Are you looking for interesting places to visit in Newfoundland and Labrador?
If you’re planning a first-time trip to Newfoundland and Labrador province, the province actually consists of the Newfoundland Island and Labrador, the mainland section to the northwest of Newfoundland Island.
Newfoundland and Labrador are the ultimate in adventure travel and two great destinations for anyone wanting an off-the-beaten-track experience.
Wondering what to expect when you get there? Newfoundland and Labrador boast pristine landscapes and scenery in abundance, many cultural attractions such as the Royal Regatta and the George Street Festival in St John’s, as well as a chance to learn about the aboriginal life and cultures.
A trip to Newfoundland and Labrador is a once in once in a lifetime which will leave you with memorable and unforgettable memories. Here it is my list of places to visit and explore in this region:
The city of St John’s is the capital of the region and it is located on the Island of Newfoundland and Labrador.
St. John’s is one of the best places to base your vacation in Newfoundland since it’s the tourist hotspot in Newfoundland.
St John’s international airport is also 20 minutes drive from the city center, which makes it very convenient to get to.
St John’s has a very unique atmosphere, great nightlife and many cultural attractions like art galleries that you can visit, and festivals that you can attend such as the Mardi Gras Festival in October.
St John’s is one of the most interesting places to visit in Newfoundland and you’ll love exploring the downtown area to marvel at the colorful low-rise buildings.
The Rooms is one of the biggest attractions in the city, and one not to be missed if you’re interested in learning about the history and culture of Newfoundland and Labrador
Other interesting places to visit in St John’s that you don’t want to miss include the Railway Coastal Museum, Cabot Tower (pictured) in Signal Hil National Historic Site, Fort Amherst, Newfoundland Museum and Pippy Park.
Pippy Park, in particular, is a cool place because it boast other attractions such as a fluvarium and skiing trails.
Don't forget to visit St. John's Waterfront, especially in the summer months to check out the fishing boats and luxury cruises.
The town of Nain is located in Labrador, and it is a popular destination for base yourself from if you intend to enjoy adventure tours such as snowmobile tours, and trekking and wildlife viewing tours.
Nain isn’t just snow and cold weather all year round. In fact, during the summer months when the ice melts you can see beautiful wild flowers dotting the area and you can visit the beach and enjoy a bit of swimming.
Another thing that makes Nain one of the interesting places to visit in Newfoundland and Labrador are the abandoned mining camps and DEW line stations scattered around, which are quite fun to explore.
Happy Valley-Goose Bay
Happy Valley-Goose Bay is one of the most popular places in Labrador for outdoor adventure tours in the winter season.
There are numerous lakes for kayaking and canoeing trips, as well as hundreds of groomed trails for snowmobiling.
Happy Valley-Goose Bay is also one of the most popular destinations in Labrador and one of the most interesting places to visit in Newfoundland and Labrador during the summer and fall months because of the many fun events and festivals. Some of my favorite ones include:
- The Big Land Fair in September
- Canada Day, Concert in the Park in July
- Labrador Trapline Marathon in October
- Labrador Canoe Regatta in August
- Strong Man competition in September
North West River
The town of North West River is located around 40 minutes drive south of Happy Valley-Goose Bay town.
North West River is a great side trip while in Happy Valley-Goose Bay if you’d like to enjoy scenic walking trails through the forest and hikes to the top of Sunday Hill which offers stunning views of Lake Melville.
North West River also boasts a heritage museum and an interpretation center with cool exhibits and plenty of interesting information about Labrador's history.
If you’re in the area, be sure to add North West River to the list of interesting places to visit in Newfoundland and Labrador, you won't regret it!
Churchill Falls is located four hours drive west of Happy Valley-Goose Bay and it’s famously known for being home to the largest underground hydro-electric development in the world.
Churchill Falls waterfalls themselves are stunning and majestic to watch, and they’re well worth checking out if you’re passing through the region.
You’ll also be able to take a free tour of the hydro facility. If you’ve never been to a hydro facility before, be sure to add Churchill Falls to your list of interesting places to visit in Newfoundland and Labrador. It’s an amazing experience!
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