Wintertime Sadness? Remember, We Will (Hopefully) See Summer Again
This summer I took in all that Newfoundland has to offer in a craft brewery. By doing so, I drove across the province and got to see a lot of the province’s natural beauty like the Skerwink trail in Port Rexton, and the Tablelands in Gros Morne.
Perhaps the most amazing bit of nature I saw was Steadybrook Falls, situated on a trail around the Marble Zip Tours. Here, up in the mountains is a waterfall and a natural pool that overlooks the entire town. I was in awe of what I saw (once I regained my breath from the steady climb of the hike that lead us there, and the death-defying descending I had to do in order to get to the water…others would use much softer language than death-defying…). The water was far too cold to swim in (I’m super tough though, really) but I could not get over this amazing location.
This location made me think about the best secret swimming holes in the province or just favourite swimming spots in general. The Racket reached out to Newfoundlanders to see what where their favourite places to swim on a warm summer day is and we compiled this list:
Lumsden Beach: “Lumsden, formerly known as Cat Harbour, is located in Bonavista Bay and is roughly an hour drive to Gander. I think there is approx 500 permanent residents, with many more that have summer homes on the beaches of Lumsden North. The sandy beaches, like the one in my picture, stretch throughout most of Bonavista Bay. You could easily visit any of the other towns around it and find similar beaches and swimming locations.”- Jennifer Adams
Little Lawn: “It's off Highway 220 on the Burin Peninsula, approximately 5km from St. Lawrence. As you head towards Lawn, a few minutes past the windmills you need to keep an eye out for a large culvert running under the road. Park on the shoulder and follow the stream down to the falls. There's 3 main swimming areas affectionately called The Hot Tub, The Bath Tub, and The Kitchen Sink. The Hot Tub is a small area that can fit 3-5 people. Approximately 6' deep, it feels relatively warmer than the other two areas. The bathtub, in the middle, is approximately 18-20' deep. People commonly jump from the falls into the bathtub. Then down below is the kitchen sink, about 10-12' deep. The current here is less intense and more enjoyable for a relaxing swim.”- Jannika Tobin
Overfalls, Western Bay: “I have been swimming there for the past 14 years. It’s always filled with people, it’s about 10 minutes away from Northern Bay Sands so it’s usually a big hit for people leaving the beach to stop too.”- Brittany Garland
The Diving Hole, Sunnyside: “There are actually 3 swimming holes that are called the first spot, second spot, and the third spot. The picture is of the first spot. The trail is at the end of Sunnyside. “- Gena Pevie
Jim Dunne’s Hole, Flatrock: “If you Google it. You'll find info. There's been a few deaths over the years. It's not a dangerous spot. Just gotta stay away after heavy rain. There's half a dozen swimming holes in that river. If you ever get down that way. It's worth the walk along the river right to the ocean.”- Gord Waterman
Finally, here are two of my favourite places to swim when I was a kid:
Sandy Pond, Terra Nova National Park: I visited Sandy Pond this summer while on the brewery tour and it was exactly how I’d remembered it as a kid.
Crowley’s, Markland: I spent many a summer afternoon swimming in this river located just a few minutes away from my house. This was the spot to be back in the day and every time you walked down the path leading to the river you hoped to maybe be luck enough to have the place to yourself. I haven’t been swimming here in years and every summer when I’m home, I want to but never get around to it. Maybe I’d rather just keep it as a memory instead.