Eleven cultural experiences to take in while in Newfoundland and Labrador

There’s no better way to soak in the culture of Newfoundland & Labrador than through authentic encounters and hands-on learning. The Canadian Signature Experiences collection encompasses the kind of adventures that lead to a true understanding of the living, breathing culture and traditions that exist in every corner of Newfoundland and Labrador. 

These 11 once-in-a-lifetime experiences have been hand-selected for you and represent some of the top things you can do while here in Newfoundland & Labrador.  

 

1) Picnics by the Sea

A picnic under a lighthouse at the edge of the continent surrounded by breaching whales. Now this is roughing it. Blanket, picnic basket, and delicious meal included at Ferryland Lighthouse Picnics.

coastline

 

2) Take your place among the Vikings

Two great chapters of the Norse sagas played out at L'Anse aux Meadows National Historic Site. Come be part of the story. Horns are optional.

viking

 

3) Eco-Culture Experience

Unscripted, self-guided, and catered to your travel style. How's that for being the master of your own destiny? Learn more about the CapeRace Cultural Adventure here.

aerial view of town

 

4) An Icy Cruise Into Nature

With whales and bergs offshore and live performance onshore, you're surrounded. This must be what it means to be centre stage. Take an icy cruise with the Iceberg Man himself with Twillingate Island Boat Tour.

iceberg

 

5) Experience the Wonder

St. John's may be the capital city of Newfoundland and Labrador, but Twillingate is the Iceberg Capital of the World. Lucky for you, Iceberg Quest Ocean Tours departs from both. And with plenty of playful humpback whales to boot.

iceberg

 

6) Whale Close Encounter Tour

When you're snorkelling with Ocean Quest, the behemoth in front of you is either an iceberg, a humpback whale, or a WWII shipwreck. Either way, you're in for an eyeful.

whale tail

 

7) Adventures and Mysteries in the Torngat Mountains

Isn't it funny how sailing through a fjord 1,000 metres deep, can make you feel like you're on top of the world? Now you can experience the wonders of Torngat Mountains National Park with Torngat Mountains Base Camp.

torngat mountains

 

8) Legendary Whale Wonders

When a whale (or an iceberg) breaks the surface of the water, people tend to take notice. It's hard not to when it's only a paddle’s length away. Stan Cook Sea Kayaking offers an adventure of a lifetime.

kayaking with icebergs

 

9) Majestic Mountains and Glacier-Carved Fjord Boat Tour Experience

Your tour begins with a three-kilometre walk through barrens and tuckamore forest. Don't max out that memory card before you even board the boat. Join the only boat tour operator in the Western Brook Pond fjord in Gros Morne National Park, BonTours.

western brook pond fjord

 

10) Architecture at the Edge

Come to a place where even the buildings have to stand up on their tiptoes to take it all in. The award-winning Fogo Island Inn is on everyone's bucketlist - now is your chance to take in this exceptional Newfoundland outport design.

fogo island inn

 

11) A Lighthouse Inn + Whales + Bergs

If you want to see whales and icebergs, sometimes you just have to pick the right vantage point. And that point is the Quirpon Island Lighthouse Inn. Located on a remote island, you can hear the calls of humpback whales as they echo off massive icebergs in your private cove.

girl in boat near iceberg

Friendly Reminder: Make sure you book your car rental and accommodations in advance.