Salvage, Newfoundland and Labrador is a very small outport community in the central region of the island. It is known for being a fishing community and for views of icebergs in the Spring. What this little town is less well-known for is its hiking trails, which are some of my favorite in the area.
There are seven different trails, some short and some long, some connect and some are completely independent. I have hiked trails one through five, but not six and seven. There is a helpful sign which shows your options, pictured above. Also pictured above is the view from the start of the trail (parking is only available by the fish plant from what I can tell). If you want to get the stunning view from the lookout, start by hiking the steep dirt road just ahead of the sign. Otherwise, I recommend starting your hike by entering the trail in front of the blue house- you’ll know what I’m talking about!
If you follow the “Cemetery” route, on the sign pictured above, you will go through a wooded area, and, yep, an old cemetery. Creepy, but very cool. Continue on, and find yourself hiking a stunning jagged coast. I highly recommend that route! Unfortunately, I do not have any pictures of this section of the trail because it has been a year or so since I last hiked it.
Last weekend, I followed the “Dr.’s Pond” route for the first time, which is what led me to write this article. This trail leads hikers around a marshy pond and boasts views of the tiny community situated around the bay- a great hike for photographers. Don’t forget to stop and fill up on wild blueberries, they are the best you will ever have! Keep reading for more information about this trail.
It turns out that the Dr.’s Pond trail also leads you to an old cemetery. It is fascinating because the headstones date back to the 1830s. Beyond the graveyard are two old homes, an old cellar, and a few sheds. It is obvious that these properties are maintained, but it is interesting nonetheless. Have a look around, even peek in the windows, but please be respectful.
A lot of the trail follows a rocky shoreline where you can find different varieties of rocks, shells, jellyfish, and…litter. Sadly, our shorelines are polluted with garbage, just as our oceans are. Please hang on to your garbage and respect our environment.
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