When you visit the historic community of Portugal Cove-St. Philip’s, come for the natural beauty of the community and the proud people who call this town home. From the refreshing view at the St. Philip’s Harbour (home of the Portugal Cove-St. Philip’s Annual Regatta), to the unique vantage point of the world that is offered from the top of Grayman’s Beard, you won’t be lacking for things to do or see.
Located between Portugal Cove and St. Philip’s, Beachy Cove holds a small piece of beach. The waters here are usually calm and warm, making it an ideal swimming location. When you visit the beach, you will bear witness to a beautiful waterfall dropping into the sea.
St. Philip’s Beach is located to the right of the wharf and is covered in medium-sized rocks typical of Newfoundland beaches. This beach attracts a lot of visitors in mid-summer when the capelin roll in on the beach.
Some people do swim at the beach, but is usually only done by the hardy, as the Atlantic Ocean makes for a cold tub!
The Cove is used for many recreational uses. Recently, it has been used as a training area for scuba diving. The wharf is also a regular headquarter for sea kayaking, sail boating, and personal watercrafts.
Grayman’s Beard, sometimes also called Graham’s Beard, is a large outcrop of rock overlooking the United Church in Portugal Cove. This attraction got its name because of its appearance in the winter. As water drips down the face of the rock, it forms a cluster of large icicles, which to some, looks like a man with a heavy beard. The top of this 500-foot hill provides a breathtaking view of Portugal Cove and Conception Bay, both in the day and the night.
The top of this hill is easily accessible via a manmade path cut to the top. This trail can be found to the left of the last house on Prince’s Mountain Drive, and takes about ten minutes to get to the top.
Hogan’s Pond and its surrounding ponds are attractive to tourists for a special reason-Rainbow Trout fishing. Although Rainbow Trout are not native to Newfoundland, in the late 1800’s and early 1900’s, Hogan’s Pond was one of the few places on the island that was stocked with these prized fish. Today, this area boasts one of the highest concentrations of fish on the Avalon, although few are aware of this treasure.
Portugal Cove War Memorial
Located in historic Portugal Cove is a War Memorial site which was built in memory of those from the community who lost their lives during the first and second World Wars. The first monument was originally erected shortly after the end of World I, through generous donations from the people of Portugal Cove.
After World War II, again through the support of community members, a second monument was built to remember those individuals. On November 11th, 2000, a third monument was erected by the Town with the names added that had been left off the original monuments, as well as adding names from the St. Philip’s area.
Behind the town’s municipal building, and past one of the two Recreation Parks in the Town, you will find a network of trails and old roads. Rainbow Gully is also a great place to test your botany identification skills!