Newtown was once referred to as the "Venice of Newfoundland" as it was built on several tiny islands joined by bridges. The Barbour Living Heritage Village is located on a point of land surrounded by tickles and beaches and it is highly visible when entering Newtown. Newtown and Cape Freels are located along a strip of coast known as oceanic barrens.
There is plenty to see and do when you head out on the Road to the Shore. In addition to taking in all the attractions at the Barbour Living Heritage Village, we highly recommend you plan the following:
- Drive the shoreline in search of icebergs
- Meander through scenic New-Wes-Valley
- Rent a kayak and enjoy the views from the ocean
- Explore the area with a guided tour
- Walk the Trails
- Take in some bird watching
New-Wes-Valley was incorporated in 1992. Stretched along The Road to the Shore, it is a combination of eight original villages; Newtown, Templeman, Pound Cove, Wesleyville, Brookfield, Badger's Quay, Pool's Island and Valleyfield, which all adjoin each other along a 15 km stretch of coastline. The name of the town was taken from three of these: Newtown, Wesleyville and Valleyfield.
The Homestead Adventures
303 Shambler's Cove Road
New-Wes-Valley, NL A0G 1B0
Offers kayak rentals, canoe rentals, hiking, berry picking, traditional boil-ups and guided tours launching from Newtown tickle and Southwest Pond.
Want to try Glamping?
You can, with The Homestead Adventures. Glamping tents are 14′ x 16′ canvas tents with insulated wooden bases. Each tent comes equipped with a pillow-top mattress and top quality linens for a great night’s sleep, as well as an electric high-efficiency heater for those chilly fall nights.
Business Pond Walking Trail
Business Pond is a 2.7 kilometer lightly trafficked loop trail located in New-Wes-Valley, Newfoundland & Labrador, Canada that follows the edge of the Business Pond and is good for all skill levels. Accessible year-round and pet-friendly.
Bird watchers will find the community of Cape Freels particularly interesting since the beaches are heavily populated with hundreds of small seabirds. The Piping Plover was once common here. An interesting fact about this area - Beothuk Indians are known to have lived in this region. Enjoy a stroll on the new walking trail.
For more information about bird watching in Cape Freels, click here.
Cape Island Walking Trail
The community of Cape Island was abandoned 1951-1953 as a result of a decline in the fishing and sealing industries. Until that time, people made their living from a small boat inshore cod fishery, capelin and seal hunting. Situated off the eastern tip of Cape Freels in Bonavista Bay, along the northeast coast of the island of Newfoundland, it had been settled in the late 18th century by fishermen and trappers from nearby settlements such as Greenspond and Bonavista. By the time of the 1836 Census of Newfoundland, there were 100 people living in this tiny fishing village. Many artifacts have been found along the trail.
Look for a copy of the book at the Poop Deck Craft and Gift Shop located in the Barbour Living Heritage Village, Newtown. Drop by the Olde Shoppe Restaurant to pick up a picnic basket before heading out to the walking trail in Cape Island.