Western Region

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Regional Highlights

Explore Barachois Falls Hiking Trail

Explore Barachois Falls Hiking Trail

Enjoy a scenic, 1.6-km walk on a newly renovated boardwalk to a spectacular waterfall. Take in the wildlife and tranquility of the area.

Corner Brook Stream Trail

Corner Brook Stream Trail

Walking and hiking trail network located in the downtown area of Corner Brook. Download the free “Tales along the Trails” app at www.cbstream.com.

Gros Morne Fall Fest & Craft Fair

Gros Morne Fall Fest & Craft Fair

Experience the splendour of Gros Morne in fall. Participate in craft workshops and demonstrations, storytelling, traditional music and dancing, concerts, hikes, moose dinners, and more.

The Arches Provincial Park

The Arches Provincial Park

A beautiful natural rock archway located just north of Gros Morne National Park on the Northern Peninsula Highway. Parking and picnic area provided.

About the Western Region

The western region is a great sliver of land on Newfoundland's island, stretching 750 kilometres from Channel-Port aux Basques on the southwest corner, to the Viking site of L'Anse aux Meadows at the tip of the Great Northern Peninsula. With ancient mountains, fjords, icebergs , whales thousands of miles of coastline and two UNESCO World Heritage Sites, this wild and rugged region sports abundant breathing room and diverse natural heritage. It's also home to the International Appalachian Trail, which extends from Mount Katahdin, Maine, through Eastern Canada and stretches fully across the western region of Newfoundland Labrador, before extending into Europe.

The land found here has a unique geological history dating back 1.25 billion years, not to mention a human history spanning 4,500 years, which is still being researched and discovered today. You'll find Gros Morne National Park here, a UNESCO World Heritage Site stretching across 1,805 square kilometres, encompassing the towering Long Range Mountains and the unique Tablelands. The park offers more than 100 kilometres of hiking trails, many passing through fascinating rock formations thrown up from the earth's core due to tectonic upheaval.

Stumble across the first European settlement of the new world at L'Anse aux Meadows. This Viking village, yet another UNESCO World Heritage Site, features a reconstructed complex of sod huts that offers a glimpse into the life of Nordic visitors a thousand years ago.

A journey heading south will take you to the City of Corner Brook on the west coast, a sizeable hub of activity just five minutes away from the world-class ski resort, Marble Mountain. At Marble, you'll find yourself standing at the base of a 1,700-foot vertical drop that receives an average 16 feet of annual, natural snowfall. As well as offering skiing and snowboarding, there are 1,250 km of trails for snowmobiling in the winter.

Here in the wild west of the far east of North America, you'll find scenery to take your breath away. It's a place of mountains, a place of conservation areas like the Codroy Valley International Wetlands, where you can watch wildlife like moose, caribou and migratory birds. It's a place where you can plan boat trips, go kayaking, hiking and even visit secluded sandy beaches. It's also full of culture, so be sure to make time for some high–level theatre, music and art along the way.

Starting at $50.99 Per Person
Experience the freedom of the great outdoors. After an exhilarating day take advantage of this great stay and birding package which includes one night in a standard guest room at St. Christopher's Hotel, hot breakfast for two, and a field checklist prepared by Bill Montevecchi for the Codroy Valley Area Development Association.
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St. Christopher's Hotel

Starting at $239 Per Couple
Enjoy the beauty of Gros Morne amid the Fall colours. Fill your days with hiking and adventure and your evenings with relaxation and beautiful ocean views at our full service Inn. Our property sits ocean side in the quaint coastal community of Cow Head. Our package includes: 2 nights' accommodation in one of our comfortable guest rooms, 2 buffet continental breakfasts daily, and depart with 2 free gifts.
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Shallow Bay Motel

Starting at $58 Per Person
Located in Gros Morne National Park, there is no better way to explore this scenic delight than by taking the Western Brook Pond Boat Tour. Your experience begins with a 3km walk along a picturesque trail that winds across bogs and through scruffy tuckamore forest. On board the tour boat, behold the spectacular glacier-carved land-locked fjord, waterfalls cascading from 2000 ft that turn to mist before reaching the pond's pristine waters, billion year-old cliffs, and frequent wildlife sightings.
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BonTours

Starting at $2490 Per Person
Multi-region
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 $115.99 Per Couple
ATV through the majestic valleys of the Appalachian mountain range. Enjoy pristine trails and Country. Self-guided or with Shudamunks Adventures for a guided experience in Newfoundland's spectacular South West Coast. After a day exploring, rejuvenate in a modern, cozy, spacious room at St. Christopher’s Hotel. Includes St. Christopher's breakfast for two.

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St. Christopher's Hotel

Starting at $25 Per Person
Ride the old Newfoundland railway track to explore a unique off-the-beaten-path. Forested hills and salmon rich waterways surround quiet valleys filled with abundant wild life such as moose, caribou and bear. This tour can last either 4 to 6 hours and is fully customizable to you and your group of up to five guests.

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Shudamunks Adventure Tours

 

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  • 3 Days

    The southwestern area of the island, from Deer Lake to Port aux Basques, features amazing coastline, underground caves, and a pirate. Find birds, go ziplining, and learn about the island's French heritage. And there's more to be found near Burgeo on the western edge of the south coast.

