Ship Wreck Trail
As you can see from this picture from the top of the Point Amour Lighthouse there is a walking trail that continue along the shoreline back toward the community of L'anse Amour.
There is interpretation along this trail and it is also the sight of two famous ship wrecks the HMS Raleigh and the HMS Lily. You will see all the remains scattered along the shoreline.
Along this walk it is also a great place to pick a small amount of local berries, have a picnic and watch for whales. This is an amazing location. The building toward the back of this photo with the wheel chair access is also a very nice gift shop.
There is a new book out as well now on the history of these ship wrecks titled, "One Single Hour" by Harvey Sawler. It is a mix of fact and fiction specific to the HMS Raleigh wreck but it makes for an enjoyable read. It's kind of like reading the James Cameron version of the Titanic disaster :-).
Equipment: On August 08, 1922, the wreck of the 12,000 ton British warship, known as the HMS Raleigh, became the most famous marine disaster in the history of the Strait of Belle Isle. Launched just three years before, this 605 foot, 700 crew vessel was on its way from Port Saunders, Newfoundland, toward Forteau Bay where officers would go for salmon and trout fishing. In heavy fog, the Raleigh approached its destination, barely missing a massive iceberg that was in its path. While avoiding this collision, the ship went into shallow waters, and the rocks of Forteau Bay ripped a 360 foot gash through the belly of the Raleigh. The speed and size of the ship grounded it near Point Amour Lighthouse, just 200 yards from shore. Eleven lives were lost as a result of this wreck. The remaining officers and crewmen, some 680 plus individuals, spent that night scattered about the buildings of the Point Amour Light-station.
To commemorate the wreck of the HMS Raleigh and its significance to the history of Point Amour, a re-enactment of the event takes place at the site every year on its anniversary. Throughout the rest of the season, one can follow the "Raleigh Trail" to the site of these two famous wrecks.
- Historical Travel
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English Point / L'anse Amour Hike
Here is one hike that I recommend that I know is not markes and you won't find it on any brochures but I have done it, enjoyed it and would do it again.
I left from the community wharf in English Point and you just hike the shoreline right to L'anse Amour and continue on to the Point Amour Lighthouse.
This is probably a 7 to 8 kilometer hike maybe a little more. Most of the way you will be on either small beach rocks, occassionally larger beach rocks, some foot paths, some hard barrens, some sandy beach and at least one small brook that you will have to be creative to navigate. It might be just easiest to take off your shoes and walk across it, the bottom is sandy.
Along the way you are going to see lots of crows flying overhead, an occassional hawk up in the cliffs, keep your eyes out for whales, it is conceivable that bears are in this area but I havn't seen any they like to stick near the local dump. You will see the remains of some old fishing cabins and there will be a breeze most of the way.
It is very peaceful and a great walk. As you get nearer to L'anse Amour there is a great sandy beach and once you hit Point Amour you will come upon some ship wreck remains and of course the Point Amour Lighthouse.
Enjoy your hike!
Equipment: Good hiking shoes.
- Hiking and Walking
Red Bay Walking Trail
Recently in the community of Red Bay they building a walking trail that takes you to the top of a hill as you can see in this picture.
There are steps all the way to the top.
From the top you will get some great pictures of the surrounding area. You will want a little bit of wind or possibly a fly net. In the fall you will be fine. During my visit on this day it was hot with no wind and the flies could have flown me to the top :-).
Enjoy the view!!!
Between Forteau and English point you will find a place called First Pond. This is a nice location to do some swimming. There is a sandy beach.
You can also do some canoeing, kayaking or just relaxing if you are in an RV or something.
Some local people will have boats there and they are enroute to their cabins in the area.
Overfall Brook Trail
Overfall Brook trail travels along the shoreline of Forteau Bay. A lowland route proceeds along the beach and under the cliffs to the base of the Overfall Brook Falls. The upper route climbs the hill to the high ground, providing an excellent lookout over Forteau Bay with Point Amour Lighthouse visible in the distance. At trail end the "overfalls" presents excellent photo opportunities of a pure Labrador stream cascading 100 feet over rocky cliffs on its way to the ocean.
It is approximately 45 minutes and an easy to moderate hike. I got this picture from a boat. I know at certain times of year this trail is also a good place to get some close up pictures of seals depending on the time of your visit.
Forteau River Fishing
Here is another picture of Forteau Bay and you can see that at the mouth of the day there is the Forteau River running from a variety of ponds (First, Middle and Inside) ponds.
You can access the river right from the main highway between Forteau and English Point.
This is a popular salmon river with local people and many tourist give it a try as well.
Be sure to have all your proper documentation and liscenses if you are fishing here.
Keep your eyes open you'll see the odd groundhog here too and in the water you might see some els.
The Pinware River
Probably the best and most well known river in the Labrador Straits is the Pinware River.
It is a very popular salmon fishing destination.
There are a couple salmon lodges in the area as well as accomodations options. I have only seen the inside of the Lucky Strike Lodge and can tell you that one is beautiful.
It is all finshed with pine wood inside and just a very comfortable lodge. A great place to enjoy your catch for the day!!
This is obviously a very beautiful area. I am sure the lodge can arrange a good guide for you as well if your interested in that.
Equipment: Bring a fly net; the black flies can be very thick in this area with little help from the wind here.
salmon fishing the Forteau river
For people that want to experience salmon fishing in some of the best rivers in Labrador, you can go to this outfitter wich is the only one on the Forteau river.
Altough i am an avid fly fisher, i did'nt go to this specific lodge because i found it to be the most expensive ones that i saw.
Services include Guiding, food, and lodging.
You have to keep in mind that a non-resident must be accompanied by a guide.
I am obviously not very good at bird watching all I got where some tracks in this picture.
You will notice lots of beach birds though along the Labrador Straits.