Mistaken Point Ecological Reserve, Portugal Cove
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Mistaken Point Ecological Reserve is a reserve located at southeastern tip of Newfoundland's Avalon Peninsula. The site was first discovered in 1967 by S.B. Misra, an M.Sc. student from India, when he discovered a fossil, Fractofusus misrai in the reserve in June 1967, which was eventually named after him in 2007. It is one of the world's most significant fossil and geological sites with fossils dated from 575 to 542 million years ago. The area is one of nine sites on the Canadian Tentative list of potential UNESCO World Heritage properties.
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  • I went there without any schedule and i arrived too late for the guided tour. I wanted to go to Cape Race but the horrible road told me i shouldn't have so... Be prepared! The staff at the visitor center was the super friendly! I went there without any schedule and I arrived too late for the tour. I then wanted to go to Cape Race, but the horrible road said: "No." Plan ahead! The Visitor Center Staff was super friendly!
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  • Sometimes you can travel geographically and time trip at the same instant. This site will take you back to the very beginnings of our planet. We didn't book ahead (a must!) to get the guided walking t...  more »
  • I am so glad I took the time to do the guided tour. It was worth the long drive in every way. The natural surroundings on the barrens and at the oceans edge were amazing. Great photo ops at every turn...  more »
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  • Now a UNESCO world heritage site! With provided booties you will find yourself walking on top of 535 million years old fossils of complex multicellular organisms. The hike to get there through the barons seems a little excessive as I'm sure there is a more direct route. However, it does give you a chance to view the unique landscape. Book your tour early as they only go once a day and with the new designation they are filling up weeks in advance.
  • If you want to visit the fossils, be sure to research and book ahead. We came too late but still enjoyed the absolutely stunning scenery that looks like the end of the world. Especially when the fog sets in. Beautiful!
  • Ben Wrong-Canada Ben Wrong (Mistaken Point) in Newfoundland are the sailors named after they discovered an ideal Harbor is safe in a day, but fog finally crashing on a rocky shore. However these crags isn't your favorite fisherman, but they are an interesting place for archaeologists because it has one of the largest fossil collection and most diverse in the world.
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