Where Mountains Meet the Sea

Port aux Basques, Newfoundland


Hiking Opportunities near St. Christopher’s Hotel

Stroll along Scott's Cove Park in Port aux Basques located below St. Christopher's Hotel. Follow the boardwalk along the harbour and visit the multicoloured kiosks along the way. During the summer season, enjoy live entertainment in the evenings in the park.


Visit Grand Bay West and walk the sandy beach that is home to endangered species of birds such as the endangered piping plover. Sunsets along the beach are spectacular and a must-see.


The Newfoundland Trailway begins at the Port aux Basques Railway Heritage Centre. This trail has been developed by using the former rail bed of the Newfoundland Railway. It is possible to hike the rail bed from Port aux Basques to St. John's viewing the ocean, the mountains and the breathtaking scenery of the island. This trail can also be used by ATVs.


Located along Route 470 is the community of Isle aux Morts. Hike the Harvey Trail and view the natural beauty of the ocean and its rugged shoreline. This trail is dedicated to the heroic Harvey family, which in 1828 rescued 163 people from the shipwrecked "Despatch" and ten years later repeated their heroic endeavours by rescuing 25 people from the sinking "Rankin". This is a straight line trail and the return trip is approximately 7 kilometres.


At the end of Rout 470 lies the beautiful fishing community of Rose Blanche. Hike the community trails and visit the historic Rose Blanche lighthouse – the last one of its kind on Canada's Atlantic Seaboard.


As you travel along the Trans-Canada Highway towards Corner Brook, stop by the J.T. Cheeseman Provincial Park and hike the Smokey Cape trail to the white sandy beaches of the park. Walk the railway bed going east to see how the Cape Ray fault line emerges there, marking the boundary between rocks formed adjacent to the ancient continent of Laurentia and those adjacent to Gondwana. The rail bed here makes an ideal location to permit observation of several types of deformed rocks.


Visit the Codroy Valley area through Route 406. Visit the Codroy Valley Wetlands Interpretation Centre. The Codroy Valley wetlands are the only wetlands in the province to receive a Ramsar designation as "wetlands of international significance". Stroll along the wetlands trail on the banks of the Grand Codroy River. The trail is a bird watcher's paradise with sea birds and song birds of every description from humming birds to the Great Blue Heron.


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