provides a different perspective
for getting to know us,
our island, and perhaps yourself.
Claiming there are seven seasons is a bold statement. However, there are indeed seven seasons on Fogo Island and each one delights the senses. Each of our seven seasons provides a different perspective for getting to know us, our island, and perhaps yourself. Our seasons consist of warm summers, snowy winters, a spectacular ice season, hopeful spring, trap berth season, the world’s best berry picking in the early fall, and a stormy and emotional late autumn.
Our winters are harsh yet forgiving, characterized by blustery winds, fast-moving snow, and cozy days spent by the wood stove in the company of friends and family. Ice season arrives with March bringing the pack ice: multi-year ice delivered to our doorstep by the swift Labrador Current. Ice season offers sunny days and still-frozen ponds that lend themselves to criss-crossing the Island’s interior via snowmobile.
Spring brings whales and icebergs to our shores and eventually gives way to June’s trap berth season, a dynamic season that belongs neither to spring nor summer and represents the beginning of the traditional cod fishery. Our warm summers see the Island touched by gentle breezes and blanketed in wildflowers. On Fogo Island, fall is berry season. The Island is home to dozens of varieties of edible berries which quite literally carpet our barrens and bogs from late August to October. Berry season is followed by the late fall season, a temperamental season which oversees the Island preparing to once again welcome the snow and ice of winter. Late fall lends itself well to reading, writing, and reflection.
Whichever season you choose to visit in, there are always a myriad of things to do and see from skating and ice fishing to fishing and hiking. You will find that your curiosity may get the best of you; after experiencing one of our seven distinct seasons, you will be itching to get to know the rest.