Enjoy the panoramic view, while being served a complimentary full breakfast with down-home hospitality at the little house overlooking the picturesque harbour of Torbay.
Two minutes walk to scenic Father Troy's Walking Trail, which is suitable for novice to experienced hikers. This trail winds its way around the edge of the cliffs along the coast from Torbay to Flatrock, and is part of the 510 km East Coast Trail. The Killick Coast stretches from St. Thomas's to Logy Bay on the northeast coast of the Avalon peninsula and includes Bell Island. This is a favorite scenic drive and takes you into old fishing villages, a former mining town and through farmland.
One of the most popular visitor attractions in the region is the Bell Island Mines. Closed in 1966 due to technological changes in the international steel industry, the main mines stretch out for miles underneath Conception Bay. The town now sports several huge murals on some of its larger buildings that depict events and people from Bell Island's past. Mine tours are available from the community museum.
For those interested in religious sites, Flatrock features the Flatrock Grotto, a shrine to Our Lady of Lourdes. Blessed by Pope John Paul II, it is believed to be the largest religious shrine of its kind in eastern Canada.
At Torbay, turn off onto Route 30, a scenic route called Marine Drive that winds in and out of the small communities along the coast. The elevated cliffs, exposed beaches and wild seas that this coast is famous for are visible from a number of excellent highway vantage points and seaside parking facilities. During late spring and early summer it is a good area to see icebergs and during the winter when Arctic ice drifts south to these waters, the ice stretches to the horizon. Middle Cove Beach is a traditional area to catch capelin.
Historic Torbay was the scene of a strategic military maneuver in 1762. On September 13 of that year British forces under Colonel Amherst used this village as the base of operation to retake St. John's from the French army that had captured it. The British expedition landed at Torbay and marched overland to outflank the French and overwhelm them. Torbay was likely named by Devonshire fishermen (Devon being the place from which most English settlers sailed from).