The Baccalieu Trail
Wildly beautiful and blissfully peaceful, the Avalon Peninsula is a stretch of pristine coastline between Trinity and Conception Bays. After three days of art, culture and action in the city of St John’s, you’ll be ready to put your feet up and enjoy the outport life, here. At your heritage cottage in the small town of Heart’s Delight, it’s all about daydreaming as you look out to the ocean, glass of wine in hand—perhaps watching whales show off, lobster fishers unload their catch or the kind of blood-orange sunset that has you pinching yourself.
You’ll spend three days exploring the Baccalieu Trail from your home base. It follows both coasts of Trinity and Conception Bay through about 70 outports—tiny rural communities, founded by North America’s earliest European settlers as long as five centuries ago. In these places of brightly painted wooden houses and fishing stages, clustered around the water’s edge, everybody knows everybody. With their chatty and generous nature, local people take a keen interest in visitors and do their best to make them feel welcome. Expect to hear stories here of a distinct and fascinating way of life—one of floating houses on logs across the ocean, saving wild Newfoundland ponies, or hauling in bulging net-loads of cod, each as tall as a grade-school child.
The Avalon Peninsula was named the world’s top coastal destination in 2010, beating out classic global seaside spots everywhere from Wales to Hawaii to Italy. It is that beautiful! The Baccalieu Trail winds along the coastline here for 230 km, taking in places that will charm you before you even get out of the car, simply with their names (think: Cupids, Harbour Grace, Heart’s Desire and Heart's Content). On your self-drive excursion, you can stop at leisure, to take in coastal hiking trails and spot puffins; to buy homemade berry jams and handcrafts in tiny shed stores; or to photograph spectacular blue-tinged icebergs as they drift and split.
Your home base at Heart’s Delight is perfectly located—on the west side of the trail, at Trinity Bay—for easy access to the whole region. Our Traveller’s Diary will help you explore, pointing you towards hidden treasures and fascinating local people.