Cow Head

Cow Head has been known to be a central location to very rich fishing grounds, as well as being in the shipping and trading lanes since the 1800's.  Fishermen traded with the English trading company "Bird and Company" and Nova Scotia traders.  In the beginning, the main fisheries included herring, cod, and salmon with the lobster fishery being added around 1887.  In 1939, the start of the Co-op Movement was seen in Cow Head.  This co-op and it's successors succeeded until the late 1960's.


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. 

Since 1980, the Cow Head Lobster Festival has kicked off the summer tourism season in Cow Head, Newfoundland.  If you are visiting Gros Morne National Park, or plan to visit in late June or early July, make it a part of your visit to take in the Cow Head Lobster Festival.•Enjoy the lobster dinners at the different venues around town.  •Take in local music during one or all of the dances at the local venue.  •Enjoy a taste of Newfoundland music and song during the Sunday afternoon talent show.•Take in some of the fun events during the ongoing fun events throughout the festival.•Enjoy an evening at the Gros Morne Theatre•Enjoy a musical Friday afternoon with members of the Gros Morne Theatre Festival.•Take in some of the local attractions such as the Shallow Bay Beach or the Cow Head Lighthouse.•Visit the Dr Henry Payne Museum for a taste of local culture and history.•Stop by any of the local restaurants and enjoy a relaxing meal.

Cow Head is home to one of the longest sandy beaches in Newfoundland (approx 10kms) as well as a large area of sand dunes. It also has panoramic views of the Long Range Mountains of Gros Morne

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