Fogo Island: The Ultimate Travel Experience

Fogo is NL’s largest island, it is about 25 km (16 miles) long and 14 km (9 miles) wide. A rugged, sub-arctic land that is home to 2,400 residents. 

Fogo is also one of Newfoundland’s oldest coastal communities and a significant port that first appeared on the Bertius Map in 1606. Here you will meet a resilient people that have a special place and respect in my heart. 

Not only did they reject government resettlement of the 1950s-1970s, but they survived and now prosper thanks in large part to tourism. Today, 11 charming, old-world towns dot these tranquil, rocky shores.

On Fogo Island, there exist countless adventure, cultural engagement & wellness opportunities to immerse yourself in, a true travel gem. Even the Flat Earth Society believes this rugged land to be one of earth’s four corners. Take a peek!

illustrated green map of towns, communities and hiking trails to explore on your trip and visit to Fogo Island in Newfoundland, Canada
Image Via http://shorefast.org/

 

an eco adventure and wellness holiday hike overlooking the Town of Fogo with rocky tolling hills, charming heritage structures and ocean in background
Town of Fogo, Douglas Sprott, Flickr

 

an enriching and endearing vacation experience viewing a historical map of fogo, NL by Pierre Bertius in 1606
Pierre Bertius Map Of 1606 (“I. de Fogo”).

 

cultural wellness travel viewing the green, white and pink Newfoundland Tri-Colour Flag painted on a rock in Fogo, Canada
Newfoundland Tri-Colour Flag, Brendan Henry, Flickr

 

couples wellness and cultural heritage holiday walking along the shore of Joe Batt's Arm, Newfoundland visiting the red historic fishing structures
Joe Batt’s Arm, © NL Tourism

 

town of fogo with multi colored heritage structures atop green landscape next to waterway, a wellness and heritage tourism escape
Town Of Fogo, Brendan Henry, Flickr

 

Fogo Island four corners of the flat earth blue sign in Newfoundland, Canada travel and tourism adventure
Douglas Sprott, Flickr

 

flat earth sign on an adventure travel hiking trail on Fogo Island, Newfoundland, Canada
Humour Sign, Fogo – Kevin Hale, Flickr

 

rugged rock green rolling landscape of Fogo, an eco adventure must see spot
Brendan Henry, Flickr

 

young women with yellow rain coat on a healthy and hiking travel adventure in Fogo, NL, Canada
Brendan Henry, Flickr

 

women sits on rocks in Tilting, NL as waves crash ashore, a truly amazing wellness travel locale
Tilting © NL Tourism & Barrett and MacKay Photo

 

multi colored heritage boats and punts with red shed atop rock on the cultural travel landscape of Fogo Island, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada
Joe Batt’s Arm, © NL Tourism/Barrett & MacKay Photo

How To Get To Fogo Island

 

Getting to Fogo Island is easy! From Gander International Airport, take a 45-minute drive north on Route 330 for 83 km (52 miles) to the Farewell Ferry Terminal. 

 

From Farewell, the ferry ride to Fogo Island is 13 km (8 miles) and takes 1 hour and 15 minutes (combined with Change Islands route) or 45 minutes (direct).

travelling the blue and white fogo island ferry in Newfoundland
Ferry, Image Via http://www.tw.gov.nl.ca/

 

tourist gazes out window on a wellness holiday en-route to Fogo, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada
Brendan Henry, Flickr
The Food Trail

 

Less than a dozen restaurants can be found on Fogo Island, but do not let this deter you. This little island offers up world class food that is an exceptionally prepared, delicious and sustainably harvested! And here seafood is king! To begin, authentic Newfoundland cuisine consists of the staples. We recommend trying all these dishes.
 
bowl of cooked Fish And Brewis (Pronounced Brews) And Scrunchions on fogo island, NL, Canada, a foodie holiday
Fish And Brewis (Pronounced Brews) And Scrunchions, Pomakis, Flickr
 
cast iron pan with golden brown toutons being fried, a delicious cultural food to try on your trip to the island of Newfoundland, Canada
Toutons, Image Via Brendan Henry, Flickr
 
bowl of cooked north Atlantic seafood steamed mussels, decadent food to eat while visiting NL, Canada
Mussels, © Newfoundland & Labrador Tourism
 
learning how cod is cut and gutted on a cultural heritage vacation to Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada
Gutting Cod, © Newfoundland & Labrador Tourism
 
plate of Pan Fried Cod & Onions and corn on the cob in Newfoundland, a delicious and yummy meal to try on your vacation
Pan Fried Cod & Onions, Brendan Henry, Flickr
 
experiential travel watching a Salted Cod demonstration in Newfoundland & Labrador
Salted Cod, © Newfoundland & Labrador Tourism

Where To Eat

Nicole’s Cafe – Joe Batt’s Arm

The food at Nicole’s Café is outstanding. A creative mix of modern and traditional recipes that are unique, culturally rich, locally relevant, inventive and home-style. A true collaboration among the people who fish, forage and farm!

