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Why not check out Canada's best kept secret, the island of Newfoundland. Whether it's kayaking with whales, hiking a hidden trail or visiting fjords where glaciers carved their way thousands of years ago, there's something to delight everyone. If you're not a self-proclaimed tree-hugger, no fear, there are festivals and concerts to attend, pints to drink on our famous George Street, and shopping in one-of-a-kind boutiques...not to mention tasty dishes to try in a wide variety of restaurants that cover tastes the world over.
This is a fabulous small company who do the outdoors right! Whether you're looking for a longer excursion or something shorter, they are willing and able to accomodate you. Great guided tours/hikes and kayaking. Your chance to see a whale up close and to travel through a fjord carved thousands of years ago by glaciers. Friendly folks show you the best kept secret of Canada...it's the gem of National Parks....Gros Morne National Park. Don't miss it!
Although this site is not the 'official' site of the National Park, it has some great pictures, info, and links to attractions, accomodations and the like in the park. Worth your while to check it out!
This great bit of fun kicks off on Thursday July 13th this year and doesn't end until Monday! There is a salmon dinner the whole town turns out for, a 'Newfie Night'...not to be missed, and of course the highlight of the fest...the big concert held on Saturday. A list of performers hasn't been released yet (will be May 31), but in previous years we've seen the like of K-Os, The Tragically Hip, Sam Roberts, Great Big Sea, and Finger Eleven just to name a few. Don't forget though, it is an all day outdoor concert starting in the afternoon and going til about ten or eleven at night. It's a smart idea to bring a knapsack with water, sunblock, a rain poncho, and something to sit on if you're so inclined or you can just park your butt on the grass. There are concession stands and for those of age, a beer garden...don't forget your ID. Book your accomodations early, the town fills up fast!
As the title says, Marble offers some of the best skiing east of the Rockies. Also great for the snowboarder! The inner tube sliding is some of the best fun I've had...bumping and sliding my way down the hill on an oversized inner tube! For those who don't ski, the view is more than enough...picture sitting in the lodge near a window sipping hot chocolate, toasty warm while you view the pristine snow-co vered landscape! Or, head out and do some shopping in the nearby city of Corner Brook!
Wouldn't you like to see where the sun rises first in North America? Cape Spear is a lighthouse on the most easterly point in North America, it is also the oldest surviviing lighthouse. Check out a sunrise here and see breathtaking scenery such as iceburgs, whales and sea birds. There's also a visitor center worth taking in. This was a first stop for my 'mainland' honey!
Book July 28 through to August 2 in your calender! That's the date of George Street Festival and if it's not world renowned, then it should be! For the seven nights, entrances to the street are blocked off and one must pay an admission fee of $5-15 (depending on the night). The great thing about this is that all bars/pubs and the like have their doors open wide, no cover charge anywhere and you may take your drink and wander up and down the street at your leisure. Take in the music offered in many of the pubs or check out the nights' line up on the outdoor stage right on George Street! Great fun for those of age! Check out the link above to see who the musical line up is this year!
The Murray Premises Hotel is by far the best hotel we've ever had the pleasure of staying in...anywhere. The staff here were courteous and friendly. From the amazing harbour view, to the electric fireplace, to the marble bathroom with heated towel warmer, what more could we ask for? The king-sized bed with beautiful linens made us feel pampered. Did I mention the complimentary parking? Oh and not to be forgotten, you are literally one minute from the famous George Street and other fabulous boutique shopping on Water and Duckworth Streets. I can't wait to stay there again! I can't remember the name of the restaurant located in the hotel, but they have the BEST seafood I have ever tasted done in true Newfoundland style (sorry Mom).
Signal Hill overlooks the city of St.John's which is one of the oldest cities in North America. Looking over the other side, you are treated to a view of the great blue expanse of the Atlantic Ocean. Perhaps if you're lucky, you might spot an ice burg. After admiring the view follow the trail around the hill, stick close to the designated trail as it is set that way for a reason (it can be difficult to get yourself off the side of the hill if you stray) After your hike check out the Signal Hill Tattoo which runs during the summer. Unless you are ready for a bit of physical exertion, it is noteworthy that the road up to Signal Hill is quite the hike, you're better off driving up and then trekking around. Keep in mind to check out Signal Hill's view in the night...it's well worth it.
This is one amazing attraction. We just visited it a couple of months ago and it was well worth it. The small bit of building you see when you approach is only a miniscule portion of building....the majority is underground, built into the side of Signal Hill! There are amazing displays pertaining to geology (hence the name Geo Centre), the offshore oil/gas industry (huge off Newfoundland's coast), and a large display dedicated to the Titanic tragedy (which occured off Newfoundland's coast). This is one amazing attraction to attend!
Although L'anse Aux Meadows is located way up on the Northern Peninsula, it is well worth the drive. You get to work your way through an interpretation center that explains how the Vikings landed on the shores of Newfoundland at this site thousands of years ago. Also see many artifacts that were recovered from this site in the late 1970s. There are many knowledgable and friendly guides at the site to answer any questions you may have. Then make your way down the boardwalk to see the reconstructed sod houses similar to ones the Vikings constructed. You are even able to see the 'bumps' that are left of the walls of the original houses....very interesting! Throughout the summer there are actors on site that provide a realistic view into what Viking life was like! This is great for the whole family to check out!