Around the New World in Seven Days
Newfoundland Sea Kayak Trip 2012Phil Allen, Lorrie Allen, John Martinsen, Kate HartlandI
turn 60 this year. There are many places I haven't seen yet and want to
get to, and high on the list is much of the coastline of Newfoundland.
So as a birthday gift to myself, I invited 3 good friends - Phil, Lorrie, and John - to join me
for a kayak camping trip to Newfoundland. We talked about possible
venues and settled on a circumnavigation of New World Island on the
north central coast.
The advantages of this choice:
has some very unusual place names, and this area is no exception.
Virgin Arm, Cuckold Point, Horney Head Cove, Gut Tickle, ToadAsses,
Long Tickle. Most
importantly of all, the trip would begin and end at Dildo Run
Provincial Park ("We hope you come again and again!"). It was
impossible to say no to such a peculiarly-named park. The two women in
the group insisted that we check it out.
- manageable distance for a week of paddling
- lots of islands
- might see whales and icebergs here if we go in early summer
- some landmass protection from southwesterlies
- several bailout options along the route
- areas of isolation interspersed with areas of population
We had a trip report from
the Newfoundland and Labrador Kayak Club which offered some information
and images from the area. It turned out that we couldn't get there in
the early summer - no icebergs and perhaps no whales. We settled on the
end of August. Here
is an overview of the route we would be taking. A possible addition
would be the inclusion of Twillingate Island, depending on weather and
time. We liked that New World Island narrowed to about a mile wide at
Virgin Arm - this meant we'd be able to bail at the halfway point if
necessary and hike back to the cars. We decided we'd do the trip in a
clockwise direction, with the hopes that the summer southwesterlies
would be in our favor on the more exposed legs of the trip, although
we'd have to paddle into them on the return.
usual, they keep all the good stuff far away - Newfoundland is a 3-day
journey from our homes, by car and ferry. John and I planned to drive
up together. Phil was going to drive up a few days ahead of time, and
then pick up Lorrie at the Deer Lake airport the day before we were to
launch. As always, I found that books on tape made the long hours of
driving quite bearable.