Must see attractions in Newfoundland & Labrador

  • Top ChoiceSights in Northern Peninsula

    Gros Morne National Park

    A must-see for visitors to Newfoundland, this 1800-sq km coastal park and Unesco World Heritage Site features dramatic mountains, fjords, beaches, bogs and barren cliffs. Remnants of a mountain chain formed 1.2 billion years ago, its notable geology is a rare example of continental drift, with exposed deep ocean crust and mantle. Hiking, sea kayaking and sightseeing cruises are popular activities.

  • Top ChoiceSights in Southeastern Avalon Peninsula

    Mistaken Point Ecological Reserve

    Designated a World Heritage site in 2016, this ecological reserve protects 575-million-year-old multicelled marine fossils – the oldest in the world. The only way to reach it is via a free ranger-guided hike from the Edge of Avalon Interpretive Centre in Portugal Cove South.

  • Sights in Gros Morne National Park

    Tablelands

    Dominating the southwest corner of the park, near Trout River, are the unconquerable and eerie Tablelands. This huge flat-topped massif was part of the earth's mantle before tectonics raised it from the depths and planted it squarely on the continent. Its rock is so unusual that plants can't even grow on it. You can view the barren golden phenomenon up close on Rte 431, or catch it from a distance at the stunning photography lookout above Norris Point.

  • Top ChoiceSights in Northern Coast

    Torngat Mountains National Park

    Named from the Inuktitut word torngait (place of spirits), this national park is the ancestral home of Inuit and their predecessors. Its spectacular wilderness features herds of caribou, polar bears and even seals in a freshwater habitat. The park comprises 9700 sq km, extending from Saglek Fjord in the south, including all islands and islets, to the very northern tip of Labrador. No superlatives can do the beauty of this place justice.

  • Sights in Southeastern Avalon Peninsula

    Witless Bay Ecological Reserve

    Consisting of four islands in Witless Bay, this reserve is North America's largest Atlantic puffin colony, with more than 260,000 pairs nesting here during the late spring and summer. Every summer, more than a million pairs of birds gather here, including puffins, kittiwakes, storm petrels and the penguinlike murres; the incredible mass of avian life moves like living clouds. Tour boats sail through cold waves to the islands, hugging the shore beneath the cliffs.

  • Top ChoiceSights in St John's

    Signal Hill National Historic Site

    The city's most famous landmark is worth it for the glorious view alone, though there's much more to see. The tiny castle atop the hill is Cabot Tower, built in 1898 to honor both John Cabot's arrival in 1497 and Queen Victoria's Diamond Jubilee. In midsummer, soldiers dressed as the 19th-century Royal Newfoundland Company perform a tattoo and fire cannons.

  • Top ChoiceSights in St Barbe to L'Anse aux Meadows

    L'Anse aux Meadows National Historic Site

    Leif Erikson and his Viking friends lived here circa 1000. Visitors can see the remains of their waterside settlement: eight wood-and-sod buildings, now just vague outlines left in the spongy ground, plus three replica buildings inhabited by costumed docents. The latter have names such as 'Thora' and 'Bjorn' and simulate Viking chores such as spinning fleece and forging nails. Allow two or three hours to walk around and absorb the ambience.

  • Sights in St John's

    Quidi Vidi

    Over Signal Hill, away from town, is the tiny picturesque village of Quidi Vidi. Check out the 18th-century battery and the lakeside regatta museum, but make your first stop Quidi Vidi Brewery, which whips up Newfoundland's most popular microbrews. Located in an old fish-processing plant on the small wharf, it's a scenic place to slake your thirst.

  • Sights in Port au Choix

    Port au Choix National Historic Site

    This site is dedicated to the ancient burial grounds of three different Indigenous groups that date back 5500 years. The modern visitors center tells of creative survival in this rough area and of one group's unexplained disappearance 3200 years ago. Several good trails around the park let you explore further. Reached by walking, Phillip's Garden, a site with vestiges of Paleo-Eskimo houses, is a highlight.

  • Sights in St John's

    CA Pippy Park

    The feature-filled 13-sq-km CA Pippy Park coats downtown's northwestern edge. Recreational facilities include walking trails, picnic areas, playgrounds, a golf course and a campground. Memorial University, the province's only university, is here too. The university's botanical garden is at Oxen Pond, at the park's western edge off Mt Scio Rd.

