The Bonavista Peninsula is home to the fabulous Hike Discovery Organization that works hard to develop and maintain a network of seven trails along our rugged coasts. These hikes are all very well signposted, mapped, and maintained, providing a comfortable and leisurely experience for all guests.
#1 Skerwink Trail
Starting less than 500 meters from our door, the Skerwink trail has been rated the third best ocean trail in Canada by Travel and Leisure Magazine, and one of the top ten in the world.
This walk is a spectacular five kilometer cliff top circuit that will take between one and three hours depending how long you want to watch whales from the look out points.
#2 Klondike Trail
This is a five kilometer linear trail that follows an old railway track from Elliston North to the beautiful Spillar’s Cove, near the historic town of Bonavista.
Klondike will take two hours, and is located approximately 40 minutes from HI Trinity Newfoundland.
#3 Murphey’s Cove Trail
This eight kilometer loop showcases lots of great headlands for viewing the surrounding communities, whales, seabirds, and boats out in Trinity Bay.
The walk is moderately difficult and takes around three hours. The drive to Port Union from the HI-Trinity Newfoundland will take about 30 minutes.
#4 Fox Island Trail
The trail is a five kilometer loop that takes you around the scenic and historic Fox Island. The walk begins with a scenic walk along the rugged coast of Champney’s West looking toward beautiful Trinity Bay.
From the hostel this walk will take you around 3 hours. The walk itself is around a 2 hour loop.
#5 Gun Hill Trail
Consisting of two short trails (Upper and Lower) both provide you with breathe taking views of the historic Town of Trinity and the surrounding area. The Upper Trail takes you to the top of the central point of the Town of Trinity, Gun Hill, from which amazing views of the Town, adjacent communities and Trinity Bay can be absorbed and understood as to why this place was settled early for its protective harbour. The Lower Trail gives you a different perspective of Trinity as you break through a wooded area and come out into the clear to view the historic community. Parts of the trails are a little difficult but well worth the hike.
#6 Cape Shore Trail
This 3.5 km trail runs along the coastline parallel to the main road from the Town of Bonavista to the Cape. This trail provides one with a spectacular view of Bonavista Bay as you enjoy a leisurely walk on a marked trail to the Cape Bonavista Lighthouse. Along this route you can enjoy the rugged coast line while watching for birds and whales (in season). Stop for a picnic along the trail or at the John Cabot Municipal Park.
#7 Lighthouse Trail
A former country road once known as Batterton’s Path, connected the lighthouse on the headland to the community of King’s Cove. Now restored, the traditional path consists of a 1.7 km inner loop and 3.5 km outer loop providing access to spectacular coastal scenery with the first and last parts of the trail taking you through the meadows famously known as “Paddy Murphy’s Meadow”, which was also the inspiration for the famous folk song of that same name.
In addition to those walks owned by Hike Discovery there are a number of trails across the Bonavista Peninsula maintained by communities and other organizations, including:
Elliston Puffin Walk
Just 30 minutes up the road from HI Trinity Newfoundland is an enormous puffin colony. Visitors are able to walk (five minutes) to the edge of the cliff face to watch these sea birds in their natural habitat.
Sealer’s Memorial Interpretive Pathway
Leaving from the Home From The Sea: Sealer’s Interpretation Centre and leading to two remarkable seaside memorials is an Interpretive Pathway with descriptive panels, each sharing a snippet of the many stories upon which Elliston’s rich history is built. Visitors are encouraged to opt for the guided Walk to the Sea which takes you through the town and provides more historical context for what awaits you at Porter’s Point.
End your walk with a Picnic by the Sea.
The trail is 17 kilometres and takes hikers from the town of Little Catalina to Maberly. This is a beautiful coastal trail that offers dozens of opportunities for whale watching.
This walk will take around five hours. The drive to Little Catalina from the Skerwink Hostel is 30 minutes.