CENTRAL

Geographical and regional outline of Central Newfoundland, Canada

“A Distinct, Visually Breathtaking Region In The Heart Of It All”

Central Newfoundland stretches 330 km (205 miles) from Twillingate Islands in the north, to Harbour Breton on the south coast. It follows, in part, the traditional Beothuk and Mi’kmaq seasonal routes between the interior and the coast.

Also, here stunning coastlines, gorgeous bays, charming lakes, teeming rivers and fabulous fjords await you. In addition, Central is composed of complex geology beneath steep, thickly wooded hills of spruce, birch, and pine.

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

Additionally, a unique way of life is to be experienced here, one based on the sea, as it has continued to be for centuries. On your Central Newfoundland travels, you will be amazed how little things have changed, how down to earth our people are and how close to the sea life really is.

For instance, here small clapboard houses hug the rocks of countless bays and inlets. Wharves and fishing premises line the shores. While fishing boats wait at anchor in the harbours.

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

In fact, 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. Here you can hop-scotch along remote, scenic coastal communities.

  • Human scale models of Beothuk Indigenous peoples and boat

Places You’ll Visit


Experiences To Cherish

Doorstep To The Past

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

Creating Classy Works

An award-winning shop home to the only salt/soda ware in all of NL. Moreover, home to 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 very own bowl on the potters wheel? You build it and decorate it and they will glaze it, fire it and ship it to you. All in all, an exceptional shopping experience.

Mighty Mammals

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. Moreover, you will 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.

Miawpukek Powwow

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

South Coast Shed Party

The shed is a Newfoundland institution, symbolizing part of who we are as a cultural nation. Through local story-telling and music, you will attend one and learn how the button accordion has become a mainstay here. Additionally, you will also try your hand at using an authentic Newfoundland musical instrument called the ‘Ugly Stick’. Also sample the delicious local cuisine that is 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. Above all, your foodie adventure comes with a Newfoundland tartan blanket and books so you can spread out to enjoy your meal and take in these beautiful views.

Aboriginal Archaeology

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

Conserving The Exploits

Eco-interpretive centre that educates you on the history, biology, ecology and habitat of Atlantic Salmon. This is home to the largest salmon enhancement project of its kind in all of North America. Through underwater windows and an outdoor observation area, you will 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 Nl

Take in lunch hour musical entertainment from outstanding local talent in a historic setting. Includes delicious meal. On-site museum narrates NL’s unique story in logging, world wars, pioneering women, doctors, railway, and coastal boats. Also a 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, favourite 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 are made of yarn for decorative wall-hangings. Led by an award winning rug hooker, you will create your very own cultural masterpiece. Above all, 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 1900’s fisherman. Not to mention an award-winning, interactive heritage centre. Includes 100+ year old store, net loft, fishing stages and flakes. Also home to the largest collection of fishing artifacts in NL including cod trap displays, dragger models and the only Sei whale skeleton in Canada. Moreover, cod splitting demonstrations and lobster pot hauling and fishing excursions available. How fun!

as Continents Collided

A 400-million year old fault line where the ancient continents of North America, Europe and Africa 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. Moreover, your short jaunt to the top is well-worth it delivering breathtaking, 360 degree views for miles around. Above all, a fascinating story in the process of plate tectonics.

Secrets Beneath You

How does walking atop a 488-444 million year old volcanic formation, a Middle Ordovician deposit sound? It’s where a 1-kilometer thick scattering of glacier rock and black fossilized lava juts out into the ocean. You may easily spend the day out here at the site. Also a popular spot with locals as well to picnic, hike and pick abundant wildflowers and berries growing here. Definitely your beautifully serene and geologically wild slice of Newfoundland’s coastline.

Star Light, Star Bright

Take part in spectacular celestial viewing at an observatory with viewing platform (for secondary telescopes). Nestled in a small cove with clear air and minimal light pollution. Also, you will meet a passionate amateur astronomist who will share his vast knowledge. In addition, he will show you how to navigate the constellations and locate their hidden secrets of beauty. Definitely an excellent spot for you to count meteors on those nights of interest.

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