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Welcome to the 2020 Explore Guide. Like all things 2020, we’re doing things a little differently because of the COVID-19 pandemic. This is our first digital-only Explore Guide, and we’ve enhanced the experience with clickable links to websites and emails for the campgrounds, attractions, accommodations, events and services you’ll find in this guide. You see something you like, click on a link and get directly connected! We hope you enjoy your time in Newfoundland and Labrador this summer. Please call ahead before booking or travelling, as openings, closures and capacities are subject to public health regulations that could change at any time. Downhome Inc. 43 James Lane St. John’s, NL A1E 3H3

709-726-5113 1-888-588-6353 709-726-2135 (fax) mail@downhomelife.com

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getting ready towing checklist getting your boat ready provincial park reserves electric car charging stations RV services LABRADOR LISTINGS build your own first-aid kit WEST LISTINGS

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campfire recipe how to start a fire CENTRAL LISTINGS campfire singalong natural remedies how to avoid a moose do-it-yourself shelter campfire snacks EAST LISTINGS

Cover: Wavey at Cape Race, NL Harold Feiertag photo

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getting Shelter

Tent Ground cloth/tarp Extra stakes Shade tarp/poles/rope Axe and hammer Mat for tent entrance Dust pan/brush Utility bags for storage Bedding

Sleeping bag Sheets/blankets Pillow Air mattress/sleeping pad/cot Air pump Cooking

ready ✓ Containers for food storage Potato peeler Drinks/snacks Hot chocolate/tea bags/coffee Clothes

Shoes/boots Shower shoes/flip flops Jeans/pants/belt Shorts T-shirts Extra socks Hat Bandana Sweatshirt/jacket Underwear Pyjamas Rain gear Swimsuit/towel Laundry bag

Books/magazines Duct tape/electrical tape Candles Notepad/pen Tools (screwdrivers, hammer, etc.) Cellphone/charger 2-way radios/walkie talkies Backpack/fanny pack Small shovel Fishing gear/licence/bait Safety pins Radio Money/ID/credit card/quarters Musical instruments/song books Bikes/helmets Camp chairs Travel alarm clock Work gloves Umbrella Hand wipes Tissues Small sewing kit Park map/guidebooks/trail maps Fire extinguisher Lantern pole or hanger Scissors

Large water jug & water bucket Potholders/oven mitts Coolers/ice Pots and frying pans with lids Personal Thermos Towels/washcloth Stove with fuel/propane Soap in plastic case/shampoo Utensils – spatula, knife, spoon Toothbrush/toothpaste Matches/lighter Deodorant Tongs Comb/brush Charcoal/firewood/starter Razor Medical Skewers/grill forks Feminine products First-aid kit Can opener/bottle opener Toilet paper Pain medications Campfire grill/BBQ grill Shower bag or 5 gallon bucket Antacids Folding table Personal medicines (take extra) Tweezers (for splinters) Tablecloth/thumb tacks/clips Eyeglasses, contacts, sunglasses Antiseptic, Band-Aids Plates & bowls Allergy medications Mugs/paper cups Miscellaneous Sunburn product Silverware/plastic ware Sunscreen/lip balm Insect bite cream Mixing bowl Flashlight/batteries Measuring cups Lantern with fuel/mantles Before You Go Cutting board Pocketknife Travel guides/maps/itinerary Heavy-duty aluminum foil Extra batteries/bulbs Reserve campsite Resealable plastic bags Plastic grocery bags Vehicle check Paper towels Compass Install on/off timers on lamps Napkins Binoculars Shut down water heater Trash bags Insect repellent Lock windows and doors Dish pan Rope/clothesline Activate home alarm Dish soap Whistle Leave a key with a neighbour Dish rags/towels Canteen/water bottle/coffee pot Arrange for your lawn to be cut Clothespins Water filters/purification system Arrange to have your mail checked Scrub pad Bungee cords/straps Cooking oil/spray Camera/batteries/film/video Seasonings/sugar/condiments Cards/games/toys 4 : explore 2020

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© Maïté LEGASSE

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By sea

From Fortune - 1h30

By a ir

From St. John’s - 45 min

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towing

checklist Tow Vehicle

OK

Needs Attention

OK

Needs Attention

Coolant level in radiator Coolant level in coolant recovery reservoir Radiator cap seals properly Water level in battery Battery terminals free of corrosion Radiator hoses (flexible and tight) Fan belt not loose or worn Transmission fluid level Condition of transmission fluid (if fluid is pinkish – oil is OK, if fluid is dark brown, you need your transmission serviced) Transmission fluid cooler hoses and connections Engine oil level – does oil need to be changed? Power steering fluid level Hose and connections to power steering Spark plug wires snug Air filter – does it need to be changed? Fluid in windshield washer reservoir

Trailer

Walk around and check these items

All lights operate properly All tires (tire pressure and tread wear) All wheel lugs Safety chains connected and crisscrossed Breakaway locking-pin (if used) Coupler locking-pin (if used) Electric cable connected and secure Lights and turn signals functioning with tow vehicle Tongue jack fully up Dolly wheel removed (if appropriate) Stabilizer jacks stored (if appropriate) Load distributed in trailer so proper tongue weight is maintained (about 10% of trailer load) Trailer is level when attached Bearings greased Coupler size matches ball size 6 : explore 2020

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Getting Your Boat Ready Before you launch your boat for the first time this summer, read over this checklist.

❏ Clean the boat inside and out. Wash the exterior with proper fibreglass cleaner; regular household cleaners could scratch the surface. Finish with a coat of wax.

❏ Remove distributor cap, clean it and reinstall it properly.

❏ Inspect the steering system and lubricate where necessary.

❏ Inspect the hull, seats and other vinyl/canvas surfaces for cracks, tears and mildew. Repair and clean surfaces with the proper cleaner.

❏ Replace the gas, change the engine oil and oil/fuel filter, and refill the cooling system.

❏ Examine the fuel line and hoses for cracks. ❏ Reinstall all batteries that you took out for the winter. Make sure they’re fully charged. If necessary, top up battery fluids with distilled water.

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❏ Start the engine and make sure it is running smoothly before taking your first trip. Check all the gauges.

❏ Reconnect all electronics that were disconnected over the winter (eg. GPS, radio etc.) and test that they’re working properly.

❏ Make sure all safety equipment (eg. lifejackets, fire extinguisher, first-aid kit, emergency flares etc.) is in good condition and securely stowed.

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Provincial Park Reserves Bellevue Beach Provincial Park Reserve 10 km from Bellevue

Duley Lake Provincial Park Reserve

Ross Weste photo

Saltmarsh habitat for migrating birds

Open lichen woodland

10 km from Labrador City

Fitzgerald’s Pond Provincial Park Reserve 15 km from Dunville

Flatwater Pond Provincial Park Reserve 23 km from Baie Verte

Grand Codroy Provincial Park Reserve

Globally rare lichen (Erioderma pedicellatum) Prime example of a delta/marsh environment

Near Doyles

Fluvial delta with view of Long Range Mountains

Jack’s Pond Provincial Park Reserve

Diverse habitat with rare plants

8 km from Arnold’s Cove

Jipujijkuei Kuespem Provincial Park Reserve Near Conne River

Jonathan’s Pond Provincial Park Reserve 16 km from Gander

Protected forest, traditional Mi’kmaq hunting grounds Beautiful stand of white birch

Near Logy Bay-Middle Cove-Outer Cove

Newest reserve, northeastern barrens

Windmill Bight Provincial Park Reserve

Plateau bog

Marine Drive Provincial Park Reserve

3 km from Lumsden

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electric car charging stations labrador 1

east

HOTEL FERMONT 299 Rue Le Carrefour, Fermont, Quebec (bordering Labrador West).

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west ST. CHRISTOPHER’S HOTEL 146 Caribou Rd., Channel-Port aux Basques.

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WOODWARD AUTO SALES 9 TCH 1.

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ROTARY PARADISE COMMUNITY CENTRE

1 Sarah Davis Way, Paradise.

central

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BECLIN BUSINESS PARK 22 Beclin Rd.,

Mount Pearl.

RIVERFRONT CHALETS TCH 1, 20 km west

of Grand Falls-Windsor.

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BEACHY COVE JUNIOR HIGH 1169 Thor-

burn Rd., Portugal Cove-St. Philip’s.

RIVERSIDE KWIK-WAY CONVENIENCE

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Store 72 High St., Grand Falls-Windsor. 6

SW ENERGY INC 9 Myers Ave., Industrial

Park, Clarenville.

Deer Lake.

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HICKMAN CHEVROLET BUICK GMC

332 Memorial Dr., Clarenville.

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MARYSTOWN YMCA 2B Harris Dr.,

Marystown

MOUNT PEARL SUMMIT CENTRE 126

Smallwood Dr., Mount Pearl.

FOGO ISLAND INN 210 Main Rd., Joe

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Batt’s Arm.

MOUNT PEARL CITY HALL 16 Centennial

St., Mount Pearl. 15

AVALON MALL 48 Kenmount Rd., St.

John’s. 16

CAPITAL MITSUBISHI 475 Kenmount Rd.,

St. John’s 17

DEPARTMENT OF NATURAL RESOURCES

50 Elizabeth Ave., St. John’s 18

HAMPTON INN 411 Stavanger Dr., St.

John’s. 19

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HEALTH SCIENCES CENTRE 300 Clinch

Cres., St. John’s. 20

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HICKMAN CHEVROLET CADILLAC 85 Ken-

mount Rd., St. John’s. 21

INDIGO PARK 351 Water St., St. John’s.

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Sources: PlugShare.com and ChargeHub.com. All of these locations have been individually verified as of May 1, 2020. 10-21

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r v services dumping stations labrador 1

central

NORTHERN LIGHT INN AND RV PARK L’Anse au Clair, dumping free for guests ($10 for non-guests). 709-931-2332.

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THE JACKLADDER Big Bonne Bay Pond, Route 430, 7 minutes from Gros Morne National Park. 709-635-5000; info@jackladder.ca

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LAKESIDE AT THORBURN Thorburn Lake, 16 km west of Clarenville (free for guests, $10 for non-guests).

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BELLEVUE BEACH CAMPGROUND Bellevue. 709-442-4536

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IRVING Bay Roberts, 278 Conception Bay Highway ($5, or free with a gas fill-up). 709-786-7479.

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BUTTER POT PROVINCIAL PARK TCH, 11 km east of Holyrood. 709-6851853/690-4120

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PIPPY PARK St. John’s (free for park guests, fee for non-guests). 709-737-3669/7373655

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LA MANCHE PROVINCIAL PARK (park guests only). Route 10. 709-637-2040.

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COUNTRY INN TRAILER PARK Gander, 325 Magee Road (free for park guests, $10 for non-guests). 709-256-4005.

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Ed. Note: Many municipalities and campgrounds offer dumping services. Check with the town/park nearest you.

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Rose Blanche Lighthouse Bailey Parsons photo

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r v services direct-RV propane west

central

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CORNER BROOK Battlefield Equipment Rentals, 10 Maple Valley Road. 709-6342610.

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DEER LAKE Premium Auto World, 67 Old Bonne Bay Road. 709-635-2671.

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SUMMERFORD Gary’s Irving, 121 Road to the Isles. 709-629-7146

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HARE BAY. Davis Motors, 48 Main Road. 709-537-2156

east

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CLARENVILLE Coastal Mechanical Limited, 19 Myers Avenue. 709-466-6800.

