The province of Newfoundland is rocky, windy, majestic and absolutely gorgeous. Make it a point to visit the province and at least one of the 20 provincial parks. Here's a rundown of each park by region.

Western Region of Newfoundland

The western region of Newfoundland covers the Great Northern Peninsula, and stretches across the southwest shores of the island from Port-Aux-Basques to Burgeo. There are 9 parks in the region.

Day Use Parks

The Arches

Codroy Valley

Codroy Valley is at the mouth of the Grand Codroy River, with a great view of the Long Range Mountains.

Camping and Day Use

Barachois Pond Provincial Park

3500 hectares of parkland in Western Newfoundland

  • Location: 36 km southeast of Stephenville. Between Routes 480 and 490.
  • Use: Camping and Day use
  • Season/Hours: Open mid-May to mid-September
  • Amenities: Firewood; comfort station; washrooms; laundry; drinking water; boat launch; pit toilets (at remote campsites).
  • Things to do: Balsam fir, black spruce, white pine and ferns and moss are in abundance at this family-friendly park. Hike in the park or up Erin Mountain. See wildlife like the ruffed grouse, northern goshawk, moose, caribou, and mink. There are 150 well-serviced sites for campers, all located near Barachois Pond, and a remote campsite atop Erin Mountain. Swim in the two sandy beaches in the park, and boat on the ponds and rivers. Anglers can fish for salmon and trout at Barachois Pond, and have access to Barachois Pond in the winter for smelt fishing.
    • Summer: Camping, hiking, picnicking, swimming, boating, and fishing.
    • Winter: access to pond
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Blow Me Down Provincial Park

A scenic vista located on a peninsula between Lark and York Harbours, where you can get a great view of the Blow Me Down mountains and the Bay of Islands.

  • Location: 60 km west of Corner Brook and the Trans Canada Highway, off of Highway 450.
  • Use: Camping and Day use
  • Season/Hours: Open early June to mid-September.
  • Amenities: Wheelchair accessible; firewood; laundry; comfort station; showers, sewage station
  • Things to do: There are 28 campsites for families to enjoy, and a playground for younger visitors. Walk along the beach and enjoy the beauty of coastal nature. Hike the trails in the park, to the observation tower or to Governor's Staircase.
    • Summer: Camping, hiking, and picnicking.
    • Winter:
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J.T. Cheeseman Provincial Park

A natural getaway located on the Cape Bay barrens.

  • Location: Approximately 15 km east of Channel-Port aux Basques; 200 km west of Corner Brook on the Trans Canada Highway.
  • Use: Camping and Day use.
  • Season/Hours: Mid-May to mid-September
  • Amenities: Wheelchair accessible; electricity; pit toilets; comfort station; washrooms; showers;
  • Things to do: Plant species around the park include the Bunchberry, violet Bog Aster, Sheep Laurel and trees such as pine, fir and juniper. An abundance of insect and wildlife such as the Atlantis Fritillary butterfly and minks and moose are always seen on hikes. Birds like the loon and the Pine Grosbeak also live in the park. There are 92 campsites for visitors, including three wheelchair-accessible ones. Hike the Smokey Cape Trail, or swim the popular Cape Ray Beach.
    • Summer: Hiking, picnicking, bird watching, wildlife viewing
    • Winter: Closed
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Pistolet Bay Provincial Park

Pistolet Bay Provincial Park's proximity to the Strait of Belle Isle and its fascinating geological history has blessed it with a diverse ecosystem.

  • Location: On the tip of the Great Northern Peninsula, on Route 437.
  • Use: Camping and Day use.
  • Season/Hours: Open early June to mid-September
  • Amenities: Wheelchair accessible; firewood; comfort station; washrooms; laundry; showers; pit toilets; drinking water; kitchen shelter; sewage station.
  • Things to do: There are 30 partially-serviced sites, and day use facilities. Visitors can swim in an unsupervised area of the beach. Canoers can travel on the lake, and anglers can fish for brook trout.
    • Summer: Camping, hiking, picnicking, bird watching, wildlife viewing, and nature walks.
    • Winter: Closed
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Sandbanks Provincial Park

Named for the beautiful sand dunes and gorgeous beaches, Sandbanks is a great destination for families.

