There's no better way to explore the natural beauty of Bonavista than to walk along the trails, tailor made for outdoor adventure. Bonavista has spectacular coastal walking trails, across the cliffs with spectacular ocean views. In season, an iceberg may be waiting around any corner!
Add a little more adventure on your walk or hike. Try geocaching! It is a great outdoor adventure for individuals or families to enjoy. Geocaching is a real-world, outdoor treasure hunting game using GPS-enabled devices. Participants navigate to a specific set of GPS coordinates and then attempt to find the geocache (container) hidden at that location.
THE DUNGEON PROVINCIAL PARK
Bonavista is built upon sedimentary deposits of the Precambrian Age (600 million years ago). On the road between Lance Cove and Bonavista you'll find one of nature's carvings - the Dungeon. It is a circular opening in the cliff with two seaward-side channels where the sea roars through. It is approximately 300 feet across and 15 metres deep. Tidal action has created a natural beach. You can swim or go through the channels in a small punt. Many people explore the bottom and sides of the Dungeon, climbing its high cliffs looking for plentiful iron pyrite (fools' gold) embedded in the rocks.
Old Day’s Pond Boardwalk
Enjoy a nice leisurely walk around Old Day’s Pond boardwalk. This boardwalk has a number of viewing platforms and even a few gazebos to enjoy the view. For many locals, this walk is part of an active lifestyle routine. Wheelchair accessible.
Length: Approximately 1 km walk around the pond
Points of Interest: Bird watching, great view of the surrounding historic area, gazebos, picnic site
Location: Access this boardwalk on Roper Street (48.654412,-53.11855) or O’Deas Road
Cape Shore Trail
Provides a spectacular view of Bonavista Bay. Enjoy a leisurely walk on a marked trail to CapeBonavista Lighthouse. Along this route you can enjoy the rugged coast line, whales and birds. Stop for a picnic along the trail or at the John Cabot Municipal Park.
Length: Approximately 6 km walk to Cape Bonavista Lighthouse
Points of Interest: John Cabot Municipal Park (BBQ hut & picnic tables), Bonavista Lighthouse, Cabot Crafts, bird watching, foxes, eagles, whales, icebergs, beaches
Location: Access this trail on Cape Shore Road (48.672139,-53.101408)
White Rock Trail
Enjoy a quite walk on this trail following the old railway track or venture to the top of White Rock to see a panoramic view of Bonavista. The trail starts at the foot of White Rock and continues on OldCatalina Road. This trail is in mixed use, so you may encounter cyclists or motorized vehicles. We ask all trail users to be prepared for such multi-use activity.
Length: Approximately 5 km walk
Points of Interest: Birds, picnic site
Location: Access this trail at the foot of White Rock on Old Catalina Road (48.640133,-53.108404)
The Track Nature Trail
This trail, once used as part of the railway, is now used as a leisurely walking trail. It passes by Beaver Pond which is a great area for bird watching. This trail is in mixed use, so you may encounter cyclists or motorized vehicles. We ask all trail users to be prepared for such multi-use activity.
Length: Approximately 5 km walk
Points of Interest: bird watching, beavers
Location: Access this trail on Confederation Drive near Luxury Estates (48.6505,-53.104166)
Lance Cove Road Trail
Walk or bike this gravel road to the south of Cape Bonavista on the Trinity Bay side of the tip of the peninsula. Enjoy the gorgeous ocean view and rugged coast line. Along this trail is a very unusualrock formation known far and wide as the Dungeon. It is essentially a twin entranced sea cave with a collapsed roof, which has been carved into the cliff face by the incessant action of the sea.
Photographed by many and ventured down into by the adventurous few, in their quest to acquire samples of fools gold. It ranks high on the list of sites in the area to be visited. We ask all trail users to be aware that part of this trail passes through community pasture where domestic livestock freely roam.
Length: Approximately 5 km walk on a maintained gravel road
Points of Interest: the Dungeon Provincial Park, beaches, sea stacks, sea caves, bird watching,whales, icebergs
Location: Access this trail from Spillars Cove Road (48.659445,-53.089982) or Cape Shore Road (48.67696,-53.098029)