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GOOBIES Circle K, TCH Route 1 (call ahead). 709-542-3205

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VICTORIA Irving, 229 Main Highway. 709-596-1945

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CARBONEAR Shell, 74 Powell Drive. 709-596-0166.

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BAY ROBERTS Irving, 278 Conception Bay Highway. 709-786-7479.

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MOUNT PEARL Triple C Car Wash, 66 Old Placentia Road. 709-368-9274

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MOUNT PEARL Eastern Propane, 5 Glencoe Drive. 709-747-5501

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MOUNT PEARL Mobile Trailer Repair Service. 853 Topsail Road. 709-368-3597

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*All these locations have been individually confirmed as direct-RV propane outlets as of May 1, 2020.

Northern Gannets at Cape St. Mary’s Ecological Reserve Wayne Loveys photo

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labrador 13 campgrounds 13 attractions 14 accommodations 14 festivals

Labrador City Lisa Luther photo


campgrounds

Torngat Mountains National Park

Dumping

Showers

Campsites

Picnic Area

Playground

RVsites

Store

Fire Pits

Laundromat

Angling

Hiking

Boat Launch

Pets

Swimming

50 No. of Sites

Nain

Hopedale

Cabins

Boat Tours

Public Phone

Snack Bar

Amp Service

Water Hookup

Canoeing

Internet/WiFi

ATM

Shelter

Beach

Makkovik

Restaurant

Rigolet

ity dor C Labra

Cartwright

2 Churchill Falls North West River 500

Wabush

Happy Valley-

9-11 Goose Bay

510

Port Hope Simpson Pinware West St. Modeste

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3

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Red Bay

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L’Anse Amour Forteau L’Anse au Clair

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PINWARE RIVER PROVINCIAL PARK

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HERITAGE RESEARCH CENTRE L’Anse Amour 709-927-5825 www.seethesites.ca | info@seethesites.ca In July and August, the centre features traditional craft demonstrations, botanical walking tours with a sampling of Labrador tea, workshops and seminars. There is always something interesting!

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MARITIME ARCHAIC BURIAL MOUND NATIONAL HISTORIC SITE OF CANADA L’Anse Amour 709-927-5825 www.seethesites.ca | info@seethesites.ca A plaque Site of National Historic Significance. This marks the burial site of a young Maritime Archaic Indian who died about 7,500 years ago. Various artifacts were discovered buried with the remains of the child, including a walrus tusk, harpoon head, painted stones and a bone whistle. An exhibit about the site is displayed at the Labrador Straits Museum at L’Anse au Loup.

Pinware, Route 510

709-927-5516 | 1-877-214-2267 www.nlcamping.ca | nlcamping@gov.nl.ca The park borders on the estuary of a good salmon and trout river. Amenities include salmon and trout angling, hiking trail, picnic sites, pit privies, viewing point, drinking water taps, comfort station with modern washrooms/showers, dumping station. Wi-Fi hotspot. 22

attractions North West River 709-497-8533; www.townofnwr.ca; manager@townofnwr.ca

2 SUNDAY HILL LOOKOUT

3 PARKS CANADA RED BAY NATIONAL HISTORIC

SITE Red Bay; 709-920-2142 / 2051; www.pc.gc.ca/redbay

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POINT AMOUR LIGHTHOUSE PROVINCIAL HISTORIC SITE L’Anse Amour 709-927-5825 www.seethesites.ca | info@seethesites.ca Imagine... you’re at the top of the tallest lighthouse in Atlantic Canada, there’s an iceberg, a whale breaching and the HMS Raleigh shipwreck in the distance... Coastal hikes, wildflowers, fossils and the oldest burial mound in North America. Get your hiking shoes on and your camera ready.

RALEIGH TRAIL L’Anse Amour 709-927-5825 www.seethesites.ca | info@seethesites.ca Take this trail along the wreck sites of HMS Raleigh and HMS Lily, British warships that ran aground at Point Amour.

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8 GATEWAY TO LABRADOR VISITOR CENTRE

L’Anse au Clair 709-931-2013 | 709-9275825; labradorcoastaldrive.com

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HOTEL NORTH ★★★★ Happy Valley-Goose Bay, Loring Dr. 709-896-9301 | 709-899-0053 1-877-996-9301 www.hotelnorth.ca hotelnorth@nf.aibn.com Newly renovated rooms, fully-licenced dining room, fibre-op internet. Amenities: 100% smoke-free rooms, satellite flat screen TV, coffee maker, hair dryer, phone, refrigerator, air conditioning in all rooms, fridge in all rooms, efficiency units available, business centre, pillow top mattresses, ATM. $144 – $229.

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HOTEL NORTH TWO ★★★1⁄2 Happy Valley-Goose Bay, Hamilton River Rd.

709-896-3398 | 709-899-0053 1-888-892-5505 www.hotelnorth.ca hotelnorthtwo@nf.aibn.com Central Labrador’s premiere hotel. Newly renovated air-conditioned rooms, double rooms, queen suites and executive king suites, franchise restaurant/bar, ATM, Wi-Fi. $144 – $229.

labrador | festivals & events August; Happy Valley-Goose Bay; 709-896-1076; www.labradorcanoerace.com; perry.trimper@gmail.com

11 GREAT LABRADOR CANOE RACE

Due to COVID-19 related disruptions, always call ahead before travelling or booking.

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29TH ANNUAL MARY’S HARBOUR CRAB FESTIVAL August 7 – 9 Mary’s Harbour 709-921-6281 www.facebook.com/MHCrabF/ maryshbr@nf.aibn.com Join the fun and celebrate the local crab fishery. Enjoy indoor and outdoor activities, traditional cuisine, local music and much more! Check out our Facebook page for event schedule.

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Build your own

First-Aid Kit

To help you prepare for a safe summer, here is a list of basic tools that should just fill a first-aid kit you can easily fit into your backpack, tent, camper or even canoe, so you should never be caught without at least basic medical aid.

Bandages

No two wounds are alike, so pack every size and shape of bandage: triangular, round, square, rectangular, as well as large, medium, and small.

Tweezers

Use tweezers to remove splinters, glass shards, stingers and anything too tiny for fingernails to grasp.

Disinfectant

Disinfectant is available in several forms, including gel and liquid. Gels can be rubbed right onto the wound or onto the bandage before covering the wound.

Gauze

More absorbent and less expensive than a pack of bandages, gauze is especially useful for a bleeding wound that needs frequent bandage changes.

Scissors

You’ll need scissors to cut gauze and bandages to the proper size, and to cut away clothing covering a wound.

Sunscreen

Alcohol Swabs

Commonly used to clean dirt and grime away from fresh wounds, these swabs are pre-coated in alcohol, which allows them to clean the wound efficiently.

Safety Pins

In addition to holding together ripped clothing, they can keep a tensor bandage snug around an injured area and secure makeshift bandages.

Calamine Lotion

This lotion immediately calms the pain and discomfort of a sunburn and poison ivy rash.

First-aid Booklet

A small first-aid booklet could be a lifesaver when an emergency arises and you need to know what to do.

Bug Repellent

Reduce the aggravation and the risk of infected bites by using bug repellent.

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Western Brook Pond Robert Norman photo


L’Anse aux Meadows

Raleigh

Quirpon

1

campgrounds

Eddies Cove

Deadman’s Cove St. Barbe

Main Brook

Grandois

432

Roddickton Castor’s River

430

Port au Choix

Englee

2

1

Hawke’s Bay

River of Ponds

709-454-7570 www.nlcamping.ca | parksinfo@gov.nl.ca Near L’Anse aux Meadows National Historic Site and Burnt Cape Ecological Reserve. Comfort station with washrooms, laundry, showers, day-use facilities, pit privies, freshwater swimming, drinking taps throughout the park, salmon river nearby, private sites.

430

Jackson’s Arm

Cow Head Sop’s Arm

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Gros Morne National Park

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Norris Point

Woody Point

The Beac hes

Portland Creek

Rocky Harbour

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420

Cormack

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6

Deer Lake

2 TORRENT RIVER NATURE PARK & CAMP-

GROUND Hawke’s Bay; 709-248-5344;

Howley

Torrentriver.ca; 21 sites

Cox’s Cove Pasadena

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Corner Brook

GROS MORNE NATIONAL PARK T: 709-458-2417 | 709-458-2066 Toll-Free: 1-800-414-6765 grosmorne.info@pc.gc.ca SHALLOW BAY CAMPGROUND; 53 km north of Rocky Harbour, off Route 430; 62 Sites GREEN POINT CAMPGROUND; 12 km north of Rocky Harbour; 31 Sites BERRY HILL CAMPGROUND 4 km north of Rocky Harbour; 69 Sites (2 ground campsites)

Steady Brook

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460

463

Kip pen s

460

Cape St. George

490

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An gu ill e

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River Brook

480

3 South Branch

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PISTOLET BAY PROVINCIAL PARK Route 437, 6 km south of Raleigh

Daniel’s Harbour

Lark Harbour

Ca pe

St. Anthony 432

Doyles

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12 470

Rose Blanche

Port aux Basques

Guide to Symbols 50 No. of Sites

Fire Pits

Interpretation

Boat Launch

Campsites

Angling

Cabins

RV Sites

Hiking

Pets

Dumping

Swimming

Snack Bar

Showers

Boat Tours

Public Phone

Picnic Area

Canoeing

ATM

Playground

Amp Service

Shelter

Laundromat

Water Hookup

Beach

Store

Internet/WiFi

Restaurant

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GROS MORNE RV/CAMPGROUND Rocky Harbour

Burgeo

709-458-3133 | 709-458-2238 1-877-488-3133 www.grosmornervcampground.com info@grosmornervcampground.com Situated in the heart of Gros Morne National Park. RV, campsites and motel accommodations. Walking distance to ocean sunsets, Good Sam Park. Free Wi-Fi. Firewood, town drinking water. Within 1 km: swimming, grocery store, gas station/propane and hardware store. 72

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SIR RICHARD SQUIRES MEMORIAL PROVINCIAL PARK

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BLOW ME DOWN PROVINCIAL PARK Lark Harbour, Route 450

709-681-2430 | 1-877-214-2267 www.nlcamping.ca | nlcamping@gov.nl.ca Small, scenic park situated on a peninsula jutting into the Bay of Islands. Day-use facilities, viewing point, drinking taps throughout the park, comfort station with washrooms, laundry & a Wi-Fi hotspot.

Route 422 Cormack

709-636-1509 | 1-877-214-2267 www.nlcamping.ca | nlcamping@gov.nl.ca Hiking trails, salmon angling, boat rentals for licensed salmon anglers only, day-use facilities, picnic sites, pit privies, playground, viewing point, drinking taps located throughout the park, comfort station with washrooms and laundry, dumping station. Convenience store, restaurant and room rentals are provided by a private sector operator. Open May 22 – September 7.

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BARACHOIS POND PROVINCIAL PARK Route 1, 24 km from St. George’s, 20 km from Stephenville

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709-649-0048 www.nlcamping.ca | parksinfo@gov.nl.ca One of the largest and most popular provincial parks. Large lake for swimming, boating and angling. Hike up the Erin Mountain Trail for a panoramic view of the west coast’s land and sea. Amenities include picnic table, fireplace, wheelchair-accessible comfort station, washrooms/showers/laundry, dumping station, remote campsite/group camping, day use area, unsupervised swimming, boating, fishing.

