21 May Fogo Island
Myself and Natalie decided to head up to Fogo Island for the May long weekend – Road Trip! We knew there were some nice hiking trails around a few of the communities, and that the northern part of island was mostly barren (the island is about 100 km around, and we also knew of the beautiful Fogo Island Inn in Joe Batt’s Arm, and of the interesting – architecturally – art studios/residences in Deep Bay, Fogo, Shoal Bay, Joe Batt’s Arm, and Tilting.
We took three days, running between the studios, starting with Bridge Studio in Deep Bay, and finishing in Tilting on Day 3 with the Squish Studio, using most of the hiking trails, some pavement, and off-trail – traversing the northern section of the island. In total it was around ~20km a day. List of hiking trails here – http://fogoislandinn.ca/sites/default/files/trails.pdf
First, you have to take a ferry to get to the island!
We camped at Brimstonehead Lions Club, where we had the whole place to ourselves! On day one, we drove to and started in Deep Bay at the Bridge Studio, after which I followed a combination of off-trail, and pavement, until I met up with Natalie on Waterman’s trail, about 4 km outside the town of Fogo. After pounding out the remaining trail, and taking a short break at our camp site before we hit up the Brimstone Head, and Fogo Head hiking trails.
Town of Fogo – Brimstone head (background)
Starting out Day 2 on the Lion’s Den trail, east of the town of Fogo, we were a little sore, but quickly covered the trail, until I was slowed significantly on the off trail section – traversing granite rock out-cropping’s between boggy sections didn’t lend itself to speed– but I made it over, and had a nice break at Tower Studio with Natalie. We ended the day off with a little pavement, until we took a trail along the shore to the Fogo Island Inn, at Joe Batt’s Arm. 20 km on the day.
The final day – I was running out of gas at this point. What I initially thought was going to be an easy 10km day, turned into close to 18 km….we started with a short stop at the Long Studio just outside Joe Batt’s, and I continued on to meet up with Turpins trails with Nat, and finally finishing in Tilting at the Squish Studio.
Turpins Trail in Tilting – Steve
It was a beauty weekend all around; the camp ground at Brimstone was affordable enough we snuck in an expensive dinner at the Fogo Island Inn…. And the weather, as you can see from the photos, was perfect.
Hiking Trails of Fogo Island – https://www.fogoislandinn.ca/outside/trails-paths
Fogo Island Inn – https://www.fogoislandinn.ca
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