Exploring Newfoundland’s wild beauty with a luxury landing each night
Wild beauty, craggy shores and a luxury landing each night? Say hello to Newfoundland and Labrador, where you can play all day and sleep in deluxe accommodations come evening. Here’s a guide to just a few of the tempting options in the province.
Pack your hiking books to explore the network of coastal hiking and walking trails on the Bonavista Peninsula in eastern Newfoundland. Hike Discovery has trails leading visitors to the most beautiful coastlines and ocean vistas, including the internationally recognized jewel, the coastal Skerwink Trail.
Want to see whales, maybe take a guided kayak tour or zip around in a zodiac? Sea of Whales Adventures, Trinity Eco-Tours (trinityecotours.com) and Rugged Beauty Boat Tours (ruggedbeautyboattours.net) are all highly recommended to experience icebergs, whales and local heritage.
The community of Elliston at peninsula top is an adventure in itself with puffins galore and the chance to explore the root cellar capital of the world, delightful hobbit-like grassy cavities that speak to the area’s history.
For accommodations, the Artisan Inn and Twine Loft Restaurant offers swish rooms, suites and self-catering homes in the gorgeous historic outport of Trinity, shorefront accommodations close to the acclaimed Rising Tide Theatre, artist studios, and hiking trails.
In Port Rexton, the Fisher’s Loft Inn charms with cathedral ceilings, ocean views, onsite gardens and traditional 1850s-1900 Trinity Bay architecture. The Skerwink Trail is practically on its doorstep.
In St. John’s, North America’s oldest city, nature and adventure are easily accessible, and incredible adventure awaits nearby. You can snorkel with whales with Ocean Quest Adventure; enjoy coastal sea kayaking with Stan Cook; hike the East Coast Trail, with iceberg viewing from land in season; and ride the longest zipline in Canada over Petty Harbour with North Atlantic Ziplines.
Accommodation choices wow too with location and luxury in eight large suites at Bannerman Park Suites in the city’s Rennies Mill Road heritage district; the 11-room boutique hotel Blue on Water; and Murray Premises, a waterfront hotel in a National Historic Sites that combines character with modern comforts.
In Joe Batt’s Arm, in central Newfoundland, the Fogo Island Inn has captured worldwide attention. It’s a dreamy destination, along Iceberg Alley, where all 29 suites have floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the North Atlantic, and amenities include a 37-seat cinema, and rooftop wood fire sauna and two outdoor hot tubs to stargaze over the ocean. Stays include a guided tour of the island, where guests can hike, bike and walk ancient footpaths.
In Twillingate, Iceberg Alley Bed & Breakfast is popular for its high quality, spacious rooms and is surrounded by hiking trials.
In Grand Falls-Windsor, consider Riverfront Chalets, snazzy accommodations with large windows viewing the Exploits River. All chalets have full kitchens, private decks, indoor Jacuzzis, and there’s an outdoor salt water hot tub. For adventure, their Rafting Newfoundland arm offers white water river rafting, canoeing, and geocaching. Nearby, guided salmon fishing tours are available on the Exploits River with Central Newfoundland Outfitters.
The Riverwood Inn in Springdale, is located on the Indian River, and offers private decks. Swim in the river by the inn, or walk the Indian River walking trail to town. Nearby, Rob Clarke Motor Sports offers access to the backcountry with guided ATV, side by side, and dirt bike tours.
On the western side of the island, the active tourist will enjoy salmon fishing opportunities and ATV tours and rentals available at Pirates Haven Adventures, RV Park and Chalets in Robinsons.
Marble Inn Resort in the Humber Valley offers tours, through Explore Newfoundland, ranging from guided hikes to fishing excursions, river rafting and kayaking. After exploring, settle into cosy digs back at the resort, elegant suites and chalet style condos.
Spectacular Gros Morne National Park is a landscape that lives in your heart. Parks Canada offers outstanding programming. Sign on to see what outport life was like in Broom Point with the Yaffle of Chores experience, and join Parks naturalists for a number of programs, including guided hikes along the earth’s mantle on world significant geology at the Tablelands.
Equally enticing are the accommodations options.
The 10-room hillside Bonne Bay Inn, new on the scene in 2015, overlooks Bonne Bay in seaside Woody Point, home each August to the Writers at Woody Point festival. The inn is close to the Parks Canada Discovery Centre, and is all about mountain and ocean vistas, and the chance to recharge.
At Seaside Suites, in heritage waterfront buildings in Woody Point, your morning coffee comes with magnificent ocean views—sip and enjoy as you watch life on the water from your own over-the-water patio. Guests can even fish off their dock. Suites are supplied with fishing rods! Amenities from soaker tubs to kitchenettes round out the offerings.
Across the bay in Norris Point, Neddies Harbour Inn is a boutique waterfront inn offering fine dining at its onsite Black Spruce Restaurant and endless views of the Bonne Bay fjord, Long Range Mountains and the Tablelands.
A remote, off-the-beaten-path destination awaits in Labrador, at Battle Harbour, a small, island and National Historic Site that preserves and interprets the history of the 19th and 20th century Labrador fishery. Expect to find gourmet dining and luxury overnight stays including in a former merchant’s home, a doctor’s period cottage or even the first RCMP constable’s former house. There’s adventure aplenty on this island retreat with opportunity to hike, see icebergs, whales, dolphins and sea birds. Word is that the folks who work here grew up working in the cod fishery and in the 1990s rebuilt the entire historic site, from the buildings to the handmade quilts.
Explore and enjoy everything Newfoundland and Labrador has to offer. A world of adventure awaits.