• General camping information:

    Operating season (nights):
    • May 15 to October 12, 2019
    Reservable period (nights):
    • May 15 to October 12, 2019
    Reservable percentage:
    • 100% reservable
    Kiosk hours:
    • Malady Head: Check with the park (709-533-2801)
    • Newman Sound:
      • Shoulder seasons (Victoria Day Weekend to Mid-June and Labour Day Weekend to Thanksgiving Weekend): contact the park directly for hours of operation.
      • Peak season (Mid-June to Labour Day weekend):
        • Sunday – Wednesday: 8 am to 9 pm.
        • Thursday – Saturday: 8 am to 10:30 pm.
    • Visitor Centre:
      • May 17, 2019 to June 21, 2019, 10 am to 4 pm.
      • June 22, 2019, to September 1, 2019: 10 am to 6 pm.
      • September 2, 2019, to October 13, 2019: 10 am to 4 pm.
    After hours registration:
    • Registration after hours is not available.
    Check in time:
    • Permits must be issued in time to reach destination during daylight hours. Campers must therefore plan enough time to reach their destination before nightfall.
    • All users MUST register with Parks Canada staff.
    • Upon arrival at the park, you must pick up your backcountry camping permit at one of our campground kiosks, even if you have a reservation. Permits must be issued with enough time for campers to reach their destination before sunset. Late departures for the backcountry are not permitted. The park reserves the right to forbid a backcountry outing if weather conditions are not suitable, or for any other reason that may jeopardize visitor safety. Users must come prepared for camping in a wilderness setting in variable weather conditions.
    Check out time:
    • Before 11 am.
    Quiet hours:
    • 12 am (midnight) to 7 am.
    Maximum length of stay:
    • 21 nights
    Maximum persons per site:
    • Group size per permit is restricted to one tent and up to four persons.
    Maximum camping units per site:
    • 1 tent per site. Camping is restricted to designated sites only.
    Fire policy:
    • Campfires are permitted only at Minchins Cove, South Broad Cove and Southwest Arm, in designated fire pits;
    • Fires are permitted only in fire places provided by the Park; do not build your own campfire pit or circle
    • When forest fire danger is high or extreme; open fires are restricted or banned;
    • Keep fires small, never leave them unattended and fully extinguish fires before leaving;
    • Where no fire pits are provided, use camp stoves only.
    Alcohol Policy:
    • Alcohol can be consumed on registered sites only.
    Pet Policy:
    • Pets must be leashed at all times. They must not be left unattended.
    • Pet owners are asked to collect and dispose of any solid pet waste.
    Important Notices:
    • All backcountry sites are accessible either by hiking, canoe, kayak or boat.
    • If you are hiking to or from South Broad Cove and/or Minchins via the Outport Trail, other back country sites may not be reachable during daylight hours depending on your departure time. Please contact the park directly to assist with trip planning, if required.
    • For Public Safety reasons, backcountry sites and trails may be closed unexpectedly. Please check with the Park prior to departure.
    • Permits must be issued through the registration Kiosks in Newman Sound or Malady Head Campground or the Visitor Centre prior to proceeding into the backcountry. They must be issued in time for campers to reach their destination in daylight hours.
    • Please make certain that you bring a cook stove for areas that do not provide a campfire pit. Campers much use the supports provided for hanging food and all substances which may attract wildlife.
    • Garbage must be packed out and disposed of at the proper facilities.

    Campground locations:

    • The park is located in eastern Newfoundland, approximately 200 km west of St. John's and 60 km east of Gander. ( http://www.pc.gc.ca/en/pn-np/nl/terranova/visit/com-get)
    • 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 TransCanada highway. 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 centre, located at Salton's Brook.
    • Street address: Trans Canada Highway, Newman Sound exit (see location above for coordinates along TCH)

    Campground descriptions:

    • The park maintains 29 backcounty sites along the coast and several park trails. These campsites have minimal facilities: tent pads (to reduce trampling of the soil), bear poles (to store food so that it does not attract bears and other wildlife) and pit privies.
    • All backcountry sites are accessible either by hiking, canoe, kayak or boat.
    • Campsite Distance Mode of Travel # of Sites Fire Pit
      Minchins Cove 14km Hike/Boat 8 Yes (communal)
      South Broad Cove 16km Hike/Boat 6 Yes
      Buckley’s Cove 3km Hike 1 No
      Southwest Arm 1km Walk 3 Yes (communal)
      Beachy Pond 2km Canoe/portage 4 No
      Dunphys Island 10km Canoe 3 No
      Dunphys Pond 5/10km** Hike/Canoe 4 No

      ** Return trip

    • If you are hiking to or from South Broad Cove and/or Minchins via the Outport Trail, other back country sites may not be reachable during daylight hours depending on your departure time. Please contact the park directly to assist with trip planning, if required.
    • For Public Safety reasons, backcountry sites and trails may be closed unexpectedly. Please check with the Park prior to departure.
    • Permits must be issued through the registration Kiosks in Newman Sound or Malady Head Campground or the Visitor Centre prior to proceeding into the backcountry. They must be issued in time for campers to reach their destination in daylight hours.
    • Please make certain that you bring a cook stove for areas that do not provide a campfire pit.

    • Campers much use the supports provided for hanging food and all substances which may attract wildlife.

