Top 10 Bucket List Items in Newfoundland and Labrador

There is no place quite like Newfoundland and Labrador, a place off the beaten path, a place with its own unique flavour. From the people and culture, to the natural beauty and surroundings, if a visit our way is on the menu, we think you will enjoy our recipe more than 500 years in the making. Peruse these top 10 bucket list items around our fair province. 

1. See the first sunrise in North America

Cape Spear National Historic Site, sunrise Cape Spear National Historic Site is the most easterly point in North America and the perfect place to be the first to see the sunrise.

2. Walk on the earth’s mantle

The Tablelands in Gros Morne National Park The Tablelands in Gros Morne National Park is a barren area which towers over the park, looking more like a scorched desert than a traditional Newfoundland & Labrador landscape. These billion-year-old rocks are some of the oldest on the planet.

3. Zodiak Whale Watching Tours


Make some new friends, who just happens to weigh 80,000 lbs. Experience the size and scale of one of the largest living beings, a humpback whale, experience thrilling adventure from a zodiak boat with them in the North Atlantic Ocean.

4. See the earliest evidence of life on the planet

Viewing a fossil with a magnifying glass at Mistaken Point One of Newfoundland & Labrador's UNESCO sites is Mistaken Point Ecological Reserve. This site is the best place in the world to view 565-million-year-old fossils: the oldest, largest complex multi-cellular life-forms found anywhere on earth.

5. Hop on board to see 10,000-year-old Icebergs

Cruise around 10,000-year-old glacial giants from many points along the northern and eastern coasts. These bergs come in every shape and size. With colours ranging from snow-white to the deepest aquamarine.

6. Sleep in a lighthouse on Iceberg Alley

Quirpon Lighthouse Inn Stay in a historic 1922 lighthouse inn still operating on a deserted island at the northern tip of Newfoundland. Orcas and humpbacks are frequent visitors, often coming so close to shore you can almost touch them.

7. Hike to what the Flat Earth Society calls one of the four corners of the earth

Brimstone Head, Fogo Island Brimstone Head on Fogo Island is worth the hike. Venture up the stairs to the rocky outcrop for a phenomenal view. This is a perfect photo, picnic or sunset location.

8. Travel back 1,000 years and visit the Vikings

Vikings at L'Anse Aux Meadows

Discovery is a fearless pursuit. Certainly, this was the case when the Vikings, the first Europeans to reach the new world, landed at L’Anse aux Meadows National Historic Site. Put yourself back in time and discover what life was like for the Viking encampment in 1000 AD.

9. Visit the land of spirits, mountains, glacier, and polar bears

Torngat Mountains National Park The Inuktitut word "Tongait", meaning place of spirits. Torngat Mountains National Park is 9,700 square kilometers of spectacular wilderness stretching north from Saglek Fjord to the northern tip of Labrador, and westward from the Atlantic seacoast to the Quebec border.

10. Surround yourself with the colour of Jellybean Row

St. John's and its colourful houses. Jellybean Row Pass the colourful jellybean row houses wedged together in every space lining the sides of steep hills and hidden alleyways. Once you've meandered down to the working harbour of the waterfront, look towards the Narrows and imagine a time when the waters were brimming full with fishing schooners in St. John's.


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