Situated on the rugged shoreline of Newfoundland’s South West Coast, Isle aux Morts is a perfect destination for visitors looking for breathtaking scenery. Hills carpeted in reds, greens and gold of Newfoundland’s mossy terrain surround the “Island of the Dead”, a fitting name considering the hundreds of ships and lives that have been lost off the Isle aux Morts Coast.
isleauxmorts.ca Town of Isle aux Morts
We had a lovely lunch at the entrance of Isle aux Morts, overlooking the Boat Cove Trail. Because of time constraints, we were unable to walk the Harvey Trail but so look forward to returning to this area.
We did the short trail down to Boat Cove Pond making note of the flora along the way. Asters, Canada Burnet (bottle brush) and pitcher plants, to name a few.
In 1828 the Harvey family, with the aid of their Newfoundland dog, “Hairyman”, rescued 163 people from the sinking brig “Despatch”, shipwrecked on the rocks off Isle aux Morts. They made another daring rescue in 1838, saving 25 crew members from the Glasgow ship, the “Rankin”. The present day Coast Guard Ship, “Ann Harvey”, is named in memory of the daughter of George Harvey who, while she was only 17 years old, assisted in these heroic deeds.
isleauxmorts.ca Town of Isle aux Morts
Get both physical and mental exercise…….visit the town of Isle aux Morts.
Situated on the rugged shoreline of Newfoundland’s South West Coast, Isle aux Morts is a perfect destination for visitors looking for breathtaking scenery. Hills carpeted in reds, greens and gold of Newfoundland’s mossy terrain surround the “Island of the Dead”, a fitting name considering the hundreds of ships and lives that have been lost off … Continue reading Isle aux Morts→
Goodyear’s Cove is a great little campground located just outside of South Brook, NL and has a few short trails to keep you active. The park has been in operation now for approximately 55 years and has had many upgrades. We were very fortunate in having the mayor of South Brook register us for our … Continue reading Goodyear’s Cove Trails→
Rencontre East is located in Fortune Bay on the South Coast of Newfoundland and is accessible by ferry……. just foot traffic, no vehicles. The trip is approximately 1 hr 45 mins one way and offers amazing views of the coast. We also saw many different seabirds, whales and several schools of dolphins. The current population … Continue reading Exploring Rencontre East→
Goodyear’s Cove is a great little campground located just outside of South Brook, NL and has a few short trails to keep you active. The park has been in operation now for approximately 55 years and has had many upgrades.
We were very fortunate in having the mayor of South Brook register us for our campground. Don is a delightful, interesting man who has overcome many life challenges and still has an amazing sense of humour.
Come with me, the view from the top is worth the climb.
Climbing uphill, the horizon grows wider;
In Praise of Walking Thomas A. Clark
….descending, the hills gather round.
In Praise of Walking Thomas A. Clark
Another short but peaceful trail goes around the pond. A lovely early morning walk.
Walking is good for solving problems…it’s like the feet are little psychiatrists.
Rencontre East is located in Fortune Bay on the South Coast of Newfoundland and is accessible by ferry……. just foot traffic, no vehicles. The trip is approximately 1 hr 45 mins one way and offers amazing views of the coast. We also saw many different seabirds, whales and several schools of dolphins.
The current population of this most interesting place is 120 with 22 school children. One student graduated this year and won a prestigious scholarship!
This is a community that is surviving and appears to be doing well because of aquaculture, people who come to explore in the summer (there are three B & Bs here owned by the same couple who offer a variety of outdoor adventures), and because some work away ….weeks on/weeks off. There are two general stores, a post office and a small health clinic which I find impressive …..many of these small communities are not as fortunate.
…and of course we did the trail around the pond, unfortunately we didn’t get to do the trail to the lake. A return visit with a longer stay is on my bucket list….have to stay at the Chart House and do some more exploring.
Having done a portion of the Gun Hill Trail previously, we opted to do the Lower Gun Hill Trail. This trail goes through the woods around the base of the hill and also leads to the ocean and back to beautiful Trinity. An easy trail with a little incline.
The trail begins behind the Royal Bank and finishes behind Rising Tide Theater. At the beginning of the trail is this beautiful heritage home and gardens.
Vessel RegistryOwner Registration No. Official No. Vessel Name Place Constructed Year Constructed No. of Decks No. of Masts Type of Vessel
Length (ft) Width (ft) Depth (ft) Gross Tonnage Net Tonnage Year Registered Official Closure Year Place of Closure Actual Closure Date
Walter Grieve & Co S866106 052320 Lion Greenspond, Bonavista Bay 1866 2 2 Steam/Sail
140 28 16 393 292 1866 1882 Trinity Bay, NL 1882
The S.S. Lion was another vessel whose loss at sea had a devastating impact on Trinity and the surrounding small communities as they lost some of their most prominent citizens when this vessel went down in the Baccalieu Tickle on January 6, 1882. Included amongst them was Captain Patrick Fowlow of the nearby community of Trinity East, a well skilled Captain, Rev. Hugh Foster and his wife who were coming to take up duties in the Parish of Trinity, as well as Charles Power, a well established merchant. The images and documents that you will see and read concerning the mysterious loss of this vessel will make you wonder about what actually happened on that fateful night, what happened to the wreckage and the bodies of those on board, as only that of Mrs. Cross was found floating onshore. Listen to Mrs. Florence Barbour give an account of her grandmother’s sixth sense prediction about the Lion being lost and see if you can figure out what happened to the Lion that night.
