Things to do
It is easy to while away the time in Rose Blanche by wandering around the small, intimate streets, chatting with the villagers, watching the life of a working outport harbour and generally recalibrating your inner clock to a slower, more relaxed pace of life.
But for those whose get-up-and-go compels them towards the hills and the water surrounding the village, there is much to see and do, from sea kayaking to birdwatching to hiking.
The Rose Blanche Lighthouse is a healthy walk or 5 minute car drive from the village. Originally built in 1871 and designed by the family of Robert Louis Stevenson, it was refurbished in the 1990s and is now a Registered Heritage Structure. It includes a museum and giftshop.
There are a number of well-maintained trails for hiking in the area. The Harvey Trail, honouring the Harvey family, who saved the crews of two shipwrecks in the early 1800s, is on the Isle aux Morts, a 25-minute drive from Rose Blanche. Other trails go to Diamond Cove, Big Bottom Cove, Barachois Falls, Harbour Le Cou and Rose Blanche Brook Road.
A passenger-only ferry leaves six days a week for a 90-minute trip to the isolated fishing community of La Poile. This is one of the rare remaining true outports of Newfoundland. There are no roads and no cars; it is accessible only by boat and is rich in character and history.