14
July
2014

The Kitchen Party

The Histroy of the Kitchen Party

Deeply rooted in Newfoundland & Labrador tradition, the iconic "Kitchen Party" is a social gathering where people gather in a kitchen, telling stories, singing songs and dancing across the floor to accordion music.

Traditional Newfoundland music first started as a pastime shared among local musicians. These songs were, for the most part, written in the homes of these musicians long before they were heard in more formal settings, such as concert halls.

At Woody Island, we still partake in these old Newfoundland traditions. A Kitchen Party can be experienced like the olden days. Join in on a sing-along or dance the "Virginia Reel" while our musicians entertain you with traditional Newfoundland music. Or just sit back and take it all in, getting lost in the jiggs and reels of the music that were written many, many moons ago.

Categories: Newfoundland Travel

02
June
2014

Wildlife in Newfoundland on Woody Island

What kind of animals are on Woody Island?

We have seen a lot of different kinds of wildlife here on Woody Island. As the resort is only accessible by boat, guests sometimes see whales and dolphins before they even reach the island. Dolphins are curious animals and sometimes follow the boat, jumping in and around its waves.

On the island itself, it's not uncommon to see small mammals such as rabbits, squirrels and otters, We have also has a few moose stop by. Moose can swim and take advantage of the islands close proximity to each other to forage for food.

Another attraction on the island, is the selection of birds to see. We often see grouse, ospreys, bald eagles and owls. There are also grey jays. These smart birds have discovered that people are great resources for getting food from, they will even eat straight out of your hand. Grey jays also store food for the winter, maybe that is why they never seem to get full!

Get up close and personal with nature at Woody Island Resort! Book your trip now by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or calling (709) 364-3701.

21
May
2014

8 Interesting Facts About Kayaking you May not Know

Even the most avid kayakers may not know these 8 interesting facts about their favorite sport:

1 - The name “Kayak” means “hunter’s boat” as kayaks were originally invented by the Inuit, Yup’Ik, and the Aleut for hunting. They were made of seal or other animal skin stretched over wood or whale bone. Kayaks are very quiet which made them ideal for sneaking up on prey.

2 - Kayaking received the honor of Olympic status when it became an official Olympic sport, along with canoeing, at the summer Olympics in Berlin, Germany.

3 - “Kleppers” (two man kayaks) have been used in special missions of insertion or extraction by the US Marines, British Commandos and The Canadian Special Operations Forces Command during war.

4 - The Country with the most Olympic medals in kayaking is Hungary.

5 - The world record for the most kayaks to ever “raft up” together is 1902 kayaks! It happened in Inlet, New York in 2011.

6 - As kayaking has evolved, there have become different types of kayaks, depending on their intended use. Some different types of kayaks include: “Sit on tops,” are as the name suggests, a type of kayak where the paddler sits on top of the kayak in an open area. “Cockpit style” is the more conventional style kayak where the paddler sits inside the kayak with his/her hips and legs inside the hull. A spray skirt may also be used to create a barrier against splashing water. “Inflatables” are a type of kayak that are a mixture of a “sit on top” and a “cockpit style” kayak. They have an open deck but the paddler sits below the deck. “Tandems” are made for more than one paddler. Some tandems can have up to 3 or 4 paddlers per kayak.

7 - The world record for the highest waterfall drop in kayak (189 feet) is held by American extreme kayaker, Tyler Bradt. Tyler kayaked over Palouse Falls in 2009, earning him the record title.

8 - The first person to cross the Atlantic ocean in a kayak was 29-year-old WW1 veteran, Franz Romer. In 1928, the German-born kayaker left Lisbon, Portugal and traveled 4,000 miles to arrive in Puerto Rico.

Kayaking is growing in popularity in Newfoundland and Labrador. With non-profit groups such as Paddle NL promoting the sport, teaching beginners and inciting interest, it is sure to increase even more. If you are interested in giving this exciting sport a try, come join us on our annual Woody Island Resort Kayaking trip! Kayaking in Newfoundland is something everyone has to try at least once and our trip has proven to be very popular over the years (we even had Martha Stewart join us on our kayaking trip in 1997)! Every year we take guests on a two day, two night kayaking trip. Explore the coastline in Placentia Bay, Newfoundland where you will see waterfalls, birds, and beautiful scenery. This is kayaking Newfoundland style, so we stop for a "boil up" on the beach and then at the end of the day, we will provide you with homecooked meals and live entertainment for you to enjoy!

