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.
- Go WHALE WATCHING
- Have a pint at the PORT REXTON BREWERY
- Visit SIGNAL HILL
- Climb GROS MORNE MOUNTAIN
- Have a cultural experience at the NEWFOUNDLAND AND LABRADOR FOLK FESTIVAL
- Have a drink on GEORGE STREET
- Photograph PUFFINS
- Hike the EAST COAST TRAIL
- Tackle the MARBLE MOUNTAIN ZIPLINE
- Visit THE ROOMS
- Gaze out from JOEY’S LOOKOUT
- Sink your toes in the sand at SANDBANKS PROVINCIAL PARK
- Ski WHITE HILLS
- Snowshoe through PIPPY PARK
- Buy a t-shirt at DILDO BREWING CO.
- Go underground at JOHNSON GEO CENTRE
- Skate around THE LOOP
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Go WHALE WATCHING
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.
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.
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.
Climb GROS MORNE MOUNTAIN
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
Tackle the MARBLE MOUNTAIN ZIPLINE
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.
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.
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.
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.
Ski WHITE HILLS
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
- Talk to butterflies at the NEWFOUNDLAND INSECTARIUM
- Dive the wrecks and go down a mine on BELL ISLAND
- Have a BOIL UP ON A BEACH
- Count the ROOT CELLARS OF ELLISTON
- Get inspired at the WRITERS AT WOODY POINT
- Indulge in a DINNER AT RAYMOND’S
- Take in a show at the LSPU HALL
- Pick up a growler at LANDWASH BREWERY
- Count the chandeliers at THE STONE JUG
- Be or not to be at SHAKESPEARE BY THE SEA
- Visit one CORNER OF THE FLAT EARTH in Fogo
- Enjoy the TWILLINGATE DINNER THEATRE
- Snowmobile the T’RAILWAY
- Have a bonfire on MIDDLE COVE BEACH
- Sample the sour beer at BOOTLEG BREW CO
- Go foraging with COD SOUNDS
- Run the TELY 10
- Watch the sunrise at CAPE SPEAR
- Pretend to be a Viking at L’ANSE AUX MEADOWS
- Treat yo’self at the FOGO ISLAND INN
- Keep your eyes out for MOOSE on the highway
- Keep your eyes out for a marten at SALMONIER NATURE PARK
- Play games of chance at the ROYAL ST. JOHN’S REGATTA
- Road trip along ICEBERG ALLEY
- Experience TRINITY IN THE FALL
- Have a FERRYLAND LIGHTHOUSE PICNIC
- Check out the old printing press in PORT UNION
- Hike the SKERWINK TRAIL
- Go SEA KAYAKING
- Have a beach day at NORTHERN BAY SANDS
- Send a tweet from the HEART’S CONTENT CABLE STATION
- See the earth’s mantel at the TABLELANDS
- Count the birds at CAPE ST. MARY’S
- Get your Instagram shot at THE ARCHES PROVINCIAL PARK
- Learn about a lost people at the BEOTHUK INTREPRETATION CENTRE
- Have an adrenaline rush RAFTING THE EXPLOITS RIVER
- Go BERRY PICKING
- Dig into history at the COLONY OF AVALON
- Try some port at the NEWMAN WINE VAULTS
- See what life in the ’30s was like at the MOCKBEGGAR PLANTATION
- Hike the NORTH HEAD TRAIL
- Have TOUTONS for breakfast
- Tour the CARMANVILLE WETLANDS
- Wave hello to THE KYLE
- Walk the trails of GREENSPOND
- Learn about a way of life at the SEALERS INTERPRETATION CENTRE
- Sample the cake table during a MALLARD COTTAGE BRUNCH
- Get lost in the CORN MAZE AT LESTER FARMS
- Pretend you’re going to Hogwarts at the RAILWAY SOCIETY OF NEWFOUNDLAND HISTORIC TRAIN SITE
- Look for fossils at the MANUELS RIVER CENTRE
- Get rigged up and walk in the MUMMERS PARADE
- Be awestruck at WESTERN BROOK POND
- Take part in the TRINITY PAGENT
- Make new friends at THE GATHERING
- Get SCREECHED-IN at Christian’s Pub
- Camp AT TERRA NOVA NATIONAL PARK
- Pretend to be John Cabot on THE MATTHEW replica
- Go on a HAUNTED HIKE
- Have the best pizza of your life at BONAVISTA SOCIAL CLUB
- See where the Titanic’s distress call was answered at CAPE RACE
- Have a wine tasting at AUK ISLAND WINERY
- Take a selfie at JELLYBEAN ROW
- Try some local produce at the ST. JOHN’S FARMER’S MARKET
- Tour the mirror house at the BARBOUR HERITAGE VILLAGE
- Learn the difference between a dory and a punt at the WINTERTON BOAT MUSEUM
- Look for fairies in the tuckamore at LOBSTER COVE HEAD LIGHTHOUSE
- Find the Peter Pan statue at BOWRING PARK
- Spot some fish at THE FLUVARIUM
- Find the fairy doors at MUN BOTANICAL GARDEN
- Fill your belly at ROOTS, RANTS, AND ROAR
- Jig for COD
- Mourn Ned at RANDOM PASSAGE
- Play volleyball on the BEACHES OF EASTPORT
- Delight your taste buds with CHIPS, DRESSING & GRAVY
- Have some crisp at the BRIGUS BLUEBERRY FESTIVAL
- Hike GREEN GARDENS
- Pretend you’re in a tourism ad at the FISHING SHEDS OF CAVENDISH
- Go shopping at SOME GOOD MARKET
- See where the continents collided at the DOVER FAULT
- Be posh with HIGH TEA AT ROSE MANOR INN
- Join in a TRAD SESSION AT ERIN’S PUB
- Ride the (stationary) rails at the RAILWAY COASTAL MUSEUM
- Visit the outport within city limits at THE BATTERY
- Take in a REEL DOWNTOWN MOVIE