After our day in St. John’s we picked up our rental car on Monday and headed south out of St. John’s to our home for the next couple of days – Cape Broyle. We had a late start because of an unexpected wait for our rental car which forced us to rearrange our plans but we were lucky that we didn’t have to skip any of the activities we’d planned for the day.
First stop of the day was food – we grabbed huge turkey sandwiches from a deli in St. John’s and groceries for the week. Then it was on the road!
Our big adventure for the day was a whale and puffin tour out of Bay Bulls to Witless Bay Ecological Reserve. Bay Bulls is about 30 km out of St. John’s and we made it there in time to enjoy our sandwiches on the beach before boarding our boat.
Within minutes of starting out we were already spotting whales – a few minke whales and then humpbacks playing in the bay. The whales came super close to the boat – barely a few meters away and hung out for a while. At one point we had four whales just swimming around the boat.
After our whales we headed towards the islands of Witless Bay to see what I was must excited about – puffins! The area did not disappoint, there were puffins everywhere.
They are much tinier than I’d expected and looked so clumsy as they flew over the ocean. The islands were full of puffin nests and the puffins were busy flying and sailing around. Adorable!
After our boat tour we got back on the road to our destination – Horsechops Pond near Cape Broyle. Horsechops Pond is a little out of the way (about 15 minutes down a gravel road) but worth it for our cute rental cottage and lakefront living.
“The Getaway” has a little beach (the lake is warm enough to swim in), a great deck, cozy living room and little loft bedrooms. I went for a run and then finished with a swim – running is so much better when it ends with a lake.
We BBQed dinner and then sat around outside enjoying a sunny but chilly evening. There are blueberry bushes everywhere so we did a little picking and then watched the sun set over the lake.
We all agree that Newfoundland is living up to all its promises as a travel destination. Whales, fantastic ocean views and quaint coloured houses all in one day can’t really be beat!