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 





“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