Burgeo stands on an ocean peninsula, surrounded by islands. Canadian nature writer and naturalist Farley Mowat lived in Burgeo during his time in Newfoundland.
Burgeo is the southernmost point on Route 480, which leads north to Barachois Pond Provincial Park, east of St. Georges on the Trans-Canada Highway. Route 480 ends at the local ferry dock; a pair of coastal ferries continue onward to Ramea, Grey River and Francois.
The entire town is about ten blocks across, end to end. One could tour on foot or hail the one taxi, South Coast Taxi (+1 709 886-2482).
A docking facility for small craft provides access to showers, electricity and high speed Internet.
- Boating, kayaking and scuba diving
- Cross-country ski trail
- Fishing for Atlantic salmon in nearby rivers, brook trout and landlocked salmon in ponds and lakes, cod in the Atlantic
- Hunting for moose, bear and caribou
- Walking trails at Aaron’s Arm, at a lookout in the centre of town and within Sandbanks Provincial Park.
- Layden Lake Outfitters, Grandy's Brook, ☎ +1 709 886-2966. Riverside lodge, trout and salmon fishing, guides, full-time cook.
- Sand and Sea Festival. Annual, last week of July.
There is a bank, grocery store, clothing store, drug store, hardware store and automotive service station.
- Burgeo Fish Market, 37 Reach Rd #A, ☎ +1 709 886-1242, fax: +1 709 886-2192.
- Joy's Place, 20 Reach Rd., ☎ +1 709 886-2569, fax: +1 709 886-2074.
- Sharon's Diner, 42 Reach Road, ☎ +1 709 886-2804.
There is a liquor store; there is no bar.
- Burgeo Haven, 111 Reach Road, ☎ +1 709 886-2544, toll-free: +1-888-603-0273. B&B Inn on the Sea with boathouse and floating dock on Atlantic Ocean, local and coastal tours, cod and mackerel fishing in season, 3.5 stars (Canada Select), smoke-free, pet-free, full/continental breakfast, wi-fi, fax. $110-120.
- Gillett's Motel, 1 Inspiration Road, ☎ +1 709 886-1284, fax: +1 709 886-3304. The Galley Restaurant serves fresh fish (pan fried cod, salmon, scallops, and other species in season) packaged locally, along with soups and sandwiches, platters, turkey, roast beef, pork chops and prime rib steak, home-made pie or the speciality of the day.
- Sandbanks Provincial Park, ☎ +1 709 866-2331, toll-free: +1-877-214-2267. Thirty unserviced campsites, showers, toilets, laundry, RV dump station, picnic area, hiking trails, playground and 7km of unsupervised sand beach on Swimming Pond.
There is a post office (postcode A0N 2H0) and a local library with a high-speed Internet connection.
- The isolated communities of Ramea, Grey River and Francois have no road but are accessible by coastal ferry from Burgeo.
- Burgeo is otherwise a dead-end; one must head back north to rejoin the Trans-Canada Highway.