© Town of Cow Head  
Cow Head, NL, Canada

As visitors to Cow Head approach from the South, they will have a spectacular view of the Long Range Mountains to their right. 

The Mountains, with it's renowned Western Brook Fiord, will hold your attention for the entire trip up the coast.  To their  left,

visitors will see the Gulf of St. Lawrence, which is part of the Atlantic Ocean.  As you drive towards Cow Head, you will come

within 10 metres of the Ocean at times.  There is always an opportunity to see fisherman in their boats or see whales as they

migrate North or South.  

Several notable areas of Cow Head include: Shallow Bay Beach: Marveled by high peaks and intriguing rock formations you will be amazed to find this beautiful white sand beach tucked away in Gros Morne National Park.  Located at the northern end of the park and just a few minutes from the town of Cow Head is beautiful Shallow Bay. Four kilometers of white sand beach and sand dunes covered in Marram grass are remnants of glaciers that formed the Long Range Mountains. Shallow Bay beach provides quiet tranquil places to walk, swim or to just rest awhile. Shallow Bay Campgrounds: Sixty-two grassy and sheltered sites with showers, fireplaces, a kitchen shelter and playground and an outdoor theatre for Saturday evening “Campfire”.  Shallow Bay Campground has a day use area and four kilometers of unsupervised white sandy beach and grass covered dunes. Hike the Old Mail Trail, bird watch and always be aware of our friends the rabbits and moose. The Head: Take a drive along a natural isthmus, commonly known as “The Sandbank” to one of the natural wonders of the world. In one of Mother Nature’s most spectacular creations “The Head” is filled with excitement and adventure. You will find 500 million year old breccias containing shallow water organisms in the limestone and deepwater organisms in the shale thus preserving a complete record of deposition from the Cambrian to the Ordovician age. Cow Head breccia provides one of the best opportunities in the world for learning about the marine environments of this period. Explore sea caves and arches, mantle and crust deformation as a result of underwater landslides and earthquakes. You will find also evidence of archaeological excavations as archaeologists uncovered more than 2000 artifacts from three sites on “The Head”.  These sites contain artifacts from Maritime Archaic, Groswater Paleo Eskimo, Dorset, and Recent Indian and date back approximately 4500 years ago. It is felt these people came to collect chert- ( A very dense, hard rock chiefly composed of silica and historically utilized for the manufacture of tools. Exhibit of these artifacts can be found at the Dr. Henry N. Payne Community Museum, on loan from the Provincial Museum of Newfoundland and Labrador.) Fished by the French and settled by Europeans in 1816, “ The Head” became known as Summerside as people lived here in the summer to fish and trekked across “ The Sandbank” to Winterside or the mainland in the fall.” “The Head” is still used today as a fishing village. Talk to the fisherman, hike to the Lighthouse built in 1909 and see a spectacular view of the Long Range Mountains, the Town of Cow Head, Western Brook fjord and as far south as the Tablelands. Take a jaunt out to the “Point of the Head” on a magical trail to view the breccias, the various forms of vegetation that grow on coastal outcrops and the abundance of different species of birds. Attend the Gros Morne Theatre Festivals children’s program at the amphitheatre. Your trip to “the Head” will leave you in complete awe and wonder!
Geography Town of Cow Head