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101 Things to Do in Newfoundland

101 Things to Do in Newfoundland

How friggin’ cool is Newfoundland? So cool in fact, that narrowing down this list to just 101 things to do in Newfoundland was a tall order. For a somewhat isolated island hove off into the North Atlantic we have no shortage of things to keep you busy on your trip. This is far from a comprehensive list of great things to do here but these picks are my favourite things to do on the island (I might need a whole new post to cover Labrador!) and there are options for everyone in your crew, including great restaurants, cultural events, attractions, and lots and lots of nature.

Tip: keep an eye on this post as I update and tell you how you can experience everything on the list.


    The waters off Newfoundland are a prime place to watch humpbacks, fin, and minke whales. Whether you choose to go on a larger tour boat with music and beers or get closer to the action on a zodiac tour, you won’t go wrong with a whale watching tour in Newfoundland.

  2. Have a pint at the PORT REXTON BREWERY

    Port Rexton Brewing opened in the summer of 2017 and ushered in a new era of craft breweries in Newfoundland, turning a rural town into a tourism hotspot in the process. Since then, 9 more breweries have opened their doors with even more in the works. Be sure to pick up a growler of Baycation Blonde or Horse Chops IPA.

  3. Visit SIGNAL HILL

    Signal Hill has been many things but it’s perhaps best known as the spot were Marconi received the first trans Atlantic wireless signal back in 1901. It remains one of the best viewpoints in St. John’s.


    One of the most iconic hikes in Newfoundland is summiting Gros Morne Mountain, the second highest peak on the island at 806m. The 16km complete trail will take you the better part of 7 or 8 hours so make sure you’re prepared.

  5. Have a cultural experience at the NEWFOUNDLAND AND LABRADOR FOLK FESTIVAL

    One of my favourite festivals all year, the Newfoundland and Labrador Folk Festival is the first full weekend in August. You can learn traditional Newfoundland dance, sing along to folk songs, get yourself a moose burger, or meet up with new friends in the beer tent.

  6. Have a drink on GEORGE STREET

    George Street claims to have the most bars per km in the world. Is it really true? Well, we never let the facts get in the way of a good story, so just go with it and maybe even attempt your own George Street Crawl – start with a drink at Kelly’s and then have a drink at ever bar until you end up at The Trinity at the opposite end. Think you could do it?

  7. Photograph PUFFINS

    These photogenic little birds flock to Newfoundland in the summer when the capelin comes in. About the size of a large baked-potato, they’re comical to watch fly – they’re really designed more for life on the water than in the air. You can find nesting colonies in Bay Bulls, Elliston, Bonavista, and more.

  8. Hike the EAST COAST TRAIL

    The East Coast Trail is over 300km of connected hiking trails that snake along the Avalon Peninsula from Cappahayden to Portugal Cove. No matter your hiking ability, there’s a section of the trail for you. Everything from an easy 1 hour hike to a strenuous two day stretch.


    Get your adrenaline pumping as you soar over the treetops of Western Newfoundland. Marble Zip Tours features eastern Canada’s longest, tallest, most exhilarating zip lining rides with unparalleled views of both the Humber Valley and Marble Mountain Resort.

  10. Visit THE ROOMS

    The Room is the province’s museum, archives, and art gallery so it’s pretty much your one-stop cultural shop. Oh yes, they also have a great little shop and a cafe with the best view in the city.

  11. Gaze out from JOEY’S LOOKOUT

    Joey Smallwood was the first premier of Newfoundland and Labrador and our Father of Confederation. In his hometown of Gambo you’ll find a lookout that provides a picturesque view of the town and the surrounding area.

  12. Sink your toes in the sand at SANDBANKS PROVINCIAL PARK

    You don’t need to go down south to find a great sandy beach. Burgeo boasts undulating sand dunes and long expanses of flat, sandy beaches which are some of the most magnificent in the province.


    Good things come in small packages, and while White Hills Ski Resort may only have just over two dozens runs but it packs a big punch when it comes to fun. And it’s a day trip from St. John’s to boot!

  14. Snowshoe through PIPPY PARK

    When the snow blankets Pippy Park, the snowshoers come out to enjoy the fresh air and nature. Rentals are available for those who don’t pack their own snowshoes.

  15. Buy a t-shirt at DILDO BREWING CO.

    Yep, it’s really the name of the town and really the name of the brewery. Return with a souvenir that’s sure to be a conversation starter. Have a flight of a beer while you’re there.

  16. Go underground at JOHNSON GEO CENTRE

    Cut from the ancient rock of Signal Hill, the Johnson Geo Centre takes you deep underground to experience the geological wonders of the earth. You can even get up close and personal with the 550 million year old rock of Signal Hill.

