Guided Hiking-Walking Tour
While in Placentia or the Cape Shore, take a day trip to Cape St. Mary's Ecological Reserve. An incredibly scenic drive along the coast from Placentia to Cape St. Mary's with cliffs, bays, small communities, and views up and down the coast leads you to The Cape. The hike from the Interpretation Centre at Cape St. Mary's is breathtaking and once at "Bird Rock", expect to be overwhelmed by thousands of birds. Binoculars are not necessary to see the birds who soar in the thousands over your head, although desirable to see the birds lower on the cliffs. This site is for those who truly love birds and the beauty of unspoiled nature.
For the more adventurous hiker, tours are offered by Mr. Power. Two to four hour tours lead you along the beaches and ocean side wind-swept cliffs to places such as Golden Bay or Lear's Cove. A boil-up with lunch awaits you at the turning point. Expect to see spectacular vistas from all angles while on this hike. This hike will appeal to birders and botanists and those that love to wander the rugged beauty of a coastal destination. Depending on the season, whales and diving gannets can also be seen from the cliffs.
Tony is a local from the nearby community of Branch and has been working at the Cape for over 20 years. He is trained as a guide with a wealth of knowledge of the flora, fauna, culture and traditions of the area. You won't be disappointed.
Prices vary pending numbers. By appointment only please.
Trail Distance: Hike to Point Lance is 11 kilometres one way; Lear's Cove is 4 kilometres one way; Golden Bay is 4.5kilometres one way
Certainly not an easy walk but presents some fantastic challenges and vistas if you go with Tony as your guide. A moderate trail. Travellers should wear appropriate footwear for rugged and possibly wet terrain. The sheep path follows a cliff edge with some precarious footing at times. Caution is needed during some of the hike.