“Goowiddy” is a Newfoundland term for the low shrubs commonly seen on this trail. Stroll through a mature balsam fir forest that snakes along the coastline of Newman Sound. Keep right at the junction and discover a sandy beach with a small barachois. Continue on into the forest again, winding your way along the forest floor until you break out in a grassy meadow with an oceanfront view – Buckleys Cove. Catch your breath in the red chairs or plan to stay the night at this backcountry site. Head inland through spindly twisted trees and brush along by bracken ferns that are 3-4 feet tall. Soon you will see the tranquil waters of Blue Hill Pond. Once you have rested at the pond, follow the boardwalk back out to the coast. This trail can be wet in places so wear appropriate footwear. 

Trail details

Level of Difficulty

Moderate to difficult



8 km loop



2.5 - 3.5 hours


Goowiddy Path is located just outside the Visitor Centre, roughly 1km off Route 1 (TransCanada Highway)


Boreal forest, coastline, small beaches, barachois, bog, pond, bracken ferns, goowiddy – a low shrub commonly found on this trail.



Trailhead located just outside the Visitor Centre.


GPS Coordinates

48 34 46.36001 N
-53 56 48.70002 W

Backcountry camping  Backcountry camping is available at Buckley's Cove. Find out more.