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Adventure Central Newfoundland is a big place. The surging northern coastline is called Iceberg Alley for all the right reasons with hundreds of icebergs and twenty-two species of whales passing by annually.
Moving inland, there is an assortment of hiking trails and backcountry routes meandering along world-class salmon fishing rivers and phenomenal waterfalls. There is a wide array of charming communities nestled amongst luscious stands of northern boreal forest, berry-filled peat bogs and rugged barrens. The southern coastline is the place to get away from it all, as it is laced with jaw dropping fjords and small outport towns that are accessible only by boat.
Whether it is winter, spring, summer or fall, Adventure Central Newfoundland is full of special adventures waiting to be experienced.
25 Things to Experience in Central Newfoundland:
1. The enchantment of a 12,000-year-old iceberg as it glistens — within arm’s reach — in the midday sun upon Iceberg Alley.
2. The thrill of rafting down the Exploits River, the largest and longest river in Newfoundland.
3. The ecstatic screams as a friendly whale raises a curious eye above the water to stare back at its captivated audience, along the northern coastline.
4. The stamina and dedication of participants who have dared to row the ocean from Fogo Island to Change Islands and back in an open punt.
5. The dampness of potter’s clay slipping through your wet fingers as you create a one-of-a-kind piece of art at King’s Point Pottery.
6. The lure of removing your socks and burying your toes along the warm and secluded white sandy beaches of the Eastport Peninsula.
7. The toe-tapping melody of an age-old accordion during the welcoming Newfoundland kitchen party at the Eastport Accordion Festival.
8. The awe of watching wild Atlantic salmon look you in the eye as they swim past on their annual journey upriver to spawn at the Salmonid Interpretation Centre in Grand Falls-Windsor.
9. The warmth and comfort of a handmade quilt as you lay in bed and watch icebergs drift past your room window at the 5 star Fogo Island Inn.
10. Revel in gliding your hand over ancient rocks carved by the prehistoric Dorset people to create lamps and bowls at the Dorset Soapstone Quarry National Historic Site in Fleur de Lys.
11. The grandeur of fishing merchants as you walk through homes once owned by a prestigious family, Barbour Living Heritage Village, Newtown.
12. The tranquility of sharing a moment in a wooded clearing with Shanadithit at the Beothuk Interpretation Centre, Boyd’s Cove.
13. The excitement of paddling a kayak just metres away from an iceberg with Canoe Hill Adventures in Lauranceton, near Lewisporte.
14. The surreal feeling, you experience as you stand - face to the Atlantic ocean’s breeze - at one of the four corners of the world at Brimstone Head in Fogo.
15. Get a true sense of the horizon is as you stand over 300 feet above sea level in one of the last manned lighthouses in Crow Head.
16. Literally rub shoulders with down-to-earth celebrities during the annual Gathering festival of fire, food and music in Burlington.
17. Have an unforgettable destination wedding and honeymoon in a unique coastal setting offered by Outport Weddings and Things.
18. Connect your kids to nature by getting elbow deep in the saltwater touch tank at the Visitor Interpretation Centre in Terra Nova National Park.
19. Step back in time and visit isolated and unspoiled communities that are only accessible by boat such as the quaint community of McCallum.
20. The intimate kiss you share with a codfish as you participate in a traditional Newfoundland Screech-in in Twillingate.
21. The wonder of whether you should have brought a parachute as you pick your way through the sheer cliffs of the designated Alexander Murray Hiking Trail in King’s Point.
22. The preservation of aviation history and how instrumental the Central Newfoundland was in shaping transatlantic travel.
23. Stand next to the largest predator on the planet at the sperm whale pavilion in Triton.
24. The spiritual connection you feel when immersing yourself in a different culture at the Miawpukek First Nation Powwow in Conne River.
25. Capture that truly unscripted moment at Atlantic Canada’s only digital arts festival — Unscripted Twillingate: Digital Arts Festival.
Whether you are travelling Adventure Central Newfoundland on your own in as part of a group, there are some great things to see and do while in the region. For suggestions on how to navigate through Adventure Central, check out our itinerary suggestions. There are several multi-day trip ideas to get inspired by, or, for those with more time, there’s enough activity here to fill over a week.
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How to Get Here
Newfoundland and Labrador is Canada’s easternmost province, and includes both an island and mainland. The island of Newfoundland is the 16th largest island in the world, and the Central portion - Terra Nova National Park, west to the Baie Verte Peninsula and south to Harbour Breton - is the largest of the island’s regions. Visitors should keep this in mind when planning a visit; it is not possible to see the entire island in just a few days and at least 10 days are needed for even a brief look around.
By Air: The most convenient way to access Adventure Central Newfoundland is through the Gander International Airport in the heart of the town of Gander. Known as the Crossroads of the World, Gander International Airport provides regularly scheduled and charter services for passengers and cargo to major airports, connecting with transcontinental and international routes. In addition to the convenience of location, passengers also enjoy the island’s cheapest parking, plenty of deals and free service perks.
Gander International Airport
By Sea: There are several ferry services and cruise services to the island, in particular to Central Newfoundland. Marine Atlantic provides service from North Sydney, Nova Scotia, to Port aux Basques and Argentia, while Labrador Marine services Happy Valley-Goose Bay to Cartwright to Lewisporte.
For the really adventurous type, take the south coast cruise to Central - a provincial passenger ferry service that runs along the southern shore of the island and stops at every port of call. Or catch the vessel from Bay L’Argent on the Burin Peninsula and enter the Central region via Pool’s Cove, Coast of Bays.
Provincial Ferry Services:
Marine Atlantic Reservations:
Cruise Newfoundland and Labrador:
By Land: The Trans Canada Highway runs across the island from Port aux Basques to St. John’s - a distance of 905 km/543 miles. While the road runs through the heart of Central, it is the subsidiary highways that lead the way to most of the region’s gems. Kiosks for rental car services are conveniently located at Gander International Airport or rent an RV for another option of touring the region.