WATER COVE TO PORT KIRWAN’S BELLE MAISON
(minus Kingman’s Cove Rd.)
Heather was teaching today, so I (Sébastien) decided to do an easy hike with the girls. Since the northern section of Bear Cove Point Path is a solid ATV trail, I felt it was a great place to go. This is a BEAUTIFUL woodland section of the ECT. By far one of the best ATV sections on the trail (no bogs, no ruts, no loose gravel – just a good, hardened footpath), Amélie’s little legs had no issue with the trail.
Despite the fact that it’s late October, there were still enough blueberries on the entire length of the trail to keep Évangéline happy. And because it’s so late in the season, these are perfectly ripe – the sweetest blueberries we’ve found all year!
When we got to Joes River at Water Cove, I decided to turn around, since this is where the ATV trail turns into a footpath.
Amélie DID NOT want to turn back.
She was having too much fun playing “I Spy.”
Despite the fact that she really doesn’t get the point of the game.
I managed to convince her by promising her to play “I Spy” on the way back to the trailhead and a treat when we get to the corner store. When we got to the corner store, Amélie still had tons of energy, so I decided to do the community link up to Port Kirwan. This is a lot farther than I anticipated. What the road sign says is 2km is really 4.5km.
Port Kirwan is one of the hidden jewels of the Southern Shore. It’s a beautiful place, with tons of well-made stone retaining walls, great folk art, traditional architecture, all neatly contained in a rugged landscape. By the time we got to “downtown” Port Kirwan, all three of us were tired and hungry. Spotting a sign that said “Belle Maison – Dine and Dream,” we knocked on the door in the hopes that the restaurant was open during the shoulder season. Turns out, this isn’t a restaurant at all – it’s a B&B!
The wonderful couple who owns this magical place immediately offered Amélie a snack which she happily gobbled up. Offered a tour of the place, we can attest that it bears its name of “Belle Maison” very well (“beautiful house”).
What an awesome place!
And what awesome people – true archetypes of coastal community generosity. Alvin & Sharon: Thank you for your hospitality! We’ll definitely stop by again!
- DAY 1: 0.15km (Our house to Alder Hill)
- DAY 2: 1km (Alder Hill to Bears Cove Inn)
- DAY 3: 1.65km (Bears Cove Inn to Tobin Memorial)
- DAY 4: 1.5km (Tobin Memorial to Otter Cove)
- DAY 5: 1km (Otter Cove to Upper Red Cove)
- DAY 6: 0.6km (Upper Red Cove to South Head)
- DAY 7: 4km (South Head to Bay Bulls Trailhead)
- DAY 8: 3km (Bay Bulls Trailhead to Captain Wayne’s Excursions)
- DAY 9: 5.8km (Captain Wayne’s Excursions to the Bull Head Light)
- DAY 10: 7.2km (Fort Amherst to The Battery)
- DAY 11: 1.3km (Our house to Harrigan’s Grocery & Convenience)
- DAY 12: 3.5km (Harrigan’s Convenience to Camel Cove Beach)
- DAY 13: 1.8km (Mobile Beach to Herring Cove)
- DAY 14: 500m (Deadman’s Bay Trailhead to Lookout Point)
- DAY 15: 4km (Herring Cove to Camel Cove Beach)
- DAY 16: 2.5km (Mobile Beach to Cape Canine)
- DAY 17: 3.3km (Cape Canine to The Cribbies)
- DAY 18: 2.9km (The Cribbies to Burnt Cove Beach)
- DAY 19: 800m (LaManche Bridge to Herring Cove Point)
- DAY 20: 1km (Riverside Restaurant to the Cape Broyle Wharf)
- DAY 21: 2.7km (Bauline East Wharf to LaManche Bridge)
- DAY 22: 3.1km (The Battery to The Quidi Vidi Village Plantation)
- DAY 23: 1.5km (Quidi Vidi Village to Bawden’s Highlands)
- DAY 24: 4km (Cape Broyle Wharf to Pagoda Projects)
- DAY 25: 2km (Burnt Cove Beach to Bauline East Wharf)
- DAY 26: 5.4km (Cappahayden to Island Meadow)
- DAY 27: 800m (Blackhead village to Bull Cove)
- DAY 28: 3.5km (Brigus South to Hares Ears)
- DAY 29: 1.5km (Chafe’s Landing to Big Hill)
- DAY 30: 2km (Island Meadows Path Trailhead to Renews Bridge)
- DAY 31: 1.8km (Chafe’s Landing to Cape Spear Path trailhead)
- DAY 32: 2.5km (Flamber Head Trailhead to Hares Ears Point)
- DAY 33: 4.3km (Hares Ears Point to Admirald’s Cove trailhead)
- DAY 34: 4km (Calvert Plant to Castle Hill)
- DAY 35: 4.7km (Renews trailhead to Island Meadow)
- DAY 36: 2.2km (Torbay’s Little Beach to Little Gallows Cove)
- DAY 37: 2.5km (Beachy Cove to Cape Broyle’s Riverside Restaurant)
- DAY 38: 3km (Renews Bridge to Ship’s Bottom)
- DAY 39: 0.4km (Lookout Point to Flowers Point)
- DAY 40: 1.1km (Petty Harbour’s Big Hill to Fortune Cove)
- DAY 41: 2.5km (Calvert Wharf to Lance Cove)
- DAY 42: 7km (Water Cove to Port Kirwan)
- Amélie’s total progress: 109.5km/316km
- Distance walked by the adults today: 13km
- Total distance walked by the adults: 207.4km