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 $299 Per Couple
Treat your lover to a romantic luxury riverfront getaway on the largest and longest river in Newfoundland. Start your evening with a delightful meal at one of Central Newfoundland’s finest restaurants, 48 High. Then, retreat to your cozy luxury chalet with a beautiful scenic view of the Exploits River. Throw on a robe and take a short stroll through the garden to unwind in the outdoor saltwater hot tub or relax in your private indoor Jacuzzi.
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Riverfront Chalets

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 $50 Per Person
Experience the sea as a Newfoundlander! Get close and personal with icebergs or try your hand at cod fishing, hauling lobster pots, or checking the nets of Captain Dave’s commercial fishery. Join Captain Dave, an experienced commercial fisherman for an Newfoundland adventure like no other. Then enjoy a personal tour of the Prime Berth Fishing Museum, winner of the 2015 Tourism Sustainability Award and ranked the 6th Best Museum in Canada by TripAdvisor.
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Captain Dave's Boat Tours and Prime Berth Twillingate Fishing and Heritage Center

Starting at $2190 Per Person
Multi-region
An escorted vacation of Newfoundland and Labrador conducted by a local guide. Visit the coast of Labrador, the Viking Villages in L’Anse aux Meadows, Gros Morne National Park and Red Bay – all UNESCO World Heritage sites. View icebergs & whales, walk the spectacular coastlines and meet the people of the quaint fishing villages along our north and western coasts. Your local host will regale you with our vibrant history, ecology, culture, language and songs from this unique corner of the planet.
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McCarthy's Party Tours

Starting at $1575 Per Night
Have yourself a different kind of Christmas this year. Join us for Newfoundland traditions like special Tibb’s Eve libation and centuries-old mummering, Christmas crafting, carolling and caribou watching, gingerbread houses and Christmas baking, tree decorating and lazy hours of film watching in the cinema. Christmas here is for old-fashioned people of all ages. It is Christmas as it should be- safely tucked away from even the tiniest of malls. All meals are included.
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Fogo Island Inn

 

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  • 2 Days

    For most of its history, the South Coast of Newfoundland was accessible only by boat. Now you can drive and visit the Mi'kmaq Discovery Centre for insight into some of the island's oldest inhabitants. Continue to the coast and the marvellous sights and experiences near Harbour Breton.

  • 3 Days

    Tour Grand Falls-Windsor before taking an exhilarating rafting adventure nearby. Head west to visit the Wetlands and spot some whales. Then it's on to the Baie Verte Peninsula and its geological marvels, you might even spy an iceberg.

  • 4 Days

    From the airport town of Gander to the islands and coast of eastern Notre Dame Bay, this is the heart of adventure. Looks for whales, icebergs, Beothuk sites, and great hiking trails.

  • 4 Days

    With an average snowfall up to 16 feet in some regions of the province, it's no surprise we find ways to make winter fun. Start your winter adventure in Deer Lake on the west coast of the island, and head over to Marble Mountain. Take a day to visit Gros Morne National Park for amazing trails and scenery. Add another day and point the car towards Grand Falls-Windsor and Gander. Central Newfoundland is an amazing spot for winter fun.

  • 11 Days

    There’s no better way to soak in the culture of Newfoundland and Labrador than through authentic encounters and hands-on learning. The kind of adventures highlighted by the Canadian Signature Experiences (CSE) collection. This island-wide excursion includes many of these awarded experiences, along with a few others, that lead to a true understanding of the living, breathing culture and traditions that exist in every corner of our province.

  • 14 Days

    Where else would you find colourful places like Jerrys Nose, Joe Batt’s Arm, and Blow Me Down? Inhabited by equally colourful people, only too willing to tell you how the towns got their names. As you’ll see, sometimes the stories are even more colourful than the names themselves.

  • 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.
  • 73 km
    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.
  • 226 km
    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.