 

plate of garnished baked cod,a Newfoundland foodie travel delicacy
© Newfoundland & Labrador Tourism

Fogo Island Inn – Joe Batt’s Arm

Rugged, minimalist architecture, a million dollar view and out of this world culinary creations. Relaxed, fine dining at the internationally acclaimed Fogo Island Inn is a foodie experience in itself. Their menu is focused on wild things from the North Atlantic, foraged plants, and berries and local seasonal produce.

 
Recently Voted One Of Canada’s Best New Restaurants by enRoute Magazine, Fogo Island Inn’s innovative cuisine is taking the NL foodie scene into a whole new stratosphere!
 
image of Fogo Island Inn atop rock landscape in NL, Canada, a vacation and foodie dining spot
Image Via Kim Manley Ort, Flickr
 
relaxing travel with waitress serving customers at fogo island inn overlooking ocean with sun setting in NORTHERN Newfoundland, Canada
Image Via Fogo Island Inn
 
couple dining at the fogo island inn with candles lit on the table at dusk looking out to ocean from floor to ceiling windows, a delicious wellness holiday travel restaurant
Fogo Island Inn
 
seafood travel meal with plate of cooked scallops on a green salad, dining at the beautiful Fogo Island Inn, Newfoundland
Fogo Island Inn
 
grilled chicken and beef dining at the luxurious Fogo Island Inn, Newfoundland, a foodie locale
Fogo Island Inn

Beaches Bar & Grill – Town Of Fogo

Another favorite spot while on the island is Beaches Bar & Grill. Down home style cooking that includes a variety of traditional ‘Stick To Your Ribs’ Newfoundland dishes and contemporary items.

plate of home cooked turkey dinner at Beaches Bar & Grill in town of fogo, island, Newfoundland Canada, a traditional food experience while on your travels
Turkey Dinner, Beaches Bar & Grill
 
plate of traditional and authentic jiggs dinner with carrots, potatoes, turnip, salt beef and cabbage at Beaches Bar & Grill in town of fogo, island, Newfoundland Canada, a delicious food to try on your visit
Jiggs Dinner, Beaches Bar & Grill

Flat Earth Coffee, Cafe & Roastery – Shoal Bay


Flat Earth Coffee is the spot for fabulous coffee. Single trade and roasted, their beans are imported from various exotic locales. In addition to its outpost, they also have a canteen on the ferry. Enjoy on the crossings!
 
More than just a coffee shop, it is also a great place for a quick delicious lunch consisting of homemade sandwiches, soups, and decadent desserts.
A bage coffee beans came in at Flat Earth Coffee, Cafe & Roastery In Shoal Bay, Newfoundland, Canada, a wellness and foodie trip to visit

 

Flat Earth Coffee
 
tasty food travel with soup and chicken Waldorf at Flat Earth Coffee, Cafe & Roastery In Shoal Bay, Newfoundland, Canada
Chicken Waldorf, Flat Earth Coffee
 
A plate of molasses tarts and other yummy desserts at Flat Earth Coffee, Cafe & Roastery In Shoal Bay, Newfoundland, a foodie holiday experience
Molasses Tarts, Flat Earth Coffee

And For The Insatiable Sweet Tooth…

Growlers Ice Cream Shop – Joe Batt’s Arm

Growlers Ice Cream Shop offers locally handcrafted gourmet ice cream showcasing traditional and regional flavors. Their name comes from growlers which are small chunks of iceberg common along the NE coast during late spring-early summer.

