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10 Best Places To See In Newfoundland and Labrador

Updated on September 14, 2014

You must not miss these places when you visit.

During a two week visit to Newfoundland and Labrador last summer I had so many thrilling experiences: seeing my first iceberg, watching moose eat tender grass shoots, visiting a salmon ladder, and visiting a fjord, to name a few. However, there were 10 outstanding places that everyone should plan to visit when they travel to Newfoundland and Labrador. I felt each of these places, alone, made the trip worthwhile.

I recommend that you fly into Deer Lake (on the west half of Newfoundland) and fly out of St. John's (or the opposite) to minimize backtracking. The places we visited that are discussed in this lens are marked on the map below.

Find Your Way - To the 10 best places

This module will show you the locations in Newfoundland that we visited. Click on each marker to get a description of the location.

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A markerGreat place to find a B&B. Norstead and L'Anse aux Meadow is a 10 minute drive from here. -
Route 436 Gunner's Cove, NL A0K 2X0
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B markerThis is where you will find the Wilfred Grenfell Museum and Home -
St. Anthony, NL
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C markerBeautiful fishing village. -
Parsons Pond, NL
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D markerThe site of Random Passage. -
New Bonaventure, NL
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E markerAirport is located here. -
Deer Lake, NL
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F markerNewfoundland capital and airport -
St. John's, NL
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Pissing Mare Falls
Pissing Mare Falls

Western Brook Pond

Take a tour boat cruise of the fjord.

The Western Brook Pond is a fjord located in Gros Morne National Park on the west coast of Newfoundland. The pond is accessible by a 3 km hiking trail over coastal bogs and low limestone ridges. The lake is surrounded by steep rock walls 600 m high. Two tour boats cruise the lake from June to mid-October. Pissing Mare Falls, at the extreme eastern end of the pond, is 350 m high and is one of the highest in eastern North America.

Because of wind, mist and cool temperatures warm water-proof clothes are a must.

Western Brook Pond Photo Gallery

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The hiking tail to the fjord is over coastal bogs and low limestone ridges.Two tour boats provide regular one hour cruises of the fjord.The Western Brook Pond Fjord.The second tour boat was ahead of us.
The hiking tail to the fjord is over coastal bogs and low limestone ridges.
The hiking tail to the fjord is over coastal bogs and low limestone ridges.
Two tour boats provide regular one hour cruises of the fjord.
Two tour boats provide regular one hour cruises of the fjord.
The Western Brook Pond Fjord.
The Western Brook Pond Fjord.
The second tour boat was ahead of us.
The second tour boat was ahead of us.
Resident Moose
Resident Moose

Gunner's Cove

Gunner's Cove is located at the northern tip of the northern peninsula of Newfoundland. Our bed & breakfast, the Valhalla Inn, was on a hill overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. There is a resident moose at the Valhalla Inn that visited each morning, afternoon and evening. During our two night stay we ate at the Norseman Restaurant. The food is excellent and, several nights a week, Wade Hillier provides Newfoundland music and song. Gunner's Cove is also near Norstead, a Viking village, and L'Anse aux Meadows. These are also among the top 10 attractions.

Gunner's Cove Photo Gallery

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Gunner's Cove on a cloudy afternoon from the Valhalla Inn balcony.Gunner's Cove at dusk from the Valhalla Inn balcony.Gunner's Cove at sunset from the Valhalla Inn balcony.Gunner's Cove at sunset from the Valhalla Inn balcony.
Gunner's Cove on a cloudy afternoon from the Valhalla Inn balcony.
Gunner's Cove on a cloudy afternoon from the Valhalla Inn balcony.
Gunner's Cove at dusk from the Valhalla Inn balcony.
Gunner's Cove at dusk from the Valhalla Inn balcony.
Gunner's Cove at sunset from the Valhalla Inn balcony.
Gunner's Cove at sunset from the Valhalla Inn balcony.
Gunner's Cove at sunset from the Valhalla Inn balcony.
Gunner's Cove at sunset from the Valhalla Inn balcony.
A modern day Viking.
A modern day Viking.

Norstead and L'Anse aux Meadows

During the era called the Viking Age (c. AD 800 to 1050) people from modern-day Denmark, Norway and Sweden traveled westward to Iceland, Greenland, and North America. The Norse settled in north Newfoundland at L'Anse aux Meadows for a brief period in c. AD 1000. Norstead, just to the north is a reconstruction of a Viking village based on archeological findings at the original settlement site. There, modern-day Vikings demonstrated the Norse lifestyle and shared their knowledge with us. This was the BEST reenactment that we ever have experienced. Do not miss!

