A first-timer's guide to Newfoundland, Canada

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Set aside four days to hike, drive and take a boat tour through the Gros Morne National Park region on the west coast © Dorian Tsai / 500px

When a northern, sea-bound island goes by the nickname “The Rock,” you already have a good idea of what to expect. Newfoundland is a place of elemental beauty where the Earth’s mantle is one of the attractions. Stiff breezes can build to roaring winds off the cold Atlantic, pushing around icebergs and tossing fishing boats, even in coves protected by jagged cliffs where clouds of seabirds nest.

The traits Newfoundlanders are known for – hardiness, hospitality, humor – grew out of generations scraping a living from this landscape. The resourcefulness and generosity of Newfoundlanders shone on 9/11 when 38 planes loaded with passengers made an emergency landing in the small town of Gander. Based on the incident, the musical Come From Away became a Broadway smash hit. You’ll find that welcoming spirit in every corner of this rugged, majestic isle.

Two kayakers paddle past icebergs in the Wolf Cove of Bonavista, Newfoundland, Canada

When should I go to Newfoundland?

May to October is the time to visit Newfoundland. Icebergs slide by the coast in spring. In the crispness of autumn, those wide open spaces seem even emptier. Prime travel season in Newfoundland is July and August when temperatures are rarely too hot or cold, and every historic site, pub, restaurant and accommodation is running full tilt, squeezing everything they can from the short season. 

On the flip side, this concentration means increased costs for hotel rooms. Unless you arrive with your own vehicle via one of the two ferries from Nova Scotia , a rental car is essential. The one exception is if you’re flying in for a quick weekend getaway to St. John’s, the small and walkable capital city. 

Winters are harsh on Newfoundland and the snow can pile feet deep. Great for skiing on its western slopes at  Marble Mountain , but winter is otherwise a no-go season.

Buildings on the side of a rocky mountain by the sea at St. Johns, Newfoundland, Canada

How much time should I spend in Newfoundland?

Spend three days dining, partying and walking around St. John’s. Set aside four days to hike, drive and take a boat tour around the  Gros Morne National Park region on the west coast. Take at least a week to experience the whole island. Follow crooked coastal roads to views that can suddenly erupt in sprawling archipelagos or towering icebergs adrift on choppy seas. Hop on a ferry to a remote location like  Fogo Island for a truly out-of-the-way excursion. 

Bottom line, Newfoundland is much larger than many assume, about the size of Cuba. It’s the fourth largest island in a country of enormous landmasses. The 680km (423-mile) drive from Corner Brook on the west coast to St. John’s on the eastern edge takes at least seven hours. Driving distance and time is exactly the same from the ferry terminal at Port aux Basques to St. Anthony at the tip of the great northern peninsula.

Is it easy to get in and around Newfoundland?

When contemplating a trip to Newfoundland, a vast and diverse island, it’s useful to ask yourself what kind of trip you prefer. Are you partial to day hikes in a mountainous landscape with an edge of the prehistoric about it? Do you prefer long, lazy drives with endless scenery, scattered villages and ancient historic sites? If so, land at Port aux Basques or fly into Deer Lake and rent a car.

Alternatively, maybe your thing is rocky coastline punctuated by sparsely populated coves and barren islands where whales, icebergs and seabirds animate lighthouse-studded scenery. Then take the 16-hour ferry crossing from Nova Scotia to Argentia on Newfoundland’s east coast or fly into St. John’s and go with a rental car.

Whichever route you choose, be warned, rental cars are difficult to find in peak season. Book far in advance of arrival.

Three puffins, two sitting in grass on rocky ledge and one flying past, in Newfoundland, Canada

My favorite things to do in Newfoundland

The balance of nature and culture draws me back repeatedly to the western fjords, ancient tabletop mountains and quiet enclave towns like  Norris Point and  Woody Point in and around  Gros Morne National Park . Take a full day to hike up  Gros Morne Mountain itself and walk around the flat summit in search of sky high views of waterways far below. Spend a few hours walking the  Tablelands , an exposed expanse of the Earth’s mantle, an eerie, Martian landscape. 

Late May and early June is iceberg season. The hulking, shiny leviathans skulk along the northern and eastern coasts, sometimes bottoming out in shallow waters. Join the  Newfoundland and Labrador Iceberg Report group on Facebook that provides current sighting locations. One of the great thrills in St. John’s is walking up to Signal Hill where  Cabot Tower overlooks the harbor mouth and, with luck, a few icebergs or even a whale spouting in the near distance. This is where Guglielmo Marconi received the first transatlantic wireless signal in 1901.

For one of the world’s great wildlife encounters, drive a couple hours south from St. John’s to the  Cape St. Mary’s Ecological Reserve . Looking out to Bird Rock and into the skies, you can see clouds of seabirds including some of the 30,000 northern gannets, 20,000 kittiwakes and 20,000 common murres that flock here. Just 45 minutes from the capital, the  Witless Bay Ecological Reserve is home to an astonishing 620,000 nesting pairs of Leach's storm petrels, the second-largest colony in the world. And they aren’t even the main attraction. The continent’s largest colony at 260,000 pairs of clown-faced puffins nest and fish here too. You’ll need to book a boat tour at Witless Bay to see Newfoundland’s official provincial bird. 

Nearly as exhilarating is a night out on  George Street in downtown St. John’s. It’s like a party broke out in this bar-studded neighborhood in the 19th century and never ended. George Street claims to have more bars and pubs per square foot than any street in North America. Music pulsates from nearly every doorway in summer, overflowing into the street and onto the outdoor main stage. Craft beer, pounding tunes and good times are served up in equal measure.

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How much money do I need for a trip to Newfoundland?

As Canadian destinations go, Newfoundland is off the beaten flight path and isolated in the north Atlantic, making it more expensive to reach than other destinations. If crossing by ferry with  Marine Atlantic to one of Newfoundland’s two terminals, you’ll first have to drive to the northern tip of Nova Scotia. A couple with a car will pay at least $400 for a return crossing to Port aux Basques and at least $700 for the return Argentia crossing. Sleeping cabins are extra. 

On the ground in Newfoundland, prices at hotels, restaurants and bars are on par with other regions of Canada . If you’re on a budget, go with a tent or stick to B&Bs where you’ll meet friendly islanders and learn a few words of the Newfoundland dialect – maybe your hosts will treat you to a scoff of Jiggs dinner.

Daily costs

  • Basic room for two: $110-350
  • Self-catering apartment (including Airbnb): $110-130
  • Coffee: $2-6
  • Sandwich: $5-24
  • Dinner for two: $75-100
  • Fish and chips: $18-32
  • Beer/pint at the bar: $6.75-10
  • Iceberg tour: $40-95

Frequently asked questions

What should i wear on a trip to newfoundland.

Bring lots of layers and a raincoat for changeable weather and a solid pair of hiking shoes to take full advantage of one of Newfoundland’s best assets: its trails. 

Do I need a visa to visit Newfoundland?

Many visitors don’t need a visa to visit Newfoundland, but it’s best to check entry requirements with the  Canadian government .

Is it true that Newfoundland has its own time zone?

Yes. Newfoundland operates on Newfoundland Standard Time (NST), 30 minutes ahead of Atlantic Standard Time. 

Is driving safe in Newfoundland?

Drive on the right and get to know  Newfoundland’s designated scenic routes . Roads and highways in Newfoundland are rarely busy or dangerous, with one exception. Beware of driving at night when moose often wander onto roads. 

How do I prepare for a wilderness hike?

Dress appropriately: warm clothing, a waterproof layer, good footwear. Tell someone where you’re going and when you expect to return. Take extra water and food.

Is tipping customary in Newfoundland?

A typical restaurant or taxi tip is 15 percent, but options range from zero at a fast food restaurant to up to 25, if you’re feeling generous.

Did anyone live in Newfoundland before European settlers?

Despite its name, Newfoundland is far from new and certainly not recently found. To fully appreciate the rich human legacy of Newfoundland , read up on the Vikings who reached Newfoundland and North America hundreds of years before Columbus, archaic peoples like the Dorset Palaeo-eskimos, the extinct Beothuk and the  Mi’kmaq who still have a presence .

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13 Top-Rated Tourist Attractions in Newfoundland and Labrador

Written by Chloë Ernst Updated Sep 24, 2021

The island of Newfoundland is the most easterly part of Canada, while the vast region of Labrador is largely inaccessible. Newfoundland and Labrador's varied landscape was shaped by the ice ages, leaving a ragged coastline of deep fjords and high coastal cliffs that plunge into the sea. Inland are miles and miles of moorland and forest studded by lakes and inhabited by moose and herds of caribou.

Because of its location close to the "Grand Banks," some of the world's richest fishing grounds, the island's main livelihood was cod fishing until foreign factory ships so depleted the cod population and habitat that the Canadian government suspended fishing.

The capital city of St. John's (not to be confused with the city of Saint John in New Brunswick), around which about a fifth of Newfoundland's population lives, is a lively town with a charming provincial feel to it. All around the island's irregular coast are towns and remote former fishing villages that attract tourists with their breathtaking scenery, sea life, and exceptional birding sites.

Miles and miles of trails follow the magnificent coast, and historic sites to tour include the first known Viking settlement, landing sites of early European explorers, landmarks of early flight pioneers, and tangible relics of prehistoric populations. To pronounce the names like a native, accent the last syllables, as in NewfoundLAND and LabraDOR.

Plan your next great north adventure with our list of the top tourist attractions in Newfoundland and Labrador.

1. Gros Morne National Park

2. l'anse aux meadows national historic site, 3. signal hill national historic site, 4. the rooms, 5. bonavista peninsula, 6. cape spear lighthouse national historic site, 7. torngat mountains national park, 8. puffin and whale cruises in witless bay, 9. cape st. mary's ecological reserve, 10. twillingate and fogo island, 11. castle hill national historic site, 12. terra nova national park, 13. red bay national historic site, map of tourist attractions in newfoundland and labrador.

Gros Morne National Park

Gros Morne National Park is undoubtedly one of the most impressive natural features in eastern Canada, a magnificent landscape of fjords and mountains, partly covered with dense forest. Unique wildlife and plant life has adapted to the cold conditions, which are found scarcely anywhere else so far south.

This is one of Newfoundland's most popular attractions, with hiking trails and sightseeing boat excursions in the dramatic landlocked fjord at Western Brook Pond . Other popular things to do here include rock-climbing, boating, swimming, camping, and fishing.

Within the national park, the Long Range Mountains are among the oldest mountains on earth and have been shaped by advancing ice and the forces of erosion. Gros Morne National Park is a UNESCO World Heritage Site , largely for its unique geological phenomena.

At Tablelands, a large piece of the earth's mantle was thrust to the surface by colliding tectonic plates, exposing a piece of earth that is elsewhere more than a mile beneath the surface. At Greenpoint, ancient layers of solidified seabed have been thrust into vertical cliffs, exposing fossil sequences of different eras.

Official site: http://www.pc.gc.ca/eng/pn-np/nl/grosmorne/index.aspx

L'Anse aux Meadows National Historic Site

L'Anse aux Meadows National Historic Site, a green plain with some moorland, lies at the northern tip of Newfoundland's Great Northern Peninsula . Here were discovered six houses made of grass sods, probably built by the Vikings around the year 1,000 and rediscovered in 1962. It is the oldest known European settlement in North America and, to date, is the only authentic trace of Viking settlement in the New World. It is probably the "Vinland" discovered by Leif Erikson.

The historic site has a reconstructed long house, workshop, and stable where costumed interpreters demonstrate age-old tasks and answer questions. A second Viking attraction on the Great Northern Peninsula is Norstead , a living-history museum with a slightly livelier feel and more Viking-style buildings.

The Viking Trail is a signposted route that takes tourists the length of Newfoundland's Northern Peninsula, from Gros Morne to L'Anse aux Meadows and across the Strait of Belle Isle into Labrador. Almost its entire route is along the western shore overlooking the strait, an expanse of sea that is known as Iceberg Alley .

