On the Baccalieu Trail, Route 70 up the west side of Conception Bay, about 14 km off route 1, the Transportation-Canada Highway, to the turn-off to Brigus.
Brigus has charming Old World atmosphere and scenic appeal, made famous by American artist Rockwell Kent who had his summer residence and studio here, in the early 1900s. This town is best known as the 1875 birthplace of Captain Bob Bartlett, who pioneered navigation in the Far North,
when he accompanied Commodore Peary as far as his last relay point on the 1909 expedition to the North Pole. His former home, Hawthorne Cottage, is a National Historic Site. Brigus also hosts a Blueberry Festival each August.
Hawthorne Cottage National Historic Site of Canada
Brigus, Route 60
P.O. Box 5542
St. John’s, NL, A1C 5W4
709-528-4004 Fax 1-709-528-4004
Hawthorne Cottage offers a glimpse of the life of Capt. Bob Bartlett, Newfoundland’s most famous ice navigator. Lovingly restored cottage, period artifacts and live theatre in the garden.