  17. Skate around THE LOOP

    Winter in St. John’s can often be dreary but a relatively new addition to Bannerman Park brings a little winter magic to the city. The Loop is a popular, free, outdoor skating trail that loops around the downtown park.

  18. Talk to butterflies at the NEWFOUNDLAND INSECTARIUM
  19. Dive the wrecks and go down a mine on BELL ISLAND
  20. Have a BOIL UP ON A BEACH
  22. Get inspired at the WRITERS AT WOODY POINT
  23. Indulge in a DINNER AT RAYMOND’S
  24. Take in a show at the LSPU HALL
  25. Pick up a growler at LANDWASH BREWERY
  26. Count the chandeliers at THE STONE JUG
  27. Be or not to be at SHAKESPEARE BY THE SEA
  28.  Visit one CORNER OF THE FLAT EARTH in Fogo
  30. Snowmobile the T’RAILWAY
  31. Have a bonfire on MIDDLE COVE BEACH
  32. Sample the sour beer at BOOTLEG BREW CO
  33. Go foraging with COD SOUNDS
  34. Run the TELY 10
  35. Watch the sunrise at CAPE SPEAR
  36. Pretend to be a Viking at L’ANSE AUX MEADOWS
  37. Treat yo’self at the FOGO ISLAND INN
  38. Keep your eyes out for MOOSE on the highway
  39. Keep your eyes out for a marten at SALMONIER NATURE PARK
  40. Play games of chance at the ROYAL ST. JOHN’S REGATTA
  41. Road trip along ICEBERG ALLEY
  42. Experience TRINITY IN THE FALL
  44. Check out the old printing press in PORT UNION
  45. Hike the SKERWINK TRAIL
  47. Have a beach day at NORTHERN BAY SANDS
  48. Send a tweet from the HEART’S CONTENT CABLE STATION
  49. See the earth’s mantel at the TABLELANDS
  50. Count the birds at CAPE ST. MARY’S
  51. Get your Instagram shot at THE ARCHES PROVINCIAL PARK
  52. Learn about a lost people at the BEOTHUK INTREPRETATION CENTRE
  53. Have an adrenaline rush RAFTING THE EXPLOITS RIVER
  55. Dig into history at the COLONY OF AVALON
  56. Try some port at the NEWMAN WINE VAULTS
  57. See what life in the ’30s was like at the MOCKBEGGAR PLANTATION
  58. Hike the NORTH HEAD TRAIL
  59. Have TOUTONS for breakfast
  61. Wave hello to THE KYLE
  62. Walk the trails of GREENSPOND
  63. Learn about a way of life at the SEALERS INTERPRETATION CENTRE
  64. Sample the cake table during a MALLARD COTTAGE BRUNCH
  65. Get lost in the CORN MAZE AT LESTER FARMS
  66. Pretend you’re going to Hogwarts at the RAILWAY SOCIETY OF NEWFOUNDLAND HISTORIC TRAIN SITE
  67. Look for fossils at the MANUELS RIVER CENTRE
  68. Get rigged up and walk in the MUMMERS PARADE
  69. Be awestruck at WESTERN BROOK POND
  70. Take part in the TRINITY PAGENT
  71. Make new friends at THE GATHERING
  72. Get SCREECHED-IN at Christian’s Pub
  74. Pretend to be John Cabot on THE MATTHEW replica
  75. Go on a HAUNTED HIKE
  76. Have the best pizza of your life at BONAVISTA SOCIAL CLUB
  77. See where the Titanic’s distress call was answered at CAPE RACE
  78. Have a wine tasting at AUK ISLAND WINERY
  79. Take a selfie at JELLYBEAN ROW
  80. Try some local produce at the ST. JOHN’S FARMER’S MARKET
  81. Tour the mirror house at the BARBOUR HERITAGE VILLAGE
  82. Learn the difference between a dory and a punt at the WINTERTON BOAT MUSEUM
  83. Look for fairies in the tuckamore at LOBSTER COVE HEAD LIGHTHOUSE
  84. Find the Peter Pan statue at BOWRING PARK
  85. Spot some fish at THE FLUVARIUM
  86. Find the fairy doors at MUN BOTANICAL GARDEN
  87. Fill your belly at ROOTS, RANTS, AND ROAR
  88. Jig for COD
  89. Mourn Ned at RANDOM PASSAGE
  90. Play volleyball on the BEACHES OF EASTPORT
  91. Delight your taste buds with CHIPS, DRESSING & GRAVY
  92. Have some crisp at the BRIGUS BLUEBERRY FESTIVAL
  94. Pretend you’re in a tourism ad at the FISHING SHEDS OF CAVENDISH
  95. Go shopping at SOME GOOD MARKET
  96. See where the continents collided at the DOVER FAULT
  97. Be posh with HIGH TEA AT ROSE MANOR INN
  99. Ride the (stationary) rails at the RAILWAY COASTAL MUSEUM
  100. Visit the outport within city limits at THE BATTERY
  101. Take in a REEL DOWNTOWN MOVIE

What’s the first thing you’re going to check off your Newfoundland bucket list?

