Just 2 hours from St. John’s Airport and midpoint along the beautiful and scenic Irish Loop you will come to charming and quaint Trepassey Newfoundland. Our rental home offers everything a family or couple could need or enjoy as they explore the local sites. The Irish Loop, in the Avalon Peninsula, is a must drive and see for anyone coming to Newfoundland with many historic sites and hiking trails along the way.
This stunning ocean view home has a large living room/dining room area and a bright and welcoming kitchen that is equipped with all the essentials. There are two bedrooms with one queen bed in one room and two twin beds in another room and the option of additional sleeping in the pull-out couch in the living room. This rental unit is priced for 4 but 2 additional guests can stay for an additional each per night. There is a shower and bath tub in the bathroom and a washer and dryer in the basement area. RV hookup is available. Trepassey is home to a couple of grocery stores (with a liquor store), a restaurant, a post office, and a hardware store. There is a beautiful hiking trail in Trepassey which many people enjoy by foot or with an ATV. Always look out for moose and caribou as you drive to and from Trepassey as you are bound to site these locals all over. This rental is available for July and August months.
The local restaurant is a place to meet locals, have a delicious meal and come out for some local entertainment. Trepassey is also home to Cape Race’s lighthouse keeper and local photographer extraordinaire, Clifford Doran. Enjoy his art which is featured in the Trepassey Inn and buy a stunning piece to own for your own collection.
There are many amazing sites in the surrounding areas to visit, just minutes away from Trepassey. The descriptions below are specifically referenced from the Newfoundland and Labrador Website:
Unesco Heritage Site, Mistaken Point Ecological Reserve (15 minutes away)
Preserved in exquisite detail upon the planes of tilted and cleaved mudstones along Mistaken Point's spectacular coastline, are fossils of the oldest, large complex life-forms found anywhere on Earth. This site is the only place in the world where you can view 565-million-year-old deep-sea floors that accurately preserve the ecology of ancient ocean floor communities. Access is by guided hike only. Official interpretive tours can be booked from the centre.
Cape Race (20 minutes)
Cape Race Light station is a National Historic Site. The lighthouse contains one of the most powerful lights in the world. It is an important landfall marker for North America. The first and last light seen by many vessels crossing the Atlantic. It is still manned year around. Tours are available to Cape Race were the radio operators were the first to pick up the distress signal from RMS Titanic, which struck an iceberg 400 km to the south and sank with a huge loss of life in 1912. The Myrick Wireless Interpretation Centre is a reconstruction of the Marconi station that stood here almost a century ago. The third attraction is the Cape Race Lighthouse, which has warned mariners of the treacherous ocean since 1856.
St. Vincents (30 minutes away)
St. Vincent's, where sheep raising has a long history, has a long stretch of sandy beach running parallel to the highway. This is a marvelous place for beachcombing, whale watching and birdwatching. Deep water near the shore enables whales to swim very close to the shoreline. There's an observation area with coin-operated binoculars at the parking lot or one can simply sit on the beach and enjoy hours of entertainment from whale watching.
Bear Cove (30 minutes)
11.6-km trail between Kingman's Cove and Renews. Allow 4-6 hours. Moderate. Attractions include shipwreck, abandoned community, birdwatching, lighthouse, eagles, berry picking, colonial gun battery, grotto, museum.
St. Mary’s (40 minutes)
In the community of St. Mary's and throughout this region you will hear an Irish-influenced dialect of Newfoundland English and see a lifestyle similar to Ireland's. All along the way you meet the descendants of the original settlers and visitors to St. Mary's from the Emerald Isle are amazed so Irish a place exists outside their homeland.
Renews-Cappahayden (40 minutes)
Renews is the nearest harbour on the southern Avalon to the fishing banks offshore. Renews and nearby Fermeuse were unsuccessfully settled by Welsh colonists in the early 1600s, under a scheme promoted by Sir William Vaughan. A point of interest in the area is the grotto where Mass was celebrated secretly at night in the late 1500s when Catholicism was suppressed by the Protestant English.
Ferryland (50 minutes away)
Literally step right into the past at Ferryland. Sir George Calvert, who later became Lord Baltimore, established the Colony of Avalon here in 1621. The Colony of Avalon derived its name from Calvert's interest in Arthurian myths and legends and it is now the site of an ongoing archaeological dig. The colony was successful for a number of years until a series of cold winters and other hardships prompted Calvert to seek warmer climates in Maryland, New England. Unusual for its time, the colony was a haven of tolerance for Catholics. Sir David Kirke took over the colony later in that century. During his time, Ferryland's high, rocky cliffs were fortified with cannons to protect the settlement from attack, but later the town was stripped of its guns and fortifications and was unable to resist the Dutch, who landed in 1763 and destroyed it. But they didn't destroy everything, and archaeologists have uncovered a large number of artifacts. Excavation with brush and trowel continues today, and if you've ever wanted to see history being uncovered, just stand and watch. The items recovered are cleaned and catalogued and the most impressive finds are on display in the visitor centre nearby. Beothuk artifacts have also been found in the area, proving these aboriginal people inhabited this part of the coast. Another Ferryland attraction is an old lighthouse. There's a rough access road across the Downs, but it's best to walk out and see why Newfoundland painter Gerry Squires was so inspired by this area. A walk over the Downs to the lighthouse will be amply rewarded with a delicious lunch from the much-renowned Lighthouse Picnics, which you can enjoy perched on the grassy cliffs overlooking the ocean.
For an introduction to the famous Irish hospitality and culture of the Southern Shore, visit the historic Ferryland Museum in the old court house. The Southern Shore Shamrock Festival and Ferryland-Maryland Days are celebrated here in July each year, and there's a summer dinner theatre based on local stories and songs. Keep an ear tuned for stories of faeries.
Cape Broyle (1 hour)
Visit the Devil's Stairway, an interesting rock formation where Satan himself is supposed to have left his footprints in the face of the cliff. Cape Broyle is known as a unique sea-kayaking destination. Within the sheltered harbour, kayakers can paddle alongside whales, seabirds and icebergs when in season, as well as through sea caves and under waterfalls.
Salmonier Natural Park (1 hour 20 minutes)
Another favourite stop along this route is the Salmonier Nature Park, a 1,214-hectare wilderness reserve area with a large exhibit of 30 species of animals and birds indigenous to Newfoundland and Labrador. The park provides the opportunity to see at close range flora and fauna, which you might miss in the course of normal travels within the province. Kids love the park. As you walk along the boardwalk trail you will see moose, beaver, caribou, owls, otters, lynx, foxes and others.
Other sites in St. John’s:
Witless Bay Ecological Reserve (1.5 Hours)
Quidi Vidi (2 hours)
Cape Spear (2 hours)
Petty Harbour, Maddox Cove (2 hours)+ More