Fisheries and Land Resources

Protected Areas in Newfoundland and Labrador

The types of protected area in Newfoundland and Labrador can be divided into two main groups. There are six types under provincial jurisdiction, and seven under federal jurisdiction, all of which are described here.

See a list of all the types of protected areas in the province PDF (8.3 KB), with their associated managing agencies and legislation or view a breakdown of protected area statistics in the table below:

Jurisdiction Type of Protected Area # Area
(km2)
%
Island
Protected (b)
%
Labrador
Protected (b)
%
Province
Protected (b)
Provincial Wilderness Reserves 2 3,965 3.56% 0.00% 0.98%
Ecological Reserves 16 910 0.74% 0.03% 0.22%
Provincial Parks 31 211 0.18% 0.00% 0.05%
Wildlife Parks 1 15 0.01% 0.00% 0.00%
Wildlife Reserves (a) 3 1,183 1.06% 0.00% 0.29%
Public Reserves(a) 1 178 0.16% 0.00% 0.04%
Development Control Area 1 1 0.00% 0.00% 0.00%
 
Federal National Parks 3 11,906 1.98% 3.30% 2.93%
National Historic Sites 2 37 0.03% 0.00% 0.01%
Migratory Bird Sanctuaries 3 0 0.00% 0.00% 0.00%
 
Total Land Protected (NL) 63 18,405 7.72% 3.33% 4.52%
 
Marine = 162km2 (Ecological Reserves and Migratory Bird Sanctuaries)
 
National Protected Land Average (Canada, Nov. 2003) 8.52%
(a) Mineral exploration is allowed under permit
(b) Based on Island area of 111,390 km2 and Labrador area of 294,330 km2

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