We’re right in the middle of summer and the capelin are still rolling, a unique and awe-inspiring show of nature, if you know where to look (tip: check the Capelin Calendar). While capelin are known to return and roll on certain beaches every year, they don’t roll everywhere, as not every beach is suitable for spawning.

With nearly 10,000 km of coastline the island of Newfoundland has far more beaches than any one individual can keep an eye on, so it’s hard to keep an up-to-date list of suitable beaches or known capelin spawning sites. Personally, I’ve only consistently observed beaches along the East Coast Trail.

In my East Coast Trail Guide, I keep track of the kinds of wildlife people can expect to see along any given stretch of trail, and that wildlife includes capelin. To be thorough in my advice and trail descriptions, I would like to run a list of beaches by you in order for you to (maybe) confirm them as additional capelin spawning sites.

From north to south, these ‘candidate’ beaches are:

Pouch Cove to Flatrock – Stiles Cove Path

  • Shoe Cove beach (along the trail): Suspected
  • Stiles Cove beach (along the trail): Confirmed ✔︎

Flatrock to Torbay – Father Troy’s Trail

  • Watts beach (in Torbay): Suspected
  • Little beach (in Torbay): Confirmed ✔︎
  • Big beach (in Torbay): Unknown

Middle Cove and Outer Cove

  • Middle Cove beach (in Middle Cove): Confirmed ✔︎
  • Outer Cove beach (in Outer Cove): Confirmed ✔︎

Bay Bulls to Witless Bay – Mickeleens Path

  • Stanleys River beach (in Bay Bulls): Unknown
  • Magotty Cove beach (in Bay Bulls): Unknown
  • Baboul Rocks beach (along the trail): Unknown
  • Otter Cove (along the trail): Unknown
  • Lower Pond beach (in Witless Bay): Confirmed ✔︎
  • Long beach (in Witless Bay): Unknown

Witless Bay to Mobile – Beaches Path

  • Gallows Cove beach (in Witless Bay): Suspected
  • Peters Cove beach (along the trail): Unknown
  • Mobile beach (in Mobile): Unknown

Mobile to Tors Cove – Tinkers Point Path

  • Lower beach (in Tors Cove): Suspected

Tors Cove to La Manche – La Manche Village Path

  • Tors Cove beach (at the wharf): Confirmed ✔︎
  • Burnt Cove beach (in Burnt Cove): Unknown
  • Capelin Cove beach (in St. Michaels): Suspected
  • Seals Cove beach (in Seals Cove): Unknown
  • Bauline East beach (in Bauline East): Unknown

Brigus South to Admirals Cove – Brigus Head Path

  • Timber Cove beach (along the trail): Suspected
  • Herring Cove beach (along the trail): Confirmed ✔︎
  • Tar Cove beach (along the trail): Suspected
  • Kents Cove beach (along the trail): Unknown
  • Admirals Cove beach (in Admirals Cove): Unknown

Cape Broyle to Calvert – Cape Broyle Head Path

  • Southern Pond beach (in Cape Broyle): Unknown
  • Southside beach (in Cape Broyle): Unknown
  • Freshwater Cove beach (along the trail): Suspected
  • Lance Cove beach (along the trail): Confirmed ✔︎
  • Church Cove beach (along the trail): Suspected
  • Broad Cove beach (along the trail): Unknown

Calvert to Ferryland – Caplin Bay Path

  • The Beach (‘main beach’ in Calvert): Suspected
  • Keoughs Cove beach (in Calvert): Suspected
  • Deep Cove beach (along the trail): Suspected
  • Lance Cove beach (along the trail): Suspected
  • Ferryland Harbour beach (in Ferryland): Unknown
  • Back Cove beach (in Ferryland): Confirmed ✔︎

Ferryland to Aquaforte – Sounding Hills Path

  • Freshwater Cove beach (along the trail): Unknown
  • Fairmouth Cove beach (along the trail): Suspected

Aquaforte to Port Kirwan – Spurwink Island Path

  • Chance Bay beach (along the trail): Unknown
  • Clear Cove beach (in Port Kirwan): Confirmed ✔︎
  • Backside Cove beach (in Port Kirwan): Confirmed ✔︎

Kingman’s Cove to Renews – Bear Cove Point Path

  • Kingman’s Cove beach (in Kingman’s Cove): Unknown
  • Trixs Cove beach (along the trail): Unknown
  • Bear Cove beach (along the trail): Unknown
  • Aggie Dinns Cove beach (along the trail): Unknown

Renews to Cappahayden – Island Meadow Path

  • Renews Harbour beach (near channel in Renews): Unknown
  • Bear Cove beach (along the trail): Unknown
  • Middle Cove beach (along the trail): Suspected
  • Burnt Cove beach (along the trail): Unknown

As you can see I’ve skipped over the trails that have no beaches or no beaches that appear to be suitable for capelin spawning, but that still leaves quite a list.

If you’ve ever seen capelin spawning on any of the beaches listed as suspected or unknown, or if you have relatives or friends living near these beaches who might know more about them, please comment below or share your story on the Capelin Calendar. The more we know about capelin the better!

Thank you 🙂