Change Islands

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Now shall I walk? ”Ride,” Pleasure said: ”Walk,” Joy replied

W. H. Davies

After Saturday’s heat and humidity, the much cooler temperatures made perfect conditions for doing this hike yet again. The trail has had upgrades since we hiked it two years ago.

Interesting? Deposited in what Age?

I would rate this trail as moderate, hiking pole recommended. I loved the cold ocean air after the humidity we had experienced previously.

Early morning walk in Change Islands.

Susan Abma has just opened her studio on Change Islands. Visit Sea Salt Studio’s Facebook page and be sure and stop in and visit with Susan and Morris when you visit Change Island. I recently bought one of her smaller paintings and absolutely love her work.

Susan is from Alberta and fell in love with Change Islands some years ago .

This private summer residence is a colourful sight as you cross the tickle. We spent a great evening here with family and friends.

Catch the ferry at Farewell and go explore Change Islands.

Walking is good for solving problems – it’s like the feet are little psychiatrists.

Terri Guillemets

Birch Cove Trail, Change Islands

FeaturedBirch Cove Trail, Change Islands

Change Islands


This trail is the next, I believe, to see some maintenance work.  The beavers have been very busy in this area.

Beaver Highrise
Beaver High Rise.

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I think it should be called Beaver Trail! Looks as if they have caused some damage, but you have to admire their work ethic.

Windy and sunny in an idyllic location.



If you are a nature lover, Change Islands has much to see and do. Take a walkabout, ( a photographer’s and artist’s delight), visit  the  Newfoundland Pony Sanctuary , talk to the locals,  hike on one of several trails on the island, admire the architecture and coastline, study the wildflowers and birds.

When we visited the Pony Sanctuary,  a journalist from Germany was there gathering information to write an article for a magazine in Germany…..a long way from home.:)  Click the Change Islands link above to discover the island and all it has to offer.

A Stroll Through Change Islands

A Stroll Through Change Islands

Change Islands is on the northeast coast of Newfoundland and Labrador and is comprised of three islands, two of which are occupied. For more information on Change Islands please visit this link.


This fence caught my eye, as did the street signs in the shape of a fish.


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Beautiful old United Church. The doors were unlocked so I actually got to see the interior.



Unique buildings which all have a curved roof.  This curved roof design  was common  on Change Islands but rarely found elsewhere in Newfoundland. The yellow house was a cottage built  in the early 1900’s by Walter and Raymond Torraville.


I feel we are all islands – in a common sea.  Anne Morrow Lindbergh


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A patchwork roof….thrifty and eye pleasing.

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Driving across the tickle (Newfoundland word for ‘narrow strait’) on the Spencer Bridge, this lovely pop of colour makes a welcoming statement.

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Salt in the air in the middle of nowhere.  (Pinterest)


This is not a walk where you would ever be bored.


While there I met some interesting people who have bought summer homes on Change Islands.  They love this place and enjoy the many opportunities for painting and photography. One of the people I met is a brilliant artist  Susan Abma    Susan graciously showed us some of her paintings. Please click the link to view some of her work.


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You can find me where the music meets the ocean.


Beautiful wildflowers along the way….Butter and Eggs.

Hooded ladies’-tresses……..a first time ID for me.

Musk mallow


For all your shopping needs……….


I live in a very small house, but my windows look out on a very large world.   Confucius

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For the right understanding of a landscape,  information must come to the intelligence from all the senses.   Thomas A. Clark   In Praise of Walking


I hope you have enjoyed your walk through Change Islands. For information on the  ferry schedule from Farewell to Change Islands and Fogo, please call 1 888 638 5454.


Photos L & C Fudge



Squid Jiggers Trail, Change Islands

Squid Jiggers Trail, Change Islands

Newfoundland is the world’s 16th largest island. Change Islands lies off its northeast coast and is accessible by a short ferry ride from Farewell, which is approximately an hour’s drive from Gander. The phone number to check the ferry schedule is 1 888-638-5454. If you are a visitor to our province, allow extra time as many of our side roads are in terrible condition. Also note that Farewell is not a town, so there are no services, except washroom facilities. In summer, I believe there are chip/food vans on sight. Simple works for me, hope it does for you too.

Our old Islander camper van has taken us on many adventures and is ideal for our hiking lifestyle.

The population of Change Islands is approximately 300. Change Islands “includes two large islands connected by a causeway that was built in 1965 and resulted in the arrival of the first motor vehicles on the islands.” Jean Edwards Stacey in Art At The Edge.

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Causeway linking the two islands.

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Just across the tickle, this beautiful house provided a colourful backdrop for our overnight stay. In the morning, it was a welcome splash of colour in the fog and rain.

Viewing an old church on this grey foggy day.

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Strolling through Change Islands

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The sign says approximately 1 hour, one person told me 11/2 hours and another, 2 hours. I would allow the maximum if you want to enjoy and explore. I would rate this trail moderate not easy because of the terrain. There are stairs, rocky areas and sections are crisscrossed with tree roots.

……and off we go.

Setting for Al Pittman’s play West Moon? I know it isn’t, but if I were here on All Soul’s Day, I would have to make a late night visit to listen for their voices.

We arrived on Change Islands late in the afternoon on Monday and had hoped to do the trail on Tuesday. Tuesday’s forecast called for rain, so we decided to leave around 5 pm on Monday to do the hike…..halfway through, it started to rain.:)


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Lobster Traps

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Elephant Tree

Keep your eyes open.

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Giant Dinosaur Egg!

…always a welcome sight.

Two days before we did the hike, I found a most beautiful book at our library book sale. Serendipity!

Art At The Edge
Fogo Island and Change Islands Through the Eyes of Therese Frere. It was commissioned by the Shorefast Foundation. The artist is from Quebec and her depictions of the islands are stunning. The text is written by Jean Edwards Stacey and provides many interesting facts and details about the author and Fogo and Change Islands. I can’t recommend this book enough.

Click on the Change Islands link at the beginning of the blog for more information about the town and plan your visit.

“…that the distance between ordinary and extraordinary is only a step, a breath, a heartbeat away.” Rainshadow Road by Lisa Kleypas

photos by L. Fudge, text by carolfromthecove