The Discovery Trail
Throughout the Discovery Trail, visitors get a strong sense of Newfoundland's unique culture, intriguing history, and natural beauty. Newfoundlanders and Labradorians are proud of their culture and heritage and rightfully so - our fascinating, 500-year history is filled with legends of discovery, bravery and subsistence and persistence.
There is never enough time to explore the treasures of the Discovery Trail, but the following is a glimpse of some of the main things to see and do throughout the Bonavista Peninsula.
John Cabot discovered this New Founde Lande at Cape Bonavista in 1497. Like Trinity Bight, the Bonavista area proudly displays the province's rich culture and heritage through a diverse range of attractions which include:
Ryan Premises National Historic Site - This restored fish merchant's multi-building premises provides a captivating look at the 500 years of fishery and life in rural Newfoundland.
Matthew Legacy - Interpretation facility that provides guided tours of the replica of Cabot's ship - The Matthew.
Cape Bonavista Lighthouse Provincial Historic Site - Great viewing area for Puffins, whales, icebergs and crashing waves.
The Dungeon Provincial Park - a dramatic collapsed sea cave just minutes from Cape Bonavista.
Mockbeggar Plantation Provincial Historic Site - This fully restored 1870s plantation was home of F. Gordon Bradley, Newfoundland's first federal cabinet minister after confederation.
Witness the more than 100 root cellars throughout Elliston - "the Root Cellar Capital of the World". Home of the funfilled and entertaining "Bird Island Puffin Festival". Great beach!
Trinity Bay North
The municipality of Trinity Bay North is made up of three picturesque communities: Melrose, Catalina and Port Union. Check out the Women's Institute Craft Store for great hand knit sweaters, socks, mitts.
The only union-built town in North America, founded in the early 1900s. Visit the stunning Coaker premises, a National Historic District named after Sir William Coaker, the founder of the Fisherman's Protective Union.
Clarenville is recognized as the Gateway to the Discovery Trail. It is a scenic community providing all the modern amenities and a variety of things to see and do. It is the main service centre for the Bonavista and Burin Peninsulas. It is also home to a network of hiking trails, White Hills downhill and nordic ski resort, New Curtain Theatre Company, Clarenville Dragway, and much more.
Hike Discovery - There are over 65 kilometers of developed walking and hiking trails throughout the region. Hikers can retrace centuries of settlement and subsistence along the coastline where our ancestors gathered berries, hunted seabirds and communicated with neighbouring outport communities.
Bird Watching - The Discovery Trail is recognized as one of the province's best bird watching areas. It is home to dozens of species and is in the flight paths of the various currents and flows, which regularly bring "rare birds" to the area.
Festivals & Events - Each summer the communities throughout the Discovery Trail come alive with festivals, events, and re-unions.
Golf Discovery - The Discovery Trail is home to 4 coastal golf courses.
Terra Nova Golf Resort in Port Blandford has the award-winning 18-hole Twin Rivers course and the 9-hole Eagle Creek. The area's newest 9-hole course is The View Golf and Lodging resort near Princeton. Brookside, another 9-hole course is located in Hatchet Cove.