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Find Downhome's Geocaches
Magazine staff have hidden three Downhome geocaches in the spectacular great outdoors of our beautiful province.

For those of you who don't know, a "geocache" is a container filled with small toys and other inexpensive trinkets. Seeking them is the goal of "geocaching," a high-tech treasure hunt that spans the globe. When a ...
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The trinkets contained in one of Downhome's geocaches
 
 
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A WILD Encounter
There are two main reasons to visit the Little, Big Bear Safari, located about 90 minutes from Moncton in Acadieville, New Brunswick. One, of course, is to safely view black bears as they roam onto the wilderness site. Another is to meet Richard Goguen, a.k.a. "the bear whisperer."

"My husband has a gift with animals," says Vivianne Goguen, who co-owns the attraction with her partner. The couple built an observation tower in 1998
 
 
 
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25 Ways to Survive May 24 in NL
Whether you're spending the weekend boating, camping or partying at the cabin, here are some tongue-in-cheek, but surprisingly practical, things to take or do to make the most of this May Two-Four. (In order of no importance.)

1. Pack several changes of clothes: rubber clothes, wool clothes, flannel clothes, summer clothes. Be like the Scouts, prepared for anything.

2. At least 5 tarps - one to cover the cold, wet ground; one to
 
 
 
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The Bear Necessities
Hikers and campers will soon be headed into the great outdoors in droves for some much needed wilderness therapy after a long, snowy winter. Of course, there's nothing like a wildlife sighting or two - perhaps a moose ambling along the trail or a hungry gray jay sneaking off with some picnic lunch - to feel at one with nature.

But what if you come across a bear?

According to Todd
 
 
 
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Birds of Winter | Slideshow
Winter in Newfoundland and Labrador is a great time for bird watching. Whether it's a walk in the woods or just looking at the backyard bird feeder, birdwatching is a great way to appreciate the cold season.
We've put together a slideshow of bird photos sent to us by our readers. While the photos may not have been taken in the province, you'll find all of these birds in Newfoundland and Labrador during the winter months.
To find out where exactly you'll find them, how to attract them to your feeder, and the sounds they make, pick up our January issue.
This link will take you to a slideshow of birds in Newfoundland and Labrador.
 
 
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Uncle Norman's Cabin
By Marilyn Sveinson (nee Pike)

There existed across the Humber River, not far from Corner Brook, a wonderful, idyllic cabin known to all the family as "Uncle Norman's Cabin."

To get there was no small feat, as it was on the opposite side of the river. So with one small boat, my uncle would get everyone safely over (all eight of us cousins) and then retrieve the supplies for the holiday. So many
 
 
 
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A Decade of Music and Friends
By Shawn Hayward

When she first went to Vinland Music Camp a couple years ago, Rosemary Lawton had never played the bodhrán. Now, the 15-year-old can pound out a beat that would make The Navigators proud.

Vinland Music Camp near Woody Point will celebrate its 10th anniversary this year - a decade of teaching the skills needed to play and write music in the traditional style.

"I really liked being
 
 
 
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Exploring Labrador
In the November issue of Downhome, we spend 48 Hours in Happy Valley-Goose Bay, highlighting awesome attractions and lots of things to see and do during a visit to the town.

For even more information on what you may do and see in Labrador, check out the following Web sites:

Northwest River

Destination Labrador

Explore Labrador

Tourism Newfoundland and Labrador

Combined Councils of Labrador

Happy Valley-Goose Bay

Labrador Heritage Society

Our Labrador

Labrador Marine
 
 
 
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The Wreck of the Nova Scotia
In the December 2009 issue of Downhome, we share the incredible story of St. John's-native Thomas Goodyear. The 89-year-old is the last surviving member of the 114-member crew of the ill-fated Merchant Navy ship, the Nova Scotia.

While travelling off the coast of South Africa in 1942, a German submarine blasted the Nova Scotia with three torpedoes, leaving all those onboard stranded in the water. Thomas was one of only 14 crew members to survive the unimaginable ordeal.

And nobody can tell the story quite like he can. So, here is a clip from our recent interview with Thomas.







 
 


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