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Welcome to Explore Downhome. This summer guide is packed with useful and fun information, including a comprehensive list of campgrounds, festivals, events and attractions found all over Newfoundland and Labrador. We hope you get out and enjoy as many of these activities as you can fit into your travel and vacation plans this year. If you would like to be part of next year’s Explore Downhome or would like to update any information included in the guide, please contact us at: Downhome Inc. 43 James Lane St. John’s, NL A1E 3H3

709-726-5113 1-888-588-6353 709-726-2135 (fax) mail@downhomelife.com

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getting ready towing checklist getting your boat ready camping season calendar RV services electric car charging stations LABRADOR LISTINGS wild & local eats hometown celebrities WEST LISTINGS wild & local eats where can I…

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hometown celebrities hashtags to follow CENTRAL LISTINGS wild & local eats hometown celebrities where can I… flags explained EAST LISTINGS wild & local eats hometown celebrities tourists say the dardnest things!

Cover: Cape Spear sunrise Scott Udle photo

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getting Shelter

Tent Ground cloth/tarp Extra stakes Shade tarp/poles/rope Axe and hammer Mat for tent entrance Dust pan/brush Utility bags for storage Bedding

Sleeping bag Sheets/blankets Pillow Air mattress/sleeping pad/cot Air pump Cooking

ready ✓ Containers for food storage Potato peeler Drinks/snacks Hot chocolate/tea bags/coffee Clothes

Shoes/boots Shower shoes/flip flops Jeans/pants/belt Shorts T-shirts Extra socks Hat Bandana Sweatshirt/jacket Underwear Pyjamas Rain gear Swimsuit/towel Laundry bag

Books/magazines Duct tape/electrical tape Candles Notepad/pen Tools (screwdrivers, hammer, etc.) Cellphone/charger 2-way radios/walkie talkies Backpack/fanny pack Small shovel Fishing gear/licence/bait Safety pins Radio Money/ID/credit card/quarters Musical instruments/song books Bikes/helmets Camp chairs Travel alarm clock Work gloves Umbrella Hand wipes Tissues Small sewing kit Park map/guidebooks/trail maps Fire extinguisher Lantern pole or hanger Scissors

Large water jug & water bucket Potholders/oven mitts Coolers/ice Pots and frying pans with lids Personal Thermos Towels/washcloth Stove with fuel/propane Soap in plastic case/shampoo Utensils – spatula, knife, spoon Toothbrush/toothpaste Matches/lighter Deodorant Tongs Comb/brush Charcoal/firewood/starter Razor Medical Skewers/grill forks Feminine products First-aid kit Can opener/bottle opener Toilet paper Pain medications Campfire grill/BBQ grill Shower bag or 5 gallon bucket Antacids Folding table Personal medicines (take extra) Tweezers (for splinters) Tablecloth/thumb tacks/clips Eyeglasses, contacts, sunglasses Antiseptic, Band-Aids Plates & bowls Allergy medications Mugs/paper cups Miscellaneous Sunburn product Silverware/plastic ware Sunscreen/lip balm Insect bite cream Mixing bowl Flashlight/batteries Measuring cups Lantern with fuel/mantles Before You Go Cutting board Pocketknife Travel guides/maps/itinerary Heavy-duty aluminum foil Extra batteries/bulbs Reserve campsite Resealable plastic bags Plastic grocery bags Vehicle check Paper towels Compass Install on/off timers on lamps Napkins Binoculars Shut down water heater Trash bags Insect repellent Lock windows and doors Dish pan Rope/clothesline Activate home alarm Dish soap Whistle Leave a key with a neighbour Dish rags/towels Canteen/water bottle/coffee pot Arrange for your lawn to be cut Clothespins Water filters/purification system Arrange to have your mail checked Scrub pad Bungee cords/straps Cooking oil/spray Camera/batteries/film/video Seasonings/sugar/condiments Cards/games/toys 6 : explore 2019

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towing

checklist Tow Vehicle

OK

Needs Attention

OK

Needs Attention

Coolant level in radiator Coolant level in coolant recovery reservoir Radiator cap seals properly Water level in battery Battery terminals free of corrosion Radiator hoses (flexible and tight) Fan belt not loose or worn Transmission fluid level Condition of transmission fluid (if fluid is pinkish – oil is OK, if fluid is dark brown, you need your transmission serviced) Transmission fluid cooler hoses and connections Engine oil level – does oil need to be changed? Power steering fluid level Hose and connections to power steering Spark plug wires snug Air filter – does it need to be changed? Fluid in windshield washer reservoir

Trailer

Walk around and check these items

All lights operate properly All tires (tire pressure and tread wear) All wheel lugs Safety chains connected and crisscrossed Breakaway locking-pin (if used) Coupler locking-pin (if used) Electric cable connected and secure Lights and turn signals functioning with tow vehicle Tongue jack fully up Dolly wheel removed (if appropriate) Stabilizer jacks stored (if appropriate) Load distributed in trailer so proper tongue weight is maintained (about 10% of trailer load) Trailer is level when attached Bearings greased Coupler size matches ball size 8 : explore 2019

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Getting Your Boat Ready Before you launch your boat for the first time this summer, read over this checklist.

