Terra Nova National Park

Overview

Introduction

Terra Nova National Park is a national preserve 85 mi/135 km northwest of St. John's that covers roughly 155 sq mi/400 sq km and includes a stretch of the rugged coastline of Newfoundland and Labrador. The best way to experience it is on a sea kayak or boat tour, which will let you get a close look at the humpback, minke and fin whales, as well as eagles and icebergs (best viewed in late spring or early summer, when they float by the coastline).

Be sure to visit the Marine Interpretation Centre in Salton, which has touch tanks, exhibits and an aquarium.

The park's interior, where forests grow on a rocky terrain, is also worth a visit. Wildlife includes bears, beavers, foxes and moose, as well as bald eagles, ptarmigan and the arctic tern.

During the summer, visitors can enjoy hikes on more than 62 mi/100 km of groomed trails, canoe trips, scuba diving, swimming, fishing, bicycling and picnicking. Camping is possible in both developed campgrounds and backcountry sites, and there is a breathtaking 18-hole golf club with a lodge.

The park staff oversees evening programs and an outdoor theater. During the winter, visitors can enjoy groomed cross-country ski trails, snowshoeing and ice fishing.

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