The Whole Picture: Newfoundland Root Cellar

| July 4, 2011 | 3 Comments
ellistonrootcellar The Whole Picture: Newfoundland Root Cellar

Root Cellar, Elliston

Once a busy fishing settlement but now a quiet tourist destination, Elliston is a small community located on the Northeastern tip of the Bonavista peninsula in Newfoundland. With over 130 root cellars—small storage spaces skillfully built into the hillsides—Elliston has an unusual heritage. Important to many in rural Newfoundland, the root cellars kept vegetables cool, yet frost-free and edible during the long winter months. A tour of the town and the neighbouring community of Maberly reveals a hillside dotted with tiny doors and wooden frames, portals, perhaps, to a time when living was harder, but much simpler. The town contains many attractions including the beautiful beach at Sandy Cove, camping facilities at Elliston municipal park, puffin sites and of course many examples of traditional Newfoundland root cellars.


Inspired by publications like Life Magazine, National Geographic and online experiences like Boston.com’s photo blog, images marked as ‘The Whole Picture’  are intended to highlight high-quality, amazing imagery. Kathryn and Daniel will post ‘The Whole Pictureirregularly.  Like all of our photos, it is an original  not otherwise on the site—it might be fresh from our camera, a new scan of some old film, a product of our fooling around with Photoshop, or a file from an archive that we haven’t posted yet.


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For nearly ten years now, Daniel of Two Go Round-The-World has explored how travel captures our imagination and engages our deepest emotions. One half of the duo that maintains the widely read Two Go Round-The-World blog, Daniel treats his subjects not only as works of art but also as symbols of the cultural and political forces that inspire them. Check him out on Google+.

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  1. Kirk says:


    Nice photo sadly the only thing I am really familiar with when it comes to Newfoundland is the dog that I wanted so bad known as a Newfoundland. These cellars were really important in keeping the food fresh are they being used still today?

  2. Matt McGee says:


    I really love photos of old “stuff” like this. There is a simple beauty that only time can produce that I really like…

  3. Kelsey says:


    Great shot, and a unique subject!

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