5 Scenic Walks in Western Newfoundland

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In my previous post I shared a sampling of the delicious meals that I had in Newfoundland and Labrador. I worked them off by taking as many walks as possible. It was easy to do because the province has 29,000 kilometres of pristine coastline and close to 300 hiking and walking trails.

Here are five scenic walks that I enjoyed in western Newfoundland. As always, click on any image in the galleries to see its bigger version and caption.

1. Corner Brook Stream Trail

I was staying at Glynmill Inn and the Corner Brook Stream Trail was steps from the inn entrance so I did two walks, one in the morning and one in the afternoon in opposite directions. The trails are well defined with minimal elevation.

The morning walk took me along the beautiful trail to the wetlands and into the forest. Pretty wildflowers, bright dandelions and adorable chipmunks were part of a wonderful start to my day.

The afternoon walk took me to another beautiful forest, then a bridge that crosses rushing waters and Glynmill Inn Pond with swans before I returned to Glynmill Inn.

2. Trout River Boardwalk

Trout River is a small rural fishing town located on the southern coastal edge of Gros Morne National Park, near the Tablelands. This town is known for its boardwalk and trails that connect to the National Park. I enjoyed the views over the water and a walk through town.

Trout River was settled in 1815 by George Crocker and his family, who were its only inhabitants until 1880. In 2014, a blue whale carcass washed up along the shore in Trout River which attracted international attention. The skeleton of this whale was later put on display at the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto.

3. Shallow Bay Trail

This 1.3-km loop trail is easy and perfect when short on time. I extended my walk to see St. Mary’s botanical garden, St. Mary’s church, and Dr. Henry N. Payne Museum & Craft Shop (the longest running museum on the West Coast of Newfoundland). I returned to Shallow Bay just in time for a spectacular sunset.

4. The Dorset Trail, Port au Choix

The Dorset Trail winds across limestone barrens and through forest and heathland to coastal archaeological sites dating back 2,800 years. This was one of my favourite trails for the unusual landscape. Although the ground may look bare, when I took a closer look, to my delight, I discovered many plants living and thriving on these barrens.

5. Bottom Brook Trail

Bottom Brook received its name due to its location at the bottom of St. Anthony Harbour. The 1.4-km loop trail is an easy walk on a beautiful morning to start my day. After the walk, I took a boat tour from St. Anthony Harbour to see icebergs, seabirds and whales.

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I love the uniqueness of the above walks and their beautiful natural surroundings. They are simple walks that I could fit in first thing in the morning to warm up, or last thing in the evening to wind down. I hope you enjoy the landscape as much as I did.

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72 thoughts on “5 Scenic Walks in Western Newfoundland

  1. leannelc August 12, 2022 / 8:26 am

    What beautiful walks Natalie – and of course there’s all that coastline as well. You certainly made the most of your time there and your photos give a great overview of the area.

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    • Natalie August 12, 2022 / 4:43 pm

      Yes, these walks were great to stretch my legs and enjoyed the coastal landscape.

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  2. Janet Alcorn August 12, 2022 / 12:55 pm

    So lovely! I’m also a big fan of morning and evening walks, so I’ve started to look at walkability when choosing a place to stay. It’s wonderful to be able to take a walk without having to drive anywhere.

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    • Natalie August 12, 2022 / 7:32 pm

      I was happy to be close to so many trails and the weather was beautiful.

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  3. Lydia C. Lee August 12, 2022 / 6:52 pm

    You really sell Canada. I’ve never been that interested because I think it’s the same as here, but last few years I’m really changing my mind and thinking we should plan a trip. Love your photos. And all the art pics too. Great posts. (I am aware thinking countries are the same as each other is completely stupid…)

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    • Natalie August 12, 2022 / 7:35 pm

      If you like nature, I think Canada’s coasts and the Canadian Rockies are well worth visiting.

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  4. Deborah Drucker August 12, 2022 / 8:11 pm

    The scenery on the walks looks beautiful. I like that they don’t have a lot of elevation. Makes me think I could handle them.

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  5. Kirstin August 12, 2022 / 8:11 pm

    Those trails all look amazing. I would love to visit that side of Canada someday. A man came into where I work and when I said my hubby and I would be visiting the NE states in October he told me we had to drive up take the CAT from Main to Nova Scotia. It sounds great but we don’t have enough time and it’s still a little tricky getting into Canada for some. 🙂

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    • Natalie August 13, 2022 / 10:30 am

      Yes, a trip to Canada’s east coast guarantees beautiful scenery, rich history and delicious seafood. I hope you visit Canada someday.

