Photograph the Isthmus of Avalon

    Rate this Adventure 0.6 miles 131.2 ft gain  - Out-and-Back Trail

    Added by Jonathon Reed

    Take in the rugged expanse of Newfoundland's coast from a vantage point where you can see the Atlantic Ocean all around you. Placentia Bay to the west, Trinity Bay to the east.

    Newfoundland is perhaps best known for its outport villages on the coast, but in between the communities lies a beautiful and rugged island geography. One of the most visually stunning places to witness this is at the Isthmus of Avalon—where the Avalon Peninsula meets the rest of Newfoundland. 

    This adventure is simple but it's not the beaten track. You won't find bathrooms or groomed trails here, nor will you find hordes of tourists. Just yourself, the rock, sky and distant ocean. About 33 km northwest of the intersection between the Trans-Canada Highway and Highway 81 to Whitbourne is an old quarry. Click the map below to get its exact location. There are rocks blocking the entrance to the quarry but there's enough space to pull off the large highway and onto the gravel. From there, leave your car behind and climb up into the steep rocky hills above the quarry. That's it. Try to avoid the lichen in order to leave no trace. Enjoy an unparalleled view of the ocean bays stretching out to the east and west, and if you've timed it right, watch the sun go down. 

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