Central

Central Newfoundland stretches 330 km from Twillingate Islands in the north, to Harbour Breton on the south coast.

A visually breathtaking touring region following, in part, the traditional Beothuk and Mi’kmaq seasonal routes between the interior and the coast.

Here stunning coastlines, gorgeous bays, charming lakes, teeming rivers and fabulous fjords await you.

The region is also composed of complex geology beneath steep, thickly wooded hills of spruce, birch, and pine.

Central delivers spectacular iceberg viewing too alongside 5,000 humpback whales that call Notre Dame Bay home.

A distinct way of life is to be experienced here also, one based on the sea, as it has continued to be for centuries.

On your Central travels, you’ll be amazed how little things have changed, how down to earth our people are and how close to the sea life really is.

Here small clapboard houses hug the rocks of countless bays and inlets. Wharves and fishing premises line the shore, while fishing boats wait at anchor in the harbours.

Central was once occupied by many indigenous groups including Dorset Eskimos, Maritime Archaic Indians, and the now extinct Beothuk Indians.

During the 19th century, logging, mining, and fishing attracted many different nationalities to the area. The indigenous Mi’kmaq predate them and remain a flourishing cultural force here.

While visiting this untouched beauty, provincial ferry service is the popular commute for you to hop-scotch along remote, scenic coastal communities!

Places You’ll Visit

Unforgettable Experiences

Doorstep To The Past

Gain a sense of what life was like in rural out-port Newfoundland during the 1940s on a guided tour of a beautiful mid-century heritage home containing +600 artifacts and antiques. Delicious homemade foods and desserts are prepared on-site and served in historic tearoom overlooking local harbour, wharves and boats. Music and entertainment, impromptu ‘jam’ sessions and gregarious story-telling also await you.

Creating A Classy Work Of Art

An award-winning shop home to the only salt/soda ware in NL. One of a kind works from over 365 different artisans including pottery/glazes, shell and stone, stained glass, wood carvings, pewter and labradorite. How about creating your own bowl on the potters wheel? You build it and decorate it and they’ll glaze it, fire it and ship it to you. An exceptional shopping experience.

Mighty Mammals Of The Atlantic

Visit the world’s largest reconstruction of a Humpback Whale that includes informative displays and interpretive panels. These intelligent, 50-foot long, 40 something ton amazing creatures travel all the way to the north Atlantic Ocean from the Caribbean Sea. Here you’ll learn how this massive angel of the sea came to be situated in a central Newfoundland pavilion. This place will leave you with a real sense of awe.

The Miawpukek Powwow

Join Mi’kmaq leaders and elders to celebrate their traditions, culture, and spiritualism. A top-tier indigenous festival experience at the only recognized Reserve in Newfoundland with cultural demonstrations, medicinal walks, traditional dance and chant, drummers, sacred ceremonies, sunrise and sweat lodge ceremonies, feasts and handmade native arts/crafts. An alcohol free event and grounds.

The South Coast Shed Party

The shed is a NL institution, symbolizing part of who we are as a cultural nation. Through local story-telling and music, you’ll attend one and learn how the button accordion has become a mainstay here. You’ll try your hand at using an authentic Newfoundland musical instrument called the ‘Ugly Stick’ and also sample the delicious local cuisine on hand. Here our rich history and heritage comes alive.

Picnicking In History

A delicious lunch prepared with local recipes, desserts, and home baked bread, accompanied by a choice of fillings, local pickles and relishes. Includes a boat trip to a remote, resettled community for you to experience the history of an out-port fishing culture. Your foodie adventure comes with a Newfoundland tartan blanket and books so you can spread out and enjoy your meal.

An Early Window Into Aboriginal Culture

Large, well-preserved prehistoric soapstone quarry with approximately 1,000 removal scars brilliantly preserved in the main exposed outcrop. Here Dorset Paleo-Eskimos mined vessel carvings (pots, bowls and oil lamps) 1,800 years ago. Only known soapstone outcrop in northern hemisphere and one of only a few in the world. Your incredible archaeological journey dating 7,000 years ago.

Conservation On The Exploits

Eco-interpretive centre that educates you on the history, biology, ecology and habitat of Atlantic Salmon. Home to the largest salmon enhancement project of its kind in North America. Through underwater windows and an outdoor observation area, you’ll watch these amazing ‘Kings of Fish’ swim upstream, jump and manipulate the ladder to reach their spawning habitat on the mighty Exploits River.

A Taste Of Newfoundland

Take in lunch hour musical entertainment from outstanding local talent in a historic setting. Includes a delicious meal (choice of salmon or stuffed chicken breast). On-site museum narrates NL’s unique story in logging, world wars, pioneering women, doctors, railway, and coastal boats. Includes local craft store for you to browse fine handmade creations such as jewellery (Labradorite), glass, quilts and knitted goods, art/prints and preserves.

Hooking The Rug

Rug hooking is a centuries old, Newfoundland and Labrador pastime that was practised during the long winter months. Early mats were made of retired clothing as essential floor coverings. Today they’re made of yarn for decorative wall-hangings. Led by an award winning rug hooker, you’ll create your very own cultural masterpiece, a most rewarding and creative leisure activity.

A Fisher’s Life – Then & Now

Your intimate glimpse into life and work of an early to mid 1900s fisherman. An award-winning, interactive heritage centre that includes 100+ year old store, net loft, fishing stages and flakes. Home to the largest collection of fishing artifacts in NL including cod trap displays, dragger models and the only Sei whale skeleton in Canada. Cod splitting demonstrations and lobster pot hauling and fishing excursions also available. How fun is that!

Where Continents Collided

A 400-million year old fault line where the ancient continents of North America, Europe and Africa first collided, then broke apart. Still visible to the eye today, a series of steps with interpretive panels will take you to the lookout of this 200 to 500 metre wide geological marvel. Your short jaunt to the top is well-worth it delivering breathtaking, 360 degree views from miles around. A fascinating story in plate tectonics.

Secrets Beneath Your Feet

Walk atop a 488-444 million year old volcanic formation, a Middle Ordovician deposit. Here a 1-km thick scattering of glacier rock and black fossilized lava juts into the ocean. You can easily spend the day out here, a popular spot with locals to picnic, hike and pick abundant wildflowers and berries. Your beautifully serene and geologically wild slice of Newfoundland’s coastline.

Star Light, Star Bright

Spectacular celestial viewing at an observatory with viewing platform (for secondary telescopes) nestled in a small cove with clear air and minimal light pollution. Passionate amateur astronomer will share his vast knowledge and show you how to navigate the constellations and locate their hidden secrets of beauty. An excellent spot for you to count meteors on those nights of interest.

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