Discovery 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

If you're planning a visit to the Discovery Trail, please visit the Itinerary Planner.

Product News And Developing Stories

If you are a travel trade professional, travel writer, or media producer, please contact Andrew Hiscock, Tourism Development Officer, for more details on the below and much much more!

New Businesses in Bonavista: The past two years have seen a great number of new businesses opening in Bonavista, particularly in the Church Street area. Spearheaded by Bonavista Living and Bonavista Creative, the new influx of young entrepreneurs is turning the Town of Bonavista into a very attractive destination. For more details please visit Bonavista Living's News Page.

Aspiring Geopark: Discovery Aspiring Geopark Inc. (DAGI) received funding to work on five sites in the hopes of becoming a UNESCO Global Geopark. FOr more information please contact Edith Samson ( or John Norman ( A recent news story in the Overcast about these developments can be found by clicking here

Bonavista Biennale to Return in 2019: The extremely successful Bonavista Biennale in 2017 will return in 2019. The 2017 edition occured from August 17-September 17, and featured 24 art exhibits, multiple workshops, and many events all across the Bonavista Peninsula. For more details on Bonavista Biennale please visit their website, or read this article from the Telegram announcing the 2019 curatorial team. 

Photos  1, 2, 3, and 6 copyright NL Tourism. Photos 4 and 5 copyright NL Tourism and Barrett and MacKay Photo.

Travel Stories

The Legendary Coasts of Eastern Newfoundland regularly works with travel media to discover our region. We assist in itinerary planning, story development, and logistics for qualified and approved visiting travelling media. If you are a travel writer or media producer and want to make Eastern Newfoundland your next great travel story, please contact Andrew Hiscock for more information about Eastern Newfoundland's tourism products and our Travel Media program.

Below is a sample of some of our favourite travel stories to feature the Discovery Trail!

Atlantic Restaurant News: Roots, Rants, and Roars in NL

Dallas News: This is the world's most ideal spot for chasing icebergs

Dine Magazine: On the Rock: Newfoundland

Discover NL: Lakeside at Thorburn

Discover NL: Paul Dolk

Discover NL: Random Passage Site

Discover NL: Rising Tide Theatre

Discover NL: Roots, Rants, and Roars: Cod Wars

Discover NL: Roots, Rants, and Roars: Food Hike

Discover NL: Round Da Bay Inn

Discover NL: Rugged Beauty Boat Tours

Discover NL: Sea of Whales

Discover NL: Trinity Eco Tours

Discover NL: Trinity Historical Society

Enroute: How To Bake A Killer Sourdough Loaf

Feast An Edible Road Trip: A Second Stay In Our Dream Town

Feast An Edible Road Trip: Bonavista Social Club

Feast An Edible Road Trip: Capelin and Cod Tongues

Feast An Edible Road Trip: Cod Fishing With Bruce

Feast An Edible Road Trip: On Scrunchions and Survival

Feast An Edible Road Trips: Rooting, Ranting, and Roaring in Elliston

FreeCandie: Cod Wars and Food Hikes: A Recap of Roots Rants and Roars

FreeCandie: Frolicking Our Way Through Bonavista

FreeCandie: Puffins and Root Cellars in Elliston, Newfoundland

FreeCandie: Thing to Do in Trinity (and Beyond), Newfoundland

FreeCandie: Trinity Bay and Hiking the Skerwink Trail

Guardian: An expat's tale: 'Newfoundlanders are very accepting people'

Hike Bike Travel: Discovering Small Town Canada: Trinity, Newfoundland

Hike Bike Travel: Hiking The Skerwink Trail Near Trinity, Newfoundland

Hike Bike Travel: The Rugged Beauty Boat Tour Out Of Trinity Bay, Newfoundland

Huffington Post: Cod, Canada and a Goodbye to Football Stickers - How I Learnt to Love Fishing

The Loop: Why this small town in Newfoundland is quickly becoming one of Canada’s must-visit destinations

Mic: Young brewers and baristas are living the dream in a quiet Canadian village

New York Times: Ghost Towns, Puffins and Unspoiled Views Curlers Jennifer Jones and Jill Officer kayak with ancient icebergs

Ordinary Traveler: My Day With Puffins in Elliston, Newfoundland

Saveur: How To Drink Your Way Down The Craft Beer Trail of Newfoundland, Canada

Spoked Traveller: Theatre in Newfoundland

Traveller: Trinity, Newfoundland: Canada's isolated peninsula with heart and soul

Travel Yourself: Puffin Encounters in Elliston, Newfoundland Off The Beaten Path In Newfoundland Trinity: A True Newfoundland Treasure

Wanderlust: Searching for whales in Newfoundland, Canada

West Jet Magazine: Six of the Best Spots to Eat and Drink in Newfoundland

Zoomer: Newfoundland: How I Rediscovered My Connection to The Rock