"In Newfoundland, rest assured you can arrive with a laugh and leave with a smile."
Newfoundland is a province rich with history, culture and sprawling with natural beauty. All these wonders have been here for thousands of years, embraced by those who happened upon them. It's up to the traveller to enjoy them, to go vigorously in search of people, adventures, and places to experience.
You’ll find regions with sheltered coves and sandy beaches and area’s popular for sailing and swimming. The Gros Morne National Park offers hiking, trekking and climbing and over 100 km. of hiking trails. Each February in Corner Brook, the province’s pulp and paper centre, a winter carnival is held, while the best cross-country skiing trails can be found in Labrador, also notorious for trapping to whaling to Military bases.
Salmon fishing is particularly good in the Exploits and Gander rivers. The salmon fishing season runs from May to mid-September. Near Route 91, visitors can be guided around a man-made salmon ladder on the Rocky River Falls and learn about salmon enhancing in the area.
Newfoundland’s southeastern capital city St John’s is famous for its folk music. There are plenty of bars there where visitors can see live performances by local bands and in the first week of each August, the Newfoundland and Labrador Folk Festival takes place in Bannerman Park.
Two traditions are inevitable with a visit to Newfoundland – kissing the cod, where the visitor must kiss a codfish, the emblem of the historic fishing industry, upon arrival; and the "screech-in," where mainlanders and visitors to the isle must drink a shot or glass of Screech (a brand of Jamaican Rum famous to Newfoundland). These "traditions" however, are little more than tourist activities originally invented by locals for a good laugh.