Burnt Head Loop is a beautiful coastal hike in Cupids, NL. According to Trail Peak "...great for all ages, passes by fine coastal scenery and should take no more than 1 - 1.5 hours". The trail has ample signage and, in September, there are oodles of blueberries and butterflies.
The first time I hiked Burnt Head Loop was for a wedding. It is not a challenging trail, but I definitely wouldn't recommend hiking it in heels. Thanks to the bride and groom, we were wise to the footwear requirement and all went well. And when the groom finally showed up (after getting waylaid coming from town) the ceremony went off without a hitch. It was very special. But then, would you expect any less from a wedding taking place in a community named Cupids?
Cupids. The name is adorable, and the place itself is downright beautiful.
But not just another pretty face, Cupids is also historically significant. It was the first English colony in Canada! The original 1610 Cupids Cove Plantation has been named a Provincial Historic Site and a National Historic Site.
And today, Cupids Cove Plantation is an active archaeological dig site. Cupids Legacy Centre has a wealth of information about the dig site, which is a short five-minute hike from the centre. The dig has revealed that "...by 1613, the colonists had built at least sixteen structures, including a fort, a sawmill, gristmill and a brew house". Solid set of priorities in my books.
In the summer, Cupids is home to Perchance Theatre, an open-air theater. The last hike we did there had us toddling alongside the theatre troop as they were just beginning their production, all decked out in period costumes, alongside Cupids Haven Bed & Breakfast. It was a delight! This summer saw the the theater company do everything from Romeo and Juliette to Macbeth.
Yup. Not just another pretty face. Safe to say there is a lot going on in Cupids, especially when you consider that the population is a mere 790 souls! If you have never been there I would highly recommend a visit. And if you ever want a lovely place to get married, Burnt Head Loop is a great choice. Note- rubber boots may be required.
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