❏ Clean the boat inside and out. Wash the exterior with proper fibreglass cleaner; regular household cleaners could scratch the surface. Finish with a coat of wax.

❏ Remove distributor cap, clean it and reinstall it properly.

❏ Inspect the steering system and lubricate where necessary.

❏ Inspect the hull, seats and other vinyl/canvas surfaces for cracks, tears and mildew. Repair and clean surfaces with the proper cleaner.

❏ Replace the gas, change the engine oil and oil/fuel filter, and refill the cooling system.

❏ Examine the fuel line and hoses for cracks. ❏ Reinstall all batteries that you took out for the winter. Make sure they’re fully charged. If necessary, top up battery fluids with distilled water.

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❏ Start the engine and make sure it is running smoothly before taking your first trip. Check all the gauges.

❏ Reconnect all electronics that were disconnected over the winter (eg. GPS, radio etc.) and test that they’re working properly.

❏ Make sure all safety equipment (eg. lifejackets, fire extinguisher, first-aid kit, emergency flares etc.) is in good condition and securely stowed.

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2019 Provincial Campground Operating Season Barachois Pond Provincial Park

May 15 - Sept. 16

Blow Me Down Provincial Park

May 31 - Sept. 9

Butter Pot Provincial Park

May 15 - Sept. 16

Dildo Run Provincial Park

May 31 - Sept. 16

Frenchman’s Cove Provincial Park

May 15 - Sept. 16

J. T. Cheeseman Provincial Park

May 15 - Sept. 16

La Manche Provincial Park

May 15 - Sept. 16

Lockston Path Provincial Park

May 15 - Sept. 16

Notre Dame Provincial Park

May 15 - Sept. 16

Pinware River Provincial Park

May 31 - Sept. 16

Pistolet Bay Provincial Park

May 31 - Sept. 16

Sandbanks Provincial Park

May 24 - Sept. 16

Sir Richard Squires Memorial Provincial Park

May 24 - Sept. 9 Source: www.NLCamping.ca

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r v services dumping stations labrador 1

central

NORTHERN LIGHT INN AND RV PARK L’Anse au Clair, dumping free for guests ($10 for non-guests). 709-931-2332.

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THE JACKLADDER Big Bonne Bay Pond, Route 430, 7 minutes from Gros Morne National Park. 709-635-5000; info@jackladder.ca

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LAKESIDE AT THORBURN Thorburn Lake, 16 km west of Clarenville, Dumping free for campers. 709-427-7668.

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BELLEVUE BEACH CAMPGROUND Bellevue. 709-442-4536.

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IRVING Bay Roberts, 278 Conception Bay Highway ($5, or free with a gas fill-up). 709-786-7479.

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BUTTER POT PROVINCIAL PARK TCH, 11 km east of Holyrood. 709-709-685-1853/690-4120.

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PIPPY PARK St. John’s (free for park guests, fee for non-guests). 709-737-3669/ 737-3655.

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LA MANCHE PROVINCIAL PARK (park guests only). Route 10. 709-637-2040.

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COUNTRY INN TRAILER PARK Gander, 325 Magee Road (free for park guests, $10 for non-guests). 709-256-4005.

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Ed. Note: Many municipalities and campgrounds offer dumping services. Check with the town/park nearest you.

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r v services direct-RV propane labrador 1

central

HAPPY VALLEY-GOOSE BAY Goose Sales and Services (Home Hardware), 168 Hamilton River Road, call one day ahead. 709896-2982 ext 224.

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GRAND FALLS-WINDSOR. IBEX Fuels, 46 Hardy Ave. 709-489-6942.

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LEWISPORTE. Esso, 226 Main Street. 709535-2342.

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SUMMERFORD. Gary’s Irving, 121 Road to the Isles. 709-629-7146.

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HARE BAY. Davis Motors, 48 Main Road. 709-537-2156.

HAWKE’S BAY. Battlefield Equipment Rentals. 709-248-5345.

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GOOBIES. Circle K, TCH Route 1, call ahead. 709-542-3205.

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VICTORIA. Irving, 229 Main Highway. 709-596-1945.

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MOUNT PEARL. Triple C Car Wash, 66 Old Placentia Road. 709-368-9274.

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MOUNT PEARL. Eastern Propane, 15 Glencoe Drive. 709-747-5501.

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MOUNT PEARL. Mobile Trailer Repair Service. 853 Topsail Road. 709-368-3597.

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electric car charging stations

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labrador HOTEL FERMONT 299 Rue Le Carrefour, Fermont, Quebec (bordering Labrador West).

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ST. CHRISTOPHER’S HOTEL 146 Caribou Rd., Channel-Port aux Basques.

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WOODWARD AUTO SALES 9 TCH 1. Deer

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MARYSTOWN RECREATION CENTRE

57 Columbia Dr., Marystown. HICKMAN CHEVROLET BUICK GMC

332 Memorial Dr., Clarenville. SW ENERGY INC 9 Myers Ave., Industrial

Park, Clarenville.

