Strap on your hiking boots, sis.
You may think that hiking season is drawing to and end - but OH, that's the farthest thing from the truth!
Summer hiking is awesome - all the flowers in bloom, birds chirping, the flaming hot sun giving you that Kim-Kardashian-glow (or a lobster burn) - it's just simply amazing.
But FALL hiking!? Don't even get me STARTED.
I may just have to start a "fall hikes" series - what do ya think!?
Now, now - enough rambling on.
Today, I'm sharing a beautiful hiking location here in Newfoundland that many are probably familiar with - the La Manche Village Path trail!
Being only about an hour's drive from St. John's, this easy-rated hike has so many cool things to offer!
La Manche history
"La Manche" (french for "the sleeve") used to be a community that was first settled in the 1840s. They had a small church, a school and a suspension bridge that crossed the inlet (not the same suspension bridge that's there today, though!) However, in January of 1966 - a winter storm caused the people of La Manche to abandon its home as the storm destroyed the wharfs and collapsed their suspension bridge.
In 1999, the East Coast Trail Association rebuilt the suspension bridge to connect the trail to the East Coast Trail.
When visiting today, you can still see the old slate foundations of the homes once lived-in here. So cool!
There are a few ways to get yourself on the La Manche Village Path trail:
6.4-km from Tors Cove
4-km from St. Michael's
2.7-km from Bauline East (all ECT)
End of La Manche Road (this is the way we chose!)
1.25-km from La Manche Provincial Park
When we visited, we drove to the end of La Manche Road off of Route 10 - it's a loooong gravel road that will eventually take you to a designated parking area (limited space avail - so make sure to get there early!)
Things to do
Not only can you hike (duh!), you can actually do a lot of different activities here at the La Manche Village Path:
Camping: If you like camping with the sound of the ocean crashing up against the cliffs - then pitch your tent up at the La Manche Provincial Park. The campground features 82 campsites, electrical hookups, fire/bbq pits, comfort station, dumping station, and drinking water - and of course the experience of nature in NL at its finest.
Swimming: Yup, you can totally get your swimming on here! At La Manche, there's an awesome swimming hole (with a waterfall!) where you can kick-back and relax. It's off the trail right before the suspension bridge - you won't miss it!
Bird watching: According to the NL Gov's website, approximately 50 bird species have been identified at the park! So it's a bird watchers paradise.
Canoeing: Take your canoe (or kayak) for a row down the La Manche River! You can check out more info on canoeing at La Manche here.
Picnic: Why not pack a picnic basket full of goodies and head up to the La Manche Village Path for a nature-surrounded lunch!
When my cousin and I visited the trail, it was a blazing hot day earlier this month - and it was gorgeous! There was *barely* a cloud in sight!
We didn't venture too far past the suspension bridge (one day soon I'll do the whole trail!) but it was such a relaxing time being able to be outdoors surrounded by so much beauty.
So, here are some more pics of the trail that day! ↓
If you're looking for a fun and gorgeous place to spend the day here in Newfoundland, make sure to check out the La Manche Village Path! Definitely a great place for tourists and locals alike.
I will TOTALLY be coming back here for a fall hike - who's with me!? 😆
Until next time,