Drawing on the island’s bounty of berries, some of their decadent flavors include Partridgeberry Jam Tart, Juniper Berry Coconut and Molasses Raisin Bread, Yummy!

women smiling scooping and a couple in the background at Growlers Ice Cream Shop in Joe batt's arm, NL, a yummy food spot to visit on your vacation
© Newfoundland & Labrador Tourism
 
Margaret's Molasses Jam Tart Ice Cream at Growlers Shop in Joe batt's arm, NL, a delicious trip experience
Margaret’s Molasses Jam Tart Ice Cream, Growlers Ice Cream Shop
 
Yummy travels with Strawberry Rhubarb Sorbet Ice Cream at Growlers Shop in Joe batt's arm, NL
Strawberry Rhubarb Sorbet, Growlers Ice Cream Shop
 
a decadent holiday treat with Marshberry White Chocolate Ice Cream, Growlers Shop in Fogo, Newfoundland
Marshberry White Chocolate Ice Cream, Growlers Ice Cream Shop

Cultural Living

Town Of Tilting – Population 204

A National Historic Site and Registered Heritage District, Tilting Is a surviving rare example of a once common Irish-Newfoundland cultural landscape.

 
While in Tilting, be sure to visit the Dwyer PremisesThe Lane House, and the Old Post Office.
national historic site of Canada plaque commemorating tilting at fogo island, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada as a cultural landscape destination
Douglas Sprott, Flickr
 
bronze plaque commemorating the heritage and historical significance of Tilting at fogo island, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada, a historical vacation site of interest
Douglas Sprott, Flickr
 
red shed atop rocky island in harbor at fogo island, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada, a peaceful cultural holiday experience
© Newfoundland & Labrador Tourism/Barrett & MacKay
 
fogo island, Newfoundland and Labrador couples holiday with a man and a women walking through a green field of wild yellow daisies with historic wood thatched fences and red heritage structure in the background on a warm, sunny summer day
© Newfoundland & Labrador Tourism
 
red fishing stages and wharf's dotting the rocky shoreline of tilting, fogo, Newfoundland, a national historic site of Canada, experiential travel at its best
Douglas Sprott, Flickr

Town Of Fogo – Population 658

Fogo is the largest community on the island and may very well be the site of the first settlement.

While in Fogo, visits to The Bleak House, Marconi Station and Experience Fogo Site will give you a fascinating glimpse into past communication, class, and survival.

 

town of fogo island, NL Canada, an edge of the earth holiday experience with heritage structures, harbor and rock rolling hills
Image Via Town Of Fogo Island
 
living history and cultural significance vacation outside Experience Fogo Site, Town Of Fogo Island, NFLD
Experience Fogo Site, Image Via Town Of Fogo Island
 
history and travel to Marconi Wireless Station at Town Of Fogo Island, Newfoundland, Canada
Marconi Wireless Station, Image Via Town Of Fogo Island

Additional Cultural Must-Sees

Marine Interpretation Centre – Seldom-Little Seldom

 

A step back in time to Fogo’s early commercial beginnings through merchant life. Be sure you also visit the neighboring Cod Liver Oil Factory after touring the center.

 

exterior of brown Marine Interpretation Center in Seldom-Little Seldom at Fogo, NL Canada, an ecological and historical travel must see
Fisherman’s Union Trading Co. Retail Store, Image Via Fogo Island Marine Interpretation Centre
 
Fisherman’s Union Trading Co. Retail Store, Image Via Fogo Island Marine Interpretation Centre
 
Touch Tank, Image Via Fogo Island Marine Interpretation Centre

Brett House – Joe Batt’s Arm

John Brett (1851-1935) built this home in the 1870s for his wife Matilda and their nine children.

exterior wood brown heritage structure of Brett House museum at Joe Batt's Arm at Fogo Island, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada, a cultural authentic travel historic destination
Brett House, Image Via Heritage NL

Local Artists, Residencies & Galleries

 

Not content with just being a foodie capital, Fogo Island has quickly established itself as a creative arts destination. Dotting their rocky shores you will discover funky artisans and artist studios. 

Herring Cove Art – Joe Batt’s Arm

exterior of herring cove art studio at Fogo Island, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada, a travel destination
Herring Cove Art
 
watercolor at herring cove art studio at Fogo Island, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada of boat in the water with shoreline, a wellness living heritage travel experience
Herring Cove Art
 
framed artwork of heritage structures along the shoreline at Fogo Island, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada, a creative gallery tourist experience
Herring Cove Art

Young Studios  Joe Batt’s Arm

collage painting of creative works by adam young studios at Fogo Island, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada, an inspiring holiday art experience
Young Studios
 
a wellness creative holiday watching adam young painting a fanciful art creation of red stages on stilts at his studio at Fogo Island, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada
Young Studios
 
colorful folk art of green house and yellow punt and boat in the water by young studios at Fogo Island, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada, an art gallery to visit on your holidays
Young Studios

