Fogo Island Inn // (c) 2013 Shorefast Foundation / Fogo Island Inn
Fogo Island Inn // (c) 2013 Shorefast Foundation / Fogo Island Inn

Surrounded by whales, seabirds, and icebergs, Canada’s remote Newfoundland coast fronts the North Atlantic.

Fogo Island, the largest of the offshore islands of Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada, is located on an archipelago so remote that it has its own time zone and is known as one of the mythical four corners of the world – the very edge of the earth. With a population of fewer than 3,000 residents, the island gets its name from the Portuguese word for fire.

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In an area aptly named Iceberg Alley, a new luxury inn, Fogo Island Inn, opened to the public in June 2013.

Fogo Island Inn // (c) 2013 Shorefast Foundation / Fogo Island Inn
Fogo Island Inn // (c) 2013 Shorefast Foundation / Fogo Island Inn

The 29-suite property stands on crooked pilotis on the dramatic and rocky coastline, providing panoramic views through its wall-to-wall, floor-to-ceiling windows.

“The proximity to nature here is constant and thrilling,” said Zita Cobb, owner of the Fogo Island Inn. “The North Atlantic is all around us – its depth, weight, age, and power are intensely harmonizing. Although it is at first blush a very contemporary structure, the Fogo Island Inn keeps community with the four centuries of lived experience in this place. Fogo Island is a place where there are no strangers; it is indeed a welcoming wilderness. When you leave, you’ll be leaving home.”

The island’s people and stories can be felt throughout the Inn. All the suites and public areas hold bespoke furniture and fixtures entirely handmade by local carpenters and artisans; the textiles– quilts, rugs, pillows – are hand-crafted by the island artisans following the centuries-old traditions of “made not bought.” Most rooms and suites have wood-burning stoves, as do all the public areas. There are eight different accommodation categories, with names referencing a part of the island’s DNA (e.g., Mooring, Storehouse, and Gappy).

The property has a fine-dining restaurant, lounge, bar, gym, conference space, and lecture hall and cinema – all with bold-ocean views and wood-burning fireplaces. And, on the Inn’s rooftop, there are Northern European designed wood-fired saunas and hot tubs – all with star-gazing in mind.

The Inn is home to the Fogo Island Contemporary Art Gallery, the Dr. Leslie A. Harris Heritage Library (specializing in the Northeast Coast of Newfoundland), and the Fogo Island Cinema, a partnership with the National Film Board of Canada.

Rates vary with the seasons, and are based on double occupancy, and start from $550 to $2950 (for two persons). Rates are full board and include daybreak trays, breakfast, dinner, afternoon tea, supper, snacks, gratuities, and all non-alcoholic beverages.

What to Do in Fogo 

On Fogo Island, life moves to the rhythm of the natural world, and guests will encounter a hospitality in the local people that is not easily replicated anywhere else in the world. While hiking rugged coastal trails, fishing for cod in the traditional way, or participating in an art workshop, guests can expect to strike up conversations with the locals, and perhaps even be welcomed into their homes for supper.

Watching icebergs at Fogo Island Inn // (c) 2013 Shrefast Foundation / Fogo Island Inn
Watching icebergs at Fogo Island Inn // (c) 2013 Shrefast Foundation / Fogo Island Inn

Shorefast Foundation

Once heavily reliant on the fishing industry, Newfoundland’s economy nearly collapsed in the early 1990s when Canada instituted a moratorium on cod fishing.

In 2004, Zita Cobb and her brother Anthony founded the Shorefast Foundation to help revive the economies of Fogo Island and Change Islands.

Following a career in the high technology industry, Cobb returned to Fogo Island, her birthplace, to invest millions, with support from the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador and the Government of Canada, to reinvigorate the waning economy.

The shorefast, a line and mooring used to attach a cod trap to the shore, has become a symbol of the cod fishing heritage of the island and a metaphor for being bound to place and community, and the foundation strives to create jobs while fostering cultural resiliency; the Inn is operated by a staff of 70 – most of whom are Fogo Island residents.

Shorefast also runs the Fogo Island Artist Studios, which provides a creative community for visiting artists and thought leaders from around the world who come to be inspired by the culture, history, and beauty of the island.

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