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INSIDE

Come inside. We are open all year-round. Every object that you touch, see and experience fortifies our culture. That is because homes here are not just constructed, they are created from what is inside us.

 

When a man builds a home for his family on Fogo Island, he does it with love and he gives the very best of himself. Homes here have a soul, which is given to them by the people who made them. 

Our Inn is the heart of our community—a place to gather, socialize and enjoy life. From the moment you come inside, our journey of creation is with you.

 

TOURS: It would be our pleasure to take you on a guided tour of our Inn, but please reserve your space in advance by contacting  reservations@fogoislandinn.ca.

 

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MADE OF US

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We built the Inn in the same way that a bird would lovingly build its nest with the greatest care for every piece of straw. In the furniture and quilts you can feel the presence of the people who made them, the influence of their ancestors and the hand of our designers.

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Each of our 29 guest suites is your very own nest that is made of us. When you wake up in the middle of the night, you will always know where you are and if you know where you are it’s much easier to know who you are.

 

 

 

 


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NEW WAYS, OLD TRADITIONS

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Once the cod fishery closed down we had to find new ways to sustain our community and heritage. That is how Fogo Island became a place where new ways meet old traditions. A contemporary outport aesthetic has taken shape and it is steeped in our island’s history.

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Our Inn is now home to a cultural movement that brings together contemporary artists, designers, architects, geologists, academics, fishermen, artisans, growers and chefs. We share a passion for experimentation, collaboration and risk-taking. We have defined the “new” Newfoundland across architecture, design, craft, food and art.

 

We have done this by holding on to our past. We remain true to our ancestors and we seek inspiration in our roots. We believe that innovating the future can come from preserving our history.

 

 

 

 


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A PUBLIC HOUSE

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We want this Inn to open up ways of knowing about a place, a culture, the past and even ones’ self. Inns have a long history of serving the community as public houses and this whole building is built around intersections that knit people together. We designed the Fogo Island Inn’s public spaces—the library, the art gallery, restaurant, lounge, lobby and cinema—to be meaningful places of encounter.

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Our Cinema (in partnership with the National Film Board of Canada) connects back to the Fogo Island Process films made in the 1960s by Colin Low and Memorial University. The library is a quiet place where the community can go to learn more about Newfoundland’s history and the contemporary art gallery is an original source of knowledge that is ‘of now’. Our Inn is also ‘of now’ yet it re-integrates us with a history that has almost been forgotten.

 

This Inn also needs to do what great Inns have done forever. It should feel like walking into a traditional Newfoundland home where there are private areas that are all yours, and then spaces for gathering.

 

To book your small gathering or meeting please contact reservations@fogoislandinn.ca.