Island Meadows Path – Cappahayden to Renews

It was a foggy morning but a lovely walk to complete Island Path from Cappahayden to Renews and return for about 20 KM on the East Coast Trail.

The S.S. Florizel

Cappahayden has a dedication to those who lost their lives on the S.S. Florizel. During her final voyage in 1918, from St. John’s to Halifax and on to New York City, she sank after striking a reef at Horn Head Point, near Cappahayden, NL, according to the panel.

The result was the loss of 94 people including Betty Munn, a three-year-old girl, in whose memory the statue of Peter Pan was erected at Bowring Park in St. John’s.

I served as a director of the Admiralty House Museum in Mount Pearl and there is an exhibit on the SS Florizel. Newfoundland has a long history along our shores to ship wrecks and loss of life at sea. I encourage people to visit these sites and learn more.

To begin the Island Path trail you have to pass by the site, which has dedicated parking. Trail hikers can park behind the service garage or along the roadside a short distance away.

The trail was dry and most sections were good to trek, but some areas were overgrown and requiring some maintenance to improve the overall experience. I enjoyed the shoreline views, the forests, flora and calmness of the area.

An easy to moderate trail with lots of nice scenery to enjoy while on the Southern Shore!

Live Rural NL –

Christopher Mitchelmore

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