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We are pretty excited about our new video showing just a few of the things we do here at Adventures Newfoundland . It covers the stunning scenery of Exploits Island and some of the activities you can experience with us. Featuring our remote accommodations at Surgeon Cove Head, displaying some drone footage, the interior of the Inn, and a spar and boom clip showing the way we have to get supplies to the top. Music is the Wedding Gift by @rawlinscross . The video was produced by Warren Robertson of Scope Digital Media

Stay at the Historic Surgeon Cove Lighthouse

The first Newfoundland lighthouse was established at Fort Amherst at the entrance to St. John's harbor in 1833. As a result of a rapidly expanding fishery and increased marine activity, numerous light stations were constructed along the NL coastline during the years that followed. In 1938, 238 lights were identified on a published list. In 1911 the Surgeon Cove Point lighthouse and lightkeepers residence was constructed on Exploits Island, Bay of Exploits.

the lighthouse and exploits

The 4.2 km lighthouse trail begins at Butt’s Cove in the community of Exploits now a seasonal destination in summer months; no permanent year round residents remain. A narrow strip of rocky coastline on both sides of the harbor is lined with former homes, many having been refurbished and now used as summer houses. Although little cultivatable land is available, botanical evidence of former small gardens can readily be seen. A walk along the community paths reveals old cultivated roses, garden Black Currants, patches of Chives, Monkshood, Musk Mallow, Hops vines, Rhubarb, and even a gnarled apple tree. Stinging Nettle, perhaps once utilized as an edible herb or for its many reported medicinal uses, occurs everywhere in the community. A close look at some of the plants, especially in the sunnier open areas near the communities or lighthouse at the other end of the trail, often reveals plant-eating insect larvae. Larch sawfly larvae were feasting on a Larch tree in Butt’s Cove. Black Swallowtail Butterfly and Tiger Swallowtail larvae were visible on Scotch Lovage and poplar leaves respectively.

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