Norstead and L'Anse aux Meadows Photo Gallery

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A recreation of a Viking boat.A recreation of a Viking home.Examples of Viking handicrafts.The Viking church.The shore along Norstead.The original Viking settlement site at L'Anse aux Meadows.
A recreation of a Viking boat.
A recreation of a Viking boat.
A recreation of a Viking home.
A recreation of a Viking home.
Examples of Viking handicrafts.
Examples of Viking handicrafts.
The Viking church.
The Viking church.
The shore along Norstead.
The shore along Norstead.
The original Viking settlement site at L'Anse aux Meadows.
The original Viking settlement site at L'Anse aux Meadows.
Wilfred Grenfell
Wilfred Grenfell

The Wilfred Grenfell Museum and Home

During our trip to Newfoundland and Labrador we heard about an altruistic man who devoted his life to his ministry and provided some of the first medical services to 29,000 men, women, and children along the coast of Labrador and northern Newfoundland. Wilfred lectured in Canada and the United States to raise funds for medical care and social improvements. He founded a network of hospitals, hospital ships, nursing stations, and schools.

After visiting the Grenfell Hospital, and the Grenfell home and museum in St. Anthony, Newfoundland we left uplifted in spirit and thankful to have learned about his life and work.

Learning about Wilfred Grenfell's altruistic work was a life changer for me.

A very special person.

He provided some of the first medical services to 29,000 men, women, and children along the coast of Labrador and northern Newfoundland.

Wilfred Grenfell Photo Gallery

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Grenfell doctoring a sailor's foot.  I photographed photo that was on the wall at the Grenfell Museum.Grenfell provided medical services to families along the coast of Labrador and northern Newfoundland.  This photo was taken at the Grenfell Museum.   I photographed photo that was on the wall at the Grenfell Museum.This is the sun porch in Grenfell's St. Anthony home.The Grenfell home's kitchen.The Grenfell home's kitchen.
Grenfell doctoring a sailor's foot.  I photographed photo that was on the wall at the Grenfell Museum.
Grenfell doctoring a sailor's foot. I photographed photo that was on the wall at the Grenfell Museum.
Grenfell provided medical services to families along the coast of Labrador and northern Newfoundland.  This photo was taken at the Grenfell Museum.   I photographed photo that was on the wall at the Grenfell Museum.
Grenfell provided medical services to families along the coast of Labrador and northern Newfoundland. This photo was taken at the Grenfell Museum. I photographed photo that was on the wall at the Grenfell Museum.
This is the sun porch in Grenfell's St. Anthony home.
This is the sun porch in Grenfell's St. Anthony home.
The Grenfell home's kitchen.
The Grenfell home's kitchen.
The Grenfell home's kitchen.
The Grenfell home's kitchen.
Salmon
Salmon

The Salmonid Interpretation Centre

The Salmoid Interpretation Centre in Grand Falls-Windsor exhibits the history, biology and habitat of the Atlantic Salmon. Large windows let us have a close look at the Atlantic Salmon as the fish jump up the fish ladder.

Salmonid Interpretation Centre Photo Gallery

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The Salmoid Interpretation Centre entrance.The water falls that the salmon ladder bypasses.
The Salmoid Interpretation Centre entrance.
The Salmoid Interpretation Centre entrance.
The water falls that the salmon ladder bypasses.
The water falls that the salmon ladder bypasses.
Cod Splitting Demonstration
Cod Splitting Demonstration

Cod Splitting at The Prime Berth

The Prime Berth Living Heritage Museum is located just across the bridge from Twillingate Island. The museum includes an original fish station where cod were split and squid were dried. Other displays include an assembled whale skeleton, a craft studio, a blacksmith store, sea aquarium and fishing museum. There is also a collection of antique tools used by cod fisherman. Cod splitting demonstrations are performed each morning.

Again, this living museum was a life changer for me. It really demonstrated the hard life of the fishermen and their families.

The Prime Berth Photo Gallery

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A part of the tour of the museum is enjoyment of Newfoundland music.A part of the tour of the museum is enjoyment of Newfoundland music.A room with a collection of coopering tools.The Prime Berth museum with a whale skeleton mounted on the wharf.
A part of the tour of the museum is enjoyment of Newfoundland music.
A part of the tour of the museum is enjoyment of Newfoundland music.
A part of the tour of the museum is enjoyment of Newfoundland music.
A part of the tour of the museum is enjoyment of Newfoundland music.
A room with a collection of coopering tools.
A room with a collection of coopering tools.
The Prime Berth museum with a whale skeleton mounted on the wharf.
The Prime Berth museum with a whale skeleton mounted on the wharf.
Parsons Pond
Parsons Pond

Parsons Pond

Parsons Pond is a small fishing community on the west coast of the northern peninsula of Newfoundland. It is just north of Gros Morne National Park.

