Volume II of Hiking the East Coast Trail picks up where Volume I left off, and contains a wealth of trail details and natural and cultural history information, all richly illustrated, of the East Coast Trail between Petty Harbour-Maddox Cove and Bay Bulls.
Petty Harbour - Maddox Cove
Nestled in a narrow valley and surrounded by steep hills Petty Harbour - Maddox Cove has been long admired for its scenic setting and authentic atmosphere. During its 400-year history, the village has seen pirates and painters, bishops and raiders, monarchs and movie stars but it is the day-to-day work of fishing that has moulded the community.
Shaped by waves, glaciers, fog and fire, 13.5 km Motion Path features the East Coast Trail's most impressive display of glacier-carved boulders, the province's oldest mine, pirate treasure, hair raising shipwrecks, cliffs and crevases, fire scarred fog barrens, seabirds and whales. The path ends at the abandoned settlement of Shoal Bay.
In addition to its most famous attraction, a sea-driven freshwater geyser, 16.3 km Spout Path accesses some of the most outstanding and varied cliff scenery along the East Coast Trail. You'll pass towering sea stacks and arches, jagged wave swept sea ledges, deep running caverns and gullies, an eagle's nest, a birch forest, a reverse waterfall, numerous kittiwake colonies and shipwreck sites, North Head lighthouse, and the abandoned hamlets of Freshwater and Gun Ridge.
Historic Bay Bulls was a favourite station for the British Navy, a tavern town, and has been put to the torch by invaders more than any other Newfoundland Community. Modern Bay Bulls services offshore oil rigs; each summer tens of thousands of whale watchers and seabird enthusiasts visit its island sanctuaries.
About the Author
Peter Gard was born in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, moving to Newfoundland in 1977. He has worked as a chef, photographer, staff writer, restaurant reviewer and arts journalist.