Brigus Travel Guide

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Wake up to a stunningly beautiful harbour. Take a leisurely hike around the charming streets sloping up into green cliffs. Then, stop for a delectable slice of homemade blueberry cheesecake.

Brigus. A lovely little town, reminiscent of the quaintness often found in European villages. Even the name “Brigus” is derived from “Brickhouse,” an old English town, pronounced with a flavour only found in this part of North America.

Here history thrives. It’s well kept old-style architecture, rustic stone walls, lush, green gardens, and winding narrow lanes are reflective of the beginnings in England, Ireland and Wales.

Take the opportunity to visit Hawthorne Cottage National Historic Site, the former home of Captain Bob Bartlett who was hailed as the greatest ice navigator of the century. This historic gem has been revived into a monument of the Captain’s northern expeditions and his simple way of life.

Brigus is more than just a scenic and historic place. Every summer, our little community comes alive with the annual Blueberry Festival. Over 12,000 visitors from all over the world come to enjoy three days of music, traditional foods, dancing, fireworks, and of course, blueberries. Sing and dance. Shop and relax. Fill your belly with the sweetest berry fixin’s in the world.

Throughout 2009 the town – in fact, the whole province – is celebrating Bartlett’s life and Arctic exploration with a series of special events.

Brigus is located approximately 80 kilometres from the capital city of St. John’s. There are two ways to access the town: from the Trans Canada Highway, or on the Admiral’s Coast Route 60 west from St. John’s, which carries travellers through other beautiful communities along Conception Bay.

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