Hike Twillingate from Here

Four days of hiking in three different areas of central Newfoundland, complemented by cultural attractions, and a boat tour to an ancient aboriginal site.

Day 1 – Keep an eye out for lake monsters

Arrive at Deer Lake Airport and drive to Robert’s Arm in Notre Dame Bay. The drive is mainly through the interior, passing beautiful Birchy Lake and Sandy Lake. The hike is on the moderate to difficult, 10-km looped Hazelnut Hiking Trail around Crescent Lake. Keep an eye out for Cressie, the legendary lake monster. The high point of the trail overlooks coastal communities and islands. Stay overnight in the area.

Day 2 – Twillingate trails

Take Route 1 to Route 340 and drive to Twillingate, a fishing outport founded by the English centuries ago. The final section of the drive is a stretch of islands connected by causeways. There are several museums in the area, including the Boyd’s Cove Beothuk Interpretation Centre which tells the story of Newfoundland’s aboriginal inhabitants, the Beothuks, who once lived in this area. There are quite a few hiking trails and a map is available at the visitor centre in Newville. The recommended hike is the Top of Twillingate Trail, a difficult three-kilometre hike to a tremendous view of Twillingate Island, its communities and coastline. Take time for a boat tour to look for whales and icebergs, and stay overnight at a local bed and breakfast.

Day 3 – Aviation history and a national park

Take Routes 340, 331 and 330 to Gander to explore the North Atlantic Aviation Museum. Because of its location at the eastern edge of North America, Newfoundland and Labrador has an extensive history of air pioneering. All the famous names flew through here. Gander is a good place to replenish supplies before hitting the road for Terra Nova National Park. The park has an extensive trail system, and one of the best is the Coastal Trail, which stretches nine kilometres and takes about three hours to hike. Overnight in the park or one of the nearby communities.

Day 4 – Sandy beaches

Today we drive to Eastport, which is famous for its sandy beaches, and a last hike along the difficult 12-km Old Trail route between Sandy Cove and Salvage. The trail passes through a number of abandoned settlements. In the afternoon, take a short drive on Route 310 to Burnside where the Burnside Archaeology Centre displays artifacts recovered from a number of Beothuk aboriginal sites. Take the boat tour to The Beaches. In the evening, take in entertainment at the Beaches Heritage Centre.