Island of Newfoundland Travel Guide

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    Reproduction of a Viking boat
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    You see mooses in your journey
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Island of Newfoundland Things to Do

  • St. John's - The Provincial Capital

    There is much much more to the island of Newfoundland than it's capital but I have to put this tip here because in my view it is one of the best cities in Atlantic Canada, Canada and maybe the world.It is a great city to have a lot of fun, good times, adventure and so on.The weather is not always the best but the golfing if good there and George...

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  • cementery

    and visit Twillingates Prima Dona's Grave. Georgina Sterling, World Famous Opera Star, was born 1867, the Daughter of Twillingates first Doctorshe rest in peace more later

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  • The Viking Trail

    The Viking Trail is another region of the island that is worth spending some time at for all the history, outdoor activities and scenery. The Northern Peninsula is home to the Viking Settlement of L'anse aux Meadows and other National Historic Sites. Many of the smaller communities are declining in population since the close of the fishery and you...

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  • Gros Morne National Park

    Here in this picture I was flying out of Deer Lake, NL and took a great shot of one of the fjiords in the park. In any event Gros Morne is one of the Premier Parks in Canada and the scenery is amazing and the different views I have seen are very dramatic and probably one of the best regions you will find for hiking, kayaking and other outdoor...

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  • durrel museum

    when you r visiting the twillingate area u must go to this little museum at Durrel - where they have a stuffed polar bear - he got to the place on an iceberg or something like that and start walking around the place so they had to kill him aventually.... i know they probebly have stuff like that all over canada but that is the first i saw....

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  • iceberg watching

    it is just amazing to get close to those big monsters - see their blue pure color and even taste them - wow - most amazing moment of the tripthe icebergs r there between may-july and july-sep - its the whalewatching time

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Island of Newfoundland Restaurants

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    Irving Locations

    by jamiesno Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    If you are exploring the island of Newfoundland you will see Irving locations at different places. I have provided a map of all their locations.

    Here you can get gas, use the washroom, buy small amounts of groceries and convenience items.

    Also I think the food at the Irving truck stops is great. Personally I really enjoy the breakfast you can get at these locations.

    So while your driving about they make a very convenient place to stop. Some places are open 24 hours and some are just gas stations so watch for the ones with a restaurant.

    Happy driving and eating :-)

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Island of Newfoundland Nightlife

  • Famous George Street

    You will find travelling throughout Newfoundland that most small towns might have one bar or a small lounge or a community hall that people drink in.From my experience some of them can be a little smokey but good times are had by all usually!If you are into lots and lots of nightlife, the provincial capital of Newfoundland has arguably the best in...

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  • All Nighters

    The main bar area in St. John's is nice and compact, which allows for easy stumbling from bar to bar. The one thing we noticed while there was that nothing really gets started until at least midnight, if you go out earlier, you'll wonder why it is so quiet. So it pays to have a nap in the afternoon so you can keep up with the Newfies (good luck...

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  • All Nighters

    The main bar area in St. John's is nice and compact, which allows for easy stumbling from bar to bar. The one thing we noticed while there was that nothing really gets started until at least midnight, if you go out earlier, you'll wonder why it is so quiet. So it pays to have a nap in the afternoon so you can keep up with the Newfies (good luck...

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Island of Newfoundland Transportation

  • To Newfoundland by boat!

    There are three locations from which to enter the island of Newfoundland by boat. 1. On the northern Peninsula from Labrador using the provincially run ferry system that enters at St. Barbe, NL.2. Via Port aux Basque on the southwestern tip of Newfoundland using Marine Atlantic crossings from North Sydney, Nova Scotia.3. Via Argentia on the Avalon...

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  • ferry to nfld

    from north sydney, NS you can take the ferry to nfld - there is one - operate year round - takes 6 hours - get u to port a basqe - u should take the midniught ferry and get a sleeper (dormatory) or cabin for 4 pplyou should reserve sleep/cabin - 2 days b4 - or u can find out there r none leftthere is also a ferry that takes you to the east side of...

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Island of Newfoundland Local Customs

  • Get Screeched In

    Throughout Newfoundland there is a tradition they call a Screech In that can make you an honourary Newfoundlander. Here more about that, LOL.The Origin of ScreechLegend has it that Demerara Rum, from the West Indies, was very popular in Newfoundland. It was brought in, bottled, and sold in an unlabeled bottle.During World War II, the Americans set...

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  • Fishing Flakes

    These are not as common any more but you will see these wood structures in many places and they are called "flakes".One time they were used everywhere to dry the cod fish. Today it is rarely used because there is no more cod fish but in many of the communities you will still see the old structures that are now drying out themselves.They are...

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  • Traditional Meals

    In Newfoundland and Labrador many people are very traditional in what they eat and certain foods are eating on certain days. It's been this way forever I think.Some example include Pea Soup with Dumplings is eaten right across the island by many on Saturdays. On Sunday many people have what's called a "Sunday Dinner" or "Jiggs Dinner". A picture of...

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Island of Newfoundland Warnings and Dangers

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    Moose Warning Road Sign

    by jamiesno Written Jan 1, 2005

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    Here is a very good tip you have to pay attention to if your going to be driving and exploring the island of Newfoundland.

    First of all the island is much bigger than it might look on the map! You can't explore it all in 1 day. With a long day driving I know from experience you can get from one corner of Newfoundland to the opposite in a day but what have you seen really other than a highway? So frist part of the tip is don't try to see all of this in a day, your going to need a week easily just to see the highlights.

    Part two is the Moose on the highways. They are native to Labrador and introduced to Gander Bay in 1878 and to Howley in 1904. Since then they have flurished on the island and present a real driving hazards. There are many collisions and deaths each year because of the large number of them despite the annual hunt.

    In the night it is especially dangerous, if one is on the road, they tend to stare right at the headlights and won't move until you smash into them so very very cautious at night!

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Island of Newfoundland Off The Beaten Path

  • Bell Island

    Bell Island is a much much smaller island then the island of Newfoundland itself located off the Avalon Peninsula.I took a day trip here once to explore the place and see what it was like over there and it was certainly worth the visit. There are regular ferry crossings each day and its a very short drive from the provincial capital of St....

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  • Deer Lake

    Deer Lake is a town located over on the west coast of Newfoundland and is situated in a fork in the road. When you drive here you can decide to either turn and go up the Northern Peninsula and Labrador or you can continue to follow the Trans-Canada Highway and go across to central Newfoundland.Home to one of the main airports in the province I have...

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  • Gander

    Gander is a busy town located right on the Trans-Canada Highway in central Newfoundland. It is a mid way point and a popular meeting area for events that involve everyone on the island.I have visited Gander now on numerous occassions for work, study or just travelling and have always had good times in Gander. The Gander Hotel is fun on the weekends...

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Island of Newfoundland Favorites

  • Newfoundlanders love their sex?

    Yep that's what they say. There have been several national surveys that have determined Newfoundlanders to be having more sex on average than other Canadians.One politician once said, "Everything Newfoundlanders do, the do it whole heartedly." I think the long cold winters and isolation might have an impact and sex probably presents a fun activity...

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  • while visiting newfoundland...

    while visiting newfoundland (and the maritimes in general) my advice is to stay at bed and breakfast the people in newfoundland are the nicest people i ever met - so hospitality - its fun even for people who usually prefer hotels (like myself) and the breakfast are the best....:-)Orke when we arrived to newfoundland we stayed at a very nice bed &...

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