The coastline of Newfoundland's Baie Verte Peninsula is spotted with abandoned settlements and small fishing villages, providing the rare visitor a unique and intimate glimpse into the island's past and present. In the early 19th century, many European prospectors came to these shores to mine copper, silver, nickel and eventually even gold. In fact, mining, hunting, and fishing dates back at least 1500 years when the Dorset Eskimos lived and quarried soapstone in the region. Villages once inhabited by thousands are now represented by the occasional 'salt box' house and fishing stage in resettled ghost communities along the rocky shore. Traces of history can be found in the form of abandoned mines, rusted boilers, and the remains of ancient graves. Join record-breaking kayaker, adventurer, and hero, Peter Bray as he revisits one of his favourite paddling areas, taking in the unspoiled landscapes complete with endless coves, towering granite cliffs, narrow inlets, and sea caves. Kayak past icebergs, and waters abundant with sea life including belugas, humpbacks, minkes, seals, puffins, and much more. Spend two nights glamping at actor Shaun Majumder's incredible seaside retreat and experience Newfoundland as few other visitors have done before. As Pete says, "Newfoundland has it all!"
Paddling is graded ‘Moderate to Skilled’ with a sea state of 3-4 minimum skill requirement / max sea state 4-5 (Beaufort Scale). Active and physically fit beginners could be accommodated subject to arriving early on Day 1 and subject to coming in pairs, using a double kayak (subject to availability). Expect to paddle a maximum of 20km and/or 6 hours per day, as weather permits.
Make your way to the Marble Inn Resort today, using the included shuttle service from Deer Lake Airport. Please arrive in Deer Lake by 2pm in order to go through gear and participate in a skills review and assessment on the Humber River.* Enjoy a restaurant meal (not included) and luxurious accommodation tonight before the adventure begins tomorrow.
*For late arrivals, we can arrange an early morning orienteering session on Day 2
We leave after breakfast this morning and drive to Burlington (approx 2hrs), where we arrive at our unique 'glamping' site; part of a larger social enterprise spearheaded by Canadian actor/writer/comedian Shaun Majumder (The Firm, Majumder Manor, This Hour Has 22 Minutes, etc). His goal is to bring tourism to his 'ome town of Burlington by creating social businesses which will fuel a sustainable micro economy for the region. All revenue generated goes back into the project and the community. Before we get out on the water, we enjoy a guided walk around the pretty community. Our paddle this evening gives us the opportunity to explore the nooks and crannies of the lovely protected waters of Notre Dame Bay's Northwest Arm. This evening, our guide prepares a delicious meal as we settle into our special accommodation at the edge of the earth.
After a tasty breakfast at 'camp', we head out for our first full day of paddling. Today, we may venture as far as Middle Arm and Harry's Harbour but our direction and route are subject to the elements. No matter our exact route, we are spoiled for choice - We will spend the day exploring the many coves and inlets that pepper the coast. We visit communities that reflect the very essence of Newfoundland, its people and the daily interaction with the Atlantic. We return this evening to our incredible 'ome away from home.
Today, we say goodbye to our unique site and make our way to another. The plan is to head north and follow the Baie Verte Peninsula's shoreline up to Round Harbour. Potential stops today include the abandoned villages of Betts Cove (once a bustling mining center and home to over 2000 people) and Indian Burying Place, which got its name from the remains of a Beothuk grave, found by the first settlers. Our final destination in Round Harbour where we spend the night in simple, traditional wooden 'salt box' houses in another remote and idyllic location. Named for its shape, which resembled the boxes used for shipping salt to Newfoundland, the Salt Box was one of the earliest forms of house construction, with a shorter steep roof line in front and a longer steep slope in back. The house, therefore, looked bigger from the front than it actually was.
Weather and group abilities permitting, the plan is to continue north today and around the striking northeast corner of the Baie Verte Peninsula to LaScie. Lookout for whales, seals, and other incredible marine wildlife as we navigate the waters of Iceberg Alley and the beautiful coves that are scattered along the land's edge. If the capelin are 'running', we may spot thousands of fish spawning on the beaches - Their arrival is a spectacle that draws in thousands of birds and whales, but the exact date of the event is difficult to predict. At the end of a rewarding day, we are met by our driver, say farewell to the sea, and make our way back to Marble Inn Resort where our trip concludes. Dinner and accommodation is not included tonight, but can be arranged upon request. It is possible to fly out of Deer Lake this evening, but we highly recommend extending your stay with a visit to Gros Morne, L'Anse aux Meadows, or St. John's and the Avalon Peninsula. Ask your agent for details.
Per Person, Twin Share