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.

Inspiration Overload

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 $3850 Per Person
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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 7 nights and 8 days for the gut-foundered that include stays in the 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 $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 a guide book tailored to your interests 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 $198.00 Per Person
Freshly groomed trails, rugged landscape, barren hills, The Topsails. "Tolts" rock formations resembling sails on a ship were carved by ancient glaciers leaving behind these mountains of solid rock. Enjoy a "boil up" nestled in the woods, while caribou graze and Whiskey Jacks bravely attempt a heist. After an exhilarating day on the trails a pleasant welcome awaits you back on the peaceful river banks of the Riverwood Inn, this 4.5 star blend of modern luxury and comfort is sure to please.
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Rob Clarke Motorsports Inc.

Starting at $3050
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This is the best, most comprehensive tour of this province available. It is a complete immersion in the culture and daily life of this province. Its easy pace makes it enjoyable. Its encounters make it unforgettable. Let the locals be your guide!
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McCarthy's Party Tours

Starting at $259 Per Package
2-nights' accommodation, 2 hot breakfasts each day and an 8 oz striploin steak dinner for two on your second night. Plus 2 admission tickets to Legends Lounge each night.
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Albatross Hotel

Starting at $5250 USD
100% Success in 2014!

Located in remote north-central Newfoundland, we access thousands of acres of raw remote wilderness, teeming with moose and bear. Some of the areas to be hunted this year has seen very little or no hunting in the last five years and have numerous mature bulls. Our services include a 1 on 1 guide with first class prepared meals and lodging at the outpost camp as well as the main lodge.

At A1Hunts, your success is not our job, it’s our passion!!

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A1 Hunts Twin Lakes Inc.

Starting at $2500 USD
Black Bears in Newfoundland are a unique sub-species, and are among the largest in North America with Spring weights exceeding 500lbs or 226kg.

Victoria Outfitters has been a specialized Spring Black Bear Outfitter for more than 25 years. This is an all-inclusive hunt from Millertown and return with length of trips from 6 days to ten days. All home cooked meals / lunches. Owner on site 24/7. Contact Dave for more information.

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Victoria Lodge

Starting at $1847 Per Person
Multi-region
A delightful cross island self driving tour of NL, taking in all the highlights that NL has to offer. Newfoundland is one of the world’s truly authentic places, away from the crowds boasting spectacular scenery, culture and wildlife.
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Vision Atlantic Vacations

Starting at $2000 Per Person
Multi-region
An escorted vacation of Newfoundland and Labrador led by a local guide. Visit the coast of Labrador, the Viking Villages in L'Anse aux Meadows, Gros Morne National Park and St. John's. View icebergs, whales, spectacular coastline and quaint fishing villages along our north and eastern coasts. Your local host will help you understand the history, ecology, culture, language and songs of this unique part of the world.
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McCarthy's Party Tours

Starting at $159 Per Person
Check out our Winter Wonderland! After a backcountry snowmobile trek, enjoy a delicious BBQ, kick back in our riverfront outdoor hot tub with a glass of wine and an endless starry sky. Our 4 1/2 star chalets have a Jacuzzi, full kitchen, private deck with BBQ and satellite TV/DVD. Package includes a 6-hour guided snowmobile tour on various terrain to a backcountry chalet where a hot meal is provided. Snowmobile and snowshoe rentals available. This package is ideal for 2 couples or a family.
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Riverfront Chalets

Starting at $1299 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 $3600.00 Per Person
Hideaway Lodge offers guided moose hunts in the wilderness area of central Newfoundland. Family run with local, experienced hunting guides. The Lodge is located on Frozen Ocean lake, surrounded by natural wooded areas, bogs and marsh areas ideal for moose hunting. Included in the price: accommodations (with beds, bedding, shower), home cooked meals, guide services, tags ...all you need to bring is personal gear!
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Hideaway Lodge

