6 Photo Ops on the Burin Peninsula

The Burin Peninsula is one of Newfoundland and Labrador’s hidden gems – it’s the road less travelled and the perfect place to get away from the hustle and bustle of daily life. With sweeping landscapes, coastal cliffs, and quaint fishing villages, this region is a photographer’s paradise. So, set your GPS to “off-the-beaten-path” and get ready to experience our top six photo ops on the Burin Peninsula.

Swift Current, Burin, Newfoundland and Labrador

In the little town of Swift Current, you’ll find beautiful views around every corner. Photo courtesy of Newfoundland and Labrador Tourism.

1. Swift Current 

As you turn the corner into Swift Current, you’ll know you’ve arrived in a special place. This sheltered inlet boasts calm waters lined with fishing stages and cradled by tree-covered hills. It’s the kind of place that begs to be photographed.

While you’re in the area

The scenery in Swift Current is likely to leave you wanting more, so why not book a stay at beautiful Kilmory Resort? Their full-service cabins are the perfect oasis for those looking to relax and enjoy the area’s stunning scenery. Enjoy a cup of coffee on your deck overlooking the water or rent a kayak to get up close with nature.

The Barrens, Burin Peninsula

Enjoy sweeping views across the Burin Peninsula Barrens – and keep your eyes peeled for caribou! Photo courtesy of Danielle Ambs.

2. The Barrens

The sweeping maritime barrens of the Burin Peninsula are a feature unique to this region. Panoramic views in every direction may even reward you with a caribou sighting! Looking west on a clear day, you will spot the rugged coastline of small communities across the bay. This landscape comes alive in the fall with vibrant orange and red foliage highlighted by the autumn sun – a photographer’s dream.

While you’re in the area

Looking for adventure? Turn down any of the small highways leading to the eastern and western coasts of the peninsula to discover quaint communities that encapsulate the outport way of life. Some, like Rencontre East, are only accessible by passenger ferry. Book a stay at Rencontre East Vacation Homes to experience this place first-hand. We’re willing to bet you might never want to leave.

Turtle Islands, Burin Peninsula

It’s not hard to guess how the Turtle Islands got their name! Photo courtesy of Newfoundland and Labrador Tourism. 

3. Turtle Islands, Burin

In the charming community of Burin, you’ll find photo opportunities around every corner. One of the most beloved viewpoints overlooks the “Turtle Islands” – one look and you’ll understand how these unique islands got their name!

While you’re in the area

There’s lots to discover in Burin and the surrounding area. If you’d like to spend some time exploring (we think you should!), the Marystown Hotel and Convention Centre is a great jumping off point. Just here for the day? Stop into Smuggler’s Cove and the Monkey’s Fist Restaurant for a delicious meal in a unique old-Western setting.

Fortune Head, Burin Peninsula

Enjoy a spectacular sunset at Fortune Head. Photo courtesy of Danielle Ambs.

4. Fortune Head, Fortune

If it’s a sunset photo you’re after, look no further than Fortune Head, where the sun sets over a wide-open bay and a picturesque lighthouse adds to the scene. You can also say you’ve watched the sun set over France; Saint-Pierre et Miquelon is located directly to the south!

While you’re in the area

Discover the region’s unique geology with a visit to the Fortune Head Geology Centre. Rest your head at Hotel Fortune or choose Dolly’s Place in neighbouring Grand Bank if a vacation home is more your style. Both provide comfort and hospitality as you explore the region.

Allan's Island, Burin Peninsula

On Allan’s Island, you’ll find a picturesque red and white lighthouse. Photo courtesy of Newfoundland and Labrador Tourism. 

5. Allan’s Island, Lamaline

Allan’s Island is a unique feature in the small coastal town of Lamaline. The signature red and white lighthouse makes for a beautiful photo, and on a clear day you’ll see the coast of Saint-Pierre et Miquelon in the distance!

While you’re in the area

At the Lamaline Heritage Museum you’ll discover a way of life from days gone by and learn about the tsunami of 1929. Many of the tiny towns you’ll encounter along this coast are home to similar museums that help connect visitors to local stories and ways of life. If you spot one along the way, be sure to stop in and check it out!

Chamber Cove, Burin Peninsula

The sweeping cliffs and crystal blue waters of Chamber Cove will take your breath away! Photo courtesy of Travis George and Legendary Coasts of Eastern Newfoundland.  

6. Chamber Cove, St. Lawrence

With sweeping coastal views, towering cliffs, and crystal blue waters, Chamber Cove is a photographer’s dream. The Chamber Cove Heritage Walk will lead you along a network of well-maintained trails towards several breathtaking viewpoints – keep your camera at the ready!

While you’re in the area

Book a stay at Nellie Gus House in St. Lawrence and spend some time discovering the stories of this place. The Miner’s Memorial Museum tells the tragic history of mining in the region, while Laurentian Legacy Tours provides an in-depth walking tour outlining the incredible story of the Truxton and Pollux disaster.

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When you out and about exploring the Burin Peninsula, make sure to tag your posts on Instagram with #ExploreNL and why not tag us as well, we are @NewfoundlandLabrador. We look forward to seeing your fantastic pictures and video, there is no shortage of photo worthy places to experience.

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