Lake.

CONCEPTION BAY SOUTH FIRE DEPARTMENT, SECTION ONE 897 Conception Bay

Highway, CBS.

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ROTARY PARADISE COMMUNITY CENTRE

1 Sarah Davis Way, Paradise. 4

RIVERFRONT CHALETS TCH 1, 20 km west

of Grand Falls-Windsor. 5

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BECLIN BUSINESS PARK Beclin Rd., Mount

Pearl.

RIVERSIDE KWIK-WAY CONVENIENCE STORE 72 High St., Grand Falls-Windsor.

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GANDER ELEMENTARY 10 Penney Ave.,

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Gander. 7

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GREEN ROCK EVS 835 Topsail Rd., Bay 2,

Mount Pearl. MOUNT PEARL SUMMIT CENTRE 126

Smallwood Dr., Mount Pearl.

HICKMAN MOTORS GM 201 Airport Blvd.,

Gander.

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AVALON MALL 48 Kenmount Rd., St.

John’s. 17

BMW DEALERSHIP 120 Kenmount Rd., St.

John’s. 18

HAMPTON INN 411 Stavanger Dr., St.

John’s. 19

HEALTH SCIENCES CENTRE 300 Clinch

Cres., St. John’s. 1 20

HICKMAN CHEVROLET CADILLAC

85 Kenmount Rd., St. John’s. INDIGO PARK 351 Water St., St. John’s.

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BROOKSIDE INTERMEDIATE 1169-1181 Thorburn Rd., Portugal Cove-St. Phillips.

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Sources: Canadian Automobile Association (www.caa.ca/evstations), PlugShare.com and ChargeHub.com.

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labrador 17 campgrounds 17 attractions 18 accommodations 18 festivals

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campgrounds

Torngat Mountains National Park

Dumping

Showers

Campsites

Picnic Area

Playground

RVsites

Store

Fire Pits

50 No. of Sites

Nain

Hopedale

Laundromat

Angling

Hiking

Boat Launch

Pets

Swimming

Cabins

Boat Tours

Public Phone

Snack Bar

Amp Service

Water Hookup

Canoeing

Internet/WiFi

ATM

Shelter

Beach

Makkovik

Restaurant

Rigolet

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4 Churchill Falls North West River

Wabush

500

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Cartwright

18 Happy ValleyGoose Bay

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Port Hope Simpson Pinware West St. Modeste

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6-7 21 Red Bay

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L’anse Amour Forteau L’anse au Clair

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PINWARE RIVER PROVINCIAL PARK

6 PARKS CANADA RED BAY NATIONAL HISTORIC

SITE Red Bay; 709-920-2142; Pc.gc.ca/redbay

Pinware, Route 510

709-927-5516 | 1-877-214-2267 www.nlcamping.ca | nlcamping@gov.nl.ca The park borders on the estuary of a good salmon and trout river. Amenities: Salmon and trout angling, hiking trail, picnic sites, pit privies, viewing point, drinking water taps, comfort station with modern washrooms/ showers, dumping station. Wi-Fi hotspot.

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RIGHT WHALE EXHIBIT MUSEUM Red Bay 709-920-2197 labradorcoastaldrive.com redbaytowncouncil@nf.aibn.com This 52-foot skeleton of a whale is 400 years old. The exhibit focuses on the research and protection of the North Atlantic Right Whale.

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MARITIME ARCHAIC BURIAL MOUND NATIONAL HISTORIC SITE OF CANADA L’Anse Amour 709-927 5825 www.seethesites.ca | info@seethesites.ca A plaque Site of National Historic Significance. This marks the burial site of a young Maritime Archaic Indian who died about 7,500 years ago. Various artifacts were discovered buried with the remains of the child, including a walrus tusk, harpoon head, painted stones and a bone whistle. An exhibit about the site is displayed at the Labrador Straits Museum at L’Anse au Loup.

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attractions 2 LABRADOR HERITAGE SOCIETY MUSEUM

North West River; 709-497-8282; Labradorheritagemuseum.ca 3 LABRADOR INTERPRETATION CENTRE

North West River; 709-497-8566; Therooms.ca/labrador-interpretation-centre North West River; 709-487-8282; Labradorheritagemuseum.ca

4 SUNDAY HILL LOOKOUT

5 BATTLE HARBOUR NATIONAL HISTORIC

DISTRICT Battle Harbour; 709-921-6325;

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POINT AMOUR LIGHTHOUSE PROVINCIAL HISTORIC SITE L’Anse Amour 709-927-5825 www.seethesites.ca|info@seethesites.ca Imagine... you’re at the top of the tallest lighthouse in Atlantic Canada, there’s an iceberg, a whale breaching and HMS Raleigh shipwreck in the distance... Coastal hikes, wildflowers, fossils and the oldest burial mound in North America. Get your hiking shoes on and your camera ready.

