The Eastport Peninsula & Area

The Eastport Peninsula has long been a popular vacation destination in Newfoundland, Canada. The peninsula’s beautiful sandy beaches, fishing villages and active arts community are also attractions for many visitors.

The Eastport Peninsula is a small extension of land into the central part of Bonavista Bay. The peninsula is adjacent to Terra Nova National Park, and our RV Park is a great launching point for exploring the area. The peninsula contains seven small communities: Eastport, Happy Adventure, Sandy Cove, Salvage, St. Chad’s, Burnside and Sandringham. The communities, for the most part, operate as a single town. Fishing, farming and tourism are the backbone of the local economy.


Burnside was originally composed of two settlements – Squid Tickle and Hollett’s Cove. It features a prominent church, easily visible throughout the whole community. It is the headquarters of an archaeological dig and the ferry departure site for St. Brendan’s.


Eastport is the hub of the peninsula and is widely known for its white sandy beaches and arable soil. Its beaches and pleasant maritime vistas make it a popular destination for holiday makers and retirees. It is also the home of the Beaches Heritage Center.

Happy Adventure

A pretty seaside village built around three inlets on Newman Sound – Upper Cove, Little Sandy Cove, and Powells Cove. Local legend attributes the name to a pirate’s favourable adventure, evading detection in one of the sheltered coves.


The newest community on the peninsula and site of abundant farmland.

Sandy Cove

Sandy Cove features the longest sandy beach on the peninsula and is famed for being a well-kept and pretty community. It has been granted the “Tidy Towns” award numerous times.


The community is built around a rugged but protected harbour that has drawn tourists, site-seers, artists and photographers for generations.

St. Chad’s

A small fishing village, once known as Damnable Bay (pronounced Damn The Bell). Like Silver Buckle and Happy Adventure, this whimsical nomenclature is attributed to pirate lore.