Suggested Sites to Visit in Newfoundland and Labrador
To help you plan your vacation, the province is broken up into various regions from east to west
1. Avalon Region
2. Eastern Region
3. Central Region
4. Western Region
Avalon Region – St. John’s and surrounding area
Water Street & Duckworth Street: where you can find an abundance of unique stores as well as restaurants and pubs.
St. John’s Harbor: take a walk along the harbour front or better still book one of the harbor cruises.
George Street: visit the many bars, pubs, and restaurants or attend the George Street Festival which starts the last Wednesday in July for one week.
Cabot Tower & Signal Hill: watch the sunrise and get a panoramic view of the city. Visit the site where Marconi received the first wireless signal from across the Atlantic.
Cape Spear National Historic Site: located on the most easterly point in North America. Visit the oldest.
Quidi Vidi Village: built in the 17th century, it prevented St. John’s from being attacked by enemy ships.
The Battery: a 17th century fishing village overlooking St. John’s Harbour. In 1673, gun emplacements were used to defend St. John’s from attack by Dutch pirate ships.
Fort Amherst: this fort, built by the British in 1910, is located at the foot of the South Side Hills overlooking the harbour.
The Rooms: opened in 2006, this center houses the provincial museum.
The Colonial Building: this former provincial legislative building was built in the 1850’s, 20 years after Newfoundland obtained self-government.
Commissariat House: completed in 1821, this Georgian structure has been restored, furnished and decorated to the 1830 period (Kingsbridge Road).
GeoCenter: located on the way to Signal Hill, this center features Newfoundland as earth’s Geological Showcase. The Titanic exhibit is also located here.
The Fluvarium: located in Pippy Park, this venue portrays a spectacular view of the underwater world’s archives.
Ocean Sciences Center: harp and harbour seals may be viewed your round. An outdoor touch tank allows summer visitors to become acquainted with a variety of Newfoundland sea creatures
Government House: official residence of the Lieutenant Governor of Newfoundland
Various churches in the downtown area:
St. Thomas Anglican Church: oldest church in St. John’s
Marine Drive: Torbay, Middle Cove, Flatrock, and Bauline where the scenery is spectacular. (There are good berry picking areas around Cape St. Francis.)
Bell Island: tour the former iron mines.
Petty Harbour: a small picturesque fishing village. Visit the large indoor aquarium, or stop by Chafe’s landing for a great meal.
Avalon Region – Irish Loop
Gatherall Boat Tours and O’Brien Boat Tours. Boat tours to visit the Witless Bay Ecological Reserve to view the whales and bird colonies as well as icebergs (when in season).
Colony of Avalon, Ferryland. In the 17th century site this site was the colony of Lord Baltimore. Tour the ongoing archaeological dig, interpretation center and gift shop.
Lighthouse Picnics, Ferryland. Ferryland Lighthouse Picnics – enjoy a unique dining experience while reclining on a blanket and looking for whales www.lighthousepicnics.ca
Stan Cook Sea Kayak Adventures – Cape Broyle, Harbour Road www.wildnfld.ca
Outfitters Adventures sea kayaking – www.theoutfitters.nf.ca
Avalon Region – The Cape Shore
Cape St. Mary’s Ecological reserve.
Castle Hill National Historic Site. Once the French capital in the 17th and 18th centuries; watch the historical drama Faces of Fort Royal, which brings the French Colonial area to life.
Whitbourne. Markland Cottage Winery and learn how local wild berries such as blueberries partridge berries and bakeapples are transformed into exotic wines.
Avalon Region – Admirals Coast
Heart’s Content Old Cable Station. Once a relay for transatlantic telegraph messages.
Winterton. Take a leisurely stroll along the boardwalk and enjoy the panoramic views.
Grate’s Cove. View the hundreds of rock walls that farmers used to keep roaming animals off their fields.
Baccalieu Island Ecological Reserve. Where three million pairs of Leach’s Storm Petrols nest. An interpretive display on the reserve can be found at Bay de Verde.
Carbonear. Pirate country, and if you decide to stop here for awhile, you might want to attend a stage production which tells the story of Princess Sheila, an Irish Princess captured by the pirate Peter Easton.
Harbour Grace. Played a role in the history of aviation. Amelia Earhart set out from here on her solo flight across the Atlantic. You can also visit a museum built on the site of Peter Easton’s old fort.
Cupids. You can view the excavation of the first official colony in Canada which was founded by John Guy. The museum there has an exhibit on Newfoundland stamps.