GATEWAY TO THE NORTH RV PARK #1 Route 430, Deer Lake

709-635-2693 | 1-888-818-8898 www.gatewaytothenorthrvpark.com geribeaulieu@hotmail.com Open May 20 – Sept. 15. Good Sam Campground Rating: 8.5-9*-9.5. 45 min. from Gros Morne; 1 min. from TCH. New deluxe campground on the banks of the Humber River; centrally located. Free Wi-Fi, pull-through sites, 50 Amp. ALL 90 SITES WITH 3-WAY HOOK-UP. Adjacent to new deluxe, nature hiking trail.

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PIRATE’S HAVEN ATV FRIENDLY RV PARK & CAMPGROUND Route 404, Robinson’s

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GRAND LAKE TOURIST PARK Howley

709-636-2912 www.grandlaketouristpark.com grandlaketouristpark@outlook.com Quiet, treed campground in the Howley Narrows of Grand Lake. Large sites (some private), beautiful scenery, good fishing. Short walk to store/gas station and only a 1/2 hour from Deer Lake, airport, golf course. Reservation suggested. 30

709-645-2169 / 0601 www.pirateshavenadventures.com paulandruth@nf.sympatico.ca 100 km from Port aux Basques and 110 km from Corner Brook., a 3.5 star facility with 45 large, spacious, level and fully serviced sites (30 & 50 amps), including 3 Cabins and 2 Glamping Quarters. Washrooms, showers, volleyball court, playground, snack bar, games room, fire pits, firewood. Excellent Wi-Fi. Fully licensed restaurant, convenience store and laundromat. Fully accessible. ATV and Side-By-Side rentals on site. Come and arrange a tour! Let us be your guides with family/group outings with our six-seater.

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GRAND CODROY RV/ TENT CAMPING PARK Doyles

709-955-2520 | 1-877-955-2520 www.grandcodroy.com grandcodroyrvcamping@nf.sympatico.ca Home away from home. First off the ferry, providing you with general information on Newfoundland. Fully serviced big rig and beautiful tenting sites. Locally handmade, quality crafts at reasonable prices in Country Craft Shop. Wi-Fi available. One RV rental (remains on site). Please contact for more information.

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SANDBANKS PROVINCIAL PARK Route 480, Burgeo

709-886-2331 www.nlcamping.ca | parksinfo@gov.nl.ca Some of the most magnificent beaches on the island portion of this province. The endangered Piping Plover nests here, please exercise caution. Adjacent to Burgeo. Wi-Fi hotspot. 30

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J.T. CHEESEMAN PROVINCIAL PARK 10 km east of Port aux Basques

709-695-7222 | 1-877-214-2267 www.nlcamping.ca | nlcamping@gov.nl.ca Located 10 km from Port aux Basques. Users of the Marine Atlantic ferry find this park a convenient first and last stop on the island. Spectacular beach. 22 sites with electrical services, WiFi hotspot. Exercise caution when near endangered Piping Plover breeding habitat.

Due to COVID-19 related disruptions, always call ahead before travelling or booking.

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west

L’Anse aux Meadows

attractions St. Anthony; 709-454-3453; www.stanthony.ca; stanthony@nf.aibn.com

1 BOTTOM BROOK TRAILS

2 BURNT CAPE ECOLOGICAL RESERVE

2 Eddies Cove

ire na Lu 1 St.

3

St. Anthony

4 Flower’s Cove Main Brook

St. Barbe

5

Roddick-

Nearest

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Castor’s River

430

Port au Choix

Grandois

432 432

Community Raleigh; 709-637-2081; www.flr.gov.nl.ca/natural_areas; NaturalAreas@gov.nl.ca

Englee

7 Hawke’s Bay

Nearest Community Eddie’s Cove; 709-637-2081 www.flr.gov.nl.ca/natural_areas; NaturalAreas@gov.nl.ca

3 WATTS POINT ECOLOGICAL RESERVE

Bellburns Daniel’s Harbour

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Portland Creek

4 SANDY COVE ECOLOGICAL RESERVE

Sandy Cove; 709-637-2081; www.flr.gov.nl.ca/natural_areas; naturalareas@gov.nl.ca

430

Cow Head

ASHTON HOUSE Bide Arm 709-457-2413 www.roddickton.bidearm.ca roddickton@nf.aibn.com The Town of Roddickton-Bide Arm is currently the proud owners of original houses that were relocated by water from Hooping Harbour in 1969. One of those houses is completely restored to its original condition and houses memorabilia from Lily and Ashton Cassell, who raised their family here.

Jackson’s Arm

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Sop’s Arm

Gros Morne National Park

Rocky Harbour Woody Point

420

Norris Point

Lark Harbour

Deer Lake

11 Cox’s Cove

12 Corner Brook

Pasadena Steady Brook

St ep he nv ille

5

Raleigh

13

460

463

470

460

1

Cape St. George

480

An gu ill e

14

Ca pe

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River Brook

South Branch Doyles

16

17 Burgeo Ramea

Rose Blanche Port aux Basques

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THE GREEN MOOSE INTERPRETATION CENTRE Roddickton 709-457-2413 www.roddickton.bidearm.ca roddickton@nf.aibn.com Opened in 2009, the Green Moose Interpretation Centre explores the complex and changing interrelationships between people and the land. Decades of logging around Roddickton have created an unexpected result – the perfect moose habitat. Roddickton – the “Moose Capital of the World” – now has the largest density of moose in North America. A nuisance to some, moose – an introduced species – are now woven into our way of life and may even prove to be the key to our future. Come and see our moose and polar bear! FRENCH ROOMS CULTURAL CENTER 83 Fisher Street, Port au Choix 709-861-2142 | 709-861-3409 www.facebook.com/frenchroomsculturalcentre

pacheritage@gmail.com Visit the French Rooms Cultural Center and learn all about the French fishery, Point Riche Lighthouse and the Resettlement Era. Come check out French artifacts and items from the lighthouse, and watch a video of a house being floated to the area. Purchase local crafts and local OCI shrimp at the Gift Shop. Visit the French Bread Oven and taste freshly baked rolls and local jams. Have your picture taken while sitting in a French Chaloupe! Nearest Community, Bellburns; 709-637-2081; www.flr.gov.nl.ca/natural_areas; NaturalAreas@gov.nl.ca

8 TABLE POINT ECOLOGICAL RESERVE

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NURSE BENNETT HERITAGE HOUSE Daniel’s Harbour 709-634-3474 www.nursebennett.ca nursemyra.bennett@gmail.com Heritage house steeped in history. Nurse Bennett’s volunteer posting evolved into a lifetime of service from her clinic in the family home, restored with original artifacts.

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DR. HENRY N. PAYNE COMMUNITY MUSEUM/CRAFT SHOP Cow Head 709-243-2023/2466 www.facebook.com/dr.henryn.paynemuseum cowheadheritage@gmail.com Tales of virtue and villainy! An intriguing collection of stories and artifacts, including a murder weapon, a 700-year-old walrus skull, 4,000-year-old stone tools, primitive hooked mats and more.

11 TRUE NORTH CHARTERS AND TOURS INC.

Cox’s Cove; 709-688-2718; www.truenorthtours.ca; tony@truenorthtours.ca 12

CORNER BROOK MUSEUM AND ARCHIVES 2 West Street, Corner Brook 709-634 2518 www.cornerbrookmuseum.ca info@cornerbrookmuseum.ca This year as we deal with the uncertainty of the COVID-19 Pandemic, the Museum will not be reopening to the public as normal. We will be focusing on our archival and artifact collections management and providing social media content related to the natural, cultural, and social history of Corner Brook and Western Newfoundland. We would like to thank our patrons and visitors for your continued support, and hope you continue to remain safe. We will be looking at the possibility of prearranged tours during the closure on a caseby-case basis. Please contact us for details. Museum 2021 hours and opening dates: May 31 – June 25 and August 30 – October 29, from 10 am –12:30 pm and from 1 pm – 4:30 pm, Monday-Friday. June 28 – August 27, from 9 am – 5 pm, seven days a week. Resumption of in-person Adult and Children’s programming in 2021 from June – December, please check with us for listings. Please contact us for any additional information. Wheelchair Accessible. Admission: Adults, $6; Students, $4; Children under 12, Free when accompanied by an adult. Twitter @cbrookmuseum

13 OUR LADY OF LOURDES GROTTO

Lourdes; 709-642-5367; www.ourladyoflourdesparish.ca; parish@ourladyoflourdes.biz

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PIRATE’S HAVEN ALL-INCLUSIVE GUIDED ATV DAY EXCURSIONS Robinsons 709-649-0601 www.pirateshavenadventures.com paulandruth@nf.sympatico.ca Pirate’s Haven all-inclusive guided ATV excursions, where natural beauty and adventure awaits. Trail snacks, mug-up lunch & dinner. August 15, Coastal & Sea Stacks (Ribs & Chicken). September 5, Middle of Nowhere Tour (Jiggs Dinner).

15 CODROY VALLEY PROVINCIAL PARK

campfire

recipe Take the cooking out of the kitchen and into the great outdoors!

Codroy;

709-637-2040; www.tcii.gov.nl.ca; parksinfo@gov.nl.ca 16 ROSE BLANCHE LIGHTHOUSE

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Rose Blanche; 709-956-2052; www.roseblanchelighthouse.ca; rblighthouse@nf.aibn.com

Trout Foil Packets

KING GEORGE IV ECOLOGICAL RESERVE Nearest Community, Burgeo 709-637-2081 www.flr.gov.nl.ca/natural_areas naturalareas@gov.nl.ca A rich delta, part of the Lloyd’s River System, and one of the largest undisturbed river delta sites on the island. An important migratory stop for birds.

2 fillets of trout 1 lime, sliced 2 cups leeks, sliced thinly 2 tbsp butter 3 tbsp maple flakes 1/2 tsp cumin 1/2 tsp salt 1/2 tsp pepper Aluminum foil

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Mix all dry ingredients in a resealable bag for transport. To Prepare Fit a frying pan with a double layer of foil and place the trout in it, skin side down. Dot the butter over the fish and sprinkle the spice mixture evenly over the two fillets. Layer the lime slices over the top and wrap tightly in foil. Place over the fire and cook for about 20 minutes, or until the fish begins to flake. Yield: 2 servings

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west

accommodations L’Anse aux Meadows Raleigh

ire na Lu St.

Eddies Cove

St. Anthony Deadman’s Cove

Main Brook

St. Barbe

432

2

1 Grandois

432

Roddickton Castor’s River

430

Port au Choix

Englee

3 Hawke’s Bay

River of Ponds

4

★★★★1⁄2 Main Brook; www.tuckamorelodge.com (see ad on p.21)

430

1 TUCKAMORE LODGE

Daniel’s Harbour Portland Creek Jackson’s Arm

★★★1⁄2 Plum Point; 709-247-2533; www.plumpointmotel.com; (see ad on p.24)

2 PLUM POINT MOTEL

Cow Head Sop’s Arm Rocky Harbour

3

Gros Morne National Park

Woody Point

Norris Point

5

420

Cormack Cormack

6 Lark Harbour

7

8

St ep he nv ille

Corner Brook

Deer Lake

Ca pe

An gu ill e

Kip pen s

Cape St. George

5 1

9

★★★1⁄2 Hawke’s Bay; 1-800-563-8811; www.torrentriverinn.ca (see ad on p. 26)

4 TORRENT RIVER INN

490

470 460

480

River Brook

South Branch Doyles

Burgeo Rose Blanche

Port aux Basques

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SEA ECHO MOTEL ★★★1⁄2 Port au Choix 709-861-3777 www.seaechomotel.ca theseaechomotel@gmail.com 30 rooms, 3 efficiency units. Located halfway between Gros Morne and L’Anse aux Meadows National Parks. Ideal location for exploring the wonders of the Viking Trail, an area rich in history, boundless culture, tradition and great beauty. Room rate is $125 – $150; breakfast included for 2 people.

