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“visitor centre - good place to start”

Terra Nova National Park
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Owner description: Terra Nova National Park 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. Cultural history abounds in the remnants of sawmills and past human cultures.
Reviewed 25 September 2017

many options available for walking trails -- check with the visitors Centre -- short 15 min trail to all day ones nearby -- if you enjoy trail walking -- you should check it out

Thank James G
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Reviewed 24 September 2017

Terra Nova is a National Park located in eastern Newfoundland on the TransCanada. I stopped here in September on a return trip to Newfoundland to see things I missed this summer. The park is very big and a visit requires planning to help maximize your time. The visitor Centre was closed for the week when I arrived but a quick look inside confirms that displays are available describing the local wildlife under protection in the park. The visitor Centre also has a gift shop and restaurant and very clean washroom facilities. This park will be appreciated by those interested in nature, camping and wildlife and by those interested in photography, scenic views and fantastic hiking trails. It will be less interesting to those in a hurry who are just passing thru on the TransCanada to St. John’s.

Thank David B
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Reviewed 9 September 2017

This park offers a lot. We stopped at the visitor's center, drove through the park, and walked a short trail. We should have scheduled more time for the park. The sea coast is lovely and the hills and trees and very nice. We loved the tank with sea creatures at the visitors center and spotted the jellyfish swimming off the dock behind the building. Then we drove through the park to the town of Salvage. Salvage is not in the park, but it is a cool little fishing village. On the way back, we stopped at Malady campground for a bathroom break. I've never seen a nicer bathroom/shower at a campground. It was amazing. The campground looked awesome. We didn't see any moose, but they said that there are 150 in the park.

Thank CKT808
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Reviewed 9 September 2017

We stopped at the Visitor’s and Interpretative Center for a break while travelling between Gander and Twillingate. It was not far off the highway (1 km) so a convenient stop to use the washroom, stretch our legs by walking a short distance on a trail to see the forest trees (spruce, fir, aspen, birch, alder) and undergrowth like blueberries, and to study the exhibits in the Interpretative Center. The Visitor's Center is located right at the shore of a bay so in one stop visitor's can experience the forest and the water. The area right by the Interpretative Center didn't have any campgrounds or boat/kayak rentals. There was one trail for walking/hiking right off the parking lot and it hugged the shoreline. Giftshop in the Visitor's Center had books on wildlife/trees. Food was also available. We allowed about 45 minutes for this break. Luckily, this year, admission to this national park was waived.

The Visitor's/Interpretative Center had several displays inside. One display, about birch bark canoe making, was simply told on information boards. Materials that were used were encapsulated in small boxes beside these boards with a finished birch canoe mounted on the wall for easy viewing of all the parts mentioned on the boards. New information for me was the use of spruce tree roots for binding canoe parts together and that bear fat mixed with tree resin formed a glue.

Another area gave brief information about the different groups of people who had lived in the area from ancient peoples, the Dorset, the Beothuk, and Europeans. Samples of the tools each group of people used to hunt or fish were enclosed in small boxes as illustrations. The notation about the Beothuks having difficulty surviving with the European's arrival was an understatement.

Another area had a display about sealife. The 2 fish tanks had baby cod and one larger cod. An information poster identified the different types of fish found in the waters. At the back of the center was a larger touch pool with colorful starfish (good photo opportunity) and other shell fish.

The information boards in the Visitor's Center had brief descriptions (just right for a short visit) in 3 languages - English, French, and a native language. Another source of information about the Park was from a film that showed in a viewing room, but we didn't have time to view it.

There was a Parks Canada employee on hand in the display area to answer questions. Ask about the best place to find arrowheads on the beaches. The Parks Canada employees also ran an activities program which probably would be more suitable for those who are staying awhile rather than drop-ins.

Outside on the lawn was a whale skeleton and an information board on Minke whales. A long wharf reached into the water. This area had a flat gravelly beach mixed with larger rocks; seaweed was washed up among the rocks.

Our stop in the park was worth the time and a welcome break from driving through boreal forests.

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Reviewed 8 September 2017

We passed through this park briefly because we were on a mission to get to Rock Harbour. We did check out the visitor centre to see the displays and play in the interactive touch pool. The views even from the visitor centre were lovely so we can only imagine the other trails and other features that we could have stayed for.

The exhibits were informative and the interactive touch pool was interesting for us because we got the chance to see/touch some of the natural species in these cool waters. If you’re looking for something to eat, there is an eatery attached but it’s a small cafeteria so a quick lunch or snack would probably be what you’re getting. We’re still glad we got to stop and when we return, we’ll make the time to stay longer to explore. I think that Gros Morne gets too much attention that many people forget about the other National parks like this one.

Thank Deborah K
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