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Colours on the forest floor

Crackerberries are some of my favourite plants on the East Coast Trail, they cover large parts of the forest floor and manage to do so in style. In spring time, crackerberries cheer up the forest with lovely white blossoms lined up along all the the woodland lanes. In summer when it’s warm outside, crackerberry plants provide […]

Queens River Falls on Spout Path

There are many beautiful waterfalls on the East Coast Trail, from big wide roaring ones that burst forth from the cliffs, to thin ribbon falls that gently drop into the ocean from a great height. While falling water is usually mesmerizing enough all on its own, Queens River Falls on Spout Path sports something extra: […]

A sound in the forest

Five years ago while I was on a beautiful hike on the East Coast Trail, I heard a suspicious sound coming from the forest. I stopped dead in my tracks and tried to find the source. From deep within the bushes, a big brown snout appeared, it sniffed a branch and proceeded to nibble on it. It was a […]

Capelin beaches on the East Coast Trail

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 […]

Favourite spot on the East Coast Trail?

Being asked to name one favourite spot on the East Coast Trail is like being asked to name one favourite movie. I’ve seen so many great movies and hiked so many great trails, it’s not easy to give just one answer. Because I’ve hiked the entire East Coast Trail many times over, I know it like […]

Stories about capelin and whales

With so many capelin and whale stories in the news these days I can’t help but look back to some of my own favourite encounters over the years. The 2011 capelin season was a particularly good season and I remember it well. Capelin rolled in great numbers on Middle Cove beach and for weeks on Outer Cove […]

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