The Gravels walking trail near Port au Port Newfoundland Canada is a must see! Located on the isthmus, this easy out-and-back trail is 6.4 km in length and is located near Port au Port West-Aguathuna-Felix Cove. The hiking trail is also referred to as Danny's Trail in memory of a local resident and takes about 90 minutes to complete - depending on your interest level in fossils and geology.
Turquoise waters and a sea cave are natural attractions on trail
This scenic coastal path takes hikers through stunted boreal forests, a uniquely carved limestone coastline, and a large beach with dreamy turquoise waters and a small cave. In fact, I would have loved to try snorkeling here as the water was perfectly calm and the ocean crystal clear. Next time I visit the Port au Port Peninsula I'll be sure to take my snorkel equipment. I have spotted lobster, crabs and other marine life while exploring the waters around the rocky coastline.
The seaside trail is well-maintained, with stairs, wooden bridges and groomed gravel paths. Take the side path to visit Our Lady of Mercy church, one of Newfoundland's oldest and largest wooden buildings. Additionally, the site contains a museum and tea room with guided tours available. Picnic tables, garbage cans and park benches are also available along the Gravels walking path for your comfort. It is evident that the local community is quite proud of this natural attraction.
Beach combing and boil up along the Newfoundland Coastline is a must
The beach is perfect spot for a boil up lunch or beachcombing for treasures such as sea glass and seashells. I found some small pieces of weathered glass, driftwood, and empty shells belonging to sea urchins and mussels. Empty Crab shells are another common find on Newfoundland beaches. Small children and adults alike enjoy a photo opportunity in the small sea cave located at the far end of the beach.
The limestone coast contains many fossils from the Ordovician Period (485-444 million years ago), including trilobites, ammonites, and fossilized plants. In fact, if you examine my fossil photographs you can clearly see the ancient sea shell shapes. It was very easy to see the fossilized details of ancient sea plant life. The natural geological features along this coast are spectacular and a must see attraction while exploring the west coast of Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada.
The Gravels walking trail is a must see natural attraction in NL Canada
In conclusion, The Gravels walking trail is a must see natural attraction while visiting the island. The ancient fossils embedded in the limestone rock give us a glimpse into life in another historic era. A really great hike for individuals with a keen interest in geology.