The colorful fishing stages and boats lends to wonderful photographic opportunities.

Parsons Pond Photo Gallery

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Fishing boat at Parsons Pond.Three fish stages at Parsons Pond.Fishing boats and lobster traps at Parsons Pond.
Fishing boat at Parsons Pond.
Fishing boat at Parsons Pond.
Three fish stages at Parsons Pond.
Three fish stages at Parsons Pond.
Fishing boats and lobster traps at Parsons Pond.
Fishing boats and lobster traps at Parsons Pond.
Northern Gannet at Cape  St. Mary's Seabird Ecological Reserve
Northern Gannet at Cape St. Mary's Seabird Ecological Reserve

Cape St. Mary's Seabird Ecological Reserve

Located about 200 km southwest of St. John's, Cape St. Mary's Ecological Reserve, also known as "The Cape", is one of Newfoundland and Labrador's major seabird colonies. During the breeding season, it is home to 24,000 Northern Gannet, 20,000 Black-legged Kittiwake, 20,000 Common Murre, and 2,000 Thickbilled Murre. The Cape St. Mary's Lighthouse is located at the east entrance to St. Mary's Bay and at the entry to the seabird ecological reserve.

Cape St. Mary's Seabird Ecological Reserve Photo Gallery

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Northern Gannet.Northern Gannet.The historic building behind the tower was once home to the lighthouse keeper but is now open to the public as an Interpretive Centre.
Northern Gannet.
Northern Gannet.
Northern Gannet.
Northern Gannet.
The historic building behind the tower was once home to the lighthouse keeper but is now open to the public as an Interpretive Centre.
The historic building behind the tower was once home to the lighthouse keeper but is now open to the public as an Interpretive Centre.
Our guide explaining about life in a typical fishing outpost.
Our guide explaining about life in a typical fishing outpost.

Random Passage

The movie set was constructed near New Bonaventure in 2000 for the filming of the international TV mini-series "Random Passage". It offers visitors the opportunity to imagine the life of our forebears in a typical fishing outpost in the early 1800's. The site includes various sod roof houses, church,

schoolroom, fishing stage & fish flakes, sheep grazing and a traditional vegetable garden.

A well versed guide, dressed in period clothes, gives a wonderful tour and explanation of the TV mini-series set.

Random Passage Photo Gallery

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A fisherman's home for the TV mini-series set.The Random Passage TV mini-series set.Capelin drying in the sun.The study in the fisherman's home.The Random Passage TV mini-series set.The Random Passage TV mini-series set.Cemetery for movie set.Wooden wharf with a stage.
A fisherman's home for the TV mini-series set.
A fisherman's home for the TV mini-series set.
The Random Passage TV mini-series set.
The Random Passage TV mini-series set.
Capelin drying in the sun.
Capelin drying in the sun.
The study in the fisherman's home.
The study in the fisherman's home.
The Random Passage TV mini-series set.
The Random Passage TV mini-series set.
The Random Passage TV mini-series set.
The Random Passage TV mini-series set.
Cemetery for movie set.
Cemetery for movie set.
Wooden wharf with a stage.
Wooden wharf with a stage.
The Apollo ferry.
The Apollo ferry.

Ferry to Labrador

Taking the ferry to Labrador was an experience in itself. The one hour and forty-five minute ferry across the Straits of Labrador runs between St. Barbe, Newfoundland and Blanc Sablon, Quebec. L'Anse au Clair, Labrador is only a 2 or 3 km drive. We sighted many whales as we approached Blanc Sablon.

Labrador did not have any roads until the 1960s. It still has only a few highways. The land is raw and beautiful. L'Anse au Clair, Labrador has a wonderful stretch of sand beach. The Point Amour Lighthouse is close by.

