Critically Endangered Thrombolites a Must Visit in Flower’s Cove

Marjorie Bridge and the Critically Endangered “Thrombolites” are a must visit when in Flower’s Cove and touring the Great Northern Peninsula. This easy trek is about 2 KM return.

The Town has placed these living rocks on their new signage welcoming people into their community. There are also pull-offs highlight businesses and attractions. Road signs will direct you to the Marjorie Bridge and the Thrombolites Walking Trail. The area has a dedicated parking lot, waste baskets and seating areas if you need a rest.

The Town of Flower’s Cove is a service hub in the Straits region of Route 430 (Viking Trail) which is home to the regional health centre, K-12 school, personal care home, pharmacy, bank, cooperative, retail, youth centre, gas stations, recreation facilities and other services. The community is home to Flower’s Island Lighthouse, the 100 year old St. Barnabas (Sealskin Boot) Church, and a network of trails and other tourism attractions, such as the 600 million to 3.5 billion year old thrombolites. To see these ancient creatures, you have to cross the Marjorie Bridge.

Marjorie Bridge was a critical piece of infrastructure that was originally built over 100 years ago by Patrick and William Burke to enable passage through Flower’s Cove to have access to the other communities in the early days if travelling by horse, snowmobile or other transport before the highway was complete.

My mother grew up in the community of Flower’s Cove and as a little girl she talked about playing sometimes in this area and had no idea these bun-shaped rocks had a such significance or was considered critically endangered and some of the oldest primitive life forms on earth. To a young child these unique rock forms I’m sure made the perfect picnic area, as they still do today for some who wish to visit.

The pictures highlight the beauty of the coastline, the harbour, the community and nature. The Town operates an interpretation centre during summer at the red building, when students offering further information.

You will thoroughly enjoy this easy walking trail that is just 2 KM return. You can opt to take a shorter route to see the Thrombolites by parking at the Catholic Church parking area and walking to beach side if you need a shorter route. This tourism attraction is also frequently visited by locals, so feel free to engage in conversation and get to know more about what our Great Northern Peninsula has to offer.

You can also visit more trail offerings by reading the following post.

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Christopher Mitchelmore


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