Two years ago, when Toronto writer and poet Souvankham Thammavongsa was working on her last book, the Giller Prize–winning How to Pronounce Knife, she needed a quiet, distraction–free place to write. It didn’t take long for her to land on Carbonear, Newfoundland and Labrador. She’d come across the small town on the Avalon Peninsula on a previous trip to the East Coast and was struck by the kindness of the people there. Plus, she knew it had all the things she needed in a writing retreat. “I wanted a place where I could go for nice walks and be isolated.” When she wasn’t writing, though, she was exploring the town and making friends with locals, one of whom invited her to his shed for a Jiggs’ dinner, a Newfoundland spin on a Sunday roast. “The food was as beautiful and tasty as anything you’d find in a high–end restaurant – it was phenomenal.”
A guide to Carbonear: Iceberg–watching, Jiggs’ dinners and where to stock up on snacks.