The couple left for school and work, but missed their hometown. In 2016, they saw that Bonavista’s population had stopped declining and, thanks to tourism, new businesses were opening up. They decided they wanted to raise their children where they grew up.
In 2017, the couple launched Bonavista Adventure Tours – a travel company that offers hands-on activities like berry picking and a traditional picnic and bonfire on the Newfoundland beach. Jordan said everything they do should provide a sense of place. “We wanted to offer tours that could only take place in Newfoundland.”
Two years later, they opened the cafe. In an effort to create a restaurant that feels like a welcoming home, they found regional potters to craft their dishes, source food and drink locally, and employ local musicians to give the restaurant a kitchen party vibe. .
“Sometimes I pinch myself. I never imagined we would go home,” Bonnie said. “I used to hear stories about these towns when they lived. So it’s surreal to see people coming back, fixing old houses and deciding to stay. They’re full of hope.”
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