RALEIGH TRAIL L’Anse Amour 709-927-5825 seethesites.ca|info@seethesites.ca Take this trail along the wreck sites of HMS Raleigh and HMS Lily, British warships that ran aground at Point Amour.

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11 GATEWAY TO LABRADOR VISITOR CENTRE

L’Anse au Clair; 709-931-2013 / 709-9275825; Labradorcoastaldrive.com

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HOTEL NORTH ★★★★ 25 Loring Dr., Happy Valley-Goose Bay 709-896-9301 | 709-899-0053 1-877-996-9301 hotelnorth.ca | hotelnorth@nf.aibn.com Newly renovated rooms, fully-licenced dining room, fibre-op internet. Amenities: 100% smoke-free rooms, satellite flat screen TV, coffee maker, hair dryer, phone, air conditioning in all rooms, fridge in all rooms, efficiency units available, business centre, pillow top mattresses, ATM. $144–$229. (see ad on p.15)

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HOTEL NORTH TWO ★★★1⁄2

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Hamilton River Rd., Happy Valley-Goose Bay

709-896-3351 | 709-896-2300 1-800-563-2763 labradorinn.nf.ca| info@labradorinn.com A seasoned hotel in the heart of Goose Bay known as the home of northern hospitality. Banquet facilities, Larry’s Pizza and Waffle House, cable TV, phone, air conditioned, high-speed internet, laundry, local handcrafted works for sale, VLTs. $$: Rooms $110–$155. VIP suite $200, mini-suites $150–$185, extra person $20.

Hamilton River Rd., Happy Valley-Goose Bay

709-896-3398 | 709-899-0053 1-888-892-5505 hotelnorth.ca| hotelnorthtwo@nf.aibn.com Central Labrador’s premiere hotel. Newly renovated air-conditioned rooms, double rooms, queen suites and executive king suites, franchise restaurant/bar, ATM, Wi-Fi. $144–$229.(see ad on p.15)

★★★★ 3 Royal St., Happy Valley-Goose Bay; royalinnandsuites.ca (see ad on p.27)

THE LABRADOR INN ★★★

14 ROYAL INN & SUITES

NORTHERN LIGHT INN AND CAMPGROUNDS ★★★1⁄2 L’Anse au Clair 709-931-2332 | 1-800-563-3188 www.northernlightinn.com northernlight@nf.sympatico.ca Located at the Gateway to Labrador, the Northern Light Inn is ideally based for travellers to and from the Blanc Sablon ferry and local airport. We offer an excellent rest stop for you and your family, as the region’s only 3.5 star hotel. (see ad on p.20)

★★★★ 4 Buckles Point, Forteau; 709-931-0077; www.theflorianhotel.com (see ad on inside front cover)

17 THE FLORIAN HOTEL

labrador | festivals & events July 1; Happy Valley-Goose Bay; www.happyvalley-goosebay.com

18 CANADA DAY CELEBRATIONS

19 LABRADOR WEST REGATTA

July 26;

Wabush; 709-944-5780; clarkep@nf.sympatico.ca 20 RIGOLET SALMON FESTIVAL

July (dates TBA);

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28TH ANNUAL MARY’S HARBOUR CRAB FESTIVAL August 2 – 4 Mary’s Harbour 709-921-6281 www.facebook.com/MHCrabF/ maryshbr@nf.aibn.com Join the fun and celebrate the local crab fishery. Enjoy indoor and outdoor activities, traditional cuisine, local music and much more! Check out our Facebook page for schedule.

22 GREAT LABRADOR CANOE RACE

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GREAT EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES

SERVING THE COMMUNITY FOR 51 YEARS ~1968-2019~ Carol Automobile Ltd. 55 Avalon Drive, Labrador City

709-944–2000 1–800–563–5555 www.carolauto.com


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Wild & Local Eats When in Labrador, try the famous Arctic char. Here’s a simple recipe for grilled fish served on a green salad or with your favourite sides.

Pan-Fried Arctic Char 2 (6 oz) fillets Arctic char 2 tbsp vegetable oil salt and pepper to taste 2 tsp lemon juice Heat vegetable oil in a frying pan over medium-high heat. Season fillets with salt and pepper. Fry flesh side down (skin side up) for a few minutes, until flesh browns slightly. Then flip fillets and continue cooking until fish flakes easily. Splash each fillet with 1 tsp of lemon juice and immediately remove from pan and serve.

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Mike Adam Labrador City Famous for: Gold medal win at the 2006 Winter Olympics in Turino, Italy with Brad Gushue rink

Mark Nichols Labrador City Famous for: Gold medal win at the 2006 Winter Olympics in Turino, Italy with Brad Gushue rink, and 2017 World Men’s Curling Champion with Brad Gushue rink

Damhnait Doyle Labrador City Famous for: Multiple ECMA winning singer-songwriter

Collin Baikie North West River Famous for: A professional MMA fighter (aka “The Boss”) and mechanic who owns CRB Automotive, star of Discovery TV’s “Last Stop Garage”

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west 29 campgrounds 33 attractions 37 accommodations 40 festivals & events

Sandbanks Provincial Park Daniel Devin photo


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L’Anse aux Meadows

Raleigh

Quirpon

1

campgrounds

Eddies Cove

Deadman’s Cove St. Barbe

Main Brook

Grandois

432

Roddickton Castor’s River

430

Port au Choix

Englee

2

1

Hawke’s Bay

River of Ponds

709-454-7570 nlcamping.ca | parksinfo@gov.nl.ca Near L’Anse aux Meadows National Historic Site and Burnt Cape Ecological Reserve. Comfort station with washrooms, laundry, showers, day-use facilities, pit privies, freshwater swimming, drinking taps throughout the park, salmon river nearby, private sites.

