Newfoundland & Labrador – Things to do

Newfoundland & Labrador Attractions

Visiting Newfoundland & Labrador is all about activity and getting out and experiencing its diverse landscape. From enjoying the shopping, lively nightlife and world-class cuisine in St. John's to hiking and cruising among the remote landscapes, searching for one of a kind wildlife and experiencing living history. Below are just a few of what we think are the best experiences in this incredible province.

St. Johns

Vibrant, colourful and over 500 years old - St. John's is the perfect combination of big-city luxury and traditional small-town charm. Wander past the colourful jellybean lining the sides of steep hills and hidden alleyways or hike up to nearby Signal Hill through the Battery, where the tiny colourful wooden homes cling to cliff-sides ravaged by ocean waves. Visit the unmistakable and iconic Cabot Tower, a castle-like structure built to commemorate the 400th anniversary of John Cabot’s discovery of Newfoundland as well as where the Marconi famously received the first transatlantic wireless message in 1901. In the evenings, sit back, relax, and enjoy live music across the city or for more lively nightlife, head to any local pub or bar for traditional tunes with the friendly and courteous locals. Dine at a local restaurant and sample cod tongues, mussels, lobster, fish and breweries and other native culinary delights and then venture over to George Street and enjoy welcoming and warm Newfoundland hospitality and live music over a beer or two in one of the many pubs and cocktail bars.

Whale Watching

Newfoundland and Labrador is one of the most spectacular whale watching places on Earth. View the world’s largest population of humpback whales who migrate each year to feed along the coast as well as another 21 species of whales and dolphins visit along with them including the minke, sperm, pothead, blue, and orca. Make sure to visit between May and September see these them feed, frolic and even breach near the shores. Catching a single glimpse of these majestic mammals is an exciting and awesome experience, whether it's from the deck of a tour boat, the side of your sea kayak, or a seaside trail.

National Parks

Developed over 485 million years, Gros Morne National Park is a place unlike any other on earth. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, the park is a never-ending series of wonders and delights, and a demonstration of the spectacular beauty of nature. Hike the amazing landscape along the earth’s mantle or travel along the water through fjords carved by glaciers millennia ago, leaving behind towering cliffs and thunderous waterfalls. Head to Terra Nova National Park - Canada's most easterly, containing four hundred square kilometres of outstanding natural beauty. Here you can kayak or boat from sheltered bays to breathtaking coastlines, amongst whales and seabirds or hike along the twisting paths through Dense forests and quiet coastlines where you may spy a moose, lynx, beaver, or an eagle. Named for the Inuktitut word 'Tongait', meaning 'place of spirits', Torngat Mountains National Park is an remote and spectacular wilderness and one of the few untamed places left on earth. Stretching from Saglek Fjord to the northern tip of Labrador, it's a land of unique mountain formations, polar bears, magnificent fjords, glaciers and caribou - an absolute once-in-a-lifetime place.

Historic Sites

Travel back in time to where Viking once stood. L'Anse aux Meadows National Historic Site is the only authenticated Norse site in North America - dating back over 1000 years to the first recorded Europeans to reach the New World. Explore the Viking Encampment where you can try your hand at blacksmithing or weaving or listen to fascinating heroic and tragic tales of Thor, Loki, Erik the Red, and more from the Sagas. Or head to Red Bay National Historic Site to learn the incredible history of whaling and the way of life in this region.

Iceberg Alley, Newfoundland & Labrador

Iceberg Viewing

When it comes to viewing icebergs, there is simply nowhere better than Newfoundland & Labrador. Every spring these 10,000-year-old glacial giants arrive from the Arctic and are visible from many points along the northern and eastern coasts. Coming in every shape and size, with colours from snow-white to deepest aquamarine - they are truly breath taking, and that's without seeing the ninety-percent still below the surface of the ocean. Icebergs are so plentiful in fact, that the locals put them to good use, you can drink it straight, as in Berg water, or in spirits like Iceberg Vodka, Gin, and Rum.