Lighthouse at Sandy Point, NL (Photo by Aiden Mahoney)

Lighthouse at Sandy Point, NL (Photo by Aiden Mahoney)

Sandy Point

Lighthouse at Sandy Point, Newfoundland and Labrador (Photo by Aiden Mahoney)

Lighthouse at Sandy Point, Newfoundland and Labrador (Photo by Aiden Mahoney)

Where land, sea and sky meet

Sandy Point is a 2,471-acre (1,000-hectare) island of natural wealth in St. Georges Bay, on the southwest coast of Newfoundland. The breathtaking landscape, with its sand dunes and salt marshes, is uncommon to Newfoundland and Labrador because much of the province’s coastline consists of rugged, rocky shoreline and sheer cliffs plunging into the ocean. The sandy beaches and dunes are important nesting habitats for numerous bird species at risk.

Sandy Point at a glance

Situated 35 kilometres south of Stephenville, Sandy Point is uninhabited and renowned for its tidal flats and pristine beaches. It provides an important undisturbed breeding habitat for migratory birds. The Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) is currently protecting nine properties here for a total of almost 70 acres (28 hectares).

Conservation values

  • sanctuary for over 100 species of shorebirds and waterfowl, including endangered piping plover;
  • home to semipalmated plovers, both Arctic and common terns and the willets;
  • supports some of the highest numbers of migrating shorebirds ever recorded in Newfoundland and Labrador;
  • features a rare and unusual habitat, including the largest Spartina salt marsh and one of the largest eel-grass beds in the province
  • home to 11 rare plant species including seabeach sedge, saltmarsh rush, seaside lavender and saltwater cordgrass.

Our vision for Sandy Point

NCC will continue the Sandy Point Legacy Project. As the single largest landowner in the area and through our management and stewardship activities, the viability of these species will be greatly increased. We enjoy a positive working relationship with the local community and partner organizations that will continue to ensure the long-term protection of this precious preserve.

12 comments

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  • sitram November 16, 2014 - 10:51
    Thank you

  • ERNIE March 22, 2014 - 8:46
    I am a regular visitor to Newfoundland and have visited the Stephenville area quite often. ( BEAUTIFUL ) Been to Sandy Point as well.

  • Anonymous February 26, 2013 - 5:40
    Thank you NCC for the good work you do in Newfoundland & Labrador.

  • NCCAtlantic February 07, 2013 - 11:56
    I appreciate all your posts. In reply to anonymous who commented on February 3rd, thank you for the comments and opinions. I will be pleased to provide some information and will be following up with you.

  • Anonymous February 03, 2013 - 9:57
    Appreciate the exceptional work NCC is doing throughout Newfoundland & Labrador. Very worthwhile efforts in trying to ensure that sensitive habitats and enviroments are preserved and not degraded in future. NCC is stepping up to the plate while Provincial & Federal governments continue to ignore the valve of such unique places and the mandates of many of their own environmental protection programs. That being said, I wish to point out that it's also critically important that NCC also acknowledges the Cultural Heritage of many such places deemed worthy of Ecological or Environmental preservation. Likewise, local people or future visitors should be encouraged to value the uniqueness of these areas without restricting access but rather promoting the significance of these areas through stewardship programs. After all, local people have been the stewards of these special areas for some time and will continue to be in the future. Likewise, NCC should not focus on sole preservation of an environment just for "Bird Watchers" but rather for protection of an environment, cultural heritage, and history as a whole for all to appreciate and enjoy. I'm sure that is the NCC intention, however, not well presented on the existing website.

  • James August 06, 2012 - 2:42
    Great! Hope NCC gets the whole island! Just leave the nature alone and let it be as it would be with no people there.

  • Geoff August 05, 2012 - 6:08
    would love to be able to take part if we had means we had hoped for this year, but so far unavailable so far.

  • GANGUE August 05, 2012 - 9:08
    j'ai l'honneur de vous informer que je suis un étudiant à l'université de Nouakchott département de géographie et environnement. j'ai ma licence en Géographie et Environnement .actuellement je mène des recherches sur la communication environnementale pour la préparation de mon mémoire . je suis passionné par la faune et la flore .j'aimerai approfondir ma capacité intellectuelle .aider moi à réaliser mon rêve .franchement je compte vraiment sur vous pour me soutenir il faut que j'approfondis mes connaissances en environnement aider moi à realiser mon rêve ou orientez moi afin que je me soulève .je souhaiterai travaillez sans salaire durant 2 ans pour vous .je le jure avec vocation et pour de fierté aussi

  • john June 26, 2012 - 8:04
    protect it but do not make it a sanctuary. we have enough land that is degraded. Allow people to enjoy as always. Allow them to hunt, fish, picnic, camp, etc..but not to destroy or take over the habitat.

  • Anonymous May 03, 2012 - 6:16
    Yes, give this island back to the people (public) of Canada that rightfully should be our own as it is! Sandy Point is Mother Nature's masterpiece and is a centerpiece of Bay St. George, NL. The Island should be respected and appreciated for what it already is...

  • hunnttyy April 02, 2012 - 12:42
    goodjob

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