Our trip will be from June 22nd to June 24th and spots are going fast so be sure to call us (709) 364-3701 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to reserve your kayaking trip today! The cost will be $199.00 + HST per person based on double occupancy. The price is all -inclusive and pays for transportation from Garden Cove to Woody Island and return for those who require it, accommodations, all meals and snacks, live entertainment on at least one night, and includes a guide boat to accompany kayakers. Single kayaks can be rented for the full weekend at $50.00 plus H.S.T. and $60.00 plus H.S.T. for a double. Gift Certificates also available!

Categories: Things to Do on The Island

07
May
2014

Mummering in Newfoundland and Labrador

Where did this tradition come from?

Mummering is an old Christmas tradition that originated in England and Ireland and can be traced back to the 19th century.  Also known as "janneying", mummering typically involved friends or family disguised in old clothing with their faces hidden visiting home in their neighborhood and community during the twelve days of Christmas.

In spite of mummering being banned by an Act in 1861, which came about because a man in Bay Roberts was killed by a group of mummers, it is still enjoyed as a popular pastime in many rural areas today and is making a comeback in some urban areas as well.

With regards to costumes anything goes, from men wearing stuffed bras and women wearing oil skins, with cloths over their faces.  It seems that there is no article of clothing that is out of bounds for a mummer's outfit.  The "Mummers' Song" by Simani gives one a great perspective of the mummers. 

To listen to The Mummer's Song by Semani, click here!

An unsuspecting host could be enjoying a quiet evening by the fire, when all of a sudden he/she would hear a loud knock on the front door and soon their house would be flooded by their friends and family in disguise.  In some areas the host would then try to guess the identities of each person before offering them any treats or beverages.  Once the identities of the mummers was revealed, they could take off their face coverings and kick up their heels to some music along with their host.

While mummering is a Christmas tradition, it doesn't stop people from dressing up as mummers at other times of the year.  It is often a part of "Christmas in July", an event that has become common in the province. Tourism operators in Newfoundland quite often get visits from the mummers during the summer months.  Mummers are also known to drop in frequently at Woody Island Resort as special guests during their "kitchen party".

In 2009, the Heritage Foundation of Newfoundland and Labrador's Intangible Cultural Heritage office established what would become an Annual Mummers' Festival with a Mummers' Parade in St. John's.  The success of the festival has greatly influenced the revival and the interest of the 'mummers' tradition in Newfoundland.


 

 

 

Categories: Things to Do on The Island

21
April
2014

Newfoundland Travel -Top Rated Hotel in Newfoundland

Let the reviews speak for themselves! We could tell you a hundred different ways how Woody Island Resort is the perfect place to go for an authentic Newfoundland experience, but we prefer to let our previous guests do the talking. Guests that have been to Woody Island Resort have left us outstanding reviews on Trip Adviser. We are the number one top-rated hotel in Newfoundland, and for good reason. We are very proud of Woody Island Resort and what it offers to Newfoundland travel. When see reviews like these, we want to share them with everyone! We would like to say thank you to everyone for the lovely comments, and we hope to see you back again soon. We'll make sure that there is a place on the boat waiting just for you!

 

Categories: Newfoundland Travel

09
April
2014

Woody Island Resort Reopens in May

Well it’s that time of year again when we are gearing up for another season, with our first trip beginning on May 3rd! This year, we will again be including all our favorite activities enjoyed by past guests on their vacations, i.e. kayaking, kitchen parties, boat tours, beach picnics, bonfires, whale watching and much more. Of course, we will continue to offer accommodations and delicious meals for our guests! Woody Island has proven to be a great family vacation and will continue to do so for many years to come.

Also, this year we will be working on creating some brand new events, which we will be announcing later! If you have any ideas for something you would like to see us do, please feel free to contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., we will be happy to hear from you :).

Also. to kick off the season, we will be running a contest to win a FREE TRIP to Woody Island Resort! To enter the contest, simply submit your favorite photo of your visit to Woody Island Resort to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. The photos selected will be uploaded on our Facebook Page in a gallery and the entry with the most "likes" will win a free weekday trip for two people to Woody Island Resort! Your photo can be of anything you want, as long as it's from your Trip to Woody Island Resort. Please encourage any of your friends who have been to Woody Island to post their pictures, and you yourself can enter the contest by posting your friend's photos (with their permission of course)! We will be having several contests during the season, so please tune in to our social media outlets!

We would love to see your photos. Submit them soon so that you don't miss out on your chance to win!! The closing date for submissions will be Friday, April 30th, 2014. To keep an eye on the photo entries, connect with us on Facebook,Twitter and Instagram so you don’t miss out!

Have a great day, you will be hearing from us again soon!

For any booking inquiries email us This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call (709) 364-3701.

