The site covers areas that we have visited. We know there are lots of other amazing spots. We'll add them as we get there. Click the photos below for towns and attractions in each area:
This area is one of the best kept secrets on the island. The ferry lands in Port aux Basques. People all too often skip this area and hurry to Gros Morne. Slow down and explore the South-Western corner of the island and you'll enjoy some of your most memorable moments in Newfoundland.
The Granite Coast is on the south side of the island. It is accessable from Port aux Basques by going east on Route 470. It's a very rugged area and a completely different climate zone. You'll notice a rocky landscape with very few trees and spectacular ocean views. Make sure you take the road right to the end at Rose Blanche.
There is lots to see in the Port aux Basques area including Wreckhouse and Cape Ray. Travel a little further up the road to Codroy Valley where the climate changes for the better. You'll see larger trees and beautiful wetlands. This area is famous for birding, with a wide variety of species, some quite rare.
The Port au Port Peninsula west of Stephenville is a detour off the Trans Canada that is well worth taking. It's one of the prettiest drives you'll ever take with lots of interesting and spectacular places to stop and see.
Corner Brook is Newfoundland's second largest city. If you are driving from Port aux Basques up to Gros Morne, it's a great place to stop for supplies. You can also easily spend a few days in the area.
Corner Brook is one of the prettiest cities in Canada. It's located at the end of Humber Arm, which runs off The Bay of Islands. It is surrounded by some of the largest mountains in Newfoundland. There are two spectacular drives you can take starting in Corner Brook. You can drive the Captain Cook Trail on the south side of Humber Arm to York Harbour, Lark Harbour and finally ending in Little Port. Along the way you'll see mountains, waterfalls and the beautiful Bay of Islands. There are several trails along this route. There is also a great picnic area with spectacular views.
Driving the north side of Humber Arm is just as pretty. It's not as long of a drive and you end up in Cox's Cove. Stop for fish 'n chips and than check out the waterfall and beautiful views of The Bay of Islands.
If you have two weeks to spend in Newfoundland, you could easily spend the entire time in Gros Morne. You just cannot come up with enough adjectives to describe this national park. The park is quite unique the way it has incorporated all the communities. The communities all have places to visit and stay and are filled with amazingly friendly people.
To get to Gros Morne take The Viking Trail (Route 430) from the Trans Canada at Deer Lake. Just before you get to the park you'll see a sign for the Park Entrance Station. Pull off here (it's on the right), you can get your park pass and they'll give you a great guide book and map of the park.
The park has two large areas that are divided by Bonne Bay. When you drive into the park from Deer Lake, if you stay on the main Route (430) you'll end up in the north side of the park. To get to the south side, you need to turn left on Route 431 at Wiltondale.
The south side of the park gets skipped by a lot of people. It includes The Tablelands, Woody Point and Trout River. The south side of the park is a very pretty drive from Wiltondale all the way to Trout River. Woody Point is the coolest town for buildings, shops and restaurants. You really want to make sure you visit both sides of the park.
Port au Choix is one of the prettiest spots in Newfoundland and it's home to archaeological digs that are thousands of years older than L'Anse aux Meadows. On Burnt Cape you'll see a landscape very similar to the arctic tundra. St. Anthony is a great spot to find icebergs and whales.
It's about a 5 hour drive from Gros Morne to St. Anthony and there's lots to stop and see along the way. It's also a beautiful drive, the ocean is on your left and the mountains are on the right. As you get towards the top of the island, you can look across the Straits of Belle Isle and see Labrador.
This area includes King's Point, Rattling Brook, Harry's Harbour, Pilleys Island and Little Bay Islands. Probably a lot of places you've never heard of. It's one of the hidden gems in Newfoundland and well worth a visit.
King's Point features an Inn and restaurant where you can sit on the deck and watch the whales go by. King's Point is also home to some of Newfoundland's top hiking trails, The Alexander Murray Trail, with 2200 stairs, and Rattling Brook which has probably the most impressive waterfalls on the island. All the waterfalls are best viewed in the spring during the melt, or after heavy rains.
Visit Little Bay Islands and experience one of the best B&B's you'll ever stay at. Little Bay Islands is caught up in the politics of relocation. There may be a limited number of summers where you can easily see it. It's a beautiful island, with less than 100 friendly people. There are several great trails with spectacular look-outs.
You've probably heard the famous song "I'se the B'y that builds the boat and I'se the B'y that sails her". The chorus goes "Fogo, Twillingate, Moreton's Harbour, All around the circle". You'll run into tourists that want to say they've been to all three locations around the circle.
Before you even reach Twillingate you will come to the Prime Berth Fishing Heritage Centre giving you a new appreciation for life on the coasts. Twillingate bills itself as The Iceberg Capital of the World. Brimstone Head on Fogo Island is one of the 4 Corners of The Flat Earth. It's hard to top that, but Change Islands is one of the most photographed places in Newfoundland, with stages and stores along the shore, just the way you'd picture it.
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