430

Jackson’s Arm

Cow Head Sop’s Arm

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Gros Morne National Park

30

Norris Point

Woody Point

The Beac hes

Portland Creek

Rocky Harbour

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6

420

Cormack

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8

Deer Lake

2 TORRENT RIVER NATURE PARK & CAMP-

GROUND Hawke’s Bay; 709-248-5344;

Howley

Torrentriver.ca; 21 sites

Cox’s Cove Pasadena

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St ep he nv ille

Corner Brook

GROS MORNE NATIONAL PARK T: 709-458-2417 | 709-458-2066 Toll-Free: 1-800-414-6765 grosmorne.info@pc.gc.ca SHALLOW BAY CAMPGROUND; 53 km north of Rocky Harbour, off Route 430; 62 Sites GREEN POINT CAMPGROUND; 12 km north of Rocky Harbour; 31 Sites BERRY HILL CAMPGROUND 4 km north of Rocky Harbour; 69 Sites (2 ground campsites)

Steady Brook

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463

Kip pen s

460

Cape St. George

490

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An gu ill e

11 River Brook

480

3 South Branch

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14 470

Rose Blanche

Port aux Basques

Guide to Symbols 50 No. of Sites

Interpretation

Fire Pits

Boat Launch

Campsites

Angling

Cabins

RV Sites

Hiking

Pets

Dumping

Swimming

Snack Bar

Showers

Boat Tours

Public Phone

Picnic Area

Canoeing

ATM

Playground

Amp Service

Shelter

Laundromat

Water Hookup

Beach

Store

Internet/WiFi

Restaurant

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GROS MORNE RV/CAMPGROUND Rocky Harbour

Burgeo

Doyles

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PISTOLET BAY PROVINCIAL PARK Route 437, 6 km south of Raleigh

Daniel’s Harbour

Lark Harbour

Ca pe

St. Anthony 432

709-458-3133 | 709-458-2238 1-877-488-3133 www.grosmornervcampground.com info@grosmornervcampground.com Situated in the heart of Gros Morne National Park. RV, campsites and motel accommodations. Walking distance to ocean sunsets, Good Sam Park. Free Wi-Fi. Firewood, town drinking water. Within 1 km of swimming, grocery store, gas station/propane, hardware store and pub. 72

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LOMOND RIVER LODGE CAMPGROUND

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GATEWAY TO THE NORTH RV PARK #1 Route 430, Deer Lake

Lomond River

709-635-5888 | 1-888-818-8898 www.gatewaytothenorthrvpark.com geribeaulieu@hotmail.com Open May 20 – Sept. 15. Good Sam Campground. 45 min. from Gros Morne; 1 min. from TCH. New deluxe campground on the banks of the Humber River; centrally located. Free Wi-Fi, pull-through sites, 50 Amp. ALL 60 SITES WITH 3-WAY HOOK-UP. Adjacent to new deluxe nature hiking trail.

709-453-2428 | 1-877-456-6663 www.lomond-river-lodge.com info@lomond-river-lodge.com Located in a country atmosphere, on a scheduled salmon fishing river, bordering on Gros Morne National Park. Offering both wooded and open sites. Also, 6 cottages and 3 rooms available on site. Free Wi-Fi included. 41

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JACKLADDER RV PARK Route 430, Big Bonne Bay Pond

709-635-5000 www.jackladder.ca | info@jackladder.ca Located 7 minutes from Gros Morne National Park, UNESCO World Heritage Site. Direct, level access on Route 430. Large sites featuring back-in access, green space, water hookups, sewer hookups and dumping station. Horseshoe pits, dog park, gazebo, Wi-Fi hotspot. Ice cream, propane exchange, ALC, VLTs, bar/pub with weekly entertainment. Wilderness & land & sea tours, ATV rentals, side-by-side rentals. 40 RV sites

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GRAND LAKE TOURIST PARK Howley

709-636-2912 www.grandlaketouristpark.com grandlaketouristpark@outlook.com Quiet, treed campground in the Howley Narrows of Grand Lake. Large sites (some private), beautiful scenery, good fishing. Short walk to store/gas station and only a 1/2 hour from Deer Lake, airport, golf course. Reservation suggested. 30

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BLOW ME DOWN PROVINCIAL PARK Lark Harbour, Route 450

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SIR RICHARD SQUIRES MEMORIAL PROVINCIAL PARK Route 422 Cormack

709-636-1509 | 1-877-214-2267 www.nlcamping.ca | nlcamping@gov.nl.ca Hiking trails, salmon angling, boat rentals for licensed salmon anglers only, day-use facilities, picnic sites, pit privies, playground, viewing point, drinking taps located throughout the park, comfort station with washrooms and laundry, dumping station. Convenience store, restaurant and room rentals are provided by a private sector operator.

