|September 19th, 2002 - Trinity Harbour, New
Bonaventure, "Random Passage" set, Bonavista,
Our first stop
this morning was at Trinity, a restored fishing village,
and also a place where some filming had been done for the
Newfoundland mini-series "Random Passage". The
grey building below was used for a shop sequence. Inside,
we chatted with some locals who had been extras in the
movie. One young man showed me how they'd been having
trouble finding enough authentic early 19th-Century props
to fill the shelves, so they'd put in fake drawer fronts
to cover some of them up.
From Trinity, we took buses to New
Bonaventure, where the majority of the filming was done
for the mini-series. Here we see the great view they had
of a natural harbor, and a make-shift but sturdy pier.
In the afternoon, we went to Bonavista, with a fine museum at the Ryan Premises about the demise of the 500-year-old cod fisheries around Newfoundland. Afterwards, we visited the spot where the explorer John Cabot (aka Giovanni Caboto) landed in 1497. There was a replica there of his ship "Matthew".
Back aboard ship, Tom Kovacs made an appearance as Giovanni Caboto, singing a parody song about the explorer, which was written by another Adventure Canada culturalist, Ian Tamblyn.