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“Interesting”

Mistaken Point Ecological Reserve
Reviewed September 2, 2013

Guide (Julie) was very knowledgeable, pointing out various natural attractions on the hike to the site. It was very useful to watch the video at the interpretive centre beforehand. The gravel road to get to the start of the hike is dreadful - very picturesque, but hard on vehicles.

1  Thank Eunice7
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Reviewed August 23, 2013

We built a day in Newfoundland around a trip to Mistaken Point. We arrived and had a nice picnic lunch at the Interpretive Center and watched a video of how they made a 900 sq. foot rubber cast of the fossils. The video was followed by a presentation (laser pointer included) of the different fossils. Then we loaded up in our cars for the 20 drive out to the barrens where we began our 40 minute hike out to the point. When we arrived, we were taken in groups of 8 out to the ledge to view the fossils. And now the surprise…I knew that you could not walk on or touch the fossils but I did not know that I would be handed a pair of binoculars. As our guide described each type of fossil, we were told to watch while a teenager climbed around and pointed. (Here would be a good time to use that laser pointer) And I became aware that we were not at the same location as the video. I asked our guide about this and she said that only researchers were allowed there but this area contained the same rock strata with the same fossils. Don’t get me wrong…the fossils were nice to see…even though a binocular, but I signed up to see the site that had applied for “World Heritage” designation…and I would have still gone on the trip if I had know this…but I think it was misleading to take us somewhere else.

5  Thank cmurff3
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Reviewed August 9, 2013

You should pre-book your free (donations appreciated) 1PM access hike (try to do this a few days in advance) although there is a slim chance you might be able to just show up. We phoned on a Sunday and the first available hike was on the Thursday.

At the VC, you are able to watch an introductory film. The guide (a local) will give you a brief overview before you start. We really appreciated her efforts to be engaging and interesting.

You are taken on a short hike (speed depends a bit on the health of the members of the tour) with occasional stops where the guide discusses local history and points out flora and fauna. We were able to pick bakeapples.

No longer are people allowed to walk on top of the fossils (except for a faded one the guide might point out to you en route) but you are taken to the edge of a cliff where you can clearly see the fossils on a side rock. The guide gives you a sheet identifying the various fossils and depicting the speculations as to what creatures originally made them (they are animals and not plants).

If you want to see Cape Race lighthouse, take your own car to the hike entrance (about a 25 minute drive on rough roads) as it is only about five minutes further. When we were there, the guide offered to take some people in her van to the trailhead to spare them the driving trip.

1  Thank WeVentureForth
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Reviewed July 28, 2013

To see the fossils, you meet the informative interpretive centre and then drive 20 minutes or so along the coast. From there, you hike across the barrens (again about 20 mins) until you get to the fossils along the shoreline. It's amazing - these are fossils of the oldest complex life forms found anywhere on Earth: 600 million years old. And they're right there in front of you! You need to go with a guide, which is good because you learn a lot that way. Probably not so exciting for kids!

After the hike, we continued along the gravel road to Cape Race, a remote corner of Newfoundland where the distress signals from the Titanic were first heard. Big lighthouse there - neat to see.

If you're visiting this part of Newfoundland, stop in for a tour. It can be a good idea to call ahead and book the tour if you're passing through and are limited for time. If you can't do the interpretive walk, the info centre has lots of great info and displays. The residents are proud that the site is on a tentative list for UNESCO World Heritage Site. Good for them for preserving the fossils and taking an interest in their promotion and conservation.

3  Thank wloo_andrew
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