A trip to Mistaken Point and Cape Race is a fantastic way to explore the Avalon Peninsula’s rugged coastline. It’s about a 2-hour drive from downtown St. John’s. But with breathtaking views, fascinating history, and the opportunity to spot wildlife, this is an adventure you shouldn’t miss.
Mistaken Point UNESCO World Heritage Site
First up is Mistaken Point. This UNESCO World Heritage Site is home to some of the oldest and most well-preserved fossils in the world. As you hike along the rocky shoreline, keep your eyes peeled for the unmistakable trilobites. These ancient creatures once roamed the ocean floor over 500 million years ago! But be careful where you step – the cliffs are slippery, and the waves can be unforgiving.
Be sure to reserve your tour ahead of time. Access to the fossil sites is only possible with a guide. Also be sure to also bring extra warm socks, as you’re not allowed to wear shoes at the site!
Cape race lighthouse
Next, head to Cape Race, a historic site that played a vital role in the early days of transatlantic communication. It was here that the first wireless distress signal was received from the doomed Titanic. And the station continued to serve as a vital link between North America and Europe for many years.
Take a tour of the restored lighthouse and museum. You’ll learn all about the brave men and women who staffed this isolated outpost, battling the elements and working around the clock to keep the lines of communication open.
In between your adventures, keep your eyes peeled for wildlife. This part of the world is home to whales, puffins, and even the occasional iceberg. If you’re lucky, you might catch a glimpse of a humpback breaching in the distance, or a seal bobbing its head above the waves.
All in all, a day trip to Mistaken Point and Cape Race is a perfect way to experience the raw beauty and rich history of Newfoundland. Just be sure to pack some sturdy boots, a warm jacket, and a healthy sense of adventure.
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