Welcome to Terra Nova National Park of Canada. The park is located in eastern Newfoundland, approximately 200 km west of St. John's and 60 km east of Gander.

By Car

Terra Nova National Park is 250 kilometres (155 miles) northwest of St. John's, Newfoundland, and 60 kilometres (37 miles) southeast of Gander. Easily accessible by car, the Trans-Canada Highway runs through the park.

Chartered Bus Service

DRL provides a daily bus service across the island of Newfoundland. For rates and schedules, please check the DRL website.

Personal Watercraft

Terra Nova National Park is accessible by sea along the northeastern coast of Newfoundland. Inner Newman Sound has excellent docking facilities, while the outer coves have wharves. The park also has several boat launches: one in inner Newman Sound at Salton's Brook and another at the mouth of Southwest Arm in Alexander Bay.


The closest airport is Gander International Airport, approximately 60 kilometres (37 miles). The next closest airport is St. John’s International Airport, approximately 250 kilometers (155 miles).

Newfoundland is accessible by air through one of five airports:

Ferry Service

Newfoundland is accessible by ferry from Nova Scotia or Labrador.

From Nova Scotia, Marine Atlantic operates year-round crossings between North Sydney, Nova Scotia to Port-aux-Basques, Newfoundland. An additional service between North Sydney and Argentia, Newfoundland is offered from mid-June to late September.

The island is also accessible by ferry service from Labrador. Please visit Labrador Marine for more information on one of the three passenger boats.

When To Go

July and August are the best months for camping. The days are long and the nights are warmer. Also Terra Nova National Park hosts a full interpretation schedule in July and August, including kids’ Activity Centre, guided hikes and evening theatre. Canoeing and kayaking are best in July, August and even into early September. The water warms as the summer advances and there is less wind. Hiking is best in late August to early October; daytime temperatures are cooler and the abundance of flies has decreased. The boat tour runs June to September.