Welcome to Newfoundland & Labrador
If breaching whales, colossal icebergs and postcard-worthy coastlines pique your interest, you should set a course for Newfoundland and Labrador. Situated on the most easterly point of the continent, this province wows visitors with dazzling natural attractions, epic wildlife and remarkable history of European colonization that predates Columbus.
Far-reaching ocean views, fascinating historic sites and friendly locals with accents that sound like an Irish brogue make St. John’s a memorable destination. Climb Signal Hill to explore Cabot Tower, a historic structure with sweeping views of the surrounding coastline and the Atlantic Ocean. You’ll also want to visit the Rooms for its impressive collection of local art. Motor about 10 miles out of town to make a stop at the Cape Spear Lighthouse, the easternmost point in North America (except for Danish-controlled Greenland). If you have the time, head to the charming fishing town of Bonavista to see its colorful row houses, classic lighthouses and a replica of Cabot’s ship.
More captivating scenery awaits in Gros Morne National Park. The UNESCO World Heritage Site attracts hikers to its lush river valleys, sheer cliffs and rare flora and fauna. The remarkable flat-top mountains date back 500 million years and have helped geologists understand plate tectonics theory.
Land of the Vikings
The Vikings set foot in Newfoundland and Labrador long before Columbus first “discovered” North America. Today, you can see what’s left of one of their settlements at the L’Anse aux Meadows National Historic Site on the northern tip of Newfoundland. Excavated wood-framed buildings and 1,000-year-old artifacts provide incredible insight into how the Vikings lived. Costumed guides and a dramatic backdrop of cliffs, coastline and bogs round out the experience.