Explore Broom Point

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Amazing seascape formations from wear and tear of the powerful sea. Magnificent landscape views, whales and birds, and fishing stories. Great spot for Northern Lights. Route 430 , St. Pauls.

Step inside the fish store and tiny cabin and imagine the lives of the three Mudge brothers and their families who fished at Broom Point from 1941 to 1975. The wooden buildings, hand built boats, fishing gear, and homey cabin tell the story of the inshore fishery of open boats that once sustained Newfoundland's coastal communities.

Broom Point in Gros Morne National Park fits raggedly into the Gulf of St. Lawrence like a worn version of its namesake. The marine mammals, birds, and fish of the cold Gulf waters have attracted people to this site for more than 2300 years. On an early summer’s day in 1990, friends and family gathered at Broom Point to mark an important event, the restoration of the Mudge family cabin and fish store. When Nellie Mudge cut the red ribbon, it marked a special moment in the working friendship that had grown between this remarkable family and Parks Canada.

Three Mudge brothers and their families fished from the site from 1941 until 1975, when they sold the property to the national park. With the family’s generosity, the buildings have been restored.

The site consists of a cabin and a fish store restored to the way they were when the family lived and worked there. Boats built by the Mudges are exhibited in the fish store alongside nets, traps, and other home-made gear. The cabin is filled with many original artifacts including handiwork and furniture the family donated for the restoration. In a small cove just south of the point, there is a cemetery where some of the earlier residents of Broom Point are buried.

Interpretation at Broom Point today focuses on the Mudge family fishing operation as it was during the 1960s. Interpreters from the local area tell the story of the site. Talking to them provides the opportunity to learn about the fishery of the past, the present and to discuss the fishery of the future.

Pack List

  • Hiking boots
  • Water
  • Hat
  • Warm clothing
  • Sunglasses
  • Camera
  • Tripod
  • Snacks
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Activities:

Chillin, Fishing, Hiking, Photography

Skill Level:

Intermediate

Season:

Summer

Features:

Bathrooms
Beach
Dog Friendly
Easy Parking
Family Friendly
Food Nearby
Forest
Groups
Handicap Accessible
Picnic Area
Romantic
Scenic
Swimming Hole
Wildlife

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Added by Gerard Gale

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