The Lewis Hills are found at the north eastern tip (the “beginning”) of the Appalachian Mountain system which stretches across the entire eastern side of the North American continent.

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“A catastrophic collision occurred on the west coast of Newfoundland about four hundred and sixty million years ago. A west-moving section of the earth’s crust met with the continent of North America. On its front edge it carried a mass of heavy rock that had its origin one thousand kilometers to the east and more than five kilometers deep inside the earth’s crust. That mass of peridotite was deposited and after millions of years of snow, rain, frost and the inexorable grinding of the ice age glaciers, became the Lewis Hills as we know them today.”

These hills are more like mountains actually; with the highest peak in Newfoundland at 814 meters (2,674 feet) named the Cabox. This area is incomparable for scenery and geological wonder. In fact, much of the ultramafic rock that has been thrust up from the Earth’s mantle to form the Lewis Hills contains fossilized sea life, despite being thousands of feet above sea level today.

Some of the popular spectacular views in these mountains include Fox Island River Valley, Big Level Canyon, Rope Cove Canyon, Molly Anne’s Cove, Serpentine Valley and Cabox.