Listen to the waves crash below and enjoy the view of the ocean from the cliffs above. Head into the backcountry to pick a bucket or two of berries, spot eagles or moose and go salmon or trout fishing. Explore by ATV. Whichever adventure you choose at Pirate’s Haven ATV Friendly RV Park & Chalets on the southwest coast of Newfoundland, you’re guaranteed to “see Mother Nature at her finest,” says Paul Gale.
Paul and his wife Ruth Forsey-Gale started cutting their first ATV trail in 1999. “They go right to the ocean, right to the rivers and right to the mountains. We have hundreds of miles of ATV trails,” says Gale, a member of the Qalipu First Nation. “I am very proud of my native ancestry and I’ve always practised it. We believe we have borrowed the land from our children, not inherited it from our ancestors.” The couple invites drummers and dancers to perform and offers smudging ceremonies.
Sit back on the deck of your cosy chalet or RV lot and enjoy the view of Robinson’s River, one of the top salmon rivers in the province, and of a trestle that’s part of the nearby Trans Canada Trail. Visit the sauna or hot tub before cooking your own dinner or join Paul and Ruth for some moose sausage or fish cakes. “We treat everybody like kings and queens, and give everyone a Newfoundland royal tour,” says Gale.