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Pesuta Shipwreck Trail

By Katie Allen

Tlell is becoming a new favourite spot on the island for me. It’s full of art studios, B&Bs, the Crow’s Nest cafe (so yum!), and beautiful landscapes and hike trails! This past week we hiked the Pesuta Shipwreck Trail, which is 10km from the parking lot and back again. It was a fairly simple trek starting out in a forested area leading to a beach.

Photo: Katie Allen

We were with a fairly large group of 8 people aged 20-65 and we managed to complete the entire hike in about 4 hours (with stops included). The forest trail runs up a ridge that is uphill and slightly muddy for a bit but soon runs downhill and across a beautiful river. After about 2km through the forest we found ourselves on the beach at low tide. It is important to check out tide times in order to get the best view of the shipwreck and so that you aren’t stuck trying to get across small rivers of ocean water. We left at noon to get the low tide at 1:30pm and we got there right on time!

Photo: Katie Allen

We were able to climb the shipwreck and look inside

Photo: Katie Allen

Photo: Katie Allen

After about 30 minutes the tide was slowly creeping up on us so we decided to head back. The 5km back wasn’t difficult by any means and took less time to get back than it did to get there. On our way back through the forest there was a fork in our path. We took the route back up the hill where we came from but the option to go down by the river is dependent on tides. High tides can lead to muddy paths that may force you uphill again.

Photo: Katie Allen

Overall, it was a lovely way to spend a day, and if we had more time we would have loved to stop at St. Mary’s Spring… For next time I suppose!


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