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Spurwink Island Path Hike in Newfoundland

The East Coast Trail on the island of Newfoundland, runs from Cape St. Francis in the north to Cappahayden in the south, a distance of 265 kilometres. The trail follows the rugged coast via a series of 24 connected paths, each with its own northern and southern trailhead. Most of the trailheads are an easy drive away from St. John's so it's possible to do them as a day trip, at least if you have a car shuttle. When…

Rugged Beauty Boat Tours

Rugged Beauty Boat Tour from Trinity, NL

Unexpectedly, I ran into my Calgary photography instructor from SAIT while eating breakfast at my B&B in Trinity, Newfoundland. (It's such a small world.) He spoke with passion about a whale watching tour he and his photography group were doing out of Trinity. He'd done it before & told me I absolutely shouldn't miss it. But I tell him I've already got a tour planned and I can't possibly change it. I spent an afternoon…

Fogo Island Scene In The Rain

What to Do on Fogo Island, Newfoundland

Fogo Island is Newfoundland's largest offshore island, located in the central part of the province, approximately 120 kilometres north of Gander. The island sits at one of the four corners of the earth so if you aren't careful, especially if you hike the Brimstone Trail, you may fall off. Fortunately no one has been lost yet. Fogo Island is a  must-do detour if you have a few extra days on route to the Twillingate area.…

Kayaking In Iceberg Alley Out Of Twillingate Newfoundland

Kayaking in Iceberg Alley, Twillingate

If you think kayaking with icebergs sounds bucket list worthy, then head to Iceberg Alley, a section of coastline that stretches from Labrador, south along the northeast coast of the island of Newfoundland. Iceberg Alley is one of the top places in the world for viewing icebergs. And Twillingate is one of the few towns in Newfoundland where iceberg viewing and kayaking come together. The peak viewing time in Twillingate is May but icebergs can…

The Final Push To The Summit On The Alexander Murray Trail

Hiking the Alexander Murray Trail in King’s Point

The Alexander Murray Trail, named for Sir Alexander Murray - the first person to ever produce a geological map of Newfoundland, is located in the small community of King's Point, Newfoundland. It's not a spot on the radar of many BUT if you're driving the Trans-Canada Highway northeast of Deer Lake, then it's worth making the three to four hour stop to hike the Alexander Murray trail. Alexander Murray trail is a great hike The trail is…

Gorgeous Hiking On The Skerwink Trail

Skerwink Trail Hike near Trinity, Newfoundland

The founder of the Skerwink Trail, John Vivian, tells me over dinner in Trinity that "the trail offers more scenery per linear foot than any other trail in Newfoundland." He's not the only one singing its praises. In 2003 the trail was ranked as one of the top 35 trails in North America and Europe by Travel & Leisure Magazine. I've now hiked the full 5.3 km length of the Skerwink Trail and agree that…

Scenery From The Sugarloaf Path

East Coast Trail Hike – Sugarloaf Section

You're in for a treat should you be lucky enough to hike the Sugarloaf Path - an 8.9 km section of the East Coast Trail hike near St. John's Newfoundland. The Sugarloaf Path section starts at the Ocean Sciences Center in Logy Bay - just a 10 to 15 minute drive from downtown St. John's so it's easily accessible by taxi as a one way day trip from the city. The East Coast Trail, if…

A View Of 10 Mile Brook Pond

Viking Trail Bike Trip – Deer Lake to St Anthony

Biking the Viking Trail from Deer Lake to St Anthony, Newfoundland is for those of you who have an adventurous spirit and don't mind some hard, even challenging cycling. The 600 km trip up Newfoundland’s Great Northern Peninsula is a fantastic bike ride. The Viking Trail primarily follows the rocky, barren coast through a series of sparsely populated but picturesque fishing villages with names like Sally’s Cove, Cow Head and Brig Bay. The bike ride…

28 Interesting Facts About St. John’s Newfoundland

St. John's, Newfoundland is a fabulous city - colourful, full of character and one with a long history. It seems to be getting more attention these days and well it should. It's a great destination, especially in the summer. There are loads of things to do within an easy drive of the city - including whale watching and iceberg tours. Here's another in my series of interesting facts about Canadian cities - this time 28 fun and…

Easy Biking On The Confederation Trail

Bike Rides in Newfoundland, PEI & Nova Scotia

To help you with your summer plans I've put together a list of five great bike rides - in  Newfoundland, PEI and Nova Scotia. Cycle them in a summer or do them over a couple of years. All the bike rides offer beautiful coastal scenery with a dash of friendly Maritime hospitality. Newfoundland's Northern Peninsula (the Viking Trail) This is a seven day, 534 km (332 mile) bike ride that starts in Deer Lake and…

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