December 1 - February 28
At first glance, the winter pace on Fogo Island appears to be slow, calm, and collected. While the landscape outside is encased in ice, we busy ourselves indoors with making, fixing, and organizing while fluffy snow blows across our windows and the wind whistles past our doorjambs.
But a trip into Fogo Island’s interior finds a far more lively speed as local people retreat to cabins alongside frozen ponds for exuberant days spent snowmobiling, skating, snowshoeing, and tobogganing. As caribou wander by in the distance, we light the woodstove or an outdoor bonfire to cook up a crowd-pleasing jiggs dinner of salt meat and pease pudding.
Winter excursions bring out the kid in all of us as we don snow pants and mittens and often allow the youngsters to dictate the day’s itinerary. Sheltered from the harshest coastal winds, holes are bored on ponds for ice fishing and impromptu games of hockey are played outdoors while board games, books, laughter, and conversation reign inside cabin walls.
Here, winter is what you make of it, and Fogo Islanders know how to make it spectacular.