Wednesday, 20 June 2012

Training adventures from the Great Northen Peninsula!!

Members of the Great Northen Peninsula Heritage Network recently participated in a 3 day regional tour along the Northern Peninsula. The idea of the tour was to encourage cross marketing and to provide quality training in terms of partnerships, visitor experience, leadership and customers service. We thought we'd share some of our adventures with you!

 The bus that we had hired had had a vehicle inspection done the day prior to our trip and was cleared for travel. Irene, our bus driver, picked up Sean, Ian and Mark in Rocky Harbour and headed for Hawkes Bay to meet the rest of us. About an hour before getting to Hawkes Bay, the bus broke down on the side of the road. Some hoses underneath the bus had come apart and the bus was overheating. She managed to get to Cow Head and pulled into a local service station but there it wasn't open yet. Irene set out for help and with no cell service, she stuck out her thumb for a ride. The first car came and went without stopping. The second car slowed down and Irene jumped aboard and headed somewhere. The boys on the bus were left behind! Irene eventually showed up with a mechanic and got the bus fixed and back on the road - we were only an hour late.

The tour finally kicked off with a tour of the Torrent River Salmon Interpretation Centre in Hawkes Bay. Angie, the tour guide, gave us an orientation as to why Torrent River is home to the province`s most successful Atlantic salmon enhancement project. Check out the group of ladies at the bottom of Torrent River Falls!!

Next we headed to Port au Choix to see the French Rooms Cultural Centre where we learned of the French history. After a quick trip to see the Chaloupe and Bread Oven, we grabbed lunch and headed for Conche. Joan gave us a great overview of the Tapestry and the story of Conche.

Our next stop was Barnes House in Englee where Doris showed us around the museum. Be sure to stop and see the hooked rugs!! We then travelled to Ashton House in Bide Arm where we learned how a house was towed to be resettled to two different communities. A definite must see! The last stop of the day was to the Green Moose Interpretation Centre in Roddickton where we learned about the logging industry.  The life size moose and polar bear was an instant hit!

The day ended at Mayflower Motel with a delicios chicken dinner and a wonderfully engaged networking session. Stay tuned for the fun adventures and more pictures from Day 2.

(Random pictures from Day 1)

Thursday, 19 April 2012


Check out the article written seeking volunteers for the Great Northern Peninsula Heritage Network. Stay tuned for more as our recruitment for more volunteers continues over the next few months!

Wednesday, 7 December 2011


Be sure to check the newly created Facebook page for the Great Northern Peninsula Heritage Network. Click on the link to be taken directly to the page. You will want to hit "Like" so that you can stay current with all the happenings at each of the 13 member organizations. Feel free to upload pictures, events or comments from your experiences at the sites. Enjoy!

Regina Rumbolt
Heritage Development Specialist
Great Northern Peninsula Heritage Network

Proposal Writing Workshops 2012

RED Ochre Regional Board Inc. in partnership with Innovation, Business & Rural Development, Advanced Education & Skills and CBDC Nortip will be hosting 4 workshops to educate and inform non profit organizations about the recent changes to their respective programs and how to write an effective proposal.

Dates and Locations:
January 24 - Woody Point, Town Hall
January 26 - Norris Point, Julia Ann Walsh Centre
January 31 - Parson's Pond, Central Development Association
February 2 - Hawkes Bay, Torrent River Inn

All workshops start at 10am and will run until 3pm.

Registration is required and space is limited to 15 people per workshop.

Registration is FREE and lunch is included!

For more information or to register, please contact Regina Rumbolt at or call 243 2829.

Wednesday, 9 November 2011


You may have seen the recent case study by the Canadian Tourism Commission on how the success of the CTC's Showcases is built on partnerships - The Great Northern Peninsula Heritage Network is also very dependent on its partners for success and we thought we'd take a minute to give a big shout out to them all.

In no specific order, here they are: Dept of Tourism, Culture & Recreation (TCR), Museum Association of NL (MANL), Association of Heritage Industries (AHI), Association of NL Archives (ANLA), RED Ochre Regional Board Inc., Nordic Economic Development Corporation, Parks Canada, Community Research Recovery Alliance (CURRA), Innovation, Business and Rural Development (IBRD), Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA), Viking Trail Tourism Association (VTTA) and there are many more that we are working with to develop partnerships as we speak.

If you are looking for more information on the Great Northern Peninsula Heritage Network, please check out the following links:

Regina Rumbolt - Heritage Development Specialist
Great Northern Peninsula Heritage Network


Welcome to our blog!  The Great Northern Peninsula Heritage Network (GNPHN) is excited to join the online blogging community.  Also, be sure to check us out on Facebook.
The GNPHN's main purpose is to celebrate heritage organizations on the Great Northern Peninsula, to encourage collaboration among the various heritage organizations.

Firing of the French Bread Oven - Port au Choix, NL
RED Ochre Photo, 2010
The network works towards the sharing of best practices, the development of products and services, improved interpretive training and deliberative marketing efforts - all adding to the overall sustainablity of each and every organization, heritage site, and the network as a whole.Whether you are a member of the GNPHN, a partner of the network, or a supporter of "all things heritage", we welcome you to our blog and invite you to join us again.  Stay tuned!

Regina Rumbolt - Heritage Development Specialist
Great Northern Peninsula Heritage Network