Sea Kayaking in Western Newfoundland- Corner Brook and the Bay of Islands 

This area offers numerous put ins and take out options depending on the weather, winds and your comfort zone. The inner bay is often quite protected and is shore line paddling for the most part. The outer bay has several islands that are worth visiting but be prepared for higher winds and swell conditions. If you have other Bay of Islands paddling suggestions let me know: knicol@swgc.mun.ca

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  Lark Harbour to York Harbour-new4.gif (987 bytes)

This trip can be done in either direction-it just depends on which way the wind is blowing. For instance, this past weekend we thought we would go from York Harbour to Lark Harbour but the wind on Saturday was easterly so it made sense to do the trip in reverse to take advantage of a tail wind. We put in at the wharf/beach in Lark Harbour and paddled around Tortoise Head and then along the shore to York Harbour. Total distance is around 8 km or so so it is an easy paddle. There are several beach areas to pull in and have lunch and you can even go for a hike at Blow Me Down Provincial Park if you like. Click for more IMAGES.

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A group of 11 of us recently did this trip on the North Shore of the Bay of Islands near Corner Brook. It allows you to see one of the arms of the Bay of Islands that are not very accessible except by kayak or some other watercraft. The views are very good of steep cliffs in some places and wooded hill sides in others. This area is quite remote so should only be paddled in good weather conditions and with experienced kayakers. The area is prone to head winds in the afternoon which nailed our group-it took us 4 hours to paddle back yet just 2 hours to reach the Narrows in Goose Arm with a light wind behind us. Click HERE for images of the trip.  

 


   


  Paddling from Bottle Cove to Cedar Cove - 

This trip is a great one for seeing the towering 500 foot sea cliffs along the coastline of near Bottle Cove in the Bay of Islands, near Corner Brook in Western Newfoundland. The trip is just 5 km so can be done in an hour or so (1 way)  and Cedar Cove is a fine place for lunch. The large beach at Cedar Cove is one of the few landing places along this shore so only attempt this trip in good weather with light winds. Since you are paddling along the open Gulf of St. Lawrence, a  swell can make landing a problem, especially since the coastline is very rugged. Only attempt this trip if your padding skills are up it or wait for a very calm day. A shorter trip to Little Port is also a possibility. Click CEDAR for more images.  



   
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This trip can be broken down into much smaller sections if sea kayakers only want to paddle part of the shoreline. The put ins and take outs are numerous at any of the communities along the North Shore of the Bay of Islands, near Corner Brook. We did this trip last fall with lots of paddlers and had the wind to our back for the duration. We did this as a 1 way trip simply dropping off some cars at Summerside before driving to McIver's. The trip is about 18 km 1 way and offers views of wooded hills sides, remote beaches, sea cliffs and the communities of Gillams and Meadows. We even found an old grave stone at Apsey Beach. CLICK for more notes and photos.

 


 
  Humber River Paddling-

The lower Humber River near Corner Brook, Newfoundland and offers great canoeing and sea kayaking. The river has many put ins between Deer Lake and Humber Arm (the ocean) so you can tailor the trips to your liking. The only real area of rapids is a Shellbird Island and they are really only a problem at low or moderate tides. At high tide you can generally just paddle on down through this section without many waves at all. Remember though that the water is cool and if you do dump you may be swimming for awhile so don't treat the river lightly. 



 
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This is one of the best sea kayak trips in the Bay of Islands, near Corner Brook, Newfoundland. The trip does need good weather though since the coast that it travels along is exposed with few landing places along the open Gulf side. The trip starts at the beach in Bottle Cove, near the end of the South Shore highway. From there the route heads out into the Gulf of St. Lawrence and along high cliffs to South Head lighthouse. You have great views of the outer islands like Weebol Island. The route then travels back along the coast to the community of Lark Harbour. There are small beaches on this last leg which make for a great stop to have lunch. There are also waterfalls and a wonderful sea arch to paddle through if the tide is right. Click PHOTOS for more notes and images. This trip is best reserved for experienced kayakers.

 


   


  Paddling from Bottle Cove to Cedar Cove - 

This trip is a great one for seeing the towering 500 foot sea cliffs along the coastline of near Bottle Cove in the Bay of Islands, near Corner Brook in Western Newfoundland. The trip is just 5 km so can be done in an hour or so (1 way)  and Cedar Cove is a fine place for lunch. The large beach at Cedar Cove is one of the few landing places along this shore so only attempt this trip in good weather with light winds. Since you are paddling along the open Gulf of St. Lawrence, a  swell can make landing a problem, especially since the coastline is very rugged. Only attempt this trip if your padding skills are up it or wait for a very calm day. A shorter trip to Little Port is also a possibility. Click CEDAR for more images.  



   
Bay of Islands - Mt Moriah to Cook's Brook

This short kayak trip is a great one for the morning or after supper for those based in or visiting Corner Brook. Turn at Parson's Convenience Store (just past the Bay of Islands Yacht Club) and follow the road down to the water. It is an easy put in and you just follow the shore as far as you want.. We usually stop at Cook's Brook where there is a small day use park. The distance is about 3 km or so one way. We like to go on a high tide since we can go into the brook abit with the higher water. The photo at the left shows a with a group of paddlers from Corner Brook.

 


 
  Bay of Islands-McIver's area

The McIver's area on the north shore of the Bay of Islands near Corner Brook and offers a wide range of paddling options-from visiting a nearby water fall and paddling an interesting coastline to heading for Wood's Island. The Wood's Island trip involves good paddling skills and ability to deal with wind and waves that may come up in a hurry. The coastal paddling is tamer but this area does get quick weather changes so be sure to watch the wind. The put in is by the community wharf and another great feature of this area is the nearby tern colony on McIver's Island. Just don't land when the birds are nesting and looking after their young.

 

Seal and Governors Island -

This a good destination on the South Shore of the Bay of Islands near Corner Brook for those light wind days. Since this is area is near Blow me down Mountain this should tell you something about the possible winds in this area. We normally put in at Copper Mine Brook where there are cabins and access to the water and we try to do this trip in the morning before the afternoon winds come up. Seal Island is an especially nice destination with a hidden sand beach and lots of nesting birds. Despite the name we have seen no seals on it but do be careful of nesting bird sites. The distances are relatively short and you can do a circumnavigation of both islands depending on your interest.

 


 

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