We decided to spend our first nights in Newfoundland just west of Stephenville at the Zenzville campground. The campground itself was deserted but the facilities were great and the kids couldn’t get enough of the playground. After being cooped up the day before it was great to see them off and playing until bedtime.
After a wonderful nights sleep and a bracing breakfast (the temperature was in the low 40’s) we were off to explore Port au Port Peninsula. Connected to the land by a thin isthmus Port au Port is surrounded by Bay St. George, the Gulf of St. Lawrence, and Port au Port Bay. It was originally settled by French and Basque fisherman in the 16th and 17th centuries. The area has retained it’s French and Acadian connection throughout the 20 communities that make up the Peninsula.
As we drove along the southern shore we were immediately taken with the beautiful scenery. The cliffs dropping down to the sea were stunning even in the foggy conditions. We passed a large limestone quarry and just afterwards saw a sign for Hidden Falls. Not knowing what to expect we followed a dirt road towards the ocean and were rewarded with views of a jaw dropping waterfall. We hiked the trail to the base of the waterfall which was a lot more impressive then the falls from our of recent Earth Day hike.
We then took another trail along the limestone cliffs looking out over Bay St. George. The kids marveled at the ragged feel of the limestone and we all tried to spot seals in the water. The rain held off and we were able to sneak in a picnic lunch before finishing the drive around the Peninsula. With views of the water from every side you don’t have to go far for a stunning vista from Port au Port.