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November 05, 2016

Torbay Point, Newfoundland & Labrador

It's been a while since the last post but don't worry, we've been busy exploring and taking pictures! One of our favourite, shorter hikes, is definitely a close-to-home portion of the East Coast Trail (ECT) called Torbay Point which is actually only a section of the Cobbler's Path segment. 

In total, Cobbler's Path is 8.2km and suggested time is 3-4 hours. For this smaller section it is only about 15-30 mins depending on your pace from parking on a local road to the beautiful, scenic point. The trail first takes you through the woods all the while heading toward the ocean and this long, narrow jutting bit of land - stairs included. 

We've done this hike all times of day and year including an unforgettable Summer sunrise. There's something really special about waking up with the sun and everything else that calls the woods home. The only noise you hear is wildlife starting the day, the ocean waves crashing against the cliffside rocks and if you're lucky, the spray of humpback whales out for a morning meal. As odd as this may sound, during the right time of the year, you can almost guarantee at least one whale will be in the neighbourhood - we saw two that morning feeding and enjoying the calm Summer waters. 

This trail has lots of little stop spots that are perfect for a snack, to take a quick photo or even a picnic if you plan on spending more time taking in the beautiful scenery. As always on the ECT, make sure you've got proper footwear for the ever changing trail-beds, stairs and rocks that you'll come across and don't forget to take any garbage out with you that you've brought in. 

The East Coast Trail has over 300km of developed trail but don't let that intimidate you! Bite off small pieces, bit by bit and enjoy this hugely underrated asset that Newfoundland & Labrador has. Torbay Point is one of the lesser known sections of the trail but is definitely one of the coolest - go check it out! 

Let me know your favourite sections of the East Coast Trail and we'll do our best to get out and try those too! Keep exploring and enjoy the scenery wherever you find yourself.


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