Lance Cove Beach
- Posted on inLong Hikes
Length in KM 6
Time Taken 120
A rare semi-sandy beach in Newfoundland. As I walk the ECT I often see beautiful unaccessible coves and beaches, lance cove is an exception because you can actually get onto the beach. Its location is on one of the most remote stretches of the trail system, however, their is a sneaky access trail that can get you to the beach with a much shorter 3KM hike.
As you can see from the pictures, the trail is rough, and I would’nt attempt if the conditions are wet as you walk across old doors, metal sheeting and logs that protect you from the marshes.
Although the Hike to the cove is nothing special, Lance cove itself is well worth spending a few hours at, especially on a sunny day. We arrived with Capelin just offshore, so got treated to whales swimming back and forth along the beach, and a watchful eagle waiting for his moment to strike from high up on the cliff tops.
We watched as 3-4 fishing boats and kayakers entered the cove before we headed back. This part of the trail, especially the steps, were in disrepair when we used the pathway, with much of the trail being extremely overgrown. A friend who volunteers for the ECT mentioned this section was being done shortly after we had visited, and we could even hear distant chainsaws, so you may find the trail easier than we did.
This walk is 3.3 KM one way. You will need to retrace your steps back to your vehicle. We parked at a ball park in Calvert, we walked up the road named Meaney’s Lane to pick up the trail, or you can follow the signs for the “inn on capelin bay” which is next to the access path we used. I don’t believe this is an official trail of any sort, perhaps used by the ECT to bring supplies onto the official trail.