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4 responses to “101 Things to Do in Newfoundland”

  1. Elizabeth Murphy says:

    Just a few more:
    Hike to the Paradise River hydroelectric dam, one of only three arched dams in North America
    Visit the 365 islands of Placentia Bay
    Get Hooked on matmaking at the Livyer’s Lot Economuseum
    Keep an eye out for smugglers and privateers from Captain Cook’s lookout
    Learn the story behind the Echoes of Valour memorial
    Explore the town that connects tsunamis, dories and Al Capone
    Take a day trip to France
    Discover how the Yugoslav pavilion came to Grand Bank
    Learn about our erratic history

  2. Jennifer Marciniak says:

    See where they filmed The Shipping News in Old Bonaventure, Coleman’s Point, and Trinity. The whale tours out of Trinity take you around these places. Also, Take a boat tour to British Harbour and Irelend’s Eye! Rugged Beauty boat tour took us to these places. So many eagles and whales!

  3. Tina says:

    Fairy Door Tours at Pippy Park is a wonderful nature adventure for families and kids!

  4. Margaret Martin says:

    On The Burin Peninsula alone and that’s just what I can think of.
    102… Meet Elvis the Ghost Lobster. 1 in 100 million at WERC in Lord’s Cove
    103… View the sites of the 1929 tsunami, See the Memorial in Port Aux Bras
    104.. Play Golf by the sea at Frenchman’s Cove Golf course
    105. Step back in time and view the fossils at Fortune Head
    106. Have your pic taken with a wholly mammoth at Fortune Head Ecological Center
    107… Take a walk in paradise at Sandy Cove Beach Lord’s Cove
    108.. Watch true NFLDers make hay and plant gardens the old fashioned way
    109.. Take a ride out to the Lawn Bay Ecological Reserve and see The only nesting place of the Manx Shear water in North America
    110…. Have a true NFLD mug up at The Pantry in Lord’s Cove.
    111… Hike the Shore, see whales, seals, rare birds
    112. See the seals frolic at the Seal Colony off Sandy Cove Point. They live there all year :)
    113…. Talk to any local on the Burin Pen and hear the stories of the ages. We all love to yarn
    114. Stay a night under the stars at Kilmory Resort. Bring your fly fishing gear it’s a salmon river.
    115… Hike up Piper’s Hole and view the old bridge. BEAUTIFUL in Fall
    116… Head out the highway to Grand Le Pierre & Terrenceville.. See the Fiords.
    117… Step back in time and take a visit to Woody Island. You won’t be disappointed
    118… Visit the animals out in Jean De Baie. You never know you may get a kiss from a LLama
    119…Take the turn in St Bernards and the beauty will take your breath away
    120… Take in an outdoor Dance at Grand Bank Day. It’s Wiked on the Wharf.
    121. Get the history of the Grand Bank Seamans Museum. Get up close and personal with genuine artifacts.
    122… Take in the Marystown Heritage Museum.
    123…. Take in an event at St. Gabriels Hall. The building it’self is worth seeing.
    124… Attend Canada Day celebrations, they are always fun in any community on the BP.
    125…See a soccer game at the soccer capital in NFLD…St. Lawrence
    126…. Take a hike up Captain Cooks Look out, You never know you may see an ancient pirate ship or a smuggler
    127…Visit Smugglers Cove in Port Aux Bras. Fine dining at it’s best and the venue speaks for it’self
    128… Visit old Burin, where you may be met by the town crier
    129… Take a ATV Train ride at Golden Sands.
    130… Walk the pond trail in Lewin’s Cove
    131… Take your camera and just go in any direction, you won’t be disappointed
    132… Take a trip down memory lane at Vernon’s Automobile Museum i, Swift Current
    133… Take your time coming up the BUrin Peninsula, you never know when you could see a caribou or moose.
    134… Stand in awe at Chambers Cove, St Lawrence.
    135… See the Echo’s of Valor memorial and take a hiking tour to learn the story of the Truxton & Pollux.
    136… Pretend your climbing Mount Everest but instead your climbing Cape Rouge in St. Lawrence. Make sure to write your name down if you get to the top.
    137…. Off Roading at it’s best in any direction
    138… Find out how Al Capone has ties to Point May.
    139… Visit Turpin’s Island in Lt St. Lawrence and see when Sir Richard Clarke Landed
    140… The Miners Museum in St. Lawrence is a must. Read the heart breaking story of the miners of the past.
