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Aunt Edna's Boarding House B&B
Reviewed October 4, 2011

We spent one day (and night) at Aunt Edna's in Little Bay Island. It was, by far, one of the best and most memorable days of our trip to Newfoundland. Sharlene and Jim are fabulous hosts, who pay attention to every detail. They even had ice from an iceberg to enjoy in our refreshments! Accommodations were great, and Sharlene prepared a wonderful salmon dinner for us (and an amazing breakfast the next morning). After dinner, we were entertained by local talent (including Jim) at a Kitchen Party right at Aunt Edna's. What an overall fabulous time we had. Little Bay Island is a tranquil island filled with Newfoundland spirit and friendship. It is a must see, and certainly worth the 30-minute ferry ride. Don't miss this gem!

  • Stayed: September 2011, traveled with friends
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Reviewed August 10, 2011

If you are travelling to Newfoundland to experience its people and its land, Little Bay Islands and Aunt Edna's B&B is the place to go.
Little Bay Islands is a community in one of the most protected harbours in Newfoundland. In its day, fishing ships from all over the world would dock at Little Bay Islands to pick up fish. There was a shipbuilding business for the fishing schooners. Today, the cove is quieter, but as we arrived we enjoyed the sight of our first iceberg sitting out behind the island with the beautiful cove in the foreground.
We met Sharlene and Jim, two of the warmest and most hospitable people I have ever met, dropped our bags and walked down the road to Salby Parsons' a local fisherman who took us out to the iceberg in his fishing dory! Sharlene had told us that since the iceberg had arrived, Salby had been taking people out to see it. He hacked off a piece of the ice for the kids to try and then took us out a bit and we jigged for cod.
All this within the first hour of arrival.
Aunt Edna's B&B was originally built in 1900 or so and Jim and Sharlene have meticulously restored the building. The rooms are comfortable and decorated in the Victorian manner as suits the house.The kids loved it and all of us slept very well.
Meals are cooked by Sharlene and Jim and the food is plentiful, fresh and very good. Sharlene and Jim truly go out of their way to make sure you are comfortable and content. Jim is a font of knowledge not only about Aunt Edna's and Little Bay Islands but of Newfoundland itself and we spent many enjoyable hours after dinner listening to the stories.
Aunt Edna's also has a separate building that Jim and Sharlene use to host their "kitchen parties" every Saturday night where people just drop by and have a great night of music, songs and stories. Musicians come from all over for these parties and it is a wonderful experience.
One afternoon Jim took our boys to the pier to fish (that is the kind of place Little Bay Islands is, as if you are with your family) and my husband and I walked back down the
road to Salby's place. Salby has a building in which he has collected hundreds of memorabilia and antiques that are wonderful to see, especially when you are also able to hear the stories associated with the items! We sat around with Salby and Gordy and a few other residents of Little Bay Islands and listened to stories of the fishing from days gone by.
There are some beautifully maintained trails on the island which take you to secluded rocky beaches and wonderful viewing decks. We spent one morning climbing rocks at Back Beach and watching our iceberg break apart.
We only stayed 2 nights but we found it very difficult to leave. Our boys still say it was the best part of our entire trip.
To get there you take a 40-45 minute ferry ride out of Shoal Arm near Springdale. The ride is very picturesque as you pass beautiful coves, whales and sandy beaches. (The ships from across the Atlantic would dump their ballast of sand in the surrounding coves before they picked up the fish from Little Bay Islands)

  • Stayed: July 2011, traveled with family
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Reviewed June 20, 2011

Sharlene and Jim made us welcome.
Sharlene showed us the room and round the B & B explaining everything as we went along.
The B & B is an old Heritage house that had been left to it's own devices for a while. Sharlene and Jim bought it and renovated & redecorated in keeping with the period of the house. A lot of the furniture was just gathering dust when they arrived, try and find dust now. Yes the place is clean through out.
Comfortable and good food to go with the excellent hosts.
I sure can recommend Aunt Edna's

  • Stayed: June 2011, traveled with friends
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Additional Information about Aunt Edna's Boarding House B&B

Address: 87 Main Street | Little Bay Islands, Little Bay Islands, Newfoundland and Labrador A0J 1K0, Canada
Location: Canada > Newfoundland and Labrador > Newfoundland > Little Bay Islands
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Shuttle Bus service
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Ranked #1 of 1 B&Bs / Inns in Little Bay Islands
Number of rooms: 3
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Aunt Edna's Boarding House B&B is a designated heritage structure on Little Bay Islands, a typical Newfoundland Outport. Cultural interpretation in word, music, and song are what make Aunt Edna's stand out from all the rest. Gourmet, vegetarian, and traditional meals add to the experience with fresh seafood available right off the wharf across the street. ... more   less 

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