Fogo Island: The Ultimate Travel Experience

Fogo Island is NL’s largest island, roughly 25 kilometers (16 miles) long and 14 kilometers (9 miles) wide. The island is also one of Newfoundland’s oldest coastal communities and a significant port that first appeared on the Bertius Map in 1606.

2,400 residents, sprinkled along 11 charming, ole world towns, call Fogo Island home. Here you will meet a resilient people that have a special place in the heart of fellow NLers. The island rejected government sponsored resettlement of the 1950s-1970s, survived, and now prosper, thanks in large part to tourism.

Here on Fogo Island, you will find countless adventure, cultural engagement, and wellness opportunities to immerse yourself in. Even the Flat Earth Society believes this rugged land to be one of earth’s four corners.

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Getting To Fogo

Getting to Fogo Island is easy. From Gander International Airport, take a 45-minute drive north on Route 330 for 83 kilometers (52 miles) to the Farewell Ferry Terminal. From Farewell, the ferry ride to Fogo Island is 13 kilometers (8 miles) and takes 1 hour and 15 minutes (combined with Change Islands route) or 45 minutes (direct).

wellness holiday en-route to Fogo, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada

Foodie 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 exceptionally prepared, delicious, and sustainably sourced.

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Where To Eat

Nicole’s Cafe

Nicole’s Cafe, located in Joe Batt’s Arm, is outstanding with a creative mix of modern and traditional recipes that are unique, culturally rich, locally relevant, inventive, and home-style. Their menu owes to a true collaboration among the people who fish, forage, and farm here.

Fogo Island Inn

Also situated in Joe Batt’s Arm, the internationally acclaimed Fogo Island Inn offers a menu which is focused on wild things from the North Atlantic, foraged plants, berries, and local seasonal produce. Recently voted “One of Canada’s Best Restaurants” by enRoute Magazine, their innovative cuisine is taking NL’s foodie scene into a whole new stratosphere.

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Beaches Bar & Grill

Beaches Bar & Grill, situated in the Town of Fogo, provides you with down home style cooking including a variety of traditional ‘stick to your ribs’ Newfoundland dishes, as well as, contemporary items.

Flat Earth Coffee, Cafe & Roastery

Flat Earth Coffee, located at Shoal Bay, is the spot for fabulous brews with single trade and roasted beans all imported from various exotic locales. More than just a coffee shop, this is a great place for a delicious lunch with homemade sandwiches, soups, and decadent desserts.

Note Flat Earth has a canteen on the ferry, so enjoy a cuppa on your crossings.

For The Insatiable Sweet Tooth

Growlers Ice Cream Shop

Growlers Ice Cream Shop in Joe Batt’s Arm offers handcrafted, gourmet ice cream that showcases traditional and regional flavors. The shop’s name comes from ‘growlers’ which are small chunks of iceberg common along the northeast 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.

a yummy food spot to visit on your vacation at Growlers Ice Cream Shop in Joe batt's arm, NL

Cultural Living

Town Of Tilting

A National Historic Site and Registered Heritage District, Tilting (population 204) is a rare, surviving example of a once common Irish-Newfoundland cultural landscape. While here, be sure to visit Dwyer Premises, Lane House, and Old Post Office.

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Town Of Fogo

Fogo (population 658) is the largest community on the island and may be the site of its first settlement. While in Fogo, visit Bleak House, Marconi Wireless Station, and Experience Fogo Site for a fascinating glimpse into past communication, class, and survival.

Marine Interpretation Centre

Situated in Seldom, this museum is a step back in time to Fogo’s early commercial beginnings through to merchant life. Be sure to also visit the neighboring Cod Liver Oil Factory.

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Brett House 

A Registered Heritage Structure, situated in Joe Batt’s Arm, John Brett (1851-1935) built this home in the 1870s for his wife Matilda and their nine children.

Artist Galleries, Residencies, And Exhibitions 

Not content with just being a foodie capital, Fogo Island has also established itself as a creative arts destination. Dotting their rocky shores, you will discover funky artisan retreats and artist studios including Herring Cove Art at Shoal Bay and Young Studios in Joe Batt’s Arm.

Herring Cove Art

Young Studios

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Artist Residencies

Fogo Island Arts’ international residency program provides opportunities for artists from a wide range of disciplines to live and work on Fogo Island for periods ranging from one to three months.


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Hikes And Walks

Numerous trails traverse the island including Fogo Head Trail, Brimstone Head Trail, and Lion’s Den Trail, see full details here.

Fogo Head Trail

4 kilometer (2.5 mile) loop, 1 hour, moderate

Brimstone Head Trail

2 kilometer (1.2 mile) return, 1 hour, moderate

Lion’s Den Trail

4.8 kilometer (3 mile) loop, 2 hours, moderate

Explore The High Seas

One little known secret, you can explore this marvelous island ocean-side with Ketanja Boat Tours. Departing from Joe Batt’s Arm, this 3 hour experience takes you up close and personal with whales, icebergs, and rocky hills and islands with ketanja boat tours dockside at Fogo Island, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada, a truly amazing wellness escape

Places To Stay

Fogo Island Inn

Posh meets minimalist. Who would not want to stay at Fogo Island Inn right? Just you and the elements.

Quintal House B&B

Quintal House, located in Joe Batt’s Arm, is a 3-story heritage guest home with original construction dating to the mid-1800’s. Serene harbor views and true outport hospitality, via Nadine, the owner, awaits you.

a wellness holiday stay at Quintal House B&B on Fogo Island, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada