Stretching 750 km (466 miles) from the south west corner of the island to the tip of the Great Northern Peninsula, Western is a magnificent series of bays, inlets, jagged headlands, and islands.
Along the way, you will trek ancient mountain fjords, meander through forested valleys and wetlands and stroll across meadows of wildflowers and berries.
This is a place of unique geographical history going back 1.25 billion years (as old as the planet itself) and a relatively young human history (a mere 4,500 years old – that is still being uncovered today), including the 1,000-year-old Viking settlement in L’Anse aux Meadows.
Many museums and historic sites in the region highlight the trials, tragedies and triumphs of the peoples who settled this part of the province.
Famous South Seas explorer Captain James Cook mastered his surveying and mapping skills along these very shores during the 1760s. Aboriginal peoples from what is now Quebec and Nova Scotia trapped here long before the first Europeans arrived, including the Mi’kmaq, who remain a proud, vibrant cultural force here.
From the early 18th century onward, fishing has been the economic livelihood of Western. Today, the region also remains the cultural heart of Franco-Newfoundland, where for more than 300 years, French fisherman and their descendants have maintained a distinct culture and kept their language alive!WESTERN EXPERIENCES- NEWFOUNDLAND