Province of Newfoundland and Labrador Things to Do

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Province of Newfoundland and Labrador Things to Do

  • Signal Hill

    St. John's Things to Do

    Geological Interactive museum located on the road up to Signal hill. Learn about rock formations, world weather, oil drilling , mining etc. Lots of interactive displays, short movies etc. Not for the casual passer by but well worth a visit. Expect to spend 1-2 hrs here and cost is 14 Dollars CDN approx as of May 2008. Very good section all about...

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  • Gros Morne National Park

    Province of Newfoundland and Labrador Things to Do

    It is said that Gros Morne National Park is to geology what the Galapagos Islands (Ecuador) are to biology. Designated as a UNESCO World Heritage site back in 1987, Gros Morne is the place where the theories of continental drift were proven. For the less scientific minds, Gros Morne National Park is a place of great beauty, dominated by Gros Morne...

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  • Downtown

    St. John's Things to Do

    Buskers are relatively new in Newfoundland and Labrador. I seen a little of the 2nd Annual Festival on August 5, 2007. I didn't realize why there was so much activity when I arrived downtown and it was because of the festival. It was very well attended. International, national and local performers put on a great show. Juggling, acrobatics, magic,...

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  • The Harbor

    St. John's Things to Do

    Leaving from Pier 7 in St Johns Harbour, this boat tour takes you out of the inner harbour in St John's out to the open bay and circles around a few Icebergs that have settled in the area. Boat trip is 2 hours approx. Bring a jacket even in summer as it can get quite windy out in the open bay! The skipper will inform you on St Johns famous...

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  • Quidi Vidi

    St. John's Things to Do

    Check Out the Quidi Vidi Garden Party, which is an annual event. Visit Mallard Cottege and the Quidi Vidi Inne of Olde; walk on the scenic trails, explore Quidi Vidi Battery ( refurbished to circa 1790); play games like Crown & Anchor, and have a great day!!

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  • The Rooms

    St. John's Things to Do

    From www.therooms.ca: "mmerse yourself in our culture at Newfoundland and Labrador’s newest public cultural space. It’s the place where it all comes together—our history, heritage and artistic expression. The Rooms unites the Provincial Museum, the Provincial Art Gallery and the Provincial Archives under one roof. A place for people, The Rooms is a...

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  • Whale Watching

    St. John's Things to Do

    We set sail on a clear day at Bay Bulls through it's harbor and onward out to sea. Our hosts were a lively bunch who sang tunes of New Foundland and St. John's throughout our tour. We saw a few Icebergs floating some of them were noticably larger on the underside and liquid blue water shone through the ice as the sun shined on it's icy cold...

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  • Cape Spear

    St. John's Things to Do

    Cape Spear is the most easterly point of North America and is located outside of St John's along a beautiful coastal road. There is an impressive lighthouse at Cape Spear. You can either take the day tours to get here, or a taxi will cost about Canadian $70 return. The problem with Cape Spear is that it is windy and is covered with fog from the...

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  • St. John the Baptist Church

    St. John's Things to Do

    This very impressive religious building is located along Military Road which is on top of the hill which St John's is located. It dominates the St John's skyline and cannot be missed when you are there. Very beautiful place indeed !

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  • Bowring Park

    St. John's Things to Do

    There are lots of parks in St. John's. The largest is Pippy Park but not far from the city center is Bowring Park. Bowring Park has lovely gardens and paths, and also has recreational facilities like playing fields, picnic areas, tennis courts and a public swimming pool.

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  • Museum of Newfoundland & Labrador

    St. John's Things to Do

    This is a three storey museum which is a natural history museum detailing the wildlife and native histories of the province and territory of Newfoundland and Labrador. There are some very interesting exhibitions to see here.

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  • As close as you get to Ireland in North...

    My husband Brendan and I visited Newfoundland in 2007. As the ferry arrived from Cape Breton at Port Au Basque, I couldn't believe I was still in North America. The rocky terrain with the grazing sheep reminded me so much of Connemara in my homeland of Ireland. Then the people spoke with Irish Accents...I couldn't believe it.Our destination was...

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  • Innu Culture

    Labrador has two Innu Communities, Sheshatshiu & Natuashish. There are often negative things reported about these communities but the people are nice and if you like meeting and learing about aboriginal culture Labrador is a great place to do it!Natuashish is a new community which was developed in 2002, prior to this, the second community was...

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  • Inuit Culture

    Continuing my line of tips on aboriginal culture in the Labrador region this tip gives more information on the Inuit of Labrador.Inuit People of Labrador Archaeological evidence suggests that there were many different groups of Inuit living in Northern Labrador about four thousand years ago. The Inuit People are found in many other places around...

