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Terra Nova National Park

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Terra Nova National Park is in Eastern Newfoundland. It joined Canada's National Parks system in 1957. It is Canada's most easterly national park and, like all of Canada's National Parks system, Terra Nova is dedicated to protecting and celebrating the beauty and variety of the land. Terra Nova is an excellent way to experience the nature, discovery and adventure of eastern Newfoundland. It is a place where sheltered Atlantic fjords stretch inland to touch the boreal landscape.

The Terra Nova region is rich in natural resources, such as fish and sea mammals. These resources have attracted people to the Terra Nova area for at least 5,000 years. Prehistoric peoples and European settlers depended on the rich resources of the sea and land, as do many people in the region today.



The first settlers in Canada originally landed at Alexander Bay; what is now the coast of Terra Nova National Park.


Flora and fauna[edit]

Moose, bear, fox, lynx, and beaver are commonly found, as are many wildflowers, conifers, and deciduous trees.


Get in[edit]

By land[edit]

The park lies along the Trans Canada Highway, making it easy enough to reach by road. Depending on where you're coming from -eastern or western Newfoundland - you will enter through the eastern or western gate. The highway's route through the park is some 40 km long, with signs to point you to the Visitor Information Marine Centre in Salton's Brook, campgrounds, and other relevant stops.

DRL operates daily bus routes all around Newfoundland, and has stops near the eastern and the western gates of Terra Nova National Park.

By sea[edit]

If you have your own boat, the park is accessible by sea along the northeastern side of the island. For docking and boat launches, try Inner Newman Sound. The mouth of the Southwest Arm in Alexander Bay is another good docking option.

By air[edit]

Terra Nova National Park is:

  • Approximately 220 km west of St. John's International Airport (St. John's) on the Trans-Canada Highway
  • Approximately 67 km east of Gander International Airport (Gander) on the Trans-Canada Highway


Daily park fee is normally $5.80; annual fee is $29.40. However, for 2017, all Canadian national parks offer free entry as part of the celebration of the 150th anniversary of Canadian confederation. Camping, fishing and mooring are additional costs, and are not part of the Parks Canada free entry initiative.

Get around[edit]


  • 1 Newman Sound estuary.
  • 2 Bonavista Bay (from the Blue Hill Autotrail).


  • Newman Sound Amphitheatre. Number of shows
  • 1 Visitors Centre and Marine Interpretation Centre. interpretive video and interactive exhibits
  • Walk the Coastal Trail from Newman Sound to Headquarters Wharf.
  • Kayak the sheltered waters of Newman Sound..
  • boat tour. View bald eagles, whales, icebergs.
  • 3 Twin River's Golf Course.



  • The Starfish Eatery, Marine Interpretation Centre.
  • Sandy Pond. Snacks available in the park




Accommodation, except camping can be found just outside the park boundaries, for example:


  • 3 Newman Sound Campground. 400 serviced and unserviced wooded campsites.
  • 4 Malady Head Campground. 60 unserviced wooded campsites with firepits.


  • Backcountry Camping. Unserviced back country lots thought the park.

Stay safe[edit]

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Routes through Terra Nova National Park
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