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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.

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Birds of Winter | Slideshow article picture

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.
 
 
 
Endangered places: Trinity Loop | Slideshow article picture

Endangered places: Trinity Loop | Slideshow
Trinity Loop. There used to be people here. Lots of them. "Kids of all ages," as the saying goes. It was a little downhome Disneyland, filled with so much laughter and so many squeals of delight you couldn't hear yourself think. But here you didn't have to think - you just had to be, and enjoy, and for a few hours this place was the only place in the world.

Today, Newfoundland
 
 
 
Burnt Cape Ecological Reserve (Submitted by Robert Garnier)

Caves and Tunnels
We've collected our favourite reader submitted images of caves and tunnels from across Newfoundland. Click on the image below to go on a virtual tour that will take you from the Great Northern Peninsula all the way to the Avalon Peninsula.

What cool nooks and crannies have you found?
Submit your photos here.


 
 
 
The trinkets contained in one of Downhome's geocaches

Downhome's Latest Geocaches
Magazine staff took advantage of their staycations this summer and hid three new Downhome geocaches in the wilderness 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 geocacher uncovers a cache, he or she usually takes an item and leaves an item
 
 
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The trinkets contained in one of Downhome's geocaches

Summer on the Coast
By Rannie Gillis

"I'll tell you, Rannie, we don't get many icebergs in Manitoba!" declared an excited Glen Crawley, a prairie farmer from the small prairie village of Minnedosa. He had just taken several photographs of his first-ever iceberg, on this his first morning in southern Labrador. Equally thrilled was his best friend, Dave Sjoberg, a businessman from Winnipeg, Alberta, who was also making his first visit to Newfoundland and Labrador.

We were
 
 
 
The trinkets contained in one of Downhome's geocaches

Summertime Adventures
By Bruce Chappell
Fort McMurray, Alberta
(Formerly of Deer Lake)


I have a couple of funny stories to tell from my trips around Newfoundland with my parents when I was a boy.

One summer we were camping on the South Coast, down around Hermitage way, I do believe. A campground was not a requirement for my parents; a gravel pit would do nicely. We had found neither by nightfall, though, and fog was
 
 
 
The trinkets contained in one of Downhome's geocaches

Mockbeggar Plantation
You'll be taking a step back in time with a visit to Bonavista's Mockbeggar Plantation, the former home of Newfoundland politician F. Gordon Bradley. Bradley played an instrumental role in Newfoundland's Confederation with Canada and went on to become the province's first representative in the Canadian cabinet. The Mockbeggar site, which Bradley occupied from 1939 until 1966, consists of a main residence as well as four outbuildings: a cabinet-maker's shop, a barter shop, a cod
 
 
 
The trinkets contained in one of Downhome's geocaches

The Road to Santiago
By Phil Riggs

If you love hiking, the ultimate trek is along the Road to Santiago or el Camino in northern Spain. The pilgrimage trail stretches along approximately 800 kilometres from St. Jean-Pied-de-Port in Southern France to the beautiful city of Santiago, northern Spain. You can hike alone, with a friend or in a group, which is what my wife Lyla and I did. It's perfectly safe whichever way you choose.

This present
 
 


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