What To Do In Newfoundland
Multicoloured houses crowning seaside cliffs. Candy-striped lighthouses and majestic blue icebergs. Scenic drives and abundant marine wildlife. Toe-tapping live music, lyrical local accents, and a whimsical culture steeped in centuries of rich history.
Here’s why you should visit Canada's unforgettable easternmost province:
Cape Spear National Historic Site
The most easterly point in North America, Cape Spear Lighthouse National Historic Site beckons visitors with breathtaking views and fascinating landmarks. Only 12 kilometres south of St. John's, its pastel sunrises paint beautiful backdrops while gleaming waves crash at the feet of rugged cliffs, separating Newfoundland from its distant cousin Ireland.
The Irish Loop
Whales and Dolphins: Between May and September, visitors can catch a glimpse of 21 visiting species from the decks of boats or the vistas of seaside trails. Home to the world's largest population of humpback whales, Newfoundland is also a popular site for orcas, minke, and blue whales, dazzling viewers with up-close encounters.
Atlantic Puffins: Also known as "the clowns of the sea," these cute and colourful little birds can be found nesting along the wind-swept coastlines. Newfoundland's official provincial bird and a favourite among photographers, Atlantic puffins are best spotted from April to August.
Red Foxes: Small, agile, and native to the island, red foxes are easily spotted due to their striking glossy coats. Another of the province's most photogenic animals, they may be found in the countryside, forests, and river valleys.
Cities, Towns, and Villages
Signal Hill National Historic Site: Arguably the city's most popular tourist destination, this sea-ravaged cliff is crowned with the palatial Cabot Tower, where Gugliemo Marconi received the first transatlantic message in 1901. Hike past the colourful wooden houses of the Battery (a tiny neighbourhood clinging to the cliff side) for the ultimate Signal Hill experience.
Quidi Vidi: An iconic fishing community, this charming neighbourhood entices visitors with the province's oldest craft brewery and views of its waterfront's multicoloured houses.
The Rooms: Experience the history of North America's oldest city with immersive displays including ancient artifacts, extensive archives, and modern artwork.
Jelly Bean Row: These colourful, cute-as-a-button houses are every photographer's dream. Wedged together in traditional European fashion, these charming buildings might just be the cherry on top of your sightseeing adventures.
Candlemas Day: A unique rendition of Groundhog Day, this centuries-old European custom lingers throughout the province. Rather than groundhogs, Newfoundlanders watch for bears' shadows to gauge the spring's arrival.
Capelin Rolling: A popular summer tradition, this family-friendly activity beckons thousands of Newfoundlanders to the water each year. Hundreds of slender silver capelin are captured in nets and with bare hands, honouring the island's most significant industry and resulting in a day packed with effortlessly Instagrammable moments.