Ramea

VICTORIAN MANOR HERITAGE PROPERTIES ★★★1⁄2 Woody Point 709-453-2485 | 709-458-7381 www.grosmorneescapes.com vmanorgrosmorne@eastlink.ca Accommodations include B&B, HERITAGE VACATION RENTALS and EFFICIENCY SUITES – each with spectacular views of Gros Morne Mountain, Bonne Bay, and a great view of the Tablelands (a geological wonder). Be sure to visit the Merchant Warehouse Retro Cafe & Wine Bar in Woody Point and Seaside Restaurant at Trout River. Both these “food” places have water views. explore 2020 : 25


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DRIFTWOOD INN ★★★ Deer Lake 709-635-5115 | 1-888-635-5115 www.driftwoodinn.ca sales@driftwoodinn.ca Enjoy the charm and hospitality at our fully renovated 24-unit hotel, nestled in the town of Deer Lake. Just minutes from the Trans-Canada Highway and close to all amenities. We also offer a large, self-contained 2-bedroom suite, ideal for extended stays. Ample parking, wireless Internet, 32-inch flat screen TVs and perhaps the friendliest staff in the province.

7 HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS DEER LAKE

★★★★

38 Bennett Ave., Deer Lake; 1-877-6608550; www.hiedeerlakehotel.com (see ad on p. 23)

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GRENFELL CAMPUS MUN ★★★ Corner Brook 709-637-6255 | 1-866-494-3548 www.grenfell.mun.ca/conference-services conferenceservices@grenfell.mun.ca Available May 1 – August 24. Centrally located, fully furnished 4-bedroom apartments with kitchen, living room and 1 1/2 baths and/or traditional residence rooms with private bathroom. Amenities include free WiFi and local calls. Laundry facilities and unlimited parking available.

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PIRATE’S HAVEN CHALETS, GLAMPING & ADVENTURES ★★★★ Route 404, Robinson’s 709-649-0601 | 709-645-2169 www.pirateshavenadventures.com paulandruth@nf.sympatico.ca Your gateway to nature’s playground, your destination for safe fun and adventure! Intimate or group special occasions, weekend getaways, health and wellness retreats and ATV groups. Enjoy a leisurely stay at our 4star chalets with outdoor hot tub, sauna, queen-size rooms, BBQ, Wi-Fi, and ocean and mountain views from the patio. Close to walking trails and swimming holes. Longhouse Restaurant serves home-cooked meals, caters to dietary needs and group catering. Salmon and trout fishing licences, guides and customized packages available. ATV and side-by-side rentals on site. We offer ATV customized guided tours – coastal, back country and T’Railway terrain. Look for our Guided ATV Excursions on August 17, Coastal & Sea Stacks; and September 5, Middle of Nowhere Tour. If you’re an outdoors enthusiast seeking fun and adventure in nature’s playground, Pirate’s Haven is your destination.

festivals & events GROS MORNE FALL FEST September 24 – 27 Cow Head 709-243-2023 / 2466 www.grosmornefallfest.com cowheadheritage@gmail.com A fine time of Craft, Music and Cuisine: Craft Workshops, Musical Concerts, Hikes, Storytelling, Cuisine, Craft Fair, and so much more! See you there! Please check our website or call ahead for any COVID-19 related updates.

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When emergency strikes and you’re forced to spend a night in the bush, there’s no more important skill to have than building a fire without matches or a lighter.

1 Find a good location far from dry vegetation that might catch fire. Select a spot sheltered from the wind and build up a stack of wood and other fuel before you start. Don’t gather anything too large as it may smother the fire. 2 Gather some dry tinder and kindling. Birch bark and spruce boughs make good tinder. Old man’s beard (that light green fuzz that hangs from evergreen branches) is also a great fire starter. Kindling should be twigs no larger in diameter than your index finger. 3 Make a bow drill. You’ll need a string (your shoestring will do), a bowshaped stick, a flat piece of wood, a circular piece of wood with open centre and a stick shaped like a cylinder.

4 Place the flat piece on the ground and make a hole in it where the stick will fit, then make space for some tinder. Tie the string around both ends of the bow and wrap it once around the stick. 5 Use the circular piece to hold the stick in the hole and surround it with the tinder and smallest kindling. Now move the bow back and forth as if you were sawing a tree. The stick should spin in place, creating heat and, eventually, flame. When the tinder catches fire, carefully put it more tinder and small kindling. Gently blow on the glowing embers until the flame gains strength. As the flame grows larger, slowly add larger pieces of wood.

For a more detailed description of a bow drill, visit: www.wildernessawareness.org

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WHER TO STAY

St. Christopher’s Hotel Port aux Basques

Days Inn Stephenville

Cape Anquille Lighthouse Inn Cape Anquille

Hotel Port Aux Basques Port aux Basques

Dreamcatcher Lodge Stephenville

Codroy Valley Cottage Country Doyles

1-800-563-4779 info@stchrishotel.com www.stchrishotel.com

1-877-695-2171 • 709-695-2171 info@hotelpab.com www.hotelpab.com

Pirate’s Haven ATV Friendly RV Park, Chalets and Adventures Robinsons

709-649-0601 paulandruth@nf.sympatico.ca www.pirateshavenadventures.com

1-800-329-7466 • 709-643-6666 Daysinn.sville@nf.aibn.com www.daysinnstephenville.com

1-888-373-2668 • 709-643-6655 dreamcatcher14@eastlink.ca www.dreamcatcherlodge.ca

1-877-254-6586 • 709-634-2285 info@linkumtours.com www.linkumtours.com

1-877-655-2720 • 709-955-2720 info@codroyvalleycottages.ca www.codroyvalleycottages.ca


central 31 campgrounds 33 attractions 35 festivals & events 39 accommodations

Change Islands Julian Earle photo


campgrounds

Fleur de Lys

Tw illi ng at e

La Scie

1

Le ad ing

Nipper’s Harbour King’s Cove

Tic kle s

Baie Verte

410

8 Virgin Arm

2

Springdale

350

340

South Brook

Lewisporte

6

1

5

Badger

Buchans

Hare Bay

13

15

Gambo

4 Grand Falls-Windsor 3

320

Gander Bishop’s Falls

Millertown Junction

Indian Bay

330

7

Botwood

1

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14

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310

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Terra Nova National Park

Buchans Junction

360

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St. Albans Conne River 362

9 Seal Cove Harbour Breton

Guide to Symbols 50 No. of Sites

1

ISLAND COVE PARK La Scie; 709-6752266; townoflascie@eastlink.ca; 9 sites

2

GEORGE HUXTER MEMORIAL PARK

Springdale; 709-673-3808; www.townofspringdale.ca; park.springdale@gmail.com

Interpretation

Fire Pits

Boat Launch

Campsites

Angling

Cabins

RVsites

Hiking

Pets

Dumping

Swimming

Snack Bar

Showers

Boat Tours

Public Phone

Picnic Area

Canoeing

ATM

Playground

Amp Service

Shelter

Laundromat

Water Hookup

Beach

Store

Internet/WiFi

Restaurant

3

MARY MARCH WILDERNESS PARK

Buchans Junction; 709-672-7074; www.marymarchpark.wordpress.com; 25 sites 4

SANGER MEMORIAL RV PARK

Grand Falls-Windsor; 709-489-7350; www.exploitsriver.ca; 50 sites 5

BROOKDALE RV PARK AND CAMPGROUND

Bishop’s Falls, Exit 21; 709-258-7377 | 709-258-7377; 1-888-502-7665; www.brookdaleinn.com; 40 sites 6

WOOLFREY’S POND TRAIL & CAMPGROUND Lewisporte; 709-541-2267;

www.camplewisporte.com; 91 sites

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NOTRE DAME PROVINCIAL PARK

7

13

Notre Dame Junction

Gambo

709-535-2379 www.nlcamping.ca | parksinfo@gov.nl.ca Nestled in the lush forests of central Newfoundland, this 133-hectare park borders the serene waters of Junction Pond. An ideal choice for the family. 36 sites with electrical services.

709-674-0122 | 709-674-4476 www.townofgambo.com smallwoodpark@townofgambo.com One of many attractions of the park is our salmon fishing season. The park connects to the town walking trail, which leads to the Fun N’Sun playground and swimming pool area. Scenic areas with waterfalls, salmon ladder, meandering river & tributaries and boardwalks. We offer washer & dryer and shower facilities; all wheelchair accessible. Join us from May 24th long weekend to September 18. Check us out on Facebook at Town of Gambo.

100

DILDO RUN PROVINCIAL PARK

8

Virgin Arm, Route 340

709-629-3350 www.nlcamping.ca | parksinfo@gov.nl.ca Provides visitors with an ideal central location for viewing all of New World Island. Black Head Trail: This 2-km trail leads to a lookout with an expansive view of the many islands in Dildo Run. 21 sites with electrical services. 55

DAVID SMALLWOOD MUNICIPAL PARK

51

14 SQUARE POND FRIENDS AND FAMILY RV

PARK Square Pond; 709-674-7566; www.squarepondpark.ca; 118 sites

15

HAROLD W. DUFFETT SHRINERS RV PARK Eastport

Harbour Breton; 709-885-2354; www.harbourbreton.com; tanyarogers_edo@hotmail.com; 15 sites

9 DEADMAN’S COVE RV PARK

10 DEADMAN’S BAY PROVINCIAL PARK (DAY

USE) Deadman’s Bay; 709-637-2040; www.env.gov.nl.ca/parks; parksinfo@gov.nl.ca 11

WINDMILL BIGHT PARK Lumsden

709-530-2312 | 709-530-2309 www.facebook.com/rvparklumsden townoflumsden@nf.aibn.com A beautiful family campground with clean and spacious sites. Located on a well-known salmon river, the park offers fresh and salt water swimming (unsupervised), a beautiful sandy beach, serviced and unserviced sites, exceptional rates and seasonal specials, with permitted campfires on site. Only a 5-minute drive away you will find a newly constructed comfort station with laundry and shower facilities and an RV dumping station.

