Tours and programs

Terra Nova National Park

Whether you live nearby, you're just dropping in, or you're staying in the campground, there are lots of activities for you to enjoy in Terra Nova National Park.

These tours and programs are included in the daily admission fee, unless otherwise indicated.

  • Guided walks

    Guided walks

    Experience the environment of Terra Nova first-hand with our interpreters. Taste plants, watch wildlife, or discover the secrets of this coastal, boreal forest.

    Our guided walks are over gentle terrain and are suitable for all ages.

    What to bring:

    • Appropriate footwear
    • Bottle of water

    • Snack or picnic
    • Binoculars

    • Camera
    • Sense of adventure

    July schedule

    Day and Time Program Title Location Description
    TBD Beaver Walk Southwest Arm Trail Terra Nova’s largest rodent has been working hard all winter to build a new dam! Join us as we visit the busy beavers at Southwest Arm. Walk through this living “workshop” and see evidence of their hard work.
    TBD





    TBD
    Sensory Walk




    Night Watch
    Visitor Centre





    Newman Sound Day-use Area
    Join us as we take a slow stroll through the forest focused on experiencing nature’s setting with our different senses. Close your eyes and listen to the sounds of nature or try to discover a type of tree just by touching the bark. Experience nature through as many (or as few) senses as you are comfortable with.


    Watch Terra Nova come alive after dark. This walk will focus on some of our favorite nocturnal animals - bats! Learn about their unique features and adaptations, and discover the challenges bat populations are facing today.
    TBD Taste of Nature Headquarter's Wharf Experience nature in the context of traditional plant use. Our interpreters will tell stories and share secrets of how the many people who lived here before us have used this land.
    TBD Women's Work Headquarter's Wharf From preserving food, making and mending clothes, gardening and managing the family home; a woman’s work was never done. Share their stories along with toutons and tea.
    TBD                  Explore the Shore Visitor Centre You never know what you might find in the intertidal zone! Join us on a journey of discovery as we uncover some of the hardy creatures and plants that call this zone home. Rubber boots are recommended but not mandatory.
  • Kids stuff

    Become a junior naturalist

    Calling all kids!

    Come along to any of our Junior Naturalist programs this summer and collect a stamp for each program you attend. Get an official Junior Naturalist certificate and a prize for filling out your stamp card!

    • Programs are designed for children ages 5-13 years of age.
    • Programs take place at both the Activity Centre and the Visitor Centre.

    July schedule

    Day and Time Program Title Location
    TBD Moth Mystery Activity Centre
    TBD Bear Pause Activity Centre
    TBD


    TBD
    Dark Defenders


    Science Detectives
    Activity Centre
    TBD Story of Stones Activity Centre
    TBD Big & Small Visitor Centre
  • Evening programs

    Evenings in Terra Nova are all about theatrical programs, music, games, and other surprises.

    Join us underneath the stars at the outdoor theatre for educational and entertaining evening programs, or gather at the Campfire Circle and sing-a-long to some good ole' campfire favourites.


    July schedule

    Day and Time Program Title Location Description
    TBD Campfire Sing-a-long Malady Head Campground Gather around the campfire at Malady Head Campground to sing some new and old favorite campfire songs. Bring your singing voice!
    TBD Forest Idol Outdoor Theatre Vote for your favorite Forest Idol as they showcase their adaptations and talents to our judges! Each week, the audience will pick Terra Nova’s one and only Forest Idol.
    TBD Campfire Concert Campfire Circle (Newman Sound Day-use Area) Find your seat at the campfire circle in Newman Sound Campground and warm up your voice. Join us for some Newfoundland songs, stories and sayings. Bring a mug for free hot chocolate!
  • Special programs

    July schedule

    Day and Time Program Title Location Description
    TBD

    Grow a Garden
    Activity Centre
    Become a budding gardener! Drop by the garden at the Activity Centre to help water the plants and keep our garden growing. See the different plant shapes, colors and textures. Look closely and you might see a “busy” pollinator hard at work. Remember BEE safe!
    TBD
    Nature Journaling Newman Sound Day-use Area Observe, wonder, connect. Join interpreters in a nature journaling experience. Enjoy the benefits of the outdoors - slow down, use your senses and connect to nature through a guided journaling process. Please bring along a notebook or journal.
    TBD





    TBD
    Plant a Tree





    Msit No 'Kmaq
    Blue Hill Moose Exclosure




    Visitor Centre
    Plant a tree and put down roots in Terra Nova National Park. Join Parks Canada interpreters and ecologists in planting trees to help increase the biodiversity of the forest.

    **Participants should come prepared for weather conditions, with footwear suitable for the forest floor. Fill up and bring your water bottle.

