Newfoundland is a truly unique place, culturally, geographically and historically. No, I am not just saying this because it is where I call home. Well maybe that does make me a little biased, but trust me here.
This not so little island on the most easterly point of North America has so much to offer. Making it an amazing often overlooked travel destination to visit!
When the Anxious Canadian reached out to me and asked to collaborate on a piece about my home sweet home I was beyond excited. Thank you so much for this opportunity, Melissa!
Today I would like to share with you all 8 reasons you should visit Newfoundland. I Hope you enjoy hearing what I love about this rugged island. Cheers!
Alright so let’s just get this awkward bit out of the way.
- Newfoundland is pronounced New-fun-land NOT New-fin-land
Phew, glad to get that over with.
8 Reasons you Should Visit Newfoundland, Canada
Old Irish communities
Most of Newfoundlands smaller communities have not changed much in the past few hundred years, so a quick trip out of town will bring you face to face with local tradition, old salt box houses, and real out-port (small isolated coastal community) life. Not to mention, the names of most of our communities are pretty cool. Yes, Dildo is a real place. Some interesting real places in Newfoundland are…
- Tors Cove
- Witless Bay
- Hearts Desire
- Angels Cove
- Bacon Cove
- Bachelors Cove
- Hearts content
- Hearts delight
Fish and chips anyone? Newfoundland was built on the back of the cod fishery so there is no shortage of yummy traditional dishes that go great with a cold one. In more recent years there has been a huge increase of fine dining restaurant’s opening in St. John’s (the capital city) making it now one of the best cities to dine in Canada. Needless to say, there is no shortage of experiences for every type of dinner.
My personal recommendation for a good feed of local grub is to try somewhere outside of the city, the off the beaten track spots like The Landing in Portugal Cove always have the best food!
If you have heard of Newfoundland at all then you must know about George Street. With a huge percentage of Newfoundlanders with close Irish heritage (myself included), there is no shock that drinking is a giant part of the culture.
George street has been named the number one entertainment district in Canada for so many years in a row it is hard to count. The entire street is comprised of dozens of bars on top of bars. There is something for everyone, pubs, dance clubs, live music, indie, blues, everything. If you come to Newfoundland and don’t come to George street then have you really been to Newfoundland?
Whale watching anyone? There are currently hundreds of whales feeding just off the coast of the province. Literally, hundreds, as I write this. Pretty cool don’t you think?
You can get up close and personal with whales by taking one of the many boat tours or sea kayaking excursions available throughout the province. Or you can simply have a picnic on a cliff and watch them from the shore (which is what I like to do). We also have the worlds largest population of puffins which are pretty darn cute.
The Rooms is the place to go if you want to learn about the full complex history of this province. Through the extinction and full genocide of an entire race of people – the Beothuks, to the long wars of France and England, to the seal industry, to the world wars, the great depression, to Confederation and now the oil boom. Newfoundland has never had it easy and we have a history worth learning more about for you history buffs out there.
So let me be straight here, the weather here is shit.
- The fourth snowiest city in the world
- The foggiest place in the world (Grand Banks, Newfoundland)
- The windiest city in Canada, one of the windiest cities the world
But it is kind of cool, which is why I put this on my list. If you have never seen what 30 feet of snow looks like or gazed at a menacing wall of fog as it rolls in devouring everything in its haze or felt the wind so high it literally blows you off your feet then this is the best place to experience all three.
Earths rugged beauty and power is literally everywhere here. We are at the will to the open sea, with no protection and there is nothing more awe inspiring than seeing that power first hand.
Not to mention we have beautiful summer days that will take your breath away, sunsets over rocky cliffs and rises over still ocean mist. Newfoundland truly is the most magical places in the world.
The locals here are pretty darn friendly, hardworking and easy going. If you have ever met anyone from Newfoundland then you probably have learned how cool we are. How could we not be? Dealing with weather like we have you develop a certain sense of humor about life.
Come to Newfoundland and I promise you will have a chat with a local that you will remember forever. Hell, send me a message if you are in the area.
Newfoundland has 4 UNESCO world heritage sites which you can learn more about those here. http://www.newfoundlandlabrador.com/PlanYourTrip/Itinerary/unescotrilogy
Check out where the Vikings roamed, or where the Earths mantle lives above the ground. Even if you don’t make it to the west coast where most of these sites are, taking a drive along our rocky coast is enough beauty for most.
Whatever makes you decide to visit Newfoundland one thing I guarantee is that you will be left feeling inspired. Whenever I feel like I don’t want to write or I feel sad all I have to do is drive to the coast sit on a cliff and ponder how very small it all is.
What are you waiting for? Let the wind blow through your hair, put a cold beer in your hand and come listen to some foot-stomping tunes! I promise you will have the time of your life.
If you have any questions about visiting Newfoundland please feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Steph is a 20 something-year-old blogger from St. John’s Newfoundland. On her blog ScaleitSimple, she often writes about happiness, self-love, and living simply.
You can also find all natural/cruelty-free beauty products and learn key blogging tips on ScaleitSimple. She believes that people want and deserve a life filled with love, passion and growth and her goal is to help other like minded souls get there through sharing her own experiences.