Terra Nova National Park of Canada

II. Back Country Camping

Minchin Cove
Minchin Cove
© Parks Canada / Dale Wilson

Terra Nova National Park of Canada offers several primitive camping experiences for outdoor enthusiasts. For your enjoyment and safety, please review the registration and regulations below. Then click on one of the four primitive experiences below for more information.

Registration & Regulations
  • Campers must register at a park facility
  • Reservations can be made by calling 709-533-2942
  • Camping is restricted to designated sites only
  • We recommend boiling all water
  • Store food, garbage and scented items on bear poles
  • All garbage must be packed out
  • Open fires are not permitted at Beachy Pond, Dunphy's Pond, Dunphy's Island, Lion's Den North, and Lion's Den South.
  • Return your camping permit to a staffed facility. Unnecessary searches are an expense which may be charged to the visitor
  1. Outport Trail
  2. Beachy Pond
  3. Dunphy's Island
  4. Dunphy's Pond
I. Outport Trail
South Broad Cove
South Broad Cove
© Parks Canada / Greg Stroud

The Outport trail is the park's longest trail with some of the most rewarding views and experiences. This 48km return trip trail beings from site 253 in the Newman Sound Campground and ends at Lion's Den South. The trail is only maintained for 17.5 km to the South Broad Cove Campsites, so anyone interested in hiking beyond South Broad Cove must speak to a Park Warden.

These primitive campsites are also accessible by sea kayak.

Below is a summary of the trail and its amenities:

Campsite Distance* Mode of Travel # of Sites Fire Pit
Minchin's Cove
14 km
Hike/Boat 6
Yes
South Broad Cove
16 km
Hike/Boat 8
Yes
Lion's Den North
20km
Hike/Boat 3
No fires permitted
Lion's Den South
22km
Hike/Boat 3
No fires permitted

*Distance is one-way from Newman Sound Campground, site 253

Outport Trail Map

II. Beachy Pond
Canoes and Kayaks at Sandy Pond
Canoes and Kayaks at Sandy Pond
© Parks Canada / John Sylvester

Beachy Pond is an enjoyable primitive experience that leads visitors from the popular Sandy Pond to the more reclusive Beachy Pond. The trip starts at Sandy Pond where you can off-load your own canoe. Once you canoe to the end of the pond you will portage through a short 0.4 km trail to the entrance of Beachy Pond. The campsites are about 1km away by canoe.

Below is a summary of the trail and it's amenities:

Campsite Distance* Mode of Travel # of Sites Fire Pit
Beachy Pond 2km Canoe 4
No fires permitted

*Distance is one-way from Sandy Pond

III. Dunphy's Island
Dunphy's Island
Dunphy's Island
© Parks Canada / Joycelyn

Dunphy's Island is the longest canoe route for primitive camping. The trip starts at Sandy Pond where you can off-load your own canoe. From there, travel across Sandy Pond where you will have a short 0.4 km portage to Beachy Pond. The canoe route continues through Beachy to Dunphy's Pond (a fairly large lake) where you will find the island near the end of the pond.

Below is a summary of the trail and it's amenities:

Campsite Distance* Mode of Travel # of Sites Fire Pit
Dunphy's Island 10 km Canoe 4
No fires permitted

*Distance is one-way from Sandy Pond

IV. Dunphy's Pond
Dunphy's Pond
Dunphy's Pond
© Parks Canada / W H Nethery

Dunphy's Pond (a fairly large lake) is accessible by canoe or foot. Hikers can start their trip from the trailhead located on the TCH at the east end of the park. If you would rather canoe, the route begins at Sandy Pond where canoeists can off-load their own canoe. From there, you will canoe through Sandy Pond, portage 0.4 km to Beachy Pond and canoe through Beachy to the far end of Dunphy's Pond.

Below is a summary of the trail and it's amenities:

Campsite Distance* Mode of Travel # of Sites Fire Pit
Dunphy's Pond 10km Canoe/Hike** 5 No fires permitted

*Distance is one-way from Sandy Pond
**Hiking distance is 5km, one-way

Dunphy's Pond Trail Map

III. Group Tenting
Group tenting area at Malady Head Campground
Group tenting area at Malady Head Campground
© Parks Canada / Yolanda Collins

Group tenting is available at Malady Head Campground from July to August. Reservations are recommended by calling 709-533-6774 or 709-533-2801.

IV. Winter Camping
Winter camping in Terra Nova National Park
Winter camping in Terra Nova National Park
© Parks Canada / George Case

Visitors are welcome to tent camping in Terra Nova National Park during the winter although there is no active service offer. No roads, trails or campsites will be cleared of snow. A pit privy will be placed in the vicinity of washroom building #36 near site 357 (Loop W) in Newman Sound campground. Winterized kitchen shelters and firewood will not be provided. For more information, please call the park at 709-533-2801.

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