Located on the far north-eastern fringe of North America, Newfoundland and Labrador is a beautiful wonder waiting to be explored. With rocky crags, 10, 000 years old drifting icebergs, puffins flapping, and magnificent mountains, Canada’s most eastern province is a travelers’ paradise and a pleasure to those who wish to relish nature while having a great time alone or on honeymoon with their partners.
Holding the promise of viewing incredible landscapes as well as participating in lots of hiking and outdoor activities, there’s little wonder why many travelers are making Newfoundland and Labrador their top location for holidaying. The deep blue sea with many humpback whales feeding near shore is also a sight to behold.
COST OF VISITING NEWFOUNDLAND AND LABRADOR
- Accommodation: Cost of renting a hotel at Newfoundland and Labrador from as low as $120 with amenities like free WiFi, free parking and air conditioning while dorms cost $25 to $40. Alternatively, you can consider accommodation options like motels, inns, bed and breakfast, guesthouses and hospitality homes. Reservations are unnecessary except you are planning your trip in July and August. There are also camping facilities for travelers who would like to sleep under the starry sky.
- Food: Many of the hotels in Newfoundland and Labrador offer breakfast to their guests. However, meals from the local market and restaurants cost $8-15 per person. A modest dinner costs around $25 while beer in a restaurant goes for $5 to $8 per bottle.
- Transportation: The best way to move from one location to the other on Newfoundland and Labrador is through the use of Car rental services. There are also ferry services provided by Marine Atlantic for people who want to tour the West Coast of the Island of Newfoundland, North Sydney, Nova Scotia or Argentina; there are entirely about 15 different ferry routes provided to and from the port of Newfoundland and Labrador. Tourist can also make use of the Metrobus, offered at an affordable price.
TOP 7 THINGS TO DO AT NEWFOUNDLAND AND LABRADOR
Iceberg Viewing: Ever wanted to see those frosty giants as they drift? The icebergs at Newfoundland and Labrador are over 10,000 years old, and you can see them from many points along the northern and eastern coasts. The massive size of these glacial giants is sure to wow you, yet 90 percent of their size is below the surface of the ocean. They vary in shape, size and even color as they can be as white as snow or even come in deep aquamarine. Interestingly, you can have a feel of these icebergs by drinking them as in Berg water or in spirits like vodka, gin, and rum.
Whale watching: Known to be one of the most spectacular whale watching places in the world, Newfoundland and Labrador offer you the opportunity to see these magnificent sea creatures in their natural habitat. You can spot them between May and September when they return to feed on capelin, squid, and krill along the coast. You can either choose to watch them from the shores or go to the sea on a boat for closer viewing. Alternatively, you can go sea kayaking so you can get the closest view as safely as possible. Other sea creatures like dolphins also come around during this period too.
Skiing and Snowmobiling: What is a winter holiday without skiing? You don’t have to worry about missing out on all the fun as some areas of Newfoundland and Labrador receive up to 16 feet of snow each year. If you’re traveling to western Labrador, Smokey Mountain holds some fun for you as it not only provides one of the best skiing conditions but also the longest ski season in Atlantic Canada. Eastern Newfoundland also promises an exciting experience for the skier and the snowboarder in White Hills Ski Resort which is a 2-hour away from the capital city, St. John. You can also embark on a thrilling snowmobile adventure with an experienced tour operator.
Snorkeling and Kayaking: With an amazing 29,000 kilometers of coastline which includes rivers, lakes, ponds as well as bay and fjords, Newfoundland and Labrador offer some of the best adventures of water on earth. You can explore the waterfalls and abandoned fishing villages with a tour guide as well as get close to giants icebergs from a safe distance. Divers are not left out you can snorkel alongside one of the many humpbacks and see the marine life and many icebergs as well as over 500-year-old shipwreck history on the northeast coast.
Fishing: For most Newfoundlanders and Labradorians, fishing is more than a casual activity; it is a way of life that has been established for hundreds of years. Whether fishing is on your bucket list or you want to include it as a part of your daily activities, a trip to Canada’s most eastern province offers you the opportunity to have a great time on the sea and return with fresh fish for supper. There are tour operators to help you if you need assistance and you can be sure to enjoy this cultural heritage of the natives.
Camping: While you can book a hotel, motel or dorm accommodation, camping offers you an exciting opportunity to sleep under the starry skies and connect with nature. Camping in Newfoundland and Labrador provides an opportunity for you to see plenty of wildlife and stunning wonders of nature. You can camp in one of the hundreds of campsites as well as 90 playgrounds available for your choosing. Travelers can also choose to camp in National Parks like Gros Morne National Park, Tera Nova National Park, and Torngat Mountains National Park.
Museum and Historic sites: Museums are a common sight in Newfoundland and Labrador as you can find them tucked away in many of the smallest communities. Located in St. John, the most reputable museum in the province is The Room which is home to the largest collection of arts and artifacts and is designed to reflect the culture of the Newfoundlanders and Labradorians. The building overlooks the city’s harbor and some of the biggest restaurants in the province.
Finally, if you are a nature lover looking for a perfect destination for your next vacation or adventure, then Newfoundland and Labrador should be your next point of call. Truly, this amazing destination will leave you with an unforgettable experience that will last for a lifetime.