709-677-2438 | 709-424-6119 1-877-313-2322 www.shrinersparkeastport.com shrinersparkoffice@eastlink.ca The Harold W. Duffett Shriners RV Park is a full service RV park located on the Eastport Peninsula, with a 10-minute drive to beaches, hiking trails, boat tours, restaurants etc. Open mic, shuffleboard and horseshoe competitions for your enjoyment. 147 TERRA NOVA NATIONAL PARK OF CANADA 709-533-2801|1-877-737-3783 www.pc.gc.ca/terranova MALADY HEAD CAMPGROUND 5 km from Route 1 on 310; 87 Sites NEWMAN SOUND CAMPGROUND 2 km from Route 1; 297 sites

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New-Wes-Valley; 709-536-8446; www.townofnewwesvalley.ca; 46 sites

12 SOUTH WEST POND RV PARK

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central

attractions Fleur de Lys

Tic kle s

Baie Verte

410

Le ad ing

Nipper’s Harbour King’s Cove

12-16

Tw illi ng at e

La Scie

1

2

ur rbo Ha ay ave r n g ’s B s o an ckt Mu dm eri a d n e D Fre sde Lum n ow wt le l Ne yvi Gander sle e W Bay

11

Springdale

340

4

South Brook

ing Tilt

17-32

Lewisporte 330

Gander Bishop’s Falls

Millertown Junction

34

Badger

320

33

Dover

1

Gambo

3

Grand Falls-Windsor

35 36

370

Buchans

Centreville

Botwood

1

310

e vag Sal rt po t s Ea

Terra Nova National Park

Buchans Junction

360

St. Albans Conne River 362

5-10 Seal Cove

Harbour Breton

1 OUTPORT MUSEUM, GIFTSHOP

& TEA ROOM La Scie; 709-566-2090;

www.outportmuseum.homestead.com; outportmuseum@gmail.com 2 WEST BROOK ECOLOGICAL RESERVE

Nearest Community, Springdale; 709-6372081; www.flr.gov.nl.ca/natural_areas; NaturalAreas@gov.nl.ca 20 km west of Grand Falls-Windsor; 709-700-8807; www.RaftingNewfoundland.com (see ad on p. 34)

3 RAFTING NEWFOUNDLAND

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Belleoram

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TOWN OF POINT LEAMINGTON HERITAGE CENTRE Point Leamington 709-484-3289 | 709-484-3772 www.townofpointleamington.ca ptleamington@nf.aibn.com Heritage Centre is located on the banks of Mill River, an excellent salmon river, and it is adjacent to Rowsell’s Hill Nature Trail. It is on Route 350. The centre is wheelchair accessible. Open last week of June until Labour Day. Drop by our coffee shop & Aunt Ethel’s Kitchen. Centre has a Gift Shop. RV site in the immediate area with dumping station. Check us out on Facebook at Town of Point Leamington.

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BAY DU NORD WILDERNESS RESERVE

Nearest Community, MilltownHead of Bay d’Espoir; 709-637-2081; www.flr.gov.nl.ca/natural_areas; naturalareas@gov.nl.ca; FREE ENTRY PERMIT IS REQUIRED 6

DEADMAN’S COVE BEACH & TRAIL

Harbour Breton; 709-885-2354; www.harbourbreton.com 7

GUN HILL LOOKOUT Harbour Breton; 709-

885-2354; www.harbourbreton.com; tanyarogers_edo@hotmail.com 8

ROCKY POINT LIGHTHOUSE Harbour Breton;

709-885-2354; www.harbourbreton.com; tanyarogers_edo@hotmail.com 9

SUNNY COTTAGE HERITAGE CENTRE Harbour Breton; 709-885-2354 | 709-8852425; www.harbourbreton.com; tanyarogers_edo@hotmail.com

Harbour Breton; 709-885-2354 | 709-885-2221; www.harbourbreton.com

10 THE ELLIOTT PREMISES

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BEOTHUK INTERPRETATION CENTRE PROVINCIAL HISTORIC SITE Boyd’s Cove 709-656-3114 www.seethesites.ca beothuk@seethesites.ca Can you hear the trees whispering on the trail to a vanished village? Red ochre, nails forged into spears, sacred offerings blowing in the wind. Listen and you’ll discover the stories of the Beothuk. Tour the interpretation centre where exhibits and artifacts foster an appreciation for this unique, and now vanished, culture. AUK ISLAND WINERY Twillingate 709-884-2707 www.aukislandwinery.com info@aukislandwinery.com Sip from a glass of our delicious, locally sourced berry wines while you take in the icebergs drifting by and watch whales at play. Take a tour of our winery and enjoy a wine tasting from May to September. Stay a little or stay awhile when you settle into our beautiful Auk Island Suite, conveniently located above the winery, Auk Island Restaurant and Downhome Shoppe.

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13 FRENCH BEACH TO SPILLER’S COVE TRAIL

Durrell, Twillingate; 709-884-2438; www.visittwillingate.com/hiking; j.blackler@townoftwillingate.ca 14 LIGHTHOUSE TO LOWER HEAD

Crow Head; 709-884-2438; www.visittwillingate.com/hiking

15 LOWER LITTLE HARBOUR TRAIL

Little Harbour, Twillingate; 709-884-2438; www.visittwillingate.com/hiking; j.blackler@townoftwillingate.ca 16 SPILLER’S COVE TO CODJACK’S COVE TRAIL

Durrell, Twillingate; 709-884-2438; www.visittwillingate.com/hiking; j.blackler@townoftwillingate.ca Fogo; 709-6273570; www.townoffogoisland.ca; tourism@townoffogoisland.ca

17 BLEAK HOUSE MUSEUM

Joe Batt’s Arm; 709627-3570; www.townoffogoisland.ca; tourism@townoffogoisland.ca

18 BRETT HOUSE MUSEUM

Fogo; 709-6273570; www.townoffogoisland.ca; tourism@townoffogoisland.ca

19 BRIMSTONE HEAD TRAIL

Deep Bay; 709627-3570; www.townoffogoisland.ca; tourism@townoffogoisland.ca

20 DEEP BAY FOOT PATH TRAIL

Tilting; 709-627-3570; www.townoffogoisland.ca; tourism@townoffogoisland.ca

21 DWYER PREMISES

Fogo; 709-627-3570; www.townoffogoisland.ca; tourism@townoffogoisland.ca

22 EXPERIENCE FOGO

Fogo; 709-627-3570; www.townoffogoisland.ca; tourism@townoffogoisland.ca

23 FOGO HEAD TRAIL

24 FOGO ISLAND MARINE INTERPRETATION CEN-

TRE Seldom-Little Seldom; 709-627-3570 |

709-627-3366; www.townoffogoisland.ca; tourism@townoffogoisland.ca 25 FORMER UNITED CHURCH

CULTURAL GALLERY Fogo; 709-627-3570; www.townoffogoisland.ca; tourism@townoffogoisland.ca

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central | attractions Joe Batt’s Arm; 709-627-3570; www.townoffogoisland.ca; tourism@townoffogoisland.ca

26 JOE BATT’S POINT TRAIL

Tilting; 709-6273570; www.townoffogoisland.ca; tourism@townoffogoisland.ca

27 LANE HOUSE MUSEUM

28 MARCONI WIRELESS INTERPRETATION

CENTRE Fogo; 709-627-3570;

www.townoffogoisland.ca; Fogo; 709-6273570; www.townoffogoisland.ca; tourism@townoffogoisland.ca

29 SCHOOL HOUSE MUSEUM

Fogo Island; 709-6273570; www.townoffogoisland.ca; tourism@townoffogoisland.ca

30 TURPIN’S TRAIL

TWILLINGATE NEW WORLD ISLAND DINNER THEATRE 115 Main Street 709-571-2773 | 709-884-2300 watersidecabins@outlook.com Twillingate New World Island Dinner Theatre consists of Newfoundland music, songs and skits, all-round comedy suitable for all ages. Dinner Choices: Pan Fried Cod, Pan Fried Salmon, Stuffed Chicken Breast or a Lobster & Mussel Dinner & Kids meal of Chicken Fingers & Fries. Come and enjoy an evening of food and fun. Opening date undetermined. Please contact for info.

Gander; 709-651-5927; www.gandercanada.com; recreation@gandercanada.com

WINTERSET IN SUMMER LITERARY FESTIVAL 2020 – RE-IMAGINED August 6 – 9 Beaches Arts & Heritage Centre, Eastport Peninsula www.wintersetinsummer.ca info@wintersetinsummer.ca Experience Winterset in Summer Literary Festival virtually on the weekend of August 6th to 9th. Join our broadcasts featuring some of the province’s best writers. Check for announcements at www.wintersetinsummer.ca; Facebook WintersetInSummerLiteraryFestival; or Twitter @Winterset_Fest

NORTH ATLANTIC AVIATION MUSEUM 135 Trans-Canada Hwy, Gander 709-256-2923 www.northaltlanticaviationmuseum.com info@northatlanticaviationmuseum.com A must see in Gander! Drop by to explore Gander’s aviation history and the development of transatlantic flight. Learn about Gander’s top secret role during WWII, and how the town earned the nickname “Crossroads of the World” and tore a hole in the Iron Curtain. Hear the story of Gander’s unexpected role in the days following 9/11, see World Trade Center steel or experience our 9/11 Beyond Words Tour for yourself. Summer hours: 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., 7 days a week.

13TH ANNUAL FOGO ISLAND PARTRIDGEBERRY HARVEST FESTIVAL Iceberg Arena, Fogo Island 709-658-7256 | 709-266-7840 www.fogoislandpartridgeberryfestival.com prbrown12@live.ca It’s a celebration of our communities and culture, great food with partridgeberries, kids’ tent, music, craft vendors and demonstrations. This is a festival for all ages. Everyone is welcome to come and celebrate Thanksgiving and a wonderful harvest time. The 2020 Fogo Island Partridgeberry Harvest Festival has been cancelled – we look forward to celebrating with you in 2021.

Fogo; 709627-3570; www.townoffogoisland.ca; tourism@townoffogoisland.ca

31 WATERMAN’S BROOK TRAIL

Tilting; 709-627-3570; www.townoffogoisland.ca; tourism@townoffogoisland.ca

32 OLD POST OFFICE

33 COBB’S POND ROTARY PARK/TRAIL

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35 GLOVERTOWN MUSEUM - THE JANES

HOUSE Glovertown; 709-533-6004;

www.manl.nf.ca/glovertownmuseum; glovertownmuseum@gmail.com Glovertown; 709-533-2351; www.glovertown.net; glovertowncounc@eastlink.ca

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central

accommodations La Scie

Baie Verte

410

Tic kle s

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Virgin Arm

2

Springdale

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Nipper’s Harbour King’s Cove

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Fleur de Lys

350

5

South Brook

340

Lewisporte

4

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Hare Bay

1

Badger

3

Gambo

Grand Falls-Windsor

370

Buchans

8

320

Gander Bishop’s Falls

Millertown Junction

Indian Bay

330

Botwood

9

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Terra Nova National Park

Buchans Junction

360

St. Albans Conne River 362

5 2 Seal Cove

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Harbour Breton

WINDAMERE LOG CABINS ★★★★ Rattling Brook, Route 391 709-268-3863 www.windamerecabins.com windamerecabins@nfsales.com Ocean view, cozy log cabins, each with two bedrooms and full bath, living room and kitchen space. One wheelchair accessible unit. All units are smoke-free, with Wi-Fi, cable TV included, all accessories are in cabins. Walking trails to the 800-ft. Rattling Brook Falls. View of whales, icebergs, eagles and picnic areas within walking distance. Great shops also nearby. Starting at $140 per night.

COFFEE COVE SEASIDE RETREAT ★★★1⁄2 Green Bay, Route 392, Coffee Cove 709-267-5544 www.coffeecoveretreat.com nola@coffeecoveretreat.com The ideal waterfront setting to experience the natural beauty of Newfoundland. Choose from one of our unique, fully equipped cottages: our 1-bedroom Lighthouse Cottage, or the 1890s 2-bedroom saltbox house. Both cottages have large decks overlooking the water. Chosen by Downhome magazine in 2011 as one of 12 unique places to stay in Atlantic Canada. Received 2017 Certificate of Excellence from TripAdvisor.

