Saltwater Joys


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.

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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


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: 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: from a retreat a few years earlier. Have a look!

Categories: Group Bookings, Saltwater Joys


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


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:

 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


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


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!

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