Looking across from the Gillespie House is a beautiful open garden, Hamilton’s Cove, now empty of homes although at its peak, it was a thriving community. Visit the old graveyard, and then ascend the old road to Webber’s Bite, once also home to many families. On the way, you’ll pass a second graveyard that Mother Nature has consumed. Comb the beach in Webber’s Bite for the many drift wood and sea glass treasures. Enjoy a picnic in the old fields before returning along the trails. you’ll pass a second graveyard that Mother Nature has consumed. Comb the beach in Webber’s Bite for the many drift wood and sea glass treasures. Enjoy a picnic in the old fields before returning along the trails.
No one’s quite sure where the name Tom Tumbler came from. There was a chap, Tom Quirk, who lived at the base of the hill, and some speculate that he may have indulged in a few too many ales while
up on the hill and tumbled most of his way down. Follow a rough and steep (at times) trail to the top ridge of Tom Tumbler Hill. From the top, the majestic view is worth the climb as you can see the clearly defined ‘tickle’ to the harbor and the many of the islands of Notre Dame Bay. Rest and snack before your decent.
Fairy Hill Trail Hike Moderate – several steps
Follow the fairies to Fortune Harbour – fairies were significant in many areas of the island, and the older generation of the Harbour believed in the fairies and the oddities that happened to those who ventured into the woods and encountered these mysterious ‘little people’. Learn much of the local history while sharing the many fairy stories as you travel along the Fairy Hill Trail, tracing the shoreline of the south west arm of the harbour, along the old roads and through deserted family gardens. A moderately challenging set of steps will take you to the top of Fairy Hill where you’ll enjoy the scenic view of the many harbour islands, a commercial mussel farm and the homesteads. Rest; observe nature and wildlife while enjoying a provided boxed lunch and prepare for our return journey.
Here are 4 suggested hikes that experienced hikers may enjoy. Just ask and we would be happy to give you specific directions and/or suggest local guides.
Kinchler’s Rock Hike Moderate – small hills
A well- known story in Newfoundland folklore about a local named Kinchler who one night, on his return home to the Harbour met the devil and sitting upon a flat rock challenged him in a card game. When Kinchler won, the devil slammed his fist into the rock, leaving his hand print. Follow the old road that leaves from the end of the harbor and opens into Hamilton’s Cove. From there, the trail ascends up the hill towards Webber’s Bite where, with some careful searching, the famous rock can be found. This link takes you to the story… more here.