★★★★★ TCH-1 at Aspen Brook; www.riverfrontchalets.ca (see ad on p. 42)

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4 ISLANDS’ VILLA DELUXE OCEANFRONT SUITES

★★★★1⁄2 203 Main Street, Lewisporte; www.islandsvilla.ca (see ad on p. 44) ★★★ 373 Main St., Lewisporte; britanyinns@gmail.com (see ad on p. 40)

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AUK ISLAND WINERY SUITE★★★★ 29 Durrell Street, Twillingate 709-884-2707 1-877-639-4637 www.aukislandwinery.com info@aukislandwinery.com Located above Auk Island Winery. Two-bedroom vacation rental suite includes one room with a queen bed and en suite bathroom, and another room with a double bed plus additional bathroom, kitchen, laundry room, eating area, balcony, fireplace, BBQ and 11 ½ foot ceilings throughout. Starting at $175 per night. Off season rate starting at $99 per night.

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WATERSIDE COTTAGES ★★★★ Twillingate 709-571-2509 | 709-893-1411 www.vacationintheisles.com watersidecabins@outlook.com Four new cabins located on the waterfront in Twillingate: 2 with two bedrooms, and 2 with one bedroom, each with a separate patio and BBQ pit. Honeymoon cabin is equipped with Jacuzzi. Fabulous getaway vacation spot. $199 - 2-bedroom; Honeymoon suite $189; wheelchair accessible - $169.

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FRESHWATER INN ★★★★ Route 320, Gambo 709-674-5577 1-877-674 5577 www.freshwaterinn.com freshwaterinn@nf.sympatico.ca Nestled in the forest on a quiet ocean cove, Freshwater Inn offers superior accommodations to visitors in Newfoundland’s beautiful Kittiwake Coast. Large private guest rooms with private entrance, vaulted ceilings, private en suite, elegant furnishings, soft towels and linens. Satellite TV, fax, internet service, full breakfast included. Four rooms: 3 @ $135 each. Air-conditioned suite @$145.

restaurants

LORL GUESTHOUSE ★★★★ Indian Bay, The Shore Highway-Route 320 416-991-4887 www.facebook.com/Lorlguesthouse Lorlguesthousereservations@gmail.com Come from away and stay in beautiful Indian Bay. Located on “The Shore Highway” where there are many things to do and see, including heritage buildings, icebergs, whale watching, motorcycling and exceptional scenery. Indian Bay is very well known for its recreational sports fishing of Speckled Trout and Atlantic Salmon. We are also a gateway to the ocean for various experiences! Email for info! Motorcycle friendly and garage space available. $175 per night, 3 bedrooms, fullhouse rental, Wi-Fi / cable.

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I’se de B’y

© 2002 Vinland Music. All Rights Reserved

2. Sods and rinds to cover yer flake, Cake and tea for supper, Codfish in the spring o’ the year Fried in maggoty butter. Chorus 3. I don’t want your maggoty fish, That’s no good for winter; I could buy as good as that, Down in Bonavista. Chorus

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4. I took Lizer to a dance, And faith, but she could travel, And every step that she did take Was up to her knees in gravel. Chorus 5. Susan White she’s out o’ sight; Her petticoat wants a border. Old Sam Oliver in the dark, He kissed her in the corner. Chorus

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natural remedies

for outdoor ouches stinging nettles

These dark-green plants are prolific right across Newfoundland. Growing to a height of two metres, nettles have leaves that look soft and velvety but are actually covered in tiny spiny hairs. When touched, the hairs are transformed into tiny needles that inject a mild poison into the victim. The stings usually don’t last long, but for relief, try smearing the affected area with a paste of baking soda and water. Tea brewed from the bark or leaves of the witch hazel tree (also known as the spotted alder and the yellow birch) applied as a poultice is also thought to soothe irritated skin.

insect stings

To soothe the sting and itch of a mosquito bite, dab a drop of white vinegar onto the area, or rub with a slice of lemon. For bee stings, however, mud is the medicine of choice. Not working? Try honey. Don’t forget to apply ice to reduce any swelling at the sting site.

burns

jellyfish sting Rinse the affected area with salt water followed by white vinegar.

stomachache

To calm an upset belly, people in this province traditionally turned to the trees. Teas made from boiling juniper bark, alder buds and dogberries were commonly believed to cure stomach problems.

sunburn

Applying aloe vera or vinegar on the affected skin should stop inflammation and pain. Room-temperature milk poured onto gauze and applied to the area should help, as might baking soda dissolved in the tub for a soothing bath.

Playing with fire? Grab the wrong end of a marshmallow stick? The very first thing to do with a burn is cover the area with chilled water for 15 to 30 minutes. Applying aloe vera to the wound should provide some relief, while an application of honey is said to help prevent infection.

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how to avoid a

moose

In Newfoundland and Labrador, around 700 moosevehicle accidents occur annually, many resulting in injury and death. Collisions are most prevalent in the months of June, July and August, the same time many families and tourists travel over our province’s highways. Here are some important tips for avoiding moose-vehicle collisions: Always have headlights on high beam when driving at night, unless approaching or over-taking other vehicles. Keep your windshield and headlights clean for greatest visability. When you see a moose-crossing warning sign, you are entering a section of road where significantly more moosevehicle collisions occur. Slow down and proceed with caution. Scan both sides of the road as far ahead as possible. Make sure the road ahead is your primary concern. Don’t become so caught up in loud music or conversations with passengers that you become distracted. And never talk on a cell phone while driving. Be especially vigilant when driving at night because this is when most moose-vehicle collisions occur. If you have a wildlife whistle attached to your vehicle, do not develop a false sense of security. There is no scientific evidence to support its effectiveness.

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Be on alert if you see another vehicle slowing down or stopping ahead of you (or an oncoming car flashes its high beams at you). It’s possible the other driver has seen a moose. Slow down and use extreme caution if you see a moose. Even if a moose is standing calmly at the side of the highway, it could unexpectedly run directly into the path of your car at the last minute. Stop and wait until it has crossed the road or returned to the forest, and be sure to check for other moose following close behind. If a collision is unavoidable, brake firmly and try not to swerve. Swerving could cause you to lose control of your vehicle or cause a more serious collision with other traffic. Sound your horn to frighten the moose away. Wear your seatbelt at all times and ensure that children in the vehicle have properly fastened seatbelts or are in properly installed car seats. Failing to buckle up makes you eight times more likely to receive serious injuries or be killed in a vehicle collision.

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Sleeping under the stars may be a romantic option, but not a good idea if you’re trying to stay warm and dry in the bush. If you’re in the woods without a tent, you can create a makeshift home for the night. Here are 5 tips to help make your overnight more comfortable.

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A good shelter doesn’t have to be a palace; it just has to keep you warm and safe. The shelter should be in a valley or somewhere protected from the wind. A very simple shelter design is pyramid-shaped with the longest side being the base.

Make the frame out of branches (evergreens are best) and make walls by filling in gaps with moss, which is a great insulator. If no moss is available, extra layers of boughs or leaves will also work. If you are building a shelter because you are lost or injured and can’t get out of the woods on your own, here are some key points to remember. Build a signal fire and keep it burning day and night, so searchers can spot your location. Stay where you are and let rescuers come to you. Most important is preparation: before you set out on a day trek or overnight trip, tell someone where you are going and when you should be expected home. If you’re late returning, rescuers will know where to start looking for you.

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Place the campfire area near the shelter entrance. If it’s close enough without threatening your shelter, you can throw sticks onto the fire without getting out of the shelter.

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The smaller the shelter the easier it will be to fill with heat, but make space for anything you want to keep dry such as clothes, electronics and food. Keeping your socks and shoes dry is particularly important because feet are at risk of frostbite in cold, damp environments.

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Actually, our icebergs are just the tip of the iceberg.

Explore magical Twillingate with its coastline, icebergs, whales and endless trails. And after a hard day’s play, we invite you to a soft night’s stay at the award-winning Anchor Inn Hotel, Alphabet Fleet Inn and Hodge Premises.

Twillingate.com | 1-800-450-3950


banana s’mores 1 banana mini-marshmallows chocolate chips heavy-duty foil

Take an unpeeled banana and slice it horizontally. Do not cut all the way through; open it like a hotdog bun and place chocolate chips and marshmallows inside. Wrap the whole banana in foil and heat on grill over campfire for 6-8 min.

campfire apples 1 apple butter brown sugar cinnamon heavy-duty foil

Core an apple, leaving the bottom intact. Cut the top of the core away from the centre, creating a “lid” for your apple. Fill the apple halfway with butter. Top it up with equal amounts of cinnamon and brown sugar. Put the “lid” back on the apple. Wrap in foil and heat over campfire for about 30 min.

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bannock

2 1/2 cups flour 6 tsp baking powder 1/2 tsp salt 2 tbsp sugar 1/2 cup butter 2 eggs 1 cup water Combine first four ingredients. Add butter, rubbing it in to form fine crumbs. Combine eggs with water and add to the flour mixture. Stir to form soft dough; knead about 1 min. Roll dough into balls the size of a small egg, then flatten until 1/4" thick. To cook, put on the end of a stick (or place in a pan) and roast, rotating, over campfire about 10 min. Serve warm with butter, honey or jam.

bacon-cheese wieners 1 pkg hotdogs 12 oz uncooked bacon cheddar cheese, thinly sliced toothpicks

Without cutting all the way through, slice hotdogs horizontally. Tuck cheese slices into each wiener. Wrap each hotdog with a slice of bacon, fastening with toothpicks. Roast over an open flame until bacon is crispy and hotdog is heated through.

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east 53 campgrounds 58 attractions 62 festivals & events 63 accommodations

Torbay Point: East Coast Trail Nicole Burke photo


Bonavista

Guide to Symbols 50 No. of Sites

Elliston

King’s Cove

Beach

Fire Pits

Catalina 230

Angling

RVsites

Hiking

Dumping

Swimming

Showers

Boat Tours

Picnic Area

Canoeing

Playground

Amp Service

Laundromat

Water Hookup

Store

Interpretation

Shelter

Cabins

Restaurant

Po Tri rt Rex nit y ton

230

1

Grates Cove

Old Perlican

Clarenville

Bay de Verde

New Chelsea Lower Island Cove

Swift Current

Winterton Heart’s Content

Goobies 1

Northern Bay 70

80

4 210

Arnold’s Cove

Carbonear

7

St. John’s

1

Snack Bar

10

Bay Bulls

9

81

Witless Bay 90

Colinet

ATM

Mount Pearl

Brigus

Long Harbour

Public Phone

11 12

Paradise

8

6

214

Monkston

Pets

2

3

Thorburn Lake

Internet/WiFi

Boat Launch

235

Charleston

Bellevue

Campsites

Salmonier

Placentia

13 La Manche Ferryland

100

Garnish Frechman’s Cove

92

Marystown

90

Cappahayden

5 St. Bride’s

Fortune Lawn

10

Branch

Burin

St. Stephen’s

220

St. Lawrence

campgrounds

10

14

Tre pa sse y

Grand Bank

Lamaline

2

Swift Current; 1-888-884-2410; www.kilmoryresort.com; reservations@kilmoryresort.com; 11 sites

TCH at Thorburn Lake; 1-877-330-3319; www.LakesideatThorburn.ca; 105 sites

4 KILMORY RESORT TRAILER PARK

LOCKSTON PATH PROVINCIAL PARK

5

1 THE LAKESIDE AT THORBURN

Route 236, 6 km north of Port Rexton

709-464-3553 www.nlcamping.ca | parksinfo@gov.nl.ca Boat launch, comfort station with washrooms, laundry, day-use facilities, 20 sites with electrical hookups, dumping station, outdoor swimming, pit privies, drinking water (taps), playground, hiking trails. Close to historic Trinity. 57

FRENCHMAN’S COVE PROVINCIAL PARK Route 213, Frenchman’s Cove

709-826-2753 www.nlcamping.ca | parksinfo@gov.nl.ca Located on the west side of the Burin Peninsula, the park comprises 51 hectares of varied habitat. Pebble beach, quiet barachois, marsh and stream, bird watching, cabins nearby, golf course nearby, 20 sites with electrical services, Wi-Fi hotspot. 25 minutes to St. Pierre ferry. 76

3 CABOT HI-WAY RV TRAILER PARK

Charleston; 1-877-654-2316; cabothiwaycabins@gmail.com; 51 sites

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BELLEVUE BEACH CAMPGROUND

St. John’s; 1-877-477-3655; www.pippypark.com; 216 sites

11 C.A. PIPPY PARK CAMPGROUNDS

Bellevue Beach

709-442-4536 www.bellevuebeachcampground.com ivananderson@bellevuebeach.com Bellevue Beach Campground separates beautiful Broad Lake from the Atlantic Ocean. RV overflow. Boat tours within 50 km, in Dildo. Whale and osprey watching, and capelin spawning site. Refreshments kiosk.

