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Western Newfoundland stretches 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, two UNESCO World Heritage Sites, and the International Appalachian Trail, this wild and rugged region sports abundant breathing room and diverse natural heritage.

About the Western Region

Western Region Map 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. Gros Morne National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site covering 1,805 square kilometres, includes the towering Long Range Mountains and the 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 activity.

Visit the first European settlement of the new world at L'Anse aux Meadows National Historic Site. This Viking village, the area’s second 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.

The city of Corner Brook is 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 annual average 16 feet of natural snowfall. As well as offering skiing and snowboarding, there are 1,250 kilometres 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 and 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 theatre, music, and art along the way.

Popular Places in the Western Region

Experience Whale Watching

From the deck of a tour boat, the side of your sea kayak, or a seaside trail, discover 22 different species of whales frolicking in the ocean, breaching the surface, and spouting near the shore.

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Experience Iceberg Viewing

Catch a glimpse of 10,000-year-old icebergs. The best viewing spots in Western Newfoundland are at the top of the Northern Peninsula. The icy giants move south through Iceberg Alley from Labrador and can be spotted along the coast from St. Barbe to St. Anthony. Discover these towers of ancient ice by boat tour, sea kayak, or from land.

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Experience Festivals & Events

You’ll find an eclectic mix of festivals and events here, including folk musicians, live theatre performances, and art exhibits full of local flavor. The Gros Morne Theatre Festival is the perfect place to lose yourself in drama and dinner theatre, set against the backdrop of Gros Morne National Park. The Trails Tales Tunes Festival offers a fabulous mix of outdoor entertainment and activities not to be missed.

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Experience Adventure at Marble Mountain Resort

Nestled at the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains, towering over the beautiful Humber Valley in Western Newfoundland is Marble Mountain Resort – renowned for the best skiing on Canada's east coast.

With the highest vertical drop of any ski area in Atlantic Canada, you'll soar down 250 acres and 39 trails catering to all skill levels and preferences: beginners, intermediates, and self-proclaimed mogul masters. If snowboarding is your fervor, rip up the terrain park.

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