REGIONS

AVALON

Avalon is steeped in legend, lore, and history and strongly reflects 400 years of English and Irish settlement.

It’s here that you’ll discover the enchanting, bustling city of St. John’s, our colorful capital and the oldest English-founded city in North America! 

The Avalon boasts a thriving arts, foodie and entertainment scene and with historical architecture abound, you’ll be immediately immersed in our island’s rich culture and heritage.

All parts of the peninsula are a mere 2-hour drive from the capital city. On your journey, you’ll explore places like Ferryland (founded 1621 by Lord Baltimore) and Placentia (Plaisance, Newfoundland’s French capital established 1662).

Stretched out along stunning coastal vistas, this region is a mystical wonderland with countless gems including whales, seabirds, icebergs and woodland caribou (the world’s most southerly herd). 

Ecological reserves, the magnificent East Coast Trail and Mistaken Point UNESCO World Heritage Site, home to some of the oldest and rarest ‘early life’ marine fossils on the planet, also await your discovery!

EASTERN

Eastern is a treasure that will take you through time, myth and legend!

The name ‘Bonavista’, for example, means ‘Happy View’ in Latin and it’s purported Italian explorer Giovanni Caboto stated these words on his deck when he arrived in Bonavista in 1497.

Eastern winds 380 km from Cape Bonavista in the north, to the charming villages of the Burin Peninsula in the south.

The region maintains countless historical, architectural and cultural attractions and expresses a true ‘out-port’ lifestyle our island people have long been endeared for. 

Along the way, you’ll experience a rich seafaring heritage that, in many respects, remains unchanged since our arrival on these shores over five centuries ago.

A seascape of natural wonders and stunning scenery are to be explored here too, including quaint islands, sheltered coves, endless coastline and marvelous sandy beaches.

Much of the region also lies within ‘Iceberg Alley’ and provides front row seats to countless species of whales. 

Sensational opportunities for you to get up close and personal with these ocean mammoths!

CENTRAL

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

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

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

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

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

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

This land 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 here predate them and are a flourishing cultural force.

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

WESTERN

Spectacular topography, a bustling cultural scene, ancient human history and abundance of outdoor adventure awaits your Western Newfoundland arrival. 

Stretching 750 km from Channel-Port aux Basques on the SW to the tip of the Great Northern Peninsula, these shores are a magnificent kaleidoscope of bays, inlets, jagged headlands, and islands. 

On your visit, you’ll also traverse over mountain fjords, through forested valleys and wetlands and across meadows of wildflowers and berries!

The region provides significant archaeological, geological and environmental sites of interest like Gros Morne, Port au Choix (dating back 4,500 years) and a 1,000-year-old Viking settlement in L’Anse aux Meadows.

Famous South Seas explorer, Captain James Cook, also mastered his surveying and cartographic skills along these very shores during the 1760s.

Aboriginal peoples from what is now Quebec and Nova Scotia trapped here long before the Europeans first arrived including the Mi’kmaq who remain a vibrant cultural force here.

From the early 18th century onward, fishing has been the economic livelihood here.

Today, western also remains the cultural heart of French Newfoundland!

LABRADOR

Known as ‘The Big Land’, Labrador is the mainland portion of our province that extends from the Strait of Belle Isle in the south to Cape Chidley in the far north.

At 405,720 km2 (156,649 miles2), it’s an untamed, dramatic, even ancient land where outdoor aficionados can indulge their passion. 

Majestic mountains, teeming rivers, pristine wilderness, magical northern lights, abundant wildlife (including polar bears) and sensational rugged coastlines await your discovery with icebergs, whales and unusual plants and geology at every step!

Here you’ll also walk in the footsteps of early mariners and many ancient, indigenous groups who long predate them (including the oldest documented site of prehistoric occupation in Pinware dating back +9,000 years ago).

Today, Labrador is dotted with coastal settlements inhabited mostly by descendants of fishermen who settled here over 200 years ago. 

Three aboriginal groups (Innu, Inuit, and Métis) remain a thriving cultural force in the region too.

On your journey to this wild, desolate land, you’ll be immersed in the local traditions and folklore of these resilient peoples whose culture is rooted in deep, spiritual relationships with the environment!