The Avalon Peninsula "Kayaking Off the Eastern Edge"

Cape Race, Newfoundland and Labrador

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The Cape Race light was the long awaited cue for vessels to alter course northward, rejoicing at being almost within reach of St. John’s harbor. However, a short distance to the southwest, Mistaken Point waited, luring unwary ships onto jagged shoals if they mistook it for Cape Race and turned north too soon. Locals still know many of the vessels on Newfoundland’s “shipwreck coast” by the cargoes, the “pork ship” or the “beer wreck” being the only name known for vessels that sank with their crews and cargo. As well as a record of death, Mistaken Point records the beginning of life is we know it. A week’s paddling off the Avalon Peninsula teaches more about ocean wind and wave, sea caves and stacks, and personal strength and stamina than years in more sheltered waters. It is also a chance to experience this island as it must have been before the Europeans, the Natives, and perhaps even the birds were here, when all that existed was rock, wind and wave.

The Avalon Peninsula: "Kayaking Off the Eastern Edge" Professional Review and Guide

"The Cape Race light was the long awaited cue for vessels to alter course northward, rejoicing at being almost within reach of St. John’s harbor. However, a short distance to the southwest, Mistaken Point waited, luring unwary ships onto jagged shoals if they mistook it for Cape Race and turned north too soon. Locals still know many of the vessels on Newfoundland’s “shipwreck coast” by the cargoes, the “pork ship” or the “beer wreck” being the only name known for vessels that sank with their crews and cargo. As well as a record of death, Mistaken Point records the beginning of life is we know it.

A week’s paddling off the Avalon Peninsula teaches more about ocean wind and wave, sea caves and stacks, and personal strength and stamina than years in more sheltered waters. It is also a chance to experience this island as it must have been before the Europeans, the Natives, and perhaps even the birds were here, when all that existed was rock, wind and wave."

Activity Type: Sea Kayaking
Nearby City: Cape Race
Duration: Overnight trip
Season: Best in summer
Local Maps: 4844 - Cape Pine to Renews Harbor 1:60,000
Driving Directions: Directions to The Avalon Peninsula: "Kayaking Off the Eastern Edge"

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May 2018