Getting to the tip of Newfoundland’s northern peninsula is not for the faint of heart. Suppose you start in Halifax (already further east than 99.5% of North America’s population). You first have to drive 4-and-a-half hours to the far end of Cape Breton. Then you need to catch a 7-hour ferry to the south-western corner of Newfoundland. Once you are off the boat, you have a further seven-and-a-half hour drive, not including stops. But that is assuming you can drive at speed the whole time, which you probably can’t: it’s a single-lane in each direction most of the way. Once you arrive at your destination, you’re on the end of a peninsula, so the only way out is to retrace your steps for about five hours, until you reach the bustling metropolis of Deer Lake (population < 5,000). From there, you can be in St. John’s in only 6.5 more hours of driving.
All to say: we have covered a lot of ground, with a lot of driving, these last few days. But that isolation is the very point of the visit. This is a place where the remains of 1000-year old viking longhouses have survived, and whales frolic amongst icebergs. We have arrived at the end of the world, and it is beautiful.