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Welcome to Newfoundland & Labrador

Newfoundland and Labrador is located on the eastern edge of North America. From historic sites and lighthouses to museums and natural wonders, there's much to explore by RV.

The Vikings landed on this province during the Middle Ages, and you can follow in their footsteps when you explore Newfoundland's five rugged regions:

Avalon Region
The Avalon bears a fitting name, reminiscent of the legend and romanticism of its misty, Arthurian island counterpart. This is where Newfoundland and North America begins. Cape Spear Lighthouse National Historic Site is perched on a rugged cliff on the continent's most easterly point.

The provincial capital of St. John's, the oldest and most easterly city in North America, is a combination of big-city luxury and small-town charm. Wander the narrow, criss-crossing streets past colorful jellybean row houses wedged together along the sides of steep hills. In the center of the entertainment district George Street is two blocks of bars, pubs, and restaurant.

Visit Quidi Vidi, a charming village-within-a-city and hike up nearby Signal Hill through the Battery, where tiny wooden homes cling to cliffsides. Cabot Tower guards the top of Signal Hill. Here, Marconi famously received his first transmission across the Atlantic in 1901.

Perched high above the city, The Rooms unites the Provincial Archives, Art Gallery, and Museum. Its unique design mirrors the "fishing rooms" where families came together to process their catch. The Rooms offers panoramic vistas of St. John's and its harbor.

History thrives in Brigus. The town's well-kept old-style architecture, rustic stone walls, green gardens, and winding narrow lanes are reflective of its English, Irish, and Welsh heritage.

Visit Hawthorne Cottage National Historic Site, the former home of Captain Bob Bartlett who was hailed as the greatest ice navigator of the 20th century.

A wonderland for birdwatchers Cape St. Mary's Ecological Reserve is the most accessible seabird rookery in North America.

Eastern Region
There are many historic, charming communities, flanked by sheltered coves to explore throughout the Eastern Region. The area stretches from John Cabot's historical 1497 landing place on the Bonavista Peninsula to the French islands of St. Pierre et Miquelon.

In the Bonavista harbor, step inside a full-size floating replica of Cabot's ship, The Matthew.

Catch a glimpse of 10,000-year-old icebergs from the top of Cape Bonavista Lighthouse Provincial Historic Site, and look out over the horizon where light-keepers have stood watch since the 1840s.

The Ryan Premises National Historic Site, a restored merchant's premises, commemorates the role of the East Coast fishery in Canadian history from the early 1500s to the present day.

Mockbeggar Plantation Provincial Historic Site tells the story of life in Newfoundland during the 1930s and 1940s.

Houses, museums, art galleries, and other historic buildings preserved from the 18th century fill the Trinity area known locally as Trinity Bight. This area is known for its talented performers and exceptional theater. The outdoor walkabout New Founde Lande Trinity Pageant pulls you into the 1700s. Local actors and singers from Rising Tide Theatre give you a glimpse of the daily lives, traditions, and hardships of their forefathers.

Central Region
The Central Region contains some of the best outdoor experiences to be found in the province. Visit Iceberg Alley, the stretch of coastline where six different types of icebergs float down from Greenland and where 26 species of whales gather in large numbers to feed.

As you explore you'll discover clapboard houses sitting atop rocky coasts, and wharves and boats that testify to the continuing importance of the centuries-old fishing industry.

The inlets of the North Atlantic meet the boreal forest of central Newfoundland at Terra Nova National Park. The rocky cliffs merge inland into rolling green hills, dense forests, marshy bogs, and green meadows.

Western Region
The Western Region features ancient mountains, fjords, icebergs, whales, and two UNESCO World Heritage Sites. A sliver of land on Newfoundland's island, this region stretches 470 miles from Channel-Port aux Basques on the southwest, to the Viking site of L'Anse aux Meadows at the most northerly tip of the Great Northern Peninsula.

With the discovery of a small cloak pin in 1968 by archaeologists Helge and Anne Stine Ingstad, L'Anse aux Meadows became the first and only authenticated Norse site in North America. In 1978, the National Historic Site became an UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Renowned for its complex geology Gros Morne National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, encompasses the towering Long Range Mountains and the unique Tablelands, a mountain of flat-topped rock of a kind usually found only deep in the earth's mantle. With a unique geological history dating back 1.25 billion years and a human history spanning 4,500 years, this land is still being researched and discovered today.

Just down the road is Norstead, a recreated Viking port of trade. This Viking village, yet another UNESCO World Heritage Site, features a reconstructed complex of sod huts that offers a glimpse into the life of Nordic visitors a thousand years ago.

Labrador, the Big Land, is one of the last untamed, unspoiled places left on earth. It stretches from the Strait of Belle Isle in the south, to Cape Chidley in the far north, boasting towering mountains, massive rock faces, and numerous lakes and rivers.