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Newfoundland Attractions

The main airports on the island of Newfoundland are St John's, Gander, Stephenville and Deer Lake, which also take flights from Europe.

St John's, Canada

L'Anse aux Meadows National Historic Park

L'Anse aux Meadows National Historic Park at the far northern tip of the Newfoundland Great Northern Peninsula is the place to experience Viking history. It has the unique distinction of being a UNESCO Protected Cultural Monument.

Gros Morne National Park

Mountains and fiords make up the dramatic landscape of Gros Morne National Park. This is one of Newfoundland's most popular attractions, with hiking trails and sightseeing boat excursions.

North Avalon Peninsula Driving Tour

South Avalon Peninsula Driving Tour

Follow the eastern and southern coastline of the Avalon Peninsula from St John's to Argentina, taking in two of the world's most important reserves for seabirds at Bay Bulls and Cape St Mary's. Start out on Highway 10 south out of St John's.

Cape Spear Lighthouse National Historic Park

Cape Spear lighthouse in the historic park.
Open all year round, Cape Spear National Historic Park, on Highway 11 11 km (7 mi.) south of St John's, is the most easterly point in North America, and has Newfoundland's oldest lighthouse. Dating from 1835 it was in operation until 1955 and is now an interesting museum. In addition there are massive half-ruined gun emplacements from the Second World War, including the barrels of two guns each weighing 30 tons and having a range of 13 km (8 mi.).
Address: Box 1268, St John's, NF A1C5M9, Canada

Castle Hill National Historic Site

Castle Hill National Historic Park is between Placentia and Highway 100. It is the site of English and French fortifications, whose history is told in the Interpretive Center. Fort Royal was built by the French in 1693 then handed over 20 years later to the British, who renamed it Castle Hill. There is a magnificent view from here over Placentia Bay, and from Le Gaillardin, 10 minutes' walk away, a redoute built by the French in 1692.
Address: Box 10, Placentia Bay, NF A0B2G0, Canada

Bonavista Peninsula

Clarenville, Canada

Clarenville is a small town on the east coast of Newfoundland. Just outside of the town is golfing and an alpine skiing area, providing for year round tourism.

Terra Nova National Park

Terra Nova National Park is known for its fiords and dramatic coastline. In spring icebergs drift by, and in summer kayakers and canoeists take to the waters. Winter offers cross country skiing opportunities.

Burin Peninsula

Labrador Straits

The icy-cold Labrador current flows through the 17 km (11 mi.)-wide Strait of Belle Isle which separates Labrador from Newfoundland, into the Gulf of St Lawrence. Southern Labrador was traditionally the summer fishing grounds for centuries of fishermen heading here from Newfoundland.

Gander, Canada

The town of Gander is noted for it's history of air service, being a strategic location during WWII and a departure point for both national and international fights today. It is also home to the North Atlantic Aviation Museum.

Gander International Airport

Gander has an International Airport providing transatlantic flight service. This airport's international role serves largely as a stop over emergency point for transatlantic flights, offering medical assistance and other technical support for aircraft in emergency situations. The airport does offer regular service between Gander and larger destinations within Canada.

North Atlantic Aviation Museum

The North Atlantic Aviation Museum in Gander explores the history of flight in this area from the time the airport was established and deals with the advances in aviation.
Address: Box 234, Gander, NF A1V1W6, Canada

Twillingate, Canada

Rusty equipment and scenic view from Twillingate Island.
This quaint Newfoundland village located on the Kittiwake coast is a true slice of rural life. Filled with interesting homes and friendly people, Twillingate is a town not to be missed. Originally settled in 1738 and known as Toulinguet, the town has a long history related to timber, sealing, and fishing.
Very near to Twillingate is the Long Point Lighthouse built in 1889. It has a range of 22 nautical miles and is an excellent location to watch for whales and icebergs. Twillingate has an annual festival called Fish, Fun & Folk that takes place during the last full weekend in July. Also of note is the Twillingate Theatre Company that performs at the historic Cameron Hall.

