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
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