The welcome signal made me do a double-take. I used to be road-tripping on the island of Newfoundland and had simply arrived on the Eastport Peninsula the place I used to be apparently getting into some form of fictional city known as “Completely satisfied Journey.” Besides it was actual, and that was the precise identify. Later that day, once I was sitting on a deck overlooking Powell’s Cove with a crisp pint of Iceberg beer and arguably the perfect fish and chips I’ve ever had, drained however content material from a full day of exploring, it will all make sense.
The city of Completely satisfied Journey is small — tiny actually — and has most likely impressed many-a-postcard. A quaint coastal neighborhood with a picturesque backdrop and fishing at its core, the hamlet sits on the sting of the Atlantic, with a trio of idyllic coves. Within the summertime, there’s a strong probability you’ll see whales or icebergs go by.
In the event you’re something like me, you’re questioning how a city will get a novel and beautiful identify comparable to this with out being the setting for a kids’s guide.
It doesn’t come and not using a little little bit of drama, after all. The origin of the identify is on the middle of an historic dispute that began within the seventeenth century. In line with native folklore, the identify pays homage to Captain Peter Easton, who used the harbor to flee the French Navy. Different common theories consider the primary settlers discovered it such a lovely and welcoming place they have been impressed to deem it a “joyful journey” or that the British hydrographer, who sheltered in one of many coves throughout a wild Atlantic storm, was chargeable for the identify. It doesn’t matter what, one factor is for positive: everybody gathered that the vibes right here have been pleasant, and I’m joyful to say that I can verify.
The one place to remain that’s really in Completely satisfied Journey is a one-stop store for sleeping, consuming, ingesting, and adventuring — and a stellar one at that. The aptly named five-room Completely satisfied Journey Inn overlooks scenic Powell’s Cove and has an on-site restaurant and bar, Chucky’s Seafood & Wild Recreation Restaurant. With restricted eating choices on the peninsula, this place is the proper residence base and a welcome respite from the cans of Pringles and off gasoline station sandwiches that highway journeys usually deliver.
Dishes like calamari, seafood chowder, scallops, moose steak, and cod-au-gratin dazzle, however the menu’s star is the fish & chips, arms down. Order it just like the locals do, with dressing and gravy on the aspect. (Belief me, it’s actually good.)
Saddle as much as the comfy bar or outside deck together with your tipple of option to recount your day’s endeavors pre- or post-dinner. And ensure to take a gander on the oil work that adorn the inn’s partitions, achieved by one of many inn homeowners, who can be a neighborhood artist.
With a reputation like Completely satisfied Journey, you guess it delivers on the journey entrance. Discover the Damnable Trails, a community of mountain climbing paths that weave by the rugged coastal headlands and boreal forest with historic factors of curiosity (previous graveyards, heritage houses, and so on.), seashores, and sweeping views. Though they have been just lately revamped, these trails date again to the 1800s when the previous footpaths linked the communities on this area of the peninsula. They vary in problem, however for those who’re brief on time, the Spherical Head Lookout path is a fast jaunt that can land you at a lovely vista, together with views of the city of Salvage and the encircling ocean. Or, make it an extended loop and search for whales at Web Level or Previous Harry Cove.
You’ll be doing your self a disservice for those who skip out on hopping aboard some form of boat to take all of it in from the water. Completely satisfied Journey Excursions presents an array of sailing expeditions, from fishing excursions that embody a cease at Little Denier to see the resident puffin colony and sea caves. There’s additionally whale watching, iceberg searching, and sundown rides.
Additionally they provide guided kayaking excursions and leases, launching from the storybook-like Salvage Harbor or inside Terra Nova Nationwide Park, the easternmost nationwide park in Canada. I paddled within the park, my eyes peeled for a whale or two. Whereas I didn’t spot any whales from my kayak, I did see different marine life: jellyfish, sea urchins, and fish, all whereas occasional eagles soared above.
A bit of leisure is so as too. Enter the peninsula’s photogenic seashores, all only a hop and a skip from city. Sandy Cove Seashore is an extended expanse of sand, tucked into the hillside that, for those who go to in July, is dotted with vibrant lupin flowers in shades of purple and pink. Eastport and Northside Seashores are additionally close by, and on a heat summer season day, frequented by locals and vacationers alike.