The Viking Trail, the area of northern Newfoundland extending from Deer Lake to L’Anse aux Meadows, is truly a hiker’s paradise. Even with three young ones, we have been dazzled by all the family-friendly hikes to choose from. In our experience just about every town in the St. Anthony area has a well-marked, gravel trail at the end of the road. We have enjoyed finding them unexpectedly during the course of our travels, but we must admit we have also peeked a few times at the Viking Trail Tourism Association’s user-friendly map and list of local trails.
Of the nearly dozen trails that we have had the pleasure to explore during our time in St. Anthony, the Camel’s Back trail off of Dark Tickle Rd. in Saint Lunaire-Griquet has been the most spectacular (and given the quality of some of the other trails, that is quite a compliment). The 2 km round trip trail winds through woods, up over a moderate hill with picnic area overlooking the coves, and then winds through more woods to reach the higher Camel’s Back. Breathtaking views of the surrounding communities take a back seat to the icebergs floating just off shore. Of course, when traveling with young children the highlights of the day can come from the most unexpected places: in this case, a solid hour of rolling down the juniper-covered hillside with icebergs bobbing in the water just below.