Newfoundland & Labrador

Known for their rugged coastline and distinct marine culture, the Atlantic Canadian Provinces are breathtakingly beautiful. Newfoundland & Labrador, the most easterly province in Canada, forms an expansive, rugged coastline with the wild Atlantic Ocean. This is one of Canada’s best kept secrets!

Newfoundland, a separate island to Mainland Canada, boasts so much of what Canada is famous for. Fly into the Province’s charming, colourful capital of St. John’s – the gateway to the Province, and be greeted with the sincere warmth of an old friend, humpback whales and towering icebergs.

The untamed wilderness of Labrador, which forms part of mainland Canada, promises wilderness adventures for intrepid explorers. Witness the largest caribou herd in the world and travel to the far north to the Torngat Mountains and stay in Inuit communities – a magical part of Northern Canada where Polar Bear and walrus call home.

Is Newfoundland right for you?

The Island of Newfoundland is the size of England and often referred to as a mini Canada. You can expect almost everything that Canada is known for – aside from the big cities:

  • Wildlife encounters to include whales, moose, bears, puffins and eagles.
  • Mountains, forests and fjords.
  • Rivers, lakes and The Atlantic Ocean.
  • Fabulous dining and exciting nightlife.
  • Incredible places to stay – from the award-winning Fogo Island Inn to lighthouses, historic B&Bs, Oceanside cabins and luxury wilderness lodges.
  • Hiking, kayaking and other outdoor activities.
  • History, culture and heritage.

Four UNESCO World Heritage Sites

  • Visit Gros Morne National Park, a natural wonder 20 times older than the Rockies and home to Western Brook Pond fjords. The Long Range Mountains, the northernmost extent of the Appalachians, contain numerous glacially-carved fjords. One of the most spectacular is the Park’s largest lake, Western Brook Pond.
  • Head north to the L’Anse aux Meadows National Historic Site, the only authenticated Viking settlement in North America.
  • Hop on the Labrador ferry to Red Bay National Historic Site and experience the remnants of a 16th-century Basque whaling station – the first industrial site in North America.
  • You’ll find the oldest complex life forms on earth and the first appearance of skeletal organisms – some 565 million years old at our newest UNESCO World Heritage Site in Mistaken Point Ecological Reserve.

Life on the water

Get a great ocean view from 29,000 kilometres (18,000 miles) of coastline, perfect for diverse and awe inspiring coastal drives. Stroll the laneways of picturesque historic towns and fishing villages nestled around fjords, inlets, coves, guts, bays, and tickles along the way. And take time out for a chat with the locals.

Breathe in the purest fresh sea air along Iceberg Alley, where a sparkling spring parade of towering, 10,000-year-old icebergs unfolds every year, in a beautiful clutter of pristine white and azure blue. Bring extra batteries for your camera, to view from land or sea.

Rich with wildlife

Newfoundland boasts the world’s largest concentration of Hump­back Whales. When ancient icebergs drift south while humpback whales migrate north, they’re bound to cross paths. Meet 29 varieties of marine mammals. You’ll find more species, more often, in more places around here than anywhere else in North America.

It is also home to some of the world’s largest and most accessible seabird colonies in North AmericaMore than 35 million seabirds gather here every year. See northern gannets, kittiwakes, murres, Atlantic puffins, osprey, falcons, hawks, storm petrels, razorbills, and bald eagles at six ecological reserves, including the magnificent Cape St. Mary’s Ecological Reserve.

Back to nature

If getting outdoors is your passion, hike along ancient footpaths to deep fjords, towering cliffs and sub-arctic barrens, through lush inland forests, and over the Earth’s mantle. These diverse trails and the fresh sea air will rejuvenate mind, body, and spirit. Take a sea kayak to caves, inlets, and secluded beaches along routes protected by offshore islands, and view the land from the sea.

A culinary renaissance

Take part in Newfoundland’s culinary renaissance. You’ll relish the authentic cuisine and award-winning dishes from land and sea — cod tongues and cheeks, caribou, snow crab, salmon, moose, bakeapples, colourful wild berries, tea and lassy buns, toutons, and salt fish and brewis; all served up with a hearty and proud smile.

When should I go?

Although this is a year round destination, winters can be hugely chilly, so travel in the warmer months is recommended. The intention of your visit may identify the right time for you:

  • Whale Watching: June – August
  • Bird Watching: May – October
  • Icebergs: April – July on the island, sometimes until August in Labrador.
  • Walking, Hiking, Kayaking: May – October

Early summer (May onwards), although still cool, is a great time to visit St. John’s. Icebergs can still be seen as late as June from the city and whales make their way to the shores of Newfoundland to feed right through to August.

July and August are the most popular months to visit and temperatures can reach as high as 25 degrees but can dip as low as 12 degrees. As Newfoundlanders say -“there is no such thing as bad weather – just bad clothing”. Bring lots of layers.

Summer activities continue through September to include golfing and hiking. Come October it’s dry and wonderfully crisp. Newfoundland boasts a short but breath-taking fall foliage season with colours typically peaking in late September/early October.

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