Dover Fault Lookout & Interpretation Centre

Dover Fault Lookout and Interpretation Centre


At the Dover Town Hall, you'll find an Interpretation Centre with information about the Dover Fault and the history of our town.


In July and August, you can speak to a tour guide who'll answer questions about the area and take you up to the Lookout.


At the Centre, we also have a gift shop, a canteen service and washroom facilities. The Interpretation Centre is wheelchair accessible.


A sign at the Town Hall will point you to a trail leading up to the Lookout—a great vantage point overlooking the town of Dover and some of the islands of Bonavista Bay. Be sure to take your camera: the view is breathtaking.


At the Lookout you'll find interpretive panels and maps explaining the location and significance of the Dover Fault. (See "Dover Fault" below.)


Along the trail, stop to see the remnants of the wreckage of the WWII Digby B18 Bomber. The panels tell the story of the hospitality shown by the Dover residents who took in the downed airmen and gave them hot meals and dry clothing.


Also along the trail, take a break at one of the picnic tables and enjoy the fresh air and the scenery. In the summer, you'll see lots of boats heading out the bay, especially during the recreational fishery!


Geocache Site


While you're at the Lookout, use your GPS to find our geocache site.  Feel free to take a souvenir, but remember the geocaching rules: if you take an item, please leave something in return for the next treasure hunter to find. Don't forget to sign our guestbook.


The GPS coordinates for our geocache are: N 48° 52.665 W 053° 57.87




Dover Fault


Millions of years ago, as portions of the earth's crust shifted, continents collided in ancient Newfoundland. The Dover Fault is a regional geological structure that forms the boundary of rocks that were once part of North Africa and/or Europe with rocks that formed the Appalachian Mountains, after the continental collision. In Newfoundland, the remnants of Africa and/or Europe occur east of the Dover Fault (the Avalon Zone) and the Appalachian rocks occur immediately west of the fault (the Gander Zone). The fault itself has a 200 to 500 metre width, and it extends from Dover on the island's northeast coast to Hermitage Bay on the south coast.