FOGO ISLAND — The Fogo Island Inn is steeped in the culture and heritage of the Island. From the entrance to the rooftop balcony it embodies what Islanders have known for generations — there’s no place quite like Fogo Island.
© Photo courtesy of Alex Fradkin
The lobby of the Fogo Island Inn welcomes visitors to warm themselves by a traditional wood stove.
Most likely one of the reasons the Fogo Island Inn was awarded the Travel + Leisure 2013 Global Vision Award. One of 15 honorees the Inn embodies responsible tourism that allows visitors to give back to the place they visited.
The award is relatively new being introduced in 2005, it recognizes the efforts of individuals and organizations striving to preserve natural and man-made treasures. Other categories included sustainability, conservation, community and leadership. The winners were chosen by Bonnie Burnham, president and CEO of the World Monuments Fund; Alyse Nelson, president and CEO of Vital Voices Global Partnership; and Paul van Zyl, co-founder and CEO of the ethical fashion brand Maiyet.
For anyone not familiar with the Fogo Island Inn it is located on Fogo Island off the coast of Newfoundland surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean. It is the perfect blend of modern architectural design and traditional Newfoundland culture. It has supported and continues to support the local communities of Fogo Island by using only materials found on the Island and neighbouring Change Islands. The goal of the Inn is to promote growth on the island and help the economy.
The Community Host program at the Inn shares the rich heritage and culture of Fogo Island with visitors from the practice of cod fishing to handcrafting a punt, to sharing local history.
Shorefast Foundation president Zita Cobb said, “We are especially pleased to be recognized in the culture category. Traditional cultures around the world are being flattened or, at best, are under unprecedented pressure.
One of the key goals of our projects and our Inn is find ways to hold on to the important knowledge and way of knowing that has emerged from 400 years of lived experience here at the edge of the continent. And more than just hold on...but to also find ways to adapt and to be relevant to the contemporary globalized world; as we say, to find new ways with old things.”
To learn more about the Inn visit www.fogoislandinn.ca.