The Best Of Western Newfoundland
When you land at Stephenville, Newfoundland, get ready to be awed by steep cliffs, impressed by rolling ocean waves, and warmed by local hospitality. Here’s a guide to the best of the west coast of Canada’s easternmost province. There’s lots to enjoy on this side of the island!
Gros Morne National Park
Waiting for you inside Gros Morne are hikes and views and beauty, for all levels of activity. Get your camera ready for the iconic shot from 600 metres above the freshwater fjord of Western Brook Pond, which will take you a full day if you go by boat, or four days if you do the full hike. You can also take in sheep meadows by the ocean along the Green Gardenstrail, rocky desert hikes across the red Tablelands, or easy waterfront at Berry Head Pond. Even just driving through the park gives you spectacular and varied scenery. Wherever you choose to go, this UNESCO World Heritage Site rewards you with unparalleled visuals.
The Daily Catch
St. Lunaire-Griquet; dailycatch.ca
After a day admiring the ocean, local seafood is what you need! At The Daily Catch, you might even be able to contact the fisherman who caught your lobster dinner, with a QR tag that comes with it. Or you can catch live music on Wednesday evenings, to go with your cod tongues and scrunchions. Try a Partridgeberry Martini or a beer from Quidi Vidi Brewing Company to go with your varied seafood. The restaurant does take reservations, which might be a good idea as people come from miles away to enjoy the food.
L’Anse aux Meadows National Historic Site
Vikings came to Canada over a thousand years ago, and their spirit is still strong at this historic site. At the only Viking site in North America, costumed Viking interpreters welcome you and engage you among the recreated buildings. There is an interpretation centre to start you on your visit, and then you can choose to walk among the buildings, the grassy ruins, or up on the cliffside walkways. It’s a wide-open vista, ready for you to see the land as the Vikings first did.
Entente Cordiale Beachfront Inn
Portland Creek, NL; ententecordiale.com
You’ll find the Inn at the end of a road in Portland Creek, with a whole beach just waiting for you! Offering six rooms, you’ll be spoiled with attention from the kitchen ladies and the owner. The family has re-built their home to ensure maximum comfort, and you can enjoy oceanfront dining right on the edge of the water to take in the huge sunsets. Situated about halfway up the western coast, you’re ready to go south to Gros Morne or north to L’Anse aux Meadows.
Logan’s Bergy Bits
St. Lunaire-Griquet, NL; facebook.com/groups/129224591028330
Take home part of an iceberg! Bergy Bits are what locals call small chips of icebergs, and you can take them home with you before they melt into the Atlantic Ocean. In the summer, Logan sells bags of iceberg bits out of the shed built for him by his father. Even though he’s young and still in school, Logan is already a Newfoundland Youth Ventures Entrepreneur.
Northland Discovery Boat Tours
St. Anthony; discovernorthland.com/tour/discovery-tour
St. Anthony is the iceberg and whale watching capital of Newfoundland, and Northland will get you out on the ocean to see as much as possible. The experienced naturalist and captain onboard with you, along with their landside whale spotters, will get you as close to the action as possible. And you’ll get some local colour, too, as you’re regaled with tall tales of the ocean when setting out on the high seas.