Maddox Cove Nature Reserve
Iceberg off of Maddox Cove, NL (Photo by Ronald Stone/Stone Island Photography)
NCC’s Maddox Cove Nature Reserve is the easternmost NCC property in the country. This 5-hectare (11-acre) property protects coastline in an area where development and urbanization threaten the natural landscape. The property consists primarily of coastal coniferous forest, dominated by balsam fir and black spruce, with mossy ground cover. Other species found here include twinflower, wild rose and lowbush blueberry. Located on the coastline, 24 kilometres from the Witless Bay Ecological Reserve, both land birds, such as warblers and sparrows, and seabirds, such as gulls and alcids, can be viewed from this property.
The award-winning East Coast Trail runs through this Nature Reserve, allowing visitors to experience the rugged beauty and spectacular marine wildlife along Newfoundland’s coastline. In partnership with Google, NCC was able to profile this section of trail (the Cape Spear Path) using the Google Trekker in 2016. To virtually walk the trail, click here.