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Explore

Our Location

Arnold’s Cove is a scenic, coastal Newfoundland community located just over an hour from St. John’s.   In addition to exploring our town and the towns nearby, we’re a central location for exploring and enjoying day trips to many top destinations on the Bonavista, Burin and Avalon peninsulas.

Enjoy our modern and convenient suites as your home base while you explore the region for a few days or enjoy a short stop along the way.   Centrally located for hiking trails, coastal site-seeing, cultural experiences, bird-watching, icebergs, whales, craft breweries, and much more. Check out how close we are to some top places.

DestinationTravel Time
Trinity1 hour, 30 minutes
Bonavista2 hours
St. John’s1 hour, 20 minutes
Dildo Brewery50 minutes
Terra Nova National Park50 minutes
Cape St. Mary’s Ecological Reserve2 hours
Salmonier Nature Park1 hour
Ferry to St. Pierre in Fortune2 hours, 30 minutes

Explore The Local Area

Check out this video to see some of the local exploring opportunities.

Walks

If you enjoy community walks then we encourage you to explore this vibrant and photogenic community.

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Community & Marina Walk

The marina is a great place to check out with pleasure boats, working boats and fishermen. Be sure to chat with the locals. You may even get the chance to buy the fresh local seafood.

Resettlement Walk

The Resettlement Walk app provides a map and details on houses that were floated from across the bay during Resettlement (centralization).  Available to download by searching Stories of Resettlement on the App Store or Google Play.   One of those houses, the Drake House, is open to the public for viewing during the summer, along with Billy Wareham’s Fishing Stage which showcases fishing gear from the past.

Placentia Bay Lookout

From this vantage point you can view the islands of Placentia Bay including Woody Island, Sound Island, Bar Haven, Long Island and Merasheen Island. To get there, just turn on Whiffen Head Road and continue 1.3 km to the turn off for the Placentia Bay Lookout.

Hikes

Hiking is a very popular activity in this region. Most of the trails meander along the coastlines while others provide panoramic views from vantage points. These centuries’ old paths provided access to neighbouring communities and meadows used for pasture and vegetable gardens. Here are some local hiking trails.

Bordeaux Trail

Located in Arnold’s Cove
Boasts: Coastal scenery, beaches, coastal plants, meadows and remnant foundations
Distance: 11 km return
Directions: Turn onto Spencer’s Cove Road, then left onto Haystack Avenue, then left onto Harbourview Avenue. Continue to the end until you see the parking lot at the entrance to the trail.
Rated: Easy to Moderate

The Otter Rub/War Path Trail

Located in Arnold’s Cove
Boasts: Lookout used during the Americans in World War II, shoreline, beach, views
Distance: 2 km return
Directions: Turn right onto Peach Street. Trailhead is located at the end of Peach Street.
Rated: Easy


Old Cabot Highway to Arthur’s Hill Trail

Located in Arnold’s Cove
Boasts: Nature, an expansive view from the top
Distance: 7 km return
Directions: Exit off Main Road at Arnold’s Cove Inn, cross the bridge and continue on gravel road until reaching the trailhead.
Rated: Moderate


Cleary Hiking Trail

Located in Come By Chance
Boasts: Forest trail that follows a river down to an estuary
Distance: 7 km return
Directions: Exit Route 268 to Come By Chance from TCH and continue for 3km along the Main Road. The trailhead is located at the end of the community.
Rated: Easy

Truce Sound Coastal Trail

Located in Sunnyside
Boasts: A community hike that takes you along the coastline to Frenchman’s Island. Stop for a moment at the Peace Garden, a tribute to the native peoples who once occupied the land.
Distance: 3 km return
Directions: The trailhead about 1km from the TCH on the main road in Sunnyside.
Rated: Easy to Moderate

Centre Hill Trail

Located in Sunnyside
Boasts: The highest point in eastern Newfoundland. Pass all the wonders of nature; river, forest, marsh and bog as you climb to the top of Centre Hill. Best to hike on a sunny day so you can see the view of the five bays. Former fire tower look-out site.
Distance: 10 km return
Directions: The trailhead is near the end of the main road in Sunnyside.
Rated: Moderate to Difficult

Birds

There are two estuaries in the area, in Arnold’s Cove and Come by Chance. Estuaries are semi-enclosed bodies of water where fresh water from a river mixes with the salt water of the ocean. They play a critical role in providing sheltered habitat and food for juvenile fish. Estuaries attract a wide variety of predators, consisting mainly of shorebirds, seabirds, raptors and bigger fish.

The Killick Inn & Suites overlooks the estuary in Arnold’s Cove. It is designated as a Bird Sanctuary and is home to many types of birds such as eagles, osprey, geese, ducks, just to name a few. You can see these birds flying over and diving for the catch of the day – all from the comfort of your own suite!

Other Attractions and Things to Do

If you’re looking for a few day trip ideas, consider the following:

  • Vernon’s Antique Car Museum in Swift Current
  • Dildo Brewery in Dildo
  • Markland Cottage Winery in Whitbourne
  • Newfoundland Cidery Company in Milton
  • Cape St. Mary’s Bird Sanctuary in Cape St. Mary’s
  • Salmonier Nature Park in Salmonier
  • Day trips to explore the towns of Trinity and Bonavista