The Best Things to Do and See on Canada’s Northern Peninsula

Photo of Kate Horodyski
29 December 2017

Newfoundland’s Great Northern Peninsula is packed with cultural and natural wonders. Explore the area where Native Americans lived more than 6,000 years ago and where later the Vikings first arrived to North America. Fjords, fishing towns, archaeological sites, and more come together to create an action-packed, must-visit destination.

L’Anse aux Meadows National Historic Site

Explore the site where Vikings first landed in North America over 1,000 years ago. There is so much to explore and do at this UNESCO World Heritage Site – you’ll be transported back to the time when the Vikings first arrived and learn about their history and way of life.

L’Anse Aux Meadows | © Newfoundland and Labrador Tourism

Gros Morne National Park

This UNESCO World Heritage Site is an outdoor adventurer’s wonderland, and it offers its visitors unparalleled beauty and adventure. A visit to the park could be an entire vacation on its own, and no trip to this region is complete without a visit to the park.

Gros Morne | © Newfoundland and Labrador Tourism

Drive the Viking Trail

Explore all that the peninsula has to offer by taking a drive along the Viking Trail, which is a 489-kilometre scenic route that runs along the west coast of Newfoundland and extends (via a ferry route) into Labrador. Along the way you’ll enjoy the natural and cultural beauty that this region has to offer.

Explore the region’s villages

You’ll find small villages, including Grandois/St. Julien’s, Englee, and many more, scattered all along the peninsula’s coast. Stop in to as many of these towns as you have time for to experience local life and Newfoundland’s good old-fashioned hospitality.

Newfoundland | © Go Western Newfoundland/Aiden Mahoney

Visit St. Anthony

“The hub of the Great Northern Peninsula” is the perfect place to explore the region from. This town might be small in population, but it has a lot to offer its visitors. In addition to being the iceberg capital of the world, and being home to the world’s largest moose population, it’s also a great spot for whale watching, hiking, and enjoying the local culture of the region.

Northern Peninsula | © Linkum Tours Ltd.

Port au Choix National Historic Site

Long before Europeans arrived to North America, Native Americans populated the peninsula. Today, you can learn about their culture and history at the Port au Choix National Historic Site, where you’ll find ancient burial grounds, settlements, original artifacts, hiking trails, and more.

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