Dungeon Provincial Park - Hiking Newfoundland

 

Isolated Dungeon Provincial Park is a sensory experience in Newfoundland, Canada.

 

Dungeon Provincial Park, Newfoundland, Canada

 

The entrance to Dungeon Provincial Park is a very short distance south of the Cape Bonavista Lighthouse.  The short, gravel road travels 2 KM (1¹⁄₃ miles) along the picturesque and rugged Newfoundland coastline, east towards the Trinity Bay side of Bonavista Peninsula.

 

 

An obvious, weathered, wooden viewing platform, across the road from a small gravel parking area, contains an introductory sign which explains how the 'dungeon' was created and what it will eventually become under the relentless force of ocean waves.

 

 

 

The two sea caves gradually enlarged, over many hundreds of years, to a volume which could not support the ceiling.  Eventually the ceiling collapsed and over many more hundreds of years the debris was pulverized by the force of the waves and washed away, leaving the 'dungeon' seen today.  Eventually the center column will be undermined, leaving a small cove and a sea stack.  Samples of the result are nearby, to the right, in Spillar's Cove. Dungeon Provincial Park - Newfoundland, Canada

 

With a bit of gear for safety, it would be interesting to scramble to the bottom of the 'dungeon' for photographs. Dungeon Provincial Park - Newfoundland, Canada

 

A short walk to another wooden platform at the cliff's edge overlooks the fascinating rock formations along the coastline topped by rolling and pristine green farming fields on the far side of Spillar's Cove.  The gentle, salt-air breeze combined with sun on the skin and the surrealistic sound and beauty of the coastline is medication for the soul.  This is another place where it is important to 'Remember to Breathe'.

 

Dungeon Provincial Park - Newfoundland, Canada

 

Dungeon Provincial Park - Newfoundland, Canada Dungeon Provincial Park, Newfoundland, Canada

 

A stroll, reluctantly away from Spillar's Cove, on the path around the circumference of the 'dungeon', leads to the view west along the coast towards Cape Bonavista

The Cape Bonavista Lighthouse is visible in the hazy distance and a long lens draws it closer.  It is difficult to put the camera down in this beautiful place and more difficult to leave the hypnotic sound and color of surf perpetually pounding against rock.  Each churning wave creates a unique pattern of blue, turquoise and white foaming spray against black, brown and gray rock laced with multi-colored plant life.  Each occurrence is like an audible snowflake.  No two are exactly the same.

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From Dungeon Provincial Park, the drive to St. John's is about 300 KM (188 miles).  Mélanie and I have been sharing the long driving day. 

One of Newfoundland's most endearing characteristics is the endless selection of entertaining names of hamlets, villages towns, coves and nearly everything else.  We are making good time on the drive south along the TransCanada Highway when we pass exits for Come by Chance, then Tickle Harbour Station

It is supper time when the turnoff for Dildo appears.  There are simply some things in life that must be experienced.  Apparently, supper in Dildo is one of ours.  It is a 12 KM (7½ mile) diversion off the main highway, past a predictably shaped lake into Dildo Bay at the southern tip of Trinity Bay

To make a long story shorter, every eatery we find is closed for the season, and the sun is setting.  Reciprocal photographs taken at the Dildo Post Office before walking across the street for photographs of the sun setting over Dildo Bay.  My life is complete.

 

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The remainder of the return trip to St. John's is in darkness following wonderful sights and an abundance of fascinating history, possibly at the expense of too much driving in a single day. 

Tomorrow will be our final half day in St. John's before the return flight to Halifax, Nova Scotia and the drive north to Moncton, New BrunswickHurricane Leslie is churning off the southern shore of Newfoundland and rapidly approaching the Island. 

 

 

 

 

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Thank you, Marcin. Even though it was a short trip, we had a chance to visit many popular features and get a feel for rural and urban life around St. John's. There is plenty more to explore and I hope I will have the opportunity to return. The brief jaunts on the East Coast Trail, combined with research while preparing the post, left me with a keen desire to return and hike the entire 230 KM length. So much to do and so little time. Thanks for your comment, Marcin.

Hi Barry! I am so glad you finally made it to Newfoundland. As usual: great photos and very informative postings. Thank you for sharing!

Thank you for your kind words and comment, Sebastian. I hope you have the opportunity to travel to Newfoundland. I was impressed on several fronts. It differs sunstantially from Vancouver on the West Coast where I lived for 3 years in the early 1980's. When I returned to Vancouver recently, I was impressed it had become such a cosmopolitan city. You will love the East Coast, particularly if you are a history enthusiast like myself.

Wonderful pictures! Everything looks so pristine there. For years we've been planning to explore Newfoundland and perhaps fishing there, and for years something else used to come up and eventually we went some place else. Looking at your pictures and reading about your journey reminded me of those plans. Thanks. We have to go!

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