In the spring and summer, it is not at all unusual to see both icebergs and whales from the road, often at the same time. On its way up the coast, the Viking Trail passes a number of attractions, including the rock formations of Arches Provincial Park and the aboriginal burial ground of Port au Choix National Historic Site , one of the richest archaeological finds in North America.

Official site: http://www.pc.gc.ca/eng/lhn-nhs/nl/meadows/index.aspx

Signal Hill National Historic Site

Atop its namesake hill, Signal Hill National Historic Site overlooks the Atlantic Ocean, St. John's harbor, and the small historic downtown. In 1901, Guglielmo Marconi received the first transatlantic wireless signal here. The landmark Cabot Tower commemorates the 400th anniversary of John Cabot's voyage.

Hiking trails lead to the fortifications at the Queen's Battery Barracks and along the perilous cliffs, including spectacular but difficult North Head Trail down to Battery Road.

Official site: http://www.pc.gc.ca/eng/lhn-nhs/nl/signalhill/index.aspx

The Rooms

Dominating the hilltop in sharp contrast to the neighboring 19th-century Romanesque Revival-style Catholic Basilica, St. John's newest museum is called The Rooms and includes several different collections divided by subject. Sections include wildlife and natural history, aboriginal finds, contemporary art, and historical and cultural exhibits that give a good picture of both Newfoundland and Labrador. The museum has a popular restaurant and some of the best views over the city and Signal Hill.

Address: 9 Bonaventure Ave, St. John's, Newfoundland

Official site: https://www.therooms.ca/

Cape Bonavista coastline in Newfoundland

The best-known peninsula in Newfoundland is Bonavista, where John Cabot is thought to have sighted the "New World" for the first time in 1497. At Cape Bonavista, stands a statue of Cabot, and visitors can watch for whales, puffins, and icebergs along the coast. The old lighthouse, a provincial historic site, dates from 1843 and was restored around 1870. Picturesque Trinity is an old fishing and trading town, where the historical character has been well preserved.

Bonavista Peninsula

Also a fishing town, Bonavista was first used by European fishing fleets back in the 16th century. Ryan Premises National Historic Site was opened in 1997. This was originally the headquarters for James Ryan Ltd, a company that began operations in 1869 trading salted fish.

Cape Spear Lighthouse National Historic Site

Cape Spear Lighthouse National Historic Site, 11 kilometers south of St. John's, is the most easterly point in North America, and has Newfoundland's oldest lighthouse. It is a popular, if chilly, spot to watch the sunrise as well as sight whales, seabirds, and icebergs.

Dating from 1835, the light station was in operation until 1955 and is now an interesting museum. In addition, there are massive half-ruined gun emplacements from the Second World War, including the barrels of two guns each weighing 30 tons and having a range of 13 kilometers.

Official site: http://www.pc.gc.ca/eng/lhn-nhs/nl/spear/index.aspx

Aerial view of Torngat Mountains

Torngat Mountains National Park occupies the northernmost tip of Newfoundland and Labrador, facing east toward Greenland . A trip to this remote area is not for the faint of heart, but is tremendously rewarding for those willing to truly travel off the beaten path. This national park has no roads and no signage, and can only safely be visited by arrangement with park officials at the Torgnat Mountains Basecamp and Research Station.

The first thing to strike most visitors is the landscape, dramatic in its grand scope and vastness. The coastline is jagged, with fjords filled with crisp blue water, and the mountains inland are among Canada's tallest peaks. Iceberg viewing is one of the most popular activities here along "iceberg alley," with massive chunks of glacial ice visible from both land and sea. Although icebergs can be spotted as far south as the island of Newfoundland, the season for seeing them is much longer in these far-north reaches.

Boat tours are one of the best ways to view the fjords and icebergs, but are also the best way to admire the astounding number of whales that make the coastal waters home each summer between May and September. This is where you will find the world's biggest group of humpback whales , and plentiful pods of other species, including pilot whales, sperm whales, orca, sperm whales, and minke. Tourists will also spot dolphins and harbor porpoise, and polar bears can be found swimming in the water along the coast and roaming the vast landscape.

Bird-watchers will appreciate the 350 species of fowl that call the area home, including a population of over 800 bald eagles and plentiful other birds of prey like owls, falcons, osprey, and hawks. Other bird species include flocks of millions of storm-petrels, thousands of gannets, and murres.

One of the most special parts of visiting this unique park is the opportunity to learn about Inuit and culture. The parkland is owned by the Inuit peoples, and they welcome visitors to learn more about their heritage through museums, historic sites, festivals, and events. Inuit guides also conduct hiking tours, as well as kayak and raft excursions and fishing trips.

Puffin and Whale Cruises in Witless Bay

Boat cruises to the islands, where puffins nest and to observe the whales that frequent the Witless Bay Ecological Reserve leave from the town of Bay Bulls, south of St. John's. Whales follow the icebergs that are also found in the bay, and it is not unusual to see icebergs, whales, and puffins, as well as other sea birds on a single cruise.

The four islands of the reserve are the nesting sites for more than 260,000 pairs of puffins, North America's largest Atlantic puffin colony. This is also the world's second-largest Leach's storm-petrel colony, consisting of more than 620,000 pairs that nest here, and you will almost certainly see some of the thousands of black-legged kittiwakes and common murres that spend the summer here.

Puffins are the province's official bird, and tour boats give a close-up view of these appealing birds and their nesting sites during the late spring and summer.

Cape St. Mary's Ecological Reserve

There are major colonies of seabirds at Cape St. Mary's, including about 24,000 northern gannet. The birds are a spectacular sight, whether nesting on the rocks or dive-bombing the ocean for a meal. Other seabird species at the cliff-side reserve include black-legged kittiwake, common murre, razorbill, and great cormorant.

Iceberg near Twillingate

The traditional Newfoundland fishing village of Twillingate is located on the northern coast, known as the Kittiwake coast, and it is a good place to visit to experience local village life. Twillingate was originally settled in 1738 and known as Toulinguet. Near Twillingate is the Long Point Lighthouse, built in 1889. It has a range of 40 kilometers and is an excellent location to watch for whales and icebergs.

Small museums and seafood restaurants make the community an interesting stop for tourists; don't miss the Twillingate Museum & Crafts Shop for a selection of local art and handwork. This is also a popular starting port for iceberg cruises .

Nearby Fogo Island is a holdout from the days of fishing outports. The island culture and an old Irish dialect are distinct from that on the main island of Newfoundland. In recent years, the addition of an expansive artist retreat and luxury hotel have brought attention and visitors to this coastal island.

Town of Placentia

Castle Hill National Historic Site is between Highway 100 and Placentia , where one of the two ferry routes to Nova Scotia begins and ends. It is the site of historic English and French fortifications, and an interpretive center. The French founded the colony of "Plaisance" in 1662 and built Fort Royal in 1693. But only 20 years later they handed over the strategic location to the British, who renamed it Castle Hill. There is a magnificent view over Placentia Bay .

Official site: http://www.pc.gc.ca/eng/lhn-nhs/nl/castlehill/index.aspx

Terra Nova National Park

Terra Nova National Park is known for its fjords and quiet coastline. In spring, icebergs drift by, and in summer, kayakers and canoeists take to the waters, while families fill the park campgrounds. Winter offers cross-country skiing opportunities.

Just north of the national park, Salvage is a small fishing community with the classic Newfoundland charm of waterfront fishing sheds, tilting wharves, and rocky headlands.

Official site: http://www.pc.gc.ca/eng/pn-np/nl/terranova/index.aspx

Red Bay National Historic Site

The icy-cold Labrador current flows through the 17 kilometer-wide Strait of Belle Isle , which separates Labrador from Newfoundland, and into the Gulf of St. Lawrence . Since the 16th century, southern Labrador had been the summer fishing grounds of fishermen and whalers arriving from Europe and Newfoundland.

At Red Bay National Historic Site , the remains of Basque (Spanish) whaling boats have been recovered. An interpretive center pieces together the historical clues.

Official site: http://www.pc.gc.ca/eng/lhn-nhs/nl/redbay/index.aspx

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How Many Days Do You Need in Newfoundland?

The ideal duration for a visit to Newfoundland depends on what you want to experience. To get a good taste of the island’s main attractions, a stay of 7-10 days is recommended. This allows for time to explore the vibrant city of St. John’s, the historical sites at Signal Hill and Cape Spear, and the scenic drives along the coastlines. For those interested in hiking in Gros Morne National Park, visiting the Viking site at L’Anse aux Meadows, or touring the charming outport communities, a trip extending to 14 days would be more suitable.

What is the Best Month to Visit Newfoundland?

The best month to visit Newfoundland is typically July. During this month, the weather is relatively warm and stable, the days are long, and many festivals and events occur. Additionally, July offers excellent opportunities for wildlife viewing, including puffins, whales, and icebergs. June and August are also good months, with similar conditions and slightly fewer tourists.

Is Newfoundland Expensive to Visit?

Newfoundland can be moderately expensive, particularly in terms of accommodation and transportation. Hotels and rental cars tend to be pricier in the peak summer months. However, there are ways to manage costs, such as staying in bed and breakfasts, using local transportation, and dining at more affordable local eateries. The cost of activities can vary, but many natural attractions, like hiking trails and scenic views, are free to enjoy.

What is the Best Way to Travel in Newfoundland?

The best way to travel around Newfoundland is by car. Renting a car provides the flexibility to explore remote areas, scenic routes, and small towns that are not accessible by public transportation. Organized tours and local bus services are available for those without a car but may limit access to some of the island’s more secluded attractions.

What is the 3-Hour Rule in Newfoundland?

The “3-hour rule” in Newfoundland refers to the unpredictable weather. If you wait three hours, the weather is likely to change. This rule is a reminder to be prepared for quick weather shifts and plan activities flexibly.

Is it Easy to Drive Around Newfoundland?

Yes, it is relatively easy to drive around Newfoundland. The main highways, such as the Trans-Canada Highway , are well-maintained, and traffic is generally light. However, driving in rural areas can be challenging due to narrow roads, wildlife crossings, and fewer amenities. When travelling to remote regions, it is essential to be prepared with a full tank of gas, a map, and an emergency kit.

What Month Do You See Icebergs in Newfoundland?

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Icebergs are typically visible along the coast of Newfoundland from late May to early July. This period, known as iceberg season, offers the best chance to witness these majestic ice formations drifting down from Greenland.

What is the Best Month to See Icebergs in Newfoundland?

The best month to see icebergs in Newfoundland is June. During this month, the icebergs are abundant and can be viewed from many coastal towns, such as Twillingate, Bonavista, and St. Anthony.

When to See Puffins in Newfoundland?

Puffins are best seen in Newfoundland from mid-May to early September. The peak time for puffin viewing is June and July, when they nest and raise their young on the cliffs.

How Long is the Ferry Ride to Get to Newfoundland?

The ferry ride to Newfoundland varies depending on the route. The most common ferry service runs from North Sydney, Nova Scotia, to Port aux Basques, Newfoundland, and takes approximately 6-8 hours. Another route from North Sydney to Argentina takes about 16 hours but offers closer access to St. John’s.

Do I Need an SUV in Newfoundland?

An SUV is optional for most travel in Newfoundland. Still, it can be beneficial, especially if you plan to explore off-the-beaten-path areas or travel during winter when road conditions can be more challenging. A standard car will suffice for most main roads and attractions.

How Long Does it Take to Drive from One End of Newfoundland to the Other?

Driving from one end of Newfoundland to the other, from St. John’s in the east to Port aux Basques in the west, takes about 9-10 hours along the Trans-Canada Highway without significant stops. However, with scenic detours and stops, the trip can take much longer.

When is the Best Time to See Humpback Whales in Newfoundland? June!

The best time to see whales in Newfoundland is from mid-June to mid-August. During this period, humpback whales and other species migrate to the waters around Newfoundland to feed, offering excellent opportunities for whale watching.

Can You See the Northern Lights from Newfoundland?