709-681-2430|1-877-214-2267 nlcamping.ca | nlcamping@gov.nl.ca Small, scenic park situated on a peninsula jutting into the Bay of Islands. Day-use facilities, viewing point, drinking taps throughout the park, comfort station with washrooms, laundry & a Wi-Fi hotspot. 28

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BARACHOIS POND PROVINCIAL PARK

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Route 1, 24 km from St. George’s, 20 km from Stephenville

709-649-0048 www.nlcamping.ca | parksinfo@gov.nl.ca One of the largest and most popular provincial parks. Large lake for swimming, boating & angling. Hike up Erin Mountain Trail for a panoramic view of the west coast’s land and sea. Amenities include: Picnic table, fireplace, wheelchair accessible comfort station, washrooms/showers/laundry, dumping station, remote campsite/group camping, day-use area, unsupervised swimming, boating, fishing.

Doyles

709-955-2520 | 709-955-2058 1-877-955-2520 www.grandcodroy.com grandcodroyrvcamping@nf.sympatico.ca Home away from home. First off the ferry, providing you with general information on Newfoundland. Fully serviced big rig and beautiful tenting sites. Locally handmade, quality crafts at reasonable prices in Country Craft Shop. Wi-Fi available. One RV rental (remains on site). Please contact for more information.

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J.T. CHEESEMAN PROVINCIAL PARK 10 km east of Port aux Basques

709-695-7222| 1-877-214-2267 www.nlcamping.ca | nlcamping@gov.nl.ca Located 10 km from Port aux Basques. Users of the Marine Atlantic ferry find this park a convenient first and last stop on the island. Spectacular beach. 22 sites with electrical services, Wi-Fi hotspot. Exercise caution when near endangered Piping Plover breeding habitat.

Route 404, Robinsons

709-645-2169 | 709-645-0601 www.pirateshavenadventures.com paulandruth@nf.sympatico.ca 3.5 star facility. 70 fully serviced sites (30 & 50 amps). Only an hour drive from the Port aux Basques ferry, a great first stop! Located directly off the T’Railway, overlooking Robinsons River. Washrooms, showers, volleyball court, playground, games room, fire pits, firewood. Wi-Fi. Fully licensed restaurant, convenience store and laundromat, fully accessible. ATV and SideBy-Side rentals on site. Come arrange a tour! Let us be your tour guides with family/group outings in our six-seater. Check out our Crab Festival, Annual Pig Roast and Canada Day celebrations.

GRAND CODROY RV/ TENT CAMPING PARK

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SANDBANKS PROVINCIAL PARK Route 480, Burgeo

709-886-2331 nlcamping.ca| parksinfo@gov.nl.ca Some of the most magnificent beaches on the island portion of this province. The endangered Piping Plover nests here; please exercise caution. Adjacent to Burgeo. Wi-Fi hotspot. 30

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ASHTON HOUSE Bide Arm 709-457-2413 www.roddickton.bidearm.ca roddickton@nf.aibn.com The Town of Roddickton-Bide Arm is currently the proud owner of original houses that were relocated by water from Hooping Harbour in 1969. One of those houses is completely restored back to its original condition and displays memorabilia from Lily and Ashton Cassell, who raised their family here.

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Roddickton

4 Englee

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Bellburns Daniel’s Harbour

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Portland Creek 430

Cow Head

Jackson’s Arm

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Sop’s Arm

Gros Morne National Park

Rocky Harbour Woody Point

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Norris Point 10

11 Deer Lake

Lark Harbour

Cox’s Cove

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Pasadena

St ep he nv ille

Steady Brook

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Grandois

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Castor’s River

430

Port au Choix

Corner Brook

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St. Anthony Flower’s Cove Main Brook

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50 CENTURIES INTERPRETATION CENTRE 84-92 Michael’s Dr., Bird Cove 709-247-2011 | 709-247-2256 www.50centuries.ca | info@50centuries.ca Our beautiful museum interprets 5,000 years of human history on the Great Northern Peninsula. The centre is a gateway to 36 archaeological sites, craft shop, tea room and several kilometres of ocean-side walking trails where rare plants, birds and marine life can be observed. Check us out on Twitter @50centuries and Facebook.com/50centuries.

