Newfoundland and Labrador form the most easterly province of Canada. On Newfoundland island, the Norse archaeological site L’Anse aux Meadows is the reputed settlement of Viking explorer Leif Erikson. Gros Morne National Park, on the Gulf of St Lawrence, has cliffs, waterfalls and glacial fjords. Southeastern capital city St. John’s is known for the 17th-century Signal Hill citadel, with a hillside walking trail.
WHERE TO STAY
Alt Hotel St. John’s
Overlooking St. John’s Harbour, this modern hotel with a casual vibe is 15 minutes on foot from the Newman Wine Vaults and 9 km from St. John’s International Airport.
Hampton Inn & Suites by Hilton
This modern airport hotel is less than a 10-km drive from both the Signal Hill National Historic Site and downtown St. John’s.
Ocean View Hotel
Across the street from the Gulf of St. Lawrence, this low-key hotel is 4 km from the Lobster Cove Head Lighthouse and 2 km from Gros Morne National Park.
Set 500 metres from Memorial University, this relaxed, English-themed hotel is an 8-minute walk from downtown, and 3.7 km from the Mile One Centre.
THINGS TO DO
Icebergs are edges of glaciers that have broken off and slipped into the ocean. Roughly 90% of icebergs seen off Newfoundland and Labrador come from the glaciers of western Greenland, while the rest come from glaciers in Canada’s Arctic. Their sheer size will amaze you, and that’s without seeing the ninety-percent still below the surface of the ocean.
The world’s largest population of humpback whales return each year to feed on capelin, krill, and squid along the coast. Another 21 species of whales and dolphins visit along with them including the minke, sperm, pothead, blue, and orca. Between May and September, you can see these them feed, frolic and even breach near our shores. Catching a single glimpse of these majestic mammals is an exciting and awesome experience, whether it’s from the deck of a tour boat, the side of your sea kayak, or a seaside trail.
There’s no question Newfoundland and Labrador is a major destination for birdwatching. Whether it’s by land or sea, you can get up close to millions of seabirds, rare birds, and birds of prey.
Geology & Fossils
Newfoundland and Labrador is home to some of the oldest rocks and fossils on the planet.
The Johnson GEO CENTRE is a must-do when visiting St. John’s. Located on Signal Hill, it takes you deep, deep underground amidst rock that’s more than 500 million years old. Get to know the volcanoes, earthquakes, and natural forces that shaped our world at this impressive geology centre.
WHERE TO DINE
Bonavista Social Club
The Merchant Tavern