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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 22 species of whales gather in large numbers to feed, play, and people-watch.

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As you explore, you'll see clapboard houses atop rocky coasts, and working wharves that testify to the continuing importance of the centuries-old fishing industry. Most of the people living here are descends of English fishermen who settled the shores more than two centuries ago. There is also a rich Aboriginal history that includes the Beothuk and Dorset peoples.

Central is a perfect place to take a boat tour, or for 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 nature viewing, hiking, golfing, and camping.

Twillingate and Fogo Island are the perfect places to enjoy watching for whales and icebergs. No words can truly capture the experience of coming face-to-face with either of these ocean giants. There's a certain sense of awe that accompanies these encounters.

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Experience Hiking & Walking

With 65 hiking and walking trails to explore in the Central Region, you can quite literally spend your entire journey on your feet. Terra Nova National Park, near Clarenville, is home to more than 50 kilometres of trails, including Malady Head – a serene walk through a mature black spruce forest carpeted by moss.

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Experience Whale Watching

Every spring and summer, thousands of humpback whales return here on their annual migration. Discover these 40-odd tonne gentle creatures from the deck of a tour boat, the side of your sea kayak, or a seaside trail.

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Experience Iceberg Viewing

Discover these 10,000-year-old glacial giants by boat tour, sea kayak, or from land, as they arrive from the Arctic every spring.

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