The Road to the Beaches
This next region is full of sheltered coves, sandy beaches and sparkling waters.
This tour will take you to some of the best spots for water sports in the
province. Here you will find rivers to canoe, ponds to fish, inlets to sail and
clean, clear pools to swim.
Travel east on Route 1 from Gambo to the growing community of Glovertown which
has become the central town in the Alexander Bay area. It offers a wide variety
of services, beautiful scenery and warm hospitality.
From here, along Route 310, you can visit Saunders Cove, Traytown and Culls
Harbour before doubling back and continuing to the Eastport Peninsula where, in
season, fresh vegetables are available from local gardens and greenhouses. Here
you'll also find some small amusement parks.
Sandringham is the most westerly point of the peninsula and prime trout fishing can be
found in its many ponds and streams. Just a stone's throw along the road is
Eastport, a farming community and service centre that is the hub of the
peninsula and where you may take your choice of several roads leading to
neighbouring communities. Eastport is famous from its beautiful sandy beach
equipped with change houses, picnic tables and fireplaces. While in Eastport be sure to walk along
the north end of Eastport Beach to see its sand dunes, sea grasses, shore birds and the lazy lagoon.
Visit the Historic Holy Cross Church, built in 1890, this wooden church was built in the shape of
a cross. Eastport also hosts a
writer’s festival in August.
One very worthwhile side trip from Eastport is a four-kilometre drive north to
and Burnside where the Burnside Archaeology Centre displays artifacts from the 5,000 year human habitation of the area
. The centre operates a boat tour to some of the most important archaeology sites along the coast. And from
here you can take the ferry to St. Brendans, a trip that is filled with
terrific photo opportunities. St. Brendan's island was settled by the Irish and
the Old Country accent is as strong here as anywhere in Newfoundland.
Return to the main section of the peninsula and continue on Route 310 from
Eastport to Salvage, the oldest settlement in the region. Salvage is a typical Newfoundland
fishing community, clung to the cliffs and shore in such a way that it has become a scene of
beauty from the past. Here an old house (built around 1860) has
been converted into a Community Museum displaying a collection of artifacts that
reflect the long history of the place. Don't forget your camera because Salvage
is a photographer's dream. This is a good place to sample some foods popular with Newfoundlanders.
Double back on Route 310 and turn south from Eastport to Sandy Cove where the
beach is one of Newfoundland's finest. A short distance west of Sandy Cove you
will come to Happy Adventure and its two adjacent coves known as Upper and Lower
Coves. Besides enjoying the shallow beaches where children can wade in safety,
you will indeed have a ‘happy adventure’ with a feast of lobster. Live lobsters
can be purchased fresh during the lobstering season in early summer.