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The Cromwell House is located in Clarenville, Newfoundland Canada. Just as Newfoundland and Labrador was the original gateway to North America centuries ago, Clarenville is considered the gateway to the Discovery Trail today.

As you know, Newfoundland is the island portion of the province of Newfoundland & Labrador. It is Canada’s most easternly province. In fact, it is North America’s most easterly point – “The Far East of the Western World”.

Provincial Map of Newfoundland.
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Map of Clarenville & Discovery Trail region.
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Newfoundland is accessible via:

  • Marine Atlantic's Ferry Service from North Sydney, Nova Scotia to Port-aux-Basques, Newfoundland or Argentia, Newfoundland. 
  • Several major airports, with the larger being St. John’s, Gander (central) and Deer Lake (west coast). St. John’s is serviced by Air Canada and several regional airlines, as well as some international carriers.

The Town of Clarenville is less than a two hour drive from St. John’s and Gander.

Coming from St. John’s

From St. John’s, head west on the Trans Canada Highway (TCH, Route 1). As you approach Clarenville, you can appreciate the area’s beauty from “Naked Man”, a look out just 3 km east of Clarenville.

To find the Cromwell House, simply

  • Turn right at the first entrance into Clarenville (immediately after the Clarenville Irving on the TCH). You are now on Memorial Drive. The Cromwell House is 4.1 kms from the TCH turnoff.
  • Drive through Clarenville, take note of the beautiful waterfalls on the left at the base of the hill as you enter Clarenville…to the right is one of the Clarenville Goose Sanctuaries (you can explore this beautiful network of walking trails later!).
  • Head through Clarenville, and go straight through the set of lights.
  • As you wind your way through Clarenville, keep your eyes open, you will find us just to your left…where Memorial Drive intersects with Poplar Road.

Coming from the West

If arriving via Port aux Basques, Clarenville is approximately 8 hour drive – if heading straight across. But take your time…there’s plenty to see! Clarenville is just an hour and a half from Gander, and 20 minutes from the Eastern Gateway to Terra Nova National Park..

  • When approaching Clarenville from the west, take the first entrance into Clarenville, on your left, just a few hundred meters beyond the Visitor Information Center. You’re on now on Manitoba Drive, the Town’s commercial and retail area.
  • Drive straight through the first set of traffic lights (don’t forget to stop if the lights are red!!!) and
  • Turn left at the next set of lights. Now you are on Memorial Drive. 
  • As you wind your way through Clarenville, keep your eyes open, you will find us just to your left…where Memorial Drive intersects with Poplar Road.

Approximate Drive Times

  • St. John’s – 1 hr, 45 min
  • Argentia – 1 hr, 30 min
  • Burin – 1 hr 45 min
  • Fortune (St. Pierre et Miquelon) – 2 hrs, 30 min
  • Terra Nova Park – 20 min
  • Gander – 1 hr, 30 min
  • Grand Falls – 2 hrs, 30 min
  • Humber Valley – 4 hrs, 30 min
  • Port aux Basques – 7 hrs, 30 min
  • Gros Morne National Park – 6 hrs
  • St. Anthony – 8 hrs

Drive times within the Discovery Trail

  • The View Golf Course – 30 min
  • Hickman’s Harbour, Random Island – 30 min
  • Petley, Random Island – 30 min
  • Trinity Bight – 40 min
  • Brookside Golf Course – 20 min
  • Port Union – 50 min
  • Bonavista – 1 hr

 




Just a 20 minute drive from the Cromwell House, visitors can hike to the “Burgoyne’s Cove Crash Site”, where in 1953, a American B-36 Peacemaker bomber crashed into a hill.

The crew had made an error in reading wind direction causing the bomber to be much farther west than thought. In addition to their error in wind direction, the Peacemaker was also flying under other combat imperatives that contributed to the disaster. They were observing total radio silence and had turned off their radar. They were also flying at night, perfect conditions for celestial navigation, had it not been for the fog.

The force of the impact was quite extensive with debris scattered over the mountain and throughout the valley below. The fire, fed by the bomber's fuel, burned a long trench seven to eight feet deep down through the moss and bog. A memorial has been erected at the site to honour the twenty-three men who lost their lives in the tragic event.