Things to Do on The Island

These posts describe many of the optional activities that you may take part in during your visit to our island accommodations.

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.


 

 

 

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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

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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

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