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Change Islands was judged by Vacay.ca as one of the Best 20 places to visit in Canada in 2015!

Change Islands Interpretation Centre

Interpretation Center
Interpretation Center

The Change Islands Interpretation Centre is on the main highway outside of town, approximately 12 km's from the ferry terminal. The facility sits on a hill overlooking the fabled "Squid Jiggin Grounds" and is the first building on the approach to the main town.

The Interpretation Centre is owned and operated by the Change Islands Tourism Committee

The Centre is comprised of three separate areas:

  1. A geology exhibit established by world renowned geologist Dr. Thomas Eastler.
  2. A 12 seat tea room serving coffee, tea and muffins.
  3. A larger craft shop stocked with locally produced crafts (knitted goods, quilts, art and wood crafts).

New exhibit for 2015!

The largest cache of prehistoric bi-faces (multi-purpose stone tools) ever found in Newfoundland were discovered on Change Islands in 2010, estimated to be 2000 years old.

This discovery of 32 bi-faces was donated to The Rooms in St. John's. The Rooms have now loaned 9 of these bi-faces back to Change Islands and they'll be on display at the Interpretation Centre for the summer months of 2015.

We'd like to express our appreciation to:

  • The Rooms, and
  • Neil White & Marion Adams (the discoverers of the bi-faces)

Our staff can assist with any questions the visitor may have as well as provide maps, brochures on local events, or information on where to eat, where to sleep and historic places to visit.

We are here to help make your visit enjoyable.

Welcome to historic Change Islands!


Tel: (709) 621-3177

Open seasonally between June and October.

Please call Town Offices at 621-4181 to confirm annual opening/closing dates.

For more information on the Change Islands Interpretation Centre, Click here.

The Olde Shoppe Museum

The Olde Shoppe Museum
The Olde Shoppe Museum

Hosts: Pete Porter

Seal Harbour Road

An extensive collective of the everyday memorabilia of the rural Newfoundland of centuries past with an expert guide who can provide the background.

Described as "the best museum in Newfoundland we ever saw or experienced" in the Newfoundland Book of Musts: The 101 Places Every Newfoundlander Must See.

For more information on the Olde Shoppe Museum, Click here.

Reservations & Information:
Tel: (709) 621-4541

Bark Pot Camp Sites

Hosts: Pete Porter

Seal Harbour Road

Conveniently located next to Olde Shoppe Museum, Squid Jiggers Trail and Tall Boy Look-Out, the Bark Pot camp site has 4-6 sites available (depending on camper size)

  • Electrical hook-up available
  • No dumping station
  • 2 outdoor toilets
  • Minimal access to potable water
  • $22/night includes electrical

Call to confirm availability beforehand.

Reservations & Information:
Tel: (709) 621-4541 or cell (709) 884-8597 E-mail:
Open seasonally 15 June – 15 September

Change Islands Newfoundland Pony Refuge

Change Islands Newfoundland Pony Refuge
Change Islands
Newfoundland Pony Refuge

Director: Netta LeDrew

Tel: (709) 621- 6381

For more information on the Change Islands Newfoundland Pony Refuge, Click here.

Hiking Trails

Change Islands has several trails totaling over 13 kilometers which enable a hiker to explore coastlines or to climb (Indian Lookout) to get a sensational panoramic view of this part of Notre Dame Bay.

The trails are managed by a volunteer group (Friends of the Change Islands Hiking Trails) who work with the Change Islands Tourism Committee to proactively manage the system of trails.

They have established a "Custodian of the Trails" approach whereby volunteers take responsibility for the assessment and some day-to-day maintenance of their section of a trail.

The trails of Change Islands are described in the book "Hiking Trails of Eastern Newfoundland" (2014 by Mary Smyth and Fred Hollingshurst).

Maps and information are available at the Interpretation Centre.

To download a current map of the various trails, Click here. ( 2012 used with permission of the Shorefast Foundation, Fogo Island )

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Change Islands Garden Party

Change Islands Fire Hall
Change Islands Fire Hall

The Change Islands Garden Party is an annual 4-day event that ends on the first weekend in August.

The event is the annual fundraiser for the Fire Department and is organized by the Fire Department, the Firettes and other volunteers from the island.

Dates: See "Change Islands Community News" on FaceBook for information


Wednesday – Friday
Celebrations begin with a nightly beer tent and a burger/hot dog stand.

Friday Night:
A teenage dance is held, either at the S.U.F. Hall or at A.R. Scammell Academy.

Saturday Night:
Saturday starts with dinner at the S.U.F. Hall (food donated by the people of Change Islands).Games of Chance, Fire Truck Rides, Horse Rides and Boat Rides start at 2 PM . The final event of the weekend is an Adult Dance on Saturday Night at 10 PM at the S.U.F. Hall. (Tickets sold at D.M.S. Enterprises $10 each)


Seven Oakes Island Inn
Seven Oakes Island Inn & Cottages

Seven Oakes Island Inn
& Cottages

Host: Beulah Oake

Reservations & Information:
Tel: (709) 621-3256
Web: www.sevenoakesislandinn.com

Off Season:
15 First Avenue
Deer Lake, NL Canada,
A8A 1K2
Tel: (709) 635-2247

For more information on Seven Oakes Island Inn & Cottages, Click here.

Old Time Cottage
Old Time Cottage

Old Time Cottage

Host: Larry & Lorraine Hurley

Address: Foxe Cove (main road on the north island)

Reservations & Information:
Tel: (709) 621- 6561

Come and take a step back in time!

Newly restored 100 year old 2 story home, waterfront property with all the modern amenities.

  • 3 bedrooms (2 double beds and 1 single)
  • Cable TV
  • Within walking distance from stores and trails.
  • Daily & weekly rentals

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