TWO DAYS (ONE NIGHT) AGENDA
9:15 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.
Arrive in Garden Cove and take your luggage to boat. Parking attendant will assist you in parking your vehicle.
Board M.V. "Merasheen".
Prepare for Departure.
Depart Garden Cove for Woody Island.
The crew will invite you to have a tea or coffee with fresh homemade tea buns, and you can relax in the heated cabins or take in the fresh sea air on the fly bridge as you begin your journey.
As you leave the wharf, look to the left - the grassy knoll is known as Bloody Point, where two pirates are believed to have fought to the death.
As we cruise up this beautiful inlet, you can see that this stretch of water is nestled between the hills of Sound Island on our left and the Burin Peninsula on our right. This sheltered inlet is less than a half mile wide, and as the route to Woody Island is only a couple of hundred feet from shore all the way, you have no worries of encountering rough waters. Get your cameras ready as bald eagles often nest on Sound Island and we may see a mated pair. Straight ahead Woody Island comes into view and off in the distance is Bar Haven.
Approaching the dock at Woody Island, you see the four lodges of Woody Island Resort overlooking Old Cove as well as the stages, wharves and cabins of fishermen who return each spring to pursue the cod, scallop and lobster fishery.
You have about an hour or so before lunch to acquaint yourself with our house, the staff, and Old Cove. You can take a walk to several sandy or pebble beaches within five minutes walk from the lodge; you can chat with any of the local fishermen; or you can just stroll around the cove at your leisure.
If you are settled in your room and are familiar with the place, you may enjoy the 5-10 minute walk to the sandy beach. Follow the path to the right, you can't miss it.
Looking out over the water from the sandy beach, you see Arnold's Cove and Come-by-Chance, as well as Merasheen, Brule, Long Island and Spencer's Cove in the distance.
Lunch is served - Steaming bowls of thick delicious pea soup; fresh homemade bread just out of the oven - enjoy as much as your stomach can hold. Top it off with toutons smothered in molasses and a cup of tea or coffee.
You may like a rest after lunch, but a walk to another resettled community of Janes Cove, at the other end of the island, is a real treat. Approximately 45 minutes to the left as you leave the main house will take you over gently rolling hills and grassland with breathtaking scenery. You can go off the main trail and visit the old graveyards, hike along the beaches or visit the ruins of the church and schoolhouse. If you've never rowed a dory, now is the time to learn. Ask the staff for a life jacket and you are ready to begin. Horseshoes is a favorite game for many, or you may want to have a game of darts in our store loft. If you like a game of cards, there is, no doubt, someone eager to join you in a hand or two. Browse through some of the material on local history. Some of the photos are a real treat.
Pay Per Use Activities:
On occasion, in addition to our all-inclusive package, on peak days, we may be able to offer up to three Pay-Per-Use Activities. Unfortunately, due to the unpredictable demand, we are not in a position to have staff on standby at all times to carry out these activities. Rather, we must gauge the demand and then seek out staff in the Woody Island/Garden Cove area. Consequently, you should check with the staff on the day of your visit to see which, if any, of these Pay-Per-Use Activities are available.
The following are the Pay-Per-Use Activities (Minimum Numbers Apply):
- Guided Kayaking Tours - $30.00 per person. Explore the coves and enjoy the peace and tranquility of the Woody Island beaches and shoreline via this unique method of transportation - approximately one hour.
- Wagon Rides - $8.00 per person. If you are not in the mood to explore Woody Island by walking, enjoy the tour which takes you to the next community of Janes Cove and return, stopping at points of interest along the way - approximately one hour.
- Small Boat Rides - $30.00 per person based on 6 people. This is a great way to explore the coves and scenery in the area. Depending on the season, the winds, the tides, etc., you may have the opportunity to try your hand at fishing for mackerel, cod, or other species - approximately one hour.
You have enjoyed your walk and now is a great time to relax on the patio after your adventurous afternoon. The afternoon sun is quite radiant at the rear of the house, while the cool breeze off the ocean at the front is very refreshing. If you would like a cup of tea or coffee, go ahead and ask the staff in the kitchen.
Supper is in half an hour. The smell coming from the kitchen assures you it's a good one.
Supper is usually pan-fried cod, vegetables baked and boiled, homemade bread, grandmother's favourite cottage pudding, complete with a complimentary glass of wine. Don't be shy - ask for a second helping or more, if you wish.
You've finished a relaxing supper and it's that time of the evening when the sun starts to fade and the sounds from the ocean draw you outside to catch the remnants of an unforgettable day. As you stroll along the path and down to the wharf, you become a part of the history and nostalgia.
It's time for some live music. Perhaps a guitar or accordion will set your shoes to tapping and your voice to song. For some, it's the perfect way to end this eventful day. Sleep comes soon for some as they get ready for the next day's adventure.
Some are already up and soaking up the sweetness of the early morning air as it drifts across the ocean.
The smell of toast and bacon stirs the morning hunger. Bacon, eggs, juice, tea or coffee and heaping plates of toasted homemade bread make up a hearty breakfast.
Breakfast is over and it's time to get the luggage ready so you can take that last walk to the beach, stroll down to the wharf, row a dory, or just relax. The staff are scurrying around getting ready for the next guests, but if you need anything, they are happy to assist you.
10:00 - 11:00 a.m.
Get ready to depart for the second part of your adventure. (The staff will advise you of the exact departure time).
You are on your way to visit another resettled community. As you pass Woody Island, you get a different view of the trails you hiked along the day before. In the distance, you can see Merasheen, Brule, Spencer's Cove, Tacks Beach and Isle Valen. Most of these islands have no permanent residents, just those who return each spring to pursue the fishery. Keep an eye out for whales, dolphins, bald eagles and other wildlife in the area as we head for another resettled community.
Muddy Hole also called Bollard's Town is located on Sound Island and is often visited on Day Two. This snug little cove was resettled in the 1940's, well before the official resettlement program began. While the staff prepare lunch, some may wish to hike around the harbour, or you may prefer to sit around the fire and listen to some music.
The fire is lit, the kettle is boiling, the picnic lunch laid out, so it's time to eat. Our picnic lunch is soup, sandwiches made from homemade bread, homemade squares or tea buns, as well as tea, coffee or a cold drink.
1:30 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Lunch is over, everything's packed away and it's back on "The Merasheen" for the return trip to Garden Cove. As we head back, keep an eye out for whales. As we head back to Garden Cove, you will pass numerous coves which were once home to hearty Newfoundlanders and it won't be hard to close your eyes and imagine you are back at the turn of the century.
2:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Arrival in Garden Cove. A farewell to new friends.