Website reveals Newfoundland's best-kept secrets
Local adventurers have a new source of inspiration for their expeditions. A new website called Hidden Newfoundland is dedicated to revealing unknown and forgotten locations across the island for people to explore.
Scott Osmond is the man behind Hidden Newfoundland, which features information on hidden geologic wonders, abandoned structures and old shipwrecks.
Osmond was inspired to start the website after stumbling across the ruins of an old mill near Black River, Placentia Bay. He later realized he had discovered the remains of Newfoundland's first pulp mill.
"Growing up, I had cool spots I'd explore, but I never realized they had history," he said.
Osmond has always enjoyed "urban exploring," investigating and photographing manmade structures.
While adventuring, he also discovered many natural wonders he never knew existed and decided to share these hidden corners with fellow explorers.
Something for everyone
The sites range from abandoned communities and old military bases, to sinkholes and waterfalls. Osmond said that depending on your interest, there is a hidden place for everyone.
"On the west coast, there are a lot of geologic features. Lots of waterfalls, mountains, things tucked away in the woods," he said.
"If you wanted culture and history, I'd recommend going up around Conception Bay, where you have 400 years of history."
While some of "hidden Newfoundland" is just around the corner, other places can be very challenging to find.
Osmond recalls exploring the Lomond Sinkhole, a giant hole on the island's west coast where the roof of an underground cave collapsed. The hole is around 30 metres deep and 45 metres wide.
"It's a long drive and it's in in the middle of the woods," he said.
"You're out of cell service for five or six hours before you get there."
Osmond has not visited all the places on the site, but said he hopes to explore as much as he can this summer.
He plans to expand the website as much as possible in the coming months.