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.
Moreover, 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.
For instance, they reject government resettlement of the 1950s-1970s. They now survive and 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…
Getting 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).
The Foodie Trail
Less than a dozen restaurants can be found on Fogo Island, but do not let this deter you. Here seafood is king. This little island offers up world class food that is an exceptionally prepared, delicious as well as sustainable. To begin, authentic Newfoundland cuisine consists of the staples. Therefore, we recommend you try all these dishes.
Where To Eat
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. Owing to a true collaboration among the people who fish, forage and farm.
Fogo Island Inn
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. To demonstrate, 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 Restaurants by enRoute Magazine. Fogo Island Inn’s innovative cuisine is taking the NL foodie scene into a whole new stratosphere.
Beaches Bar & Grill
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.
Flat Earth Coffee, Cafe & Roastery
Flat Earth Coffee is the spot for fabulous coffee. Most notably, their single trade and roasted beans are all imported from various exotic locales. In addition to its outpost, they also have a canteen on the ferry. Enjoy on the crossings.
Overall, it’s 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.
Finally, for The Insatiable Sweet Tooth…
Growlers Ice Cream Shop
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.
Town Of Tilting
A National Historic Site and Registered Heritage District, Tilting (population 204) is a surviving rare example of a once common Irish-Newfoundland cultural landscape.
While in Tilting, be sure to visit the Dwyer Premises, The Lane House, and the Old Post Office.
Town Of Fogo
Fogo (population 658) 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.
Additional Cultural Must-Sees
Marine Interpretation Centre
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.
John Brett (1851-1935) built this home in the 1870s for his wife Matilda and their nine children.
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
Artist Studios & Retreats
Outdoor Adventure & Exploration
Fogo Head Trail
Brimstone Head Trail
Lion’s Den Trail
A notably moon-like structure of the land.
The tranquil rocky shoreline of Shoal Bay offers beautiful ocean vista hikes in addition to crystal clear waters.
Exploring The High Seas
See this marvelous island ocean-side with Ketanja Boat Tours and discover our magnificent land and sea.
Places To Stay
Fogo Island Inn
Posh meets minimalist. Who wouldn’t want to stay here right? Just you and the elements.
Quintal House B&B
3-story heritage guest home, original construction dates back to the mid-1800’s. Not to mention, serene harbor front views and true outport hospitality Via Nadine, the owner.