One day I was perusing Pinterest and came across a beautiful photo which piqued my interest. It was of Gros Morne National Park in Newfoundland, Canada. That’s how it all started. I immediately began to read about Newfoundland, and it didn’t take long to reach a decision. We’re going THERE!!!
We had a wonderful trip in the easternmost province of Canada! Here are 7 things that I loved about Newfoundland and why you should add it to your bucket list!
- Spectacular Scenery. Newfoundland boasts over 14,000 miles of dramatic coastline. With this much rocky coastline, breathtaking views are are around every turn! The island is also home to the northern end of the Appalachian mountain range which adds to the dramatic landscape.
- Abundant Wildlife. While moose are not a native species to Newfoundland, they have made themselves right at home. Moose are everywhere! We also had the opportunity to see caribou, black bear, seals, whales, bald eagles, arctic hare, gulls, and sheep.
- Breathtaking Gros Morne National Park. There is a lot to see in Gros Morne National Park. This park is actually a UNESCO World Heritage Site as it includes a portion of the earth’s mantle, visible evidence of plate tectonics. There are hiking trails to explore and even an inland fjord!
- Gigantic Icebergs. Newfoundland lies in what is known as ‘Iceberg Alley’. Each year icebergs from the glaciers of western Greenland break off and float by the coast of Newfoundland. These 10,000 year old chunks of ice are truly a sight to behold!
- Delicious Seafood. Fishing is one of Newfoundland’s most important industries. As such, it is a great place to enjoy a variety of fish/seafood including lobster, crab, salmon, cod, halibut, and shrimp. We loved visiting local seafood markets and getting the freshest catch for dinner!
- Rich History. Newfoundland is home to the easternmost point in North America (Cape Spear). Thus, it lies at a geographical crossroads between Europe and North America. The capitol city of St. John’s is one of the first European settlements in North America.
- Welcoming People. I found the Newfoundlanders to be friendly, welcoming, and happy to show off this beautiful island! I felt comfortable and right at home in Newfoundland even though I live thousands of miles away!
Our vacation in Newfoundland was simply amazing! It exceeded all of our expectations, and I can’t wait to return. I would highly recommend that you add Newfoundland to the TOP of your bucket list!
Planning a trip to Newfoundland? Be sure to get a paper map! Some areas between towns lack cell service. Here is an affiliate link to the map we used: