Central Region

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Regional Highlights

Iceberg Viewing

Iceberg Viewing

With such an array of shapes, no wonder we can’t describe them in less than six terms: tabular, blocky, wedged, dome, pinnacle, dry dock.

Whale Watching

Whale Watching

Looking for rejuvenation? Refresh yourself with unforgettable whale watching experiences right here in Central.

Hiking Trails

Hiking Trails

Stepping back and enjoying nature is easy in a place with abundant trails – Lighthouse Trail, Twillingate.

The Central Experience

The Central Experience

Check out inspiring blogs from writers who’ve explored everything Central Newfoundland has to offer.

About the Central Region

Right in the heart of Newfoundland, the central region contains some of the best outdoor experiences to be found in the province. It's where you can visit Iceberg Alley – the stretch of coastline along which towers of ancient ice majestically float down from Greenland – and where whales gather in large numbers to feed, play and people-watch.

The central region also boasts 55 marked trails and, as you explore, you'll see clapboard houses sitting atop rocky coasts, and wharves and boats testifying to the continuing importance of the centuries-old fishing industry. Most of the people living here descended from West Country fishermen who settled the shores more than two centuries ago. The region also has a rich aboriginal history that dates back as far as 5,000 years and includes the Beothuks as well as the Dorset people who carved soapstone pots at Newfoundland's first quarry.

Central is a perfect place to take a boat trip, or to do both sea and river kayaking. It's also worth visiting Terra Nova National Park while you're here – 400 square kilometres of boreal forest and coastline, ideal for whale watching, birdwatching, hiking, golfing and camping.

No words can truly capture the experience of coming face-to-face with a giant of the ocean. Here, we're visited annually by 26 species of whales and 6 different types of icebergs. There's a certain sense of awe that accompanies these encounters, and you begin to appreciate why no trip to Newfoundland is complete without visiting this region known as Adventure Central – just minutes from Gander, and a short drive from St. John's and Deer Lake.

Starting at $349.95 Per Couple
Find motorcycle heaven in Central Newfoundland. On a guided tour with Phil, cruise your motorcycle by the roaring Exploits River and along the beautiful country side to coastal communities in the Exploits Valley. Then relax by the fire for a delicious BBQ supper.

Package includes:

- 2 nights accommodation at the Brookdale Country Inn with complimentary breakfast

- Guided motorcycle tour through the Exploits Valley

- BBQ supper

- Access to an outdoor heated swimming pool

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Brookdale Country Inn & RV Park

Starting at $259.95 Per Family
Travel to the Exploits Valley for an interactive Brookdale Country Inn horse experience that is perfect for the whole family. Phil, a long time farmer and owner of Brookdale Country Inn, will guide you and your family through a fun horse meet & greet experience with Percherons (draft horses) & a miniature stallion

Package includes: 2 night accommodation at the Inn, family friendly meet and greet experience with the horses, access to the heated outdoor swimming pool, complimentary breakfast.

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Brookdale Country Inn & RV Park

Starting at $1860 Per Person
Multi-region
Culinary Getaway to St. John's. A compact extended weekend full of great food, local music and outdoor fresh-air adventures all within the city limits. Arrive Thursday, experience 3 nights of culinary intrigue, great coastal hiking and walking and a unique music scene unmatched anywhere. We’ve made the hard-to-secure reservations, booked your car and prepared Hares Ears Cottage located in the Outer Battery Village; a spot that Conde Nast Traveler calls "The Most Beautiful Place in Canada".

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CapeRace Cultural Adventures Inc.

Starting at $1349 Per Person
Multi-region
The title says it all - with more than 29,000 kilometres of coastline, there are plenty of vantage points to see the true stars of this package, the whales, birds and bergs!

Package includes expert travel advice, 7 nights’ accommodation, 7-day mid-size car rental with unlimited kilometres, two whale watching boat tours, St. John’s city tour, a Lighthouse Picnic, and admission to select museums and attractions.

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Maxxim Vacations

Starting at $50 Per Person
Steady yourself against the railing as the MV Iceberg Alley bobs gently on the North Atlantic, cruising into Iceberg Alley where surreal 10,000 year old icebergs are adrift. Hear traditional tales and hold your breath as humpbacks and fin whales break the surface. Watch the sunset dapple reds and oranges on the sea as kittiwakes and gannets circle above and dolphins play off the bow. Immerse yourself into coastal Newfoundland with the Iceberg Man for a true Canadian Signature Experience.
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Twillingate Island Boat Tour Ltd.

Starting at $4275 Per Person
Multi-region
The tour company that brought you the original Eco-Culture Experience is back with a journey into the kitchens of our new cuisine. CapeRace has dreamed up 8 days for the gut-foundered that include stays in the coastal foodie hotbed of St. John’s, the Bonavista Peninsula & the famed Fogo Island Inn. Emphasis is on the local- local inspirations and local people doing extraordinary things with traditional ingredients. Along the way you’ll see whales & icebergs, coastal villages & lighthouses.
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CapeRace Cultural Adventures Inc.