  • Sights in Southeastern Avalon Peninsula

    La Manche Provincial Park

    Diverse birdlife, along with beaver, moose and snowshoe hare, can be seen in this lush park only 53km south of St John's. A highlight is the 1.25km trail to the remains of La Manche, a fishing village that was destroyed in 1966 by a fierce winter storm. Upon arrival, you'll see a beautiful suspension bridge dangling over the narrows – it's part of the East Coast Trail. Find the trailhead at the park's fire-exit road, past the main entrance.

  • Sights in Ferryland

    Colony of Avalon

    The seaside surrounds of the Colony of Avalon archaeological site only add to the rich historical atmosphere that permeates Ferryland. Join a tour and you'll see archaeologists unearthing everything from axes to bowls. The worthwhile interpretation center is very kid friendly and houses beautiful displays of the artifacts that have been recovered. Guided 45-minute tours are offered upon request. Leashed dogs are allowed on the site (but probably shouldn't do their own digging).

  • Sights in St-Pierre & Miquelon

    Miquelon & Langlade

    The island of Miquelon is less visited and far less developed than St-Pierre. The village of Miquelon, centered on the church, is at the northern tip of the island. From nearby l'Étang de Mirande a walking trail leads to a lookout and waterfall. From the bridge in town, a scenic 25km road leads across the isthmus to the wild and uninhabited island of Langlade. There are some wild horses, and around the rocky coast you'll see seals and birds.

  • Sights in St Anthony

    Fishing Point Park

    The main road through town ends at Fishing Point Park, where a lighthouse and towering headland cliffs overlook the sea. The Iceberg Alley Trail and Whale Watchers Trail both lead to cliff-top observation platforms – the names say it all.

  • Sights in St-Pierre & Miquelon

    Île aux Marins

    The magical Île aux Marins ('Sailor Island'; often translated as 'Pioneer Island') is a beautiful abandoned village on an island out in the St-Pierre harbor. A bilingual guide will walk you through colorful homes, a small schoolhouse museum, lonely cemeteries and a grand church, built in 1874. Book tours at L'Arche Museum. You can also go over on a ferry (€6; 10 to 15 minutes) sans guide during July and August; boats run roughly every two hours.

  • Top ChoiceSights in New-Wes-Valley

    Greenspond

    This windy island, which seems to dangle somewhere between the Atlantic and the end of the world, is one of Newfoundland's oldest continuously inhabited outports. While connected to the mainland by bridge, Greenspond (and its population of roughly 270 souls) still has the feel of existing somewhere out of time. Walking trails thread over this 2.85-sq-km island, some winding through cemeteries, others dipping past rocky coves and bays. It's a 30km drive from New-Wes-Valley.

  • Sights in Red Bay

    Red Bay National Historic Site

    In the mid-16th century, Basque whalers came to the Strait of Belle Isle to hunt large numbers of right and bowhead whales and harvest their oil to light lamps all around Europe. The major whaling port of Red Bay is now a national historic site and World Heritage Site. View the original Basque artifacts, remains, and a restored chalupa (whaling boat) on-site. You can grab a water taxi to some of the historic buildings in Red Bay proper for $3.

  • Top ChoiceSights in Northern Peninsula

    French Shore Interpretation Centre

    This tiny museum houses the French Shore Tapestry, one of the most stunning works of folk art in the province, if not all of Canada. This 66m-long masterpiece was woven by local women and displays the history of the remote Newfoundland French Shore from prehistoric times to the 21st century. It must be seen in person to be properly appreciated. The center is on your left as you drive the one road into Conche, and is clearly signed.

  • Sights in Brigus

    Brigus Tunnel

    Back in its heyday as a busy port, Capt Abram Bartlett needed a new deepwater berth. Brigus was ideal, but the surrounding cliffs made docking tricky. His solution? Blast a hole through the rock with the help of Cornish miner John Hoskins. Four months, some drill bits, and a lot of gunpowder later, their efforts yielded this tunnel: about 80ft long, and tall enough for a horse and carriage to traverse. It's now a cool, damp landmark.

  • Sights in New-Wes-Valley

    Norton's Cove Studio

    Local artist Janet Davis specializes in non-toxic printmaking, and uses hand embroidery, inking, and other techniques to produce her wares, all sold in the romantically weathered confines of an 1890s general store.This is genuine local art, and makes for a good reminder of your journey. Note that the studio is often open outside of July and August – Janet often works there, and you can call ahead to make an appointment to visit.