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Rugged Arctic wilderness, rocky coastal landscapes and vibrantly colored coastal towns inhabited by friendly locals define Canada’s easternmost province.
Newfoundland and Labrador’s location on the craggy coast of the North Atlantic Ocean ensures remarkable ocean views and ample wildlife-watching opportunities, as well as colourful oceanfront villages with historic lighthouses. Discover natural wonders, ranging from lush forests to Arctic tundra to ancient mountain ranges. The locals are known for being warm, welcoming and ready to show you the best the region has to offer.
Begin your journey in St. John’s, the province’s capital and one of the oldest cities in North America. Squeeze your way through small alleys and narrow streets built to carry horse-drawn carriages rather than cars. Hike up Signal Hill to look out over the cliffs to the harbour below. Dance the night away on George Street and spend an afternoon shopping in the local boutiques, which sell handcrafted goods.
The Avalon Peninsula is known for its beautiful oceanfront architecture and picturesque lighthouses. Walk around Castle Hill National Historic Site, the remains of a strategic fortification overlooking Placentia Bay. Step back in time at Hawthorne Cottage, the former home of Captain Bob Bartlett, an Arctic explorer who helped explore Canada’s uncharted tundra.
The eastern region of Newfoundland and Labrador is surrounded by ocean and specializes in outdoor adventure, from shoreline boat tours to staggeringly scenic coastal hikes. Watch the sunrise on the Burin Peninsula and trek along the Skerwink Trail, looking for puffins and great-backed gulls as you walk. From the pebbled beaches of Bonavista, spot icebergs floating along the shoreline.
Newfoundland and Labrador is a vast region with plenty of remote areas waiting to be explored. Plan your own transportation in advance to cover as much ground as possible. Fly into the international airports in either St. John’s or Gander. From there, take domestic airlines to smaller airports across the region or rent a car for ultimate freedom. Use ferry services to get from the island of Newfoundland to Labrador, which is located on the Canadian mainland.
From rugged coastlines to remote fishing hamlets, Newfoundland and Labrador offer adventure aplenty.