Friday, July 18, 2014

9 Fun Things To Do In Newfoundland

In our last blog post, we talked about our 48 hour road trip to Newfoundland. With such little time on the island, and so much to see, I figured we would share with you our list of fun things to see in Newfoundland.

Get Screeched-in

This is the traditional Newfoundland way of welcoming in non-Newfoundlanders to the province. It consists of a shot of screech, a short recitation and the kissing of a cod.

George Street

Spend an evening exploring the pubs along George Street. Trapper John’s on George Street is one of the main spots where people get screeched-in daily. You really can’t come to Newfoundland without exploring George Street.

Boat Tour

Whale watching and iceberg hunting are popular tourist attractions during summer months. May – September are the best times for whale watching, and May – June are the best time to spot icebergs. We were in Newfoundland near the end of June and had just missed a few of the massive icebergs that had floated past St John’s. We were still able to spot some great icebergs though.

Historic stuff:

Signal Hill
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This is the highest point in the city of St John’s, and was once used to guard the city from pirates. There’s a lot of history up here. The old castle still stands, and is now a gift shop. If you walk around the grounds, you’ll get a sense of the history that this point in St John’s has to offer. If you’re interested in whale watching, Signal Hill is a great place to do so. We sat along the edge of the mountain and were able to spot whales off in the distance, along with several large icebergs. If you want to get a more up close experience, a boat tour is your best bet. 

Cape Spear

This was one of our favourite places to visit. Not only is Cape Spear the most easterly point in North America, but is also home to a WWII bunker. The lighthouse on Cape Spear is also considered a National Historic Site, as it is the oldest surviving lighthouse in Newfoundland, making it a popular tourist attraction.  

Cabot’s Landing

In 1497, a European explorer named John Cabot landed on the east coast of North America. It is believed that he landed in Bonavista, just north of St John’s. Although there is some dispute of where his official landing site was, Canada recognizes Cape Bonavista as the official landing site of John Cabot. In recognition of his discover, there is a statue of John Cabot in Cape Bonavista. 


This is a great little road trip opportunity, as Bonavista is about 3.5 hours north of St John’s, and this gives you a chance to explore things along the way. Bonavista is a quaint little town that is well known as the perfect spot in Newfoundland to see whales, icebergs and puffins during summer months. 


Also known as the Colony of Avalon, Ferryland is rich in Newfoundland history and was once known as the most popular fishing harbours in Newfoundland. Ferryland was also the first successful permanent colony in Newfoundland and The Colony of Avalon is now designated a National Historic Site in Canada. 

Dildo, Newfoundland

This one’s for the immature kids in all of us, yes there is a town in Newfoundland called Dildo. It’s just an hour drive north of St John’s, and is on the way to Bonavista. Well worth stopping in for a picture with the town sign.

If these sort of things give you a good laugh, you`ll enjoy travelling around Newfoundland.

Have you been to Newfoundland before? Have something you want to add to this list? Leave your comment below and share your “must see” list with us. 

You may also like:

18 Fun Facts About Newfoundland 
Our 48 Hour Adventure in Newfoundland

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