Step into a land of Vikings, icebergs and humpback whales in captivating Newfoundland and Labrador.
The world’s 16th largest island and the most easterly province in Canada, Newfoundland is like nowhere else on earth. It’s certainly one of the best spots on the planet for whale watching, with the chance to see up to 22 separate species including the magnificent humpback.
Start your Newfoundland adventure in its capital of St John’s, a vibrant and historic city known for its rows of brightly coloured houses. From here, you can head off on a road trip to explore the stunning Avalon Peninsula, known as the seabird capital of North America.
A must-visit during your trip is the incredible Gros Morne National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site which is out-of-this-world beautiful.
This dramatic landscape boasts glacial fjords to rival Norway and some of the highest waterfalls on the continent. This is an old world, where you can walk over ancient sea beds and the red rocks of the earth’s mantle, brought to the surface by powerful tectonic plate collisions thousands of years ago.
You can also step back in time at L’Anse Aux Meadows, a National Historic Site where the archaeological remains of a 1,000-year-old Viking encampment lie.
Newfoundland also offers less extreme pleasures too, including the chance to get a taste of local island life. There are countless fishing villages and lively towns to explore, along with beaches, hiking and walking trails, and 29,000 kilometres of coastline.
Whether you’re gazing up in wonder at the Northern Lights or meeting friendly Newfoundlanders at a local music festival, there’s always something special happening on this unique Canadian island.