Ocean Cliff Trails

Coppermine trail

 

 

Beautiful and Historic Newfoundland Hiking Trail

Challenge:  

Length: 2km

Time to Complete: 1 Hour

The most difficult part of the trail is a short walk up an incline followed by a return descent.

After you scale the relatively steep summit you’ll be treated to one of the best views in all of Newfoundland. A Dazzling spectacle that is undoubtedly worth the effort.

This trail walks over what were the copper mine tunnels. The views at the lower level by the beach are the location of the ship docks, where ships loaded copper ore. One of those ships sank at its dock and only one of the three ship loads that left the dock was ever paid for. 

The round gravel area at the bottom of the trail as it winds its way up from the cliff is the location of the old Bull Pen. Right next to that you’ll find the pioneer fish dock. Also near the upper ridge there used to be a building for the first wooden boat building shops. The upper trail to the west has a cave above the ocean water line which has an interesting romantic story.

Caution: Stay away from the steep gravel areas.

 

The Story of Copper Mine Trail

The workers in the copper mines were indentured servants brought by ship from Ireland. They worked in the mine for 6 months and then returned home by ship. One young miner in his teens had fallen in love with a lovely young lady that lived in the local town. When the ship returned and it was time for him to go back to ireland he didn’t want to leave. Staying behind in newfoundland and shirking his duty as an indentured servant was a serious offense that carried with it the possibilty of jail time. He decided to risk it all for the love of his life. He hid out in a narrow cave (Now renamed Jenkins Cave) above the water line below the cliff. The transport ship searched for three days and before finally giving up and returning to Ireland. 

The young man left the cave when the ship was a nothing but a speck on the horizon. He was starving and alone and he could never return to his homeland but he was finally free.

Jenkins walked back into Twillingate and married his sweet heart. 

he changed his last name to Jenkins and now that family has over 100 descendants.