12 WATERFORD RIVER VALLEY CAMPRGROUND

St. John’s; 709-221-1120; www.wrvcampground.com; 101 sites. (See ad on p.59) 13

Route 10, La Manche Valley

709-685-1823 www.nlcamping.ca | parksinfo@gov.nl.ca This park was established because of the scenic La Manche valley, interesting and varied habitat and vegetation, as well as the diverse bird life. The park includes Rowsells Hill Pond, La Manche Ponds, a section of the La Manche River, and the abandoned fishing village of La Manche. 27 sites with electrical services.

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7 GOLDEN ARM TRAILER PARK

Green’s Harbour; 709-582-3600; www.facebook.com/GoldenArmPark; 134 sites Exit 31 from TCH on Rte 70, Bay Roberts; 709-528-9859; www.roacheslinepark.com; 66 sites

8 ROACHES LINE RV PARK

Exit 32, Brigus Junction TCH; 709-229-4003; www.gushuespondpark.ca; 132 sites

LA MANCHE PROVINCIAL PARK

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9 GUSHUE’S POND PARK

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BUTTER POT PROVINCIAL PARK Route 1, TCH, 36 km west of St. John’s

709-685-1853 www.nlcamping.ca | parksinfo@gov.nl.ca The park covers an area of 2,833 hectares of varied terrain and vegetation, forest, bogs, heaths and ponds. Hiking trails take you through forests and over barren to a remarkable scenic viewpoint.

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CHANCE COVE PROVINCIAL PARK Route 10, Chance Cove

709-685-1823 www.gov.nl.ca/tcii parksinfo@gov.nl.ca This park’s 2,068 hectares stretch from the highway’s edge to the coast. No designated campsites, but camping is permitted on the parking lot in the picnic area. Pit toilets. A trail leads to views of whales, seabirds and seals.

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Years of geological history at Manuels River

Beautiful coastal trails

Roadside markets

Docking facilities for visiting boats and ocean excursions


Trail maps and sample trip itineraries can be found online. www.conceptionbaysouth.ca #ExploreCBS #CBSsunsets #CBStrails


east

attractions 2-5

6

Bonavista

Elliston

King’s Cove

7 Catalina 230

235

P

ort 8-14 Trinity Rexto

Bloomfield Thorburn Lake

n

1

15

230

Bay de Verde

Old Perlican

Clarenville

Swift Current

Grates Cove

New Chelsea Winterton Heart’s Content

Goobies

Job’s Cove Northern Bay

26

27

70

25

1

80

Bellevue

18 210

Arnold’s Cove

Carbonear

32-39

24 23

214

29 1

Colinet

31

90

81

Placentia

40 41

Brigus

Long Harbour

Monkstown

St. John’s

28 Paradise

22

42

30

Bay Bulls Witless Bay

Salmonier

19

43 Ferryland 100

Garnish Frenchman’s Cove

Marystown

45

90

Cappahayden

Lawn

10

Branch

Burin

21

220

St. Lawrence

St. Vincent’s

10

44

Tre pa sse y

Fortune

17

92

St. Bride’s

Grand Bank

16

20

Lamaline

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THREE MILE RIDGE EXPERIENCE Lethbridge 709-439-2042 www.threemileridgecountry.ca threemileridge@gmail.com Taste and Experience NL Agriculture with Three Mile Ridge. Take a walk with us in our field and pick your own vegetables by hand. Let your “hard” work pay off by tossing your fresh vegetables in a boiling pot in an onsite, outdoor cook stove, and kick back while you stay within your own bubble. Two weeks’ notice required for bookings.

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CAPE BONAVISTA LIGHTHOUSE PROVINCIAL HISTORIC SITE Bonavista 709-468-7444 www.seethesites.ca bonavista@seethesites.ca For generations of mariners along this coast, the light at Cape Bonavista was their only connection to land while out on the dark sea. Built in 1843, the Cape Bonavista Lighthouse is one of the few in the world where you can still climb up the stone tower to see the same seal oil-fuelled light used in the 19th century. A prime location to see whales, icebergs and puffins. www.exploredownhome.com


attractions | east Bonavista; 709-637-2040; www.gov.nl.ca/tcii; parksinfo@gov.nl.ca

3 DUNGEON PROVINCIAL PARK

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MOCKBEGGAR PLANTATION PROVINCIAL HISTORIC SITE Bonavista 709-468-7444 www.seethesites.ca bonavista@seethesites.ca It’s 1948 and debate is swirling – will Newfoundlanders vote to become Canada’s 10th province? This former residence of politician and Confederation advocate F. Gordon Bradley recreates a time when the question of whether to join Canada or remain an independent nation was on everyone’s lips.

5 RYAN PREMISES NATIONAL HISTORIC SITE

OF CANADA Bonavista; 1-888-773-8888;

www.pc.gc.ca/ryanpremises; ryan.premises@pc.gc.ca Sandy Cove Road, Elliston; 709-468-7080; www.townofelliston.ca; town_elliston@yahoo.ca

6 ELLISTON PUFFIN VIEWING SITE

Elliston; 709468-7080; www.townofelliston.ca; town_elliston@yahoo.ca

7 ELLISTON’S ROOT CELLARS

Trinity; 709-4643599; www.trinityhistoricalsociety.com; ttci@nf.sympatico.ca

8 GREEN FAMILY FORGE

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HISCOCK HOUSE PROVINCIAL HISTORIC SITE Trinity 709-464-2064 www.seethesites.ca | trinity@seethesites.ca Hiscock House captures life in Trinity in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Emma Hiscock – a widow with six children – maintained a genteel life through entrepreneurship: running a shop, post office – even renting her front room to the Royal Bank. West Street, Trinity; 709-464-3599; www.trinityhistoricalsociety.com

10 LESTER-GARLAND HOUSE

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MERCANTILE PREMISES PROVINCIAL HISTORIC SITE Trinity 709-464-2064 www.seethesites.ca | trinity@seethesites.ca Glimpse Trinity as a thriving 1800s seaport. The Mercantile Premises is one of the last buildings remaining from a complex of warehouses and workshops that once lined Trinity’s shore. Today, visitors can explore an 1820s counting house and an early 20th century shop.

12 TRINITY HISTORIC SOCIETY MUSEUM

Trinity; 709-464-3599; info@trinityhistoricalsociety.com

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Trinity; 709-464-3723; kevintoope@gmail.com 14

TRINITY VISITOR CENTRE Trinity 709-729-0592 www.seethesites.ca | see@seethesites.ca Your first stop on your tour of one of Newfoundland and Labrador’s best-preserved historic towns. Come get acquainted with the colourful story of Trinity’s past and present. Buy tickets here for all of Trinity’s historic sites.

15 RANDOM PASSAGE SITE & TEA ROOM

Whiteway; 709-588-4653; www.pitcherspondgolf.com; pitcherspondgolfcourse@gmail.com

24 PITCHERS POND GOLF COURSE

New Bonaventure (Route 239); 709-4642233; caperandom@nf.sympatico.ca 16 FORTUNE HEAD ECOLOGICAL RESERVE

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HEART’S CONTENT CABLE STATION PROVINCIAL HISTORIC SITE Heart’s Content 709-583-2160 www.seethesites.ca cablestation@seethesites.ca In July 1866, after nine years and several unsuccessful attempts, the first permanent telegraph cable connecting Europe and North America was hauled ashore at Heart’s Content. The cable station is a time capsule of the communications technology that connected us all right up to the 1960s.

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WOODEN BOAT MUSEUM OF NEWFOUNDLAND AND LABRADOR Route 80, Main Highway, Winterton 709-583-2044 www.woodenboatmuseum.com inquiries@woodenboatmuseum.com Open daily beginning of June to mid-October, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Explore our cultural heritage from the perspective of our traditional wooden boats. The Museum actively learns from our tradition-bearers to pass on their stories, knowledge and skills. Boat building workshops available. Admission $10 adult, $8 senior, $5 children, $25 Family.

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OUTPORT SHED EXPERIENCES AT COASTAL COTTAGES Blackhead, Conception Bay North 709-699-7845 www.coastalcottages.ca info@coastalcottages.ca Outport Shed Experiences include three traditional food tastings, music by local musicians from the Baccalieu Trail and a story or two. We want our guests to experience authentic rural life in Da Shed. Newfoundlanders are unique, and like us each Shed Experience is different, depending on your taste. Creating memories means understanding who we are, what keeps us so connected to each other and to our environment. Come ready to dance a jig, play an ugly stick, sing a tune or just sit back and enjoy. May – November 1.

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FORTUNE HEAD GEOLOGY CENTRE Fortune 709-832-3569/2810 www.fortunehead.com officefortunehead@gmail.com The facility promotes the significant fossil find at the Fortune Head Ecological Reserve, a theme-oriented Gift Shop, a coffee bar, as well as a visitor information desk. Also within walking distance are the George and Mary Lake Heritage House and Horse Brook Walking Trail. Guided tours to Ecological Reserve/Gallery Exhibits are available.

18 DRAKE HERITAGE HOUSE MUSEUM

Arnold’s Cove; 709-463-2323; www.townofarnoldscove.com; townofarnoldscove@nf.aibn.com 19 CASTLE HILL NATIONAL HISTORIC SITE OF

CANADA Freshwater-Placentia; 1-888-773-

8888; www.pc.gc.ca/castlehill; castle.hill@pc.gc.ca 20 GOOSEBERRY COVE PROVINCIAL PARK

Gooseberry Cove; 709-637-2040; www.tcii.gov.nl.ca; parksinfo@gov.nl.ca 21

CAPE ST. MARY’S ECOLOGICAL RESERVE Cape St. Mary’s 709-277-1666/637-2081 www.flr.gov.nl.ca/natural_areas NaturalAreas@gov.nl.ca Cape St. Mary’s Ecological Reserve is a spectacular seabird breeding colony, offering close-up views of the majestic Northern Gannet. The Reserve protects the third largest and southernmost colony of gannets in North America. Colinet; 709-637-2040; www.tcii.gov.nl.ca; parksinfo@gov.nl.ca; open June 5 – October 13

22 CATARACTS PROVINCIAL PARK

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DILDO COVE HERITAGE EXPERIENCE & MOTORBOAT EXCURSIONS Dildo 709-699-6864 adpretty@hotmail.com No other experience like this offered in Newfoundland & Labrador! Experience a ride in a traditional wooden motorboat, complete with an antique engine. See an authentic fishing stage and wharf. Meet a purebred Newfoundland dog. Tours available daily. Walking tours of the community of Dildo available on Fridays.

