Hidden Wonders, Lesser Known Histories,
& Off-the-Beaten-Path Destinations
Hidden Newfoundland takes an informative look at a variety of lesser known attractions, curiosities, and locations on the island of Newfoundland. With 500 years of European History, 9000 years of indigenous people's history, and 500-million-years of geologic history, there is no shortage of places to explore and adventures to be had on the island.
Hidden Newfoundland: The Guide
120+ ghost towns, natural wonders, and other off-the-beaten-path destinations
Throughout 2020 and 2021, I had the opportunity to work with publisher, Boulder Books to produce an informative guidebook that not only expanded on places already published on the website but included the locations and stories of many more incredible places waiting to be explored across the province. The book is a collection of stories and locations that have been forgotten or lost to time, but whose significance is still felt in their respective communities. This includes resettled communities, abandoned buildings, lost ruins, aircraft crash sites, natural wonders, and much more.
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Burgoynes Cove Crash Site
While on a test mission to secretly infiltrate the Air Defence system in North America, General Richard Ellsworth’s RB-36H aircraft crashed after being pushed off course, ran into a mountain near Random Island on Trinity Bay.
Abandoned Argentia Naval Base
Between 1941 and 1994 the United States operated a strategic military base on a large flat piece of land that extended out into Placentia Bay near the community of Placentia. This Naval Air base was one of the largest military bases built by the Americans during World War II. The base consisted of a large airfield, dockyard, submarine base as well as an Army base known as Fort McAndrew.
After falling into financial troubles in the early 1920s, the Terra Nova Sulphite Company was forced to stop construction on their nearly completed pulp mill. It wasn’t long after that the mill gained the attention of the Anglo-Newfoundland Development Company (AND Co). The company quickly finished the mill and shipped in 1300 cords of wood to test the mills machinery and production rate.
Located in the back country of the islands west coast, is a 30 metre deep, 45 metre wide sinkhole. A small brook flows off the top of the hole and falls nearly 100 feet to the bottom before disappearing into the rocks below. Over the last several years the Sinkhole has become a very popular spot for snowmobilers and off-road enthusiast.
Campbellton Pulp Mill and Dam
Located in Campbellton is what remains of the Horwood Lumber Company Pulp Mill and power house. The mill was built between 1911 and 1913 by the Horwood Lumber Company. The company owned many sawmills in the area and had already owned 370 square kilometers of timber licenses for the surrounding area. In 1911 the Horwood Lumber Company also obtained a hydro lease in order to build a hydroelectric dam on Indian Arm Brook.
The Wreck of the HMS Calypso
The rusted hull and some wooden decking is all that remains of the HMS Calypso (later renamed HMS Briton). The 71.6 metre long, 13.6 metre wide ship was one of the last British sailing corvettes when it was built in 1883. In 1902 the ship was purchased by the Newfoundland Royal Naval Reserve where it was used a training vessel. Her end came when she was towed to the community of Embree and burned.
Red Cliff Radar Station
Shortly after WWII, the Cold War was in full force and out of fear of invasion or attack, the United States Air Force (with help from the Royal Canadian Air Force) began building a number of radar stations roughly along the 50th parallel. These radar stations were known as the Pine Tree Line. In 1951 an area 10 km north of St. John's was chosen as a site for one of these sites.
My name is Scott Osmond (he/him), and I am an avid adventurer, photographer, and writer. I grew up in Corner Brook but eventually moved to St. John’s where I completed degrees in Civil Engineering and Geography at Memorial University of Newfoundland and Labrador. In 2014 I established HiddenNewfoundland.ca as a place to share the province’s hidden places, lost stories, and natural wonders in hopes that it would bring awareness of its history and provide others with an opportunity for adventure.
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