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terranovaparkTerra Nova National Park is an excellent vacation base for sightseeing in the east-central region of Newfoundland. The park's 400 square kilometres protect a typical Newfoundland habitat of sheltered bays, rugged seashore and rolling forested hills with numerous ponds and bogs. Keep an eye out for osprey, eagles, lynx, and moose.

Visitors to the park should make their first stop at the Saltons day-use area. Here, staff in the park's new Marine Interpretation Centre will provide information on things to see and do in the park. While in the Marine Interpretation Centre, be sure to view the exhibits which include touch tanks, aquaria and much more. Special interpretive programs are also held at the centre.

Enjoy a boat tour of scenic Newman Sound with award-winning eco-tour operator Coastal Connections. This experiential boat tour, combines sightseeing and a hands-on learning experience that is fun for all ages! See the majestic bald eagle in its natural habitat, collect water samples, identify species and discover the natural and cultural history of the area.

Interpreters present informative and entertaining live performances daily in the park. You don't have to be a camper to participate - everybody is welcome. Come on a nature walk, watch a puppet show or visit the outdoor theater at Newman Sound any night during the summer.

Campers can enjoy full services at Newman Sound campground during the summer, although the campground is open year-round. There are both fully-serviced and unserviced sites. A convenience centre offers a grocery store, snack bar, laundromat and bicycle rentals.

A few kilometres away at Sandy Pond, you can rent canoes, kayaks or paddle boats.

Hikers have no fewer than 12 trails of varying length and difficulty from which to choose. There are short trails, such as the 45-minute Malady Head trek, which is almost always in good, dry condition, to much longer ones that take hours to traverse and may be wet in spots. Portions of the Coastal Trail in Newman Sound are wheelchair accessible. There are trails along the shore, through the woods and over the hills, where you can see moose, delicate wild flowers and beaver.

There are also opportunities for scuba diving, interpretive marine tours and golfing set amid spectacular scenery. There is also freshwater and saltwater fishing (license required).

The park also offers winter outdoor adventures in cross-country skiing, snowshoeing and winter camping. There are approximately 50 km of ski and snowshoe trails, some of them groomed. They range from 2 to 12 km in length and from easy to difficult. Winter campers will find tent platforms and an enclosed picnic shelter with a wood-stove and firewood at the Newman Sound campground.

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