  • 4 Days

    The United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has identified over 800 places in the world that are of outstanding natural and cultural significance. Two of them - Gros Morne National Park and L'Anse aux Meadows National Historic Site - are located on the west coast of the Island of Newfoundland. A third - Red Bay National Historic Site - is part of the Labrador Coastal Drive. It is a short drive from Blanc Sablon, Quebec, which is reached by ferry from St. Barbe, Newfoundland.

  • 4 Days

    Southwest Newfoundland has an intriguing mix of attractions and events, and there's lots to distract you along the road to Gros Morne. There's the granite solidity of the Rose Blanche lighthouse, a summer theatre festival, great birdwatching and salmon angling, and an ancient French homeland.

  • 7 Days

    The northwestern section of the island is full of stunning terrains and fascinating history with two UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Stand where the Vikings stood over 1,000 years ago, or explore the geological masterpiece that is Gros Morne National Park. Learn about the exciting career of Captain James Cook, and enjoy a gut-busting evening of theatre and music.

  • 45 km
    Sir Hugh Palliser was a governor of Newfoundland in the 18th century, and the man who sent Captain James Cook to survey the west coast of the island. The highway along the north shore of Humber Arm, Route 440, is named for him, and takes visitors into an area renowned for hiking and seabirds.
  • 47 km
    Yes, it's the Captain James Cook. Before he became a famous South Seas explorer, Cook refined his surveying and cartographic skills along the coast of Newfoundland in the 1760s. His charts of the Bay of Islands are, remarkably, still accurate enough to be used today. A plaque in his honour overlooks the bay from Corner Brook and copies of some of his charts of the area are on display here.
  • Western
    148 km
    For a complete change of scenery, you can leave the coast and drive through the interior. The aptly named Caribou Trail takes you to Burgeo and the stunning Sandbanks Provincial Park, a beautiful sandy beach in an area popular with sea kayakers. From here you can take the ferry to nearby Ramea, and the coastal boat to communities further East along the South Coast, Grey River and Francois, with connections to Gaultois and Hermitage.
  • 60 km
    Just a 15-minute drive north of Channel Port aux Basques on Route 1 are two nesting sites of the endangered piping plover, a native shorebird, at Grand Bay West and J.T. Cheeseman Provincial Park. Pay close attention to the exclusion signs that mark their territory. The Codroy Valley International Wetlands, accessible via Routes 406 and 407, provide excellent refuge and food. See the resident breeders in summer, and the migratory birds in spring and fall.
  • 125 km
    Newfoundland gained full control over the west coast only in 1904. For centuries before that, it was known locally as the French Shore because France had exclusive fishing rights there. Today, many French place names remain, and this area continues as the hub of French Newfoundland culture. The traditions, lifestyle and heritage of those early settlers still dominate this small pocket of French-speaking communities.
  • 45 km
    This tour starts in Rose Blanche. Along the way, you will see dark cliffs, crashing waves, spume and spray. The real spirit and traditions of outport Newfoundland survive in the small fishing villages that cling tenaciously to the rocky, exposed shores of the southern coastal plain.
  • Western
    178 km
    The handful of communities on the east coast of the Great Northern Peninsula were once French summer fishing stations. Take Route 432 South from St. Anthony airport to Roddickton where an underground salmon pool marks an unusual migration route. East on Route 434, the French Shore Interpretation Centre in Conche tells the area's history. Nearby Crouse, resettled in the 1960s, is a favourite destination for hikers.
  • Western
    70 km
    Humber Valley stretches 70 kilometres along the banks of the Humber River from the Bay of Islands to Deer Lake. From a canoe on the crystal waters of the river, view the lush trees and bushes against the Long Range Mountains — a vision of nature's beauty. Here you can camp, hike, boat, golf, and relax in hotels, resorts, and campgrounds. Drop your line in the crisp water for a day of fishing in one of the world's best Atlantic salmon fishing rivers.
  • Western
    73 km
    The Main River Run is located on the southeastern side of the Great Northern Peninsula in White Bay. You can reach it from Route 1 via Route 420. One of the highlights is the Main River, surging 57 kilometres, it will test even the most experienced whitewater paddler and is a designated Canadian Heritage River.
  • 104 km
    Start off by taking Route 406 from Route 1. The Three Rivers Scenic Drive is named for the three salmon rivers in this area. The Robinson's, Crabbes, and Barachois rivers offer excellent sports salmon angling. If you're from outside the province, you'll need a licenced guide to fish here. Ask at any Visitor Information Centre for a list of guides. These guides know the best places to cast a line. Keep an eye and an ear out for the great horned owl that nests in the area.
  • Western
    489 km
    A car cruising the Viking Trail is really a time machine that takes you to the beginnings of our planet, ancient native burial grounds, and the thousand-year-old Viking settlement at L'Anse aux Meadows National Historic Site. Home to two UNESCO World Heritage Sites, the Viking Trail is one of those rare places on the planet that transcends the hype and stirs the deepest of emotions. You will travel through wooded valleys, over mountains and along a windswept seacoast. This tour can take from two to ten days, and you should relax and soak it up, for time will move gently, urging side trips to fjords and falls, sand dunes and fields of wildflowers.