Newfoundland has a lot to offer an outdoor enthusiast. I am not an outdoor enthusiast. But, I do enjoy beautiful scenery and long, quiet walks full of beautiful scenery. Ollie just loves long walks. So one day when we had walked down to Quidi Vidi, we went exploring nearby and were introduced to the East Coast Trail.
From the website:
“The East Coast Trail is a 540 km coastal hiking experience that takes you to the outermost reaches of North America. The Trail provides walkers and hikers with a special blend of wilderness adventure, outstanding natural beauty, wildlife, history, and cultural contact.”
This first trip we explored a bit of Sugarloaf Path with a couple new friends. We didn’t do the whole thing, Ollie and I had already walked over an hour before we got to the trail, and had to walk all the way home again, so I had to be aware of the fact that I didn’t want to end up trying to carry my 40kg dog home. (All told we were out for 5 hours that day. God love him, he never showed any signs of fatigue . . . but slept like a rock the rest of the day!) At this point (late June, 2009), I was already in love with Newfoundland. If I hadn’t been some of the views on this trail would’ve won me over once and for all.
If you’re big on hiking and such, and planning on visiting Newfoundland, I would definitely recommend checking out the East Coast Trail and planning it into your visit. You can check out a wave driven geyser, a suspension bridge, historic abandoned settlements, historic communities, lighthouses, and maybe even some icebergs and whales if you’re lucky!