Forgive me if we have discussed this: do you have my harbor notes for the area? Below I will copy & paste my Burin notes. Contact me off line if you wish notes on other harbors in the area. Dick
Burin, Ship’s Cove (2018 and 2019): Easy entrance from either outside direction. We expected to anchor in the N cove (Little Burin Harbor) as we were anticipating a gale from the NE, but we went into Ship Cove for a look-see and were waved onto a fishing boat and helped to moor. This was a lucky happening as Burin is a terrific place to visit. The outer wharf is where fish boats offload, but might be a good place to tie up and get sorted. In 2019 we rafted off the same vessel.
With the new breakwater there is good protection inside the harbor from all directions and we weathered the gale comfortably. The friendly and helpful harbormaster, Marguerite, is there in the mornings. A washer and drier, toilet and shower are located in the building on the hill side of the harbor–just go up the outside stairs to the second floor to the red door (always open) and walk to the far end. No cellular on our phones, but the blue house just on the left before leaving the harbor has a small cellular antenna in it that can be used on their porch if no one is inside to let you in. The Harbor internet was usable depending on mooring location. Please note: in the far corner of the harbor is a constantly running hose with spring water which many locals come to fill their jugs with.
There is a nice museum about 15-minute walk (out driveway and to the right) which also has a Heritage house that is well set up to visit. Ask for a tour to get the details about the 1929 tsunami, Al Capone, and the planned marijuana greenhouse in the old fish plant. Next door to the museum is a café with good food. Both grocery stores have closed. Look up to find a bright blue VW bug perched high on the rock with a turnkey on its stern and moose antlers up front (also a ship model).
If you can wangle a car or truck (there is an Enterprise dealer somewhere close-ish at hand, I believe) the driving in most every direction is marvelous, the more remote choice of roads the better. There is a tidal wave memorial a few miles away.
Hiking: We hiked up to Cook’s Lookout (CL) which is marked by the large pole on the hill to the N of the marina. We took a shortcut up the backside (no trail) from the cemetery past the church near the wharf. Took 30 minutes and had gorgeous views all the way to the top. We came down by the trail which was one of the loveliest in NF we have found. If going up via the trail, leave Ship’s Cove and take a right on the road heading to the museum/café, and then a left at the intersection just before the museum. Walk ~~½ mile to an exhibition hall (former school), take a left and go straight up the hill till you see a sign for the trail to CL. The trail is well marked and quite easy-going, probably 45-60 minutes to top. In 2019 they were adding stairs and boardwalks.
Just off the road from the harbor to the left (look for sign on side of road) is a hike up and over Man O’War hill to the next bay where the United Church is located that is so prominent upon entrance to the harbor.
Up farther on the road to the left from the harbor is Jerry Cheeseman’s lookout, another really terrific view.
Also, the RC Cemetery on your way to the museum is newly refurbished and worth a wander around. Historical placards are planned. Also, just beyond the church across the street, in the woods, are numerous very old graves interspaced in the trees, many only marked by re-bar crosses, unique in my experience and really worth a visit.
Burin is one of the more lovely and special places we have visited, just gorgeous.