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Quirpon Lighthouse Inn
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Reviewed 4 October 2012

We had high expectations for our visit to Quirpon Island and they were exceeded. It was a real adventure. Because it was blustery we took the boat over to Grandmothers Cove and then hiked to the lighthouse. We were accompanied by Madonna who told us some of the history of the island and pointed out places of interest. Once we got settled in we went out to look around and right below us, in the cove, were two Orcas swimming around. Later we came upon a couple fox cubs and, I think, one of their parents. These guys were pretty tame and good friends with the staff. Next morning we went back, this time by boat, and so we got a completely different viewpoint.
All that with comfortable rooms and delicious, hearty meals.

  • Stayed: September 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 3 October 2012

Our experience started over the phone with Judy at Linkum Tours. She was so excited to hear that we were coming to stay, and that definitely got us off on the right track.

When we arrived at the dock in Quirpon, we were greeted by our guide, Madonna, and the boat driver, Lindon. Because Hurricane Leslie has just rolled through the day before, the water was too rough to take the boat around to the lighthouse. Luckily, the weather was perfect for the 1hr 45min hike across the island. Along the way, Madonna told us about the history and ecology of the island, about her family, and about life in Newfoundland.

After settling in, we spotted two orcas just off the cliffs in front of the lighthouse. They swam around for us for about 20 minutes, letting us take some photos and videos. Then we spotted the famous foxes of Quirpon Island. I personally saw at least two different ones, but there were probably more around. They hung out almost the whole time we were on the island.

The next day, we were lucky enough to be able to catch the boat only a 5 minute walk from the inn, and we got to enjoy the ride back to shore.

I would recommend Quirpon Lighthouse Inn to anyone, so long as you're prepared to step back in time and leave some modern ammenities on the dock. The hike across the island was wonderful, but not everyone would love to make the trek carrying their luggage. The inn itself, and the meals, were simple and traditional -- exactly what you should expect from such a remote location where the focus is not on the amenities, but on the experience.

  • Stayed: September 2012, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 23 September 2012

We spent two nights / three days on Quirpon Island August 2012. It was part of package tour with Vision Atlantic Tours. We had an amazing time although I highly recomend you spend at least two nights as one night stay will not allow you much time to see the island. We laid on the heli pad in the evening and watched the shooting stars. The staff are very friendly, meals were fantastic and Ed is full of stories. Hiking was amazing, picking blueberries and bake apple berries along the way. We enjoyed an authentic jigs dinner one night and cod the other. Not to be missed!!

  • Stayed: August 2012, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 28 August 2012

We went for a single night as a family, two adults, two 16-y boys. The atmosphere was magic, with the island's ruggedness and isolation. We had time to hike for 90 minutes upon arrival and glad we did because the early check-out at 10am combined with the breakfast starting at 8am didn't left much time the following morning. According to us, specially considering the high cost, the check-out is way too early and should be at 11am (or even at 1pm to allow to get the lunch); with a check-in at 5pm it seems to us as enough time to do the rooms... It looks however that early arrival or late departure can be arranged; wish we had known that...

The diner was really excellent (Jigg's dinner and strawberry cake); the breadfast was good but not outstanding (the bread and jams were great however).

It rained late evening (very windy) and a little in the morning ... as we had hoped (adds to the atmosphere!). The staff is very kind as mentionned by others.

The boys were offered by Ed to kayak back to mainland if weather (wind) was ok, and it was; they really enjoyed that 75 min (6 miles?) part of the trip.

We all loved our too short journey on the Island

  • Stayed: July 2012, travelled with family
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Reviewed 19 August 2012

This property is rated 4 star. In my opinion 2.5 would be more accurate. There is no debating that the location and scenery could get the rating however the accomodations fall short. The house we were in had absolutely no ventelation. Storm windows are on and the only vents are a 9" x 1.5" opening at the bottom of each window. There was not a mini fridge or cooler in the house we were in, only water to drink. Since you are on an island and only allowed to bring a limited amount a supply of cold drinks would have been appreciated. The bed was average but all other 4 star accomodations we stayed at had very comfortable beds and linens. We paid $375.00 for a stay from 4:00 pm until 10:00 am, got dinner which was an average cod dinner and scrambled egg breakfast. Ride over was in as old fishing boat not the zodiac and the sauna which is advertised never got built. Definately over priced and over rated for the lack of ammenities.