Grand Falls-Windsor, Canada

The town of Grand Falls-Windsor, north-west of St John's has a couple of attractions, including a museum and a recreation of an Indian village. The town is the result of the amalgamation of Grand Falls and Windsor, which took place in the early 1990s.
One of the town's largest employers, the pulp and paper mill owned by Abitibi Bowater, closed in 2009.

Deer Lake, Canada

Deer Lake is a small town at the base of the Northern Peninsula. It is one of the main hubs for this area of Newfoundland with an airport.
This little town offers a few recreational opportunities, including, golf, skiing, fishing and other water based activities. Many people choose to base themselves here and do day trips to surrounding areas, including Gros Morne National Park.

Avalon Wilderness Reserve

The Avalon Wilderness Reserve protects the Avalon Woodland Caribou. The conservation project began in the early 1960's when the herd had dwindled to a few hundred animals - by 1998 there were over two thousand. The Reserve is a collection of diverse landscape including forests, ponds, rivers, and thickets.
Avalon Wilderness Reserve offers the opportunity for hiking, canoeing, skiing, hunting, bird and wildlife watching, fishing photography, and wilderness camping.
Address: 33 Reid's Lane, Deer Lake, NF A8A2A3, Canada

Corner Brook, Canada

View over the town and mill in Corner Brook.
Corner Brook is Newfoundland's second largest city. There are a number of interesting attractions to see including, The Corner Brook Museum and the Sticks and Stones house, made of stones and small flat sticks.
The town is picturesquely situated along the waterfront. A driving tour leads from the town along the coast of the Bay of Islands.

Corner Brook Museum and Archives

The Corner Brook Museum and Archives is housed in a building completed in the 1920's. It served as a Post Office, Telegraph Office, and Court Room.
The heritage of Corner Brook is highlighted along with guided tours, community archives, children's activities and educational programs.
Address: 2 West Street, Box 232, Corner Brook, NF A2H6C9, Canada

Sir Wilfred Grenfell College Art Gallery

Established in 1988, the Sir Wilfred Grenfell College Art Gallery provides diverse visual art displays. The exhibits feature contemporary and historical art, and highlight many Newfoundland based artists.
Sir Wilfred Grenfell College Art Gallery features both a permanent collection and changing exhibitions.
Address: Fine Arts Building, University Drive, Corner Brook, NF A2H6P9, Canada

Port Aux Basques, Canada

Port Aux Basques, a small town in the south-west corner of the island, is a major ferry port with service to the mainland. The ferry runs between North Sydney, Nova Scotia, and Port aux Basques and takes approximately six hours.

Central Newfoundland

Central Newfoundland is still largely untouched wilderness. Mostly marsh and moorland, it is covered with typical northern vegetation such as sheep laurel, caribou moss and Labrador tea, from which the Indians used to make a brew when they traveled.
This route covers 676 km (420 mi.) and traverses the island almost to the Avalon isthmus before turning south to the Burin Peninsula. The main stretch of the route is along the TransCanada Highway, Newfoundland's only east/west road, which at Springdale touches on Notre Dame Bay, where there are many picturesque little fishing villages.
From the Burin Peninsula it is possible to make a trip to enjoy the French atmosphere of St-Pierre and Miquelon.
Highway 1 runs along the north shore of Grand Lake and Sandy Lake between the two ranges of the Long Range Mountains. Lobster House and Mount Sheffield stand out on the other side of the lakes.

Western Newfoundland

Western Newfoundland is a land of rugged grandeur, with fast-flowing rivers, pine forests and rich and unusual flora and fauna.
The route down the west coast again mainly follows the TransCanada Highway, starting at Port aux Basques, where the ferry berths from North Sydney, Nova Scotia. Taking the highway northwards the Gulf of St Lawrence is on the left and the barren Long Range Mountains are on the right.
Halfway between Port aux Basques and Corner Brook is the Port au Port peninsula. Corner Brook is a popular starting point for trips into the center of the island and for getting to Labrador. Gros Morne National Park, the next stop, is about 1000 sq. km (386 sq. mi.) and has the most spectacular fiords in North America.
From the park Highway 430 runs close to the west coast of the Great Northern peninsula.
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