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Terra Nova National Park of Canada

How to Get There

How to Get There

Welcome to Terra Nova National Park of Canada. The park is located in eastern Newfoundland, approximately 200 km west of St. John's and 60 km east of Gander. The island is accessible by airplane, or ferry service , and the park is accessible by motor vehicle, chartered bus and personal watercraft .

GPS icon GPS Coordinates
48 34 45.35 N 53 56 51.31 W


Newfoundland is accessible by air through one of five airports:

Gander International Airport is closest to Terra Nova, just 60 km east, while St. John's is 200 km east and Deer Lake is 390 km west.

Ferry Service

Newfoundland is accessible by ferry from Nova Scotia or Labrador.

From Nova Scotia, Marine Atlantic operates year-round crossings between North Sydney, Nova Scotia to Port-aux-Basques, Newfoundland. An additional service between North Sydney and Argentia, Newfoundland is offered from mid-June to late September.

The island is also accessible by ferry service from Labrador. Please visit the following website for more information on one of the three passenger boats.

Motor Vehicle

Terra Nova National Park is accessible by motor vehicle along the Trans Canada Highway. From eastern or western Newfoundland, you will enter the park's east or west gate respectively along the TCH. The highway runs through the park for approximately 40 km, with signage indicating campgrounds, trail heads, roadside pull-offs, day-use areas and our Visitor Information Marine Centre, located at Salton's Brook.

Below are the approximate kilometres and driving times from Newfoundland communities to our Visitor Centre in the park:

KmDriving Time
St. Anthony 800 8 hrs.
L'Anse-aux-Meadows National Historic Site 840 8 hrs. 45 mins.
Port au Choix National Historic Site 620 7 hrs. 45 mins.
Gros Morne National Park 415 4.5 hrs.
Port-aux-Basques 655 6 hrs. 35 mins.
Corner Brook 440 4 hrs. 30 mins.
Deer Lake 390 4 hrs.
Grand Falls-Windsor 180 1 hr 45 mins.
Twillingate 195 2 hrs 10 mins.
Gander 75 50 mins.
Glovertown 19 20 mins.
Eastport 25 30 mins.
Charlottetown 12 15 mins.
Port Blandford 34 30 mins.
Clarenville 70 45 mins.
Bonavista (Ryan Premises National Historic Site) 165 2 hrs. 30 mins.
Grand Bank 305 4 hrs. 20 mins.
Whitbourne 185 1 hr. 50 mins.
Placentia (Castle Hill National Historic Site) 210 2 hrs. 10 mins.
Brigus (Hawthorne Cottage National Historic Site) 210 2 hrs. 10 mins.
St. John's (Signal Hill National Historic Site) 257 2 hrs. 40 mins.
Cape Spear National Historic Site 275 2 hrs. 55 mins.

Chartered Bus Service

DRL offers a chartered bus service across the island of Newfoundland, with two stopping points near the east and west entrance of the park. For more information visit:

Personal Watercraft

Terra Nova National Park is accessible by sea along the northeastern coast of Newfoundland. Inner Newman Sound has excellent docking facilities, while the outer coves have wharves. The park also has several boat launches: one in inner Newman Sound at Salton's Brook and another at the mouth of Southwest Arm in Alexander Bay.