With Newfoundland being the world’s 16th largest island and Canada’s fourth largest island, is 6 weeks too long to spend in Newfoundland?
6 weeks is never too long to spend in Newfoundland, because there’s so much to see and do, and in fact if you did spend 6 weeks here, you still wouldn’t see it all.
It’s way bigger than most folks realise, and has such a rich history from both relatively recent European settlers and ancient indigenous cultures.
Our island is separated from the Labrador Peninsula by the Strait of Belle Isle and from Cape Breton Island by the Cabot Strait. It blocks the mouth of the Saint Lawrence River, creating the Gulf of Saint Lawrence, the world’s largest estuary.
Our provincial capital, St. John’s, is located on the south-eastern coast of the island; and Cape Spear, just south of the capital, is the easternmost point of North America
Here in St. John’s, the most populous part of the province, we have gorgeous architecture, a thriving arts scene, and food to die for.
Here’s three of our favourite places to visit:
Cape Spear Lighthouse is a national historic site, positioned as you’d expect on the coast, just 7 miles from downtown St. John’s and has been warning ships of impending land since 1836. There’s are many fabulous tours available AND there is a new café opening in 2023, where you will be able to order a fabulous picnic and sit on the edge of North America and whale watch while enjoying some local delicacies!
If you love hiking, then the East Coast Trail, a long distance coastal footpath is a great one to aim for. It is a developed trail over 336 kilometres (209 mi) long, and building started in 1994. It is made up of 26 linked wilderness paths and passes through more than 30 communities. It was named one of the best adventure destinations by National Geographic in 2012 and is extended and improved every year. The views from this trail are stunning! Bring good hiking footwear and dress in layers!
Finally, just off the coast of St. John’s you’ll find the world’s largest population of humpback whales, icebergs that are over 10,000 years old and seabirds such as the charismatic Atlantic Puffin. There are boat tours departing from the heart of downtown St. John’s, making it easier than ever to experience the marine wonders of Newfoundland.