Brigus. A beautiful community that retains much of its 19th century character. In August, it hosts the well-known Blueberry Festival.
Hawthorne Cottage. The birthplace of Captain Bob Bartlett, the ice pilot who guided Peary to within striking distance of the North Pole. At Holyrood, Return to Rte 1 and continue back to St. John’s.
Eastern Region – The Heritage Run
Golden Sands Resort, Marystown
Winterland. View the Eco Museum, a 4 km boardwalk trail with interactive exhibits and observation towers.
Southern Seaman’s Museum, Grand Bank. View Atlantic Canada’s largest mural. In the evening, experience one of the Heritage Society of Grand Banks theatrical productions.
The Miner’s Museum, St. Lawrence. Tells the history of the fluorspar mine in the area.
Heritage House and Tidal Wave Exhibit, Burin. Which tells the story of the 1929 disaster.
Eastern Region – The Discovery Trail
Trinity. A prosperous community built on the fishery, with some 50 architecturally significant buildings. Become part of the walking tour of the town led by actors who portray a few of the more colourful characters from our past.
New Bonaventure. View the production set for the television series “Random Passage”, an account of the early years of Newfoundland settlement.
Rising Tide Theatre. Various locations in and around Trinity.
Bonavista. Visit the landing site of John Cabot.
The Ryan Premises. Experience the history of the fishery
Cape Bonavista Lighthouse Provincial Historic Site. Guides in period costume will show you around.
Eastport Peninsula. Sandy beaches and quaint communities.
Burnside. A small museum of artefacts collected from various Beothuck sites around Bonavista Bay.
Salvage. Oldest European settlement along this part of the coast and is a classic outport community.
Central Region – Kittiwake Coast – Road to the Isles
Terra Nova Park. A championship golf course.
Lewisport. Major service and transportation center.
Boyd’s Cove Interpretation Center. It has been built using Beothuck structural concept near the site of a large Beothuck village. The center tells the story of these aboriginal people and includes an archaeological site.
Twillingate. Twillingate Museum, the Long Point Lighthouse and avail of boat tours.
Central Region – Exploits Valley
Botwood Heritage Center. Explore the history of Botwood which in the 1930’3 was a refuelling stop for the first Trans-Atlantic passenger service.
Overnight at Ocean View Park, Leading Tickles, Rte 350.
Grand Falls. Mary March Museum which explores the natural and cultural diversity of central Newfoundland from plate tectonics to today’s paper making industry.
Beothuck Village. Walk through the trails of the replica Beothuck Indian Village. The Beothuck became extinct when the last known survivor, Shawnadithit, died in 1829.
Salmonoid Interpretation Center. Learn about the habitat and life cycle of the Atlantic salmon, and don’t miss the underwater viewing.
Red Indian White Water Rafting.
Western Region – Viking Trail
Woody Point and Trout River. View the south side of Bonne Bay and get a great view of The Tablelands, a 600 metre high plateau of mantle rock, one of the world’s best examples of rock from the earth’s interior. Visit the Discovery center at Woody Point and take a boat tour at Trout River Pond
Gros Morne National Park. A UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Western Brook Pond. Take a sailing cruise along a fjord.
The Arches Provincial Park. A natural rack formation has two large arches which were formed when the rock was under water eons ago.
Gros Morne Theatre Festival, Cow Head
Port au Choix National Historic Site. Ongoing Archaeological dig and view the artefacts or the Maritime Archaic people who occupied the area 3200 to 3700 years ago.
L’Anse aux Meadows National Historic Site. A UNESCO world Heritage Site. Tour the reconstructed sod huts as animators recreate daily life at the site.
St. Anthony. Charles S. Curtis Memorial Hospital Jordi Bonet Murals which tell the story of the people of the Grenfell Mission.
Viking Feast at Leifsburdir, Fishing Point, St. Anthony. (Reservations required)
Labrador Coastal Drive
L’Anse-au-Clair. Gateway to Labrador Visitor Center, a restored turn of the century church.
L’Anse Amour. Oldest known funeral monument in North America. You will also find the tallest lighthouse in Atlantic Canada.
Red Bay Historic Site. World whaling capital, AD 1550 – 1600. Be sure to stop and visit the small communities of L’Anse au Loup, L’Anse Amour and Forteau along the way. At the Visitor Center, experienced guides will interpret the Basque whaling activity in the area during the 16th century. The whale refinery at Red Bay is considered to be one of the first industrial sites in the new world.