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Quirpon Lighthouse Inn
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Reviewed December 16, 2012

This stay was a recommendation from a fellow-guest in response to the question, "What was the best thing you did while in NFLD?" Just so happened Quirpon had a cancellation when I finally tracked down the owner ..... we so lucked out!

The water was so rough on the way over we had to be dropped off on a nearby cove- shore and hike across the island to the lighthouse. The hike was spectacular and one of many highlights of being there. While it was warm and sunny for 4 hours, it was cold and foggy for the remainder..... authentic maritime experience.

Our room in the main lighthouse was tiny, with warm bedding and the fog horn beside brings new meaning to sleep.

The food was great and guests have a real rustic "family" experience at the big dinner table. Indeed this was an expensive 24 hour day on a remote island, and one we would do again.

  • Stayed: July 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 23, 2012

This is truly an experience of a lifetime - at least for us! We had the entire island to ourselves so spent 2 days hiking around, coming back for wonderful home-cooked meals. This is not luxury accommodation (no heels, no dresses!) but the setting is breathtaking. Make sure you stay for more than 1 days so you can truly get out and explore!

  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 5, 2012

You really are paying for the experience here, it's a wonderful place. That being said, it happened to be a beautiful sunny day when we went late Sept, we asked to go over early and walked up to the lighthouse, spending about 2 1/2 hr,and that was one of the best parts. it was a huge splurge for us to come, and I think if it had been rainy/cold we would have been disappointed. The whales were gone by then. The staff is very friendly and the food was perfect. Doris made us pan fried cod and the best pie I have ever had, her spice cake and homemade bread and jams were all treats. The rooms were simple and clean, but certainly not soundproof! I would recommend it, though it is more money than some people could spend.

  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 4, 2012

We had high expectations for our visit to Quirpon Island and they were exceeded. It was a real adventure. Because it was blustery we took the boat over to Grandmothers Cove and then hiked to the lighthouse. We were accompanied by Madonna who told us some of the history of the island and pointed out places of interest. Once we got settled in we went out to look around and right below us, in the cove, were two Orcas swimming around. Later we came upon a couple fox cubs and, I think, one of their parents. These guys were pretty tame and good friends with the staff. Next morning we went back, this time by boat, and so we got a completely different viewpoint.
All that with comfortable rooms and delicious, hearty meals.

  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 3, 2012

Our experience started over the phone with Judy at Linkum Tours. She was so excited to hear that we were coming to stay, and that definitely got us off on the right track.

When we arrived at the dock in Quirpon, we were greeted by our guide, Madonna, and the boat driver, Lindon. Because Hurricane Leslie has just rolled through the day before, the water was too rough to take the boat around to the lighthouse. Luckily, the weather was perfect for the 1hr 45min hike across the island. Along the way, Madonna told us about the history and ecology of the island, about her family, and about life in Newfoundland.

After settling in, we spotted two orcas just off the cliffs in front of the lighthouse. They swam around for us for about 20 minutes, letting us take some photos and videos. Then we spotted the famous foxes of Quirpon Island. I personally saw at least two different ones, but there were probably more around. They hung out almost the whole time we were on the island.

The next day, we were lucky enough to be able to catch the boat only a 5 minute walk from the inn, and we got to enjoy the ride back to shore.

I would recommend Quirpon Lighthouse Inn to anyone, so long as you're prepared to step back in time and leave some modern ammenities on the dock. The hike across the island was wonderful, but not everyone would love to make the trek carrying their luggage. The inn itself, and the meals, were simple and traditional -- exactly what you should expect from such a remote location where the focus is not on the amenities, but on the experience.

  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled with friends
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