Categories: Saltwater Joys

22
August
2013

Guests share photos of Woody Island Resort

Guests share photos of Woody Island Resort

Thanks to everyone who has shared photos of their Woody Island Resort visits over Facebook, Twitter, TripAdvisor and through email directly to us. We truly appreciate seeing your trips and hearing about your experiences. Here are just a few of our favourite guest photos received so far in 2013. 

Dolphins Follow the MV Merasheen

Dolphins follow the MV Merasheen

Having a nap on the way home on the MV Merasheen

Inside the boat

Categories: Things to Do on The Island

26
July
2013

Geocaching on Woody Island

A New Cache for Summer 2013

Visitors to our accommodations find many ways to explore the beautiful Woody Island. While some are beach combing, others are learning to kayak (when available), and still others are relaxing with a book in the sun.

Some people are even on a high-tech treasure hunt. This treasure hunt is called geocaching. Geocaching is a global activity where GPS coordinates are used to find hidden treasures (or caches) outdoors all around the world. Users hide tupperware, mental boxes and other containers under trees stumps and other clever locations. Geocachers then look online to get the coordinates and use their GPS devices or smartphones to find the treasures anywhere in the world. Newfoundland and Labrador is home to 1000’s of caches in places ranging from downtown St. John’s to Port Hope Simpson to Placentia Bay.

 The map below shows just some of the geocaches in Newfoundland. There are many more in Atlantic Canada.Geocaches In Newfoundland

Categories: Things to Do on The Island , Saltwater Joys

10
July
2013

Getting Screeched In

How to become an honorary Newfoundlander and Labradorian

Newfoundland and Labrador is a place full of love for our province and pride in our heritage. For those born out of province (known as ‘come from away’s or mainlanders) it is hard to ever be labeled Newfoundlanders or Labradorians. There is one thing, however, that come from away’s (or CFAs) can do in order to bestow upon themselves the hallowed title of honorary islanders.

Bill Plager kisses a codfish

Categories: Woody Island History, Newfoundland and Labrador Culture

20
June
2013

"A Newfoundland Kitchen Party"

The Entertainers

The "Newfoundland Kitchen Party" has always been a popular idea with visitors to Newfoundland and Labrador.  Expatriates have fond memories of kitchen parties from living here as children or have heard about the parties from their relatives. Other visitors hear about the famous tradition through local culture, advertising and other mediums.

According to heritage.nf.ca, The tradition of household entertainment continues to thrive, and on a Saturday night, makeshift jam sessions still unfold in kitchens, living rooms and basements around the province.”

Included with the Woody Island tour package is an old-fashioned kitchen party. Our party involves live entertainer with a guitar, an accordion, and even an ugly stick or two thrown into the mix.

Categories: Newfoundland and Labrador Culture

03
June
2013

17th Annual Kayaking Adventure to Woody Island Resort

If you have been following our newsletter or social media presence, you may very well have heard of our 17th Annual Kayaking Trip to Woody Island Resort. We have created an event on our Facebook page here: https://www.facebook.com/events/544305225613462/. You can read a lot about this year’s event by seeing the description on that page. Just as in the past, we will be teaming up with local business, Eastern Edge Outfitters to put together our event. We’re hoping that this year will be even better than last! See below for a couple pictures from last year’s event and one other year.

We also came across some pictures on this page: http://www.kayakers.nf.ca/sea_kayaking/Gallery/misc_kayak.html from a retreat a few years earlier. Have a look!

Categories: Group Bookings, Saltwater Joys

21
May
2013

Getting married on Woody Island

Staff gets new credential

Keeping a wedding simple can be a big challenge. If you have ever planned one you surely know that guest lists and budgets can quickly grow out of control. Planning a wedding at Woody Island has always been a little easier. This year it is going to be even more simple than before.

Categories: Group Bookings, Saltwater Joys

07
May
2013

Woody Island Resort opens for 2013 season

Season kicks off with yoga retreat

Hi everyone and welcome once again to the Woody Island blog! If you are currently receiving the Woody Island Newsletter, you would have heard last week about our opening date. (If you have not yet signed up for our newsletter, you can do so now by sending us an email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and asking to be added.) Our first official sail of the 2013 season took place last Friday, May 3rd. For the first time ever, we hosted a yoga retreat on Woody Island. The event hosted by Shakti Yoga of St. John’s and Mount Pearl, was a great success.

