OUR REGIONDiscovery Trail

The Discovery Trail is accessible via the Trans Canada Highway at Clarenville from the east or Port Blandford from the west. This scenic driving route will provide access to the fishing villages and historic merchant communities of Bonavista Bay to the north and Trinity Bay to the south. The exit to Route 239 will take you to the communities surrounding Trinity, including as far south as New Bonaventure. Just beyond this detour one will find the communities of English Harbour, Port Rexton and Trinity East. Route 230 will continue past the headlands of Trinity Bay, towards communities that on the open Atlantic: Port Union, Little Catalina, Elliston and more. At the end of the road is the town of Bonavista, the site of Cabot’s Discovery and namesake of the Peninsula. From here, route 235 will take in the scenery along Bonavista Bay, through Amherst Cove and King’s Cove, past Open Hall and eventually back to Route 230. This area also takes in the communities surrounding Clarenville, including Random Island and the Osprey Trail, which follows the northern Coast of the isthmus leading to the Avalon Peninsula

Why is it legendary?

Discovery and Confederation

Perhaps the two most important stories in the history of Newfoundland and Labrador are told in the town of Bonavista. Here, in 1497 John Cabot discovered Newfoundland for renaissance Europe – which directly lead to the eventual settlement of the island by the ancestors of its modern inhabitants. At Mockbeggar Plantation, the story of how Newfoundland joined Canada is told, bringing the story of this island full circle.

A new culinary tradition

Traditional product, modern technique – this hybrid has come to define the new Newfoundland culinary traditions, and there is no better place to discover exciting new tastes than in the heart of rural Newfoundland, overlooking picturesque harbours while dining in historic properties. This rich and diverse new scene is as vibrant and as surprising as the people who inhabit this land.


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