Facheaux Bay Proposed Ecological Reserve


Facheaux Bay is a remote wilderness area along the spectacular south coast of Newfoundland. The proposed reserve runs along two deep fjords that stretch southward to the Atlantic Ocean. The proposed reserve also includes long river valleys carved into the rocky highlands, with tall waterfalls cascading down smooth granite walls. Forested areas are limited, mainly found in sheltered spots like coves and valleys. The northern part of the proposed reserve contains important habitat for south coast caribou herds, especially in fall and winter. Facheaux Bay is not only a place of breathtaking landscapes but also a place with a rich cultural history and sites of cultural significance. Conserving this wild space builds a future where the land stays as it is, and local and visiting people can enjoy traditional, recreational, and subsistence activities for years to come.

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Quick FactsFacheaux Bay map

Size: ~900 km2  

Location: South coast of Newfoundland, north of McCallum

Key Features: 

  • Representative of Maritime Barrens – South Coast Barrens Natural Region. See Newfoundland Ecoregions (arcgis.com) for more details.
    • Ground moraines – uniform deposits of till that are left when glacial ice recedes or melts.
    • A variety of wetlands including slope and basin bogs and fens.
    • Dwarf shrub heaths – both Empetrum (Blackberry) and Kalmia (Sheep laurel, Lambkill) health types.
    • Deep river valleys with Balsam Fir forest intermixed with Yellow Birch and occasional White Pine.
  • Important core habitat for several south coast caribou herds, including the Grey River and Buchans herds.
  • Extensively wild, with little to no development.

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How Can You Get Involved?

Your involvement in this process will help shape what a future reserve looks like and how it can be managed. Your input ensures that we honour local interests, needs, and traditions.

  • Keep up to date on news and upcoming public involvements related to Facheaux Bay by signing up for our mailing list. Email werac@gov.nl.ca or click the sign-up link below.
  • If you have any questions or concerns about Facheaux Bay Proposed Ecological Reserve, reach out to the Wilderness and Ecological Reserves Advisory Council (WERAC) at werac@gov.nl.ca or 709 632-0843.
  • Stay informed about planning activities through this page and the Department of Environment and Climate Change website.

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Interactive Map

Is there an area in the region that you would like to tell us about? Use the interactive map below to highlight an area or activities important to you in the Facheaux Bay area.

Please note you must log in or register to complete the interactive map. Any submissions will be used to guide planning and outreach and help in understanding what is important to people who use the area.

Click Here to Use the Interactive Map

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Privacy Statement

The collection of information is done under the authority of section 61(c) of the Access to Information and Protection of Privacy Act, 2015, for the purpose of collecting public feedback on the proposed protected area.

Any personal information that may be received will be governed in accordance with the Access to Information and Protection of Privacy Act, 2015 and will only be used for the purpose of planning, engagement, and reporting back regarding the proposed protected area.

If you have any questions about how this information will be collected, used, and disclosed, please contact the Department of Environment and Climate Change ATIPP Coordinator at atippecc@gov.nl.ca.

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Contact Us

If you have any questions or comments, please contact the WERAC Secretariat at 709-636-4836 or werac@gov.nl.ca.

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