8 Things to Do in Terra Nova National Park

Terra Nova National Park is the oldest National Park in Newfoundland. Travellers gravitate towards it because of its many adventurous and nature-based activities. Here are some of the most exciting things you can do in Terra Nova National Park.

Sandy Pond

Sandy Pond in Terra Nova National Park is the best place for swimming, paddling, or even having a light picnic. Sit beside the calm pond on a warm summer day to enjoy the breeze of the water and a delicious packed lunch. The 2 km long pond also offers plenty of space for water and boating activities.

Malady Head Trail

Although it’s a moderate to difficult hiking trail, it’s worth the experience. This trail will give you the finest view of black spruce forests and swampy areas. You will even find a splendid view of Wings Pond, Causeway, and Southern Armand Alexander Bay.

Visitor Centre

If you’re travelling with kids on your trip to Terra Nova National Park, then you should certainly take them to the Visitor Centre. The Visitor Centre is home to a mini-aquarium and touch tank where you can discover the creatures of the ocean close up. They also offer a 12 minute film uncovering the history and mysteries of the park. These entertaining and educational activities are suitable for all ages and will certainly kick-start your day of exploration through Terra Nova’s natural and cultural history.

Outport Trail

If you want a view of the whole park at once, then you must trek to the Outport Trail. This trail covers 35 km of area and when you climb to the peak of Mount Stamfort you can take in a breath-taking view of Terra Nova National Park.

Louil Hill Trail

If you’re craving some adventure, you should head to Louil Hill Trail. As you hike through the trail you will encounter the gorgeous view of the Alexander Bay. There are even sets of stairs midway through this trail which add an additional twist to your hiking expedition. This trail is a 3.7 km loop which takes 1 – 1.5 hours to complete. 

The Ochre Hill Fire Tower

If you’re a passionate hiker, then Ochre Hill is best for you. Trek through the Ochre Hill Trail and you will find the amazing view of Clode Sound, Bread Cove, and the famous Fire Tower. The full trail is 5 km return but offers a shorter version of 1.5 km. The trail normally takes 45 mins to complete. 

Kayaking in The Atlantic Ocean

Whether you’re a pro paddler or just a beginner, there’s something for everyone in Terra Nova Park. There’s no better way to explore one of Newfoundland’s best parks than from the water. Set sail in your kayak or take a guided tour around the rivers and ponds within Terra Nova National Park. If you’re interested in booking a tour, we would recommend Happy Adventure Kayak Tours. You can check out their website here.


We’ve saved the best for last: camping. There are several campgrounds to choose from within the park, each with essential amenities close by. There are campsites suitable for both novice and experienced campers, so grab your tent and get going! For more information on reserving campgrounds click here.

Terra Nova National Park offers so many fun activities for families, groups, and couples alike. Are you heading down to the park this summer or do you know of someone who’s planning on it? Share this post with them and be sure to let us know of your summer plans in the comments below! 


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