Western Newfoundland

Western Newfoundland is a place with thousands of miles of coastline, endless forest and ancient mountains. The region extends from Port aux Basques to the top of the Great Northern Peninsula. Its 1.25-billion-year-old geological history is as old as the planet and its human history stretches back 4,500 years. Gros Morne National Park , a UNESCO World Heritage Site, offers more than 65 kilometres of scenic mountain hiking.

Enjoy leisurely strolls or challenging treks through rock formations that came from the centre of the earth.Climb Gros Morne itself and view the spectacular landscape of mountains and fjords carved by glaciers and formed by tectonic upheaval. A National Historic Site at Port au Choix introduces the intriguing prehistory of the province and the Maritime Archaic people with their elaborate burial rituals, and the Dorset Eskimos with their uniquely tiny tools. At L'Anse aux Meadows, you'll come across the grassy field where the Norse first settled the New World. It's now a UNESCO World Heritage Site where Park Canada has reconstructed a Viking village. Experience life five centuries before Columbus. You can share the great pride Newfoundlanders take in their history and embrace the homely friendliness of the west coast region.

History buffs can pursue their special interests at historic sites and community museums all over the Western Region. In St. Anthony, you can stop at Grenfell House and learn the inspiring story of Sir Wilfred Thomason Grenfell and his hospital mission. At Wiltondale, the lives of everyday Newfoundlanders in the last century are beautifully illustrated at the Pioneer Village. Museums in Port aux Basques, Cow Head and St. Anthony tell of the trials and triumphs of the people who settled this part of the province. The northern half of the west coast is The French Shore where for more than 300 years French fishermen and their descendants have maintained a distinct culture and kept their language alive. Come celebrate Une Longue Veillée, a festival of traditional song, dance, and recitation on the Port au Port peninsula. Folk festivals and community events are held frequently throughout the region. You can enter a fishing contest, watch a logging competition, enjoy a crab festival or even a strawberry jamboree. For a holiday filled with great theatre events (from Broadway hits to locally written plays) the Stephenville Festival is just the ticket. Humber Valley Resort is an excellent base from which to explore the entire Western region. Set between the Long Range Mountains and the open sea, nearby Corner Brook is as alive in winter as summer with a carnival of snowy fun centred around Marble Mountain which offers some of the best skiing east of the Rockies.

The Western Region is a special place of natural beauty and natural history which offers the very best of the great outdoors.


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