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Burnt Cape Ecological Reserve

#1 of 3 things to do in Raleigh Features Animals
Raleigh, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada
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Easy access to the Barrens

We parked at the edge of the reserve although a 4X4 can drive onto the reserve. A windy barren land... read more

Reviewed 29 September 2016
Chuck B
Calgary, Canada
Like the surface of the moon

Very doubtful you will meet anyone else up here, we didn't, in the middle of July. Most of the... read more

Reviewed 20 September 2016
upstate NY
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“gravel road” (4 reviews)
“the reserve” (10 reviews)
Raleigh, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada
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Reviewed 29 September 2016

We parked at the edge of the reserve although a 4X4 can drive onto the reserve. A windy barren land with great views from the top. In September there were not many birds.

Thank Chuck B
Reviewed 20 September 2016

Very doubtful you will meet anyone else up here, we didn't, in the middle of July. Most of the gravel road is single track anyway and you will need nerves of steel in a couple places but it is worth it to spy out the...More

1  Thank netmomtm
Reviewed 25 August 2016

What everyone else said. Beautiful and unique. Saw a couple of icebergs in the distance. I wanted to comment on the driving though. We had a Ford Fusion rental car. The gravel road is in very bad shape in the beginning so we turned back....More

1  Thank TxAnna
Reviewed 23 August 2016

The north shore of the Reserve is absolutely stunning, with a huge sea cave, limestone shelf, and gravelly hills covered with low northern ground cover where anything grows.

Thank Rdsasfvfr
Reviewed 3 August 2016

Surrounded on three sides by the cold waters of the Strait of Belle Isle on the extreme northwest tip of the Northern Peninsula of Newfoundland here is Burnt Cape Ecological Reserve, home to thirty-four of our planet’s rarest lichens and flowers. No house is in...More

Thank Journeyer
Reviewed 25 July 2016

This is a fun experience especially if you have a 4WD car or van. The road is gravel on rock face and in a couple of places rather deep potholes. One climbs up the rock face to the top where the view out over the...More

Thank Jmacewen
Reviewed 25 July 2016

If you're up for a bracing walk on a barren landscape quite unlike anything you've ever experienced- go for it! The wind has deformed the few trees, and the vegetation is dwarfed by the elements. This was simply a fabulous experience for us.

Thank Bella C
Reviewed 21 July 2016

We were surprised by this reserve which looks somewhat grim from a distance but has lots of surprises in store for those who explore it. We were lucky enough to experience a beautiful sunlit late afternoon sitting on soft heather and watching whales.

Thank browseybrowse
Reviewed 18 July 2016

A barren but beautiful landscape. In late June, there were many varieties of colorful lichens and flowers in bloom, but you have to get close, since almost all are small and near to the ground. There are natural stone circles in the process of spontaneously...More

Thank David B
Reviewed 2 July 2016

Very unique spot. Rare plants and a unique landscape. Road is gravel but manageable lots of very small details and plants so get out of the car and walk as much as you can. Bring a good camera with macro picture capability some of the...More

Thank Zarfman
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