Lodging in Newfoundland

• A WorldWeb.com Travel Guide for Newfoundland, Atlantic Canada.
A province of vast geographical diversity, a long and unique history and a distinctive, vibrant culture, Newfoundland offers a great mix of natural beauty, tradition and modernity, and appeals to all ages and travel interests. Expansive, rugged coastlines, awe-inspiring national parks and significant historic sites are accented by quaint villages and a handful of urban centres, all offering down-home hospitality and unrivalled lodging experiences to suit the most astute of traveller.

All travelling styles and budgets are accommodated for on the island province—known locally as "The Rock"—where captivating scenery and adventure await.

AVALON

Encompassing the region along the most eastern shores of the province, including the bustling and historic city of St. John's, the Avalon Peninsula is home to over half of the province's population and is a popular destination for those seeking modern conveniences and easy access to natural scenery, quaint outports (small, isolated coastal communities) and local culture. Here, lodging choices are most plentiful and diverse, especially in St. John's, where visitors can choose from full-service chain and luxury hotels, historic inns, budget-friendly hostels and ample selections of quaint bed and breakfast properties.

Other notable destinations include stays in charming picture-perfect fishing villages like Brigus, archaeologically-rich Cupids or the scenic harbour village of Holyrood. These small outports are all within an hour's drive of St. John's and primarily offer lodging choices in family-run bed and breakfasts, which make for ideal circumstances to completely immerse in the local way of life.

EASTERN REGION

Just west of Avalon lies the Eastern Region, where culture, artistry and seafaring heritage are manifested in distinctive English architecture, breathtaking seascapes, prominent historic sites and time-honoured traditions, such as shipbuilding and commercial fishing. Lodging selections are smaller-scale and of the bed and breakfast, inn and vacation rental variety, making for intimate opportunities for encounters with the natural surroundings and village activity.

Home to the historical landing site of John Cabot in 1497, Bonavista is a history-filled destination that offers ample lodging opportunities in bed and breakfast accommodations, well-appointed harbour-front inns and ocean-view cottages. Trinity is another noteworthy destination in the region—known for its annual theatrical arts pageant, impressive harbour and strong ties to heritage—all accentuated by its collection of traditional, vividly-painted manor-style lodgings, cottages and bed and breakfasts.

CENTRAL REGION

Situated at the heart of the province, the Central Region is most synonymous with its outstanding and authentic recreational opportunities—iceberg viewing and whale watching in Twillingate, hiking the boreal forests and coastal trails of Terra Nova National Park near Glovertown and exploring the memorable sights on Fogo Island are just a few standout experiences and destinations that are sure to inspire.

In the smaller outport communities, bed and breakfast accommodations and cottage rentals are most plentiful while the larger commercial town of Gander—an important air transportation hub—and Grand Falls-Windsor provide more diversity when it comes to lodging options. In these larger centres, a range of family-friendly chain accommodators, independent hotel properties and bed and breakfast options are available, catering to both business and leisure travel needs.

WESTERN REGION

Ancient mountain ranges, thousands of kilometres of coastline, cavernous fjords and two of the country's most compelling historic and natural sights find their home among the magical landscapes of the Western Region of Newfoundland, which stretches for over 750 km (466 mi) from the ferry terminal town of Port aux Basques to the far outreaches of the Great Northern Peninsula.

The main centres of Stephenville, Corner Brook and Deer Lake are all located along the Trans-Canada Highway (Highway 1) and provide an abundance of choices for overnight and extended stays, including well-appointed vacation lodgings for ski buffs hitting the slopes of Marble Mountain. At the junction of Highway 1 and Highway 430, visitors can embark north towards Rocky Harbour, which offers ample lodging choices and is an excellent base for exploring the wonders of Gros Morne National Park, where evidence of over 485,000,000 years of geological transformations are at the ready for discovering.

L'Anse aux Meadows—home to the Viking village of L'Anse aux Meadows National Historic Site—is located at the region’s northernmost tip, an approximate nine-hour drive from the ferry terminal. The remote area offers limited bed and breakfast accommodations and spaces can fill up quickly during the peak June-to-October season, so early reservations or alternative lodging planning in nearby St. Anthony, are highly recommended.

LABRADOR

Best characterized by its remoteness and unspoiled beauty, the Labrador Region of Newfoundland is separated from the main island by the Strait of Belle Isle and shares its western and southern border with the province of Quebec. The northern region is a prime destination for those seeking the utmost in intimate encounters with nature, whether pursuits are hunting, fishing, snowmobiling, hiking or northern lights observations, which are visible in some northernmost areas for over 200 nights a year. Bordered by the Atlantic Ocean on the east and featuring a subarctic and polar climate, the vast territory is largely uninhabited and consequently, offers more limited accommodation choices than the rest of the province.

Major centres include the transportation hub of Happy Valley-Goose Bay, where a handful of independently-run hotel and motel properties are available to visitors, as well as a small selection of bed and breakfast choices. Located in the west and one of the most accessible community in all of Labrador, the mining town of Labrador City also provides a small selection of lodging choices in family-run establishments and offer a great home-base for backcountry exploration or alpine skiing at Smokey Mountain.


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