  • Location: Approximately 150 km from the Trans Canada Highway, near the town of Burgeo.
  • Use: Camping and Day use.
  • Season/Hours:
  • Amenities: Wheelchair-accessible; Firewood; sewage station, pit toilets, comfort stations; washrooms; showers; laundry.
  • Things to do: There are 30 unserviced campsites, with most of them hidden in the privacy of trees. Enjoy picnicking and the playground. There are 7 km of sandy beach for swimming. Sand dunes, forests, bogs and rocky barrens make an interesting nature hike.
    • Summer: Camping, hiking, picnicking, swimming, and bird watching.
    • Winter: Closed
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Sir Richard Squires Memorial Provincial Park

The park, which is the oldest provincial park in Newfoundland, is on the Humber River and a popular place for salmon fishing.

  • Location: on Highway 422, about 36 km northeast of Deer Lake.
  • Use: Camping and Day use.
  • Season/Hours: Open from late May to early September.
  • Amenities: Wheelchair-accessible; picnic area; pit toilets; drinking water; comfort station; washrooms; laundry; sewage station.
  • Things to do: There are 157 campsites at the park, none with electricity. For day visitors, a picnic area, boat rental and playground are available. Hike to Big Falls and watch salmon leap during July and August, or follow the Viewpoint Trial to the Humber River. Anglers will enjoy the great salmon and trout fishing.
    • Summer: Camping, hiking, picnicking, and boating.
    • Winter: Closed
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Labrador Region

Labrador is the mainland portion of the province, bordered to the west and the south by Quebec. Labrador has one provincial park, Pinware River, in the southern part of Labrador.

Pinware River Provincial Park

  • Location: On Route 10, about 32 km from the fishing village of Red Bay, Labrador. Red Bay is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Park visitors can also get to Labrador by ferry from St. Barbe, Newfoundland.
  • Use: Camping and day use.
  • Season/Hours: Open Early June to mid-September.
  • Amenities: Wheelchair accessible; drinking water; firewood; comfort station; washrooms; showers; laundry; sewage station; picnic area
  • Things to do: Pinware has 22 partially- serviced campsites, and 25 picnic spots for day users. The park has a reputation for trout fishing, and has an abundance of salmon, so anglers can enjoy a great day on Pinware River and its adjacent waters. Take a hike around the park, see bedrock that is between 955 million and more than a billion years old, and see the wildlife among the bogs and deciduous trees.
    • Summer: Camping, picnicking, fishing, and hiking
    • Winter: Closed
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Eastern Region

The eastern region of Newfoundland stretches from the Bonavista Peninsula to the Burin Peninsula. There are 4 parks in this region.

Day Use - Eastern Region

Deadman's Bay

  • Location: Approximately 93 km north of Gambo on Route 320, near the town of Lumsden.
  • Use: Day use.
  • Season/Hours: Open from early June to early October
  • Amenities: There are no services in the park.
  • Things to do: If you arrive in early summer, you can see majestic icebergs floating in the ocean. Take a stroll along the white sands on the shores of the park. Visitors can only stay for the day.
    • Summer: Hiking and picnicking
    • Winter: Closed
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Dungeon Provincial Park

Camping and Day Use - Easter Region

Frenchman's Cove Provincial Park

  • Location: On Route 213 on the Burin Peninsula.
  • Use: Camping and Day use.
  • Season/Hours: Open mid-May until mid-September.
  • Amenities: Boat rentals; drinking water; picnic area; pit toilets; comfort stations; washrooms; electricity.
  • Things to do: The park has 76 campsites, and a day use area near the beach and swimming areas, which are unsupervised. Cabins can also be rented on site. Golfers can enjoy 9 holes at the Grand Meadows Golf Association. Look around for northern gannets, terns and other birds.
    • Summer: Hiking, picnicking, boating/boat rentals, camping, and wildlife viewing.
    • Winter: Closed
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Lockston Path Provincial Park

  • Location: Approximately 6 km from Port Rexton, on Route 236.
  • Use: Camping & day use
  • Season/Hours: Contact park officials for information.
  • Amenities: Wheelchair accessible; firewood; Boat launch, comfort station; washrooms; laundry; showers; electricity; dumping station; pit toilets; drinking water; activity centre.
  • Things to do: Set up camp in one of the 57 campsites. Have a picnic near the pond. Go swimming at the beautiful sandy beach. Go boating. Go fishing. Or, hike the forested 1.7 km trail.
    • Summer: Hiking, picnicking, boating/boat rentals, camping, and wildlife viewing
    • Winter: Closed
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Avalon Region

The Avalon Region is the east section of the island, including Placentia Bay, Conception Bay, and over the city of St. John's. There are 5 parks in the region.

