Located at Cape Bonavista, on Newfoundland's east coast is Dungeon Provincial Park, a short but scenic route that winds along the rugged Newfoundland coastline. You can drive through this very small park, but for the more adventurous people there is a small sheep trail that runs from the road through 2km of the scenic coast.
The trail runs through a large sheep pasture (watch your step) to the sheer cliffs that line the shore of Bonavista Bay. The rugged shoreline features many sea stacks and caves and a great view of the lighthouse at Cape Bonavista, a provincial historic site.
The dungeon itself was once two sea caves that were side by side, but over time the pounding sea eroded the rock so much that the top caved in creating a large sinkhole. The result is a very neat looking sinkhole that has two large sea arches connecting it to the ocean. Looking at it from above it sort of looks like a giant skull.
The dungeon is a very cool place to visit and there is a small picnic area just above the sinkhole. I have read articles by a few kayakers who have played in its treacherous water, but looking at it myself I could only shudder at the thought of flipping a boat inside of the roaring, foamy maelstrom. There are many places to explore around the shore and a couple of nice beaches as well. Be careful though, many of the cliffs are sheer and thick fog is the rule rather than the exception.
This route is not one that will test your limits, but it is a pretty cool place to explore. Combined with the trails around Cape Bonavista you can extend your visit and enjoy a nice afternoon traversing one of the most scenic and historic areas of the province. I was here for May 24th weekend and there were hundreds of icebergs just offshore ranging from small "bergy bits" and "growlers" to three storey towers of ice. By mid June there will be a healthy population of whales in the bay making for a few extra perks for visitors to the area. Whenever you visit, the town of Bonavista is one of Newfoundland's most historic communities and the people are very friendly and happy to lend a hand. Make plans to spend a day here exploring the various national and provincial historic sites.
Take route 230 from the TCH near the town of Clarenville. Follow 230 all the way to the town of Bonavista.
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