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  6. Maria August 13, 2022 / 1:41 am

    These walks are amazing Natalie! I love this kind of vacation, beautiful nature, walks, and good food. Sounds about perfect!

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    • Natalie August 13, 2022 / 10:32 am

      It was an amazing trip. I feel fortunate and grateful to experience so many beautiful things and warm hospitality.

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  7. Suzanne@PictureRetirement August 13, 2022 / 8:12 am

    Scenic walks are good for the body and soul. Nice way to wake up and wind down. Thanks for sharing these beauties.

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    • Natalie August 13, 2022 / 10:35 am

      Suzanne, Thank you for stopping by. I agree with you that scenic walks are good for body and soul. During my trip, I looked forward to discovering this type of walk every day.

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  8. trentpmcd August 13, 2022 / 8:13 am

    Looks like some great walks! It is beautiful country up there.

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    • Natalie August 13, 2022 / 10:37 am

      Welcome back, Trent. Yes, it’s beautiful country in Newfoundland. Lots to explore and enjoy up there.

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  9. Astrid August 13, 2022 / 2:16 pm

    These all sound like great walks! The first one in particular sounds like one I would enjoy if I ever were in the area.

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    • Natalie August 13, 2022 / 3:49 pm

      Yes, the first walk by the inn was beautiful.

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  10. Suzanne August 13, 2022 / 7:38 pm

    Walking alongside water is always relaxing. Looks like you are having wonderful weather for your walks, Natalie.

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    • Natalie August 13, 2022 / 9:05 pm

      Yes, coastal walks are wonderful, especially in good weather.

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  11. csuhpat1 August 13, 2022 / 8:22 pm

    Thanks for hosting this great party and I would love to do any of those walks. I want to do all of those beautiful walks. Thanks for sharing them.

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    • Natalie August 13, 2022 / 9:06 pm

      Thank you for linking up. I’m pleased you liked these walks.

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  12. Retirement Reflections August 14, 2022 / 12:12 am

    Hi, Natalie – Your post has made me want to revisit Newfoundland promptly. Such wonderful walks! Thank you for sharing them.

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    • Natalie August 14, 2022 / 5:38 pm

      Hi Donna, Western Newfoundland is beautiful for walks at all levels. I understand why you would want to revisit.

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  13. Dan Antion August 14, 2022 / 9:53 am

    It looks like such a beautiful place to be walking. Lovely photos, Natalie.

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    • Natalie August 14, 2022 / 5:41 pm

      Dan, Western Newfoundland has beautiful scenery. I lucked out with the weather when I was there.

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  14. Liesbet @ Roaming About August 14, 2022 / 10:16 am

    Gorgeous walks and scenery, Natalie. And diverse too. As always, the blue skies are a delight. You must have gotten mucky with the weather – at least during these explorations. 🙂

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    • Natalie August 14, 2022 / 5:43 pm

      Liesbet, I was lucky with the weather; only got periods of light rain when I was in St. John’s. Newfoundland has beautiful scenery all over the island; truly a hiker’s paradise.

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  15. Marsha August 14, 2022 / 12:20 pm

    Natalie, you find the most beautiful pristine places to visit and hike. Do you do all this alone, or do you have company when you go on these long hikes? I hope there is someone to enjoy it with you. You lead a most interesting life as an explorer. The title of your blog fits you.

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    • Natalie August 14, 2022 / 5:47 pm

      Thank you, Marsha, for your kind words. I do my homework before selecting a travel destination. Some of my walks on this trip were solo and some with friends I met along the way. I chose my blog name to reflect a bit of my personality 🙂

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      • Marsha August 15, 2022 / 12:20 pm

        You have done well, my friend. You manage to hit a lot of highlights. I am going to Portland next month to meet a bloggers, so I started researching public art there. After all the riots there, I have no idea the condition I’ll find the city in. My brother was mugged there a year ago just because he was walking in the wrong neighborhood – or so the guy said that caught him in a stranglehold.

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        • Natalie August 15, 2022 / 9:40 pm

          It’s scary what happened to your brother. Some cities have free walking tours so you may be able to find one to join in Portland. I look forward to your post-trip report.

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          • Marsha August 16, 2022 / 12:49 pm

            Yes, it was very scary. He and I are both walkers, so I will look for one while I’m there. San Francisco has some great walking tours.

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              • Marsha August 16, 2022 / 2:07 pm

                Thank you so much, Natalie. That was so kind.

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                • Natalie August 16, 2022 / 2:34 pm

                  You’re welcome, Marsha. I hope you find at least one tour that you like.

