THE WOODY ISLAND EXPERIENCE
Woody Island Resort, located on the Avalon Peninsula and only two hours drive from St. John's via Route 210, offers a unique Newfoundland vacation experience with many exciting attractions all at one destination. Situated on Woody Island in Placentia Bay, Newfoundland, this quiet outport community, which once boasted a population of 400, is one of hundreds of fishing villages from which people were relocated under the government resettlement program. Today it is home to mainly summer visitors. Woody Island Resort on Woody Island offers a tour package to this resettled community. The package includes: boat transportation from Garden Cove to Woody Island and return, comfortable overnight accommodations, excellent service, traditional Newfoundland meals, live entertainment with a Newfoundland "kitchen party", boat tour, and a wide variety of activities.
A STEP BACK IN TIME
After your reservations have been made, your trip to Woody Island departs Garden Cove at 10:00 a.m. Sit back and enjoy the 40 minute boat ride outside on the fly bridge or down below in our heated cabins. You will cruise through a completely sheltered inlet as you take in the unmatched scenery of Placentia Bay. As we pass Sound Island, don't be surprised if you see pairs of bald eagles as they can often be found to make their nests there. You may also see moose or caribou on the shore or whales frolicking in the ocean as you make your way to Woody Island.
Upon arriving at Woody Island Resort, guests are accommodated in four lodges where we can hold 60 people based on double occupancy (30 bedrooms with 2 beds in each room). There are private and shared bathrooms, showers, baths, a cozy dining room/common room with a fireplace. Each lodge boasts a large patio and deck from which you can view the beautiful scenery provided by the ocean, the mountains, and the islands of Placentia Bay.
TRADITIONAL HOME COOKED MEALS
Woody Island Resort is pleased to offer its guests the finest of Newfoundland cuisine. Enjoy steaming, thick bowls of pea soup, homemade bread and fluffy toutons for lunch. Dinner consists of delicious pan fried cod, vegetables boiled or oven roasted, homemade bread, cottage pudding for dessert and a complimentary glass of wine. Breakfast is the most important meal of the day and we start you off right. A hearty meal of bacon and eggs with homemade toast, juice, tea or coffee. Should our guests want a little snack in between meals, they are most welcome to go in the kitchen and help themselves or ask the staff to fix them something. There is plenty of food to go around so eat up!
Bar Services are provided.
*Some adjustments, within reason, can be made to the menu if given advanced notice.
**Also see the “Day Two” section of this link for more information on meals.
This vacation package includes an evening of entertainment. Kick up your heels and clap your hands to live music. Perhaps you would like to sing along. This Newfoundland spree is a lot of fun and a lot of laughs. So let loose and unwind. Maybe you’ll discover the entertainer in you!
TRIP ON THE BAY
After breakfast on day two, prepare for the second part of your adventure, a trip on the bay! A boat tour through the northern areas of Placentia Bay is a unique way to get a look at some of the other resettled communities such as Merasheen, Brule, Spencer’s Cove, Tacks Beach, and Isle Valen. The boat tour is also an exciting way to see some Newfoundland wildlife. Bald eagles soar overhead. Whales and dolphins may surface to say hello. You may even spot a moose or caribou along the shore. Of course, what would a trip on the bay be without a beach boil up? Our skipper will stop on one of the beaches along the way to prepare lunch. Feel free to hike around the harbour, or just sit by the fire and enjoy some music as you wait for the kettle to boil. For lunch, we have soup, sandwiches made from homemade bread, homemade squares or tea buns, as well as tea, coffee or a cold drink. After lunch is cleared away, it’s back on the Merasheen for the trip back to Garden Cove where you bid farewell to new friends and leave with enough memories to last a lifetime.