The Baccalieu Trail

The long finger of the Avalon Peninsula between Trinity and Conception Bays, the Baccalieu Trail is one of Newfoundland's most picturesque areas.

After your first three nights in St. John's you will head to the Baccalieu Trail and the small quiet town of Heart's Delight. No trip to Newfoundland would be complete without "going out round the bay" to an outport.  An outport is a small isolated coastal community and is unique to Newfoundland.  They are some of the oldest European settlements in Canada to this day, many of them having been established by Portuguese, Spanish, Basque, French, and English fishermen and whalers in the 1500s-1800s. Typically, they feature small wooden houses and associated outbuildings and fishing stages clustered around the water's edge. The pattern of small isolated settlements resulted from actions of the Parliament of England to make permanent settlement of Newfoundland illegal. Seventeenth century English fishermen and fish merchants wished to avoid competition from a local population gaining control of the most productive fishing locations as the New England colonies had done in the Gulf of Maine. The questionable legal status of Newfoundland's clandestine settlements discouraged the type of infrastructure investments found in the Maritime Provinces.  This year, National Geographic named the Avalon Peninsula as the very top of 99 coastal tourism destinations in the world, beating out popular seaside travel spots in Wales, New Zealand, Hawaii, Italy, Australia and other provinces within Canada.

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The Baccalieu Trail Region consists of about seventy outport communities.  Use the 'Traveller's Diary" to bump into the most colourful people and interesting places. These isolated communities are found along along 240 km of coastline on a peninsula that forms the north side of Conception Bay and the south side of Trinity Bay on the Avalon Peninsula, including Cupids, established in 1610, the Bristol’s Hope Plantation established at Harbour Grace in 1618, and Carbonear settled in 1631. The trail makes a great driving route and Heart's Delight is a perfect jump off point for exploring the area.  Located on the west side of the trail at Trinity Bay—next to Heart's Content and Heart's Desire, Heart's Delight is a quaint seaside community that is everything its name suggests, delivering amazing seascapes and coastal hiking trails.  

 

"... Newfoundland is a special place. It's a gift to travelers, willing to look. Heart's Delight was the definitive experience..."  Robert Reid, US Travel Editor, Lonely Planet, after a stay with CapeRace." 

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