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 Everyone Should Do When Visiting The Emerald Region
2. Visit Our World Famous Whale Pavilions And Gain An Intimate Understanding Of These Gentle Giants
3. Step Back In Time At The Outport Museum & Tea Room, Have A Newfie Feed, & Experience Warm, NL Hospitality And Culture — La Scie 4. Drop By The Award Winning King’s Point Pottery Craft Gallery & Studio For Outstanding Craft Shopping, Pottery Demonstrations & A Tour — King’s Point
8. Explore The Region’s Rich Mining History Dating Back Almost Two Millennium — Baie Verte & Fleur De Lys
a) Take A Glimpse At Mining Life From The Late 1800′s To Present Day At The Baie Verte Miners’ Museum
b) After Your Tour, Be Sure To Also Stop By The Lovely Dorset Craft Shop.
9. Explore The Countless World Class Hiking Trails Sprinkled Throughout The Region
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.