Central Newfoundland and Notre Dame Bay

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  • 1. Beothuk Interpretation Centre

    Explore the lives of the Beothuk, a First Nations people who succumbed in the early 19th century to a combination of disease and battle with European settlers. A 1½-km (1-mile) trail leads to the archaeological site that was inhabited from about 1650 to 1720, when the Beothuk departed this stretch of coast as settlers moved in. Walk softly to feel The Spirit of the Beothuk, represented by a commanding bronze statue by Gerald Squires that stands almost hidden in the woods. Just in back of the center is a Spirit Garden, opened in consultation with First Nations in Newfoundland, which is the site of an annual "Voices on the Wind" ceremony in September.

    Southside Rd., Boyd's Cove, Newfoundland and Labrador, A0G 1G0, Canada
    709-656–3114-seasonal contact

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    Rate Includes: C$6, Closed early Oct.–late May
  • 2. Long Point Lighthouse

    Among the few Newfoundland lighthouses you can climb (55 steps), this 1876 structure on a 300-foot cliff inspires gasps with its panoramic view, which includes whales and icebergs at the right times of year. For those who choose not to go inside, the lighthouse serves as a departure point for picturesque walking trails. The nearby Long Point Centre has a fascinating collection of local artifacts.

    Lighthouse Rd., Twillingate, Newfoundland and Labrador, A0G 4M0, Canada

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    Rate Includes: C$10
  • 3. Newfoundland Pony Sanctuary

    Newfoundland ponies are a part of the Island's cultural history and heritage. Netta LeDrew, founder of the sanctuary, can tell visitors of the work this breed did hauling capelin in from the stages and plowing the fields. But the ponies under her care know no such rigors; these sturdy little beauties are a part of a rescue and breeding program. You can come and meet them and appreciate their picturesque lives with their devoted caretaker, a brand new barn, and plenty of space to graze and roam.

    Change Islands, Newfoundland and Labrador, A0G 1R0, Canada

    Sight Details

    Rate Includes: Suggested donation of C$10
  • 4. North Atlantic Aviation Museum

    Just down the highway from the visitor information center, this museum provides an expansive view of Gander's and Newfoundland's roles in aviation. In addition to viewing the aircraft collection (including a World War II–era Lockheed Hudson and a Voodoo fighter jet) and some photographs, you can climb into the cockpit of a real DC-3. 

    135 Trans-Canada Hwy., Gander, Newfoundland and Labrador, A1V 1W6, Canada

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    Rate Includes: $8, Closed weekends Sept.–May
  • 5. Olde Shoppe Museum at Change Islands

    Finding a one-room museum built and maintained by a local character is a given on most trips through small towns. Finding one that holds any interest or is meticulously well organized, with each artifact researched through painstaking tracking of oral histories, is usually akin to a snipe hunt. But Peter Porter is a curator by deep instinct if not training. His stories and anecdotes may be oft repeated and almost pat in their singsong cadence, but his respect for the history he is preserving is contagious. His accordion playing isn't shabby either.

    Change Islands, Newfoundland and Labrador, A0G 1R0, Canada
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  • 6. Prime Berth Twillingate Fishery & Heritage Centre

    This museum pays tribute to the life and work of fishermen in Twillingate, whose livelihood was determined by annual lottery, which assigned the top fishing area or prime berth. Visitors are awed by actual reconstructions of two whale skeletons, as well as an underwater camera and an iceberg gallery. There's also a blacksmith shop, an aquarium, an observation tower, and a crafts studio. The facility's owner, David Boyd, aka Captain Dave ( captdave.ca), conducts boat trips to fish for lobster and cod or to watch whales and icebergs.

    1 Main Hwy. 340, Twillingate, Newfoundland and Labrador, A0G 4M0, Canada

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    Rate Includes: C$5
  • 7. Silent Witness Memorial

    The memorial marks the spot where, on December 12, 1985, an Arrow Air DC-8 carrying the 101st Airborne Division home for Christmas crashed, killing 256 American soldiers and civilian flight crew. The site lies just off the highway on a rough gravel road, but it's a must-see. The setting, a clearing in the woods overlooking the grandeur of Gander Lake, is peaceful and moving, and the memorial sculpture, of a boy and girl holding the hands of a peacekeeper, is poignantly rendered.

    Eastern side of Trans-Canada Hwy., Gander, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada
  • 8. Tilting National Historic Site

    The community of Tilting, on Fogo's far end, is famous for how well they have preserved their "vernacular" architecture—small boxy wooden houses right on the water's edge with a simple and practical center-hall design broken into four small bedrooms upstairs to maximize on privacy and minimize on heating costs. The Dwyer Fishing Premises won an award for preservation of the architectural heritage of Newfoundland and Labrador, and along with the Old Irish Cemetery, the Lane House Museum, and Sandy Cove Park, make for a complete afternoon outing. If the weather is nice, a picnic or camping on Sandy Cove beach is a treat.

    Tilting, Fogo Island, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada

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