Looking for a great place to swim and relax on the beach? Want to go snorkeling without having to worry about putting on a wetsuit? The coastline in Newfoundland is beautiful and our ocean beaches are amazing, but if you want to spend any amount of time in our water without wearing a wetsuit, freshwater is your best bet.
Tors Cove Pond is just five minutes south of Whale House Guest House, just before the Burnt Cove / St. Michaels / Bauline exit. The road is non-descript with no sign (blink and you miss it), but don’t worry, we’ve included a map and google maps link below to make finding Tors Cove pond and the secret beaches easy.
Because Tors Cove Pond is surrounded by trees and sheltered from the wind, it’s usually easy to find a secluded spot to swim. During the summer months, the water in Tors Cove pond is comfortable enough to swim around in all day without getting cold.
THE SECRET BEACHES AND ISLANDS
The main beach on Tors Cove pond is next to several islands and is also an ideal place to launch a kayak, canoe, or paddleboard. The first island is close enough to wade over while the other three islands are a short paddle away. This beach is the easiest beach to access if you’re just looking for a quick dip, a spot to fish, or an easy place to launch your watercraft, but if you’re looking to go further and explore more, the other secret beaches on the map are totally secluded and just a short walk or paddle away.
ISLAND HOPPING ON TORS COVE POND
If you do find yourself island hopping on Tors Cove pond, be sure to check out the larger island. There are some great swimming spots along its shores and a few trails you can follow to cross over the island. This island has been used for many different things over the years which means it also a good spot for treasure hunting and generally feeling like a pirate. For the more adventurous, this island is an ideal location for an overnight island camping experience.
FISHING IN TORS COVE POND
Looking for Trout? Tors Cove pond is one of the best places to fish for trout in the area. Be sure to stop at the local corner store (Power’s Store) in Tors Cove on your way to Tors Cove pond to pick-up fresh worms and hooks for the day. This local shop has been around for a long time and feels like it’s frozen in time. You can catch up on all the local news with the shopkeeper and maybe even get some local beta on how the fishing has been lately.
PRO TIPS FOR HAVING A GREAT DAY AT TORS COVE POND
If you’re just spending the day swimming and want a beach all to yourself, consider going straight to one of the more secluded beaches on the map. Often times you can have the beach all to yourself. The lake bottom has sharper rocks than on the beach, so wearing water shoes when swimming is a good idea. Sunscreen, a hat, and beach blanket are essentials if you want to spend the day on the water or relaxing in the sun and sand, and if you’re paddling or swimming with kids, be sure to bring appropriately sized life jackets with you.
OTHER SECRET SWIMMING SPOTS NEAR MOBILE AND WITLESS BAY
The Witless Bay outdoor freshwater pool is chlorine-free and free to use. This swimming spot is the most accessible. You can park right beside the pool. The pool has a large grassy area next to it for relaxing in the sun and change rooms located right next to the pool
SECRET SWIMMING HOLE IN THE WOODS
Just down the street from Whale House Guest House in the town of Mobile is a river with a popular secret swimming hole next to a footbridge that crosses over a freshwater stream. You can also follow the water upstream to find your own private swimming or fishing spot. The trails in and around this area are great for berry picking and wildlife viewing.
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Whale House Guest House offers luxury boutique private suites with outdoor hot tubs overlooking humpback whale feeding grounds. Located next to the east coast trail in the Witless Bay Ecological Reserve, just 30 min from downtown St. John’s.