Fortune Head Ecological Reserve

The reserve protects fossils dating from the planet's most important period of evolution, when life on earth progressed from simple organisms to complex animals some 550 million years ago. The reserve is about 3km west of Rte 220, by the Fortune Head Lighthouse.

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1. Fortune Head Geology Centre

1.44 MILES

Exhibits examine the geology of the Burin Peninsula, minerals and rocks, the 1929 Grand Banks tsunami and prehistoric animals. Kids will appreciate this…

2. Provincial Seamen's Museum

5.66 MILES

The impressive-looking Seamen's Museum depicts both the era of the banking schooner and the changes in the fishery over the years. Some rooms are given…

3. Maison Jézéquel

24.17 MILES

Located on Île aux Marins, this small museum offers a peek into the daily life of a fishing family in the French North Atlantic circa the 19th century…

4. Île aux Marins

24.29 MILES

The magical Île aux Marins ('Sailor Island'; often translated as 'Pioneer Island') is a beautiful abandoned village on an island out in the St-Pierre…

5. Miquelon & Langlade

24.74 MILES

The island of Miquelon is less visited and far less developed than St-Pierre. The village of Miquelon, centered on the church, is at the northern tip of…

6. Les Salines

24.9 MILES

Old-timers hang out around this scenic cluster of multihued fishing shacks.

7. L'Arche Museum

25.45 MILES

The well-done exhibits here cover the islands' history, including Prohibition times. The showstopper is the guillotine – the only one to slice in North…

8. Deadman's Cove Beach

26.78 MILES

There's not a ton of sandy beaches in Newfoundland, but you'll find one at Deadman's Cove, as well as a 2km coastal trail that takes you past some nice…