Mistaken Point Ecological Reserve

Portugal Cove South

UNESCO World Heritage Site – When Life Got Big! Preserved in exquisite detail upon the planes of tilted and cleaved mudstones along Mistaken Point's spectacular coastline, are fossils of the oldest, large complex life-forms found anywhere on Earth. This site is the only place in the world where you can view 565-million-year-old deep-sea floors that accurately preserve the ecology of ancient ocean floor communities. Access is by guided hike only.

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Off Route 10, near , Portugal Cove South
46.6415, -53.1408 (Download GPX)
Early May - Mid Oct
+1 (709) 438 1012
+1 (709) 637 2040
+1 (709) 637 8060


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