Activities and Services at Wildberry Country Inn
Conference Center, Leadership Retreat, Education Facility, Weddings and Special Events (On request all year)
The Wildberry Conference Center provides an excellent facility for training and international field schools i.e. Memorial UniversitiesDepartment of Ecology, Geology, Geography and Environmental Science, others. The Centre provides a space for fellow industry ecotourism partners, training institutions and individuals to conduct an array of training programs. For example, past conferences at the Centre have focused on training geared to enhance team building, leadership, geology studies, bird watching, and sustainability issues: sustainable tourism practices, environmental management, agrofarming, self sufficiency, energy efficiency, experiential tourism services and ecoadventure tourism.
The Wilderness Cabins (All year on request)
The owners have two wilderness cabins one near Milan Arm in Pistol Bay (to be used to store kayaks and survival equipment) and the other approximately 8 km from the Lodge in The White Hills (both can be used for overnight camping).
Tracker School (June thru to October on request)
The owner, Lyndon Hodge has been teaching self-sufficiency to his visitors, friends and family at the lodge for over 15 years. He plans to conduct short applied courses in self-sufficiency and sustainability. Guests will learn to forage for edible plants such as berries and chanterelle mushrooms, make tools from wood and stone, fish for food, track moose, navigate by starlight, and build shelters from mud and animal hides.
Cross-Country Skiing (January thru March on request)
Wildberry Country Inn provides easy access to some of the best cross-country skiing and resources in Canadadry snow and wilderness trails traversing sheltered pristine evergreen forest. Skiing is followed by a warm fire, the vivid view of the dancing Northern Lights, comfortable accommodation and a hearty meal at night. The owners welcome backcountry cross-country skiers for longer-term winter visits at discount rates.
Sea Kayaking (July thru August on request)
Guest visiting the area have spent time hovering in nearby coastal coves to hone their paddling techniques, self rescue, wet exits, route selection, and navigation skill. They have spent time in the Atlantic, where seals and humpback whales, trails their kayaks. Guest to the wild berry will be provided with information on operators in the area. The lodge can arrange guides, food and snacks for local excursions
Canoeing Excursions and Short Course (July thru August
Since 1985, Mr. Hodge has been guiding daylong canoe trips from the Wildberry on a nearby Western Brook Pond (one mile). In the past, clients enjoyed practicing their canoe skills on Western Brook Pond and then return to the lodge for an evening of technique and nature discussion by the fire.
Marathon Training and Endurance Trail running Camps (One week between July and August/On request)
The roads around the lodge present a good opportunity to conduct road running and endurance courses. The owner’s sister is a national class Marathon runner and leads a week long camp during the summer months. The Wildberry Lodge owner also cohosts a road race on the Labor day week-end.
Winter Mediation and Retreat (January -April, four -seven days packages are available)
With the Northern lights as a backdrop, clients can spend a week just pampering their souls and quieting their minds. Mornings begin at dawn to the backdrop of a white wash of winter snow encasing the lodge. The serene environment evokes a sense of quiet and serenity. Hail the morning as a symphony as guest start their day with a light breakfast before a day of skiing, winter fishing, snowmobiling, writing or painting.
Wildberry Country Inn -Residency for Artist Literary Retreats, Drawing and Art Schools (Offered all year, on request)
In the tradition of the Mac Dowell residency in Maine, the Wild berry lodge offers six week retreats for Artists and Nature lovers. Guests are encouraged to seek inspiration from the natural artistic wonder of the area. See also MacDowell - www.macdowellcolony.org/index.html
The Viking Trail Bike Tour (Suggested Itinerary)
During past summer months in particular, biking enthusiasts have spent a week biking from Deer Lake and finishing up with a week spent relaxing and touring the area (visiting historic and ecological sites) from the Wildberry Lodge. A multi-activity bike trip on the Viking Trail in Newfoundland is a perfect way for the adventurous cyclists to see the area. For example, guests visit picturesque fishing villages populated by some of the friendliest people in the world and have the benefit of a back wind all the way down the coast.