Six Amazing Things You Can Experience Only on a Hike in Newfoundland and Labrador

In these parts, a walk in the woods is just the beginning of your adventure. This place is full of unique coves, bights and barrens just waiting to be explored. Whether it be a seabird by the shore or a bergy bit in the bay, this is a province where you can let your curiosity carry you along 29,000 kilometres of pristine coastline. Newfoundland and Labrador is set against a backdrop of natural wonder, and it provides plenty of distractions along the way. Here is just a few of the amazing things you can find when you pull on your walking books and hit the trails in #ExploreNL.

 

1) Wildlife

Around here, a hike can take you past moose, under seabirds, and close enough to shore to catch a glimpse of whales or dolphins. There's a performance every few feet, but showtimes vary.

wildlife

 

2) Icebergs

When you're hiking the coast, don't forget to keep an eye on the sea. Not all castles stand on dry land, and these frosty giants move at their own pace.

iceberg

 

3) Sea Stacks and Arches

The strangeness of encountering these towering oddities can make you think you've wandered into a fairy tale. But let's face it, there are worse places to wander.

the dungeon

 

4) Lighthouses

If these towers could light the way for ships at sea, why shouldn't they serve as landmarks on our trails?

twillingate lighthouse

 

5) Fresh Air

Fill your lungs with our fresh air. Take a nice deep breath, clear your mind, and close your eyes. 

ocean view

 

6) Abandoned Communities 

Long before cars, if you wanted to go to the next community along the coast you walked or sailed. That’s why we have hundreds of kilometres of coastal trails and historic footpaths. 

abandoned communities
 

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If you are looking for places to hike in our province, check out 16 of our most popular hikes here.

When you hit the trails be sure to share your photos with us on Instagram @newfoundlandlabrador and tag them with #ExploreNL and #HikeNL.

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