Students of Shakti Yoga studio visited Woody Island for a two-night/one-day trip. The visitors used our large common space in the Oceanside Lodge to take part in their classes. Students followed structured classes and also had some time to work on challenging poses on their own, with the calming view of water in the distance, all the while. Spectacular weather even allowed some participants to stretch out on the beaches and banks of Woody Island. When their day was not filled with yoga, visitors had the chance to walk the island to take in the island’s history and nature. Walking visitors spotted an abandoned birds’ nest, an otter slide, and a few bald eagles. One visitor even made a small water gun from the branch of a tree! 

At Woody Island we have a few more events in the works for the coming months. This includes a kayaking event set for late June. Contact us by email (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) or phone ((709) 364-3701 or 1-800-504-1066) for more information on this exciting event.

Keep checking into our blog throughout the spring and summer as we bring you: news, photos, and history concerning Woody Island Resort. Feel free to share your own stories, photos, or blog ideas. We hope our blog has you itching to visit (or revisit) Woody Island in 2013!

Also see the Shakti Yoga studio page at: http://www.shaktiyogastudio.ca/

 photo by Megan Denty Two of the tree housing buildings of Woody Island Resort, The Old Shop Museum, and some other buildings photo by Megan Denty

Categories: Group Bookings, Saltwater Joys

26
July
2011

HOLLYWOOD(Y) Island Resort: Well-Known Guests!

HOLLYWOOD(Y) Island Resort: Well-Known Guests!

Woody Island may be off the beaten path, but the resort has certainly seen its share of notable guests over the years. That group ranges from local politicians and television hosts to platinum award-winning band members and even a world famous television personality!

In terms of politicians, There have been three Premiers of Newfoundland and Labrador to spend time at the resort. Clyde Wells, Brian Tobin, and Roger Grimes have all enjoyed our beautiful views and cozy accommodations.

Continuing with the provincial theme, the popular local television show Newfoundland Sportsman finally crossed Placentia Bay to Woody Island after years of having the trip on their list of must-do's. Hosts Dwight Blackwood and Gord Follett did some excellent cod fishing and even got to experience our popular kitchen party, always with live entertainment!

Allan Doyle, lead singer of Great Big Sea, and his wife came to Woody Island Resort for a visit a few years back. They savoured delicious Newfoundland meals and spent an afternoon  exploring isloated coves and waterfalls on our boat tour. The platinum selling band will be playing at the famous George Street Festival in downtown St. John's in just two days time!

Finally, Martha Stewart visited the resort on a kayaking trip with Microsoft employees back in 1997. She also shot an episode of Martha Stewart Living with us! During her stay, she got a map reading lesson, learned to jig for cod, picked some fresh local berries and finally watched one of our friendly cooks make our famous toutons!

These celebrities managed to find us, so you have no excuse! And while you may not be known around the world or even in the province, Newfoundland hospitality is the same no matter who you are. Everyone is treated like a star at Woody Island Resort!

Categories: Woody Island History, Saltwater Joys

10
July
2011

Home Is Where The Heart Is: The "Saltwater Joys" Title Explained

A name is defined as a word or combination of words by which a person, place, or thing, a body or class, or any object of thought is designated, called, or known. In choosing a name for this blog, ensuring an immediate connection between the reader and the province of Newfoundland and Labrador and its people was key. The experience at Woody Island Resort is certainly unique, but always stays true to Newfoundland, so any title had to reflect that.

Whether it's generosity, friendliness, hospitality, or perseverance, the people of this province are known to be some of the nicest and most hardworking folks on the planet.These are the traits of Newfoundlanders and Labradorians that are beautifully portrayed though many forms of art. The music, literature, dance, photography and storytelling communities are all strong and flourishing in this province, so there was certainly no shortage of material from which to choose a title.

After careful consideration, "Saltwater Joys" emerged as the best representation of this province and its values. "Saltwater Joys" is of course the name of the famous song that so accurately depicts the resilient and appreciative mindset of the people of this province, people who have persevered in such a harsh and unforgiving yet ultimately rewarding locale for over five hundred years. "Saltwater Joys" conjures up distinct Newfoundland memories to all who have a connection to this province. Even if you don't have a noteworthy link to the province, the song definitely helps to provide some perspective. Watch, listen, and enjoy!                                                                                           
Saltwater Joys - Buddy Wasisname and the Other Fellers (YouTube video by JayBrew391):

At Woody Island Resort, there is an abundance of ubiquitous local sights, smells, and sounds. Whether you're sitting on the veranda enjoying breathtaking views of Placentia Bay, savoring delicious home cooked meals, or listening to a lively accordion song, there is no mistaking this place for any other. This is Newfoundland and Labrador, and everyone is invited!

Don't forget to check us out on Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube for more information, as well as contests, photos, and videos featuring the resort!

Categories: About Our Blog, Saltwater Joys

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