If you find yourself walking down the East Coast Trail this summer with a rumble in your tummy, just remember, you’re surrounded by food. With so much bounty in the woods here in Newfoundland, if you’re empowered with the knowledge of what plants are good to eat, you’ll never go hungry. We’re all used to getting food at the store, and sometimes we do silly things like drive to the store to buy something that’s actually growing right under our nose. This summer, discover the joys of foraging and get a chance to try new and delicious things you may otherwise never have been exposed to.
This classic route around the Avalon Peninsula clocks in at about 200 miles. Sampling a small piece of it, Lindsey realized she’d probably need a couple days to do it right. “My definition of a good driving tour for photos? Pulling over to the side of the road every five minutes for photos, which I totally did on the Irish Loop,” she says. “There are so many epic photo-ops: winding roads, wildlife, rivers, lakes, mountains, cliffs, islands, lighthouses, kooky souvenir shops—you name it. My advice for fellow photographers doing the loop: Bring a picnic, an extra camera battery, and if you’re traveling with someone else, make sure they’re really patient.”
If you’re a foodie, odds are you’re familiar with Chanterelle mushrooms. A favorite of gourmet chefs all over the world, the Chanterelle, belonging to the genus Cantharellus, is the most popular of all the wild mushroom species. Chanterelle mushrooms are very aromatic, meaty, and pair great with chicken and pork.
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.