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CUPIDS COVE PLANTATION PROVINCIAL HISTORIC SITE Cupids 709-528-1413 seethesites.ca | bthc@baccalieudigs.ca Bristol merchant John Guy arrived at Cupers Cove (now Cupids) in August 1610 with a small group of colonists. Every summer, archaeologists working the dig site at Cupids Cove Plantation reveal more and more about the lives of these colonists – Canada’s first English settlers. Come and see what they’ve found today.

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CRAFT COUNCIL OF NEWFOUNDLAND AND LABRADOR St. John’s 709-753-2749 www.craftcouncil.nl.ca info@craftcouncil.nl.ca Visit the Craft Council Shop & Gallery in our beautiful new home at 275 Duckworth Street on Solomon’s Lane, and discover what it means to be handcrafted. The Clay Studio is currently located at 38 Ropewalk Lane; classes and workshops available online.

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JOHNSON GEO CENTRE St. John’s 1-866-868-7625 www.geocentre.ca | geocentre@mun.ca Cut from the ancient rock of Signal Hill, we take you deep underground to experience the story of our earth and beyond. Our interactive exhibits and guided tours make this a Top 5 TripAdvisor destination. Please contact us or visit our website to view our opening dates.

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MUN BOTANICAL GARDEN St. John’s 709-864-8590 www.mun.ca/botgarden | garden@mun.ca A place to explore and play, MUN Botanical Garden has cultivated gardens and meandering trails nestled in our boreal forest. You’ll discover beautiful displays of traditional and native plants, perennial and vegetable gardens, and a few surprises. Stop to feed the ducks in our pond, then pause in the café for coffee or lunch. A gardener’s paradise, a place to inspire, come step into nature. Please contact us or visit our website to view our opening dates.

Marysvale; 709-528-1310; tghc@nf.aibn.com

29 TURK’S GUT HERITAGE HOUSE

30 SALMONIER NATURE PARK

Salmonier Line; 709-229-7888; www.flr.gov.nl.ca/wildlife/snp/; salmoniernaturepark@gov.nl.ca 31

HAWKE HILL ECOLOGICAL RESERVE Nearest Community, Holyrood 709-637-2081 www.flr.gov.nl.ca/natural_areas naturalareas@gov.nl.ca Hawke Hill Ecological Reserve protects a variety of arctic-alpine plants that are rarely encountered in North America this far east and south. The Reserve protects the most easterly alpine barrens in North America. 305 Waterford Bridge Road, St. John’s; 709-364-1531; www.bowringpark.com; bpf@bowringpark.com

32 BOWRING PARK

St. John’s; 709-753-7110 ext. 2; www.pippypark.com; info@pippypark.com

33 C.A. PIPPY PARK GOLF COURSE

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NEWMAN WINE VAULTS PROVINCIAL HISTORIC SITES St. John’s 709-729-2627 www.seethesites.ca commissariat@seethesites.ca The Newman Wine Vaults tell the amazing story of a 300-year connection between wine produced in sunny Portugal, aged in the cool climate of Newfoundland and sipped by England’s aristocracy for generations. It’s all about pirates, port and profit.

38 SIGNAL HILL NATIONAL HISTORIC SITE OF

CANADA St. John’s; 1-888-773-8888;

43 COLONY OF AVALON ARCHAEOLOGICAL

SITE & GIFTSHOP Ferryland; 709-432-3200; www.colonyofavalon.ca; info@colonyofavalon.ca

44 MISTAKEN POINT ECOLOGICAL RESERVE

AND UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE SITE

Portugal Cove South; 709-438-1011; www.flr.gov.nl.ca/natural_areas; ACCESS TO THE FOSSILS BY GUIDED TOUR ONLY Nearest Community, Cape Broyle; 709-637-2081; www.flr.gov.nl.ca/natural_areas; FREE ENTRY PERMIT IS REQUIRED

45 AVALON WILDERNESS RESERVE

www.pc.gc.ca/signalhill; signal.hill@pc.gc.ca 39

THE COMMISSARIAT PROVINCIAL HISTORIC SITE King’s Bridge Road, St. John’s 709- 729-6730 www.seethesites.ca commissariat@seethesites.ca In 1829, St. John’s was alive with talk of Newfoundlanders having the right to manage their own affairs through their own government. Today, a provocative, multi-media experience at The Commissariat recreates a volatile period in 19th-century St. John’s, when British naval rule was ending and a power struggle was at hand.

40 CAPE SPEAR LIGHTHOUSE NATIONAL

HISTORIC SITE OF CANADA Cape Spear;

1-888-773-8888; www.pc.gc.ca/capespear; pc.lhncapspear-capespearnhs.pc@canada.ca 41

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PETTY HARBOUR MINI AQUARIUM Petty Harbour, Petty Harbour-Maddox Cove 709-330-3474 www.miniaqua.org | info@miniaqua.org Newfoundland’s first seasonal catch-andrelease aquarium showcasing local marine species. Interactive exhibits, touch tanks, lab demonstrations, kid-friendly microscopes, gift shop and one-on-one interpretation from knowledgeable staff. Open seasonally. Please see website for hours of operation. WITLESS BAY ECOLOGICAL RESERVE Witless Bay (inshore) 709-637-2081 www.flr.gov.nl.ca/natural_areas naturalareas@gov.nl.ca Composed of four small islands, this reserve is a globally significant seabird breeding site for millions of birds, and protects the largest Atlantic Puffin colony in North America and the world’s second-largest colony of Leach’s Storm-Petrel. Take a guided tour of Reserve waters with one of the local licensed tour boat operators to view birds, whales and icebergs.

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festivals & events RISING TIDE THEATRE SEASONS IN THE BIGHT 2020 June 1 – August 31 Trinity 709-464-3232 1-888-464-3377 www.risingtidetheatre.com risingtide@nf.aibn.com Runs from June to September. A professional theatre company since 1978 providing an award-winning blend of drama, culture and history. Shows daily. Call for further information. SISTER CITY THEATRE OF DILDO June 30 – September 30 Society of United Fishermen’s Lodge, Dildo 709-699-6864 www.sistercityproductions.com While visiting the famous and uniquely named community of Dildo, why not take in one of our delightful plays! From serious Newfoundland historical drama and traditional music to hilarious side-splitting comedy, you’ll be sure to leave with a smile on your face and a song in your heart! ANNUAL BRIGUS BLUEBERRY FESTIVAL August 7 – 9 Water Street, Brigus 709-528-4588 Bbfgroup@outlook.com The entire town of Brigus invites you to their 33rd annual Brigus Blueberry Festival. Three days of festivities, crafts, concessions, contests and, of course, Blueberries! This festival is a favourite in the region!

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attractions | east

east

accommodations Bonavista

Elliston

King’s Cove Port Union 230 235

Po Tri rt Rex nit y ton

Charleston

Port Blandford

Thorburn Lake 230

Clarenville

Old Perlican

Bay de Verde

New Chelsea

4

Lower Island Cove Winterton Heart’s Content

Goobies

Northern Bay

70

1

80

Bellevue

Swift Current

Grates Cove

210

Arnold’s Cove

Carbonear

5

3

St. John’s

2

214

Paradise

Long Harbour

Monkstown

Mount Pearl

Brigus

1 1

4 Bay Bulls Witless Bay

81 90

Colinet

Salmonier

Placentia

La Manche Ferryland

100

Garnish Frenchman’s Cove

92

Marystown

90

Cappahayden St. Bride’s

Fortune Lawn

10

Branch

Burin

St. Stephen’s

220

St. Lawrence

10

Tre pa sse y

Grand Bank

Lamaline

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NO CHARGE FOR THE VIEW B&B★★★★ 9 Newhooks Hill, New Harbour 709-582-3287 | 709-693-7000 www.nochargefortheview.com bev@nochargefortheview.com Newly renovated house built in 1943 with a breathtaking view of historic Trinity Bay. Four spacious rooms with ocean views and private en suites. Our Thorne Room is perfect for travelling families, with a double bed and bunk beds. Generous full breakfast with fresh fruit and gluten-free options. Two-minute drive to the Dildo Brewing Company and Museum. Centrally located for day trips to St. John’s, Carbonear, Brigus, Cape St. Mary’s, Trinity and more. Full amenities, Free Wi-Fi, all day coffee & tea. $129 – $169 based on double occupancy. Extra person $15. Extended stay rates.

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THE DOCTOR’S HOUSE INN & SPA ★★★★1⁄2 21 Old Hopeall Rd, Green’s Harbour, Trinity Bay South 709-582-2754 www.doctorshousenewfoundland.com info@doctorshousenewfoundland.com Stunning 100-acre seaside resort just one hour from St. John’s. Fresh, locally sourced cuisine served fireside or al fresco overlooking the gardens at Secret Garden Restaurant. Full-service spa with private deck overlooking the bay. Elegant Tudor inn with 4-bedroom guest house, solarium, outdoor hot tub, nature trails, animal sanctuary with Newfoundland ponies, sheep, goats, ducks, chickens and more. Day and overnight packages, shuttle service, special rates for weekdays. New Experience Packages including boat tours, golfing, winery tours and picnics. explore 2020 : 63


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OCEAN DELIGHT COTTAGES ★★★★1⁄2 2 locations: Main St., Whiteway; Long Point Cove, Heart’s Delight-Islington, Trinity Bay South 1-877-588-2026 www.oceandelightcottages.net info@oceandelightcottages.com Ocean Delight means Ocean Front Delight! 8 cottages right on the ocean with unobstructed views and stunning sunsets over Trinity Bay. 3 cozy cabins and 1 luxury A-frame in scenic Whiteway. 4 more in a stunning, secluded cove in Heart’s Delight. Ocean front decks with barbecue, private fire-pits, full kitchen and bath, upgraded furnishings and linens. Free Wi-Fi. Hiking trails, restaurants, gift shops and golfing minutes away.

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HILLSIDE COTTAGES ★★★1⁄2 Main Road, Roaches Line 709-528-9859 www.hillsidecottagesnl.com info@roacheslinepark.com Just 45 min. from St. John’s and less than 30 min. from historic towns of Brigus, Cupids, Bay Roberts, Harbour Grace and Carbonear. Cabins open year-round. Eight 1-bedroom cottages with hardwood interiors, 4 with Jacuzzi. Three 2-bedroom cottages. 60 fully serviced sites with 3-way hook up. Wi-Fi internet, cable TV in cottages, public washrooms with showers, laundromat, sani-station, playground.

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MURRAY PREMISES HOTEL ★★★★ St. John’s 709-738-7773 www.murraypremiseshotel.com info@murraypremiseshotel.com Located in a National Historic Site, the city’s first boutique hotel has 69 distinctive guest rooms situated in the heart of downtown St. John’s, walking distance from Mile One Centre, the St. John’s Convention Centre, entertainment and shopping district. Enjoy the comfort you would expect from a modern designer hotel, with the history and charm you expect from the city of St. John’s.

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