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Best things to do in Newfoundland

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Where in the world: Canada  /  Newfoundland and Labrador  /  Newfoundland

Top 15 things to do in Newfoundland

1. Gros Morne National Park, Rocky Harbour

Take in the ancient and atmospheric landscape of Gros Morne National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The 1,805 sq km (697 sq mi) park protects the fjords, mountains, beaches, and bogs of a landscape formed by glaciers and continental drift. Choose from over 20 marked day trails to see different aspects of the varied and dramatic park. Whether you're interested in the geological history, the marine and land animals that call the park home, or simply finding a vista to photograph, you'll find a walk to suit your tastes and ability.
Suggested duration: 8 hours
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2. Dolphin & Whale Watching, Bay Bulls

Experience the ocean and the rugged coastline of Witless Bay Ecological Reserve on a dolphin and whale watching safari from Bay Bulls. As you sail past 10,000-year-old icebergs, caves, and cascading waterfalls, you'll spot puffins and many other wild residents of this area. The friendly crew and onboard naturalist will provide informed commentary on captivating sights around you, including interesting facts about bald eagles, razor-billed auks, and other species of birds flocking in the area. Tours generally range from short 90-minute trips, to longer half-day adventures.
Suggested duration: 2 hours
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3. Sea of Whales Adventures, Trinity

Suggested duration: 3 hours
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4. 2-Hour Guided Boat Tour from St. John's

FROM $91
Join Newfoundland’s award-winning boat tour as we depart from the heart of downtown St. John’s.Witness the world’s largest concentration of humpback whales, watching as they thrust their massive 40 ton bodies into the air. Steam through the passageway of 12,000 year old icebergs and view the elegant Atlantic Puffin. Both entertaining and educational, our narrated tour is fun for the whole family.
Suggested duration: 2h
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5. # 2 Mine Tour and Museum, Bell Island

Take # 2 Mine Tour and Museum to discover stories of diligent miners from the early 1900s. Notice old shovels, bottles, and wheels of carts sitting against the rock walls as you walk through the labyrinth of damp, dark tunnels where boys as young as nine risked their lives digging iron ore by candle light. The last of the six mines on the island was closed in 1966, and many of the tunnels are now flooded. Wear sturdy shoes and a jacket.
Suggested duration: 1h 30 min
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6. L'Anse Aux Meadows National Historic Site, L'Anse aux Meadows

Learn about pre-Columbian European cultures in the Americas at L'Anse Aux Meadows National Historic Site, a World Heritage Site. Thought to date back to the year 1000 CE, the ruins of the Norse or Viking settlement have been widely accepted as proof of European cultures crossing the Atlantic and contacting indigenous peoples before the times of Columbus. Reconstructions in some of the village's buildings, such as the grass-covered sod longhouse, give a sense of daily life in the settlement.
Suggested duration: 3 hours
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7. Lobster Cove Head Lighthouse, Rocky Harbour

Strikingly white against the blue sky, Lobster Cove Head Lighthouse provides arguably the finest views in the area--especially impressive at sunset. Built in the 19th century, this lighthouse is part of a national park that offers many walking trails, scenic viewpoints, and picnic areas. Drop by the lighthouse keeper's house to see an exhibit of local artifacts, or join an educational presentation to hear folk songs performed and learn about the hardships fishermen endured while living and working in along this rugged coastline.
Suggested duration: 2 hours
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8. Signal Hill, St. John's

Take a steep hike up to Signal Hill, a hilltop affording incredible views over the bay and offering an insight into the rich history of the military communications it once provided. During different times of year, the lookout provides views of whales and icebergs, which can also be enjoyed while walking the trails around the site. Examine the onsite museum detailing the work that went on here during the great Seven Years’ War. Hiking to the top isn’t essential, as you can drive, but if you choose to walk, wear sturdy footwear and consider bringing a picnic if the weather’s good; there are no refreshments available at the top.
Suggested duration: 2 hours
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9. The Tablelands, Gros Morne National Park

Walk along the Earth's mantle at World Heritage Site The Tablelands, a rare opportunity experienced by few. Forged when the tectonic plates of Africa and North America collided, this breathtaking scenery is a dramatic composition of deep ocean crust, rocks from the Earth's mantle, and eroded remnants of a 1.2 billion year old mountain range. Hike along golden rocky plains, absorbing this dynamic terrain and spectacular views from various lookouts. Various trails allow walkers of all abilities to encounter the site, and daily guides from the national park provide a wealth of geological information.
Suggested duration: 2 hours
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10. Skerwink Trail, Port Rexton

Historical heritage and natural beauty collide at Skerwink Trail, a 5.3 km (3.2 mi) coastal hike along cliff tops and beaches. Begin your route by tracing the old railroad bed and then head up the ancient sedimentary rock to Skerwink Head where you will be met by views of Trinity Harbour. As waves crash against the rocks look out at Fort Point lighthouse, where in 1938 the sea claimed the lives of all aboard the Marion Rogers schooner. This trail is rated moderate to difficult and there are no bathroom facilities. Allow two to three hours for your hike, and be sure to bring water.
Suggested duration: 2 hours
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11. Gros Morne, Gros Morne National Park

The second highest peak on Newfoundland, Gros Morne is a popular hiking destination offering outstanding views of a glacial-carved landscape. Often crowned with clouds or clad in fog, the flat top of this 806 m (2,644 ft) high mountain can be reached via a difficult trail named after the former British Prime Minister James Callaghan. You will pass a cluster of small ponds at the foot of the mountain before you start climbing a steep boulder ravine. Be aware that the temperature changes rapidly due to the strong winds and blistering sun, so make sure to dress accordingly.
Suggested duration: 2 hours
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12. Shallow Bay Beach, Cow Head

Take a long walk gathering shells and driftwood at Shallow Bay Beach, one of the longest sandy beaches in Newfoundland. In the summer, the shallow water remains warm enough for swimming, and in the fall, the northern part of the beach attracts hundreds of migrating shorebirds offering great photo opportunities. The high dunes behind the beach serve as their nesting grounds, and two boardwalks allow you to explore the dunes without disturbing the environment. Amenities include a beach pavilion with a restroom and changing room, as well as a picnic area.
Suggested duration: 2 hours
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13. Boat Tours & Water Sports, St. John's

Suggested duration: 2 hours
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14. Cape Bonavista Lighthouse, Bonavista

A striking sight on the coast of Newfoundland, Cape Bonavista Lighthouse attracts visitors with its history as the fourth oldest lighthouse in the easterly province and for its vibrantly painted exterior. Operating from 1843 until 1962, the lighthouse now invites visitors to experience the life of a provincial lighthouse keeper. Steadily climb the tall stone tower and witness one of the few locations in the world where you can still see the seal oil fuelled light apparatus used throughout the nineteenth century, along with beautiful panoramic views off the coast. Downstairs, a series of displays and artefacts tell the tale of the local industry, as well as presenting the ecological history of Cape Boavista.
Suggested duration: 2 hours
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15. The Rooms, St. John's

Upgrade your understanding of Newfoundland at The Rooms, a hub for the art and culture of the region. Enjoy the provincial art gallery, the leading gallery in the region and one dedicated to developing and exhibiting contemporary art from around the world, with a special focus on artists working in the province. Inspect the artifacts and exhibits in the museum part of the facility, where you will learn about the natural and cultural history of the area, including that of the indigenous peoples who lived here. Afterwards, be sure to stop for a snack in the cafe, which affords memorable views out across the bay.
Suggested duration: 2 hours
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