island, SE N.L., Canada, in Conception Bay, off the Avalon Peninsula, Newfoundland. The island is 6 mi (9.7 km) long and 3 mi (4.8 km) wide. Its famous undersea iron mines were closed in 1966 after having been worked for 72 years.
They'd said on the radio that morning that fog was generally all over the island portion of Newfoundland, and there it was, still rolling in, obscuring Bell Island, blanketing every part of the heath barrens, shrouding the treeless hills of the Avalon, concealing the vast emptiness of the interior.
The attraction to natural heat sources-for warmth and therapeutic reasons-is a theme present throughout the state's colorful history, fueling early tourism development last century at places as remote and far-flung as southern Southeast Alaska's historic and now-closed Bell Island hot springs resort along Behm Canal; the much-visited wooden soaking tubs of the Chief Shakes hot springs along the Stikine River northeast of Wrangell that are now managed by the U.S.