A night on Woody Island
Recently we took an overnight trip
to Woody Island,
located in Placentia Bay, Newfoundland. I was a little skeptical at
first when we made the plan with our good friends to go to Woody Island
for the nght, I mean my God, no TV, Internet, shoddy cell service and
electricity for short periods of time when the generator was running.
The two hour drive from St. John's was uneventful, the highway
condition sucks in spots but we made it to Garden Cove where we caught the
boat to head over to the island. The boat, The Merasheen is a nice
cabin cruiser modified to accomodate large groups of people.
The weather wasn't all that good
for the trip over but it was fairly warm and the fog lifted after short
time to reveal the sites of Sound Island on one side of us and the
Burin Peninsula on the other. The trip from Garden Cove to Woody Island
took about an hour and was a relaxing and enjoyable cruise, Captain
Gary is extremely knowledgable about the area, it's history, and he has
many stories and facts to share with interested guests.
Arriving at Woody Island, the
weather had improved greatly. Now sunny and about 25 degrees celsius.
After docking, we made our way up to the main house for the
welcoming instructions and room assignments. We then found our rooms
and started to explore the Island. There are lots of trails making
walking relatively easy. A short walk in one direction takes you to a
nice beach with a view of Sound Island across the bay.
Trails going the opposite
direction from the main house will take you to the other end of the
Island where you'll find incredible scenery and some sites of
historical interest along the way. After some exploring, it's
back to the main house for a lunch of traditional all you can eat
Newfoundland grub. The food is amazing and plentiful. There's lots to
do on the island or in the water, but a highly recommended hike after
lunch was in order to work off some of that delicious food, it was that
or take a nap but who wants to nap when there's so much to see.
After some afternoon recreation,
it's time to relax with a drink and wait for the next home cooked meal.
Supper, dinner, whatever you call where you're from was even more
impressive than our lunch. Again, amazing food with freshly baked
bread, and they won't let you go away hungry. The night comes with some
great live entertainment, beverages, and good company. The evening's
entertainment covers all kinds of music and informative facts about
Newfoundland tradition. After a fun night of music, jokes and drink,
it's off to the room for bed. Even though the generator is quiet enough
to hardly notice, when it shuts off for the night, the silence is so
soothing it's hard to explain. Depending on the winds you might hear
the ocean hitting the shore which is a nice when drifting off to sleep.
In the morning, it's time for some
breakfast and coffee or tea. Breakfast, like all meals at the resort is
pretty much all you can eat. Then back to the room, pack your
bags, and get ready for the departure. You have plenty of time for a
morning walk, row, or whatever you want to do. We left the Island at
around 11 am. You don't go directly back to Garden Cove by any means,
after leaving the resort area we went around Woody Island
to be sure to see the whole island from the water. Then we went across
the bay to Bollard Town for a boil up. At the boil up we had homemade
beef and vegatable soup, fresh home made bread, sandwiches, tea and
treats. My wife especially liked the home made Date Squares.
While our guides prepared our
lunch, there was time for a little exploring around the small harbour.
Bollard Town Harbor is a well protected, quiet harbor that would make
for a great swimming hole with lots of blueberries around the
shoreline, unfortunately they weren't in season when we were there. My
wife and I took a walk around the harbor to the opposite side from
where we were having the boil up. There was an old wrecked boat there
that I wanted to check out and get a closer look at. Not sure what the
story on the boat is but it made for an interesting photo.
The history of Bollard Town is
an interesting one as explained by
Captain Gary, I won't go into it here as you'll have to make the
journey to get all the details. In my opinion, it was well worth the
trip and the money! I highly recommend the adventure whether you live
in Newfoundlnd or away.