Facilities and Services
The Visitor Centre is our main park visitor centre – the perfect place to begin your journey in Terra Nova National Park. In addition to our friendly staff who can assist you in planning your perfect visitor experience, you can enjoy a brief orientation film about the park, take a tour of our exhibits and touch tank with one of our knowledgeable interpreters, pick up a souvenir at the Heritage Foundation Gift Shoppe or drop by the Bonavista Bay Inshore Rescue Boating Safety Kiosk to view exhibits and speak with Coast Guard staff.
The Visitor Centre is located approximately 35 km from the eastern entrance and 10 km for the western entrance. For hours of operation, please click here . For more information, please call 709-533-2942.
The Heritage Foundation Gift Shoppe
The Heritage Foundation for Terra Nova National Park is a non-profit co-operating association with a volunteer board of directors
that has been operating in the park since 1986. The Foundation's role is to “support and enhance” Parks Canada's mandate through programs that increase the effectiveness of the park. Drop by their Gift Shoppe in the Visitor Information Centre to check out their extensive line of handcrafted and souvenir items. Other items include art, jewellery, Newfoundland and children's books, park publications and maps, souvenir clothing, kids' toys and so much more! Profits from these retail sales and other activities are used to operate the Activity Centre in the Newman Sound campground and to sponsor environmental stewardship projects in collaboration with Parks Canada and local communities. For more information, please call 709-533-3145 or visit our website
Bonavista Bay Inshore Rescue Boating Safety Kiosk
From Victoria Day weekend to Labour Day Monday, Canadian Coast Guard operate the Bonavista Bay Inshore Rescue Boating Safety Kiosk at the Visitor Information Marine Centre in Terra Nova National Park. Drop by for boating safety information, to view exhibits, or to speak with coast guard staff. Be sure to join us in August when we celebrate our annual Coast Guard Day. For more information, please call 709-533-2590.
On those hot summer days, Sandy Pond is the place to be! Rent a canoe, kayak or paddle boat and paddle across the pond. Back on dry land, wiggle your toes in fine sand and watch kids build a sand castle.
Feeling adventurous? "Hop-scotch" with a canoe to other ponds scattered around the area, tackle a portage to Beachy Pond, or head further to Dunphy's Pond and pitch a tent at a waterfront campsite for the night.