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Camping on Exploits Island

Travel by boat to the historic island of Exploits and spend the duration of the tour learning about what life was like on a remote island located at the headlands of the Bay of Exploits. Resettled by the Smallwood government in the 1960s, Exploits was once a thriving fishing village with shipyards, sawmills, forges, schools, churches and stores. Pretty much abandoned in the 1960s, it is now a summer destination for people who have ties to the island, kayakers and transient boaters from the eastern seaboard of North America.

Rates:

3 day…………………………………………………………$925.00

4 day……………………………………………………….$1,200.00

Subject to 15% sales tax.

This is an action-packed tour, and a reasonable level of fitness is expected for the hiking components.

We supply all camping gear, including tents and food.

Spend your time with a guide walking the historic trails (there are no roads) and engaging in the activities listed below.
Village walkabout with interpretation.

Visiting summer residents who live in restored traditional houses.

Hiking to scenic landmarks such as the lookout and the breakwater wall.

Visit the old graveyards, where you will see the resting place of some famous NL entrepreneurs of the day and evidence of the hardships or tragedies some families faced in what we often refer to as the “good old days.”

Pick wild mussels and feast on one of Atlantic Canada’s tastiest treasures.
Maybe try a kayaking session in calm waters.

Hike a 4.2 km trail through a boreal forest to our lighthouse situated over 200 feet above sea level, then enjoy a picnic with breathtaking scenery overlooking the Bay of Exploits.

In season you can participate in the recreational cod fishery and learn about the salt fish trade that was the backbone of our economy back in the day. Try your hand at splitting and salting cod in preparation for the drying process.

Evening campfires with storytelling.

Cod Fishery

Graveyards

Historic Lookouts

Mussel Picking

Rugged Coast

Storm Watching

Village Walkabouts

Breakwater Wall

Weekend

Adventure Special

This adventure will take you on a weekend journey to Historic Exploits Islands in the Bay of Exploits, Nl.  It’s centered around the resettled village of Exploits and as a bonus, includes one night at the Surgeon Cove lighthouse premises (The Escape) located on the western of the island.

Itinerary

Friday evening:  Meet at our base camp at Lawrence’s Harbor and travel To Exploits Island by boat. Get settled at a pre-established campsite. Enjoy a traditional meal followed by a campfire if conditions permit.

Saturday: Saturday’s activities can include the following activities. A guided kayaking tour of Exploits Harbor, a guided village walkabout which includes a visit to the old cemetery, the breakwater wall and the lookout. Pick mussels at low tide or fish for cod. Maybe visit some residents who have made Exploits their summer home.  It would be difficult to take in all of these activities but you can provide us with your choices before your trip.

Late Saturday afternoon: you’ll be on your way along the trail to the Surgeon Cove Lighthouse for a fine evening meal and a night at the Light keeper’s Inn. Relax on our front deck overlooking the ships run.

Sunday morning: Have breakfast at the inn and check out the beauty of the rugged headlands.  Check out the spar and boom and get a demonstration of how we get our supplies up nearly 200 feet from the ocean below. After lunch, return to Exploits harbor and depart for base camp.

Price $ 450.00 per person plus 15% hst.

This is a weekends only special and runs for July and August 2020

We supply all meals up to and including lunch on Sunday, all required kayaking and camping equipment. Check out the list of the things to bring list below for multi-day tours and please contact us for how the list can be modified to suit this special.

what to bring

Multi-Day Camping Tours

What Is Included

  • Group camping equipment, including tents, cookware, stoves, plates, bowls, cutlery and tarps for shelters
  • All food and some snacks
  • First aid kit
  • Guides carry emergency communication equipment, such as cell phones, VHF radios and Garmin Inreach Units

What You Bring

While our summers usually provide us with favorable weather, it can sometimes bring cool and damp conditions more in line with spring.

When packing clothes, it is very important to remember that cotton garments may provide some warmth when dry but are absolutely useless when damp and are very slow drying. Leave them home and look for polyester quick drying clothing!

  • Poly underwear, top and bottom
  • Long sleeve shirts (2)
  • Short sleeve shirt (2)
  • Fleece sweater
  • Quick drying pants (2) (the kind that converts to shorts are nice)
  • Socks
  • Wool hat and gloves (in case of cool evenings)
  • Lightweight rain/wind pants
  • Your sleeping bag
  • Sun hat
  • Sun glasses
  • Waterproof hiking boots or rubber boots
  • Sleeping pad (Thermarest)
  • Personal toiletries ( toothbrush, toothpaste, soap, etc)
  • Towel
  • Backpack
  • Baby wipes (valuable when conserving fresh water)
  • Sun screen and lip protection
  • Insect repellant
  • Water bottle
  • Personal medication
  • Campsite sitting pad
  • Flashlight with spare batteries (head lamps are excellent)

Optional 

  • Reading material
  • Camera (waterproof case is a must)
  • Multi tool (leatherman)
  • Binoculars (small)
  • Wine or beverage of choice (for evenings only), bagged wine packs well in a kayak
  • Treats
  • Pillow slip

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