The lure of the island

Jim Jones demonstrates drying cod to guests

Jim Jones demonstrates drying cod to guests

Jim Jones explains a point to guest during his tour

Jim Jones explains a point to guest during his tour

Jim Jones grew up on Battle Harbour. Although the 60 year old spent several years working on the oil rigs in Alberta and operating ferries and freighters on the Labrador Coast, Battle Harbour has always been “home.”

Currently, Jones is one of the 16 men and women from the region who staff the island between May and October. He skippers the Iceberg Hunter, shuttling guests back and forth from the mainland, and he gives tours.

During the off season, Jones writes notes about growing up on the island — like the time the General Store ran out of candy in the middle of winter. Some wily soul got into the loft and emerged with cartons of Luden’s Cough Drops. “There wasn’t a kid in Battle Harbour who had a cough the rest of the winter,” he says.

Visitors love hearing about the olden days. So much so that Jone’s tours, usually scheduled for two hours, often run three hours or longer.

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