Access to the fossils is by guided tour, or permit only.


  • -Remain on designated trails
  • -Respect the *Fossil Protection Zone (yellow areas on reserve map). This zone extends along most of the coastline from the ocean, to approximately 15 meters inland- watch for signs to help guide you. The Fossil Protection Zone was established to enhance visitor safety, protect fossils within the reserve, and reduce cliff-top erosion. Access inside the fossil protection zone is by guided tour or special permit only.
  • -Book guided tour ahead of time for fossil viewing (space on guided tours is limited)
  • -Dispose of garbage/litter responsibly

Please do not:

  • -Camp within the reserve
  • -Disturb, destroy, or remove fossils and/or other natural objects
  • -Use motorized vehicles within the reserve (including ATV’s and Snowmobiles)
  • -**Bring pets into the reserve (with the exception of service animals)

*The Fossil Protection Zone is an area of coastline within the Reserve where fossils are most vulnerable to the effects of erosion and human activities. In certain cases, such as for scientific research, entry permits can be issued for access to the Fossil Protection Zone. However, public access to the zone is generally restricted to ensure protection of these world-class fossils.

**Part of the coastline of Mistaken Point Ecological Reserve (from The Drook to Cape Race) lies within the official Mistaken Point Canadian Important Bird Area (IBA). This IBA is considered globally significant because of its wintering populations of purple sandpipers and common eiders.

Mistaken Point Ecological Reserve is managed by the Newfoundland and Labrador Provincial Government. For information on Mistaken Point Management protocols/regulations, please visit: