Newfoundland & Labrador may be the youngest province in Canada but its history stretches back a long way. The Vikings landed here in the 10th Century but for some reason only stayed for a few years. Looking at Newfoundland & Labrador it’s hard to see why, after all there is its majestic rocky coastline that is backed by vast mountain ranges and all those colossal fjords cleaved into the rolling green hills. The colourful wooden villages and towns may be a more recent addition but they seem to blend perfectly with the landscape, looking out over rich fishing waters where you can regularly spot whales. With such abundant natural charms, you might expect its hotels to be swarming with visitors but it rarely gets beyond tranquil and peaceful.
Labrador - Sharing a border with Quebec on the mainland, Labrador is as rich in natural beauty as it is history, having been home to trapping and fishing industries over the centuries. Now it’s a great place to book a hotel. It also has a strong Inuit and Innu tradition, with one of Canada’s biggest mountain ranges and a breathtaking national park.
Western Newfoundland - Along the stretch from Port aux Basques to St Anthony in the north you’ll find the Bay of Islands, Lone Range Mountains and Northern Peninsula to explore. There’s also the Gros Morne National Park, a pristine wilderness with countless fjords and lakes.
St. John’s - The provincial capital and largest city, St. John's colourful houses and hotels line the steep streets around the natural harbour, and it has a lively and young crowd keeping things interesting in the city centre.
Central Newfoundland - You’ll find the Baie Verte Peninsula and islands of the North Coast here, all defined by stunning natural landscapes and rugged beauty.
Go whale watching in a boat off the coast or take an iceberg tour northwest of Gander, the place where Atlantic flights used to stop for refuelling. Visit windy Cape Spear, the most eastern part of North America, or travel along the East Coast Trail, one of Canada’s most beautiful hiking routes. Hang out with hipsters and drink craft beer in colourful St John’s or go around the bay visiting small but incredibly quaint fishing villages. Keep your eyes peeled at all times as you’re likely to spot puffins, eagles, caribou, whales and plenty of other wildlife on your travels.
Head out for a hike in the Gros Morne National Park or backpack and camp your way up the East Coast Trail. Dig a little deeper in Newfoundland & Labrador to discover hidden fjords, offering stunning views. In the winter months you can ski at Marble Mountain, head cross country at Blow-Me-Down, or let a snowmobile do the work for you in Stephenville. In the summer months, look out for festivals in St. John’s or cycle the Viking Trail, one of the most unspoiled places in the western hemisphere.