Walking tour: The architecture of Newfoundland’s Fogo Island


My wife Linda loves walking trails. I love architecture. Who would have thought that a small island off the coast of Newfoundland would bring us the best of both worlds?

Fogo Island, best known to Flat Earthers as one of the four corners of the world, has a population of about 3,000 people. Fishing has been the primary occupation since the 1800s, but a few years ago, the Shorefast Foundation began to change that. Shorefast’s motto, “Finding new ways for an old continuity,” has been marrying tradition with arts programming, including four artist workshops, and the creation of a five-star inn near the town of Joe Batt’s Arm.

Three of the four artist workshops are on walking trails and can take from 10 minutes to half-an-hour to get to. The workshops are designed by the Bergen, Norway-based firm Saunders Architecture. Each is situated in a remarkable location with incredible views.

Linda and I spent four days walking Fogo Island’s trails (not nearly enough time!) and you can click here to see a small slideshow of images I took of Fogo Island architecture, including the construction of Shorefast’s Fogo Island Inn. We look forward to more workshops being built, and a return visit to the island.

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