John C. King Photographs


Bonavista: A Sense of Place

The Bonavista Peninsula lies on the east coast of the island of Newfoundland, Canada surrounded by the North Atlantic Ocean. The peninsula separates Trinity Bay and Bonavista Bay and has about 30 small coastal communities. Some of the oldest permanent settlements in the country were established in this area following John Cabot’s voyage of discovery in 1497. Communities were started near natural harbours where the fishing boats could shelter from the often vicious North Atlantic Ocean. Homes were simple wood structures usually built by their owners; churches and schools were constructed by community volunteers.

I see a simple but strong beauty in this area. There is a built environment but the natural landscape retains an equal voice.

-John King

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