The Town of Arnold's Cove has two main hiking trails, The bordeaux trail and the cabot trail.

The Scenery is Breathtaking

As you walk along the Western Shore of the Town of Arnold's Cove, you may view one of the numerous oil tankers that travel to and from the nearby Transshipment Terminal and Oil Refinery.

Observe local fishermen attending to their daily work. The wildlife enthusiast can catch a glimpse of the abundant seabirds and wildlife that frequent the rugged shoreline. Natural flowers such as the Pitcher Plant & Wild Roses are spectacular.

Family picnicking is a pleasurable experience at one of the many Tables & Benches provided along the route. Put berry picking (when in season) and Beachcombing on your list of fun things to do!

At The Horse's Garden you can still see the shapes of the land where settlers grew their vegetable gardens. The winding trail takes you to Wreck Cove. Close your eyes and imagine the shipwrecks of another millennium. At Lou Point you can see the Fairway Buoy that lights the way for ships entering the area. On a foggy day you can hear the moans of the foghorn to warn of danger. At Labour's Cove you can actually see where the older people worked very hard to clear their land.

As you continue on your journey at Wild Cove you can hear the roaring sea talk to you on a windy day. Stop and take a sip from the natural spring water. Will you be lucky enough to see

an otter putting off a show at Otter Pond? The birdwatcher can view any number of Cormorant (Shag) huddled on Ellen's Rock or maybe a Bald Eagle taking a sweep into Bordeaux Cove.

History of Bordeaux
Records tell us that the French established a farm at Bordeaux (named after Bordeaux in France). In the early 1800's a gentleman named Thomas Adams ran a family farm there. Today a plaque cemented in the stone cliffs marks the ashes of the late James Adams (great-grandson of Thomas Adams). There are five graves beside Bordeaux Gut: those of two babies, Thomas Adams' first wife, Mary, and two male workers (surname Emberley). They were buried during severe winter conditions.

The foundations of some of the original cellars from the early 1800's are still visible today.

Directions to Bordeaux:

  • Exit to Arnold's Cove from TCH
  • Continue 2.5 KM along main road
  • Turn right at Spencers Cove Road
  • Turn left at Monks Town Road
  • You are at the entrance of the trail (S. on the map)
Total trail distance from the starting point to Bordeaux Cove: 4 KM - return the same way!

No unleashed dogs or ATVs allowed on trail

Things You Should Bring On the Trail?
Camera, binoculars, good footwear, refreshments, insect repellent.

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NEWEST TRAIL - Otterrub War Path Hiking Trail


During the Second World War, Arnold’s Cove played a different role. It became part of the huge American defense system in Newfoundland. The American Military first arrived in Arnold’s Cove in 1941. They were members of the US Army 3rd Infantry and made up a part of the 62nd Coast Artillery and the 24th Anti-Aircraft Artillery units. Their mission at Arnold’s Cove was to set up Anti-Aircraft guns at strategic locations and to man high watch towers built at several locations in Placentia Bay and Trinity Bay areas. In Arnold’s Cove they set up a watch tower at the Otter Rub and performed continuous foot patrols with K9 dogs along the coast from Arnold’s Cove to Come By Chance and along the coast line in both bays. Their objective was to report any sighting of German submarines or any other activity that would indicate the enemies’ presence. In addition to patrols, a weather record was kept and reported daily to Argentia. There were approximately sixty men stationed at Arnold’s Cove Station, where they established their barracks, messhall, day room and outside power plant as well as dog kennels.




In 1942 the main barracks building caught fire and burned to the ground. Within a few days the US Army Corps of Engineers The major part of this paraphernalia was destined for Arnold’s Cove Station where living quarters were quickly established by the railroad. But it wasn’t long before the US military came thisaway to explore the headlands and find the most suitable place for a “lookout”. They chose Charlie Peach’s sheep garden at the Otterub, surrounded the area with barbed wire, built some shacks and erected a lookout at the Otterub’s highest point.

Twice a day (and once at night) the jeeps came through the village on their way from the station to the Otterub. Once our initial shyness disappeared, their forays through the Cove became the highlight of our day. They introduced us to “bakers bread”, bananas, and turkey. They called our conners “Ocean Perch” and were willing to pay us a dime a dozen for them. Charlie Peach’s garden at the Otterub was beyond the village limits and its access was the path the sheep made. The Americans improved and widened it but it remained basically a sheeps’ path. The soldiers left when the war ended in 1945. Since there are now no sheep to keep the trail open, it had practically disappeared until we commenced work on it last fall.

The War Path is approximately one kilometer each way. Along the way you will find benches where you can rest and take in the peaceful scenes. The route is exposed to the ocean and offers outstanding views of Placentia Bay and the Islands. At its western end is the Otterub. Here we have constructed a viewing stand where the US military once had its cannons and telescopes.