An island off a bigger island at the edge of North America, Fogo is quite remote and requires a long drive and ferry ride to reach.
The small island relied on the cod fishing industry for hundreds of years before its collapse in the 1990s.
Today, Fogo is an island in transition. Zita Cobb, after a successful career in the fiber optics industry on the mainland, moved back to her home on the island and founded a nonprofit—Shorefast—that is working to bring tourism and the arts to the island.
With Canadian architect Todd Saunders, the foundation built several artist studios on the island. Made with local materials as much as possible, the modern and minimalist structures mimic the simple wooden structures that have been built on the island for centuries.
Canada's Flat Earth Society believes that the island is one of the four corners of the Earth. They’re most definitely wrong, but it’s still an interesting tidbit…
The main feature of the island, however, is the Fogo Island Inn. Proceeds from this luxury hotel are reinvested in the island community and most of the furniture and textiles are created by local craftspeople. The hotel is an expensive stay, but you can get a taste with a meal in the dining room overlooking the North Atlantic for a fraction of the cost.
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