Yes! You can absolutely see the northern lights (aurora borealis) from Newfoundland, particularly in the fall and winter months. The best time for viewing is during periods of high solar activity and clear, dark skies, typically from late September to March.

Where is the Best Place to See Whales and Icebergs in Newfoundland?

Twillingate is considered one of Newfoundland best places to see whales and icebergs. Other notable locations include St. Anthony and Bonavista, which offer excellent viewing opportunities for these natural spectacles.

Are There Narwhals in Newfoundland?

Narwhals are not typically found in the waters around Newfoundland. They inhabit the Arctic waters of Canada and Greenland, far north of Newfoundland coastline.

Can You See Orcas in Newfoundland?

Yes, orcas (killer whales) can occasionally be seen in Newfoundland, although they are less common than other whale species. Sightings are more frequent during the summer months when orcas follow their prey, such as seals and other marine mammals.

Are There Dolphins in Newfoundland?

Yes, dolphins are present in the waters around Newfoundland. Common species include the Atlantic white-sided dolphin and the white-beaked dolphin, often seen in the summer months.

What to Pack for a Week in Newfoundland?

Consider the variable weather and outdoor activities when packing for a week in Newfoundland. Essentials include:

  • Waterproof jacket and pants
  • Layers of clothing (including sweaters and t-shirts)
  • Comfortable hiking boots
  • Hat and gloves
  • Sunscreen and insect repellent
  • Binoculars for wildlife viewing
  • Swimwear (for the brave!)

What to Wear in Newfoundland?

Dress in comfortable clothes to accommodate the changing weather. Typical attire includes:

  • Base layer (thermal or moisture-wicking)
  • Mid-layer (fleece or sweater)
  • Outer layer (waterproof and windproof jacket)
  • Comfortable pants (water-resistant preferred)
  • Sturdy shoes or boots
  • Hat and gloves (even in summer)

Do You Need Cash in Newfoundland?

All major Visa, MasterCard, credit and debit cards are widely accepted in Newfoundland, especially in urban areas like St. John’s. However, carrying some cash is advisable for smaller towns, rural areas, and places where card payments are impossible.

Is St. John’s Newfoundland a Walkable City?

Yes, St. John’s is a walkable city, especially in the downtown area. All the attractions, restaurants, and shops are within short walking distance. This makes the city easy to explore on foot.

Is Tourism Big in Newfoundland?

Tourism is a significant industry in Newfoundland, especially during the summer months. The province attracts visitors with its stunning natural landscapes, unique cultural heritage, and outdoor activities.

How Long Does it Take to Drive Across NL?

Driving across Newfoundland from east (St. John’s) to west (Port aux Basques) along the Trans-Canada Highway takes approximately 9-10 hours without significant stops.

How Expensive is Newfoundland?

Newfoundland can be moderately expensive, particularly during peak tourist season (June to September). Costs for accommodation, food, and transportation are higher during these months. Off-season travel can be more affordable.

How Cheap is Newfoundland?

Travelling in Newfoundland on a budget is possible, especially if you visit during the shoulder seasons (May and October) when accommodation rates are lower. Opting for budget-friendly lodging, such as hostels or camping, and eating at local diners can also help reduce costs.

How Much Time Does it Take to Visit St. John’s Newfoundland?

A visit to St. John’s, Newfoundland, can be thoroughly enjoyed in 2-3 days. This timeframe allows you to explore all the city’s main attractions, such as Signal Hill, The Rooms Museum, and George Street, and take a scenic drive to Cape Spear, the easternmost point in North America.

What is St. John’s Famous For?

St. John’s, the capital city, is famous for its rich history, colourful row houses, and vibrant cultural scene. It is home to one of Atlantic Canada oldest continuously operating lighthouses, located at Cape Spear. St. John’s is also renowned for its music and arts festivals, including the George Street Festival, which celebrates the city’s vibrant nightlife.

Is St. John’s, Newfoundland, Worth Visiting?

Yes, St. John’s is worth visiting. St. John’s offers a unique blend of history, culture, and natural beauty. The city features picturesque landscapes, historic sites such as Signal Hill, and a lively downtown area. Visitors often praise its friendly locals, charming architecture, and rugged coastline that provides stunning views.

What is the Famous Street in St. John’s, Newfoundland?

George Street is the most famous street in St. John’s, known for having the most bars and pubs per capita in North America. It is the hub of the city’s nightlife, hosting various music and cultural festivals throughout the year.

Yes, St. John’s is a walkable city, especially in the downtown area. The streets of St. John’s are lined with historic buildings, shops, restaurants, and cafes, making it easy to explore on foot. However, the hilly terrain can be challenging in some areas.

The best month to visit Newfoundland is July. The weather is warm during this time, and many festivals and events occur. The icebergs are also visible along the coast, and the puffin population is at its peak.

What is Special About St. John’s, Newfoundland?

St. John’s is notable for its rich Atlantic history, colourful Jellybean Row houses, and breathtaking natural surroundings. The city is also known for its vibrant arts scene, delicious seafood, and the unique cultural practice of “screeching-in” ceremonies.

Why is Newfoundland So Cheap?

Newfoundland is relatively cheap compared to other Canadian destinations due to its lower cost of living and less commercialized tourism industry. Accommodations, food, and activities are generally more affordable, making Newfoundland an attractive destination for budget-conscious travellers.

What is the Best Way to Tour Newfoundland?

The best way to tour Newfoundland is by car. Renting a car allows you to explore the island’s remote areas, scenic drives, and small towns at their own pace. Guided and boat tours are famous for specific attractions like icebergs and whale watching.

Is St. John Newfoundland Expensive?

St. John’s is moderately priced compared to other major Canadian cities. While dining and accommodations can vary in price, it is considered affordable, especially given the unique experiences and natural beauty it offers.

What is the Best Part of Newfoundland?

The best part of Newfoundland is subjective, but Gros Morne National Park is often highlighted for its stunning fjords, mountains, and diverse wildlife. Other popular areas include the Bonavista Peninsula, Twillingate for iceberg viewing, and the scenic Irish Loop.

What is Getting Screeched In St John’s?

“Getting screeched in” is a traditional ceremony in Newfoundland where visitors become honorary Newfoundlanders. The ritual involves reciting a short pledge, taking a shot of Screech rum, and kissing a codfish.

What is the Average Cost of Living in St. John’s?

The average cost of living in St. John’s is relatively low compared to other Canadian cities. Rent for a one-bedroom apartment in the city center averages around CAD 900-1,200 per month. Groceries, utilities, and transportation are also reasonably priced.

Newfoundland is not particularly expensive to visit. Price may vary depending on the season and type of accommodations chosen, but overall, it is more affordable than many other popular Canadian destinations. Budget-conscious travellers can find many free or low-cost activities.

Due to the variable weather, it is essential to dress in layers when visiting Newfoundland. Bring waterproof and windproof clothing, comfortable walking shoes, and warmer layers, even in summer. A hat and gloves are advisable for cooler days and evenings.

The best month to see icebergs in Newfoundland is May. Icebergs drift along the coast from spring to early summer, with May offering the highest likelihood of sightings. June is also a good month for iceberg viewing.

What Should I Pack for St. John’s, Newfoundland?

When packing for St. John’s, Newfoundland, include layered clothing, a waterproof jacket, comfortable walking shoes, and warm accessories like hats and gloves. Remember essentials like sunscreen, insect repellent, and a camera to capture the stunning scenery.

What is the Crime Rate in St John’s, Newfoundland?

St. John’s has a relatively low crime rate compared to other Canadian cities. The city of St. John’s is generally considered safe for residents and visitors alike.

Why Do People Love Newfoundland?

People love Newfoundland for its stunning natural beauty, friendly and welcoming locals, rich history, and unique cultural experiences. The rugged coastline, quaint fishing villages, and opportunities for outdoor activities like hiking trails and whale watching are significant draws.

To experience the highlights of Newfoundland, a minimum of 15-20 days is recommended. This allows time to explore major attractions like Gros Morne National Park, St. John’s, and the Bonavista Peninsula without feeling rushed.

All major payment credit and debit cards are widely accepted in Newfoundland, and carrying some cash for small purchases is advisable, especially in rural areas where card machines might not be available.

Can You Get Around Newfoundland Without a Car?

Getting around Newfoundland without a car can be challenging due to the island’s vast and remote nature. Public transportation is limited, so car renting is recommended for flexibility and convenience. However, some guided tours and shuttle services are available for specific routes and attractions.

How Long Does It Take to Drive Across Newfoundland?

Driving across Newfoundland from St. John’s east to Port aux Basques in the west takes approximately 10-12 hours without stops. The Trans-Canada Highway (Route 1) spans the island’s length, offering scenic views.

Can You Get Around St. John Without a Car?

Yes, you can get around St. John’s without a car. The downtown area is walkable, and public transportation, including buses and taxis, is available. A lot of attractions, shops, and restaurants are within walking distance of each other.

Do You Need Insurance to Drive in Newfoundland?

Yes, it would help if you had insurance to drive in Newfoundland. If you are renting a car, rental companies typically offer insurance options. If you are driving your vehicle, ensure your insurance policy covers travel in Newfoundland.

How Many Gates Does St. John’s Airport Have?

St. John’s International Airport (YYT) in Newfoundland and Labrador has over seven gates. 

How Early Should I Be at the Airport?

For domestic flights, arriving at the airport at least 90 minutes before departure is generally recommended. For international flights, arriving 2-3 hours before the scheduled departure time is advised to allow for check-in, security screening, and additional procedures.

What Airlines Fly Out of St. John’s, Newfoundland?

St. John’s International Airport is serviced by several airlines, including:

PAL Airlines

Porter Airlines

Flair Airlines

Air Saint-Pierre (seasonal)

These airlines offer a variety of domestic and international flights.

What is the Largest Airport in Newfoundland, Canada?

St. John’s International Airport (YYT) is the largest in Newfoundland and Labrador regarding passenger traffic and facilities.

What is the Busiest Airport in Newfoundland?

St. John’s International Airport is also the busiest in Newfoundland and Labrador, handling most of the province’s air traffic.

Is St. John’s Airport Open 24 Hours?

Yes, St. John’s International Airport operates 24 hours a day. However, check with your airline regarding the specific hours of operation for ticketing, check-in, and baggage services.

Do You Need to Arrive 3 Hours Before an International Flight?

It is generally recommended to arrive 3 hours before an international flight to ensure enough time for check-in, security, customs, and immigration procedures.

Is It OK to Reach the Airport 1 Hour Before the Flight?

Arriving at the airport just 1 hour before your flight is generally not advisable, especially for larger airports or peak travel times. This could result in insufficient check-in, security screening, and boarding time.

Do I Need to Get to the Airport 2 Hours Before the Flight?

For domestic flights, arriving 2 hours before the scheduled departure is a standard recommendation to allow for check-in, security checks, and any unexpected delays.

Who Owns St. John’s Airport?

St. John’s International Airport is owned and operated by the St. John’s International Airport Authority Inc.

Who Flies Direct to Newfoundland?

Several airlines offer direct flights to Newfoundland, including Air Canada, WestJet, PAL Airlines, and Porter Airlines, with direct routes from Canadian cities such as Toronto, Halifax, and Montreal.

Does WestJet Fly Out of St. John’s?

WestJet operates flights out of St. John’s International Airport, offering domestic and seasonal international services.

Should I Check In Online or at the Airport?

Generally, checking in online before arriving at the airport is more convenient. This can save time and help secure your preferred seating. However, you may check-in at the airport if you have special requests or need assistance.  St. John’s International Airport

Why Do Airlines Want You to Check In Early?

Airlines encourage early check-in to ensure smooth operations, manage passenger loads effectively, and allow sufficient time for security checks and boarding processes. Early check-in also reduced the risk of delays and missed flights.

Is 2.5 Hours Enough Time for an International Flight?

Arriving 2.5 hours before an international flight is usually sufficient, but this may vary depending on the airport, time of day, and security procedures. It is always good to check specific recommendations from your airline.

