Newfoundland & Labrador: the best place for edge of the world views

Backpacker enjoying the classic Western Brook views
Backpacker enjoying the classic Western Brook views

Newfoundland and Labrador may be Canada's youngest province but it's here that you will find boundless natural wonders that are the continent's oldest.

This most easterly part of Canada has no shortage of superlatives in the region. The capital city, St. John’s, holds the title of the oldest city in North America and, when taking a stroll through its colourful centuries-old streets, you’ll discover a city full of character. 

Coastal view of The Battery in St. John's

To discover history from a much earlier era, travel farther north to L’Anse aux Meadows, the oldest Viking settlement on the continent. 

Meeting of Two Worlds Sculpture, L'Anse aux Meadows |  <i>Dru Kennedy Photography</i>

On the Labrador Peninsula, you’ll find the rugged Torngat Mountains which are, you guessed it, among the oldest in the world. Sensing a pattern here?

Hiking the East Coast Trail near Cape Spear, Avalon Peninsula |  <i>Newfoundland and Labrador Tourism</i>

In addition to boasting a solid ‘oldest things’ list, Newfoundland and Labrador have also claimed a few, perhaps lesser-known, titles. Ever wondered where you can find the foggiest place in the whole wide world? Yep, the honour goes to the Grand Banks; an area on the eastern coast of Newfoundland where the Labrador Current and Gulf Stream meet. 

Speaking of the coast, it's here that you’ll find the most coastline in Canada; nearly 29,000 km. Canada, of course, has the longest coastline in the world and this province contributes its fair share.

If you like wildlife, you should definitely head to this easternmost province, as it’s in Newfoundland and Labrador that you’ll find the highest density of moose on the continent. It also has the largest caribou herds and claims to have the biggest black bears... Now, this is starting to sound like an urban legend but, rest assured, it’s all true.

Woodland Caribou, Newfoundland and Labrador

Also scattered among the wildlife are some of the most helpful people in the world. Newfoundlanders were the first to respond to the distress call of the RMS Titanic and, when flights were grounded on 9/11, the small town of Gander opened its homes to thousands of stranded travellers. You can experience the friendliness of the locals yourself when you hit the trails in this stunningly beautiful part of Canada. That said, don’t expect crowds, there is plenty of room to roam in Newfoundland and Labrador.

Stairway to Bawden Highlands, East Coast Trail |  <i>Caroline Mongrain</i>

Interested in self-guided hiking in Newfoundland, why not hike the East Coast Trail? Or if otherworldly landscapes is your kind of adventure, trekking in the rugged beauty of the Long Range Mountains on our guided Gros Morne Traverse is for you.

The rugged Tablelands in Gros Morne National Park

 

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