The early morning was not too much better than yesterday. Yesterday, the issue was frontal weather and thunder storms, and today the issue was air mass weather with a northeast wind off the Atlantic Ocean giving very low clouds and very limited visibility.
We had planned to fly north along the Great Northern Peninsula of Newfoundland to St. Anthony then cross the Strait of Belle Isle to Blanc-Sablon in Quebec. From there we planned to fly along the north shore of the St. Lawrence River to Sept-Iles. That routing wasn’t very favorable today. The weather was improving to the south so we decided to return the same way we had come.
(After all, we had “come from away”.)
So, our departure was delayed by several hours.
On the way to the airport we visited the Newfoundland Confederation Building and met with the Honourable Christopher Mitchelmore, Minister of Tourism, Culture, Industry, and Innovation. We had a 09:30 appointment and the Minister greeted us at the main entrance then gave us a VIP in-depth tour of the House of Assembly.
Our photos of the Canada Flag in the Legislature were kindly taken by our taxi driver.
The Royal Newfound Regiment has been in existence in one form or another for over 200 years. The Regiment fought in World War I at the Battle of the Somme and was all but wiped out. On July 1, 1916, of the 780 men who went forward only about 110 survived unscathed, of whom only 68 were available for roll call the following day.
The Newfound Legislature was quite impressive and I noted several items recognizing the indigenous people of the land.
The weather had improved enough by noon for a safe departure so I filed IFR at 8,000 feet St. John’s to Charlottetown. We were on top by 6,000 feet in the clear blue sky. As we flew westward along the southern shore of Newfoundland the clouds below us began to break up and by Port-aux-Basques the sky was clear.
For the over water portion to Charlottetown it was up to 10,000 feet to give us better “options”.
On the 60 nautical mile leg from Port-aux-Basques to Cape Breton Island we were within gliding distance of St. Paul Island some of the time. About 10 to 15 minutes from either side we were not within gliding distance from land.
There really isn’t much to St. Paul Island; but it does offer an option, only if just to find a dry place rather than being in the cold water.
In Charlottetown we had a quick lunch, refuelled, then departed for an uneventful flight to Fredericton at 8,500 feet in very good smooth VFR conditions.