OUR REGIONBaccalieu Trail

This extraordinary drive begins (if approaching from St. John’s) either on Veteran’s Memorial Highway, if accessed via the Trans-Canada Highway, or through the communities at the heart of Conception Bay, if driving the more scenic route via Holyrood. The Avalon Barrens give way to sheltered harbours and hills that seem to bubble up from the earth itself. On the western side of the route, major towns such as Bay Roberts, Harbour Grace, and Carbonear, are the major service centres for the area. At the northwest extremity of the Baccalieu Trail, lies Grates Cove, reputed landing site for John Cabot during his journeys to the New World. From Grates Cove, the route heads south, through the Three Hearts (Heart’s Content, Heart’s Desire, Heart’s Content), eventually arriving at the curiously named community of Dildo. Inland, lies Whitbourne the province’s oldest community established off the coastline

Why is it legendary?

Heroes and Villains

Before permanent settlement by the English, this coast was terrorized by the notorious Peter Easton and his pirate army, a saga filled with heroes and villains, treacherous deeds and heroic acts… and even an Irish Princess! He and his armada were still active in these waters as the English began settlement in the area, led by John Guy.

Newfoundland’s English Countryside

In 1610, John Guy and the London & Bristol Company made history by founding Canada’s first English settlement at Cupids, inspiring settlements across the Avalon Peninsula and Newfoundland. This English heritage has lasted up until today on the Baccalieu Trail, with inns that would not feel out of place on the English countryside amongst quaint picture-perfect villages.


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