Fodor's Expert Review Mistaken Point Ecological Reserve
At 575 million years old, this is one of the most significant fossil sites in the world. Fossils of more than 20 species of ancient organisms are found in the mudstones here, and almost all of them represent extinct groups unknown in our modern world. Mistaken Point is 145 km (90 miles) south of St. John's via Route 10. Access to the fossils is by guided hike only. Tours are offered daily at 1 pm and begin at the Edge of Avalon Interpretive Centre in Portugal Cove South. Tours generally take from 3½ to 4 hours and include a 3-km (1.8-mile) one-way hike across the barrens towards the ocean to the fossil site. Call ahead to ensure availability and to check weather conditions.
While you're here, travel 8 km (5 miles) farther along the road to Cape Race Lighthouse, famous for receiving one of the first SOS messages from the Titanic.