    141… Take a stroll up The Brook in Lawn, Strip off and go for a swim under the falls.
    142…. Visit the Museum in Lawn where they will tell you the stories of the town.
    143… Learn the story of The Trail of Hero’s. How young men from Lawn who raised the alarm to a naval disaster
    144. .. Visit the resettled community of Round About. Lots of ghost stories about that place.
    145. So many Bakeapples grow in our area that residents of Lord’;s Cove are sometimes called Bakeapples
    146… Sandy Cove Family Fun Day Aug 10th is a day not to be missed. Games, music, fireworks, bonfire and an over all “do your heart Good” kind of day.
    147… Take a walk out the shore to the Crows Head in Lord’s Cove. Learn why there is a small grotto of the Blessed Virgin there.
    148…See sea creatures up close and personal at the touch tanks (WERC ) Lord’s Cove. See what it feels like to hold a sea cucumber, feed the salmon and so much more
    149… Take a swim in Taylors Bay Brook. A favorite of the locals. p.s Great Salmon fishing too.
    150… See the house the tidal Wave moved in Taylors Bay.
    151… You won’t believe your eyes when you see Point Aux Gaul Strand. Stop and check for sand dollars. always some on the go
    152…Visit the Lamaline Heritage House, see the house as it was way back when.
    153… See The only full collection of Dories made by Otto Kelland in the museum in Lamaline.
    154… Did you know the song “Let me fish of Cape St. Mary’s
    ‘ was written by a man from Lamaline?
    155… Take a walk out back of Allan’s Island, see the lighthouse and war Bunkers.
    156…Take the ATV Trail and go!!!!! Boil up, go trouting, do whatever your senses tell you
    157…Ask the locals about the age old art of Smuggling from France.
    158… Did you know you could visit France about an hour away?? St. Pierre et Miquelon by Ferry from Fortune
    159… Stop for a spell at the park outside Point May. Gaze at the islands, have a picnic
    160…. Visit the church in Collin’s Cove Burin. One of the oldest Pipe Organs on the go
    161… Take a trip out through Epworth, charming community, then hike out to the resettled community of Corbin
    162… If your looking for a ride in a boat, walk down to any wharf on the BP and someone is sure to be able to help ya out
    163… Visit the quaint little local shops. Never knows what you’d find.
    164… Looking for crafts, Knitted goods, hooked rugs etc etc. Look no further some of the best artisans are located here on the Burin Peninsula.
    165… Have a picnic in Fortune at the boat shaped stop over. Always a favorite for kids
    166… Step back in time at the George C Harris House in Grand Bank
    167… Stop for a piece of cheesecake at Sharons Nook. It’s a favorite
    168… Stay a night at some of the local B&B’s former Merchant homes that will blow your mind with beauty
    169…Stop By Nan & Pops Shop/ The Pantry The Cellar in Lord’s Cove. Phyllis will meet you with a hug and you leave with a new best friend.
    170….Visit the Grotto on Lamaline Island. So pretty. stop and say a prayer. we can all use a few of those
    171… The RV Park at Horse Brooke in Fortune is a great place to find fossils, berry pick and what every your imagination can come up with
    172…Take a stroll on the wharf in Fortune. See The Oar
    173…Stay a night at Abbie’s Garden on the Grand Bank highway, pick a daffodil to remember someone.
    174….Take the ferry from Bay L’argent and go across the bay to Recontre East
    175… Drive out to Petite Forte and take the ferry to the isolated community of South East Bight. No cars there.
    176…Drive out the little community of Grand Beach, stop have a yarn and enjoy the view. beware of traffic jams caused by ducks.
    177…Frenchman’s Cove provincial park is a lovely break from civilization. pitch a tent under the stars, become one with nature
    178…See all the lobster boats and pots at the wharf in Garnish. be weary of green
    179…Take one of the many hiking trails between Garnish and Frenchman’s Cove. Views to take your breath away.
    180. Hop on your ATV and take the Point Rosie Trail. Said to be outstanding.
    181 Start in Marystown and you can drive what we call The Boot. Great Sunday drive. AKA the loop. one side of the peninsula to the other.
    182…. Visit the Eco Trail in Winterland.
    183… Go beachcombing.

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