Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Newfoundland Island

With lofty peaks, immense landscapes and nearly 10,000 km of rocky coastline, Newfoundland is the sixteenth largest island in the world, covering 109,000 sq km. It is an entrancing land where giant icebergs drift along the coast, whales swim in a huge bays and large herds of moose graze on flat open marshes

Newfoundland is home to two national parks. Gros Morne National Park, located on the west coast, was named a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1987 due to its complex geology and remarkable scenery. It is the largest national park in Antlantic Canada at 1,805 sq km. Terra Nova on the island’s east side, preserves the rugged geography of the Bonavista Bay region and allows visitors to explore the historic interplay of land, sea and man

The island also offer a major hiking trail running along the eastern edge of the Avalon Peninsula. The East Coast Trail extends 220 km, beginning near Fort Amhurst in St John’s and ending in Cappahayden, with an additional 320 km of trail under construction. The trail winds along the coast, taking hikers through many small fishing villages and along miles of rocky inhabited coastline

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