Newfoundland is a phenomenal province to visit for outdoor adventures. Not only is the scenery exceptional, especially along the coast and in Gros Morne National Park, but the people are so friendly and welcoming that they are reason enough to go.
Over a couple of summers, I have spent almost a month in Newfoundland. Here are what I think are the top 10 outdoor adventures – not including fishing, whale watching or diving.
#1 Hike or Backpack the East Coast Trail
Running from Cape St. Francis in the north to Cappahayden in the south, the East Coast Trail offers 265 kms of rugged coastal scenery via a series of 24 connected paths, each with its own northern and southern trailhead. Along the length of the trail you are treated to fjords, cliffs, headlands and sea stacks. You hike past Cape Spear, the most easterly point in Canada and with luck, and depending on the time of year, you’ll see icebergs and whales. Lighthouses, ecological reserves, abandoned settlements and wildlife encounters are also in the cards.
Along the Sugarloaf Path – East Coast Trail
You can hike sections individually or you can take 10-14 days and hike the whole trail. Join a scheduled day hike led by a member of the East Coast Trail if you’re just visiting St. John’s for a few days.