West by Southwest

The southwestern area of the island, from Deer Lake to Port aux Basques, features amazing coastline, underground caves, and a pirate. Find birds, go ziplining, and learn about the island's French heritage. And there's more to be found near Burgeo on the western edge of the south coast.

Day 1 - West Coast Capital

About a half an hour from Deer Lake, the city of Corner Brook is the hub of the west coast. Go for a bike ride and take in the view, get your heart pumping on a zipline, or put on your explorer cap in the underground caves. You can head out to sea and travel through the Bay of Islands - charted by Captain Cook in the 1760s - or road trip along the north and south shores.

In the evening, eat a traditional Newfoundland meal while taking in local entertainment.

Day 2 - Francophone Newfoundland

Almost an hour south of Corner Brook is the Port au Port Peninsula, which many French-speaking Newfoundlanders call home. Explore the unique culture of the region and be sure to try a slice of traditional French baked bread slathered in local jam. With all the community bread ovens scattered along the coast, you won't be short of opportunities.

The Park-Boutte du Cap in Cape St. George offers ocean views, and it's a great spot to fly your kite. In the evening, catch a show at the Stephenville Theatre Festival - a treat for all performance enthusiasts.

Day 3 - Birds, Mountains & a Lighthouse

Next stop is the gorgeous farmland of the Codroy Valley, where the surrounding wetlands are an internationally recognized stopping point for migrating birds. Continue to Port aux Basques, where the mountains meet the sea, and then to Rose Blanche and its magnificent granite lighthouse. Built in 1871 from a nearby quarry, this historic site is a must-see for all lighthouse lovers.