We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
The latest reviews. The lowest prices. The perfect place to shop for hotels.

Burnt Cape Ecological Reserve

Features Animals
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Get directions
Address: Raleigh, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

Read all 36 reviews
Visitor rating
  • 25
  • 9
    Very good
  • 1
  • 0
  • 0
Easy access to the Barrens

We parked at the edge of the reserve although a 4X4 can drive onto the reserve. A windy barren land with great views from the top. In September there were not many birds.

Reviewed 29 September 2016
Chuck B
Calgary, Canada
Add Photo Write a Review

36 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
Showing 35: English reviews
Calgary, Canada
Level Contributor
60 reviews
25 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 September 2016

We parked at the edge of the reserve although a 4X4 can drive onto the reserve. A windy barren land with great views from the top. In September there were not many birds.

Thank Chuck B
upstate NY
Level Contributor
55 reviews
26 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 94 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 September 2016

Very doubtful you will meet anyone else up here, we didn't, in the middle of July. Most of the gravel road is single track anyway and you will need nerves of steel in a couple places but it is worth it to spy out the rare plants (careful where you walk and park!!!) If you get all the way to... More 

1 Thank netmomtm
Austin, Texas
Level Contributor
26 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 August 2016

What everyone else said. Beautiful and unique. Saw a couple of icebergs in the distance. I wanted to comment on the driving though. We had a Ford Fusion rental car. The gravel road is in very bad shape in the beginning so we turned back. Went back to Burnt Cape Cabins and the owner told us that the road gets... More 

1 Thank TxAnna
Level Contributor
4 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 August 2016

The north shore of the Reserve is absolutely stunning, with a huge sea cave, limestone shelf, and gravelly hills covered with low northern ground cover where anything grows.

Thank Rdsasfvfr
Miami Beach, Fl
Level Contributor
184 reviews
48 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 227 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 August 2016

Surrounded on three sides by the cold waters of the Strait of Belle Isle on the extreme northwest tip of the Northern Peninsula of Newfoundland here is Burnt Cape Ecological Reserve, home to thirty-four of our planet’s rarest lichens and flowers. No house is in sight or other manmade structures - only the expansive surface of the earth—the land’s windswept... More 

Thank Journeyer
Kingston, Canada
Level Contributor
56 reviews
17 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 July 2016

This is a fun experience especially if you have a 4WD car or van. The road is gravel on rock face and in a couple of places rather deep potholes. One climbs up the rock face to the top where the view out over the water is quite spectacular. We stopped to look and photograph flowers such as the Mountain... More 

Thank Jmacewen
Toronto, Canada
Level Contributor
11 reviews
Reviewed 25 July 2016

If you're up for a bracing walk on a barren landscape quite unlike anything you've ever experienced- go for it! The wind has deformed the few trees, and the vegetation is dwarfed by the elements. This was simply a fabulous experience for us.

Thank Bella C
Level Contributor
4 reviews
Reviewed 21 July 2016

We were surprised by this reserve which looks somewhat grim from a distance but has lots of surprises in store for those who explore it. We were lucky enough to experience a beautiful sunlit late afternoon sitting on soft heather and watching whales.

Thank browseybrowse
Level Contributor
9 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 July 2016

A barren but beautiful landscape. In late June, there were many varieties of colorful lichens and flowers in bloom, but you have to get close, since almost all are small and near to the ground. There are natural stone circles in the process of spontaneously forming over decades (centuries?) of freeze/thaw cycles, similar to those found in Alaska, Spitsbergen, and... More 

Thank David B
Halifax Region, Canada
Level Contributor
73 reviews
21 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 July 2016

Very unique spot. Rare plants and a unique landscape. Road is gravel but manageable lots of very small details and plants so get out of the car and walk as much as you can. Bring a good camera with macro picture capability some of the plants are unique things are very small

Thank Zarfman

Travellers who viewed Burnt Cape Ecological Reserve also viewed

Rocky Harbour, Gros Morne National Park
Port Rexton, Newfoundland

Been to Burnt Cape Ecological Reserve? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Questions & Answers

Here's what previous visitors have asked, with answers from representatives of Burnt Cape Ecological Reserve and other visitors
1 question
Ask a question
Questions? Get answers from Burnt Cape Ecological Reserve staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do I have to buy a ticket for my infant?
  • How do I get there using public transportation?
  • Is there a restaurant or café onsite?