The peninsula extends into the Gulf of St. Lawrence and is joined to Newfoundland by a narrow isthmus connecting at the town of Port au Port. It is bounded on the south by Bay St. George, the western side by the Gulf of St. Lawrence, and on the northwestern side by Port au Port Bay.

With a rocky shoreline measuring approximately 130 km in length, the peninsula extends approximately 40 km west from its isthmus to Cape St. George and northwest 50 km to the fingerlike Long Point which by itself is approximately 25 km in length. The eastern shore of the peninsula is irregular, jutting into Port au Port Bay.

The Port au Port Peninsula is located on the western edge of the heavily eroded Appalachian Mountain chain which runs along Newfoundland's west coast. There are no natural harbours along the peninsula's rocky coastline. The peninsula was once heavily forested but many areas along its shores have been cleared for subsistence farming.

The southern shore is hilly with the northern shore having a sloping lowland extending to a low rise along the centre of the eastern part of the peninsula. The geological structure is complex with the peninsula's soils dating to the middle Cambrian to early Ordovician continental margin, creating a carbonate platform of limestone, shale, and sandstone. The heavily folded geological structure in the area has been identified as having an unknown amount of petroleum reserves.

Nature Walks

Adventure the great outdoors at its best. Port au Port East offers a range of earthly elements of beauty, wild life, and stunning views of what nature as to offer. Trails to meet every ones needs. Wander through our unique and spectacular province; view our spectacular flora and fauna. Every walk will leave you with a mental postcard. Memories to stay with you for a lifetime, just how nature likes it, the sounds and surrounding will bring peace and serenity.

Pine tree from Cashin's Lane

Pine tree from Pine Tree Road

Romaine's Waterfalls

Scenic Pictures