Terra Nova National Park

Terra Nova Golf Resort
Louil Hill, Terra Nova
Aerial View of Terra Nova National Park

Imagine a place where inlets of the North Atlantic Ocean meet the boreal forest of central Newfoundland. Where rocky cliffs provide shelter from a tempestuous sea, only to merge inland into rolling green hills, bogs and ponds.

This is Terra Nova National Park, Canada's most easterly national park. Four hundred square kilometres of natural beauty. Here you can kayak, canoe, or boat sheltered bays and breathtaking coastlines, amongst whales, seabirds and icebergs. Dense forests, marshes, and green meadows wait to be explored along 12 extensive and beautiful hiking trails. As you walk along the twisting paths, you might spy a moose, lynx, beaver, or rare bird flying freely among the forest and marshy bogs.

In the winter, thick blankets of snow transform Terra Nova National Park into a paradise of white. Strap on your cross-country skis or snowshoes and make your way into the flawless wilderness. For the full effect, camp out for the night under the stars, or spend the day on an ice-fishing expedition.

Things to do

Golfing: Terra Nova National Park offers a world-class golf course called Twin Rivers. Tee off over the rapids of two salmon rivers and along the powerful shores of the Atlantic Ocean.

Bicycling: Biking is a great way to explore the park, whether you prefer leisurely family rides around the campgrounds or more challenging rides along our scenic, designated mountain biking trails.

Boat tours: Experience the beauty of the park from a whole new angle by taking a boat tour of scenic Newman Sound with local operator Coastal Connections. Look out for bald eagles and other interesting wildlife as your tour guide explains the natural and cultural history of the area.

Canoeing and kayaking: With over 200 km of stunning coastline and numerous rivers, lakes and ponds, water enthusiasts are in their element in Terra Nova National Park. Canoeing, sea and river kayaking are great ways to discover its natural beauty.

Swimming: A perfect place to spend a hot summer day is at Sandy Pond – named for its shallow sandy beach. On cooler days, take a stroll around the 3 km looped trail.

Fishing: Trout fishing, salmon fishing, ice fishing – the park has it all. Settle into the scenic silence and spend some time truly appreciating your surroundings while anticipating a delicious, freshly-caught supper.

Hiking: Terra Nova National Park is a hikers' paradise, with 100 km of trails varying in difficulty from gentle, scenic, inland strolls to lengthy, cliffside rambles overlooking the ocean. For more information on trails, their lengths and locations, visit Terra Nova National Park's official hiking page.

Theatre and entertainment: During the summer months, you'll be entertained with live dramatic performances, amazing interpretative nature walks, and evening soirees at our outdoor theatre in Newman Sound. For more information and for schedules, visit Terra Nova National Park's official special events page and interpretation activities page.

Camping: Regardless of when you visit, Terra Nova National Park is open for year-round camping and activity of all kinds.

Campsite reservations are recommended. The Newman Sound campground off Route 1 includes 100 sites with electricity, which are in great demand from June to September. The 243 non-electrical sites also go fast during long weekends and special events. Call (877) 737-3783 or go online at www.pccamping.ca.

The smaller Malady Head campground off Route 310 is more rustic and does not have electricity at any of its 87 sites. To make reservations, call (709) 533-6774 from July to mid October. Group tenting is available.

Winter camping is available at Newman Sound, and there are a small number of primitive campsites that can be reached by trail or boat. Call the park directly at (709) 533-2801 for more information.

Where do I begin?

When you arrive at Terra Nova National Park, head to our Visitor Centre just off Route 1 and plan your day or arrange for a guided interpretive tour. After a hike, visit the eatery for a mouth-watering Newfoundland and Labrador meal, or get a snack for a day of exploring. The Visitor Centre has some great features, including saltwater aquariums with northern cod, lobster and sculpins, and a touch tank full of many creatures found in our coastal environment. And yes, as the name suggests, you're allowed to touch them! There's also a wet lab with crafts and activities for families, and a theatre and gift shop too.

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