Our favourite reasons to visit Newfoundland

26 April 2019

About the size of England, the beautiful island of Newfoundland is often referred to as a mini Canada, as it boasts just about everything that the country is best known and most loved for.

Wildlife encounters

With whales, moose, bears, puffins and eagles, Newfoundland is the perfect destination for wildlife lovers.

Home to 20 varieties of marine mammals, including the world’s largest concentration of Humpback Whales, you’ll find more species, more often and in more places than anywhere else in North America.

Newfoundland is also a wonderland for birdwatchers as it’s home to some of the world’s largest and most accessible seabird colonies, with more than 35 million seabirds gathering here each 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 – the most accessible seabird colony in North America.

Stunning scenery

Mountains, forests, fjords, rivers, lakes, and of course the mighty Atlantic Ocean itself, Newfoundland is certainly not short of stunning scenery.

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.

With 18,000 miles of diverse coastline to discover, awe-inspiring ocean views come as standard in Newfoundland. Take a drive and explore quaint fishing villages nestled around beautiful fjords, inlets, coves and bays, before strolling the laneways of picturesque historic towns where you can enjoy a chat with the friendly locals.

Fabulous dining and exciting nightlife

Take part in Newfoundland’s culinary renaissance and relish authentic cuisine and award-winning dishes from both land and sea, including 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 Canadian smile.

Incredible places to stay

From the award-winning Fogo Island Inn to historic lighthouses, quaint B&Bs, oceanside cabins and luxury wilderness lodges, you’ll find the perfect place to stay whatever type of traveller you are.

Exciting outdoor activities

Whether it’s hiking or kayaking, an unforgettable outdoor odyssey awaits in Newfoundland.

Hike along ancient footpaths to deep fjords, towering cliffs and sub-arctic barrens, through lush inland forests and along the Earth’s mantle. Newfoundland’s diverse trails and the fresh sea air will certainly rejuvenate mind, body and spirit.

On the water, why not take a sea kayak to discover caves, inlets and secluded beaches along routes protected by stunning offshore islands?

History, culture and heritage

Home to four UNESCO World Heritage Sites, Newfoundland is a culture-lover’s paradise.

Visit Gros Morne National Park, a natural wonder 20 times older than the Rockies and the perfect backdrop for all types of outdoor activities. A place unlike any other on earth, this UNESCO-listed beauty is also home to the Western Brook Pond fjords, which contain numerous glacially-carved fjords and form part of the Long Range Mountains - the northernmost extent of the Appalachians.

Head north to the L’Anse aux Meadows National Historic Site, the only authenticated Viking settlement in North America, or hop on the Labrador ferry to the Red Bay National Historic Site, where you can explore the remnants of a 16th-century Basque whaling station – the first industrial site in North America.

You’ll also find the oldest complex life forms on earth and the first appearance of skeletal organisms, some 565 million years old, at Newfoundland’s newest UNESCO World Heritage Site, Mistaken Point Ecological Reserve.

To book your Newfoundland escape, contact your Travel Counsellor today and take advantage of a range of benefits including full financial protection and a 24-hour duty office ready to assist you before, during and after your trip.

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