Gary Collins – At Home Here in Newfoundland & Labrador

AKA: Nicholas C.

Occupation: Prospector/Author

Place of Birth: Hare Bay, Bonavista Bay NL

Currently Resides: Hare Bay, Bonavista Bay NL

Where’s your favourite place in Newfoundland & Labrador to grab a coffee?

My favorite place for tea - never coffee - is seated by a campfire, hard by a small musical brook, with the hot water poured from a much used, blackened, 'Flat-Ass' kettle.

Where’s your favourite place in Newfoundland & Labrador to grab a pint?

My favorite place for a glass of beer - or scotch, no ice - is sitting at my dining-room window above the wondrous sea where I live.

Where’s your favourite place to shop in Newfoundland & Labrador?

My favorite place to shop, a rarity for me - is along the streets and shops of North America's oldest city, St. Johns.

Where in Newfoundland & Labrador would we stand to see your favourite view?

To stand by my log cabin above the peaceful shore of Traverse Pond, and watch the Autumn sun go to its westing and to just 'Be' in the gloamin' which follows, has always been my favorite time and place.

Name 3 things we’ve gotta do when we visit Newfoundland & Labrador:

1- get off the beaten trail

2- Find and be a part of a kitchen party, anywhere. You will always be welcomed.

3- Visit as many historical sites as you can, our history may be your own!

What makes Newfoundland & Labrador such a special place on earth for you?

The easy and most cliched answer is to say because I was born here; But it is far more than that. I have spent my entire life in the NL out-of-doors. Behind every fence there are still vast wilderness areas of freedom and away from the snarling coast-line, the infinite ocean still awaits, tame-less and uncluttered.

For more on Gary Collins visit his website


  1. For the third time I had eagerly read one of your books, " A Day On the Ridge". I had thoroughly enjoyed your great stories of the woods including cutting logs to hauling them to distinctive destinations , log drives down various rivers and streams. from horses to your Timberjack skidder, I am almost 69 years of age and I came from much of the same background as you have and still love. I had the pleasure of meeting you once at a fast food outlet in Gander called A & W and I mentioned to you with a chuckle about Enoch's Arse. You had told me that this is a true story. I would very much like to meet you again soon. You have accomplished and enjoyed much in your lifetime and to share your experiences and love for your fellow loggers and prospectors with others is a tremendous achievement. Long May Your Big Jib Draw.

    Comment by James Genge — September 14, 2016 @ 10:59 pm

  2. Hey Mister Collins, could I infringe on your time for a few moments? my email is above, would really love to hear from you. Cheers, Donna

    Comment by Donna Morrissey — January 12, 2018 @ 10:57 am

  3. Hi Donna - the best way for you to reach Gary Collins would be through his publisher Flanker Press -
    Hope you're able to connect! sabs

    Comment by sbeaumont — January 12, 2018 @ 1:14 pm

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