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                  • Marsha August 17, 2022 / 2:59 pm

                    They definitely reminded me of some places to visit while I’m there. The Columbia River Gorge is always lovely. The biking trips sounded amazing. Those would be my first choice. I’m going to see if anyone else wants to do any of them. I emailed them to all our other blogger friends that are meeting us.

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                    • Natalie August 17, 2022 / 6:15 pm

                      That’s great, Marsha. It would be fun if you and your blogger friends could take a tour together. Remember to take pictures 🙂

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                    • Marsha August 18, 2022 / 11:06 pm

                      Always, we are visiting Cee Neuner! 🙂

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  16. Erica/Erika August 15, 2022 / 9:10 pm

    This is an amazing post, Natalie! It is great when the trails are well defined. We were in Newfoundland about 35 years ago and it was a great adventure. I may plan a return trip after seeing your gorgeous photos. Thank you for sharing. 💕

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    • Natalie August 15, 2022 / 9:46 pm

      Erica/ Erika, Thank you for your kind words. I was happy to discover so many trails when I was in Newfoundland. The scenery is beautiful, the trails are in great conditions, and I lucked out with the weather. I already put Newfoundland on my to return to list. Have a wonderful week!

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  17. Melis August 17, 2022 / 10:15 am

    The busy-ness of Summer stole me away from the computer for a bit but goodness am I glad to be seeing your posts again. Always such lovely reminders to get out and explore the world around us 🙂 Thank you.

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    • Natalie August 17, 2022 / 10:25 am

      Melissa, Thank you for stopping by. I hope you’ve been keeping well. The farm must keep you super busy. I look forward to hearing from you.

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  18. restlessjo September 5, 2022 / 12:57 pm

    It looks like perfect walking territory, Natalie. I do like variety in my walks. Thanks a lot for sharing! Enjoy the rest of your week.

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    • Natalie September 5, 2022 / 1:54 pm

      Thank you, Jo. A variety in our walks is great for our senses. Have a wonderful week!

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  19. Jennifer Jones September 6, 2022 / 6:32 pm

    Natalie this looks like a beautiful walk and so peaceful.

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    • Natalie September 6, 2022 / 8:19 pm

      Thanks, Jennifer. I greatly enjoyed the beauty and peace in Western Newfoundland.

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  20. Debbie September 6, 2022 / 8:04 pm

    What beautiful views and scenery you’ve captured Natalie, the weather looks superb too. I’m back blogging after a break so it’s good to catch up with you again!

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    • Natalie September 6, 2022 / 8:21 pm

      Welcome back, Debbie! I lucked out with the weather when I was in Newfoundland and Labrador. The province has beautiful landscape and seascape. I’ll be over to your blog shortly.

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  21. Sue from Women Living Well After 50 September 6, 2022 / 8:13 pm

    I enjoy discovering the area where I’ve moved to. It has a lake and walking tracks. The weather looks perfect in your photos and ideal for a walk. Loved your photos as usual Natalie, thanks!

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    • Natalie September 6, 2022 / 8:22 pm

      Hi Sue, A lake and walking tracks sound wonderful. It will soon be spring in Australia. I imagine you’ll be out exploring frequently.

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  22. Min Write of the Middle September 7, 2022 / 1:04 am

    Such diverse and beautiful walks Natalie! It really is beautiful in your part of the world! xo

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    • Natalie September 7, 2022 / 7:24 am

      Thank you, Min, for your comment. I enjoyed these easy walks and the captivating scenery.

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  23. Deborah September 7, 2022 / 8:42 pm

    Hi Natalie, so many beautiful walks and such beautiful pictures. (Nice to catch up again by the way. I’ve been awol for a bit.)

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    • Natalie September 7, 2022 / 9:04 pm

      Hi Deborah, It’s great to hear from you. I love the beautiful landscape and walking trails in Western Newfoundland.

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  24. Denyse Whelan Blogs September 8, 2022 / 2:32 am

    Such a green and wonderful setting there Natalie, against the blue of the water. I am so appreciative of your sharing these experiences. I LOVE how a little plant will just “pop” up from seemingly nowhere. It’s good thing to look down as well as up at times!!

    Thank you so much for joining in the first week of Wednesday’s Words & Pics Link Up!

    I am glad to have reconnected a lovely blogging community here and look forward to more sharing as we move forward.

    See you next week, on Wednesday 14 September 2022 if you have a post to link up!

    Warmest wishes and appreciation from

    Denyse.

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    • Natalie September 8, 2022 / 7:49 am

      You’re welcome, Denyse. I’m glad to contribute to my blogger friends’ linkups when I can. It was fascinating for me to examine the plants and their pretty flowers in the limestone barrens. They’re great examples of how living organisms adapt to their environment to survive and thrive. Have a wonderful week!

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