July 27, 2019

POST UPDATED 8/3/19 to correct name of area – Wreckhouse (just like the sign says) and not The Wreckhouse as originally posted.


After exiting the ferry I had ridden on over to Newfoundland from Nova Scotia on Thursday I headed north to where I would spend the first night on the island in the town St. Andrews. On my way there I drove through an area known as Wreckhouse.

Wreckhouse sign

(Photo credit: encounternewfoundland.com)

Wreckhouse area

(Photo credit: islandnet.com)

This section of the Trans Canada Highway, just north of the town of Port aux Basques, can experience winds well exceeding hurricane force which come, not off the nearby ocean to the left (west) as you might suspect, but from down off the Long Mountains located to the east!! It is a flat, exposed stretch of road and these fierce winds have been known to knock tractor-trailer rigs (especially empty ones) on their sides:

Wreckhouse truck

(Photo credit: youtube.com)

As well as camper/trailers:

Wreckhouse camper

(Photo credit: cbncompass.ca)

And even narrow gauge trains!


(Photo credit: theovercast.ca)

My Airbnb hosts actually have hurricane shutters on their windows which face the Long Mountains (as do many of their neighbors) and the winds have even been known to destroy garages, sheds and even houses!

Wreckhouse damaga

(Photo credit: thepacket.ca)

My host told me that a neighbor’s house had the shingles and siding ripped off by the winds. My hosts have a wooden fence in their backyard and there are angular support beams, not for appearance but to help hold the fence up. Before the angular supports were put in place he said the upright fence support beams snapped like twigs.

I also noticed as I was driving further north the next day that the utility poles next to the highway, in addition to having guy wires attached, also had their bases encased in a rock enclosure to help keep them upright.

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