Inner Newman Sound

Inner Newman Sound near Terra Nova, NF


This trail was given a rating of 3 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 3 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 3 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 3 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 3 out of 5 stars
11 kms
2hours
easy
Canoeing, Sea Kayaking
Summer
Terra Nova, NF
User TheCodfather

Inner Newman Sound. With the final stop of our 2010 Newfoundland editors’ trip being Terra Nova National Park, I could not resist the opportunity to dip my paddle into some new waters. I drove from our campsite at Malady

Head to the Visitor Center at Newman Sound and scoped out the situation. I had been hoping to tag along on a guided tour with Ocean Quest Adventures who operate right out of the Visitor Center but unfortunately I missed them by just twenty minutes. Undeterred, I set out from the wharf on my own to explore the inner waters of Newman Sound. The wind was about fifteen knots right in my face as I set out and it was nice to get a little workout as the sea had been very calm during the previous week.

I was only about a kilometer in to my paddle when a bald eagle dipped down and shadowed me for a while, before changing course and heading back inland. I followed the shoreline for the first little while before heading out into more open water to see if I could catch a few waves. There was not much to the waves but I was amazed to see thousands of Moon Jellyfish floating just underneath the surface. I just sat and watched them for a while before continuing along my way.

Two narrow points of land form the boundary between the inner and outer portion of Newman Sound. You could spend a whole day exploring here if you had the time, but unfortunately I did not so I passed the narrows and continued along the shore of the inner sound. It was nice, but much of the same really. At the far end is a bird sanctuary that is home to several species of migrant birds but the tide was lowering and since I did not have a chart of the area I did not want to chance getting stranded at low water! I bypassed the sanctuary and made my way back to the slipway at the visitors center. The whole trip was about 11km and took me about 2 hours to complete.

Newman Sound is a nice paddle for all ages and skill levels. The scenery is a little redundant but the birdlife and the Jellyfish spectacle made this route more than worth it. You can rent a kayak or hire a guide from OceanQuest. www.oceanquestadventures.travel

Ryan Young

Newfoundland Editor




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