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I was born and raised in St. John’s, Newfoundland and every time I come home to visit my heart grows bigger for it. Honestly, there is no place like Newfoundland in the world (at least that I’ve found!) Everyone I know who visits here falls in love and some even end up making it their home. In fact I am a first generation Newfoundlander because both of my parents came here separately from Ontario and never left.
I know it’s out of the way, but coming to Newfoundland is a unique and special experience that you should definitely consider if you’re planning a Canadian trip. No, going to the Maritimes is not the same thing (but they are also a lovely place to go)!
Here are some reaosns to prove why you will fall in love with Newfoundland:
Newfoundland tells the story of our earth geological past. As a product of thousands of years of colliding continents, active volcanoes, and melting ice sheets we have some of the oldest rocks in the world and some of the most unique geological landscapes.
Spanning over 100,000 km² Newfoundland has a diverse collection of beautiful landscape to explore including stunning fiords, dramatic coastlines, think forests, ocean cliffs, massive icebergs, and ancient rock formations. The natural, wild beauty of this island will impress you at every turn.
Whale watching, anyone? Newfoundland is home to a number of species of whales and during the summer becomes an incredible whale watching destination as the worlds largest population of Humpback whales make their way to the coast of Newfoundland to feed.
Flying above the water we have over 35 million seabirds as well as a number of small and large mammals roaming the land; including moose, caribou, black bears, foxes and rabbits (just be careful while driving on the road)!
Not only will we immediately make you feel welcome, but we will probably chat your ear off (in an entertaining way of course)! We want to be your new best friend and will likely invite you in for a cup of tea or three. Even though you may not always understand what we’re saying, embrace the friendliest of the locals and you will be sure to feel right at home.
Surrounded by ocean, Newfoundland has some of the best seafood in the world. While traditional meals such as fish ‘n’ chips and jiggs dinner are always a favourite, Newfoundland has seen a culinary explosion in recent years and is quickly gaining a reputation for world class restaurants. Get outside of the city and find your own ingredients to cook in the wild including some of the plumpest blueberries and incredible chanterelle mushroom.
Newfoundland has a lot of traditions and we will make you abide by all of them (yes you have to kiss a fish)! We may have a small population, but the party scene here definitely isn’t. Take a pub crawl on George Street through the most densely proportion of bars anywhere in North America where you will be sure to find live music and dancing. Better yet make friends with a local and go to a house party, just be prepared to walk home at sunrise.
From the vibrant streets of St. John’s to the quaint fishing communities, the combination of bright colors against the wild nature always makes for a perfect picture.
The Accessibility to Nature
You don’t have to go far from the city to find a beautiful hiking trail. The east coast trail intersects over 30 communities through 300km of hiking paths broken into 26 wilderness paths. The trail will take you through some of Newfoundland’s most beautiful features.