Five Places To Explore In Newfoundland & Labrador

Posted by Dana Elford · Aug 11 · in Newfoundland and Labrador · about Outdoor Activities

Newfoundland & Labrador is an explorer’s heaven and a naturalist’s dream! Where centuries of history and quaint fishing villages live alongside modern design and outdoor adventure.

  • World’s largest concentration of humpback whales and 29 different varieties of marine mammals
  • Home to Iceberg Alley one of the best places on earth to view 10,000 year old icebergs
  • Epic coastal hiking along 18,000 miles of pristine land and seascapes
  • Awe-inspiring UNESCO World Heritage Sites

Signal Hill

National Historic Site of Canada

  • The daily life of Canadians were heavily influenced by what occurred on Signal Hill in St. John's, Newfoundland.
  • In 1901 French and British soldiers battled for control of Signal Hill during the Seven Years' War final battle.
  • In 1901 the first transatlantic wireless signal was received on Signal Hill - making communications history!
  • Today on Signal Hill you can listen to cannons and muskets firing with re-enactments of military drills, called the Signal Hill Tattoo, you can also take a self guided tour of the site.
  • While exploring Signal Hill you can also hike around 3 miles of trails enjoying the sites of St. John's and the coastline surrounding it.

Cape Spear Lighthouse

National Historic Site of Canada

  • This rugged cliff overlooking over the Atlantic Ocean is the most easterly point of Canada - home to the oldest lighthouse in Newfoundland, which was originally built in 1836.
  • During World War II this site was used to spot German boats, and remnants of the bunker that was built to do so still exists at the site.
  • Most do a self guided tour of the area, catch a glimpse of passing whales, and enjoy being at the very edge of Canada.

East Coast Trail

  • The stunning east coast offers over 300km of varied terrain to explore Newfoundland & Labrador.
  • The trail has 26 wilderness paths that wind through more than 30 different coastal communities on the Avalon Peninsula.
  • Whatever your fitness level may be, the east coast trail offers something for everyone.
  • There are a few places we don’t think you should miss, including: the spout, a natural water spout along the rocky coast, coastal barchois formations (natural sea arch) and a 160ft suspension bridge near La Manche.
  • The trail also has stunning opportunities for wildlife and nature, including icebergs, marine life, birds, lighthouses, and unique plant life.

Gros Morne National Park

An absolutely breathtaking 1805 sq km of wilderness on the west coast of Newfoundland is Gros Morne National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and also the second largest National Park in Eastern Canada.

What can you do in this park? More like what can't you do! There are so many activities you can enjoy, including:

  • Hiking
  • Boat tours
  • Relaxing along stunning beaches on the coast
  • Camping by gorgeous lakes
  • Skiing

A road also does go through the parks coastal villages and varied terrain - where you can find festival and cultural events to enjoy.

L’Anse aux Meadows

UNESCO World Heritage Site

  • L'Anse aux Meadows is a national historic site located on the northern most tip of the island of Newfoundland, where you will find the first known evidence of European presence in North America.
  • Only discovered in 1960, but dating back to the 11th century, you will find remains of the settlements of the Vikings, with excavated wood-framed and peat-turf buildings similar to ones found in Iceland and Greenland.
  • This stunning archaeological site is set on a gorgeous backdrop of rugged cliffs and coastline, where Viking interpreters take you on a tour of the past.

Let us help you deisgn your perfect east coast adventure in this incredible Canadian province! Call us at 604-736-7447 or send us a message via the 'contact us' button!

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