Is 1.5 Hours Early Enough for a Flight?

For domestic flights, 1.5 hours might be adequate at smaller airports or during off-peak times. However, allowing at least 2 hours to account for unforeseen delays is generally safer.

What Happens if You Get to the Airport 30 Minutes Before Your Flight?

Arriving just 30 minutes before your flight is risky and may result in missing the flight, as most airlines close check-in and boarding well before this time. Security screening and other pre-boarding processes may need to be noticed more promptly.

What Happens if I Miss My Flight?

If you miss your flight, you should immediately contact your airline. They may be able to rebook you on the next available flight, but rebooking policies and fees can vary. Some airlines charge a change fee or require purchasing a new ticket.

How Do I Know If My WestJet Flight Will Be Cancelled?

To check if your WestJet flight is cancelled, visit the WestJet website or app, sign up for flight notifications, or contact WestJet customer service directly. They provide real-time updates on flight status.

What is the 3-Hour Airport Rule?

The 3-hour airport rule generally refers to the recommendation to arrive 3 hours before a scheduled international flight to ensure sufficient time for check-in, security, customs, and other pre-departure procedures.

What is the Flight 3-Hour Rule?

The flight 3-hour rule can also refer to the EU regulation that entitles passengers to compensation if their flight arrives at their destination more than 3 hours late, under certain conditions.

What Happens If You Don’t Check-In 2 Hours Before Your Flight?

Check-in at least 2 hours before your flight to ensure you get the flight, as airlines typically close check-in counters and baggage drop-offs well before departure. This can result in forfeiting your ticket or rebooking on a later flight.

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You can also find low prices on hotels, B&B and cabins with these two providers. If you are located in Canada, the USA, the UK or Europe, use  Booking.com , and if you are in Canada, the USA or anywhere else, use  TripAdvisor .

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AirHelp  and  Compensateair  will help you with flight delays, cancellations, or denied boarding. All you need to do is to submit your flight details, and they will handle the claim process on your behalf. They will handle all the paperwork, airline negotiations, and legal proceedings.

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Of all the things here that’ll take your breath away, music is surely one. There’s a certain rhythm to this place. Leave no song unsung.

Leave No Song Unsung

Of all the things here that’ll take your breath away, music is surely one. There’s a certain rhythm to this place. Leave no song unsung.

Jerry Evans, a proud Mi’kmaq artist whose work is featured in collections across the country, is also a renowned storyteller.

Msit No'kmaq (All My Relations)

Jerry Evans, a proud Mi’kmaq artist whose work is featured in collections across the country, is also a renowned storyteller.

Like everything else around here, our place names are anything but ordinary.

Place Names

Like everything else around here, our place names are anything but ordinary.

Our Irish connection dates all the way back to the 18th century. But it’s as alive today as ever. See why Newfoundland and Labrador is often dubbed the “most Irish place outside of Ireland.”

The Most Irish Place Outside of Ireland

Our Irish connection dates all the way back to the 18th century. But it’s as alive today as ever. See why Newfoundland and Labrador is often dubbed the “most Irish place outside of Ireland.”

This place is filled with stories of all sizes. Be sure to pay attention to this one, or you just might miss it.

The Shortest Story Ever Told

This place is filled with stories of all sizes. Be sure to pay attention to this one, or you just might miss it.

Along every coastline and in every inlet, cove, and bay, you'll find boats of all sizes, made by the very people who use them for fishing and recreation. These fine vessels are works of art, made with local wood, tools, and ingenuity.

Wooden Boats

Along every coastline and in every inlet, cove, and bay, you'll find boats of all sizes, made by the very people who use them for fishing and recreation. These fine vessels are works of art, made with local wood, tools, and ingenuity.

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Get into the MindSet

Explore a collection of mindfulness cards that opens a window to our way of life, and encourages you to make the most of every moment.

Our appetite for food is nearly as big as our appetite for life. Pull up a plate and enjoy these 4 must-have traditional eats.

4 Foods You Must Experience

Our appetite for food is nearly as big as our appetite for life. Pull up a plate and enjoy these 4 must-have traditional eats.

Occasionally, we take the time to create a whole festival as an excuse to let someone else do the cooking. Don’t miss these 5 delicious festivals and events all about food.

5 Tasty Food Festivals

Occasionally, we take the time to create a whole festival as an excuse to let someone else do the cooking. Don’t miss these 5 delicious festivals and events all about food.

There’s never a shortage of wild berries to be found amid our bogs and barrens. Watch three generations pick blueberries and tell a few stories along the East Coast Trail.

Berry Picking

There’s never a shortage of wild berries to be found amid our bogs and barrens. Watch three generations pick blueberries and tell a few stories along the East Coast Trail.

We’ve experienced a culinary revolution, with a resurgence of using traditional ingredients. At the annual Roots, Rants & Roars Festival, cod warrants its own night. One fish. Five dishes. Hundreds of satisfied diners.

Celebrating Cod

We’ve experienced a culinary revolution, with a resurgence of using traditional ingredients. At the annual Roots, Rants & Roars Festival, cod warrants its own night. One fish. Five dishes. Hundreds of satisfied diners.

Explore More Food & Dining

The side order of breathtaking views is complimentary.

Whether you’re an experienced cook or missing home, the recipes in these cookbooks are sure to transport your tastebuds.

Five NL Cookbooks

Whether you’re an experienced cook or missing home, the recipes in these cookbooks are sure to transport your tastebuds.

Whether she’s hauling bright orange kelp from the sea, or plucking chanterelles from the forest floor, Lori is driven to create stunning dishes using the local landscape.

Food Foraging

Whether she’s hauling bright orange kelp from the sea, or plucking chanterelles from the forest floor, Lori is driven to create stunning dishes using the local landscape.

This annual food hike begins in Elliston and loops along the winding coastal roads of Maberly. Along the 5-kilometre hike are some of Canada’s best chefs serving delicious dishes, honouring native ingredients and traditional favourites.

Food On The Move

This annual food hike begins in Elliston and loops along the winding coastal roads of Maberly. Along the 5-kilometre hike are some of Canada’s best chefs serving delicious dishes, honouring native ingredients and traditional favourites.

Some traditions are more delicious than others. Thinking about trying jiggs’ dinner? Here’s a step-by-step guide to get you cooking.

Jiggs' Dinner for Beginners

Some traditions are more delicious than others. Thinking about trying jiggs’ dinner? Here’s a step-by-step guide to get you cooking.

If you thought our sunrises and sea breezes were a treat, wait until you try a simple yet satisfying tea bun.

Ode to the Humble Tea Bun

If you thought our sunrises and sea breezes were a treat, wait until you try a simple yet satisfying tea bun.

Along the craggy coastline of the Bonavista Peninsula, the small fishing settlement of Elliston proudly claims the title of Root Cellar Capital of the World. These distinctive structures represent our unique cuisine and spirit of resilience.

Root Cellars of Elliston

Along the craggy coastline of the Bonavista Peninsula, the small fishing settlement of Elliston proudly claims the title of Root Cellar Capital of the World. These distinctive structures represent our unique cuisine and spirit of resilience.

Did you know we have doppelgängers of world-renowned sights from all over? Chris and Larry show us just how worldly (and other-worldly) this province really is.

Around the world in Newfoundland and Labrador

Did you know we have doppelgängers of world-renowned sights from all over? Chris and Larry show us just how worldly (and other-worldly) this province really is.

Francois is way off the beaten path. It’s an outport community on the southwest coast of Newfoundland, accessible only by boat or helicopter. Hayley Gendron explains how this place and the people who live there will impact visitors.

Finding Francois

Francois is way off the beaten path. It’s an outport community on the southwest coast of Newfoundland, accessible only by boat or helicopter. Hayley Gendron explains how this place and the people who live there will impact visitors.

The Burin Peninsula is home to some of our best-kept secrets, including a museum with sails like a schooner, a rare border crossing to France, a story of sailor survivors, and a place called Lord’s Cove.

Hidden Gems on the Burin Peninsula

The Burin Peninsula is home to some of our best-kept secrets, including a museum with sails like a schooner, a rare border crossing to France, a story of sailor survivors, and a place called Lord’s Cove.

Many take the road well-travelled. For those who prefer the less trodden route, the one that stretches far beyond the beaten path, the experience can last a lifetime.

Many take the road well-travelled. For those who prefer the less trodden route, the one that stretches far beyond the beaten path, the experience can last a lifetime.

Labrador is best known for its unspoiled natural landscape and wildlife. But history also runs very deep in the Big Land. Here are four places to see on your next visit.

Places to Visit in the Big Land

Labrador is best known for its unspoiled natural landscape and wildlife. But history also runs very deep in the Big Land. Here are four places to see on your next visit.

Take a Road Trip Off The Beaten Path

Have your playlist at the ready.

It’s estimated that the number of shipwrecks along our shores range in the thousands. Investigate some of the more prominent ones in our long – and often perilous – history.

The Shipwrecks of Newfoundland and Labrador

It’s estimated that the number of shipwrecks along our shores range in the thousands. Investigate some of the more prominent ones in our long – and often perilous – history.

Here at the most easterly point in North America, Cape Spear National Historic Site is home to the oldest surviving lighthouse in Newfoundland and Labrador, with breathtaking landscapes and spectacular hiking trails.

Where the Sun Rises First

Here at the most easterly point in North America, Cape Spear National Historic Site is home to the oldest surviving lighthouse in Newfoundland and Labrador, with breathtaking landscapes and spectacular hiking trails.

The annual Roots, Rants & Roars Festival celebrates the revival of traditional cuisine. Canada’s top chefs and musicians bring their best, all against the backdrop of the beautiful Atlantic Ocean.

A Celebration of Food and Music

The annual Roots, Rants & Roars Festival celebrates the revival of traditional cuisine. Canada’s top chefs and musicians bring their best, all against the backdrop of the beautiful Atlantic Ocean.

Don’t Miss Our Festivals & Events

We’ll find any excuse to celebrate.

Celebrate our rich tradition of storytelling at the Gros Morne Theatre Festival. A staple since 1996, each year Cow Head hosts performers from around the province.

Gros Morne Theatre Festival

Celebrate our rich tradition of storytelling at the Gros Morne Theatre Festival. A staple since 1996, each year Cow Head hosts performers from around the province.

There are people who make sounds for a living. And there are places that make sounds for life. Listen to these celebrations of our natural musicality. Original scores reflect our unique soundscape.

Sounds From The Edge

There are people who make sounds for a living. And there are places that make sounds for life. Listen to these celebrations of our natural musicality. Original scores reflect our unique soundscape.

Isn’t it time you got all that top 40 out of your system?

Isn’t it time you got all that top 40 out of your system?

A week-long digital arts festival for online creators. Unscripted Twillingate offers workshops and sessions that explore creating in the digital age.

Unscripted Twillingate

A week-long digital arts festival for online creators. Unscripted Twillingate offers workshops and sessions that explore creating in the digital age.

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Around here, defying the conventional goes without saying. And that’s never clearer than when it comes to our architecture.

Architecture that’s anything but ordinary

Around here, defying the conventional goes without saying. And that’s never clearer than when it comes to our architecture.

A picture tells a thousand words. The Botwood murals tell centuries’ worth of history.

Exploring the Colourful Murals of Botwood

A picture tells a thousand words. The Botwood murals tell centuries’ worth of history.

From culture to characters – we’re proudly colourful.

From culture to characters – we’re proudly colourful.

The contemporary art studios of Fogo Island provide the perfect inspiration for their resident virtuosos – although a passing whale or iceberg may distract, from time to time.

Design on the Edge

The contemporary art studios of Fogo Island provide the perfect inspiration for their resident virtuosos – although a passing whale or iceberg may distract, from time to time.

Explore Shops and Galleries

You’d be hard-pressed not to find something that’s one of a kind.

Around here, there is no beige. Join Olivia as she strolls through Jellybean Row.

Jellybean Row

Around here, there is no beige. Join Olivia as she strolls through Jellybean Row.

