Situated in the northeastern part of Canada lies the province of Newfoundland and Labrador. The province sits in the Atlantic region and is broken up into the mainland section which is Labrador and the island of Newfoundland.
The land it occupies has a deep history dating back to the ice ages and today, the landscape has evolved into fiords, moorland, coastal cliffs, valleys, and lakes. It’s a little far to get to but this province is home to some of the best nature in Canada.
If you find yourself heading to Newfoundland and Labrador, be sure to check out the following 5 attractions:
1) Gros Morne National Park
Gros Morne National Park is home to some of the most breathtaking natural aspects of Eastern Canada. Here you will be dazzled by huge landscapes of mountains and fjords that are partially covered with lush forest. Aside from the beautiful landscape, the park also has a rare selection of flora and fauna to see. The park’s facilities are well equipped and there are a host of outdoor activities you can enjoy including hiking trails, boating, swimming, rock climbing, and fishing. If you do head out there, do consider taking a boat trip in Western Brook Pond.
2) Signal Hill National Historic Site
While Newfoundland and Labrador is rich with nature, there are also historical highlights such as Signal Hill. The site remains today as a remembrance to St. John town’s historical success with communications. It was the site where Guglielmo Marconi received the very first transatlantic wireless signal in 1901. There are a handful of landmarks including Cabot Tower, the fortifications at the Queens’s Battery Barracks as well as hiking trails for those looking to explore more. The site is a peaceful spot to have a walk and enjoy the overlooking view of the Atlantic Ocean.
3) Bonavista Peninsula
Bonavista is one of the most popular peninsulas in the country and is known for its historical significance as well as the animal watching opportunities. It is said that it was at Bonavista where explorer John Cabot first sighted the “New World” in 1497. There is a beautiful old lighthouse which has been renovated although the original structure was built in 1843. If you are lucky you can see puffins, whales, and icebergs from Cape Bonavista. For those that want to get a feel of what an old fishing town looks like, check out the beautiful Trinity. Be sure to visit the Ryan Premises National Historic Site, too.
4) Terra Nova National Park
A more peaceful atmosphere can be found at Terra Nova National Park where you will be impressed with a range of gorgeous fjords and a coastline. The park is a fantastic spot to go camping in and if you fancy some skiing, there are cross country skiing trails on offer during the winter season. For a quick side trip, you could head up to the small fishing town of Salvage to experience the local provincial charm.
5) Fogo Island
If you are prepared to go far and off the beaten path, then you can head out to Fogo Island to get a feel of what it means to be removed from the mainland. The island is home to 11 different communities with each offering its own kind of spice. You can get there by ferry from Farewell and there is enough accommodation if you are planning to spend the night. It’s a great place to spend some time as there are several interesting museums to visit and hiking trails to explore. For some of the best views on the island, hike amongst the rocky landscapes.