West Coast Trip, Part I: Eastern Detours

On the way to the West Coast of Newfoundland we took a few detours. On purpose, of course. The amazing hospitality and accommodations offered to us by Mark’s parents and their fifth-wheel trailer negated the need for strict distance planning. We thoroughly enjoyed our leisurely pace, and had plenty of time to explore.

We left St. John’s on the morning of August 2nd, and were scheduled to spend the night in Gander. That left oodles of time to pass away, so we decided to head out Route 204 along the shore of South West Arm, through the communities of Queen’s Cove, Hodge’s Cove, Little Heart’s Ease and Gooseberry Cove. It’s a lovely, quaint area, with a twisty road that is in good condition in some sections and not so good in other sections.


A great stretch of pavement!


And a not so great stretch.

What struck me the most about the area was the number of churches and cemeteries we passed. It seemed like every community had infrastructure belonging to the Roman Catholic, Anglican, United and Salvation Army religions. Some churches were right next to each other,  a reminder of Newfoundland’s not-s0-distant past where religious segregation was never questioned.


On the wharf in Gooseberry Cove

Our next detour happened the following day, which we spent in the Lewisporte area. Our first destination was the town of Laurenceton, which neither of us had previously heard tell of. It turned out to be an unknown gem, with 10km of beautiful, twisty road leading into the town. The community itself hugs the shoreline, and we followed the pavement until it became a gravel road, where a sign said “Sandy Point”.


The road to Sandy Point

Sandy Point is a sand bar, with a navigation beacon. It turned out to be the perfect spot to stop for a break.


Hanging out on Sandy Point


North Atlantic…brrrrr!

Looking across the bay at a place called Phillip’s Head, we noticed what looked to be the ruins of a gun battery. A conversation with a local later that day confirmed our suspicion. The battery was built during World War II, and was used to protect the town of Botwood.


Gun battery, zoomed in about 20x.

When we left Sandy Point we were greeted at the main road by a group of horses! It definitely made the trip worthwhile.



After our break we visited Embree and Little Burnt Bay, and came back through Lewisporte.




Little Burnt Bay


The ferry Sir Robert Bond in Lewisporte.

The ferry leaves Lewisporte and goes to Labrador…hmmm…now THAT would be an adventure!


Posted on August 17, 2014, in Roads of Newfoundland and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. looks like a nice place to ride. Im not sure about swimming in the North Atlantic. I just watched a weeks worth of Shark Week and it appears to be rather cold as well.

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