Steeped in 500 years of history and heritage, St. John’s has no shortage of museums, galleries, sites, and attractions.

Museums and Galleries of St. John’s

Steeped in 500 years of history and heritage, St. John’s has no shortage of museums, galleries, sites, and attractions.

We’re no strangers to self-expression. From street names to street murals, our creative culture always shines through.

Public Art in Newfoundland and Labrador

We’re no strangers to self-expression. From street names to street murals, our creative culture always shines through.

Every stitch we hang tells its own unique tale of this place.

The Secret Language of Clotheslines

Every stitch we hang tells its own unique tale of this place.

The heart of Gros Morne will make yours skip a beat. Get to know Woody Point, and why it inspires artists from around the world.

Woody Point: A Seaside Studio

The heart of Gros Morne will make yours skip a beat. Get to know Woody Point, and why it inspires artists from around the world.

Mistaken Point is the site of the oldest fossils of complex multicellular life found anywhere on Earth.

A Story 565 Million Years in the Making

Mistaken Point is the site of the oldest fossils of complex multicellular life found anywhere on Earth.

Step back 565 million years with a behind-the-scenes peek of Mistaken Point, UNESCO World Heritage Site. Home to some of the best-preserved fossils on the planet.

Ancient Fossils of Mistaken Point

Step back 565 million years with a behind-the-scenes peek of Mistaken Point, UNESCO World Heritage Site. Home to some of the best-preserved fossils on the planet.

Dotted with sea caves and flanked by massive sea stacks, the mesa-like sandstone of Bell Island is an anomaly in the area.

Explore Bell Island by Land or Sea

Dotted with sea caves and flanked by massive sea stacks, the mesa-like sandstone of Bell Island is an anomaly in the area.

It has been said those who don’t believe in magic will never see it. Little chance of that ever happening here.

Gros Morne Magic

It has been said those who don’t believe in magic will never see it. Little chance of that ever happening here.

Travel back 565 million years at Mistaken Point Ecological Reserve.

Secret Place

Travel back 565 million years at Mistaken Point Ecological Reserve.

The Tablelands in Gros Morne National Park is one of the few places on the planet where you can explore the earth’s mantle. Become part of a geological story – half a billion years in the making.

The Tablelands

The Tablelands in Gros Morne National Park is one of the few places on the planet where you can explore the earth’s mantle. Become part of a geological story – half a billion years in the making.

Unearth More Geology

The story of life on this planet began billions of years ago. And the rocks that lie beneath our  feet are the narrators of this tale.

A place with an amazing story spanning more than 500 years. Despite its age, St. John’s remains youthful, hopeful, and curious in spirit.

A place with an amazing story spanning more than 500 years. Despite its age, St. John’s remains youthful, hopeful, and curious in spirit.

Just a short journey from St. John’s, you’ll find the scenic Baccalieu Coastal Drive with its picturesque towns, pirate haunts, immaculate harbours, and communities of historical significance.

Baccalieu Coastal Drive: A Secret History

Just a short journey from St. John’s, you’ll find the scenic Baccalieu Coastal Drive with its picturesque towns, pirate haunts, immaculate harbours, and communities of historical significance.

In Battle Harbour, you won’t find any streetlights. But you will find starry nights. Away from the hustle and bustle, you’ll also find plenty of room to breathe.

In Battle Harbour, you won’t find any streetlights. But you will find starry nights. Away from the hustle and bustle, you’ll also find plenty of room to breathe.

Delve Deeper Into Our History

See the sites that tell our stories.

Even the Vikings came here to get away. For over a thousand years, explorers have left behind the familiar in search of these ancient shores. The impressions they made can still be felt here today.

Even the Vikings came here to get away. For over a thousand years, explorers have left behind the familiar in search of these ancient shores. The impressions they made can still be felt here today.

The town of Red Bay offers travellers a testimony of 16th century Basque whaling traditions. Best enjoyed with hiking boots, this UNESCO World Heritage Site just so happens to have front-row seats to striking icebergs, seabirds, and humpback whales.

Hike Back in Time at Red Bay

The town of Red Bay offers travellers a testimony of 16th century Basque whaling traditions. Best enjoyed with hiking boots, this UNESCO World Heritage Site just so happens to have front-row seats to striking icebergs, seabirds, and humpback whales.

Uncover 400 years of bygone days at current archaeological digs. Learn centuries-old boat building traditions at hands-on workshops. Or get your heart racing at an underground tour of an iron ore mine.

Hot Spots For History Buffs on the Avalon

Uncover 400 years of bygone days at current archaeological digs. Learn centuries-old boat building traditions at hands-on workshops. Or get your heart racing at an underground tour of an iron ore mine.

Journey back. Not just to a place, but to a time. Hear Jan’s account of her long-entrenched roots to Battle Harbour. And why this place still calls to her, all these years later.

Journey Back

Journey back. Not just to a place, but to a time. Hear Jan’s account of her long-entrenched roots to Battle Harbour. And why this place still calls to her, all these years later.

Preserved in the town of Bonavista, The Ryan Premises tells the rich history of the Newfoundland cod fishery and the story of the Ryan family who pioneered generations of business success in the industry.

Ryan Premises National Historic Site

Preserved in the town of Bonavista, The Ryan Premises tells the rich history of the Newfoundland cod fishery and the story of the Ryan family who pioneered generations of business success in the industry.

It’s as close as you can get to walking in the footsteps of a Viking.

It’s as close as you can get to walking in the footsteps of a Viking.

Stories can illuminate the past and present. Hear tales about Point Amour Lighthouse which has helped guide so many weary travellers to safety along our shores.

Winding The Light

Stories can illuminate the past and present. Hear tales about Point Amour Lighthouse which has helped guide so many weary travellers to safety along our shores.

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Story Exchange

Curl up with stories from past travellers as they share their favourite memories, photos, and words of wisdom. And if you’ve been here, chronicle your adventures in your very own digital book.

For a province known as a sanctuary from the hustle and bustle, we’ve been ahead of the times in plenty of ways. See how we’ve set trends throughout history. And even prehistory.

We Did It First

For a province known as a sanctuary from the hustle and bustle, we’ve been ahead of the times in plenty of ways. See how we’ve set trends throughout history. And even prehistory.

Christmas, masks, bras, sheets, curtains, lampshades… It all comes together somehow. Trust us.

Any Mummers ‘lowed In?

Christmas, masks, bras, sheets, curtains, lampshades… It all comes together somehow. Trust us.

Yes, really.

Goat On A Horse

Yes, really.

Having our very own time zone, always half an hour ahead of everyone else, we never feel the need to catch-up.

Having our very own time zone, always half an hour ahead of everyone else, we never feel the need to catch-up.

We’ve always had a way with words. A boatload of colourful expressions and place names you won’t find anyplace else. No wonder we have our own dictionary.

Language Lessons

We’ve always had a way with words. A boatload of colourful expressions and place names you won’t find anyplace else. No wonder we have our own dictionary.

When you’re standing here at the edge of North America, where the sun rises first, it’s easy to see why this place can make a morning person out of just about anyone.

Most Easterly Point

When you’re standing here at the edge of North America, where the sun rises first, it’s easy to see why this place can make a morning person out of just about anyone.

Our new friends, Bernie and his faithful mule Polly, traverse the bays and inlets of the province looking for cues to their scenery-based scavenger hunt.

One man. One mule. One mission.

Our new friends, Bernie and his faithful mule Polly, traverse the bays and inlets of the province looking for cues to their scenery-based scavenger hunt.

The Flat Earth Society believes this place is one of the four corners of the world. Perched at the edge of the continent, it doesn’t seem so far-fetched.

The Flat Earth Society believes this place is one of the four corners of the world. Perched at the edge of the continent, it doesn’t seem so far-fetched.

As you explore the province, chances are you’ll glimpse row after row of tuckamore trees. Strong, resilient, tough, and proud – they withstand the test of time. Just like the people around here.

The Tuckamore

As you explore the province, chances are you’ll glimpse row after row of tuckamore trees. Strong, resilient, tough, and proud – they withstand the test of time. Just like the people around here.

Around here, there’s always been a foggy distinction between function and craftsmanship – largely because creating things out of necessity was commonplace. Check out these unique crafts that straddle art and functionality.

Unique Crafts from Creativity and Necessity

Around here, there’s always been a foggy distinction between function and craftsmanship – largely because creating things out of necessity was commonplace. Check out these unique crafts that straddle art and functionality.

We infuse creativity into everything we do. And that includes the places we share with our visitors.

Unique Places To Stay

We infuse creativity into everything we do. And that includes the places we share with our visitors.

Stories of kindness and compassion from the place that inspired the Tony Award-winning Broadway musical, Come From Away.

Kindness Comes From Within

Stories of kindness and compassion from the place that inspired the Tony Award-winning Broadway musical, Come From Away.

One person, one soliloquy, one moment. The Power of One is a video series filmed against our dramatic landscapes, capturing monologues from every Shakespearean play in the Canon.

Perchance Theatre Presents: The Power of One

One person, one soliloquy, one moment. The Power of One is a video series filmed against our dramatic landscapes, capturing monologues from every Shakespearean play in the Canon.

Every year, 22 different species of whales make their way to the province and put on a show for locals and tourists alike. Of course, showtimes may vary.

Showtimes May Vary

Every year, 22 different species of whales make their way to the province and put on a show for locals and tourists alike. Of course, showtimes may vary.

Why let a silly thing like the truth get in the way of a good story?

Tangled Tales

Why let a silly thing like the truth get in the way of a good story?

The Vikings came over 1,000 years ago. But did they ever truly leave?

The Haunting of L’Anse aux Meadows

The Vikings came over 1,000 years ago. But did they ever truly leave?

Browse the list of tv shows and movies where Newfoundland and Labrador plays a leading role.

Travel off the beaten path… from home

Browse the list of tv shows and movies where Newfoundland and Labrador plays a leading role.

We’ve made a bit of a name for ourselves. Several, in fact. Ever wondered about our unique place names? Wait till you hear where they came from.

What's in a Name?

We’ve made a bit of a name for ourselves. Several, in fact. Ever wondered about our unique place names? Wait till you hear where they came from.

From 1,700-foot vertical drops at Marble Mountain, to big snow action in Labrador City Ski Hill, you’re never far from the glorious powder.

16 Feet of Fresh Powder

From 1,700-foot vertical drops at Marble Mountain, to big snow action in Labrador City Ski Hill, you’re never far from the glorious powder.

Dramatic coastlines, untouched forests, and even perhaps the edges of a glacier-carved fjord – who needs roads?

5,000 km of Groomed Snowmobiling Trails

Dramatic coastlines, untouched forests, and even perhaps the edges of a glacier-carved fjord – who needs roads?

Nestled at the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains, towering over the beautiful Humber Valley is Marble Mountain – renowned for the best skiing on Canada's east coast.

Best Skiing East of the Rockies

Nestled at the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains, towering over the beautiful Humber Valley is Marble Mountain – renowned for the best skiing on Canada's east coast.

Mountains, wide-open valleys, rushing waterfalls, and you flying weightless above it all. Come to life this winter along the longest, tallest zipline of Eastern Canada.

Flying High Over Winter Waterfalls

Mountains, wide-open valleys, rushing waterfalls, and you flying weightless above it all. Come to life this winter along the longest, tallest zipline of Eastern Canada.

No matter where you are in the province, you’re never far from winter fun. Recapture the magic of snow days at one of these first-rate ski and snowshoe locations.

Snowshoes or Cross-Country Skis?

No matter where you are in the province, you’re never far from winter fun. Recapture the magic of snow days at one of these first-rate ski and snowshoe locations.

Start Planning Your Adventure

Make winter your favourite season at White Hills Ski Resort. Every year, its 55 acres of rolling terrain are blanketed under pristine powder.

Living Up to Its Name: White Hills Resort

Make winter your favourite season at White Hills Ski Resort. Every year, its 55 acres of rolling terrain are blanketed under pristine powder.

