On July 26, 2017, a 1.6 km scenic walking trail to Tortoise Head in Blow Me Down Provincial Park was designated the “James Cook Heritage Trail”. Joining Cabox Aspiring Geopark and Outer Bay of Islands Enhancement Committee members were special guests David Startzell, long-time Executive Director of the Appalachian Trail Conservancy, and his wife Judy, former Editor of magazine A.T. Journeys.
(L-R) Paul Wylezol, Chairperson Cabox Aspiring Geopark, David Startzell, long-time Executive Director of the Appalachian Trail Conservancy, Judy Jenner, former Editor of A.T. Journeys Magazine, Kevin Noseworthy, IATNL, Mary Lou Shepherd, Captain Cook’s B&B, Allan Shepherd, Chairperson Outer Bay of Islands Enhancement Committee, John and Sharon Parsons, OBIEC executive members, and Arne Helgeland, IATNL
A number of storyboards and maps along the trail will tell the story of James Cook, from a boy and young man in England to his learning to survey and command a vessel in Eastern Canada to his three voyages of exploration in the Pacific Ocean.
The official launch was followed by a delicious meal at Captain Cook’s B&B and Cabins in York Harbour, followed by an evening bonfire on the beach in Bottle Cove!