Natural Wonders & Cultural Treasures
A ragged-shaped oceanside park of sheltered inlets, islands, headlands, ponds, forests and bogs across 400 square kilometres (154 square miles), Terra Nova is perched on the northeast coast of Newfoundland, a three-hour drive from the provincial capital of St. John’s.
Though easily accessible by the Trans-Canada highway, it is a traditional island wilderness with abundant wildlife like black bears, lynx, ospreys, moose and the rare indigenous Newfoundland marten.
- Newfoundland and Labrador’s first national park, Terra Nova has protected diverse habitats from woodlands, bogs and ponds to rugged coastlines and granite headlands since 1957.
- Rich with fish and sea mammals, the Terra Nova region has attracted prehistoric peoples to European settlers for at least 5,000 years.
- There are more than 200 km of coastline in Terra Nova National Park, and as long as you’re in the park, you’re never more than 5 km from the ocean.
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Cultural heritage in Terra Nova National Park