Newfoundland & Labrador

In partnership with Destination Canada and the province of Newfoundland and Labrador — which provided the beautiful setting for Herschel Supply’s Fall 2015 lookbook — six international Instagram influencers participated in Journey: Newfoundland & Labrador.

For 10 days in July, each photographer explored, captured and shared different areas of this majestic province on Canada’s Atlantic coast. For Herschel Supply’s Well Travelled series, Berlin’s Ezgi Polat (Germany), Benjamin Heath (United States) and Finn Beals (Wales) provide their insight and a selection of images from this unique adventure…

Ezgi Polat

Newfoundland. What should I begin with? The rough beauty of the stormy coastal shore? The welcoming warmness of the locals? The open doors wherever I went? My first trip to Canada was a very special one. Travelling the Eastern outskirts of this wide country I found myself collecting new memories day by day. Being alone out in the nature having only a few other people with me brought me closer to myself and let me cool my breath. And then there were the whales — such huge but tender beauties. The food was rich and it was great to taste so many varieties of freshly caught fish.

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    Thousands of birds at Cape Saint Mary’s 

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    A shiny iceberg at Ochre Pit Cove

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    The historic Quidi Vidi fishing village

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    Whale watching picnic at Ferryland Lighthouse

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    The beautiful Cape Race water

Benjamin Heath

It was my first time travelling to this beautiful and unique part of the world. Beginning in St. John’s, I visited Gros Morne National Park and onward into Labrador. In addition to the appeal of this province’s natural beauty, I found the cultural aspects of this land quite interesting. Vikings settled here a thousand years ago. Spanish sailors crossed the Atlantic to hunt Right whales in the 16th century. In the early 1900s, a booming cod fishing industry fed the Atlantic regions of Canada and the United States. Learning about Newfoundland and Labrador’s rich history connected me to it beyond just seeing its pretty landscapes. There’s much more here than I was able to see, so I will be back.

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    Plotting a course

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    Humpback whales off Newfoundland's northern coast

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    Traditional saltbox home on Woody Point

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    That blue

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    An aerial view of Gros Morne

Finn Beales

Situated on a near-shore island, Battle Harbour was the economic and social centre of the southeastern Labrador coast for two centuries. A thriving saltfish industry was first established there in the 1770s before cod fishing dwindled and a major fire struck in 1930. The area was abandoned as a permanent settlement until the 1960s; since then the Battle Harbour Historic Trust was given the summer fishing premises and other properties on the island, which it now operates as a living museum. I had the opportunity to stay in the original Inn on the site, and let time slip past in the company of whales and icebergs. A restorative experience I will never forget…

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    A Minke whale exploring Battle Harbour

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    Atlantic salmon migrating up the Torrent River

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    The Battle Harbour summer fishing station

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    Heading back to the mainland

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    The sun sets over Bonne Bay

Headline photo by Finn Beales

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