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  • Metis Culture

    The Metis are the third aboriginal people in the Labrador region. Metis people are those of a mixed decent. The Metis of Labrador are unique, having ancestors of Inuit, Innu, French, Scottish, and English origins. Primarily, the Metis of Labrador are descendants of European men and Inuit women. It is a common misconception that the only true Metis...

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  • World's Largest Underground Power House!

    In Churchill Falls, Labrador you will find the world's largest underground power house and the one time largest hydro electric development built in the 70s. Today there are just a small number of larger hydroelectric developments.It really is an engineering site to be seen, it today's dollars it would be a billions of dollars to rebuilt. The...

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  • North America's Second Tallest...

    At 109 feet from the ground to the light itself, Point Amour lighthouse is the tallest in Atlantic Canada.Today it is designated a Provincial Historic Site. The residential part of the lighthouse, now renovated and partially restored to the 1850s period, houses an extensive series of exhibits portraying the maritime history of the Labrador...

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  • 5 Wing Goose Bay

    For military enthusiast, Labrador is also home to an impressive first class military training facilities with allied country participation from Italy, Holland, England and Germany.The military base is very active during the summer season and getting a glimpse of the impressive fighter jets is quite easy.Each summer there is an Allied Appreciation...

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  • Ice Bergs!

    Icebergs are very common in Labrador during late spring and early summer. Originating in the high Arctic and Greenland, these mountains of floating ice are spectacular as they drift south on the cold Labrador Current to melt in the warmer waters of the Gulf of St. Lawrence.Icebergs are often of enormous size and may reach a height of 90 to 150 m...

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  • Red Bay, National Historic Site

    The Basque whalers of France and Spain enjoyed at least 50 years of prosperity off the Labrador coast hunting right whales and bowhead whales during the 16th century. Evidence of their presence has been found in Red Bay, Labrador, a haven 400 miles north of St. John's. Between 1530 and 1600, Basque whalers from France and Spain launched at least 15...

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  • Annual Shrimp Festival

    Every year in August Charlottetown, Labrador is home to the Annual Shrimp Festival usually late August. This is another great opportunity to try some local seafood and traditional dishes prepared in the community.There is always a number of activities and a very worthwhile stop if explore the southeastern region of Labrador.

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  • Hebron, Labrador - National Historic...

    Hebron, Labrador was founded in 1831, and was inhabited until 1959. The massive Moravian Mission House, completed in 1836, is the most prominent structure and is still holding out against the elements, and this area is now protected as a National Historic Site. Hebron is without a doubt one of the provinces more challenging destinations to access....

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  • Massive Caribou Herds

    Labrador is home to some of the world's great caribou herds and in the winter months they are common along the Trans - Labrador Highway. These pictures were taken right on the road from a car. They are very relaxed and they take their time so enjoy it as they pass by. Getting this close to wildlife is a real treat in my opinion!

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  • The Mealy Mountains!

    The Mealy Mountains rise dramatically from the shores of Lake Melville in southeastern Labrador. Reaching heights of over one kilometre, they are an island of arctic tundra surrounded by boreal forests and coastal seacapes. The mountains are home to some of Labrador's best wetlands and salmon habitat — and one of North America's finest wild rivers,...

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  • Churchill / Grand / Hamilton /...

    At different times in history this massive river was been renamed and depending on who you asked they will use their preferred named. One of the country's fathers of Confederation, Joey Smallwood has to take credit for changing it to its now official name of Churchill River after Sir Winston Churchill.The original Innu name is Mishtashipu, meaning...

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  • Voiseys Bay and Beyond Conference

    Labrador is very rich in natural resources and culture. Every year in June the town of Happy Valley - Goose Bay and the Labrador North Chamber of Commerce host the Voisey's Bay and Beyond tradeshow and conference.It is an excellent time in June to visit the Happy Valley - Goose Bay region. There are plenty of networking and educational...

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  • Ship Wrecks!

    In the Labrador Straits region you will find the second tallest lighthouse in North America, the tallest in Atlantic Canada.Just down a short trail from the lighthouse you will also find out why the lighthouse has been so important over the years and the remains of the HMS Lily and HMS Raleigh remain on the beach.For a number of years the water in...

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  • Northern Lights / Aurora Borealis!

    The Labrador region is also home to one of the world's greatest sights, the northern lights or technically referred to as the Aurora Borealis. I'll give you a dictionary explanation here:Aurora borealis, i. e., northern daybreak; popularly called northern lights. A luminous meteoric phenomenon, visible only at night, and supposed to be of...

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  • Rare Plants!

    The Labrador region is home to some of the world's rarest plants. Local economic developers in the region are currently documenting and interpreting these plants specifically in the Labrador Straits region.Researchers from around the world have identified the area with amazing potential in this regard. I provided one picture of from a local...

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  • Crab Festival

    The Crab Festival is the annual celebration of the crab fishery. There are lots of fun and prizes to be won for people of all ages. Entertainment provided throughout the course of the weekend. Canteen services are provided with beverages and BBQs. Dances for both young and old. Crowning of the crab king and queen. This happens the first weekend in...