  • Stayed: August 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 16 July 2012

The setting is beautiful and the hospitality warm. We enjoyed the company of numerous whales and dolphins on our initial zodiac ride to the island and we watched them from the cliffs of the island until the sun set that evening.

The island is larger than I expected, with several trails across the tundra and cliffs to explore. There are also otters and foxes living on the island. You can easily fill a couple of days here.

We stayed in a former light keeper's house that is in a separate building from the main inn. Our accommodations were charmingly simple and they were spotlessly clean and comfortable. The meals were excellent and the food plentiful (which was good because we had worked up quite an appetite)! Those who wanted 2nds (or 3rds) were invited into the kitchen to help themselves.

Tip: Pack light (or pack a separate bag for Quirpon) because the zodiac isn't all that large. However, be sure to include some warm clothes and wet weather gear even if the day is warm and sunny. The wind can be surprisingly chilly and the weather can change rapidly. However, even in the fog the island was delightful.

  • Stayed: July 2012, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 15 July 2012

We spent 2 nights at Quirpon Lighthouse Inn and it was the highlight of our two-week trip to Newfoundland.

The setting is absolutely breathtaking - after a 25 minute Zodiac ride from the mainland we landed on an island that was completely deserted, other than the guests from the inn (it is a small inn, so there were less than 20 people there).

We were welcomed with tea, coffee and homemade baked goods and made to feel right at home.The inn is rustic but completely comfortable. It is the views and people who work there that made the stay so memorable. We saw more whales than we could ever have imagined. There were many places to whale-watch: the helipad, the rocks, the kitchen (and I saw whales from the bathroom window at dawn one day). We climbed down the rocks and sat in the sun and watched them frolic for hours. It was just incredible. We also saw icebergs, although they were fairly small. The terrain of the island is also memorable; very rugged and beautiful.

The guests came from all over the world; I think because the inn is so unusual, it attracted a wide range of travelers. The meals, which are eaten at a big table with all guests present, were interesting because of the wide variety of backgrounds.

The trip was made especially memorable because of Ed, who owns the inn. He was just a fascinating host, with all kinds of information about the island and Newfoundland in general. He also had more energy than any one person should have; he seemed absolutely tireless and spent all his days taking people out on kayak rides or hikes around the island. After he had spent a morning spent ocean kayaking with some of the guests, he encouraged my daughter to try kayaking and cheerfully took her out again (and kayaking involves quite a long walk before reaching the kayaks, so this took a couple of hours of his time). She really enjoyed it, so it was much appreciated.

Ed was also very helpful when I booked the trip; I was travelling with my elderly parents and was concerned that if the weather was rough they would not be able to hike in from the alternate landing site. Ed told me that if that occurred, they would refund our deposit and find us alternate accommodation off the island, which was very generous of him. As it happened, the weather was perfect so the situation did not arise.

The other staff - Doris and Madonna - were equally welcoming, We had moose stew for lunch one day (delicious, as was the cod for dinner) and they made a grilled cheese sandwich for my daughter in case she didn't like the stew (she did, but she liked the grilled cheese as well). No danger of anyone going hungry at the inn.

When we left we felt like we were leaving friends behind. We are all still talking about our all-too-brief stay there.

  • Stayed: July 2012, travelled with family
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Additional Information about Quirpon Lighthouse Inn

Address: 1 Main St, Quirpon Island, Newfoundland and Labrador A2N 6G1, Canada
Region: Canada > Newfoundland and Labrador > Newfoundland > Quirpon Island
Amenities:
Beach Free Breakfast Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Suites
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Ranked #2 of 2 B&Bs / Inns in Quirpon Island
Price Range: £181 - £211 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Quirpon Lighthouse Inn 4*
Number of rooms: 10
Also Known As:
Quirpon Lighthouse Hotel Quirpon Island
Quirpon Lighthouse Inn Quirpon Island, Newfoundland

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