Starting at $99.95 Per Family
Hit the road for a 3-day RV adventure with an outdoor heated pool and an interactive horse experience that is perfect for the whole family. Phil, a long time farmer and owner of Brookdale RV Park & Campground, will guide you and your family through a fun horse meet & greet experience with Percherons (draft horses) & a miniature stallion

Package includes:

-2 nights at a serviced RV site

-family friendly meet and greet experience with the horses

-access to the heated outdoor swimming pool

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Brookdale Country Inn & RV Park

Starting at $68 Per Person
Join us to the Iceberg Capital of the World to view 15,000 year old majestic icebergs, whales in their natural habitat and breathtaking scenery. Step aboard the 60 foot M.V. Baybreak 93 for a 2 hour tour to these wonders of nature and then relax overlooking Twillingate harbour at Addys Restaurant enjoying our Seafood Platter with fresh Cod,Shrimp,Scallop and succulent mussels.
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Twillingate Adventure Tours

Starting at $175 Per Person
Get outdoors this summer and raft the mighty Exploits River, the largest and longest river in Newfoundland with three of your friends. Surf, swim and play in the friendly white water rapids, then enjoy a hearty lunch on a beautiful rock island, and a luxurious night stay in a 4 1/2 star Riverfront Chalet. Spark up the BBQ on your private deck, and relax in the outdoor saltwater hot tub as you watch the sun set over the river.
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Riverfront Chalets and Rafting Newfoundland

Starting at $2490 Per Person
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The key we give you to three restored coastal homes unlocks more than doors. It opens what National Geographic Traveler calls “one of the world’s most transformative travel experiences.” Meet the local characters whose spirit and wit gives their neighbours endless glee. With our home-grown guide book written for the trip and an unlimited distance vehicle, find the places you want to see, get close to wildlife, and hike trails to pristine spots that transform the spirit.
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CapeRace Cultural Adventures Inc.

Starting at $1709 Per Person
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Explore 9000 years of human history!

The rich and diverse human history of Newfoundland and Labrador is unlike anywhere else in the world. This self-drive tour will guide you to a series of Historic Sites and UNESCO World Heritage Sites representing all the cultures who have lived here – from the oldest known burial mound in North America to some of the earliest European settlements and industries in North America.

Observe archaeologists uncovering the past before your very eyes!

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Maxxim Vacations

Starting at $50 Per Person
Experience the wonders of the bay on a personalized tour with Capt Dave, a commercial fisherman and award winning wildlife photographer. Whether rain or shine, Capt Dave will fit you out for the conditions, so that your trip on his 23 foot boat, the Thrill Seeker, will be the highlight of your trip to Newfoundland. Feel the cod jigging on the line, or take a lobster out of the trap, and enjoy the amazing panoramic views of coastline along Twillingate and New World Island.
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Captain Dave's Boat Tours and Prime Berth Twillingate Fishing and Heritage Center

 

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  • 2 Days
    This two-day itinerary of the Coast of Bays includes the Bay d’Espoir area and the Connaigre Peninsula on the southern coast of the island of Newfoundland.
  • 7 Days
    This seven-day tour along the Kittiwake Coast includes islands, beaches, a national park, and a rich history, spanning thousands of years.
  • 4 Days
    Four days of hiking in three different areas of central Newfoundland, complemented by cultural attractions, and a boat tour to an ancient aboriginal site.
  • 3 Days
    For this tour, you’ll spend three days on beautiful and unique Change and Fogo Islands exploring traditional outport life and the rugged coastal landscape of an area with a remarkable blend of both old and contemporary culture.
  • 7 Days
    Right in the heart of Newfoundland, the central region contains some of the best outdoor experiences in the province. It's where you can visit Iceberg Alley and where whales gather in large numbers to feed, play and people-watch. Central is a perfect place to take a boat trip, or to do both sea and river kayaking. And a visit to culturally rich Fogo Island is a must.
  • Central
    355 km
    To reach this stunning stretch of coastline take Route 360 South from Bishop's Falls to Bay d'Espoir, which means "bay of hope" in French — although, ironically, it's pronounced "bay despair." The Coast of Bays trail, however, is just as it sounds, an area scattered with beautiful bays as well as spectacular fjords.
  • Central
    397 km
    The Dorset Trail is a land of complex geology and associated mineral deposits that underlie steep, thickly wooded hills. This highway is named for the Dorset Eskimos who lived — and quarried — here 1,500 years ago. Even earlier, the Maritime Archaic Indians inhabited the area and may have exploited its minerals. But both the aboriginals and early European settlers came originally for fish, game and timber.
  • Central
    534 km
    The Exploits Valley scenic touring route follows, in part, the traditional Beothuk seasonal route between the interior and the coast, and includes major Beothuk attractions. This area is filled with lakes and rivers, making it ideal for nature enthusiasts.
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    The Beothuk Trail is so named because this was an area of Newfoundland once occupied by the now extinct aboriginal people. The area has several trails, including the eight-kilometre Alexander Murray Hiking Trail in King's Point, named for a 19th-century geologist. It climbs more than 300 metres and provides an unsurpassed view of Green Bay.
  • 67 km + Boat
    This tour begins on Route 335, which takes you to Farewell where you can catch a ferry to Change Islands, with a sailing time of 25 minutes, and Fogo Island, which is 50 minutes away. Rich in history, culture and creativity, this part of the province has become a particularly popular place for artists of all disciplines to visit. Remember, when travelling by coastal boat or ferry it's always a good idea to plan everything in advance. Schedules can vary.
  • 43 km
    This tour, which incorporates beautiful Terra Nova National Park, will take you to sheltered coves, sandy beaches and some of the best locations for water sports in the province. Here you will find rivers to canoe, ponds to fish, inlets to sail, and clean, clear lakes to swim.
  • 172 km
    This tour takes you into the scenic reaches and islands of Notre Dame Bay. The Visitor Information Centre at Notre Dame Junction, near the intersection of Route 1 and Route 340, is a good place to start. Here you can obtain information on the ferries to Fogo Island and Change Islands, and find out where the icebergs are.
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    This tour takes you to the historic coastal communities of Gander Bay and Northern Bonavista Bay. On the way, you will travel through a wilderness of tall trees, blue lakes and crystal-clear streams. Between the communities, you'll find white sandy beaches that stretch on forever and grassy fields perfect for picnics.