It's no secret that fishermen, in past years, supplemented earnings by exchanging bait and wood for smuggled imports of liquor, tobacco, sugar and tea from the nearby island colonies of France - St. Pierre & Miquelon. Yes, Al Capone, the infamous Chicago crime boss, was a frequent visitor to this shoreline for similar reasons. You can still spy on European culture either just off Point May or from Point Crewe Interpretive Viewpark, or better still, linger longer and ferry from Fortune to St. Pierre & Miquelon for the tastes of French wine and fine cuisine!
The tsunami of 1929 had disastrous effects on communities along this shoreline: Port au Bras, Bull's Cove, Lawn, Lord's Cove, Lamaline, Taylor's Bay and Point au Gaul. This coast is still affected by whims of the pounding sea. Visit all eight interpretive Tsunami rest stops along routes 220 & 221. Hear more personal stories at Burin, Lawn and Lamaline Heritage Museums.