after swimming in the ocean passing by Dick's and the smell wafting from this place....out of this world. Wishing like crazy that I had enough money to buy a plate of Chip's dressing and gravy. Mouth watering I tell you. No visit to the Bell Island would be complete without a visit to this Newfoundland icon. Enjoy a hearty meal of fish and chips where a large serving could feed two. Also enjoy the live bands at the Seaview lounge whilst watching the Ferry cross back and forth from St. John's. What could be better?
DICK'S FISH & CHIPS
One of the last of the lighthouses standing in Newfoundland welcomes you to enjoy the vista overlooking Conception Bay. Once the home of the local lightkeeper, it now offers you a good down home breakfast or lunch. Or they would gladly pack you a bucket lunch so you can set yourself down by the majestic cliff sides and enjoy a delicious picnic while taking in the views and the wonderful sea salt air.
DISCOVER NATURE AT ITS BEST
Bell Islanders has their very own local radio station that is broadcast around the world. Tune in to hear COUNTRY KENNY & A BLAST FROM THE PAST with Henry Crane will get your feet stomping or rock out with ROCK'N Dave Rose. There is also some great story telling likeMURDER & MAYHEM& feature guests. Enjoyable to anyone with a liking to days gone by and definitely the place to tune into if you are from the rock but a long way from home.
And join everyone for Radio BINGO! Played every Sunday evening at 7:00pm. Get your cards just about anywhere on the island. And when you plank yourself down, after hopefully a good jigs, to play your chance to win, know that you are also gathering with most every other local on the island hoping to win the snack prize and the jackpot. Under the O Let's go! BINGO
JOIN THE LOCALS
Loads of talent found on the Belle of the Bay and Friday night is a wonderful evening to enjoy the singing, story and joke telling talent. All ages, tourists and locals gather round in the Cafe to enjoy a night you won't soon forget. You don't know what might come up but it is always interesting to say the least. So if you have never been to a Newfie kitchen party then I suggest you drop in for a couple of hours of the evening, watch the sun set over the cliff sides and be one of us. And if you have an inkling of talent, we would love you to grab the mic too!
NEWFIE KITCHEN PARTY
THEATRE OF THE MINES
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ICEBERG & WHALE GAZING
The Theatre of the Mines cleverly shares the folklore of our island and a miners life. Through these talented young actors the spirits, fairies and the ghosts haunting this small island come to life. A 1 hour drama, set in an actual mine, cleverly blends the true stories of the mens trapped in the mines, the fairies that call you to jump the tall, jagged cliffs as well as the hair raising stories of The Woman in White. But the best would have to be the harrowing tale of the Hag. A true story based during WWII when Bell Island was bombed by the Germans due to our mines and its tale is now depicted on the new Canada Post stamp. To see the productionn is just $15 but worth ten times that.
As our island is smack in the middle of Conception Bay you can watch these mammoth majectic wonders, both Bergs and Whales, slowly pass on either side of our beautiful island. Iceberg season starts in May and ends by mid July. If you look closely you may see seals and birds catching a ride down the river. And if luck is with you, you will also catch the Caplin rolling. Like in biblical days, swarms of these sardine like fish roll along the waves and come up onto our shores. Just drop in a bucket and you can catch more then a dozen. They are delicious cooked over a fire pit when you get back to the cottage.
The Bell Island Cottages
PICK AWAY or JUST ADMIRE THE BEAUTY
Not many would think that, with such a short summer season, this island would produce such a prolific amount of diverse flowers, bushes and berries. There is not one stop light or city sidewalks. Instead it has multi-colored, wonderfully scented Lupins that mark your way and everyone bows and winks to let the other car go by. On your morning walk why not create a floral arrangement as a centrepiece for your evening meal, or pick delicious wild blueberries, gooseberries or tiny strawberries bursting with flavor, that you can snack on as you walk the beautiful trails and roadways.
Knowledgeable local tour guides take you down, the now abandoned, Number 2 Mines where you will experience life as it was in the days of a booming mining town which serviced the world with iron ore. Stories steeped in history, sorrow and extravagance will reveal much of how life was lived on this RED island. Also visit the Museum which protects and preserves Bell Island's tangible & intangible culture & heritage, also housing a photo gallery by famous photographer Yousuf Karsh along with WWII Artifacts.
HISTORY & THE WAY OF THE ISLAND
There are many points of interest on this small island; all of which can be walked over a few days. Bell Island was once a mighty player in the mining industry; attracting people from all around the world to mine its rich resources. As you travel the island you will see the remnants and relics that depict a town that was once the economic center of Newfoundland. Now these relics serve as reminders of those who worked hard, and in some cases gave their lives, for the pride of their wondrous Island.