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The province of Newfoundland and Labrador only joined Canada in 1949, a controversial move supported by just 52.3 percent of the population at the time. Even now, parts of Newfoundland seem like an entirely different country. The island’s remarkable family of dialects, in essence an eclectic mix of old Irish and English, developed because the outports – ancient fishing settlements that were home to the first Europeans – could only be reached by boat. Today almost all are connected to the skein of side roads that plugs into the Trans-Canada Highway, but most of the interior remains an untouched wonderland of snow-capped mountains, fish-filled rivers and mesmerizing fjords.

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Newfoundland’s natural and historic charms are considerable, yet, astonishingly, the island rarely seems busy or crowded. Most visitors fly straight to St John’s , which provides the best introduction to island life, not least for its museums, enticing restaurants, bars and flourishing folk music scene. The city is also within easy striking distance of the whale-watching at Bay Bulls , the lighthouses of Cape Spear and the East Coast Trail , providing opportunities for everything from a short ramble to a full-scale expedition.

Newfoundland’s attractions don’t end on the Avalon Peninsula though. Tiny Trinity , on the Bonavista Peninsula, is perhaps the most beguiling of all the old outports, though Twillingate comes a close second and Fogo Island remains one of the most traditional. Gros Morne National Park , 700km west of St John’s, features wondrous mountains and glacier-gouged lakes, while another 350km north of the park, at L’Anse aux Meadows , lie the scant but evocative remains of an eleventh-century Norse colony, as well as a remarkable hotel in the old lighthouse on Quirpon island. The southern coast of Newfoundland chips in with the wild and windswept Burin Peninsula, which is a quick ferry ride from French-speaking St-Pierre et Miquelon , a tiny archipelago that is – as an imperial oddity – a département of France.

Labrador , though part of mainland Canada, has been tied to the island of Newfoundland since the 1760s, yet here too you’ll find a strong sense of identity, one that blends recent arrivals with ancient Inuit and Innu traditions. Iron ore mines and hydroelectric schemes drive the economy, but these industrial blemishes are mere pinpricks in the barely explored wilderness that defines this part of the province. Unimaginably vast, Labrador boasts some of Canada’s highest mountains, a jaw-dropping national park, a spectacular shoreline and a forested hinterland teeming with wildlife. A trip here is a true adventure.

A word about the moose : Newfoundland has thousands of them and they present a real danger to the motorist at dawn and dusk and to a lesser extent at night – so much so that many locals prefer not to drive at these times. The problem is that this large and powerful animal is drawn to vehicle headlights as if hypnotized and the results of a collision can be devastating for beast and human alike: on impact, cars typically knock the moose’s legs away, leaving the animal’s body to come barrelling through the windscreen.

All of Newfoundland, as well as the Labrador coastal communities south of Cartwright (from L’Anse au Claire, on the Québec border, to Norman Bay), is on Newfoundland Standard Time (3hr 30min behind GMT, and 1hr 30min ahead of Eastern Standard Time). Most of Labrador (Cartwright, Happy Valley-Goose Bay and Labrador West), as well as the Maritime Provinces, is on Atlantic Time , half-an-hour behind Newfoundland time. St-Pierre et Miquelon also has its own time zone – half-an-hour ahead of Newfoundland Time.

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My husband and I first stepped foot in the eastern Atlantic Canadian provinces ten years ago on a family cruise. We had nothing but heavy rain and dense fog the entire trip, but since we hadn’t done much research beforehand we didn’t realize at the time how much we were missing. 

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It was a good thing too because after we looked up the ports once we got home, we couldn’t believe what we saw. Colorful fishing villages. Sandy beaches. Vibrant cities. Historic lighthouses. Scenic drives.

It looked like an entirely different world than what we experienced so we’ve talked about going back ever since. When the announcement was made that the Canada border would be opening back up to Americans again, we figured it would be the perfect time to go. 

And so began a deep dive into planning a two-month Canadian road trip. 

Our original plan focused on The Maritimes – New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, and Prince Edward Island – but we soon realized Newfoundland, Canada’s easternmost province is not much further. Only sitting a hop, skip, and a ferry ride away, we added the island to our itinerary.

The lookout at Western Brooke Pond in Gros Morne National Park, one of the best things to do in Newfoundland.

Since we didn’t know anyone that personally visited before, we had no idea what to expect. The island surprised us in so many ways!

What we came across was a genuine kindness and distinct aura of local pride you won’t find in many places, incredible hiking trails, and raw beauty that begs to be explored. 

We can definitively say if Newfoundland isn’t on your travel bucket list, it should be!

Lobster Cove Head Lighthouse at sunset.

When to Visit Newfoundland 

What is the best month to visit Newfoundland? The answer to that question depends on what magical experience you are chasing – floating icebergs, historical lighthouses, majestic whales, exciting festivals, or adorable puffins.

Because Newfoundland has it all and so much more!

Summer is by far the best time of year to visit Newfoundland and is also prime time for whale and puffin watching. 

In late June and July, the temperatures start warming up and flowers begin to bloom. July is the driest month and August is the hottest. 

We visited the last week in August and the first week in September. The weather was a variety of sunny days, clouds mixed with sun, and a few windy and rainy days but warm temperatures with highs around 71 degrees Fahrenheit  (21 degrees Celsius). 

On any given day, there’s a chance for a lighthouse or a moose sighting. But if you’d like to have icebergs floating in the background, plan your trip in the springtime in late May or early June. 

Fishing villages dot the landscape in Newfoundland.

How to Get to Newfoundland 

Since it is an island, your only options to get to Newfoundland include a ferry or a plane ride. 

If you fly, you’ll most likely begin your trip in the capital of St. John’s located on the southeast side of the island. 

If you choose to drive, you have two options: a six to eight-hour sail to Port aux Basques or a fifteen-hour sail to Argentia.

If you are driving over the border from the United States another helpful article is All the Info You Need to Know to Cross the Border into Canada by Car.

Because of limited availability and planning our trip not too far in advance, we ended up taking the Port aux Basques ferry both ways.

If you are planning ahead of time, I suggest taking the Port aux Basques ferry in and Argentia out to avoid an entire day of driving. It takes roughly nine hours from port to port double backing through some areas. 

Two Week Newfoundland Road Trip Itinerary

Newfoundland Road Trip Map: Newfoundland Itinerary 14 days

Click here for an interactive Newfoundland road trip map.

How many days do you need in Newfoundland? The island of Newfoundland is the 16th largest island in the world.

For comparison, it’s a quarter larger than Ireland and roughly the same size as the state of Ohio. 

It takes a long time to drive from east to west and north to south.

Ideally, you should plan a week at a minimum, but two weeks not only gets you to all the highlights but allows you to enjoy them with a few hikes and tours here and there. 

Here is my suggested Newfoundland road trip itinerary. 

Newfoundland Itinerary 14 Days: Summary

  • Port aux Basques, 1 night
  • Corner Brook, 1 night
  • Gros Morne National Park, 3 nights
  • Kings Point, 1 night
  • Twillingate, 2 nights
  • Terra Nova National Park, 1 night
  • Trinity, 1 night
  • Conception Bay, 1 night
  • St John’s, 3 nights

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Day 1: Port aux Basques

If you take the daytime ferry you’ll be arriving in Port aux Basques between 6:00 and 7:00 pm and will have to go through customs so for the first night we don’t recommend you drive too far.

So instead of rushing out and trying to beat twilight, once you debark, kick off your Newfoundland travel with a short yet spectacular sunset hike. 

Be aware one of the many unique things about Newfoundland is that it has its own time zone. Once you arrive on the mainland, you’ll be a half-hour ahead of Atlantic Canada.

The Grand Bay West Walking Trail is a perfect stroll at sunset.

What to See & Do: A delightful introduction to the island is the Grand Bay West Walking Trail . The easy hike starts out on a boardwalk overlooking the beach and a quiet bay then continues to multiple platforms overlooking the ocean.

There are wildflowers, swaying green grass, an old barn, sandy coves, and is the perfect spot to catch a sunset.

Where to Eat & Drink: After a long day, Seashore Restaurant with its friendly service, ocean view, and big portions is the right place for dinner. On the menu, you’ll find Newfoundland local dishes, seafood, and sandwiches. 

Where to Stay:  If you like your privacy, book at St. Christopher’s Hotel for a spacious and clean hotel room. 

For another fantastic experience, Hotel Port Aux Basques is a great option as well. 

Those looking for a free camping site, stay in the lot at Grand Bay West. It has two clean bathrooms that stay open all night and you won’t be bothered. 

Day 2: Corner Brook

Cruise the Trans-Canada Highway lined with evergreen trees and views for miles for roughly two and a half hours before detouring over to Cape Saint George. 

Driving the Trans-Canada Highway after leaving Port aux Basques in Newfoundland.

What to See & Do: The Boutte du Cap Park honors the French Acadian fishermen, Newfoundland’s first settlers, by baking bread in traditional wood fire bread ovens in a few places in the area including the park.

Try to get there between 12:00 pm and 2:00 pm to take advantage of the free freshly made rolls made by locals in the stone oven in the park.

The bread is so fluffy and light; it’s a real treat.

Note: The bread oven demonstrations are typically done in July and August, Monday – Saturday. 

Getting fresh bread baked at Boutte du Cap Park is one of the unique things to do in Newfoundland.

Also at the park, you’ll walk along plunging cliff edges to admire what locals call The Boot, a craggy horn jutting out from the mainland.

Head north on 463 to finish the Port au Port Peninsula loop drive before stopping at Captain James Cook National Historic Site .

The site has amazing views of the city of Corner Brook and the Bay of Islands and you only have to walk a short distance for spectacular photo opportunities.

Complete the day with a hike on the OBIEC Bottle Cove Boardwalk Trail.  It was one of our favorite hikes in Newfoundland!

With every step, it just keeps getting better and better.

A relatively short hike that starts out on a flat boardwalk, and after a short climb and walk on a tree-covered path pops out to spectacular views where the cove meets the ocean. 

The OBIEC Bottle Cove Boardwalk Trail is one of the Newfoundland hidden gems we discovered.

Where to Eat & Drink: After the historic site, take a break for lunch at the Saltbox and Everoutdoor Adventures overlooking Benoit’s Cove. 

Where to Stay: Right in the heart of the small downtown is Glynmill Inn , highly rated with a restaurant and pub. 

If you’re looking for something a bit more modern and free continental breakfast, the Hew & Draw Hotel is a great option. 

Days 3 – 5: Gros Morne National Park

Next up on your Newfoundland road trip is Gros Morne National Park which is not only a national park but a UNESCO World Heritage Site as well. 

The park is a magical experience and one of the most beautiful places in Newfoundland that should not be missed! 

What to See & Do: We have a few recommended hikes for every level of hiker. 

  • Easy – Eastern Point Trail
  • Easy – Tablelands Trail
  • Easy – Berry Hill Pond
  • Easy – Steve’s Trail
  • Moderate – Green Gardens Trail
  • Moderate – Lookout Trail
  • Difficult – Gros Morne Mounain
  • Difficult- Western Brook Pond

The Eastern Point Trail , found near the south end of the park near Trout River, is not on the park map for some reason but I read about it beforehand so I had it on our itinerary. 

And I’m so glad we did because it scales our top 10 Newfoundland hiking list along with Bottlecove as one of our favorite trails.

A viewpoint from the Eastern Point Trail near Gros Morne National Park.

If you are an experienced hiker, I highly recommend the Gros Morne Mountain Trail, a roughly 10-mile (16 km) climb that will knock your socks off. But it is difficult and will take an entire day so if you are in good shape and willing to climb on rocky terrain 

Another popular hike (and the picture you probably have come across a hundred times when researching your trip) is the Western Brook Fjord hike. We did not hike this trail because you either have to book a super expensive guide or go through a bunch of red tape to prove you are experienced and reserve a permit weeks in advance. 

