Just a 20 minute ferry ride from Portugal Cove, Bell Island is one of those places that always finds its way onto my vacation’s todo-list when I’m visiting St. John’s.
This past July, Marije and I spent a beautiful summer day there.
On previous visits to Bell Island I always visited the cliffs on the north side of the island, exploring the pleasant trails in the lighthouse area. This time however, there was a sign saying the trail was closed due to unstable cliffs…
Thankfully I had my drone with me so we were able to have a good look at the cliffs without walking along the edge. Anyway, because we got turned around on this side of the island we decided to drive to the south side to see if we could find a coastal walking trail there.
A quick look on my phone revealed a coastal trail along the cliffs towards Bell Cove. Right near the trailhead at the end of Belle Road, we had our first ‘cool sighting’, a small iceberg adrift in Conception Bay:
Look closer and you’ll see a little ship next to it, so even though this iceberg is classified as small, it’s still a sizeable chunk of ice.
The trail to Bell Cove is pretty straightforward, wide enough for 2 and without much elevation changes. As I briefly walked back to the car to get a second lens, Marije continued ahead and she soon had a commanding lead:
You can see her atop the green hill on the right side. 🙂
On my way to catch up with her I passed Front Bell Cove, one of the scenic highlights of this trail, basking in the evening light:
Back Bell Cove is pretty too, and just a little bit further:
Aside from a kayak or boat there doesn’t seem to be an obvious way to get to these two beautiful beaches but still, they look lovely from the trail above.
After returning to the trailhead we quickly made our way back to the terminal, where we were the second-to-last car to fit onto the ferry!
Until next time, Bell Island. 🙂