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A wonderland for birdwatchers and explorers alike

Brightly coloured fishing boats are all over the coast

10,000 year old icebergs drift south – ice sculpting on a grand scale

Twillingate is a traditional fishing town called an outport

Whales abound on coast during the early summer

See whales up close on a tour boat

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Newfoundland

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So much to see in Newfoundland – you’ll be planning your return trip before you know it

 

Almost every community and village has a story—and a local museum. It’s well worth the time to stop in villages and small towns to see what they have to offer. Several coastal communities have fascinating lighthouses. Of course the scenery is breathtaking and if you are interested in photography, there’s a photo opportunity around every bend.

 

“Must see” things in Newfoundland include whale watching, birds and icebergs. There are many companies in the province that offer guided tours—usually by boat. Excursions can range from a couple of hours to a full day.

 

Aside from outdoor fun, other wonderful things to see include theatre productions, most of which are based in the capital St. John’s. For the past 40 years theatre has been a mainstay of the culture in Newfoundland. Many of the stories told are of local events or personalities, and many have a saucy comedic edge. Rising Tide Theatre has been a summer fixture in Trinity since the 1980s, and the Stephenville Theatre Festival has been around for almost 35 years.

 

There is also a huge music scene in Newfoundland. There’s so much music here that it’s almost impossible to define and explain. There are folk and traditional musicians in every corner of the province who play tunes and sing songs their ancestors brought with them from England and Ireland. There’s a jazz festival, a chamber music festival, a far-out experimental sound-music festival, a big folk festival and many smaller ones, too. And, of course, there’s rock and blues and hip-hop. Venues range from venerable church halls to comfortably modern spaces, hockey rinks and outdoor stages.

 

But the real secret is the kitchen party. These are not advertised and you hear about them by word of mouth only. Traditional musicians and avid dancers can keep going all night. If you get invited, go.