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.
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
- Sense of adventure
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.
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.
Terra Nova National Park commemorates a number of special days throughout the summer season.
Upcoming Special Days
Memorial Day / Canada Day
Park entry is free for everyone on Canada Day!
- Friday, July 1 2022
We invite you to celebrate our National Park by taking a hike along one of our scenic trails, explore the shoreline, or picnic with friends!
- Saturday, July 16 2022
Celebration of Culture
In honour of Indigenous culture, we are celebrating the traditions of Indigenous Peoples. Join us for cultural displays, crafts, and more!
- Saturday, July 23 2022
- 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm
- Visitor Centre
*Park entry permit required.
Music in the Sound
Nestled in the boreal forest, in the heart of the park, our unique outdoor theatre provides a magical setting for some musical performances. This season we are welcoming Darcy Broderick and Kevin Evans to the stage!
Tickets can be purchased at Newman Sound Campground and Malady Head Campground kiosks.
- Saturday, August 20 2022
- 8:00 pm at the Outdoor Theatre
- Cost: $15.50
*Park entry permit required.
Night Sky Celebration
Join us as we celebrate the night sky and the importance of creating Dark Sky Preserves, like the one in Terra Nova National Park.
Friday to Sunday - August 26 to 28, 2022
- Drop by to see our Night Sky themed displays and exhibits. - Visitor Centre, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
- Park After Dark Self-Guided Walk. Bring your flashlight and go for the glow! - Newman Sound Day-use Area
Saturday - August 27, 2022
- Solar Viewing - Visitor Centre, 2:00 to 4:00 pm
- Outdoor Observing Session with the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada, St. John’s Centre (weather permitting) - Sandy Pond, 9:00 to 11:00 pm
Sunday - August 28, 2022
- Solar Viewing - Visitor Centre, 11:00 am to 12:30 pm
The health and safety of Canadians, visitors, and Parks Canada team members is our top priority. All of our events will follow the advice of local public health experts to limit the spread of COVID-19 and reduce risks to visitors and employees.
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!
Please see our fees page for cost per student.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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.
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.
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!
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.
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