Brigus is a small fishing community in Conception Bay, Newfoundland dating back to 1612 and is famous for its sea captains and ice explorers. The name is derived from ‘Brickhouse’, an old English town.
Yesterday we spent a lovely day exploring this now historical site with fellow blogger, Krista and her partner, Mark. These days the town is more famous for its Blueberry Festival in summer but it it still a popular tourist spot and is steeped in history. We spent a very enjoyable few hours exploring the town and sightseeing.
The Tunnel was built in 1860 to provide access to Abram Bartlett’s wharf. Blasting holes were formed by steel spikes that were driven into the solid rock and filled with black gun power. The resulting passageway measures approximately 80 feet long, 8 feet high and 8 feet wide.
Kent Cottage is a Heritage Site and was built in the late 1700s or early 1800s. It has hosted an interesting collection of residents over the years, most notably Rockwell Kent a famous American artist, writer and adventurer.