Tomorrow is the first day of the ‘official’ spring season, which means we need to change our studded winter tires to regular all-weather tires. At 07:15 we dropped off the car at the nearest Canadian Tire store and took a taxi to the Ocean Science Centre since the changeover wouldn’t be finished until noon.

Marije worked all morning and I explored the hills on the first few kilometres of Sugarloaf Path:

Looking on top of the Ocean Sciences Centre - Sugarloaf Path

Looking on top of the Ocean Sciences Centre – Sugarloaf Path

I strayed off trail for a while and I couldn’t believe the places moose can get to deep in the forest, evidence of their browsing was everywhere and droppings were all over the place. It’s surprising to me because they’re such huge animals and the foliage and shrubs are so obstructive that it would seem rather hard for them to get around here. Apparently they have no problems with it.

After picking up the car we decided to enjoy the rest of our day outside, so we headed to Flatrock where a friend had tipped us off to see a river trail, which turned out to be kind of a hidden gem. This trail follows a sparkling river that cascades towards the ocean over several small waterfalls; it’s fun to navigate the surrounding cliffs and rocks so both me and Marije enjoyed ourselves very much.

Big River - Stiles Cove Path

Big River – Stiles Cove Path

Brand new bridge over Big River - Stiles Cove Path

Brand new bridge over Big River – Stiles Cove Path

A new bridge had been constructed halfway down the river and we decided to see where it led to; after a few hundred metres and several newly built structures (small bridges and boardwalks) we encountered the builders themselves.

Stew and Tony explained what they were doing and showed us around which was very helpful. They work for the East Coast Trail Association and were creating boardwalks and bridges using the trees found along the trail, which clears the path and gives the trail a much more natural look than for example the trails at Signal Hill.

Trail construction - Stiles Cove Path

Trail construction – Stiles Cove Path