Since moving to Trinity lots of people have talked to me about the old loop. They reminisce about the large groups of tourists that would come out on a hot summer day to enjoy the animals, have a dip in the lake, and eat at the delicious diner. Not to mention the memories of the sounds of the train chugging through the trees.
I had also heard that since the loop closed it had mostly been left to be swallowed by Newfoundland wilderness. When one of my guests a few weeks ago asked me about the loop I realized that I had never actually seen this mysterious and rather eerie place. This particular guest went off to explore the loop and came back with a random assortment of gifts for the hostel including an old toy train, and an ancient newspaper, that although looks as good as new, apparently dates back to 1997.
Inspired by my guest’s sense of adventure (and cool photos) we piled the van full of the Skerwink Crew and drove into the trees.
Although we were eventually chased out of the park by the evening mosquitoes, the park proved an awesome place and an ideal location to take some great creepy shots.
As much fun as it was to explore this eerie place at dusk, we all agreed that it would have been a great place when it was up and running. Unfortunately the park was hit pretty hard by a big storm that came through here a few years ago. As a result it seems unlikely that we will ever get the pleasure of hearing the friendly sound of the train chugging through the trees.
We definitely plan on going back to explore further, (maybe when there are less mosquitoes) and maybe groups of eager Skerwinkers will be the ones to bring back the happy sounds of tourists to an awesome and long forgotten Newfoundland treasure.