Festival season has arrived in Trinity Bay, with last weekend being the annual Champney’s West Festival. It was awesome. 


I had heard tell that Champney’s festival was a good day out, when the otherwise sleepy coastal town became a major destination with locals and tourists alike flocking to the fun events.

Even with the heads-up, I was surprised by the large numbers of cars as we pulled into the small cove, and the masses of people eagerly awaiting the main event. The cardboard boat races. 


If you are imagining a cute event for kids with little hand made boats, think again… 


These were serious boats. Hand-made yes. Little, no. And definitely not for kids. photo2 (1)

The premise was simple: participants could use only cardboard and duct-tape to construct a boat that could be paddled from the pier, to a buoy, and back again. The fastest boat wins. 

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The boats were all very impressive, and surprisingly few capsized. Though the aptly named Royal Flush did end up in the drink. 

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The event concluded with all boats heading back into the water for a final onslaught by all spectators and competitors throwing water balloons, water-filled-buckets, and even people just jumping into the water, in spite of the freezing temperatures, in and effort to sink the cardboard creations. 

It was a hilarious day, and an event I look forward to attending, and perhaps participating in, next year. 

Perhaps we’ll see you there!

Love the Skerwinkles 





“What on earth have the friendly folk at Chez Skerwink been up to?” Is a question I am sure you have been asking yourself regularly for the past two weeks. Well the answer is: a lot.

Last week we had a lovely visit from mamma and pappa Skerwink, who always bring good times, good food, and good banter. This trip was no exception, and a week of merriment was had by all. kayaking

During this week of giggle-worthy-good-times we went on a mini excursion to Terra Nova National Park for a day of kayaking. While on this wee outing we stumbled across a flock of friendly, frollicking, four-legged, fur-balls who lived on a pretty little island just off Sandy Cove.


After a quick game of hide and seek in which we were schooled by the bleating beauties, we took a stroll around our new friends home, and found that we had stumbled onto a truly beautiful island, with a large reserve of bakeapple berries!!




sheep5Needless to say we gorged ourselves on the sweet fruit before jumping back into our kayaks for the journey home. We would highly recommend this little outing to any and all in the area! Or those keen on a game of hide and seek with a flock of sheep.


Hope you’re all enjoying your summers!

Much love,

Chez Skerwink


We’ve been exploring.




The weather has been beautiful all week so we’ve been taking a rain-check on those renovations and having some fun. We’ve explored Hick’s Harbour, Horse Chops, and everything in between.

cave We went on kayaking adventures to islands and caves; swam in beautiful fresh-water waterfalls; and of course, always kept an eye out for orcas! We may have also snuck in a quick snooze on the warm rocks…

IMG_3426 IMG_3422 IMG_3416 IMG_3419We hope you’re having as much fun this summer as we are. And if you’re free for a few days, why not join us on our next adventure?

Love always,

Chez Skerwink xxx


A Truly Newfoundland Experience

Yesterday my two lovely volunteers, and our resident camper invited me capelin fishing.
All week guests have been heading down to the water at supper time to collect a small bucket of fish for their evening meal. The small sardine-like fish are the source of all the wildlife that comes to Trinity Bay, and it’s not only the local whales who dig in when they begin to roll.

10465821_10201666067487628_1559210477_oWhen we reached Devil’s Cove we feared that we had missed our window of opportunity to catch the fish. Everytime we walked into the water they swam away.







Our patience and dancing paid off when finally the fish began to roll onto the beaches, and we were able to snag a large net of about 50 fish.

10562893_10201666051807236_124133626_oWe decided to finish our outing with a stroll along the Skerwink Trail, as we’d been hearing whales while fishing, and knew they were around.

The whale watching was spectacular for the length of the trail, but they were surpassed by the magnificent view of the iceberg at the tip of Skerwink Head.

10523232_10201666027406626_1747618908_oWe sat and stared as the wind blew the fog through the bay, exposing more and more of the iceberg, and then swallowing it up again.

10530840_10201666026446602_624069324_o 10552045_10201666031766735_711025153_oFinally with rumbling tummies and tired arms, we made our way back to the hostel to feast on fresh fish, and couldn’t help but feel that an evening spent capelin-fishing, whale-watching, and iceberg-admiring, was a truly Newfoundland experience.



It’s a beautiful morning.

It’s hard to beat a morning spent watching the fog roll in around the lighthouse. It really makes you think that we’re living in a tiny corner of paradise.

10558949_10201657646197101_20437699_oThis morning the ocean is calm, the sun is out, and with a bit of luck the views will clear this afternoon for optimal whale watching. In the meantime I will bask in the dramatic beauty of the bay filled with fog.

We’ve been spoiled with some seriously glorious weather this week. As a result we’ve managed to get some work down around the place, and will be spending the afternoon (after the morning kayak obviously) working on our soon-to-be veggie patch. Keep an eye out for more photos to come!