Starting at $7850 USD
Live your dream on this remote, air accessible hunt in central Newfoundland. Fully equipped hunting lodge staffed with knowledgeable and enthusiastic guides plus professional chef. Package includes local air/ground transportation; hearty meals, and accommodations; 1 on 1 guide services; game recovery and care. License fee at $510.00 CDN, plus taxes extra. Combination hunts with moose and/or black bear available. Contact Wayne for information, reservations; and assistance with hunt planning.
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Pine Ridge Lodge

Starting at $1445 Per Person
Nothing can truly prepare you for Fogo Island Inn – with its 29 guest suites, and dramatic floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the most powerful ocean on the planet. A stimulating relief from the numbing uniformity of modern times, this award-winning Inn is built on the principles of sustainability and respect for nature and culture. Exceptional. Unexpected.
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Vision Atlantic Vacations

Starting at $4350 USD
High success rate hunts with rifle, bow, and muzzle-loader at both ground access and air access hunting lodges. Fully guided hunts will be tailored to hunters who prefer minimum walking. Package includes local land and/or air transportation; meals and accommodation at hunting lodge; guide services. License fees at $420.00 CDN, plus taxes extra. Combination hunts including woodland caribou, black bear, and coyote are possible. Contact Wayne for details and assistance with hunt planning.

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Pine Ridge Lodge

Starting at $5700 Per Person
All skill levels of photographers, light seekers and lovers of exploration are encouraged to join internationally renowned and published photographer, Alex Fradkin, on this incredible journey to the "Edge" and beyond. Bring your camera, love of the outdoors and sense of adventure to one of the world's most unique locations. Photograph the landscape and architecture of Fogo Island, where the magic of light and power of place have resided in harmony for over four hundred million years.

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Fogo Island Inn

Starting at $184.00 Per Person
Snowmobile along a dramatic mountain landscape of glacier-carved gorges, barren hills, and magnificent views of all of Green Bay. Follow along the same ridge as the Alexander Murray and Rattling Brook Falls hiking trails. Take a break and enjoy a traditional "boil up". After your adventure nestle in for relaxing stay at By the Sea Resort, offering amazing accommodations and a wide range of cuisine and speciality dishes. 1/2 day experience that is sure to be a favourite among nature lovers.
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Rob Clarke Motorsports Inc.

Starting at $1275 Per Night
This 2 night Winter on the Edge Escape marks the peak of Fogo Island’s winter season and includes: an island orientation, all meals featuring the bounty of the Labrador Current and one complimentary outdoor excursion according to the weather.

Possibilities include: skating, coastal or inland snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, skidooing, ice fishing, cabin visits and caribou excursions.

For a detailed itinerary and more Winter on the Edge Escapes visit www.fogoislandinn.ca/fii/events/

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Fogo Island Inn

Starting at $2328 Per Person
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This self-driving itinerary starts and finishes in St. John’s and takes in all the highlights that Newfoundland has to offer. A 10,000-year history, deep fjords, majestic icebergs, an abundance of wildlife, expansive wilderness & mountains together with its famous hospitality, Newfoundland & Labrador has it all! It captivates the hearts and imaginations of visitors far and wide.
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Vision Atlantic Vacations

Starting at $4000 Per Person
Exclusive fly-fishing for wild Atlantic salmon on the most remote river on the island of Newfoundland. Experience this pristine wilderness in comfort at large, modern lodges accessed by helicopter. Spend your time battling salmon, not other anglers for fishing space. Offering opportunity for a small party atmosphere as well as capacity for up to 8 guests per period, with special welcome extended to couples and families. Contact Tony for more information.
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Grey River Lodge Ltd.

Starting at $5000 USD
Fly-in hunting like it used to be - by foot over untouched, pristine wilderness. Moose vs. you in his backyard. With the abundance of animals here, success is on your side. Enjoy the quality hunting experience of a lifetime.
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Grey Lake East Outfitters

 

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