Top ChoicePark 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...

Top ChoicePark 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...

Top ChoicePark in Northern Peninsula

Gros Morne National Park

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...

Top ChoiceHistoric Site 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...

Top ChoiceHistoric Site in St Barbe to L'Anse aux Meadows

L'Anse aux Meadows National Historic Site

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...

Top ChoicePub in St John's

Duke of Duckworth

'The Duke,' as it's known, is an unpretentious English-style pub that represents all that's great about Newfoundland and Newfoundlanders. Stop in on a Friday night and you'll see a mix of blue-collar and...

Top ChoiceBar in St John's

Geeks Public House

This bar serves its own butterbeer and scores a +5 bonus for getting customers happily buzzed while they peruse all five editions of the Dungeons & Dragons Player's Handbook. If that last sentence got you...

Top ChoiceBooks in St John's

Broken Books

If you think an independent bookstore has to be cluttered, come to Broken Books. It's a bright, well-organized repository of all things literary, particularly works either about Newfoundland and Labrador, or...

Top ChoiceIsland 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,...

Top ChoiceSeafood in St Barbe to L'Anse aux Meadows

Norseman Restaurant & Art Gallery

This lovely waterfront outpost ranks among Newfoundland's best. Emphasizing local products and creative preparations, the menu will have you wavering between options such as perfectly grilled lamb chops, kale...

Top ChoiceMuseum 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...

Top ChoiceCanadian in St John's

Merchant Tavern

An elegant tavern housed in a former bank building, this restaurant is a fine choice for a splurge. Gorgeous seafood stews, duck and lentils, and cod with parsnip make for near culinary perfection – just bear in...

Top ChoiceCafe in Twillingate Island & New World Island

Crow's Nest Café

True to its name, the Crow's Nest occupies a high hill overlooking Twillingate. Even better than the views are the coffee, scones, cakes and other baked goods ($3 to $6) – all superlatively delicious and made...

Top ChoiceSandwiches in Ferryland

Lighthouse Picnics

Lighthouse Picnics has hit upon a winning concept: it provides a blanket and organic picnic meal (say, a curried chicken sandwich, mixed-green salad and lemonade from a Mason jar) that visitors wolf down while...

Top ChoiceMuseum in St John's

The Rooms

Not many museums offer the chance to see a giant squid, hear avant-garde sound sculptures and peruse ancient weaponry all under one roof. But that's The Rooms, the province's all-in-one historical museum, art...

Top ChoiceBar in St John's

Inn of Olde Pub

Step inside the Inn of Olde and you'll feel like you've walked into the collective attic of the city, with a jumble of laminate tables, dusty hockey gear, black-and-white photos, framed newspaper clippings and...

Top ChoiceCanadian in Bonavista

Boreal Diner

In a bright-red colonial house, this innovative restaurant manages what many others aspire to: creative, international takes on local Newfoundland ingredients. Thus crab pot stickers, cod in tarragon sauce, and...

Top ChoiceCosmetics in Bonavista

East Coast Glow

Locally made cosmetics are a cornerstone of the travel souvenir industry, and they're usually pretty forgettable. Not the stuff sold at East Coast Glow. The staff forage sea salt, wildflowers and the rest of...

Top ChoiceLighthouse in Cape Spear

Cape Spear Lighthouse

Constructed in 1835, the oldest surviving lighthouse in the province sits on the dramatic headlands of the continent's most easterly point. The wind here is deafening, the ocean enormous, and all in all, this is...

Top ChoicePizza in St John's

Piatto

Offering a great night out without breaking the bank, cozy brick Piatto wood-fires pizza like nobody's business. Go trad or try a thin-crust pie topped with prosciutto, figs and balsamic. It's all good. There are...