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Cobbler eagle

Bald eagles are big, powerful, and so plentiful along the East Coast Trail that you’ll likely see a few of them on every hike. I remember one snowy morning at the Cobbler when I saw 5 of them circling overhead. The subadults among the group were more focused on playing than anything else, but one adult was […]

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 […]

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 […]

Please join the Capelin Calendar

With the first week of July behind us, people are getting curious about what’s keeping the capelin. They’ve already rolled on a few remote beaches but as always, people want to fill their buckets close to home, and for many people that means close to St. John’s. When I still lived in Newfoundland, I checked […]

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