Day use - Avalon Region

Cataracts Provincial Park

  • Location: 1.5-kms west of Colinet, on Route 91. On the Avalon Peninsula, southeast of Placentia.
  • Use: Day use.
  • Season/Hours: Open early June until mid-October.
  • Amenities: picnic area & pit toilets
  • Things to do: Walk into the gorge and admire the two beautiful waterfalls. Cross the river, and keep an eye out for many of the 35 mosses and liverworts in the park.
    • Summer: Hiking and picnicking.
    • Winter: Closed
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Chance Cove Provincial Park

  • Location: On Route 10, on the southeast corner of the Avalon Peninsula, near the fishing village of Trepassey
  • Use: Day use; Camping permitted in picnic area parking lot.
  • Season/Hours: Open mid-April until mid-October; however, visitors can come to the park all year. Contact Newfoundland's Parks and Natural Areas Division at (709) 635-4520 for all details.
  • Amenities: pit toilets
  • Things to do: Although only a day-use facility, visitors can set up camp on the parking lot in the picnic area. Hike the trail to the coast to do some whale watching, bird watching or look for seals frolicking in the water.
    • Year round: Hiking, picnicking, whale watching, bird watching, and camping. (in picnic area)
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Gooseberry Cove Provincial Park

Camping and Day Use - Avalon Region

Butter Pot Provincial Park

  • Location: Approximately 36 km southwest of St. John's, on the Trans Canada Highway.
  • Use: Camping & day use
  • Season/Hours: Open mid-May until mid-September. A winter recreation program at the park is open to visitors.
  • Amenities: Firewood; amphitheatre; boat rentals; comfort station; washrooms; showers; laundry; Sewage station; pit toilets
  • Things to do: There are 149 campsites for visitors. Take the trails through coniferous forests, bogs, heaths and ponds, reaching a lookout and a view of Butter Pot Hill. See moose, snowshoe hares and beavers. Go bird watching for one of the 200 species of birds in the park. Have a picnic near Big Otter Pond, and catch trout, go boating, or swim. Enjoy winter at the park by going cross-country skiing.
    • Summer: Hiking, picnicking, camping, fishing, bird watching, and swimming.
    • Winter: Cross-country skiing and camping
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La Manche Provincial Park

The La Manche Valley is known for its diverse flora and fauna, making it a destination for many people each year.

  • Location: Approximately 53 km south of St. John's, on Highway 10.
  • Use: Camping & day use
  • Season/Hours: Open mid-May until mid-September.
  • Amenities: Firewood; drinking water; pit toilets; picnic areas; comfort station; washrooms; showers; laundry; electricity.
  • Things to do: La Manche's ecosystem is a good reason to visit. Walking the East Coast Trail will take a visitor from a boreal forest, to a marsh to a peat bog. Trees, wildflowers, birds, insects and wildlife are a true feast for the soul. Set up camp in one of 83 sites; go swimming; or go canoeing.
    • Summer: Hiking, picnicking, camping, bird watching, swimming, and canoeing.
    • Winter: Closed
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Central Region

Central Newfoundland is a spectacular place to watch whales and icebergs. There are two parks in this region, both open for camping and day use.

Dildo Run Provincial Park

  • Location: On Route 340, less than a kilometre from the town of Virgin Arm.
  • Use: Camping & day use
  • Season/Hours: Open late May until mid-September.
  • Amenities: Firewood; drinking water; sewage station; comfort station; washrooms; laundry; showers; picnic areas; pit toilets; electricity.
  • Things to do: Set up camp at one of the 55 campsites. Have a picnic, and then hike the trials to Black Head, and see the 365 islands in Dildo Run from the lookout. Or, go kayaking and canoeing.
    • Summer: Hiking, picnicking, camping, bird watching, swimming, kayaking, and canoeing.
    • Winter: Closed
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Notre Dame Provincial Park

This is the place for family fun and adventure.

  • Location: One kilometre east of the Notre Dame Junction, about 41 km west of Gander on the Trans Canada Highway.
  • Use: Camping & day use
  • Season/Hours: Open mid-May until mid-September. Winter access to the park for cross-country skiing and winter camping.
  • Amenities: Wheelchair-accessible; firewood; boat rentals; bicycle rentals; convenience store; drinking water; sewage station; electricity; pit toilets; comfort station; washrooms; laundry.
  • Things to do: The park has 100 campsites and a playground, and swimmers can enjoy the sandy beach. In the winter, skiers can glide along the groomed trails, and snowshoers can brave the deep snow.
    • Summer: Hiking, picnicking, camping, boating, and swimming.
    • Winter: Camping, cross-country skiing, and snowshoeing.
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