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  • Hiking up the Rock

    As long as it is not too windy a day, a hike up to the top Signal Hill is well worth the effort. the trail goes through the quirky little village of Battery Row with it's colorful houses and follow the often steep paths along the cliffs. Be careful, as I gingerly made my way up, joggers along the trail seem not to notice as they whized by me, the...

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  • Tourism Office

    They will give you a lot of information, sailings to other parts of Labrador, dates and prices of the ferries, etc. A lot of brochures and maps, for free. It was there that they gave me the address of the Friendship Center, the cheapest place to sllep in Goose Bay.There is internet for free.The building itself is very nice, wooden.The two ladies in...

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  • Stepping Back in Time

    The drive to Trinity Bay where the set for the Mini series Random Passage is very beautiful. Please watch out for MOOSE. We saw two on the way. The set was beautiful. You really felt like one of the settlers that came over in the early 1800's. You could go inside the houses and church. They were all set up like the series with straw beds and tin...

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  • Western Brook Pond Boat Tour

    3 kms/1.8 miles trail along the bogs before reaching the ferry, if you are lucky, mooses could be sighted. Taking a 2.5 hour boat tour in the billion years fjord is a great experience.Reservation is strongly recommended especially during the peak season.

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  • Visit the swans in Bowring Park

    Whilst visiting St. John's you should visit Bowring Park.Bowring park abbutes Waterford River. The land was donated to St. John's as a public park by the Bowring family, and was officially opened in 1914 by the Duke of Glouster who planted a lime tree to celebrate the occassion.There has long been a breeding pair of swans kept at Bowring Park. They...

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  • Bell Island

    If you take a 20 min. ferry ride over to Bell Island you can tour the old iron mine. The tunnels reach 3 miles under the sea floor of Conception Bay. Hard hats needed. Pony's were used along the tunnels to pull the carts of ore. The mines closed in 1966.

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  • Visit Cape Spear Newfoundland

    Cape Spear is known as the most easterly point in North America.Cape Spear has a lighthouse perched on the cliffs, which can be seen across Spear Bay from St. John's Harbour. There are old fortifications at Cape Spear, which were built by the Canadian Army during World War II. They were meant to protect St. John's' harbourmouth.

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  • The Vikings have Landed!

    Practically within walking distance of our B&B in Saint Anthony is the second of Newfoundland's UNESCO World Heritage Sites. L'Anse aux Meadows was first visited by Europeans when a 30-man Viking ship from Greenland, captained by Leif Eriksson, landed there during a voyage of discovery to the west (1000 AD). They found the area and climate to be so...

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  • Gros Morne National Park

    It is said that Gros Morne National Park is to geology what the Galapagos Islands (Ecuador) are to biology. Designated as a UNESCO World Heritage site back in 1987, Gros Morne is the place where the theories of continental drift were proven.For the less scientific minds, Gros Morne National Park is a place of great beauty, dominated by Gros Morne...

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  • Mile 1 of the Transcanada Highway

    St John's has the distinction of being at the beginning of the Trans Canada Highway. To mark the spot they built Mile One Centre a first-class multi-purpose sports and entertainment facility in the heart of downtown St. John’s. It is home to the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL), the St. John’s Fog Devils .

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  • A kitchen party

    If you spend any time in Newfoundland at all , chances are you'll get an invitation to a "kitchen party". If you like to laugh, eat, drink and here music ...it's a must !!The party we went to at New Year's started out in the kitchen...( where the food was) and spilled into the living room ( where the music was)

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  • ST. JOHN'S WATERFRONT

    The harbour, located in historic downtown, has provided shelter to explorers, merchants, soldiers, pirates and mariners of all kinds over the last 500 years. It's always a bustling place and a landmark to the city. If you can brave the cold ..the fireworks on New Years Eve here are terrific!

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  • Signal Hill

    A trip to St John's isn't complete until you drive to the top of Signal Hill. The last time we went was New Year's and it was a blustery winter day....but there .were others visiting as well and braving the elements. Signal Hill rises above the entrance of St. John's harbour and because of its strategic location, was a natural site for a signal...

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  • Wild life explained

    There is an excellent exhibit at The Rooms about native Newfoundland animals and birds. Even though I've lived in Newfoundland for a time and visited often ...I was amazed at the variety of gulls. Come face to face with a polar bear on the tundra. The snowy owl was my favorite. Great for children

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  • Visit the Rooms - St John's

    Built in 2005 The Room's can't be missed . Oh....I mean it really sticks out and you'll ...likely ask someone " What's That" It looks like a couple of over grown wooden fish houses ...I think that was the idea. Inside however is really worth a visit. The Rooms unites the Provincial Museum, the Provincial Art Gallery and the Provincial Archives...

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