Spend a bit of time in this picturesque town to uncover amazing heritage and a tangible past based on the riches of the sea.
Wander through gorgeous parkland and enjoy awe-inspiring coastal scenery in Fortune. Hear the story of this old town and admire historic relics that bring the tale to life.
Although only officially a town since 1946 its name dates back to the 16th-century when fishermen from southern Europe utilized the rich waters of Fortune Bay. The first English settlers arrived during the 1700s with the promise of fish stocks still attracting newcomers.
Stroll along the harbor’s waterfront and see the large commercial boats that stay tethered waiting for the next voyage into the bay’s wild waters. Cod, flounder and haddock are the primary catches and all are served fresh from the net in the town’s best cafés and restaurants.
To work up an appetite pay a visit to Fortune Head Ecological Reserve a 10-minute drive northwest. This was designated a protected area in 1992 following the discovery of prehistoric fossils. Explore miles of exciting wilderness walking with the ever-present noise of the waves crashing against the cliffs below. Stop to gaze over the dark ocean and look west towards the islands of Saint Pierre and Miquelon.
Back in town, check out some excellent museums. The Victoria Hall Museum just off Main Street has a collection of 19th-century artifacts including old masonry tools, carved furniture and a gorgeous spinning wheel. The George and Mary Lake Heritage House meanwhile offers a step into the life of a family living in Fortune in the early 20th century.
Fortune is located on the western tip of the Burin Peninsula on Newfoundland. St John’s, the provincial capital, is a 4-hour drive east. Accommodation in Fortune is limited with a few inns and hostels available.
With end of the world scenery and enthralling culture there is plenty to experience in Fortune.