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Eddies Cove

St. Barbe

St. Anthony; 1-877-632-3747; Discovernorthland.com 2

Raleigh

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River Brook

South Branch Doyles

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Rose Blanche

Port aux Basques

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THE GREEN MOOSE INTERPRETATION CENTRE Roddickton 709-457-2413 www.roddickton.bidearm.ca roddickton@nf.aibn.com Opened in 2009, the Green Moose Interpretation Centre explores the complex and changing inter-relationships between people and the land. Decades of logging around Roddickton have created an unexpected result – the perfect moose habitat. Roddickton – “Moose Capital of the World” – now has the largest density of moose in North America. A nuisance to some, moose – an introduced species – are now woven into our way of life and may even prove to be the key to our future. Come and see our moose and polar bear! FRENCH ROOMS CULTURAL CENTER 83 Fisher Street, Port au Choix 709-861-2142 | 709-861-3409 facebook.com/frenchroomsculturalcentre pacheritage@gmail.com Visit the French Rooms Cultural Center and learn all about the French fishery, Point Riche Lighthouse and the Resettlement Era. Come check out French artifacts, items from the lighthouse and watch a video of a house being floated to the area. Purchase local crafts and local OCI shrimp at the Gift Shop. Visit the French Bread Oven and taste freshly baked rolls and local jams. Have your picture taken while sitting in a French Chaloupe! NURSE BENNETT HERITAGE HOUSE Daniel’s Harbour 709-634-3474 www.nursebennett.ca nursemyra.bennett@gmail.com Heritage house steeped in history. Nurse Bennett’s volunteer posting evolved into a lifetime of service from her clinic in the family home, restored with original artifacts.

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DR. HENRY N. PAYNE COMMUNITY MUSEUM/CRAFT SHOP Cow Head 709-243-2023 www.paynemuseum.ca cowheadheritage@gmail.com Tales of virtue and villainy! An intriguing collection of stories and artifacts including a murder weapon, a 700-year-old walrus skull, 4,000year-old stone tools, primitive hooked mats and more. Craft demonstrations and outdoor guided tour. Let us take you back in time!

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BONNE BAY MARINE STATION Norris Point 709-458-2874 | 709-458-2550 www.bonnebay.mun.ca kiley.best@mun.ca Take a guided tour of our aquarium and discover the awesome creatures living in beautiful Bonne Bay, and incorporate a boat tour or kayaking to your visit.

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JENNIEX HERITAGE HOUSE Norris Point 709-458-2828 | Off Season: 709-458-2896 www.norrispoint.ca jenniexhouse@gmail.com Entrance of Norris Point. 1926 typical saltbox house museum with interesting artifacts, craft shop with local handmade crafts, mug-ups and photographer’s lookout. Entrance to the James Humber Walking Trail.

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JACKLADDER TOURS Route 430, Big Bonne Bay Pond 709-635-5000 www.jackladder.ca | info@jackladder.ca Offering wilderness, fishing, and land and sea tours. Adventure to see the Lomond sinkhole; fish on Bonne Bay Pond; experience a crosscountry ride and boil ups. Offering special private, catered ocean tours in different parts of western NL. All tours require booking in advance. Contact our events coordinator for details.

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attractions | west 2 Bonne Bay Rd., Reidville; 1-866-635-5454; NLinsectarium.com

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CORNER BROOK MUSEUM AND ARCHIVES 2 West Street, Corner Brook 709-634-2518 www.cornerbrookmuseum.ca info@cornerbrookmuseum.ca Journey through time in one of Corner Brook’s oldest buildings. Built in 1925 to house the Courtroom, Post Office, Customs and Telegraph Office, this building is now home to collections of natural, cultural and social history of Corner Brook and Western Newfoundland. Various adult and children’s programming from June to October; check with us for listings. For access from November-May, call or email. Follow us on twitter @cbrookmuseum. Wheelchair Accessible. Open May 21-June 28 and Sept. 3 thru October from 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. and 1:004:30 p.m. Monday-Friday. July 2-Aug. 30 open 9 a.m.-5 p.m. five days a week. Days to be to determined, please contact us. Admission: Adults $6, Students $4, Children under 12 Free when accompanied by an adult.

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PIRATE’S HAVEN ALL INCLUSIVE GUIDED ATV DAY EXCURSIONS Robinsons 709-649-0601 www.pirateshavenadventures.com paulandruth@nf.sympatico.ca Pirate’s Haven all-inclusive guided ATV excursions, where natural beauty and adventure awaits. Trail snacks, mug-up lunch & dinner. June 8: Back Country Sensation (Lobster). July 13: Beaches & Oceans (Steak). August 17: Coastal & Sea Stacks (Ribs and Chicken). August 31: Middle of Nowhere Tour (Jiggs Dinner).

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MUSEUM, TEA ROOM, CRAFT & GIFT SHOP

HARVEY TRAIL/HAIRYMAN’S SAFE HAVEN CAFE Isle aux Morts 709-698-3032 | 709-698-3441 www.isleauxmorts.ca townhalliam@nf.aibn.com Experience a leisurely walk along the shoreline of Harvey’s Trail, where Ann Harvey and her family performed two daring rescues in the 1800s. Afterwards enjoy a traditional Newfoundland meal at the Hairyman Safe Haven Cafe and purchase local crafts at the cafe or visitor’s centre.