I suggest booking the Western Brook Pond boat tour instead. It still requires a hike (roughly 2 miles but on flat land) to the dock but then you’ll get to enjoy the magnificent views of the glacier-carved fjord while relaxing on a boat. 

West Brook II boat tour of the fjord in Newfoundland's Gros Morne National Park.

Other do-not-miss easy hikes include the most unique part of Gros Morne, The Tablelands , where you can actually see part of the earth’s mantle. 

We knew we had to experience this unusual section because of its rare geology, but what we didn’t expect was for it to be barren yet beautiful.

The Tablelands Trail in Gros Morne National Park is both barren and beautiful. It's a must-do on a western Newfoundland itinerary.

Steve’s Trail is another fantastic short hike, which starts in a meadow and leads out to a beautiful beach.

It’s also a great cove for spotting seals. 

Steve's Trail is one of the most beautiful places in Newfoundland. Definitely add it to your western Newfoundland itinerary.

And last but not least, make sure to catch a sunset at Lobster Cove Head Lighthouse. It’s another one of the most beautiful places in Newfoundland. 

Sunset at Lobster Cove Head Lighthouse in Gros Morne National Park.

Where to Eat: A unique restaurant mixing Newfoundland culture in a diner setting in the Tablelands area is the Merchant Warehouse Retro Cafe & Wine Bar.

Even though local craft beer and fish and chips are the most popular items on the menu, there are also burgers, sandwiches, and specialty desserts to be enjoyed inside or out back on the patio with water views. 

Where to Stay: We van camped at Berry Hill Campground inside the park, but if you aren’t camping The Rooms at Woody Point are comfortable and well-rated. (Take a tour of our minivan-turned-campervan here and see all the essential camping items we recommend.)

If you like the cabin vibe, book one of Bambury’s Hillside Chalets ; they are in a great location for exploring Gros Morne National Park.

Day 6: King’s Point

You’ll be backtracking a little bit today through Deer Lake, but from there you’ll head north to the town of King’s Point, another charming small town. 

What to See & Do:  From Gros Morne, you can drive direct to King’s Point or you can take an hour detour a little north to Tilt Cove . 

Tilt Cove, smallest town in Canada, welcome sign.

With a population of four, the super tiny hamlet is the smallest town in Canada. 

Founded in 1813 for its gold and copper ores, it was also Newfoundland’s first mining town.

Today, the sleepy town has a few livable homes and remnants of its mining past. 

On the way, Foster’s Bawn Lookout Trail in La Scie is a worthy deviation. Located at the tip of Baie Verde Peninsula, it’s another prime spot for iceberg viewing and whale watching during peak season.

It’s a short walk to a wooden platform with views like below. 

The viewpoint from Foster's Bawn Lookout in La Scie, Newfoundland.

Another option is to arrive early in King’s Point and hike the Alexander Murray Hiking Trail , a popular 5.3-mile hiking trail. 1,000 stairs lead hikers to a breathtaking lookout.

Alternative Option

One of the most unique things to do in Newfoundland is to see floating icebergs from the glaciers of western Greenland. 

If you are planning a trip from April through August, you may want to adjust your itinerary from King’s Point to add a night up north in St. Anthony or Hay Cove to see the frozen giants and visit the L’Anse aux Meadows National Historic Site, one of Newfoundland’s hidden gems.

The rugged coast is where Norse sailors first settled in North America – long before the famed Christopher Columbus. It’s the only authenticated Viking site on the continent and recently researchers figured out the exact timeframe – 1,000 years ago in 1021.

We struggled with whether or not to add L’Anse to our itinerary, but in the end, we chose not to add the extra driving time (it’s roughly 4 hours from Gros Morne National Park) since we visited in late summer and the icebergs had already disappeared. If you decide to add the additional stop and you need to keep your itinerary to 14 days, I suggest reducing one night in St. John’s. 

Where to Eat & Stay: A fantastic option for lodging and dinner is at By the Sea Inn & Cafe , located right on the water in the bay. Our waitress told us it’s not uncommon to see whales frolicking right outside your window. We weren’t so lucky, but there were multiple pictures hanging on the wall to back up her story!

We camped at King’s Point RV Park and although the campground itself is nothing to write home about the view is amazing and it is a cheap option. It was one of our favorite campsites of the trip. 

A campsite overlooking the bay at King's Point RV Park in Newfoundland.

Day 7 & 8: Twillingate

A stunning coastline, a winery that serves up wine created with iceberg water, a historical lighthouse, and scenic country roads. 

Yes, Twillingate is worth an overnight!

What to See & Do: If you are visiting during the spring or early summer, Twillingate is a popular spot to take an iceberg and whale-watching boat tour. 

We visited in late summer and all the other tourists we talked to did not see whales on their guided tours so we decided to save our money and try later in the trip on the St. Lawrence River.

Do not miss the Long Point Lighthouse for breathtaking views of the rugged shore. 

Built in 1876 for the fishermen and coastal traders that navigated the rough waters of the Atlantic, the historic landmark is one of the most photographed locations on the northeast coast of Newfoundland. 

Long Point Lighthouse in Twillingate, Newfoundland.

Next, hop over to the Auk Island Winery for a tasting. Not only are the names unique – like Fifty Shades of Bay, Moose Joose, Kiss My Arse, and 3 Sheets in the Wind – but the wines, made with local berries like partridgeberry and iceberg water, are as well. 

A line of JellyBean Row wine from Auk Island winery.

There are so many breathtakingly beautiful hikes in Newfoundland. We kept saying over and over, “we need more time!”

The French Beach Walking Trail, just east of the city, is another one. The coastline trail offers epic views of a few spectacular coves and if visiting in late summer, wild blueberries bloom ripe for picking at the base of the trail.  

Where to Eat & Drink: Annie’s Harbour Restaurant is a casual seafood restaurant right on the water. Popular with locals and visitors alike, I highly suggest making reservations.

If you like craft beer, you’ll find a cream ale, IPA, brown ale, and stout over at Split Rock Brewery. The cozy pub, right on the harbor, offers a menu with ham

Day 9: Terra Nova National Park

Did you know Newfoundland has two national parks? The second one on your itinerary is Terra Nova, also the most easterly national park in Canada.

What to See & Do: When you leave Twillingate, drive east to Pike’s Arm Lookout on New World Island. The short (but steep) trail is worth the detour and the steps. 

It’s mostly stairs versus a trail, but the climb is rewarding with 360-degree views including Notre Dame Bay and multiple small islands. At the top, you’ll find an outhouse and a platform with a large picnic table to sit at while you take it all in. 

Pike's Arm Lookout is one of the beautiful things to do on the east coast in Newfoundland.

Afterward, head to Mill Cove Trail inside the park. A quick stroll on a boardwalk through a patch of forest leads you to a moderate rock climb then a few stairs, to amazing views. Under a mile long, it’s another short and sweet hike with big payoffs.

The Mill Cove Trail lookout in Terra Nova National Park.

Where to Eat: There are not many restaurants to choose from today, a few local popular ones you’ll come across are Gill’s Grill in Gambo, Rosie’s Restaurant & Bakery in Gander, and Country Style Coffee & Bakery in Glovertown. 

Where to Stay: There are not many lodging options near Terra Nova National Park so we camped at Newman Sound Campground, right in the heart of the park. The sites all have electricity, water, and showers. 

If you are not camping, consider Glovertown Ocean View Suites and Cottages or if you’re traveling with family Terra Nova Cabin . 

Day 10: Trinity

Before motoring to Trinity, there are a few interesting sites on the Bonavista Peninsula. 

What to See & Do: Start the morning at Tickle Cove Sea Arch , a magical bay of red sandstone and quartz. The relentless waves of the Atlantic Ocean eroded the rock from both sides creating the wonderful sea arch.

It’s just one of the significant geological sites in the peninsula that led to the UNESCO World Heritage Site designation. 

The Tickle Cove Sea Arch is one of the beautiful things to do on the east coast in Newfoundland.

Over at the Cape Bonavista Lighthouse , take a tour and climb the 1843 historic structure. Also, spend some time walking the grounds to look for whales and puffins.

Afterward, swing through Dungeon Provincial Park . There you’ll see, The Dungeon, a large crater with two sea arches. It’s also quite the sight to see as horses and cows graze on the dramatic coastline.

If you're looking for things to do on the east coast of Newfoundland add Dungeon Provincial Park to your itinerary. You'll find cows and horses grazing on dramatic cliffs overlooking the wild Atlantic.

Another must-do in the area is the Elliston Puffin Viewing Site to see the small sea parrots from land, one of the only places in North America to offer such a sight.

PRO TIP: You’ll be looking for all sorts of wildlife on your trip, so make sure to pack a good pair of binoculars like these! We bought them right before our trip and they worked out great. Lightweight, budget-friendly, easy to use, and comes with a carrying case. 

There are usually a few flapping around the colony at all times of the day but sunrise or sunset is the best time to visit. 

A puffin standing on a rock overlooking water.

After checking in to your guesthouse, take a stroll through the quaint town of Trinity, which has been an active settlement since 1588.

Where to Eat & Drink: Another cool fact about Elliston is that it is considered the Root Cellar Capital of the World with hundreds of frost-free underground and hill vaults. You’ll see a few at the puffin viewing site but also at Nanny’s Root Cellar Kitchen .

It’s the perfect restaurant to try traditional Newfoundland food like cod tongue, fish and brewis, or the famous Jiggs dinner in a historic building. 

If it’s a Thursday through Sunday, stop in at Port Rexton Brewery to grab a pint, a gourmet grilled cheese, and poutine at the permanent food truck stationed at the outdoor patio. It’s a fantastic spot to sit and relax. 

If you’re ready for an extra special dining experience, make reservations at Twine Loft in Trinity. The restaurant offers a 3-course dinner by candlelight overlooking the water. 

Where to Stay: Book a private room with a bath at Eriksen Premises within walking distance of everything in town. 

Day 11: Avondale

In the morning, walk the noteworthy Skerwink Trail , a 5.3 km hike in the Trinity area. The trail was previously selected by Travel and Leisure Magazine as one of the top 35 walks in North America and Europe. 

I hate to disagree with this designation because the hike is outstanding. But one of the top 35 in ALL of North America and Europe? Not sure it lives up to all that hype but worth it? Absolutely.

The stunning experience includes a tranquil walk in an evergreen forest lined with blueberry bushes, impressive overlooks at Robinhood Bay, towering sea stacks, and wonderful views of the towns of Port Rexton and Trinity. 

What to See & Do: On the way to Conception Bay, you have to stop in Dildo. Yep, that’s right, there’s a town called Dildo in Newfoundland! 

One of the unique things to do in Newfoundland is to visit the town of Dildo and its Hollywood-style sign!

Afterward, explore the historic small fishing villages of Cupids and Brigus . You can view artifacts from one of the oldest settlements in North America at the Cupids Legacy Centre then walk the narrow lanes of the neighboring town. 

Where to Stay: Don’t let the check-in at the small neighborhood bar throw you off at Gloria’s BnB. Attached to the other half of the building is a guesthouse with private rooms and bathrooms for a reasonable price. In the morning, expect muffins, coffee, and juice in the shared room on the main level. 

Days 12 – 14: St. John’s

You’ll finish your trip in St. John’s, the capital and largest city in Newfoundland. 

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What to See & Do: There are a few things you must do while staying in St. John’s. Check out this 2-hour boat cruise that leaves from the heart of downtown to see whales, puffins, and more. Or maybe you are just interested in a downtown walking tour to learn all about St. John’s fascinating history and interesting architecture. 

Visit Cape Spear, the easternmost point in North America found at the tip of Newfoundland just 10 miles east of the city.

Constructed in 1836, the Cape Spear Lighthouse National Historic Site is the oldest surviving lighthouse in the province. 

The Cape Spear Lighthouse

Another unforgettable experience is hiking the North Head Trai l. It’s the oldest and supposedly the most popular trail on Signal Hill but we didn’t see many people while we were on it. 

Hiking tops the list for free things to do in Newfoundland. Looking back in St. John's Bay on the North Head Trail to Signal Hill.

