Central Region

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Regional Highlights

Experience Iceberg Alley

Experience Iceberg Alley

There’s no better place to get up close and personal with a 10,000-year-old, million-tonne iceberg, than along the northern coast of Central Newfoundland.

Snowmobile the Heart of Newfoundland

Snowmobile the Heart of Newfoundland

Known as the most sled-friendly destination on the island, explore in town, along groomed trails, or through the trees to amazing lookouts and powder filled plateaus.

Top Rated X-Country Ski & Snowshoe Trails

Top Rated X-Country Ski & Snowshoe Trails

With 33 km of immaculately groomed trails and mellow slope wilderness routes it will be hard to stay inside this winter. Get out and explore Central.

Party with the Locals

Party with the Locals

Experience Central during one of its premier festivals to create memories of amazing cuisine, snow-filled adventures, and rubber knees from dancing.

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 $1956 Per Person
Multi-region
Newfoundland is one of the world's truly authentic places, and this self-drive tour highlights all the island has to offer. Take two nature cruises to search for whales and icebergs, enjoy a Ferryland Lighthouse picnic, tour Western Brook Pond in Gros Morne, and experience the old port city of St. John's.
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Vision Atlantic Vacations

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 $1675 Per Night
The 29-suite Fogo Island Inn has an international reputation for exceptional place-specific hospitality. The Inn, designed by architect Todd Saunders, is perched on stilts and hugs the North Atlantic coastline; showcasing its locality as a radical, modern expression of traditional Newfoundland outport design. Spend your days hiking, biking and discovering artist’s spaces. Explore the Irish roots of the community of Tilting, find distinctive treasures and learn about centuries-old fishing stages.
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Fogo Island Inn

Starting at $750 Per Couple
Experience NL's PREMIER snowmobiling festival with ease, by spending less time planning and more time snowmobiling NL's most renowned trails and enjoying exquisite high-end cuisine.

Enjoy:

-2 night stay in a relaxing hotel nestled in the heart of beautiful Grand Falls-Windsor (Feb 19 & 20)

-1 full day snowmobile rental, prepped and ready to ride on the Mid Winter Bivver Trail Mix Snowmobile Tour (Feb 20)

-2 Full Mid Winter Bivver festival tickets which provide access to all main events

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Hotel Robin Hood and Suites

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 $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

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 $1375 Per Night
Fogo Island is surrounded by the North Atlantic. Sometimes by Ice. Sometimes by Icebergs. Yet it has a way of making you feel warm all over.

Customized winter itineraries include a variety of traditional outport winter activities like snowshoeing, boil ups, snowmobiling, cabin visits, ice fishing, pond hockey and skating on the North Atlantic. For the indoorsy crowd, the Inn has wood-burning stoves, rooftop saunas and hot tubs. It's also the perfect time for quilting, matting and knitting.

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Fogo Island Inn

Starting at $175 Per Night
The Freshwater Inn in Gambo is offering a romantic 1 and 2 day Winter package to help you rekindle the flame, keep the flame going or just RnR. If you enjoy walking or snowshoeing there is a beautiful trail that follows the river and ends at the falls where the spray freezes into spectacular works of art. For the real outdoor enthusiasts you can light a fire in the fire pit and keep the flames going inside and outside the room.

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Freshwater Inn

Starting at $1449 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 $50 Per Person
Multi-region
Experience Twillingate, Iceberg Capital of the world with award winning Iceberg Quest. Breathe in the fresh ocean air as we set sail down Iceberg Alley. Feast your eyes on a glittering parade of majestic icebergs, 25,000 years in the making. Witness the mighty humpback whale playfully thrust itself out of the water in a full breach. Sail past rugged coastlines. Dance a jig to a Newfoundland shanty. Fall is love all over again. Book now... experience the WONDER!
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Iceberg Quest Ocean Tours

Starting at $3290 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 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 $2399 Per Person
Multi-region
History, scenery, culture and eccentric characters will all play an important role in your journey through Newfoundland and Labrador. Be inspired by the vivid streets of St. John’s, awed by the coastal views of the Atlantic Ocean, and uplifted by the notorious hospitality of the people who want you to love their home as much as they do.

From St. John’s, you will partake on a cross-island adventure to the coast of Labrador, visiting rural communities and small fishing villages along the way.

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Maxxim Vacations

Starting at $259 Per Person
After a guided back-country snowmobile trek with your friends to the summit of Hodges Hill, retreat to your luxury chalet with a beautiful scenic view of the Exploits River. Then kick back under the stars in the saltwater hot tub and unwind with a bottle of complimentary wine.
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