We rolled into Corner Brook NL with little expectation. Our focus on planning and van preparations had been so time consuming and intense, that we didn’t actually get a chance to research what the western side of “The Rock” had to offer. Sometimes, not knowing is the best part.

Parking in Lark Harbour

Parking in Lark Harbour

It didn’t take us long to run into an old high school friend named Lindsay and her partner Brad. They were very excited to show us one of the local hikes. After some debate on which one of the seemly endless hikes to do, we finally decided on one called Port Head Light House and Cedar Cove.

The hike starts at the end of the road, beside a small pier in the fishing community of Lark Harbour. You head up a stair case and get your first view of the ocean and bay right away.

The first look-out.

The first look-out.

You then cross the ridge with steep cliffs down to the ocean right beside it. It is not for the faint of heart.

Don't look down!

Don’t look down!

The trail quickly turns straight up the fall line and becomes quite advanced. Sections of rope are setup to assist you up the mountain.

The steepest section.

The steepest section.

Once you arrive at the top, more breathtaking ocean views present themselves in a seemly endless fashion. The ridge walk offers a great spot to look for whales. A few in our group saw them quickly surface. The ridge is a great spot to stop for lunch if you can find a  place sheltered from the wind.

Lunch time!

Lunch time!

The foggy ridge.

The foggy ridge.

After making you way across the ridge, you start heading back down the fall line. It is just as steep as your way up, but this time you are using ropes to hold yourself back.

Descending to sea level.

Descending to sea level.

The hike ends with a great cool down in Cedar Cove. This low land area at ocean level squeezes you between 2 beautiful rock walls and is the perfect way to end the hike.

Heading back to the van after a great hike.

Heading back to the van after a great hike.

During the hike, we found out that Lindsay was a Yoga instructor and had a class in Massey Drive that same evening. She invited us to join and we couldn’t say no. Both Tracy and I owe a huge thanks to Lindsay for the class. It was actually my first time taking a Yoga class! If you are in Corner Brook and want to try Lindsay’s yoga class (highly recommended) email her for her class schedule at:

We also owe a massive thanks to Matt Murley and his family for hosting us in Corner Brook. Matt reached out to us during our crowdfunding campaign and suggested we come to town. After visiting here, we couldn’t agree more. It is a must stop for any adventurer.



Elevation: 250m
Distance: 4.8km
Difficulty: Difficult



  1. peter brooksbank Reply May 31, 2016 at 9:27 am

    Don’t know if it’s my phone, but can’t get past first part of blogs. Anybody else experiencing this?

    • John Reply May 31, 2016 at 4:43 pm

      How about now Peter?

    • peter brooksbank Reply June 1, 2016 at 6:35 pm

      Doing good now,John. It was just a ‘senior’ moment on my part. It’s all good!!

  2. Matt Murley Reply May 31, 2016 at 10:25 pm

    More than happy to help out, and so happy that you chose Corner Brook, NL for your first stop. Can’t wait to see what you guys accomplish over the next two years.

    Come back soon!

    • Matt Murley Reply May 31, 2016 at 10:26 pm

      P.S. That was a very hard, but worthwhile hike!

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