Here are 4 suggested hikes that experienced hikers may enjoy. Just
ask and we would be happy to give you specific directions and/or
suggest local guides.
Fairy Hill Trail Hike
Moderate – several steps
Follow the fairies to Fortune Harbour – fairies were significant in
many areas of the island, and the older generation of the Harbour
believed in the fairies and the oddities that happened to those who
ventured into the woods and encountered these mysterious ‘little
people’. Learn much of the local history while sharing the many fairy
stories as you travel along the Fairy Hill Trail, tracing the shoreline
of the south west arm of the harbour, along the old roads and
through deserted family gardens. A moderately challenging set of
steps will take you to the top of Fairy Hill where you’ll enjoy the
scenic view of the many harbour islands, a commercial mussel farm
and the homesteads. Rest; observe nature and wildlife while
enjoying a provided boxed lunch and prepare for our return journey.
Hamilton’s Cove / Webber’s Bite Hike
Moderate – challenging in places
Looking across from the Gillespie House is a beautiful open garden,
Hamilton’s Cove, now empty of homes although at its peak, it was a
thriving community. Visit the old graveyard, and then ascend the old
road to Webber’s Bite, once also home to many families. On the
way, you’ll pass a second graveyard that Mother Nature has
consumed. Comb the beach in Webber’s Bite for the many drift wood
and sea glass treasures. Enjoy a picnic in the old fields before
returning along the trails. you’ll pass a second graveyard that Mother
Nature has consumed. Comb the beach in Webber’s Bite for the
many drift wood and sea glass treasures. Enjoy a picnic in the old
fields before returning along the trails.
Top of Tom Tumbler Ridge Hike
Challenging - steep climb
No one’s quite sure where the name Tom Tumbler came from. There
was a chap, Tom Quirk, who lived at the base of the hill, and some
speculate that he may have indulged in a few too many ales while up
on the hill and tumbled most of his way down. Follow a rough and
steep (at times) trail to the top ridge of Tom Tumbler Hill. From the
top, the majestic view is worth the climb as you can see the clearly
defined ‘tickle’ to the harbor and the many of the islands of Notre
Dame Bay. Rest and snack before your decent.
Kinchler’s Rock Hike Moderate – small hills
A well- known story in Newfoundland folklore about a local named
Kinchler who one night, on his return home to the Harbour met the
devil and sitting upon a flat rock challenged him in a card game.
When Kinchler won, the devil slammed his fist into the rock, leaving
his hand print. Follow the old road that leaves from the end of the
harbor and opens into Hamilton’s Cove. From there, the trail
ascends up the hill towards Webber’s Bite where, with some careful
searching, the famous rock can be found.
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