Sounds like a great experience, NorthernRider. Yes, quads are about the main mode of transportation here on Fogo too; we're about the only people who don't have one! Luckily, our summers last longer than just a couple of weeks... in fact it can get quite hot (30+C) from mid-June to mid-September. We have pretty much everything one would want right here on our island, except for a dentist office, vet clinic and shopping malls. (and I don't miss shopping malls!)Beautiful Glen. Looked similar to the place I used to live in Nunavut, until I saw the trees (there weren't any on our tiny island). We didn't even have pavement there (not even at the airport) and I think there were 3 trucks in town (and 1 Chevette, although I never saw it move). Main modes of transportation were Hondas and Ski-Doos (that's what the natives called 4 wheelers and snowmobiles). Had about 2 weeks of 65 degree temps in late July, and that was summer - lol. The only stores were the Co-Op and Northern - not even a restaurant. Primitive and harsh, but I got to live in a part of Canada most people will never experience and I'm glad I got the chance to do it.
Actually we like the winters here. Contrary to popular belief, Fogo Island has quite mild winters compared to much of Canada. (daytime temps in Jan-Feb are normally right around the freezing point) And there's the snowmobiling. And of course it's always a thrill to spot a polar bear on the shore. But we sometimes are in Africa (Uganda) for a couple months in winter... though I am not much of a fan of the intense heat there.you know, its great in the summer, but in the winter you could head south, someplace like Bar Harbor Maine, or Fort Erie Ontario