This is a short trail, approximately 4 km return. After walking the dirt path/road that leads to the Cove, the scenery is spectacular.
On February 18, 1942 an horrific naval disaster occurred on
Newfoundland’s south coast.
Click the link above and read this horrific and heroic story.
The Truxtun was trapped in Chamber Cove and the Pollux about one and a half miles west at Lawn Point. The Truxtun was carrying 156 men and the Pollux 233. For hours, these men fought to survive in the driving sleet, howling wind, and bitter cold of the North Atlantic.
The Story – Dead Reckoning: The Pollux-Truxtun Disaster
This trail should be on everyone’s bucket list. This disaster has been documented many times and I am sure almost everyone knows of Lanier W. Phillips. Seeing the actual sight on a warm summer’s day with calm seas, it is still difficult to comprehend how 186 (203 died) men were saved. A terrible storm, giant waves, a gruesome death but bravery and compassion were also evident on that terrible night.
Standing Into Danger by Cassie Brown tells the story of the shipwrecks and the rescue and is available on Amazon.
Go, explore and learn about the province of Newfoundland and Labrador.
The area of Notre Dame Bay around Comfort Cove-Newstead is not known for its sandy beaches. It is however, ideal for kayaking and exploring. The bay is dotted with islands, some large, some small. On this particular day we decided to explore one of the smaller islands and traveled there in our boat with family members.
What will we find, what will we see…….
Searching for wildflowers.
Like wildflowers, you must allow yourself to grow in all the places people thought you never would.
My favourite scent…blackberry bushes.
Old lobster traps and bushes
Exploring is one of my favourite things to do……. exploring with daughters and grandchildren is even nicer.
A boil up is an old tradition in my family. These mussels were small but oh so tasty.
My photo tribute to Newfoundland artist Gerald Squires.
Rocky beaches & driftwood fires with family and Ginger, the saltwater dog.
……on the shores of Red Indian Lake. Red Indian Lake is the second longest lake on the island portion of Newfoundland and Labrador. It is 64.4 km long and averages 5.8 km in width. Mary March Wilderness Park is located near Buchans Junction and has been privately owned for 25 years.
Wild irises are everywhere.
A great way to start the day.
A hammock tent!
Defying the odds.
The owners keep animals at the park. The pig and goat share a home and are best buds. Their daughter’s dog used to live with them too but decided to move out, they do however, remain the best of friends.:) I was told that sometimes you can see the daughter, followed by her dog, then the pig and finally the goat at the rear, walking on the beach.
Mary March Wilderness Park, Newfoundland & Labrador
If you love glamping and enjoy posh settings when you camp, this may not be the place for you. If you like seeing the world from a different perspective, go…walk the shoreline of the lake, see the shore birds, walk in the woods and listen to the song birds, study the trees, listen to the loons at night, see how nature thrives on the rocky shores, light a soothing campfire, breath deeply and relax totally.
Everything we meet is equally important or unimportant.
Greenspond was first settled in the1690s and is situated in the Bonivista North area on the northeast coast of Newfoundland.
I recommend this community for your staycation 2020. Scenic…at times wild…… at times serene, but never dull to your senses.
Beautiful Greenspond, NL
Check out Ida’s Place before you hike, that way you will at least burn off some of the calories!
Check out their Facebook page, go talk to the owners, inquire about their story….I discovered I had both people AND place connections to both husband and wife! Ask about the history of the house, sit, relax and enjoy.
We first attempted to walk the Greenspond Hiking Trail in August of 2016, but the wind and rain were so ferocious that we had to turn back. We finally completed it a couple of weeks ago. My phone with my Map My Walk App died shortly after beginning the trail and I didn’t log my kms, but I was told that the trail is 6 kms in length.
Greenspond Hiking Trail
Walk the beautiful trail, check out the B & Bs, visit Hub of the North Restaurant and Hotel, do a walkabout, check out the wildflowers, talk to the locals, embrace the ocean with Come from Away Boat Tours, learn about the history of Greenspond and thoroughly enjoy your visit, as we did.
For additional information on Greenspond, please check out my blog post of August 30, 2016.
Blessed are the curious for they shall have adventures.
Jumpers Head Trail is located in Birchy Bay on the northeast coast of Newfoundland. Birchy Bay is located on the Road to the Isles and is a tidy little community which offers many scenic views. The trail begins not far from the Pentecostal Church on the opposite side of the road from beautiful Jumpers brook. The trail is short, just 1 km and climbs gradually up to the lookout.
The Birth of a Community, The Story of Birchy Bay- Virtual Museum of Canada has this to say about Birchy Bay and Jumpers Head……..
” The rolling hills were covered with birch and pine right up to Jumpers Head, the sentinel rock that rises dramatically with its bald granite core exposed and weathered with time. Its name brings back to life the tale of a Beothuck warrior who took his own life on this hill.”
The lovely green and intricate root patterns always catch my attention.
Light and shadow, rocks and moss and always, the stunning root system.
Steps and caribou moss.
The Y Trail.
The beautiful view from the top.
“For the right understanding of a landscape, information must come to the intelligence from all the senses.” In Praise of Walking by Thomas A. Clark
Thanks to Marina of Saltwater Studio for informing me of this hike. Visit Saltwater Studio’s Facebook page and check out her beautiful work.
Visit Birchy Bay, stop by this beautiful brook, climb to the lookout…it can be done while social distancing.