News from Chez Skerwink

Hello to one and all on this sunny Shrove Tuesday!

We apologise for the lack of blog-related action over the past few months. We have been working hard behind the scenes to bring a host of exciting things to the upcoming 2015 season!

We are excited to announce the introduction of the first of two new programs at the Skerwink Hostel: Skerwink Hikes!


Skerwink Hikes is a new guided hiking program we will be running from the hostel. Leaving directly from Chez Skerwink and collecting passengers from accommodations in the Trinity and Port Rexton area, the program will run 3 days a week and can take groups of up to 6 people to hidden gems around the peninsula.

The day packages will range from $30-$50 and will include a homemade packed lunch, transport to and from the hikes, photos to take home with you, and, of course, jolly company!


What’s more is that we will be offering an advanced booking discount to hostel guests! If you book a hike at the time of bed reservation you will save 15%!!

Furthermore, if you book all 6 spots you will save a whopping 25%!!!

These hikes are ideal for everybody! Whether you want to explore a bit deeper into the Newfoundland wilderness, want to learn a bit of history from our hiking guide, or just want to meet some fellow travellers and have some delicious food, these are the hikes for you!

For more informations on this new and exciting program, check out the info page here.

At this point you may be thinking, “didn’t she say two new programs”? And you would be right. I did. But we can’t give everything away at once! So we hope you all have a jolly day full of pancakes, and stay tuned to hear more of the exciting things we have planned for this summer!

Love always,

Chez Skerwink xxx

Skerwink Hostel is Hiring!!

Are you fun, enthusiastic, and looking for an adventure this summer?

We are looking for someone to join our exciting team for the 2015 season.

If you have cleaning and food prep experience, enjoy working with people, and love the outdoors, shoot us an email with your resume and a bit about yourself to

We look forward to hearing from you soon :)

Love the Skerwinkles xxx

Icebuckets and Birthday Parties

So it’s that time again. The time that I realise I have been neglecting the blog, and need to update the world on the whose-its and whats-its of the Skerwink Hostel.

So what have we been up to?

Apart from having fun adventures, frolicking around forests, having hammock parties, dance parties, foosball parties, swimming-parties and just general parties? We’ve been having ice thrown on us.

Myself, Krissy, Chris, and Johanna, were all nominated at the same time, and decided to do a big ol’ ALS ice bucket challenge together.

If you have been living under a facebook-less rock, you may be unaware of the new donation-based internet craze striking the nation (and the rest of the world…).

Essentially, you throw a bucket of iced water over your head, donate money to ALS, and nominate someone else to do the same.

So we nominated, we donated, and were iced. And then promptly ran off to have warm showers.


We then recuperated and, ate some amazing birthday cake, and played foosball for a few hours, while wearing some rather fetching hats. 



The summer is drawing to a close for us here at Chez Skerwink, but we hope you are all enjoying any remaining good weather :)


Love always,

The Skerwinkles xx 



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