NEWFOUNDLAND - WHAT TO SEE & DO
ACTIVITIES & THINGS TO SEE & DO
Go Whale Watching or Bird Watching any Day of the Week
Whether you end up in Newfoundland or Labrador, whale watching is one of the most popular things to do from either destination. In fact, just off the cost of Newfoundland is where you can find the largest population of humpback whales in the world. You will find daily tours out of Labrador City and St John’s and these cruises are most often half day or full day tours. That being said, some folk come with bird watching in mind and these cruises tend to accommodate both in the same tour.
Step Back in Time on a Visit to Beothuk Village
Beothuk Village is a preservation and insight into an ancient village in Newfoundland. That is to say, you can still see the outline of houses from the village and many remnants from a culture that stayed here more than three hundred years ago. As you might expect, this is a fascinating insight and a great way to understand how much heritage is present in Newfoundland.
Explore the Many Tiny Fishing Villages
Aside from Beothuk, you will also find countless fishing villages dotted around the coastline of Newfoundland. While the seafood is especially good, this is a fantastic way to meet locals and experience the culture and incredible hospitality that the passengers from 9/11 speak about. Featuring small craft shops, restaurants, pubs and cafes, the villages are ideal for overnight stays or even just a quick stopover for lunch.
Hike the East Coast Trail or Skerwink Trail
Although the East Coast Trail is a rather spectacular long distance trail in Newfoundland, the two weeks it takes to hike this particular trail is not usually an option for visitors. For this reason, sections of this hike are the perfect way to get out and experience some of the region and each of these trails portions are well marked and easily accessed.
The Skerwink Trail is, however, a much shorter loop (5km) and is often ranked as one of the best hiking trails in the world. Featuring ocean views, dramatic cliffs, luscious forest and well marked trails, this is one of the most impressive hiking opportunity you will find in Newfoundland.
Explore the National Parks on Foot
Newfoundland has so many stunning national parks which offer the perfect way to get outdoors. Witless Bay is popular for bird watching and Terra Nova has some stunning scenery but Gros Morne National Park & Western Brooke Pond are arguably the most impressive. You can take a wonderful cruise on the "Pond" which takes in some truly dramatic scenery, but hiking is probably the best way to experience this wild and rugged part of the world.
Visit and Photograph the Lighthouses in Newfoundland
For many photographers, the iconic lighthouses of Newfoundland are some of the most enchanting in the world. Sitting idle next to the ocean, they offer a colorful focal point for photographs but also a very poignant sense of nostalgia. In fact, Cape Spear lighthouse is not only the oldest surviving lighthouse in the region but also the most easterly point of North America. With dramatic headlands and an endless expanse of ocean as a backdrop, these lighthouses are hugely popular with visitors.
Overnight in the City of St Johns
You will often find that Newfoundland is all about the landscapes but St John’s is also one of the most interesting cities in North America. George Street is full or bars and restaurants which breathe life into the city, but then the colorful houses and ancient buildings are just as fascinating to encounter. Meanwhile, over on Signal Hill, you can catch a beautiful view of the harbor and depending on the time of year, you might even see some icebergs floating past.
Check out the Largest Puffin Colony in North America
For many people, puffins are just about the most adorable of any bird species in the world. If you're one of these people, you'll definitely want to pay Witless bay Ecological Reserve a visit. This is home to the largest puffin colony in North America. Featuring thousands of these tiny winged beings, the region is such a colourful sight and the best time to witness this colony is in the month of May.
Take a Road Trip on the Avalon Peninsula
Taking a road trip around the Avalon Peninsula is one of the best things to do in Newfoundland. It was the first part of the island to be settled and the perfect place to begin a road trip. Departing St John’s, you can head south along the coast and stop off at many towns and hiking trails along the way. The Peninsula marks the point where two oceans merge and millions of seabirds join the largest population of humpback whales in the world.
Newfoundland and Labrador offer an abundance of things to see and so. Whether it's the incredible hiking trails or up close to wildlife encounters, or the island's incredible cultural heritage, and warm hospitality that you're seeking. By the time you leave, you'll find it difficult to pick a highlight - this is testament to the unique and wonderful nature of this, North America's easternmost province.