Seven Days of Adventure Central

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.

Day 1 – Terra Nova & Eastport

Start your day filled with adventure in Terra Nova National Park – Canada’s most easterly national park. Hold marine life in your hands at the Visitor’s Information Centre before heading out to snorkel the shallow inlets, enjoy an educational boat tour, or take to the 100 km of hiking trails. Venture west to the Eastport Peninsula and discover local art at the House of Diamonds in Glovertown. Spend the evening strolling along the sandy beaches of Eastport and Sandy Cove.

Day 2 – A trip to Venice

Explore the life of a fishing merchant at the Barbour Living Heritage Village in Newtown, known as the ‘Venice of Newfoundland’ because it’s built across 17 tiny islands. Wander through historic homes, an authentic fishing stage and a sealing interpretation centre. Catch the ferry at Farewell for the 45-minute ferry ride to Fogo Island. Check into a local bed and breakfast prior to enjoying the island’s culinary experience. Dine on traditional Newfoundland food with a contemporary twist, followed by savoury gourmet ice cream infused with local flavours from the island.

Day 3 – Fogo Island culture

Continue exploring Fogo Island’s 11 communities. They contain everything from local art galleries, museums and craft shops, to unique architecture and authentic fishing premises. Hike Brimestone Head, one of the four corners of the earth according to the Flat Earth Society, and discover the rich Irish culture of Tilting, a registered heritage district. Depart Fogo Island en route for Twillingate where you can finish the day at a local theatre.

Day 4 – Iceberg capital of the World

Known as the Iceberg Capital of the World, Twillingate is the place visitors come to marvel at 10,000-year-old chunks of shimmering glaciers. Hop aboard a tour boat to get a closer look, or to catch a glimpse of, the many whale species that frequent the shores. Return to land to taste the array of locally-produced wines, some made with iceberg water. Trek some of the coastal hiking trails, including those along the dramatic cliffs at Long Point Lighthouse.

Day 5 – Coast of Bays

Take to the road to the Coast of Bays with Harbour Breton as your destination. Tour Sunny Cottage Heritage Centre Sunny Cottage Heritage Centre – the former residence of a local merchant – and the Elliott Premises to learn the area’s relationship with the sea. Picnic at Rocky Point Lighthouse prior to hiking Gun Hill for spectacular views of Harbour Breton. Stop at the Mi’kmaq Discovery Centre on your way north to learn the culture and history of the area’s aboriginal people.

Day 6 – Grand Falls-Windsor

Here you can tour the Salmonid Interpretation Centre in Grand Falls-Windsor, one of North America’s most successful salmon enhancement projects. Learn the life cycle of Atlantic salmon, and witness the vigour of these fish as you watch them in the wild through underwater windows. Stop at the Mary March Provincial Museum to hear the history of the Central region and learn about the Beothuks who inhabited this area. Try your hand at axe throwing and get a new perspective on the life of a logger as you walk through a logging camp at the Logger’s Life Museum.

Day 7 – Triton & King’s Point

Be wary of the sea monster of Crescent Lake as you meander the 10-km Hazelnut Hiking Trail in Robert’s Arm. Proceed to Triton to view the skeleton of a 43-foot sperm whale before dining on locally-caught and cooked squid rings. Journey to King’s Point to view another whale skeleton - a 50-foot humpback. Stroll along the harbour to a world-renowned pottery studio, inspired by the sea. Eat seaside before enjoying the spectacular views of the 800-foot Rattling Brook Falls.