The Emerald Zone (also known as ‘the great whale coast’) is a breathtaking area stretching 470 km (292 miles) along Newfoundland’s NW coast. It is one of the finest regions in all of NL offering outstanding landscapes, rich marine ecosystems, exceptional artists and artisans and of course a vibrantly rich cultural heritage.
This land was once occupied by a variety of indigenous groups including the Dorset Eskimos, Maritime Archaic Indians and the now extinct Beothuk Indians.
From Deer Lake International Airport, the Emerald Zone is a mere 95 km (60 mile) car ride, roughly an hour on the road. Situated between Notre Dame Bay (east) and White Bay (west), the Emerald consists of beautifully steep, thickly wooded hills with unique ecology and ancient geology…a truly enchanting nature’s paradise.
Moreover, the Emerald is located in the heart of iceberg alley and with 5,000 humpback whales that call the region home annually, it’s a truly stunning vista…front row seats to marvel at these ocean giants.
On your travels along the Emerald Zone, you never really know what awaits you around the corner. This was the case on December 22, 2004, when Triton’s Derwin Roberts discovered a 12 foot giant squid in badger bay. These ocean giants are the world’s largest living invertebrates and very rarely ever seen.
A distinct heritage can also be found here, a warm, colorful seafaring people shaped by their elements just as they have for centuries.
10 Things To Do When Visiting The Emerald Region
1. Take In An Awe-inspiring Iceberg & Whale Encounter
2. Visit Two World Famous Whale Pavilions
Dr. John Lien Humpback Whale Pavilion
Sperm Whale Pavilion
3. Have A Newfie Feed & Experience Warm, NL Hospitality At An Outport Museum & Tea Room
4. Shop At An Award Winning Pottery Craft Gallery & Studio
5. Learn The Proud NL Craft Of Rug/Mat Hooking
6. Visit A Beautiful Wetlands For A Tranquil, Relaxing Stroll
7. Enjoy A Newfie Scoff & Take In Live Local Entertainment
8. Explore The Region’s Rich Mining History Dating Back Almost Two Millennium
Take A Glimpse At Mining Life From The Late 1800′s To Present Day
A tunnel, much like a mine shaft commences your tour and features six major mines and Dorset Eskimo artifacts.
Stop By a Lovely Dorset Craft Shop
Here you will find a wide selection of local, handmade NL products and exceptional fine crafts.
View Where Paleo-Eskimos Mined Soapstone For Pots & Seal Oil Lamps Some 1800 Years Ago
9. Explore The World Class Hiking Trails
Fleur de Lys — be sure to avail yourself of its 4 magnificent hiking trails (spotted point trail, hummocks trail, ocean view trail and Fleur de Lys lookout). These trail options offer varying degrees of difficulty which is nice and all deliver breathtaking panoramic views of iceberg alley and surrounding landscapes.
Rattling Brook — if you are seeking a short challenging jaunt, rattling brooking trail immediately comes to mind. This vigorous 1 km boardwalk hike leads to Rattling Brook Falls, an 800-foot waterfall. The trail overlooks spectacular Rattling Brook with its beautiful mountainous and coastal scenery.