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Introducing Burin Peninsula

It's not exactly lively on the Burin Peninsula, as the besieged fishing economy has made its presence felt. Still, the coastal walks inspire, and the region is a low-key place to spend a day or two before embarking toward the baguettes of France (aka St-Pierre).

Marystown is the peninsula's largest town; it's jammed with big-box retailers but not much else. Burin is the area's most attractive town, with a gorgeous elevated boardwalk over the waters of its rocky shoreline. St Lawrence is known for fluorite mining and scenic coastal hikes. In Grand Bank, there's an interesting self-guided walk through the historic buildings and along the waterfront. Just south is fossil-rich Fortune, the jump-off point for St-Pierre.