Artist Studios & Retreats

tiny art studio at dusk and sunset with window brightly lit on the shoreline at Fogo Island, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada, a tranquil trip to experience, an artistic vacation to explore
Artist Retreat, Douglas Sprott, Flickr
 
golden skies and dusk with rolling landscape at Fogo Island, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada, a tranquil trip to experience
Bodha Jac, Flickr
 
picture of tiny art studio and residency at Fogo Island, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada, a creative travel experiential holiday
Art Residency, Image Via Fogo Island Arts

Exhibitions

Art exhibition poster taking place at Fogo Island, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada, a flourishing creative art holiday stay
Image Via Fogo Island Arts

Outdoor Adventure & Exploration

Hikes & Walks

Fogo Head Trail (5 KM [3.1 M], 1 hour, Moderate)

 

Fogo Head Trail geological adventure holiday with illustrated map billboard at Fogo Island, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada
Douglas Sprott, Flickr
 
hiking the Fogo Head Trail with boardwalk and rocky hills on a sunny summer vacation at Fogo Island, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada
Kim Manley Ort, Flickr

Brimstone Head Trail (2 KM [1.2 M], 1 Hour, Easy)

a geological adventure holiday at illustrated map billboard of Brimstone Head Trail at Fogo Island, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada
Douglas Sprott, Flickr
 
overlooking brimstone head trail on a wellness holiday hike at Fogo Island, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada with ocean in the foreground and coastline
Douglas Sprott, Flickr

Shoal Bay

The tranquil rocky shoreline of Shoal Bay offers beautiful ocean vista hikes alongside crystal clear waters.
wellness vacation at rocky rolling hills ocean-side in shoal bay at Fogo Island, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada
Bodha Jac, Flickr
 
tranquil travel exploring 2 jellyfish floating in shoal bay at Fogo Island, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada
Bodha Jac, Flickr

Lion’s Den Trail (5 KM [3.1 M], 2 Hours, Moderate)

Almost a moon-like structure of the land.
 
Healthy travel hiking the Rocky topography of the Lions Den Trail at Fogo Island, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada
Bodha Jac, Flickr

Exploring The High Seas

See this marvelous island ocean-side with Ketanja Boat Tours and discover our magnificent land and sea.

 
wellness escape atop green rocky hills and islands with ketanja boat tours dockside at Fogo Island, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada
Ketanja Boat Tours
 
breathtaking adventure holiday watching icebergs from the deck of ketanja boat tours at Fogo Island, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada
Ketanja Boat Tours
 
a living cultural heritage trip seeing a red fishing stage on ketanja boat tours at Fogo Island, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada
Ketanja Boat Tours
 
Thrilling eco adventure holiday experience watching 2 humpback whales coming up for air in the Atlantic ocean with ketanja boat tours at Fogo Island, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada
Ketanja Boat Tours

Places To Stay

Fogo Island Inn

Posh meets minimalist. Who wouldn’t want to stay here right?! Just you and the elements!

 

 a luxurious vacation destination in the Interior of living room with rustic furnishings, fireplace, firewood, floor to ceiling windows overlooking rugged coastline shore at Inn at Fogo Island, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada
Fogo Island Inn
 
luxury travel at White interior bedroom with double bed, floor to ceiling windows and fireplace looking over Atlantic ocean at Inn at Fogo Island, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada
Fogo Island Inn
 
wellness vacation at Inn brightly lit at night shore-side on Fogo Island, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada
Fogo Island Inn

Quintal House B&B

3-story heritage guest home, original construction dates back to the mid-1800’s. Serene harbor front views and true outport hospitality Via Nadine, the owner.

Blue exterior of Quintal House B&B on Fogo Island, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada
Kim Manley Ort, Flickr
 
Living room with chairs and burning fireplace at Quintal House B&B on Fogo Island, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada, a wellness holiday stay
Quintal House B&B
 
Interior wooden winding staircase at B&B stay on Fogo Island, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada
Quintal House B&B
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These are compelling, personally tailored getaways for engaged, curious travelers seeking life-enhancing opportunities.

Contact Matthew or John to start planning your most exceptional journey!

 

 Sitting in a field at Spillars Cove, Trinity Bay, Newfoundland, Canada with ocean and cliffs in the background is Matthew, Experiential Travel Planner with Experience Newfoundland and Labrador Travel Agency
Matthew Barrett, Experiential Travel Consultant
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