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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 […]

Sunny hike on La route de mon grand-père

On the Port au Port Peninsula, ‘la route de mon grand-père’ (trail of my grandfather) connects the towns of Mainland and Cape St. George, climbing up and over the towering cliffs and limestone barrens between them and offering unforgettable sights to those who seek out the edge. During our recent stay on the Port au […]

Port aux Basques to Port au Port

When the MV Highlanders docked in Port aux Basques last month, I stood on the top deck, quietly taking in the sunrise and breathing in the crisp Newfoundland air. Fresh air wasn’t on the list of things I had consciously missed about living on the Rock, but when I breathed it in I embraced it […]

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