    • Garbage must be packed out and disposed of at the proper facilities.

    • You are in bear country:
      • Secure any wildlife attractants, such as scented items and/or food items, on bear poles or inside a sealed container (do not store in tent)

    • Help preserve the natural beauty:
      • Waste water should be thrown in the pit privies – do not use soap in brooks and ponds;
      • All garbage must be packed out from the backcountry.

    • After your trip:
      • Return permit to Park staff at one of our facilities so we know you have returned safely.
  • Fees

    • For information regarding camping fees for Terra Nova National Park please see our Fees page.
  • If there is no vacancy for your dates

    When the campground is full, please contact the park directly.

    Newman Sound kiosk: 709-533-3159

    • Shoulder seasons (Victoria Day Weekend to Mid-June and Labour Day Weekend to Thanksgiving Weekend): contact the park directly for hours of operation.
    • Mid- June to Labour Day weekend:
      • Sunday -Wednesday: 8 am to 9 pm.
      • Thursday- Saturday: 8 am to 10:30 pm.

    Malady Head kiosk: 709-533-6774

    • June 12 – September 22, 2019

    Administration office: 709-533-2801

    • 8:30 am – 4:30 pm, Monday to Friday, year round
  • Visitor centre: 709-533-2942 (May 17 to October 13, 2019)
  • Require additional information?

    Reservation service:

    General park information:

    • 1-888-773-8888 (8 am to 8 pm Eastern Time, April to September, 10 am to 6 pm Eastern Time, October to March) or info.tnnp@pc.gc.ca

    For information and reservations specifically for backcountry camping:

    In case of emergency while backcountry camping:

    • Call Warden dispatch at 709-533-6090 or 1-877-852-3100
  • Terms and definitions

    Site-specific
    Guests select the specific campsite or accommodation when they make their reservation. All front-country camping reservations made through the Parks Canada Reservation Service (PCRS) are site-specific reservations.
    Operating season (nights)
    The "operating season" is the nights that the campground is open. Sometimes the campgrounds are open for longer than the period for which they accept reservations. Any dates of the "operating season" outside of the "Reservable Period" are dates that the campground operates on a first come, first served basis only.
    Reservable period (nights)
    The "reservable period" is the nights for which you can make a camping or accommodation reservation. Note that many campgrounds may be open longer than this period, and operate outside of these dates on a first-come, first-served basis.
    Kiosk
    The administration/entrance booth of a particular campground, this is where you "check-in" and register your arrival.
    Vehicle
    Car, truck, motorcycle, truck-camper, motorhome, or recreational vehicle. A motor home pulling another vehicle may count as two vehicles.
    Camping unit
    Tent, tent-trailer, truck-camper, trailer, 5th wheel, motorhome or recreational vehicle.
    Serviced site

    Refers to a campsite offering either electrical, water, and/or sewer hook-ups or any combination of these services directly on the campsite. Fully-serviced sites offer electrical, potable water, and sewer hook-ups. "Unserviced" sites do not offer any of these hook-ups.

    The terms "serviced" and "unserviced" refer to the individual campsites; they do not refer to the washroom facilities or other amenities available at the campground.

    Drive-through site
    Campsite where the driver does not have to reverse their vehicle to exit (there is a separate entrance and exit to the individual campsite). Ideal for larger vehicles and trailers.
    Walk-in site
    Campsite which requires some degree of walking to access the site, and therefore requires a tent. Vehicle will be parked a short distance away.
    Overflow site
    Overflow campsites vary from park to park, and may range from a paved area to park a camping unit (not generally suitable for tents) to a more traditional, grassy site. They are unserviced and are not reservable.
    Accessible site
    A campsite which is accessible to guests with limited mobility.
    Firepit

    A designated structure for campfires located on a campsite. Check availability, as not all campsites offer a fire pit. In some parks, a fire permit is required to have a fire.

    In some parks, only communal firepits are available, and access is shared with other guests.

    Fire permit
    In some campgrounds, guests will require a valid fire permit to have a campfire. A fire permit may include firewood. Please refer to the ‘Fire policy’ section of the QRT for individual campground policies.
    Firewood
    In some campgrounds firewood is sold by the bundle, whereas in others a fire permit may give the holder access to the campground wood pile. Please refer to the ‘Fire policy’ section of the QRT for individual campground policies.
    First-come, first-served site
    Campsites that are available on a first come, first served basis only. These sites are only available to guests who are physically located at the campground. These sites cannot be registered over the telephone or on-line. These campsites may be available for only 1 night or for multiple nights depending on availability.
    Shoulder season
    Shoulder season refers to the season before and after the peak season. While many campgrounds remain open outside of their peak season, the services offered during this period may be limited (please check with the park for more details).
    Entrance pass
    A valid National Park Entrance Pass is required for all visitors to National Parks that have entry fees.
    Daily entrance pass
    A daily entrance pass permits visitor’s unlimited entry to the specified park on a per day basis for the period of time indicated.
    Annual/Seasonal entrance pass
    An annual or seasonal entrance pass permits visitor’s unlimited entry to the specified park for the period of time indicated.
    Parks Canada Discovery pass
    The Parks Canada Discovery Pass permits visitors unlimited entry to the participating Parks Canada national parks and national historic sites across Canada, for a period of 12 months.