Please enjoy these photos from La Manche Provincial Park taken last fall. La Manche is ~50 km south of St. John's, where I live. "La manche" means "the sleeve" in French and the park is named so for the sleeve-shaped harbour pictured above. As with most other harbours in Newfoundland, La Manche was a fishing community. It was settled by an Englishman in 1840 and remained a small, active community for over 100 years. The people of the village decided to resettle elsewhere in 1966 after a huge storm decimated their houses, boats and even the iconic suspension bridge--now rebuilt--that runs across the harbour. Today you can see many old foundations and signs of people who once lived there. They lived a true outport life with no doctor nor minister to speak of.
The park possesses one of the most intriguing sections of the East Coast Trail. I've hiked it at least 3 times in the 4 years I've lived here. Also, La Manche has one of the Avalon Peninsula's best swimming holes. This detail cannot be overlooked in a place where most water is frigid and salty.