Newfoundland’s large untouched wilderness is ideal for hiking and camping.
There are a series of world-class parks with easily accessible and well serviced camp sites, there are a network of trails to get people off the beaten track with recommended tent locations, and there are wild open spaces for the very adventurous to practice their navigational skills. So where do you start?
A few years ago theindependent.ca put together an amazing map that listed everywhere you can camp in Newfoundland. You heard me, everywhere!
What’s more: they made it open to the public to edit so that readers could add any extra secret spots that had been left out.
The result, is this incredible interactive tool that will help everyone and anyone find their next camping destination!
Now this is an amazing resource, but definitely a bit overwhelming if this is your first time on The Rock.
In order to turn that mountain into a molehill, we asked some of our most outdoorsy buddies for their absolute top picks for camping in Newfoundland.
We divided this list into three categories:
- Destinations that were on the classic Newfoundland first-timer route;
- Locations that are a bit off the regular route, but still accessible by car and;
- Those special spots that only hikers can reach.
So here we go, top picks for camping in NL:
La Manche: 2
La Manche Provincial Park is located on the East Coast Trail only an hours drive from St John’s, and is accessible by both car and on foot. This resettled community is a beautiful spot to rest after a day of walking on the East Coast Trail, and a great place to start your coastal adventure.
There are a range of both serviced ($30 nightly) and non-serviced ($20 nightly) camping spots along the water that offer beautiful views while providing easy access to the coastal hikes.
Bellevue Beach: 1
Bellevue Beach Campground and RV Park is an ideal get away from St John’s, especially for those traveling with RVs at $30 per night. Only an hour’s drive from the city, and located on the soft sandy beaches of Trinity Bay, this easily accessible park is a great spot to swim, hike, or just relax on the beach.
For those with tents there are also a collection of sheltered campsites located in the trees, however note that access to bathrooms is $3.
Skerwink Hostel: 1
Shameless plug I know, but hey, this is our website, and did you know you can camp with us?!
If you are looking for more of a glamping experience only three hours from St John’s how about sleeping under the stars with a beautiful view over Trinity Bight, all with easy access to a fully serviced kitchen, clean and private (non-campsite!) bathrooms, and BREAKFAST!
Yup, our camping rates are $15 per-person and include a delicious breakfast in the hostel.
Dungeon Provincial Park: 1
If you’re idea of camping is a windswept landscape with nothing but rugged cliffs between yourself and the raging Atlantic Ocean, than the Dungeon Provincial Park is for you. With incredible views, and no services, this is the ideal spot for those looking for a night away from the world. What’s more, it’s totally free, and easily accessed by car off Route 230.
Located four-hours from St John’s on Cape Bonavista, this is a Leave-No-Trace site, so make sure you take out everything you take in, or the local cows may get to it.
Chance Cove Park: 3
Another strikingly beautiful and isolated spot is Chance Cove Provincial Park. Only two hours from St John’s, this unattended and non-serviced park is also free to all who wish to pitch a tent. The top spots are all hike-in, so be sure to bring light kit.
Dildo Run Provincial Park: 1
On route to Twilingate this park offers amazing kayaking access to the archipelago surrounding Dunnage Island. For $30 per night these sites are right on the water and provide stunning views with ample wildlife sighting opportunities.
Blow Me Down: 3
Part of the Appalachian Trail Network that weaves along the West Coast of Newfoundland, the Blow Me Down trail provides access to stunning landscapes in remote regions.
Hike in only, this trail’s recommended camping spots have spectacular views. This spot is totally free with no services, and definitely a Leave No Trace location, so be sure to take out anything you carry in.
Sand Banks Provincial Park: 2
A trek to get to but well worth the trip, this stunning campground is located on the Southwest shore of Newfoundland in the community of Burgeo. Accessible by car, this is definitely a place to visit if you have the time. Only $20 per night for a fully serviced site, and right at the ferry access to Ramea and Francois.
If you’re heading to Gros Morne there are a range of great camp grounds to choose from. We have picked two that provide comfortable pitch sites and stunning views of the area.
Lomond Campground point: 1
Lomond Campground is located on the sheltered banks of Bonne Bay overlooking the beautiful mountains. This unserviced campsite has a washroom building with toilets and showers, and is $25.50 per night.
Gros Morne Green Point Campground: 1
For a more coastal experience the Green Point campground is situated directly on the shores of the Gulf of St Lawrence. This unserviced site is $16 per night, and officially listed as ‘Primitive’ meaning there are no facilities. As a result it’s often quieter than some of the other sites, and can be booked a bit closer to the time.
Gros Morne is a very popular destination however, so always best to reserve ASAP in order not to lose out.
We hope we’ve inspired you to get outside this summer and explore some of the amazing camping this province has to offer!