You never know what you’re going to find on the East Coast Trail, is what I usually say, but on a sunset hike this past July I was pretty sure I was going to see an iceberg, as I had spotted it shining in the bay earlier that day.
Marije joined me up to the lighthouse but not on my hike, since she had her sights set on some whale watching from the cliffs.
As I set out from the trailhead I was happy to be on the trail again. Something just lifts your spirit when you leave the crowds behind and venture into the wild, and that’s exactly what Cape Spear Path offers in summer: cliffs dotted with whale watchers, then empty trails beyond.
The start of Cape Spear Path – East Coast Trail
With a smile on my face and a spring in my step I quickly made my way south, I wanted to complete this hike around sunset, which was already on its way.
Scenic views to the south – Cape Spear Path
Shortly after reaching the highest point on the trail I got my first clear look into Motion Bay, where the small iceberg was glistening in the evening sun:
Small iceberg in Motion Bay – Cape Spear Path
The iceberg was so close to shore I was able to fly out to it, getting a much closer look with my drone:
Aerial view of the iceberg – along Cape Spear Path
You can see it’s just a tiny little thing, no more than 4 metres tall, but still I love seeing these gems along the trail. There was a small pond in this iceberg too (like the one on the Irish Loop), there’s a picture of it at the top of this story.
As I was taking in the view I noticed there were some whales around too, I guess it’s true after all, you never know what you’re going to find… 😉
On the oceanside of the trail I saw 2 finback whales repeatedly diving and surfacing, while on the bayside near the iceberg there were 2 humpback whales, a mom and her youngster, both feeding and attracting a flurry of gulls:
Mommy humpback, coming up from a dive – along Cape Spear Path
As fun as these whales were to watch, the sun was getting lower and lower, so I had to fly back and start my return hike. Here’s one last shot from the air, showing the evening light washing over the East Coast Trail:
Sunset light on the barrens – Cape Spear Path
When I got back to the lighthouse I found Marije on the cliffs, just as happy as I was, she had been watching finbacks and minke whales right below her:
Marije, just after sunset – Cape Spear NHS
You can probably tell, we both had a great time! 🙂