Skerwink Trail

Skerwink Trail
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Sun and moon and beat of sea-

Great lands stretching endlessly,

Where be bonds to bind the free?

All the world was made for me!

by Adelaide Crapsey

 We travel the island of Newfoundland in our little CV, and oh the fun and adventures we’ve had! Last summer we spent five days and nights in this little camper with our two grandchildren and the fun, love, learning, hiking, eating and hair raising moments will be forever with me. But I digress (again), we also hiked the Skerwink Trail last summer and I will forever smell the scent of lilacs whenever I hear this trail discussed.

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We arrived late in the day and did a complete walkabout of these beautiful communities, Port Rexton/ Trinity East.

photos by L and C  Fudge

“In Tibet, trying to achieve happiness without understanding the cause of happiness is called lotok, “backward.” Sakyong Mipham        I am blessed to now understand what causes me happiness.

The Skerwink Trail is 5.3 km long and has been named one of the top trails in North America and one of the top five trails in Canada.  I really don’t know how this is decided and while I agree it is an awesome trail to hike, I would have difficulty choosing my favourite trail.

It’s kind of crazy that while I have visited Trinity many times and watched many of the plays and dinner theatres, I  had never hiked this trail until 2015.


What is this life, if full of care,

We have no time to stand and stare,

No time to stand beneath the boughs

And stare as long as sheep or cows.

No time to see, when woods we pass,

Where squirrels hide their nuts in grass.

No time to see, in broad daylight,

Streams full of stars, like skies at night.

No time to turn at Beauty’s glance,

And watch her feet, how they can dance.

No time to wait till her mouth can

Enrich that smile her eyes began.

A poor life this if, full of care,

We have no time to stand and stare.

W. H. Davies

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If you haven’t already hiked the Skerwink Trail, I hope you make time this year.

After completing the trail, a visit to the Two Whales Coffee Shop is a delightful treat.