Experience the wild and beautiful hyper-oceanic barrens, stand at the edge of the continent, and see the oldest complex fossil organisms on earth. Visit the site were Titanic’s distress call was first received and where the Cape Race Light Keepers have kept their brilliant vigil over 150 years. The Edge of Avalon Interpretive Centre on Route 10 in Portugal Cove South is the starting point for your explorations at the Edge of Avalon.
Come in to visit us and view a detailed interpretive map of the area, receive directions for hiking trails, and check out the bulletin board for special events and wildlife sightings. Our friendly staff interpreters are always ready to answer your questions and help you plan your day with up-to-date information and advice.
A tour of the centre exhibits is the perfect “appetizer” for your day at the Edge. One of our interpreters will be happy to accompany you and tell you the story of the Edge of Avalon Heritage Coast from the dawn of life on earth to present day. With this historical overview and the wonderful sense of place that our local staff bring to their interpretation, you will be ready for the main course: a day of wonder and discovery at the Edge of Avalon.
Mistaken Point Ecological Reserve is managed by Parks and Natural Areas Division staff, Department of Environment and Conservation of Newfoundland and Labrador. Staff are housed at the Interpretive Centre. For information about tours to the reserve, call the Interpretive Centre and ask to speak to one of the Reserve's Interpreters. For Mistaken Point Ecological Reserve permit requirements with respect to scientific research, educational tour groups, commercial operators or the Reserve's Fossil Protection Zone visit http://www.env.gov.nl.ca/env/parks/wer/r_mpe/index.html and click on the appropriate link. The Reserve Manager can be contacted at: 709-438-1012 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Seasons Open: Open to visitors from April to October 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. daily
Hours Open: The centre will open April 9th for the 2012 season to take part in the Titanic 2012 Commemorative Events.
The Edge of Avalon Interpretive Centre is owned and operated by Cape Race-Portugal Cove South Heritage Incorporated, a locally based not-for-profit organization comprised of a volunteer board of directors, responsible for managing the daily operations and staffing of the Edge of Avalon Interpretive Centre, the Edge of Sea Gift Shop located in Portugal Cove South, and the Myrick Wireless Interpretation Centre at Cape Race.
CAPE RACE-PCS HERITAGE INC. is a not-for-profit organization established in 1998. Our mandate is to preserve, protect, develop and promote the natural, historic and cultural resources of the area from Portugal Cove South to Cape Race, known as the Edge of Avalon Heritage Coast.
Our mandate is to preserve, protect, develop and promote the natural, historic and cultural resources of the area from Portugal Cove South to Cape Race, known as the Edge of Avalon Heritage Coast.
Public access to Mistaken Point Ecological Reserve's globally significant fossil-bearing surfaces is by official guided tour ONLY. Visitors are reminded that the collection or attempted collection of fossils or rock specimens in the Reserve is strictly prohibited. To enhance fossil protection and public safety and reduce cliff-top erosion, two-thirds of the reserve's coastline is designated as a Fossil Protection Zone. Entry to the Fossil Protection Zone—which extends 15 metres (50 feet) inland from the cliff/turf edge—is by permit or guided tour ONLY.
No pets allowed on tours to Mistaken Point Ecological Reserve.