Terra Nova

Terra Nova

Terra Nova National Park of Canada is a place where long fingers of the North Atlantic Ocean touch the island boreal forest of Eastern Newfoundland. Rocky headlands provide shelter from the awesome power of the open ocean. The landscape of the park varies from the rugged cliffs and sheltered inlets of the coastal region to the rolling forested hills, bogs and ponds of the inland.

Activities

Hiking
Terra Nova has over 100 km of trails that boast some incredible biodiversity. Explore the old fire access roads of the Blue Hill West Trail, where you’ll hike from the highest point in the park to the shores of the Blue Hill Pond. Or enjoy the Boreal Forest at its best with a hike on the Sandy Pond Trail. If you have time, make a night of it by camping at the Newman Sound Campground. Bring your fishing rod if you have one - you can fish for your supper on many of the park’s waters.

How much time will I need?

  • Anywhere from an hour to overnight.

Do I need any special equipment or gear? What else should I bring?

  • You’ll need good walking shoes and proper clothing, water, a snack and bug repellent and sunscreen. You will also need camping equipment and enough food to last your trip if you chose to stay overnight.

Is this activity free?

  • Hiking is free. There is a charge for camping overnight, and you’ll need to purchase permit if you wish to fish.

When is the best time to do this?

  • May to October.

 

Take a marine adventure tour
Take a boat tour of scenic Newman Sound, where you’ll observe first hand the beauty and diversity of our marine ecosystem. You’ll be able to pull crab and lobster pots, examine specimens under a microscope and perhaps even catch a glimpse of a bald eagle, dolphin or moose in their natural habitat! Start your adventure at the Visitors Centre, where you can pick up the tour or book a seat for another day.

How much time will I need?

  • Two and a half hours.

Do I need any special equipment or gear? What else should I bring?

  • You should bring some warm clothing, a water proof jacket and sturdy footwear.

Is this activity free?

  • No, there is a cost to take the tour, but it depends on your age.

When is the best time to do this?

  • Mid May to early October.

 

Cross country skiing or snow shoeing
Each winter, thick blankets of snow transform Terra Nova National Park into a winter wonderland. Strap on your cross-country skis or snow shoes and head out on one of the Park’s groomed trails. Stop off at one of the kitchen shelters along the way to make yourself a well deserved cup of hot chocolate. Don’t forget to soak up the breathtaking winter landscape. It’s not to be missed!

How much time will I need?
A couple of hours to half a day.

Do I need any special equipment or gear? What else should I bring?
Bring warm winter clothing, water, food and a camera. You will also have to bring your own equipment.

Is this activity free?
Yes.

When is the best time to do this?
January to March.
 

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