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Terra Nova National Park of Canada

How to Plan a Camping Trip in Terra Nova

Planning a camping trip to Terra Nova can sometimes be overwhelming with numerous reservation systems and fees. To help simplify the process, we will guide you through the procedures step by step: where do you want to camp, do I need a reservations, how do I make a reservation and fees.

Where do you want to camp?

There are three choices in Terra Nova:

Newman Sound Campground
A large campground with unserviced and electrical sites, washrooms, kitchen shelters, a grocery store, Laundromat, activity centre, playgrounds, communal fire pits, filling and dumping station, and adjacent hiking trails.

Malady Head Campground
A small campground with washrooms, kitchen shelters, playground, filling and dumping station, fire pits on every site, hiking trails and nearby day-use area.

Primitive Camping
There are three hiking and boating routes within the park: the Outport trail, Dunphy's Pond trail & a canoe route through Sandy Pond, Beachy Pond & Dunphy's Pond.

Do I need a reservation?

Reservations are recommended for:

  • electrical sites at Newman Sound (from June to September)
  • electrical and non-electrical sites at Newman Sound during long weekends & special events throughout the summer (Canada Day, Labour Day & Folk Festival weekend)
How do I make a reservation?

For Primitive Camping call the park directly at 709-533-2801.
For Malady Head campground call 709-533-6774 (July to August).
For Newman Sound campground contact the national reservation system:

  • Telephone: 1-877-737-3783 (7am-7pm daily, NL time)
  • Online: (24 hours, seven days a week)

About Newman Sound Reservations:

  1. The Campground Reservation Service is available 24 hours through the internet seven days/week, and 12 hours/day from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. through the call centre until Thanksgiving weekend.
  2. You are able to make a reservation up to the day prior to your arrival.
  3. When you reserve a site you are not guaranteed a specific site number but a site of a particular “type”or “size.” Your specific site is assigned at registration.
  4. You are encouraged to make reservations for your full stay in order to avoid disappointment if and when we cannot extend the site.
  5. With a reservation confirmation, you are able to call Newman Sound Campground the morning of your expected arrival time and confirm a spot into the campground, (if a site is available at that time). During busy periods, campsites may not be available until 2:00 p.m. on the day of arrival.
  6. A reservation fee of $10.80 (tax included) must be paid by VISA, MasterCard or American Express at the time of booking for each reservation. This fee is not refundable . At this time, your total camping and reservation fee will be deducted from your credit card account
  7. Campers can change or cancel their reservation(s) up to the day prior to their arrival via the internet or by calling the toll-free number. A $8.80 cancellation and/or change fee will apply.
  8. If you are holder of an early bird seasonal pass for Terra Nova National Park, you are entitled to additional camping discounts that will be applied upon check-in.
  9. If making a reservation for a friend, you must make the reservation in that person's name. You are encouraged to make your own reservations.
  10. Campers with reservations are asked, as a courtesy to let us know if they will be arriving later than 4:00 p.m. so that we can explain to other campers why we are not releasing the site.
  11. Check-in time for campers is 2:00 p.m. If you arrive before 2:00 p.m., you may have to wait until a site becomes available.
  12. If sites are not completely reserved upon your arrival into the campground, sites will be given away on a first come- first serve basis depending on availability. All campers are encouraged to make a reservation to ensure a guaranteed space for their total length of stay
  13. There is no wait list available for anyone wanting to obtain a specific site. It is the responsibility of the visitor to check with staff each day on the availability of sites.
  14. A camper is able to change their site anytime throughout their stay (depending on availability) with no additional charge.
  15. All campers are asked to check with the kiosk staff prior to moving to a new site.

To camp in a National Park, visitors are required to pay for an entry permit in addition to the nightly camping fee.

Camping Rates:

Regular Rate
Electrical $29.40
Non-electrical  $25.50
Malady Head $21.50

Early Bird Pass Holders
Electrical $23.50
Non-electrical  $18.60
Malady Head $16.60

Please note that you will be required to purchase an entry permit in addition to the camping fees.


  • Fees are subject to change
  • Entry Permits are required when visiting a National Park
  • Applicable camping rates apply if camping in a National Park