Mistaken Point Ecological Reserve

Portugal Cove South

Mistaken Point Ecological Reserve and UNESCO World Heritage Site protect Ediacaran fossils preserved in exquisite detail. The tilted and cleaved mudstone bedding planes along Mistaken Point's spectacular coastline contain fossils of the oldest, large complex multicellular life-forms found anywhere on Earth. Please check in at Edge of Avalon Interpretation Centre in Portugal Cove South. Access to view the fossils is by guided tour only. Book well in advance to avoid disappointment.

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Locations & Dates

  • Off Route 10, near Portugal Cove South, Portugal Cove South
  • 46.7125, -53.2577
  • Due to Covid-19, the Edge of Avalon visitor centre, guided hikes, hiking trails, parkling lots and facilities are closed until further notice.



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  • A permit may be required for commercial operators or educational groups; check with Mistaken Point Ecological Reserve staff.