Welcome to Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada, the most easterly edge of North America. This is where the sun rises first and where Vikings landed over 1,000 years ago. This place is home to the oldest settlement and the oldest city in North America, but is the youngest province of Canada. A vast land, with a relatively small population, Newfoundland and Labrador has some of the friendliest people you'll ever meet. Here, you can immerse yourself in wilderness solitude one day and embrace a vibrant culture at the cutting edge of the contemporary western world the next.
Deer Lake is the air arrival destination for Gros Morne National Park, Humber Valley Resort and other parts of western Newfoundland. (Airport code: YDF.) Car rentals: Avis, Budget, Enterprise, National, Thrifty. There are two hotels with a total of 143 rooms in the town, and the resort and park are each 30-45 minutes’ drive away. Corner Brook (population 25,000) and Marble Mountain Ski Resort are an hour away. The superferry terminal at Port aux Basques, with service to North Sydney, Nova Scotia, is 2.5-3 hours away. L’Anse aux Meadows National Historic Site, a tenth-century Viking village, is four hours north on Route 430.Read More
Fogo Island is the largest island around the coast of Newfoundland, which is itself the 17th largest island in the world. Settled centuries ago by both English and Irish migrants, it was a fishing centre for most of that time. When the fishery declined, hard times set in, but a remarkable revival is under way. A visionary daughter of the town has returned to lead it into the current century through a unique form of social capitalism. International artists’ studios attract visual artists from everywhere, and the ultra-luxe Fogo Island Inn has won high praise.Read More
Gambo’s main claim to fame is as the birthplace of Joey Smallwood, the politician who led Newfoundland and Labrador into Confederation with Canada in 1949. Prior to that it was first a colony, then a semi-autonomous member of the British Empire, and finally a dependency with a suspended constitution. There’s a museum to Smallwood in the town.Read More
The park is a UNESCO World Heritage Site famed for its geology and scenery. Park HQ and visitor centre is at Rocky Harbour in the centre of the park. There’s also a Discovery Centre outside Woody Point in the park’s southern section. Features include Western Brook Pond, an inland fjord with 2,000 foot high walls; the Tablelands, a mesa-like area with rocks thrust to the surface from deep in the earth’s mantle; sandy beaches; front and back-country hiking trails; boat tours; indoor swimming pool; annual events; winter cross-country skiing and snowmobiling; campgrounds.Read More
The Great Northern Peninsula has a host of attractions. With access via air through Deer Lake and St. Anthony, travellers can enjoy Gros Morne National Park and L’Anse aux Meadows National Historic Site, both UNESCO World Heritage Sites; explore ancient aboriginal cultures at Port au Choix National Historic Site; go off the usual tourist track to the old French Shore; discover the good deeds of Dr. Wilfred Grenfell, who brought modern medical care to the region in the early twentieth century; take to the ocean in search of icebergs and whales; and hike its many trails.Read More
St. Anthony is best known as the home of modern medical service in northern Newfoundland and Labrador which was brought to the area by Sir Wilfred Grenfell, from the 1980s until his death in 1940. He founded the Grenfell Association which carries on his work to this day. In St. Anthony the Grenfell Historic Properties tells the story of his life and exploits. Not far away, L’Anse aux Meadows National Historic Site, also a UNESCO World Heritage Sites, is where Vikings from Greenland and Iceland built a sod hut village just over 1,000 years ago, the first European settlement in North America.Read More
This old seaport is the most easterly city on the continent. Its compact downtown is full of boutiques, pubs and restaurants, and the nightlife is very active. This is a musical city, and has more artists living downtown than anywhere else in the country. It’s also a green and walkable city – if you don’t mind hills. It’s the capital and main business centre, and has a university (16,500 students) and an international airport (YYT). About 220,000 people live in the metro area, many drawn to recent prosperity due to offshore (200 miles away) oil production.Read More
Trinity is one of the older towns in the province, being settled in the 1600s. Over the past 25 years it’s become a tourist attraction because of its well-preserved wooden houses, some dating to the nineteenth century, and it’s village atmosphere. The town and the area around it have been the backdrop for feature films and a TV mini-series. Some of the old houses have been converted to bed-and-breakfasts and other accommodations and eateries. Rising Tide Theatre makes its home here, producing a summer theatre series and a comedic walking tour.Read More
Newfoundland and Labrador are a land full of rich history and natural wonders: stunning coastlines, breaching whales, icebergs, and some of the most incredible skyscapes you'll ever see. With a temperate climate, Newfoundland and Labrador is a perfect place to enjoy outdoor adventures like hiking and kayaking in the late spring, summer and fall, as well as sports like snowboarding, skiing and snowmobiling in the winter. From vibrant cities to quaint, historical out ports, mountain ranges, rivers, waterfalls and winding coastlines, there are always fascinating places to see and countless things to do.
Reel in your line for your trip to Newfoundland and Labrador. Pack your woolies and wind breaker but don’t forget your rain wear. When the sun shines, you will find paradise and you can dress accordingly. Don’t forget the sunscreen, even with cooler weather offshore the wind and sun will find you. As seeing is believing, be sure to have your camera and binoculars close at hand. Layer up, you can always “peel” off. Newfoundland and Labrador is a virtual feast for the eyes but always have handy a fleece or a jacket so that you will enjoy your holiday in comfort. It’s well known that we can have 3 seasons in one day! With so much to see in this off-the-beaten-path location – be sure to book car rentals early. That way you can concentrate on the things that really matter when you arrive.
|Season:||Temperature Range (Celsius)||Seasonal Comments|
|Spring||-5°C to 8°C|
|Summer||6°C to 19°C|
|Fall||1°C to 14°C|
|Winter||-18°C to 1°C|