Attractions

The sands of Salmon Cove are a half kilometer of smooth sandy beach. Elle Magazine cited it as one of Canada’s top 10 beaches. Swim in the shallow waters, plan a picnic or hike the Trail of the Eagles. This 3km trail rises to 200 feet above the Atlantic Ocean and offers visitors a chance to observe all forms of wildlife. Bald eagles soar above the cove, whales come into the cove in July and August and even icebergs can be seen from March to July. The trail has picnic areas and observations posts.

The nearby town of Carbonear offers many amenities to the traveler. Only 10 minutes away it boasts many restaurants from pizza to fine dining. The Sheila Nageira Theatre is a centre for the performing arts. Local museums include the Rorke Stores and the Carbonear Railway Museum, which is the home of the local Heritage Society. Interpretative historic walking tours are given during July and August. Boat tours go out to Carbonear Island the harbour. Several craft shops on the waterfront offer a unique shopping experience for those wanting to take home a bit of ‘the rock’.

Take a day trip up or down the Baccalieu Trail. From at William’s Rest, continue on route 70, through Perry's Cove, Blackhead and Lower Island Cove. The road hugs the cliff and every turn brings a view more spectacular than the one before. Continue through to Bay de Verde, stopping at Red Head Cove and walk the Baccalieu Hiking Trail. Stop in at the Cajun Cod Café & Studio for a lunch that fuses Newfoundland cooking with the tastes of Cajun cuisine. On your return, drive down the Trinity Bay side of the peninsula, Route #80. Visit the harbour at Old Perlican. The Wooden Boat Museum in Winterton is a hands on demonstration of how the wooden boats and ships were built. Heart's Content contains a fascinating museum dedicated to the first successful transatlantic telegraph cable. The Cable Station Museum is a provincial historic site.

From at William’s Rest, you can also take a day trip south  Take the Veteran’s Memorial Hwy to Harbour Grace.  Take in the spectacular scenery of Bryant’s Cove and Upper Island Cove. Walk the Shoreline Heritage Trail in Bay Roberts and view the Mad Rocks. Continue on Hwy #70 until South River. Turn left on route #60 towards the towns of Cupids and Brigus.  Cupids has an excellent Interpretive Centre and archeological dig.  For the theatre lovers, Perchance Theatre performs Shakespearean plays several times a week on an outdoor stage. End the day in Brigus, undoubtedly the prettiest community in Newfoundland.

The following links contain more information:

The Sheila Nageira Theatre
Rorke Stores
Carbonear Heritage Society
Baccalieu Trail
Grates Cove Studio    
Cupid’s Legacy Centre    
Perchance Theatre    
Cable Station Museum  
Wooden Boat Museum   
Dozenodd Galleries  
Busy Hands Arts and Crafts   
Baccalieu View Walking Trail Red Head Cove
Bay de Verde Heritage Premise    
Mad Rock Café
Shoreline Heritage Trail