If you’re ever planning a trip to the gorgeous coasts of Newfoundland and Labrador it is absolutely impossible to choose just one destination. Many people may try to turn you toward the hustling and bustling city of St.Johns and surrounding areas but I’m here to tell you that the best place you could possibly visit is the Burin Peninsula. I may be a little bias because I grew up on the quiet and quaint shores of what we Newfoundlanders call ‘the bay’ but I can guarantee you it’s the best place to visit and I’m going to tell you why.
1. “The Boot”: To start a trip around the Burin Peninsula is also commonly known as a trip around ‘the boot’, this is because our little piece of NL is shaped just like a boot (yes, boots you wear on your feet, really, check us out on the map)! But if our quirky name isn’t enough to have you packing your bags I have plenty more where that came from.
2. Salmon River and Swimming Holes in Lawn: I grew up swimming in that we called the brook, a series of swimming holes that led into one another. I was always looking for new places to explore and new heights to jump from with my friends, the memories I’ve attached to these swimming holes have made it such a go-to place for me and I know whoever travels here will create their own beautiful memories. However, if swimming is not your forte, bring along your salmon rod and try your luck in one of our gorgeous salmon rivers, you never know what could be waiting for you
3. Chambers Cove in St. Lawrence: In 1942 two US Navy ships ran aground just off the coast of Lawn and St. Lawrence, after the shipwrecks, men from both communities pulled the survivors up over the rocky cliffs of Chambers Cove. Meanwhile, the women washed, fed and clothed the survivors to ensure they would be able to make it home to their families. Today this has been turned into a beautiful hiking trail and memorial site, there is no better place to go for a history lesson and some fresh air.
4. Sandy Cove Beach in Lord’s Cove: Are you ready for some fun in the sun? If the answer is yes (and who’s wouldn’t be?!) then you need to pay a visit to Sandy Cove Beach! This beach is my favorite on the entire island because of it’s laid back, family atmosphere; at any given time there’s always a family or group of friends simply enjoying themselves. I spent many summer days with my friends and family lounging on the beach, building sandcastles and of course jumping in the waves. Sandy Cove has something for everyone, but beware of cows, they love to come visit!
5. Sharon’s Nook in Grand Bank: My very first memory of Grand Bank was sitting in a vintage cafe, eating the greatest slice of Brownie Fudge Cheesecake while laughing and joking with my castmates from a play we were performing at the local high school. I created so many memories in that cafe and it brought so many lovely friendships into my life that whenever I’m in town I have to stop in for a slice of cheesecake. Sharon’s Nook offers so many yummy treats and home cooked meals (just like momma makes) that you must mark it on your map and stop in. You can find them on Facebook by clicking here!
6. The Beautiful Scenery: As you’re making your way around our little piece of heaven, you’ll have to stop every once in a while to take in the breathtaking scenery we have to offer, from the wind turbines in St. Lawrence to the gorgeous views of Burin you’ll have constant opportunities for a family photo!
So, there it is, ‘the boot’ of Newfoundland and Labrador in all it’s glory! Our little peninsula may not have tall buildings or fancy malls but what we do have is heart, I’ve always found my heart in these places, my favorite places and I know when you plan your trip across our coast you’ll leave a little piece of your heart as well.
Bailey, Miss Teenage Newfoundland and Labrador 2017 ❤