Start at Fort Waldegrave up to Signal Hill (if you get there around noon you can see them shoot the cannon) then over to the fishing village of Quidi Vidi.

You won’t want to miss the quaint historic hamlet nestled in a tiny harbor surrounded by large rock outcrops. 

NOTE: There is a small parking lot as well if you’re not up for the challenge of the hike. 

A side trip to Quidi Vidi Village is one of the top things to do in Newfoundland.

A perfect location to rest your weary legs is the Quidi Vidi Brewing Company . Grab a table on the patio overlooking the bay and order a flight to try a few of their many delicious beers.

The fish & chip food truck serves up the best we had on the island. 

Quidi Vidi Brewery fish and chips and a beer flight.

After proper hydration, finish your hike with an easy flat stroll along the Quidi Vidi Lake Trail back into St. John’s for a 5-mile loop.

Optional: If you’re visiting during whale season take a drive on the Irish Loop which starts just 20 miles south of St. John’s.

The scenic route winds around the southern region of the Avalon Peninsula. Add Witless Bay Ecological Reserve, Tors Cove, La Manche Provincial Park, Ferryland Lighthouse Mistaken Point and St. Vincent’s to your itinerary. 

Otherwise, I’d skip it to spend more time in and around the city. 

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Where to Eat & Drink: Get screeched in at Christian’s Bar, check out the speakeasy-feel in the basement bar at YellowBelly Brewery, get stuffed at Get Stuffed, and eat at the vegetarian Peaceful Loft. 

Where to Stay: The historic Gower Manor B&B is perfectly located and has free parking and breakfast.

If you don enjoy B&B’s, the JAG Boutique Hotel is less than a 5 minutes walk from George Street with comfortable rooms appointed with a mini-fridge and Keurig coffee machine. 

The Argentia port is only an hour and a half from St. John’s so plan accordingly for your last day.

And that wraps up your two-week Newfoundland itinerary! I can’t wait for you to discover this enchanting place!

Frequently Asked Questions

Is Newfoundland expensive to visit? Newfoundland is relatively expensive to visit. From an American’s perspective, most things in Canada including food, lodging, and drinks are a bit more expensive than at home. And Newfoundland is even more since it’s an island and more remote than some other provinces. But it is doable and there are ways to save like not eating out every meal and camping versus staying in hotels. 

What language do they speak in Newfoundland? English is the main language spoken in and around all of Newfoundland. Menus and signs are also written in English. 

What side of the road do they drive on in Newfoundland? Newfoundlanders follow the same rules of the road as Americans, driving on the right side.

Can you see the Northern Lights in Newfoundland? If you’re lucky you can see the northern lights on a clear night in Newfoundland but it is not one of the top places in Canada to see the aurora borealis.  

What is Newfoundland best known for? Newfoundland is best known for its colorful houses in St. John’s and its deep-rooted fishing heritage. 

Do you have any other favorite things to do in Newfoundland? We will definitely be back so please share in the comments below!

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Hello! I was happy to find this site as my husband and I are in the midst of planning a trip to NL this summer and our travel habits seem similar to yours. This will be our first visit to NL, and we’ll be traveling in a campervan with our dog and plan on sleeping every night in the van. Do you know if it’s essential to book campsites at the national and provincial parks in advance or if there tends to be day of availability? We’ll be traveling late July/early-mid August. The mention of the free campsite at Grand Bay West is really helpful, do you know of other similar free campsites throughout the island? Many thanks and happy travels!

Dang Travelers

Hi Lisa! I’m so excited for you, Newfoundland is such a magical place! Based on the time of year your visiting, I would probably book in advance. We saw a lot of campers and we visited in the beginning of shoulder season. I would at least definitely book Gros Morne in advance since it’s a busy park. I dont know of any other sites offhand, but we used the iOverlander app for free campsites.

Barb Macpherson

You need to make a significant correction – you fly into ST. JOHN’S. St. John (no “s”) is in New Brunswick and you’re in trouble if you book a flight to St. John if you want to be in Newfoundland!

Thanks Barb! I didn’t catch that before!!

I liked the article but feel you really should warn people about Wreck House.The day we came off the ferry we knew to stop at the Welcome Centre and check the winds at Wreck House. They were gusting at 50km to 80km and forcasted to go to 80km to 100km. As the wind here is always a cross wind, anyone traveling by motorcycle (me), or RV, or towing a trailer needs to be warned. That particular day one motorcylist was blown off the road and one transport was put on its side when the driver over corrected.

A beautiful visit but ckeck the winds before proceeding to Corner Brook.

Thanks so much Ben! We had no issues at all with wind so appreciate the info.

Great job Dang Travellers. Thanks for including Bay St. George in your itinerary.

What if we want to include a brief visit to Labrador? How to get to Newfoundland from Halifax?

There is a seasonal ferry. To get to Labrador from the island of Newfoundland, take the ferry that runs from St. Barbe on the island’s Great Northern Peninsula to Blanc Sablon, on Québec’s southernmost coast, right next to the border with Labrador.

Two of us are plannng to travel to NF in August. Reverse you trip somewhat and fly into St. John’s and fly out of Deer Lake (think that is the name?) and we’ll rent a car. Notice that you didn’t mention Fogo Island. No time for it or not to you liking?

We just didn’t have time. I’ve heard good things though!

Is this trip doable without camping? Could you wing it or would have to plan lodging far in advance?

It is doable without camping, but I’d definitely recommend reservations if you are traveling during the peak season of July and August.

Jasper Sloane Lennox

Did you rent a car for a 1 way trip from West to East ? Or did you loop back to point A?

We road tripped out there in our own car so we looped back. We tried taking two different ferries, but the one was already booked.

Great recommendations. We are pretty much doing this same trip in early September. Question for you….after Twillingate for 2 nights, we’ll head to the Bonavista peninsula for 2 nights before heading to St John’s. Do you think it makes more sense to stay in Bonavista or in Trinity for the two nights as a base for the peninsula? Thanks!

That’s a hard one as we liked both towns, but I’m leaning more towards Bonavista since it’s up north and a few more things to see and do. Hope you have the best trip!!

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Enduring Witness: 100 years of Newfoundland's National War Memorial

National war memorial in downtown st. john's is 1 of only 2 in canada.

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Enduring Witness: The story of Newfoundland’s national war memorial at 100 years

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It's a sombre monument to Newfoundland and Labrador's role in the First World War, and on Monday it turns 100 years old. 

The National War Memorial in downtown St. John's is one of only two in Canada — the other stands tall in Confederation Square in Ottawa, a stone's throw from Parliament. 

Part of Monday's centennial ceremony is the establishment of Newfoundland and Labrador's Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, where the remains of a member of the Royal Newfoundland Regiment, who died in northern France during the First World War will have a final resting place. The remains were repatriated late last month during a ceremony at Beaumont-Hamel , a historic site in its own right for the regiment, which suffered mass casualties during the Battle of the Somme, July 1, 1916. 

The monument was unveiled July 1, 1924. At the time the province was the self-governing Dominion of Newfoundland. It came nearly six years after the armistice and included three years of planning before Field Marshal Douglas Haig pulled the rope to uncover the bronze and granite memorial to the thousands who crowded the grounds, streets and rooftops in and around Duckworth and Water streets.

Haig commanded the British army on the Western Front for most of the war, including during the 1916 Somme offensive, one of the deadliest battles in human history. The Newfoundland Regiment was nearly decimated at Beaumont-Hamel.

Haig wrote to the governor of Newfoundland just days after with this message:

"Newfoundland may well feel proud of her sons. The heroism and devotion to duty they displayed on the first July has never been surpassed."

More than 12,000 Newfoundland and Labradorians served and sacrificed in the First World War. More than 1,700 lost their lives, and roughly 800 of them have no known grave.

Haig's visit drew thousands — and a week filled with events. But the focus was the new memorial, designed by British artists Gilbert Bayes and Ferdinand Victor Blundstone.

A black and white photo of a large gathering of people surrounding a statue covered by white canvas.

The artistic design was unlike anything seen in St. John's at that point, with the central statue high atop the middle pillar coined the Spirit of Newfoundland, a woman holding a torch in her left hand as a symbol of freedom inspired by the poem In Flanders Fields , written by John McCrae. The woman holds a sword in her right hand, ready for battle if freedom is threatened. 

Below her stand four lifelike figures, each representing a branch of the military, and plaques added over the years to honour those who died in the Second World War, Korea and Afghanistan.  

The memorial was designated a national historic site in 2019 — the only war memorial in Canada to receive that distinction.

Building the monument

Thomas Nangle, a Catholic priest in St. John's who was padre to the regiment, served alongside the soldiers, in the trenches, burying the dead, consoling the wounded and motivating the troops.

After the war, he returned to France and Gallipoli and played a major role in recovering and identifying the remains of Newfoundland soldiers who were killed in action.

He also spearheaded the establishment of five caribou memorials in France and Belgium, in what came to be known as the Trail of the Caribou. 

"He knew more than anyone else how important it was for the mothers of those people and all their families," said researcher and author Gary Browne, who has spent decades combing through letters and documents of the era and has written two books. 

"They started in 1918, talking about it, but it took until padre Nangle finally had it finished in 1924. He was the leading person, the energy behind it."

A monument surrounded by trees and colourful buildings.

Nangle was called upon in early 1922 to help with the National War Memorial after the effort began to stall. Newfoundland was in rough financial shape after funding its railroad, the war effort and the collapse of the fish market in 1921.

The push began in earnest in June 1921, when a who's who of the St. John's elite assembled for a meeting. 

"Those gathered that very first night expressed a bit of embarrassment, disappointment in themselves that they hadn't gotten together sooner to start action on this. So they immediately started formulating a plan and they had a very ambitious goal of unveiling this in just 13 months' time, July 1, 1922," said Beverly Bennett, an archivist with The Rooms, Newfoundland and Labrador's provincial archives and museum. "That didn't happen."

But even with a $5,000 boost from city leaders, the project was still on rocky ground. 

Money was lacking, and there was a little resentment within the community at a time when people were feeling an economic pinch. 

Still, fundraising efforts pushed on. 

By the winter of 1922, the war memorial committee had raised $15,000, a substantial figure but far short of the $50,000 goal. That shelved the plan to unveil the monument that year.

Enter Nangle

Nangle met with the committee and Newfoundland Prime Minister Richard Squires, who told the committee a school would be built in honour of the fallen. Memorial University College opened on Parade Street in 1925.

But Nangle had news of his own: the Imperial War Graves Commission had pledged five pounds sterling for every Newfoundlander who died during the war.

"That would be more than enough to create this war memorial, but he had one condition: he wanted free hand to do this," said Bennett.

Nangle put the project back on track but not without another hurdle to overcome: a feud with renowned British sculptor Basil Gotto.

A black and white photo of a man in a military uniform.

Gotto's fighting Newfoundlander statue stands in Bowring Park. He also made the caribou memorials in France and Belgium.

But in 1923, Nangle fired him from the memorial project over his clay sculpture of a shirtless Royal Naval Reserve sailor carrying a rifle — not an accurate reflection of the unit. 

Nangle wrote in a letter that Gotto didn't understand his vision, but it wasn't just the sculpture. A fight ensued over delivery dates, payments, and lower quotes from other sculptors, and Nangle moved onto Bayes and Blundstone.

Eventually, fundraising targets were met, and every cent was spent.

The downtown St. John's National War Memorial was unveiled 15 years before Canada's National War Memorial in Ottawa — and 25 years before Newfoundland and Labrador became a province.

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But on Monday it'll also become a cemetery. The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier will be unveiled in front of thousands, much like when the memorial itself was unveiled 100 years ago by Haig. 

"Now it becomes a Commonwealth war graves cemetery, and Nangle's dreams come true," said Browne.

Watch the full documentary Enduring Witness: The Story of Newfoundland's National War Memorial at 100 Years  by clicking on the video at the top of this story. 

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With files from Terry Roberts

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