An Enchanted Afternoon of Fairies, Folklore & Art
This enchanting adventure will begin at a turn of the century, two-room schoolhouse in the beautiful coastal community of Tors Cove. We'll start with a viewing of local artwork and an interactive rug hooking demonstration - all hands are invited to take part and hook some strands on a fairy-themed rug. We'll then head out for a guided walk to ‘the Cribbies’, home to some of the most photographed salt box houses on the Avalon, not to mention the Fairies - a few of which we will visit on our way. Learn about Newfoundland's rich Fairy lore, what can be expected from the 'Little People' and how to protect yourself from such encounters.
Descending to a cobblestone beach for a short break, relax and take in the beauty of the islands that dot this coast, several of which are part of the Witless Bay Ecological Reserve, and home to over half a million puffins. Just a stones throw away a flock of sheep roam freely on Fox Island, where they come by boat every spring to graze for the summer. This time of year there's likely to be whales and icebergs to see as well!
Returning to the Gallery we'll share a mug-up (hot and cold beverages, local breads/buns, and homemade jams)!
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Tour Highlights:• View local artwork
• Learn about local Fairy lore
• Visit Fairy homes
• Visit the oldest schoolhouse on the Irish Loop
• Interactive rug hooking demonstration
• Mug Up of homemade breads, buns, jams
• Whales & icebergs are likely this time of year
Frequently Asked Questions:
What if it rains?
The tour will go ahead in rain or shine (or fog). Please be prepared for warm and sun, or chilly rain and fog. It could be sunny and warm in St. John's, and foggy and wet in the Cove - or vice versa!
We will walk a short section of the East Coast Trail, we recommend hiking shoes or sneakers.
How far will we walk?
Approximately 1.25km, with some stops along the route.
What should I take?
A camera, rain jacket, footwear ideal for a nature trail.
This tour is designed for adults, but would be suitable for ages 9 to 90, who are keen to learn about fairies and fairy lore.
I've heard of people being 'led astray' by Fairies, could this happen on the tour?
As most cases of Fairy abductions, Fairy Blasts, and being led astray occur at dusk, we feel confident our afternoon tours are quite safe. We do however take some precautions, which you'll be made aware of before we head out. Your Tour Guide is well-versed in the antics of the Little People and will be most helpful should any Fairy business occur.
What is a Fairy Door?
A Fairy Door is a magical gateway or portal between our world and the magical kingdom of the supernatural and elementals. Fairy doors were discovered in Ann Arbor, Michigan in the early 90’s. It's believed they have always existed, but are often located in woodland areas where they are less likely to be discovered.
A hiker made the first Fairy Door discovery in Newfoundland. It was found near the East Coast Trail (Tinker’s Point, Tors Cove). This led to a fascination and search for others... too date several have been located and now Fairy Door Tours is excited to collaborate with the Fairies and offer tours to children and families.
This adventure is a collaboration of Fairy Door Tours and the Five Island Art Gallery!
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