Ferry to Labrador and L'Anse au Clair Photo Gallery

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Whale watching from the ferry.Whale watching from the ferry.Beautiful beach at L'Anse au Clair, Labrador.Whale watching from the ferryPoint Amour Lighthouse, Labrador
Whale watching from the ferry.
Whale watching from the ferry.
Whale watching from the ferry.
Whale watching from the ferry.
Beautiful beach at L'Anse au Clair, Labrador.
Beautiful beach at L'Anse au Clair, Labrador.
Whale watching from the ferry
Whale watching from the ferry
Point Amour Lighthouse, Labrador
Point Amour Lighthouse, Labrador

Read More About Newfoundland and Labrador

Newfoundland and Labrador 1:750,000 / 1:385,000- 2009***
Newfoundland and Labrador 1:750,000 / 1:385,000- 2009***

A folded, indexed map of Newfoundland & Labrador. It includes Time Zone Boundaries, Ferries, Rivers, Lakes, Wildlife Reserves, Ski areas, Museums, Points of interest, Hospitals, Gas Stations, Railways, Trans Canada Trail, Main Highways, Principle Highways, Airports, and more.

 
Newfoundland and Labrador Book of Everything: Everything You Wanted to Know About Newfoundland and Labrador and Were Going to Ask Anyway
Newfoundland and Labrador Book of Everything: Everything You Wanted to Know About Newfoundland and Labrador and Were Going to Ask Anyway

From the number of kilometres of coastline, to the stories behind those unusual place names (hello Blow Me Down) to profiles of Danny Williams and Mary Walsh, no book is more comprehensive than the Newfoundland and Labrador Book of Everything. No book is more fun.

 
Newfoundland and Labrador Book of Musts: The 101 Places Every NLer MUST See
Newfoundland and Labrador Book of Musts: The 101 Places Every NLer MUST See

This book contains the MUST list every Newfoundlander, Labradorian, and visitor MUST have. From the stunning peaks and valleys of UNESCO World Heritage Site Gros Morne, to St. John's famous George Street, the Irish Loop and filming locations for The Shipping News and Random Passage, iconic lighthouses, magnificent churches, and quirky museums to homegrown music, theatre and food, it's all here.

 
This Marvellous Terrible Place: Images of Newfoundland and Labrador
This Marvellous Terrible Place: Images of Newfoundland and Labrador

The authors have not only captured the unique flavor of the people but have recorded hours of conversations as their subjects reminisced about life, work and the changes that have washed over the island since Confederation.

 
Scenic Driving Atlantic Canada: Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island, Newfoundland & Labrador
Scenic Driving Atlantic Canada: Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island, Newfoundland & Labrador

A first edition, Scenic Driving Atlantic Canada features nearly thirty separate drives through the beautiful Canadian coastline, from Nova Scotia up to Newfoundland. An indispensable highway companion, Scenic Driving Atlantic Canada includes route maps and in-depth descriptions of attractions.

 

Let me know if you have already experienced the "Top 10" or if you are planning a trip to Newfoundland and Labrador.

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      TheDeeperWell 5 years ago

      I really enjoyed watching the Random Passage series. It inspired me to do some online research about New Foundland. It is on my bucket list for visiting one day.

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      crbphotography 5 years ago

      @Ursel001: Thank you for your comment. We enjoyed Newfoundland as much as our trips to Nova Scotia. Atlantic Canada is very special to us.

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      Ursel001 5 years ago

      Great photos!

      Nice lens!

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      ohcaroline 5 years ago

      I would like to visit Newfoundland. Your photos are beautiful.

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      crbphotography 5 years ago

      @GentlemenGogoVEVO: Thanks. We will definitely be going back. It is a beautiful province.

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      GentlemenGogoVEVO 5 years ago

      Photos are beautiful. Good job crb.

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      crbphotography 5 years ago

      We were recently in Nova Scotia for two weeks. (I have a lens on that as well.) But both my wife and I loved Newfoundland and Labrador more than NS.

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      JoshK47 5 years ago

      Definitely looks like a fantastic place to visit - thanks for sharing! Blessed by a SquidAngel!

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      crbphotography 5 years ago

      @TammySons: Thanks. You must plan on going there some day. Put it on your bucket list. ;)

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      TammySons 5 years ago

      Nice Lens and I love the pictures :)

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      crbphotography 5 years ago

      @LadyFlashman: Bring warm clothes, even in late June and early July. We needed to layer up that time of year at Gros Morne National Park for the Western Brook Pond boat ride and at the shoreline.

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      LadyFlashman 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      I would love to go here! It's one of those places that's off the tourist trail and is definitely a must see for me one day!

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      Rose Jones 5 years ago

      @Gypzeerose: also pinned to my board "Favorite Places and Spaces." I would love to travel there.

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      Rose Jones 5 years ago

      Very helpful - wonderful and beautiful lens. Squidoo Angel Blessed!