Who is ready for the adventure of a lifetime? There is a never-ending list of things for you to enjoy in Newfoundland and Labrador.
As you explore sea caves, inlets, coves, bays, and fjords, you’ll encounter wonders of the natural world. Catch a glimpse of a humpback playfully frolicking or breaching high into the air. You’ll also find minke, fin, and orca whales as they swim along the coastline in search of food. Friendly and curious creatures, whales are known to surface just a few metres from tour boats. Don’t forget to look for puffins, kittiwakes, and gannets that reside in the many cliffs, crags, inlets and islands around the coast, and on the ocean itself. During spring and early summer, you might also cross paths with a 10,000-year-old iceberg drifting down Iceberg Alley from Greenland. Hear the roar of a foundering berg under a warm summer sun or feel the chill on your skin in its staggering presence.
Take part in one of the many walking festivals, like the Trails Tales Tunes Festival in Gros Morne National Park, kayak along the 29,000km of pristine coastline or go Whitewater rafting down the mighty Exlpoits River. During the winter months, hop on a snowmobile and ride into the backcountry or along 5,000km of trails, with 16 feet of annual snowfall, there’s always an opportunity to hit the slopes. Or better yet, take your time, relax and breathe deeply, filling your lungs with fresh Atlantic air!
Gros Morne National Park is one of the most beautiful national parks in all of Canada and is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site, 1 of 5 in Newfoundland and Labrador, due to being a rare example of the process of the continental drift. The park is filled with landlocked fjords, exposed mantle, cliffs, waterfalls, coastline, and tons of wildlife, including moose, bald eagles, whales, and caribou. Be sure to check out the Tableland Trail while visiting this park, the geology marks a time when the continents of Africa and North America collided, pushing rocks that were originally beneath the ocean to their present position.
Newfoundland is known for its legendary culture, from mummering during Christmas season and being Screeched-in by the locals you are bound to experience a new way of life here! Be sure to experience all of this and more during one of the many festivals that are held in this province such as Deer Lake Strawberry Festival, La Scie Crab Festival, Newfoundland and Labrador Folk Festival, The Victoria Park Lantern Festival or many more that you can check out here!
Getting Screeched-in is an age-old ceremony where come from aways or CFAs take a shot of screech, recite a traditional saying and then comes the kissing of a cod. Screech-in traditions vary in both the order of events as well as the requirements, some ceremonies require that the screech-ee eat a piece of “Newfie steak” (a slice of bologna) or kiss a rubber puffin’s rear end.
Every year during the Christmas season, Newfoundlanders and Labradorians go mummering, and dress from head to toe in masks, sheets, lampshades, various articles of clothing, and whatever else can be found in the attic. Once they conceal their identity, they head out to sing and dance, calling on the homes of friends and neighbors. If the mummers are welcomed into a house, they often do a variety of informal performances that may include dance, music, jokes, or recitations. The hosts must guess the mummers’ identities before offering them food or drink. Once the mummers have been identified, they remove their disguises, spend some social time with the hosts, and then travel as a group to the next home.
- There are no snakes, skunks, deer, porcupines or groundhogs on the island of Newfoundland. Moose are not native to Newfoundland, but after being introduced in 1904, today there are more than 115,000 on the island.
- Newfoundland has one of the most spectacular whale populations in the world, 22 species of whales live in the waters around the province.
- Only a few hundred or 1-2% icebergs will survive the 2-3-year journey to Iceberg Alley.
- There are more dialects of English spoken here than in England.
- Newfoundland was the only place outside Europe to have its own distinct name in Irish: Talamh an Éisc, which means ‘land of the fish’.
There is plenty to enjoy in Grand Falls-Windsor, from the Adventureland Family Entertainment Centre, Salmonid Interpretation Centre, Mary March Provincial Museum and the Grand Falls-Windsor Arts and Culture Centre!
Be sure to check out the Exploits Valley Salmon Festival which has had performances by the Tragically Hip, the Eagles, Kiss, Bryan Adams, and Nellie Furtado as well the festival has been chosen as one the Top 100 Events by the American Bus Association.
There are also multiple parks and nature trails to visit during your time in this community such as Corduroy Brook and Gorge Park. Here you can take part in golfing, salmon fishing, snowmobiling, camping, bowling, and river rafting.
Lewisporte is a deep-water port and shipping centre in Notre Dame Bay, north-central Newfoundland.
Be sure to enjoy nature at Lewisporte Train Park and Hiking Trail and Notre Dame Provincial Park or catch a show at the Citadel House.
Take part in many festivals and events while visiting this port town including the Annual Healthcare Foundation Regatta, Mussel Bed Soiree, Lewisporte Craft and Trade Show, Hann’s Point Theatre Festival and more! There will never be a dull moment when visiting Lewisporte.
