Top 5 Motorcycling Drives in Western NewfoundlandBy Newfoundland & Labrador
Sometimes, the journey really is better than the destination. Exploring the West Coast of Newfoundland on motorcycle allows you to connect with the landscapes as you coast through the fresh breezes along the coastal roads, or wind your way towards the top of a mountain. These routes offer some of the most breathtaking drives in the province.
1. French Ancestors Route / La Route des Ancêtres Français
The coastal French Ancestors Route is so abundant in beautiful seascape scenery — from beaches to cliffs to wide ocean views — that it may take the entire day to fully experience it.
Looking to add to your drive? Explore Route 462 (18 km one way) from Port au Port East to Fox Island River. The narrow road is flanked by the Long Range Mountains to the east and Port au Port Bay to the west. It's a popular spot for moose, so use caution when driving.
There are two entry points to the French Ancestors Route, Route 460 and Route 490.
Distance: 161 km one way
2. Captain Cook's Trail, Bay of Islands South
Starting in the city of Corner Brook, it takes just under an hour to reach the last town, Lark Harbour, on this route. Captain Cook's Trail weaves along the coast in and out of towns and fishing stations. The Blow Me Down Mountains reach 650 meters into the sky making for spectacular scenery and waterfalls after periods of snow melt or rain.
Captain Cook's Trail - Route 450
Distance: 53 km one way
3. Admiral Palliser's Trail, Bay of Islands North
A casual drive through communities with ties to the land and the sea. From the city of Corner Brook, arrive at the community of Cox's Cove in just under an hour. At roads end, view panoramic vistas of the intricate landscapes of the Bay of Islands.
Admiral Palliser's Trail - Route 440
Distance: 40 km one way
4. Gros Morne Drive South
Starting in Wiltondale, the entrance to Gros Morne National Park, this road winds through forest before reaching the historic Town of Woody Point on the shores of Bonne Bay. Continue the drive alongside the rusty Tablelands to the fishing community of Trout River.
Gros Morne Drive South is part of the Viking Trail - Route 431
Distance: 51 km one way
5. Southwest Coast Lighthouse Loop
Pass through the Wreckhouse and an array of landscapes - wetlands, mountains, marshlands, and ocean – to see 3 iconic lighthouses.
Route 406 – Cape Anguille Lighthouse; Route 408 – Cape Ray Lighthouse; and, Route 470 to Rose Blanche Lighthouse.
Southwest Coast Lighthouse Loop is part of the Codroy Valley International Wetland Road Trip - Distance: 141 km
Looking to add to your drive? Explore the Three Rivers/Sandy Point Lookout along Routes 404 and 405 (61 km one way) where tranquil communities and meadows overlook Bay St. George.
If you are looking for places to visit on the West Coast, click here.
Be sure to share your photos with us on Instagram @newfoundlandlabrador and tag them with #ExploreNL.
Do you have a tale to tell about a visit to Newfoundland and Labrador?Tell us your story
- Exploring the Southwest Coast of Newfoundland
- Six Amazing Things You Can Experience Only on a…
- Come From Away to Discover Newfoundland, Canada's…
- The Ultimate West Newfoundland Itinerary (+Gros…
- Eleven Canadian Signature Experiences to take in…
- Five Ways to Experience Icebergs in Newfoundland…
- Unique Places to Stay in Newfoundland & Labrador
- The Shipwrecks of Newfoundland and Labrador
- What to Pack for your Newfoundland and Labrador…
- Expedition 51°: Travelling the Québec-Labrador Highway
- Our Favourite Pit Stops En Route to Saint-Pierre…
- A Journey Home
- Golfing in Newfoundland and Labrador
- Ale Tales: The Story of Craft Breweries in Newfoundland…
- Preparing For a Day Hike in Newfoundland and Labrador
- Five Reasons to Drive and Take the Scenic Route
- Why can’t it be the destination and the journey?
- 5 Ways to Travel Off the Beaten Path Out West
- Trip Planning 101
- 5 Picture Perfect Locations on the Southwest Coast
- Travel the WORLD Right Here in Newfoundland and…
- Snowshoeing & Cross-Country Skiing in Newfoundland…
- How to Turn a Foggy Day into Something Special
- Our Favourite Pics From 2020
- Our Favourite Pics From 2020
- Hiking in the Humber Valley & Bay of Islands
- Top 10 Bucket List Items in Newfoundland and Labrador
- Waking up with the whales on Quirpon Island, Newfoundland
- How to Plan 4 Days While Based in St. John's - A…
- Our Top Traveller Photos from 2019
- Our Top Traveller Photos From 2018
- Four unique ways to discover Western Newfoundland…
- Natural selections. Wild times in Newfoundland.
- These are the 4 things you must eat next in St.…
- Snowshoes, Skidoos and More Winter Fun in Newfoundland
- Newfoundland And Labrador's 12 Most Beautiful Places
- Neighborhood Stroll: Where to eat, stay and shop…
- An unspoiled island with much of Iceland's allure
- 8 Reasons to Add Newfoundland Travel to Your Bucket…
- Discover Newfoundland And Labrador For Yourself
- A Road Trip through Newfoundland and Labrador
- Better Than AirBnB: Sleep In A Lighthouse On Iceberg…
- Winter caving adventures in western Newfoundland
- Top three attractions along Newfoundland and Labrador's…
- Western Newfoundland’s winter wonders
Welcome travellers, the wait is finally over! All travellers must review Travel Info and submit a Travel Form prior to arrival in Newfoundland and Labrador. Travel Forms for entry into Newfoundland and Labrador can be submitted anytime within 30 days prior to arrival date. All travellers must follow COVID-19 travel guidelines.