Adventure Three – French Shore Trail

The French Shore Trail is a 13 km (8 mile) linear trail along the eastern coastline of the Great Northern Peninsula between Conche and Croque, two historic communities on the historic French Shore of Newfoundland (1713-1904).

The trail begins at the communication tower off Route 434 overlooking the community of Conche, and follows the rolling seaside hills north to Crouse Peninsula. Along the way, hikers get splendid views of the surrounding headlands, coves, islands, and ocean, as well as the abandoned communities and fishing premises which dot Crouse Harbour.

From a sheltered and secluded campsite on the northern shore of Crouse Harbour the trail climbs 550ft (170m) to a scenic lookoff of the harbour and Pyramid Point on the northern end of Crouse Peninsula.  From there the trail winds its way across barren hilltops – many with historic cairns of unknown origin – down forested valleys, and along rugged shorelines until it reaches a stream-fed cove with pretty waterfalls halfway between Conche and Croque.

Lucky hikers will see icebergs and whales, and if they rise early … a spectacular sunrise over the North Atlantic!

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