    Kwe’! Come join our indigenous interpreters near the beautiful shoreline of Newman Sound as we share with you some of our culture and experience and reconnect with each other and ourselves.

    **Sign up is required for this program. Please call 709-533-2942 to reserve a space.
    • Special events

      Terra Nova National Park commemorates a number of special days throughout the summer season.

      June 21
      National Indigenous Peoples Day

      Come join our Indigenous interpreters as we share with you some of our culture and experience.

      • Time: 11:00 am - 2:00 pm
      • Location:Visitor Centre
       

      July 1
      Memorial Day / Canada Day

      Celebrate Canada Day with an afternoon concert.

      • Time: 2:00 pm
      • Location: Outdoor Theatre
      • Free entry

      July 15
      Parks Day

      Take a hike along one of the many scenic trails, explore the shoreline or come for a picnic with friends. Stop by the Visitor Centre to enter to pick up your hiking trail passport and enter to win a parks day prize pack. 

      TBD
      Music in the Sound

      Nestled in the boreal forest, in the heart of the park, our unique outdoor theatre provides a magical setting for Music in the Sound. 

      • Location: Outdoor Theatre
      • Tickets on sale closer to event date.

      August 23 - 24
      Night Sky Celebration

      Terra Nova National Park is designated a Dark Sky Preserve – the first in Newfoundland and Labrador. Join Parks Canada staff and members of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada, St. John’s Centre to celebrate the night sky with indoor activity stations at the Activity Centre at Newman Sound Campground and outdoor night sky observation sessions (weather permitting) at Sandy Pond.

      • Location: Activity Centre and Sandy Pond
      • Equipment for viewing is provided but people are welcome to bring their own.
      • School programs

        School programs

        National Parks are amazing classrooms, offering a variety of learning opportunities for students to connect with nature. Fun and educational hands-on programs and field trips are available from late-May to mid-October.

        Mix and match your classroom experience by choosing two of the following activities or contact us at the Visitor Centre to build a classroom experience that's just right for you!

        For cost per student, please see our fees page under the Heritage Presentation Special Programs heading.

        a Parks Canada employee holds a starfish over a marine water tank

        Touch tank tour - super sea squad

        It’s a hard life in the Intertidal Zone but lurking along this ever changing expanse are some amazing animals – the Super Sea Squad! These marine marvels have formed some super-hero level adaptations to survive, and thrive!

        Join your interpreter at the Touch Tank as we get up close with these outstanding ocean critters and uncover their super adaptive abilities.

        a coastal view

        Trail tales

        From the mossy ground to the crown of the trees, this forest has a story to tell.

        Join your interpreter as we walk the trail to explore the secrets of the unique boreal forest of Terra Nova National Park.

        a bumblebee perched on a purple flower

        More bees please

        Bees are incredible insects - and cute too! But it’s not all flowers and honey. Bees are also extremely hard workers and they go through a pretty fascinating lifecycle.

        Join your interpreter as we explore the amazing world of bees.

        a whale tail sticking out of the water

        Whale tales

        Did you know that the Blue Whale is the biggest animal to EVER live on Earth?! Whales are fascinating and mostly mysterious marine mammals.

        Join your interpreter for a fun learning journey as we uncover the truly unique world of these amazing animals.


        To book:

        Phone number: +1 (709) 533-2942
        Email address: pc.infopnterra-nova-terranovanpinfo.pc@canada.ca

        These programs are only available during visitor centre hours of operation.

      • Explore on your own

        Explore on your own

        Discover Terra Nova at your own pace with these self-guided activities.

        Lichen hikin'

        a close-up of various different kinds of lichen

        Witch's Hair? British Soldiers? Trumpets? Explore the Heritage Trail in search of tiny mysterious organisms. Wee wonders await!

        Stop by the visitor centre to pick up your "Lookin for Lichens" kit before heading out on the trail to explore on your own.

        Only available during visitor centre hours of operation.




        Club Parka

        Visiting with young children? Explore with club Parka!

        With the Club Parka booklet kids can explore, learn and have fun! The booklets are available on site. With the Photo Missions App, kids are invited to help Parka and Chirp find and photograph specific items found at our place! Download the app for free before visiting. Once one or both activities are completed, they will receive a reward!

        Learn more about Parka and download other activities!

        Xplorers program

        Hey Kids! Do you like exploring, having adventures and lots of fun? If so, you can be a Parks Canada Xplorer! Pick up your Terra Nova Xplorers booklet at the Visitor Centre, Activity Centre, or at a campground kiosk and get started on your first challenge. Complete the required number of tasks to receive a collectable souvenir.

        The Parks Canada Xplorers program is currently offered in more than 70 national parks, national historic sites and national marine conservation areas across the country.

        Xplorers program logo

        Share your adventures with us on social media!
        Take a photo and share it with #TerraNovaNP

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