If stunning coastal views, centuries-old history, and the potential to catch a glimpse of a majestic iceberg and perhaps even a whale interest you, then the Canadian province of Newfoundland might be the ideal destination for your next summer road trip. Here are a few suggestions for a memorable tour:

Gros Morne Entrance

1. Gros Morne National Park: a UNESCO World Heritage Site renowned for its breathtaking fjords, towering cliffs, and diverse wildlife. Don’t miss the Tablelands, a unique geological formation, and take a boat tour of Western Brook Pond for incredible views.

2. L’Anse aux Meadows: located at the northern tip of Newfoundland, this archaeological site is the only confirmed Norse settlement in North America. Explore reconstructed Viking buildings and learn about the area’s Norse history.

3. Cape Spear: mentioned in my last post, and a short drive from St. John’s, Cape Spear is the easternmost point in North America. Visit the iconic lighthouse and enjoy stunning coastal scenery.

4. Cape Bonavista Lighthouse: offers sweeping views of the coastline. Keep an eye out for whales and icebergs during the summer months.

5. Trinity: a charming, historic town featuring beautifully preserved 18th-century buildings and offering insights into Newfoundland’s fishing and seafaring past. Explore Trinity’s museums, shops, and scenic walking trails.

 

Gander Aviation Museum

Gander Aviation Museum

6. Gander: located along the Trans Canada Highway, Gander is a town with a remarkable aviation history. With a visit to the North Atlantic Aviation Museum you will discover how it served as a strategic base during World War II and hear about its unexpected role in the days following the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

7. Twillingate: referred to as the “Iceberg Capital of the World,” Twillingate offers opportunities to see majestic icebergs up close during the spring and early summer months. Visit Long Point Lighthouse and explore the town’s charming shops and restaurants.

8. Fogo Island: take a ferry ride to Fogo Island, an off-the-beaten-path destination known for its rugged beauty and vibrant arts scene. Explore the island’s hiking trails, visit artist studios, and enjoy locally sourced cuisine at the renowned Fogo Island Inn.

Petty Harbor

Petty Harbour, NL

9. Petty Harbour: a fishing village located on the eastern shore of the Avalon Peninsula, Petty Harbour offers an opportunity to slow down and enjoy some local seafood and serenity. But don’t ask the locals to show you where the local boy turned Canadian rock star grew up — it’s a secret, apparently.

10. Irish Loop: a scenic coastal drive south of St. John’s. Highlights include fishing villages, rugged coastline, and opportunities for whale watching.

From the towering cliffs of Gros Morne to the epic history of a 1000 year-old Viking community to the quaint fishing villages along the coast, “The Rock” is packed with a variety of sights to please almost anyone with a heartbeat. With a week or more to spare, it’s a trip that will stay with you for a lifetime.