While ice and snowbound in the winter, the places to visit in Newfoundland in the summer are a dream. North America’s most easterly edge is a land of stunning natural beauty unspoilt by development and population. The coastlines are gorgeous and the interior wild and breathtaking. No one will feel let down by the places to visit in Newfoundland.
Located on the eastern-most point of Newfoundland, atop the Avalon Peninsula and around the bend from St. Johns, this historic lighthouse is the oldest in the region and a beacon for all to experience and explore. Of the many great places to visit in Newfoundland, the lighthouse will be one to push your cardio. A long staircase leads to the top of the lighthouse, which is planted at the tippy top of a rugged cliffside. Standing against the wind and rain and all other resilient elements, the old lighthouse proves equally resilient as its newer replacement, and both can be visited alongside the area’s thrilling network of trails. Start with the Bay Roberts Heritage Trail, an 8-kilometre loop which navigates around picnic spots, a spooky cemetery, sea stacks, and gorgeous gorges, all alongside the Atlantic Ocean.
A must-see of Newfoundland, Gros Morne National Park is a wild gem in the country’s North Peninsula. With jagged cliffs, cavernous sea caves, yawning gorges, deserted beaches, and plenty of places to spot moose, the torrential waves eating at the coast make the view all the more profound. Hiking trails range from “a walk in the park” to “death-defying climbs.” Your senses will be on overload, as the sights, sounds, smells and feeling of this national park will envelope you. Choose a day hike or a multi-day hike and navigate the trails deep into the forest, with no city to suffocate or hold you down.
Though this peninsula is small, Baie Verte in central Newfoundland is one of the most scenic places to visit in Newfoundland, offering up an attractive landscape for photographers and walk-abouts alike. The network of trails along the peninsula serves hikers of all abilities, from a 2000-stair trail to a simple, level stroll. The trails are easy to navigate and allow plenty of scenic overviews at which to stop for a rest and breathe in nature’s glory. With rock strewn beaches, craggy cliffs, deep gorges, stunning sea caves and mountains galore, this peninsula is custom-made by nature for the outdoorsman. There are also large swaths of boardwalk if you’re looking for a cake walk.
Although Newfoundland is chock full of lighthouses, Rose Blanche Lighthouse is impressive and worthy of a mention. As the last standing granite lighthouse in the Atlantic provinces, Rose Blanche is constructed of rock and stone from ancient times, though the lighthouse itself dates back only to 1873. Often swallowed by fog, the ghostly atmosphere adds to any visit to Rose Blanche, and the trails surrounding are also worth the trip. They run along the coastline, with scenic overlooks ranged throughout.
This backpacking trail runs 540 kilometers along Avalon Peninsula’s eastern coast and is one of the most active places to visit in Newfoundland. With a snowshoe trail and some of the most picturesque natural formations of the region, you won’t get bored with the sea stacks, sea caves, gorges and cliffs. Portions of the trail are left rough, while other portions are well kept. Access points to the trail lie in many of the surrounding communities.
At the very tip of the Northern Peninsula lies the charming province of St. Anthony. Simply driving there is enchanting. Fishing villages are ranged along the coastline, with sandy beaches, twisted trees and rocky cliffs. And the village of St. Anthony itself, is a sight for sore eyes, as pretty as a picture. You can also spot plenty of icebergs off the coast.
Great for bird watchers, Cape St. Mary Ecological Reserve is home to thousands of birds, where the sea stacks offer refuge to the third largest gannet population in North America. The 1.5 kilometer trail running through the reserve is a great place to spot them; the trail leads to a scenic overlook which sours over a sea stack and a gorge. Tours and an interpretive center offer some interactive guides to the area, while lighthouses and fog are a main attraction.
Are you intrigued by Canada’s youngest province that is also home to the oldest city in North America? Fancy a trip?
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