The Osprey Trail (28 km)

The Osprey Trail skirts the southern coast of beautiful Trinity Bay.

From Route 1 take the intersection with Route 201

Sea hawks – as ospreys are known here – are plentiful along this route in the summer. This is a popular area for summer cottages. Relax and swim on the freshwater side or comb the pebble beach and watch the seabirds that inhabit the coastline. Along the shore you'll notice many attractive seashells washed up by the tide, and coloured stones that were deposited by volcanic activity and polished to their present smooth, round shape by the ebb and flow of the Atlantic.

Some time between late June and early August, depending on water temperatures, beaches in this area are the sites of the annual capelin scull. Billions of these small smelt-sized fish spawn and roll in the shallow waters and are carried right up on shore by the high tides. Crowds of men, women and children scoop them up in nets, buckets or any other available receptacle. The scull is by far the easiest fishing you will ever encounter, and these small fish make a lovely meal when fried to a crispy, golden brown. They also attract lots of hungry whales.

Route 201 loops back to Route 1

You'll notice the stunted forest bordering the highway. The winds that blow steadily across this area for most of the year are responsible for the small size of the trees and the fantastic, twisted shapes they assume. Many of the ponds and lakes are inhabited by pan-sized trout and they provide lively sport for anyone with a little angling skill and patience.