There are a variety of local attractions and things to do outside of the park.
Get Out & Explore!
HIKINGBORDEAUX & CABOT TRAILS, ARNOLD’S COVE
The Town of Arnold’s Cove only 5km away, has two main hiking trails, The Bordeaux Trail and The Cabot Trail. Observe local fishermen attending to their daily work. The wildlife enthusiast can catch a glimpse of the abundant seabirds and wildlife that frequent the rugged shoreline. Natural flowers such as the Pitcher Plant & Wild Roses are spectacular. Family picnicking is a pleasurable experience at one of the many Tables & Benches provided along the route. Put berry picking (when in season) and Beachcombing on your list of fun things to do!
CENTRE HILL, SUNNYSIDE
With an elevation of 1153 feet (384 meters), Centre Hill provided a panoramic view of the surrounding countryside and bays. The tower was equipped with a telescope and a telephone to report fires. The need for a fire tower ended when diesel engines replaced the coal fired locomotives. After years of neglect, the original tower eventually fell to ruin. Thanks to the efforts of the local Lions Club, a replica of the original fire tower will be erected on top of Centre Hill minus, of course, the telephone. Each year in the second week of August, the town of Sunnyside holds the Sunnyside Center Hill Soiree which includes a hike along this spectacular trail.
CLARENVILLE HIKING TRAILS
Within the Town of Clarenville, only 48 kms away, there are four separate trails within the town boundaries. The Rotary Trail, Wellness Trail, Bare Mountain Trail and the Shoal Harbour Trail, each with their own levels of difficulty To learn more about these trails, please visit the Town of Clarenville’s Trails
FISHING (Salmon & Trout)
Some of the best Salmon & Trout Fishing in the province is nearby. Come By Chance River is only 5 minutes away from the park. “Piper’s Hole” just outside of the community of Swift Current on the Burin Peninsula is approx 30 minutes away from the campground.
Be sure to ask one of our friendly staff members for directions. There is some walking involved to get to the falls, but the scenery and fishing is well worth it!. Both are licensed rivers.
Within 2 hours of the campground, there are 4 golf courses, all with stunning Newfoundland scenery to enjoy while you tee off. West of the Campground, you have Brookside Golf Course , a 9-hole course in Hatchet Cove. You also have the multi-award winning Terra Nova Resort with their 18-hole course Twin Rivers, and 9-hole course Eagle Creek in Port Blandford, as well as The View, a 9-hole course in Princeton on the Bonavista Peninsula. Traveling East towards St. John’s you have The Wilds at Salmoner River, another award winning 18-hole course with a scenic backdrop that will take your breath away. To learn more about these courses, please visit their websites.
DINING & NLC LIQUOR AGENCIESThere are a number of dining establishments as well as NLC Liquor Agency Location Stores in the area, all within 5 minutes drive. Ask our friendly staff for directions.
Some Dining Options in the Area Include:
- Arnold’s Cove Inn Restaurant
- Coffee in da Cove
DRAKE HOUSE – HERITAGE STRUCTURE, ARNOLD’S COVE
Drake House was constructed in the 1890s in the community of Haystack, Placentia Bay. It was constructed by George Drake and his brother John. Frank Drake, George’s son, inherited the property and lived in the building all his life.
Frank Drake passed away on Sunday, March 17, 2002, six months short of his 90th birthday. Frank was a very special person, and his passing is the end of an era. Frank’s home now sits in Arnold’s Cove and has been kept in its original condition. It is now owned by the town and has be designated, The Heritage House. It is operated by the Placentia Bay Islands & Area Heritage Foundation. The official opening was in July 2005, the heritage house is now available for public viewing during the summer. (Town of Arnold’s Cove Website)
MILLER HOUSE – HERITAGE STRUCTURE, SOUTHERN HARBOUR
Paddy Miller Heritage House (also referred to as Paddy’s House or Ingram/Miller House) is a two-storey, wooden structure with a rear-slanting roof. It is located at 42A Marine Drive, Southern Harbour, near the entrance of the community, and is currently operated as a museum by the Town of Southern Harbour. (HistoricPlaces.ca)