Apr
29
2010

Cupids Guide

Use the up! guide to know where to bunk, bound and scoff in Cupids, Canada's first English colony.

I'd be willing to bet my savings that you couldn't place Cupids, Newfoundland on a map. After all, few, if any, read about Canada's first English colony in grade school.

But this summer, Cupids turns 400 with a slew of events to celebrate such a momentous anniversary. Once you've read all about the history of Cupids, Newfoundland, you'll be as hooked as I am on this coastal town of 790 people.

Here are my picks of where to stay and play within history-steeped Cupids:

STAY

Cupids Haven

Formerly an Anglican church, this four-star B&B was retrofitted by a local master carpenter; it features gothic touches, many heavenly comforts and is located next to a hiking trail that leads to Brigus—where, unlike Cupids, "stay" options abound. Rates range from $99-$109.

PLAY

Ocean Quest Adventure Resort

Rick and Debbie Stanley captain the full-service dive and adventure resort, specializing in boat and kayak tours of Conception Bay South, as well as diving among the Bell Island shipwrecks, icebergs and baleen whales (whose feeding season peaks mid-June to late July).

SEE

The Baccalieu Trail

Drive, hike, bike or boat the history rich Avalon Peninsula between Trinity and Conception bays—a veritable outdoor playground with 70 communities and 240 km of coastline—beginning in postcard-pretty Brigus and, right next door, the Cupids Museum ($1-2) and archeological site (free).

DINE

Skipper Ben's

Viola Wells' B&B has an intimate ocean-view dining room—a local favourite for special occasions, where the proprietary cook, caterer and host serves fresh seafood platters and other fine-dining victuals. Here's the best part: a three-course dinner is just $25-30 per person.

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Chris Bowerman

Chris Bowerman is a freelance writer who’s travelled hither ’n’ yon. The bookworm, ski bum and musical tenderfoot lives in Fernie, B.C. Recently, he worked at Avenue Calgary and Swerve and has been nominated for several Western Magazine Awards.

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