Hiking back in time to the year 1612 in Trinity Bay
Hikers don period costumes to recreate historic 1612 journey
While many people were out hiking this long weekend, a very small group took a very long hike back in time.
Archeologist Bill Gilbert led a recreational hike from Cupids to Hopeall, Trinity Bay, following the route taken by English explorer Henry Crout in one of the first expeditions of its kind.
"It's a nature hike." said Gilbert. "But also the historical site adds a whole different dimension to it. So, we're walking in the footprints of our ancestors."
To walk along with the Crout's Way expedition, watch the video below.
The story begins in Cupids in the year 1612.
Bristol merchant John Guy had founded the first English settlement in Canada, and wanted to establish trade with the local Beothuk Indians.
To find them, Guy's colleague, Henry Crout, cut a path from Conception Bay to Trinity Bay, more than 30 kilometres through difficult terrain.
How did they do it?
Every September for a few years now, Gilbert has led a small group on the hike.
But this year, a pair of historical interpreters challenged themselves to do it the old-fashioned way: dressed head-to-toe in clothing authentic to the period.
"I've done the hike probably the past six years." says Chris Martin, interpreter with Provincial Historic Sites. "And one of the question a number of people have had, and myself as well, is just how they did this in period clothing and what it would have been like. So we figured this year, why not give it a try?"
Chris Driedzic of Parks Canada says the clothes, boots and heavy, replica muskets may not make for great hiking gear, but definitely add to the experience.
"I think this idea of dressing in the costume that's exactly to the time period, then executing tasks, or missions, adventures like this, in that costuming, has a visceral effect on me as a person." said Driedzic. "I can really feel what it would have been like to live in a specific time period. I think that's what I'll take back with me."
The province is looking at opening the Crout's Way hike to the public. So if long treks through thick woods are up your alley, keep it on your calendar for next September.