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“Hiked the Outport Trail to Minchins Cove backcountry campsite”

Terra Nova National Park
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Owner description: Terra Nova National Park is a place where long fingers of the North Atlantic Ocean touch the island boreal forest of Eastern Newfoundland. Rocky headlands provide shelter from the awesome power of the open ocean. The landscape of the park varies from the rugged cliffs and sheltered inlets of the coastal region to the rolling forested hills, bogs and ponds of the inland. Cultural history abounds in the remnants of sawmills and past human cultures.
Reviewed July 15, 2013

We hiked the Outport Trail from the Newman Sound campground to Minchins Cove (14.5km) late in June. This should have, apparently, taken us 5 hours but it took us over 7 hours! The flies were horrendous - blackflies, mosquitoes and more - clouds of them and we were bitten to pieces in spite of loads of bug spray. The trail was overgrown in many spots and actually petered out in a couple of spots so you had no idea if you were going in the right direction or not. Obviously the bugs are beyond the control of the park and due to a cold spring, the blackflies were late and voracious. The campsites at both Newmans Sound and Minchins Cove were nice - clean and well thought out. And we had a great time - scenery was lovely and park staff very helpful. But would suggest that you not to this hike during the height of bug season as it makes it miserable. And the trail should be marked better - a couple signs letting you know you're going in the right direction and with distances would be nice!

7  Thank KMc2012
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Reviewed September 8, 2012

The park by itself is wild and beautiful but I was disappointed to see you couldn't rent any canoe, kayak outside the main site.
We wanted to go for a day in canoe crossing few lakes but the rental place has been closed.
We, instead, rented a kayak and stayed on the sea side.

5  Thank ferrere1965
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Reviewed July 30, 2012

Clean sites, wondeful scenery, touch tank is fabulous at the Terra Nova Interpretation site. VERY cold water but lots of sealife( sea urchins, hermit crabs, razor clams, and cod fish, lobsters, etc.) We took the boat ride out from the Interpretation Centre and learned a few things about marine life and alos watched them feed frozen fish to the eagles.

5  Thank gaildm
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Reviewed July 20, 2012

Great place to take kids to see the things from the ocean.

3  Thank Tracey H
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Reviewed October 31, 2011

Good though not very exciting trails, but staff were very friendly and we were even offered offered toutins and partridge berry jam at Sandy Point. Check for the migratory months for birds - there were none to see along this trail in July.

3  Thank Martha1986
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