Hike to the Bay of Islands' Highest Point and Cook's Cairn
Corner Brook, Newfoundland, Canada
- Mountain hike: A challenging 4.5-hour trek (round trip) on a trail that rises almost 2,000 feet. You'll hike about two miles from sea level to subarctic mountaintop, enjoying bay and wilderness views along the way.
- Cook's Cairn: This stacked-stone landmark is said to have been built by Captain James Cook. The famous navigator used the cairn as a fixed point as he mapped the Bay of Islands for the British Admiralty in the 1760s.
- Scenic drive to Coppermine Trail: Travel through rural countryside to a centuries-old copper mine, where the hike begins. As we drive through unspoiled nature, be on the lookout for birds and wildlife.
About this Corner Brook tour
Newfoundland is a mecca for adventurous travelers. If you're on a quest for new experiences, it's an irresistible place: remote, rugged, and pristine. And if you live to explore, this dramatic and energetic hike was designed for you.
Adventurers will appreciate that you're on your way to see Captain Cook's cairn. Cook was an unrivaled explorer, navigator, cartographer and a captain in the Royal Navy. He bravely sailed the world, travelling thousands of miles through largely uncharted waters. But before he set off on his global quests, he spent several seasons in Newfoundland, meticulously charting its jagged coastline.
It was during those years that Cook may have built this coastal cairn, or "sea mark." Coastal cairns are often shown on navigation charts and maintained as part of a nautical charting system. Cairns can also be found elsewhere in Canada's maritime provinces. These hand-stacked stone landmarks sometimes painted white or lit up as beacons have also been used like small lighthouses to guide boats.
As boats are directed by beacons, adventurers are guided by the thrill of discovering the unknown. So climb confidently in the footsteps of Captain Cook. Take in views to the horizon as he saw them. Share his spirit of adventure as you stand at the top of this mountain. You've conquered a new and different place.
A multi-purpose pile of stones
Cairns similar to Captain Cook's are used throughout the world as landmarks, wayfinders, and even burial monuments. In Scotland, where the word cairn originated from, Highland legend holds that stones were collected before clan battles, with each man adding a stone to the pile. After the battle, those who survived would remove a stone. The rest were used to build a cairn to remember the clansmen who perished.
On a cruise ship? Meet your driver at the Corner Brook dock craft tent. Please look for the GoBe Representative holding our logo sign with your name. Staying at a hotel? Be sure to advise the GoTo Crew so we can meet you in the lobby.
Bring water, snacks and other items for a day on the land. If time permits guides will discuss the local dining options where dining will be at your own expense. You must be very fit, sure footed, not afraid of heights and be able to hike rough and cobbled hiking trails. If safety becomes a concern the leader has the right and discretion to alter the day's itinerary to ensure each traveler's safety and health.
This tour requires nearly 3 miles of hiking during 4.5 hours. This tour is suitable for extremely fit people.
Wilderness/Wildlife, Walking Tour, Full Day, Private Tour, Scenic
Tour Participation Requirements
This experience is rated strenuous. Travelers must consider their physical fitness level and medical history when determining whether this tour is appropriate. Travelers with pre-existing neck, back, knee and/or shoulder injuries, cardiac conditions, asthma, diabetes, epilepsy, other heart or respiratory conditions or any other medical condition must take particular caution when selecting a tour categorized as "strenuous". If you have concerns, you must consult with your personal physician before engaging in any activity that may be too strenuous for you.
Suitable for travelers 16 through 65 years old.
Special Medical Restriction
Participants must be fit, sure footed, not afraid of heights and be able to hike rough and cobbled hiking trails.
Full refunds issued for cancellations made 7 full days prior to the date and time of requested services. Cancellations made within the 7-day and 72-hour window will receive a 50% refund of purchase total. Purchases are non-refundable inside of 72 hours.
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