A beautiful and perfectly sheltered natural harbour on the eastern side of the Burin Peninsula tucked in behind a number of off lying islands. Once one of Newfoundland's largest and busiest fishing ports, it has declined in size and importance but still sports a small fishing fleet and a very well maintained harbour.
There are numerous anchoring opportunities in the area, with Little Burin Harbour being perhaps the most obvious spot. However the natural beauty of this bay is slightly marred by the large and now derelict fish plant which has several rusting hulks lying alongside. Although there is plenty of space to tie up on the fish factory wharf, access to to the shore from this wharf is blocked by a wire fence and locked gates.
However, Ship Cove just to the south has an excellent small harbour at the head of the cove. The outer side of the wharf is regularly used for offloading catches, but there is plenty of water (3-4m) inside the basin and it should be possible to raft up alongside one of the local fishing boats if a spare space Is not available on the wharf itself. The harbour master is incredibly welcoming and helpful and the facilities are good. Electricity and fresh water are available on the wharf, showers and toilets in the refrigeration plant, and free wifi from the harbour master's office which will just about reach the boat if you manage to moor at the inner end of the harbour.
The lifeboat station and government wharf at the North East corner of Ship Cove is now closed and although the wharf is still in place, it is fenced off and no longer gives access to the shore. The lifeboat station has relocated to a multi million dollar purpose built station just to the east of the old fish plant in Little Burin Harbour.
There is no real town centre to Burin and it more a dispersed collection of smaller settlements scattered widely around the various bays and coves in the area. Despite the demise of fishing in the area, it remains a prosperous and very well looked after village, with many of the residents earning healthy salaries in the Alberta oilfields, and commuting back to Burin in their off duty periods.
There are no food shops within walking distance, but the local residents are particularly helpful and within minutes of landing you are likely to find yourself inundated by offers of lifts to the shops or anywhere else you need to go. The heritage museum located close to the old lifeboat station is open daily and is well worth a visit, as is the cafe next door which serves traditional no nonsense home cooked Newfoundland food in a very friendly atmosphere and with fine views over the harbour. Having feasted on homemade fish cakes and toutons in the cafe you can the walk off the calories on the moderately strenuous 10 km round trip trail up to "Captain Cooke's Lookout", the highest point in the area.