Central

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

Geographical and regional outline of Central Newfoundland, CanadaCentral Newfoundland stretches 330 kilometers (205 miles) from Twillingate Islands on its north coast to Harbour Breton on its south coast. The region follows, in large part, the traditional Beothuk and Mi’kmaq seasonal routes between the interior and the coast.

Central offers stunning coastlines, gorgeous bays, charming lakes, teeming rivers, and fabulous fjords. The region is also composed of complex geology beneath steep, thickly wooded hills of spruce, birch, and pine, which delivers spectacular iceberg viewing alongside 5,000 humpback whales (the largest migration on earth) that call the Notre Dame Bay region home.

A unique way of life is to be experienced here, one based on the sea as it has continued to be for four centuries. On your Central travels, you will be amazed just how little things have changed. Here small clapboard houses hug the rocks of countless bays and inlets, wharves and fishing premises line the shores, and fishing boats wait at anchor in sheltered harbors.

Central was once occupied by many indigenous groups including the Dorset Eskimos, the Maritime Archaic Indians, and the now extinct Beothuk Indians. During the 19th century, logging, mining, and fishing attracted many different nationalities to the region. 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.

  • Human scale models of Beothuk Indigenous peoples and boat

Places To Visit


Experiences To Cherish

a doorstep to the past

Discover what life was once like for ‘outport’ NL during the 1940’s at this beautiful mid-century, heritage home which contains +600 artifacts and antiques. Delicious homemade foods and desserts are prepared on-site and served in a historic tea-room overlooking the harbor, wharves, and boats. Your visit includes music, entertainment, impromptu ‘jam’ sessions, and gregarious storytelling.

creative turns

An exceptional shopping experience at an award-winning shop home to the only salt and soda ware in NL. One of a kind works here from +365 different artisans including pottery, glazes, shell and stone, glass, wood carvings, pewter, and labradorite. You can create your very own bowl on the potter’s wheel. You build it and decorate it, and they will glaze it, fire it, and ship it to you.

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 tonne amazing creatures travel all the way to the north Atlantic Ocean from the Caribbean Sea. Here you will learn about this massive ‘angel of the sea’ and how it came to be situated inside this central NL pavilion.

a miawpukek powwow

Join Mi’kmaq leaders to celebrate their traditions, culture, and spiritualism at NL’s only recognized reserve. Activities include cultural demonstrations, medicinal walks, traditional dance, chant and drummers, sacred ceremonies, sunrise and sweat lodge events, feasts, as well as handmade native arts and crafts for you to purchase. An alcohol free event and grounds.

the south coast party

The shed is a NL institution, symbolizing part of who NLers are as a cultural nation. Through local storytelling and music, you will attend one and learn how the button accordion has become a mainstay here. You will also try your hand at using an authentic Newfoundland musical instrument called the ‘Ugly Stick’. Delicious ‘local’ cuisine will also be on hand for you to sample.

picnicking in history

Indulge in a delicious lunch prepared only of local recipes, desserts, and home baked bread, accompanied by a choice of fillings, pickles, and relishes. Picnic includes a boat trip to a remote ‘resettled’ community to experience the history of an ‘outport’ fishing culture. Your foodie adventure comes with a Newfoundland tartan blanket and books so you can relax and enjoy your meal.

native archaeology

Your fascinating 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) some 1,800 years ago. This site is the only known soapstone outcrop of its kind in the entire northern hemisphere and one of only a few in the entire world.

conserving exploits

Visit an eco-interpretive centre on the Exploits River and learn about the history, biology, ecology, and habitat of Atlantic salmon. Site is home to North America’s largest salmon enhancement project, that includes underwater windows and outdoor observation area for you to watch them swim upstream, jump, and manipulate a ladder to ultimately reach their spawning habitat.

a taste of nl

Enjoy a delicious lunch hour meal and wonderful musical entertainment from great local talent in a historic setting. On-site museum narrates Newfoundland’s unique story in logging, wars, pioneering women, doctors, railway, and coastal boats. Quality craft store also located here for you to purchase fine handmade creations including jewellery (labradorite), glass works, quilts, knitted goods, art, and yummy preserves.

hooking a rug

Rug hooking is a centuries old, favorite NL pastime that was practised primarily by women. Early rugs or mats were made of retired clothing as essential floor coverings. Today, they are made for decorative wall-hangings by using a hook to pull loops of fabric through a burlap base, held tightly in a frame. Led by an award winning rug hooker, you shall create your very own cultural masterpiece and cherished keepsake.

a fisher’s life

Your intimate glimpse into life of an early 20th Century fisher. An award-winning, interactive heritage centre with a 100+ year old store, net loft, fishing stages, flakes, and the largest collection of fishing artifacts in NL including cod trap displays, dragger models, and the only Sei whale skeleton in Canada. Cod splitting, lobster pot hauling, and fishing excursions are also available here.

continental collide

Visit this 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 lead you to the breathtaking lookout. This 200 to 500 meter (219 to 547 yard) wide geological marvel is your fascinating reminder in the process of plate tectonics.

secrets underneath

Walk atop a 488-444 million year old volcanic formation. This Middle Ordovician deposit is a 1 kilometer (0.62 mile) thick scattering of glacier rock and black fossilized lava along the coastline. A popular spot with the ‘locals’ to picnic, hike, and pick wild flowers and berries that grow in abundance here. Your beautifully serene and geologically wild slice of Newfoundland’s coastline.

star light, star bright

Stir your imagination and take part in spectacular celestial gazing at an observatory and a viewing platform for secondary telescopes. Nestled in a small cove with clear air and minimal light pollution, you will meet a local, passionate, amateur astronomer who will share his vast knowledge with you, and then teach you how to navigate the constellations and locate their hidden secrets.


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