The Southern Avalon is a part of the Irish Loop that is just begging to be explored. There are so many hidden coves, beaches, and trails to discover in our wee communities here on the bottom of the province of Newfoundland and Labrador. Trepassey is located on the mid way point of the Loop, and is a mere 2 hour drive from the capital city of St. John’s. Here are just a few of the things on the go that we have in store for you this season.
Hiking ~ We have many local trails that are great for those that want a guided hike or those that like to step out and see where their feet take them.
Unesco World Heritage, Mistaken Point Fossils Hike Guided tour leaves daily from Portugal Cove South from the Edge of Avalon Interpretive Centre at 1:00. Visit fossils that are over 565 million years old and let your guides teach you about local culture, customs, wildlife, and the plants of the region. This is a 2.5 hour moderate hike. There is no access to the fossils unless you are pre-booked for this guided hike by calling (709) 438-1011.
Tales and Trails Hiking with local story teller Tony Power
Tuesdays at The Inn ~ All summer long Tony will weave his stories at the Inn for our guests while they enjoy their food and the views from the comfort of our dining room. The fee for this is $10 per person with all proceeds going to our storyteller. Starts at 7:00 pm
Thursday Community Hike. Join Tony in the evenings during the summer for a moderate hike at dusk as he weaves tales about our local folklore, historical facts about the area, as well as learning about our native flora and fauna throughout various locations in our communities. $25/person $40/couple $45/family. Starts at 6:30pm
Day Hike New this year Tony Power will be doing a longer day hike, once a month, in June, July, August, and September for the more experienced hiker. Locations include St. Shott’s to Cape Pine to explore the most southerly tip of Newfoundland and Labrador. July will see them go out to St. Vincent’s to view the whales and hike out to Cape English. In August the hike will start in Trepassey and end up in Biscay Bay, the perfect spot to go for a swim in the Atlantic after your hike (or at least to dip your toes and say you did!). Lastly there will be an excursion from Cape Race to Clam Cove in September. All of these will include a beach boil up and transportation back to the trail head with Trails Edge Tours. Keep your eyes on our facebook page for more details on this exciting new addition to our local storytelling experience.
Get off the Beaten Path Step right outside our doors and explore on your own. We have a trail system leading into cabin country or head up the road to take a nice walk around Fanny’s Pond. This path will lead you ocean side to Trepassey’s bar beach with a chance to have a seat in our colourful Adirondack chairs or bring a picnic and spread it out on the seaside table on site.
Beach Combing is another good way to pass the time while you take in the fresh, salt water air, to clear those cobwebs away. With beaches at The Drook, Portugal Cove South, Biscay Bay, Trepassey, St. Shott’s, Peter’s River and St. Vincent’s you won’t have to look far to start your exploring.
Fishing ~ We have some of the best salmon rivers in the province located at the Northwest and Northeast rivers, as well as a licenced river in Biscay Bay. During trout season you can bring along your fishing poles, find a pond, and try your luck at trouting. Our chef would be delighted to cook it up your catch for you as well.
Water Fun ~ Biscay Bay is home to a nice salt water fed swimming area that is shallow enough for children to frolic in and warm enough to at least dip your toes in the Atlantic (and say you did!). We have a protected harbour here in Trepassey and docking is available for boaters.
Kayaks are available to our guests for a fee, and are launched off of a sheltered and shallow beach front.
Live Music ~ We love supporting local musicians and storytellers here at #TheEdge. All summer long we will have live music events featuring some of the best that this province has to offer. We have an open mic policy here at Edge of the Avalon Inn that encourages our visitors, if they can sing a song or play a tune, to do so. Don’t be shy! We want to hear what you’ve got.
Wildlife and Bird Watching ~ Trepassey is home to an abundance of wildlife. Moose and caribou can be spotted on occasion in the area. Over the past few years we have seen a growing interest in bird watching (birding) as well. There are a variety of species of birds, some quite rare, which visit the area. Whales, seals, otters, and more can often be spotted frolicking in our waters. In June/July every year whales, including species such as Minke and Humpbacks, can be viewed from the shoreline in St. Vincent’s which is a short drive away from us.
Lighthouses ~ When you think of the east coast, the lighthouse is one of the quintessential images that comes to mind. In these parts we have three for you, and all within an hours drive of each other; we quite literally will always have a light on for all of you that visit our coastlines. Cape Race, the site that the Titanic distress signal was received, is located about 30 minutes from Portugal Cove South. Powles Head is Trepassey’s own lighthouse and is located on the Lower Coast. Cape Pine, a national historic site, can be found near the quaint village of St. Shott’s and is about a 45 minute drive from the Inn.
Quad Excursions with Trails Edge Tours ~ If you’re looking to enhance your trip with an exciting and engaging tour, consider an adventure with Trail’s Edge Tours. Virginia and Gary McNeil are a husband and wife team (also known as a “bayman” and a “townie”) who truly enjoy living in Trepassey and sharing the incredible beauty of the area with others. Check out their tour, look at pictures from the tour route, and feel free to get in touch with any questions by visiting https://www.trailsedgetours.com/. They would love to hear from you via email at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Screech In Ceremony ~ Become an honorary Newfoundlander as Herb and Marion Sutton work together to create an entertaining and fun experience that may or may not include kissing a cod. Cost $20 per person and comes with a certificate and some priceless memories. To book contact email@example.com or phone 1-800-439-2934.
You can also chose to do absolutely nothing but unwind & relax while you stay with us at Edge of the Avalon Inn & Restaurant.That is the beauty of being on vacation …. or should we say baycation!
Get in touch with us so we can plan your next trip around the bay. We do large group bookings and multiple night discounts as well. Plus, continental breakfast is on us this season. So many reasons to explore our shores this year here on the Irish Loop.