Beaches Path, as you can see in these pictures, stays close to the beach. It’s a great trail for family hikes, it’s not very long, not very hard, and there are lots of beaches to comb, especially on the Witless Bay side.

Three years ago today I enjoyed a beautiful hike on this trail, I explored all the beaches, found lots of cool stuff, ate delicious berries, and after all of that I went on a boat trip into the Witless Bay Ecological Reserve.

Here are some photos of this beautiful summer day:

Peters Cove on Witless Bay - Beaches Path

Peters Cove on Witless Bay – Beaches Path

Stepping stone trail - Beaches Path

Stepping stone trail – Beaches Path

Trail just above the beach - Beaches Path

Trail just above the beach – Beaches Path

In the forest I often heard whales surfacing in the bay, here’s a minke whale for you, yes, that tiny black dot in the middle is a whale:

Minke whale in the bay - Beaches Path

Minke whale in the bay – Beaches Path

Because early August is the start of the East Coast Trail berry picking season I kept a look out for these orange beauties as well:

Delicious bakeapple along the trail - Beaches Path

Delicious bakeapple along the trail – Beaches Path

A little further up the trail I found something considerably less appetizing: a dead pilot whale in a narrow gulch below Little Bald Head, which was a bit smelly and gross but also kind of cool:

Washed up pilot whale - Beaches Path

Washed up pilot whale – Beaches Path

The following photos were all taken from my boat trip into the Witless Bay Ecological Reserve:

Grey seal - Witless Bay Ecological Reserve

Grey seal – Witless Bay Ecological Reserve

A handsome Atlantic puffin - Witless Bay Ecological Reserve

A handsome Atlantic puffin – Witless Bay Ecological Reserve

Near Great Island the sky was filled with puffins:

Puffin sky - Witless Bay Ecological Reserve

Puffin sky – Witless Bay Ecological Reserve

Kittiwake chicks were fuzzy but pretty big already:

Kittiwake nest - Witless Bay Ecological Reserve

Kittiwake nest – Witless Bay Ecological Reserve

For my last shot of the day, I focussed on the puffins flying by, they’re so much fun to watch:

Atlantic puffin - Witless Bay Ecological Reserve

Atlantic puffin – Witless Bay Ecological Reserve