Happy Valley Goose Bay
With a diverse culture of Innu, Inuit, Metis, and Settlers, this community has strong hunting, fishing and trapping heritage. Happy Valley-Goose Bay is rich in natural resources and has a strong connection to the environment, surrounded by the beauty of the Mealy Mountains National Park Reserve, the Grand (Churchill) River, and Lake Melville.
There is plenty of outdoor activities to part in including hiking the Birch Island Trail, the Great Labrador Canoe Race or heading to Snow Goose Mountain Park & Resort!
Gander was once an important refuelling stop for transatlantic aircraft and the largest airport in the world and continues to pursue opportunities in the aerospace industry due to its strategic location and runway capacity, Gander was a designated alternate landing site for NASA’s Space Shuttle program.
This is a great location for any history and aviation buff, be sure to check out the North Atlantic Aviation Museum, Czechoslovakian Airline Plane Crash Memorial, Festival of Flight and take part in a tour from Beyond Words Tours.
Looking to spend some of your time outdoors? Visit Gander Lake, its odd topography, currents and even tidal action have consistently foiled attempts to accurately determine its maximum depth and its ability to absorb or baffle sonar signals reinforces the longstanding lore of “bottomless” Gander Lake. You can also visit Canada’s most Easterly National Park, Terra Nova National Park. This park is where the land and sea compete for your attention, where the island boreal forest reveals its natural and cultural secrets as you hike a trail and where you can experience an evening of theatre under the stars.
Did you know? Former Cuban President Fidel Castro once tobogganed with local youngsters on the slopes overlooking Gander Lake.
St. Alban’s is located in the beautiful Bay d’Espoir, an inland area of the scenic Coast of Bays Region. There are many events that take place in this community such as the St. Alban’s Community Festival, the annual Bay d’Espoir Cancer Benefit Concert and Come Home Year Celebrations!
Visit Roddickton to see various species of whales including humpbacks & minke, dolphins, seals and icebergs at their most majestic within Iceberg Alley on the Great Northern Peninsula. This community will never let you down with the amazing heritage and culture, wildlife viewing, hiking/walking trails and many winter sport opportunities. Do you like geocaching? This is a hotspot for the activity! Roddickton is also known as the “Moose Capital of the World” with a moose population of 6 animals per square km!
Discover what the Northern Tip of Newfoundland offers those who explore this area! St. Anthony is truly, a “Hiker’s Heaven” with a variety of trails which offer incredible beauty and solitude. Visit the Newfoundland Viking Trail, The Santana Trail, The Cartier’s View Trail, The Iceberg Alley Trail, and The Whale Watchers Trail!
Make sure to check out L’Anse aux Meadows, A Norse village briefly inhabited around 1000 AD. The site was recognized as one of the world’s major archaeological properties and is designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1978.
In 1892, a British doctor named Wilfred Grenfell arrived in St. Anthony, Dr. Grenfell commenced building a medical system that has grown to serve the entire region of Northern Newfoundland and Labrador. During his time, Dr. Grenfell’s adventures and accomplishments were renown throughout the world. His relevance is still highly prominent in our region, today. You can learn more about Dr. Grenfell when you stop by the Grenfell House Museum.
The Grenfell Ride is an annual snowmobile touring event featured in the Guinness World Records as the “Longest chain of snowmobiles travelling together”.
Walk around town to experience the amazing culture of this community, check out the Jordi Bonet Murals or enjoy some food, fun and feuds at the Great Viking Feast where you can be a part of a Viking court of law while feasting on an all you can eat buffet of the food that the Vikings may have enjoyed at Leifsburdir. If you have the opportunity be sure to take part in the Iceberg Festival where you can join in celebrating the coming of spring in the north and the annual arrival of icebergs. The festival features music, food, entertainment, history, culture, great hospitality and of course icebergs.
Springdale is known as the “hub” of Green Bay and this community is a modern, well-groomed town nestled between rolling hills and rugged coastline of Hall’s Bay.
If you’re a sea glass lover you will love Glassy Beach! This small beach is covered in broken pieces of glass, but don’t worry it is safe to walk on! Over the years the sea has shaped the chards of discarded glass, creating this beautiful tiny cove of softened sea glass.
Make sure to stop by the Annual Craft & Trade show for some authentic products and crafts from Newfoundland, you will definitely find a better souvenir than just a fridge magnet!
Twillingate embodies everything so many Newfoundland and Labrador outports are famous for: stunningly rugged coastline, historical, picturesque streets, and lush countryside roads. In the waters off the coast, look for whales, dolphins, harp seals, seabirds, and – if the season is right – icebergs. Twillingate is one of the stops along Iceberg Alley, a vast corridor of ocean that runs from Greenland and a popular path for these frozen leviathans.
Be sure to visit the Long Point Lighthouse one of the most photographed landmarks on the Northeast Coast of Newfoundland, is located at Crow Head, Twillingate. More than 300 feet above sea level, this is a lookout point where thousands of visitors every year enjoy the panoramic view of the Atlantic Ocean with the possibility of viewing icebergs, whales, seals and sea birds.