Port au Port West; 709-721-0200; Ourladyofmercynl.com

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Lourdes; 709-642-5367; Ourladyoflourdesparish.ca

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709-637-2040; Tcii.gov.nl.ca/parks

Rose Blanche; 709-956-2052; rblighthouse@nf.aibn.com KING GEORGE IV ECOLOGICAL RESERVE Nearest community, Burgeo 709-637-2081 www.flr.gov.nl.ca/natural_areas naturalareas@gov.nl.ca A rich delta, part of the Lloyd’s River System, and one of the largest undisturbed river delta sites on the island. An important migratory stop for birds.

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VALHALLA B&B AND VACATION RENTALS ★★★★ Gunners Cove 709-754-3105 1-877-623-2018 www.valhalla-lodge.com ginanoordhof@gmail.com Situated on a hill overlooking the Atlantic Ocean, the perfect vantage point for watching whales and icebergs on iceberg alley. The Valhalla is located only 5 minutes from the L’Anse aux Meadows UNESCO World Heritage Viking Site. This is an established Bed and Breakfast that offers travellers welcoming accommodations and a Viking experience. See icebergs and whales from your guest room window. Newly renovated.

L’Anse aux Meadows Raleigh

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St. Anthony Deadman’s Cove

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Roddickton Castor’s River

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Port au Choix

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River of Ponds

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Daniel’s Harbour Portland Creek

2 GRENFELL HERITAGE HOTEL & SUITES

★★★1⁄2 St. Anthony; www.grenfellheritagehotel.ca (see ad on page 52)

Jackson’s Arm

Cow Head Sop’s Arm

3 TUCKAMORE LODGE

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Main Brook; tuckamorelodge.com (see ad on p.51) 4 PLUM POINT MOTEL

Gros Morne National Park

Rocky Harbour Woody Point

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Norris Point

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SEA ECHO MOTEL ★★★1⁄2 Port au Choix 709-861-3777 www.seaechomotel.ca theseaechomotel@gmail.com 30 rooms, 3 efficiency units. Located halfway between Gros Morne and L’Anse aux Meadows National Parks. Ideal location for exploring the wonders of the Viking Trail. An area rich in history, boundless culture, tradition and great beauty. Room rate is $125 – $150; breakfast included for 2 people.

★★★1⁄2 Hawke’s Bay; 1-800-563-8811; www.torrentriverinn.ca (see ad on p. 41)

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JACKLADDER COTTAGES ★★★★1⁄2 Route 430, Big Bonne Bay Pond 709-635-5000 www.jackladder.ca | info@jackladder.ca 7 minutes from Gros Morne National Park facing White Hills, with your back to Bonne Bay Big Pond. Cottages feature 2 bedrooms, eat-in kitchens, Wi-Fi, satellite TV. Off-road parking, minutes from the Jackladder main building. Quiet locations, BBQs, firepits and deck. Laundry facilities available. Meal plans and discounts on all our tours for those who stay at the Jackladder cottages. Online booking available.

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DRIFTWOOD INN ★★★ Deer Lake 709-635-5115 | 1-888-635-5115 www.driftwoodinn.ca sales@driftwoodinn.ca Enjoy the charm and hospitality at our fully renovated 24-unit hotel, nestled in the town of Deer Lake. Just minutes from the TransCanada Highway and close to all amenities. We also offer a large, self-contained 2-bedroom suite, ideal for extended stays. Ample parking, wireless internet, 32-inch flat screen TVs and perhaps the friendliest staff in the province.

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VICTORIAN MANOR HERITAGE PROPERTIES ★★★1⁄2 Woody Point 709-453-2485 | 1-866-453-2485 www.grosmorneescapes.com vmanorgrosmorne@eastlink.ca Accommodations include B&B, HERITAGE VACATION RENTALS and EFFICIENCY SUITES – each with spectacular views of Gros Morne Mountain, Bonne Bay, and a great view of the Tablelands (a geological wonder). Be sure to visit the Merchant Warehouse Retro Cafe & Wine Bar in Woody Point & Seaside Restaurant at Trout River. Both of these “food” places have water views. MIDDLE BROOK COTTAGES & CHALETS ★★★★ Glenburnie, Gros Morne National Park 709-453-2332 www.middlebrookcottages.com info@middlebrookcottages.com 4-star facility featuring cottages, chalets and non-efficiency suites. Chalets feature loft bedroom and balcony. New Deluxe Adult Retreat Cottage is a “must see.” For a romantic getaway or wedding celebration, the honeymoon cottage is the perfect retreat, complete with a whirlpool bath. Or the Jacuzzi suite could certainly meet your needs. Tranquil setting with pine interior and tasteful décor. Fully air-conditioned. Playground, gift shop, laundromat and firepit with complimentary firewood, all onsite. Convenient access to Middle Brook waterfalls and natural swimming areas.

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★★★★

38 Bennett Ave., Deer Lake; 1-877-6608550; www.hiedeerlakehotel.com (see ad on p. 53) 12 GREENWOOD INN & SUITES

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48 West St., Corner Brook; www.greenwoodcornerbrook.com (see ad on p. 37) 13

GRENFELL CAMPUS MUN ★★★ Corner Brook 709-637-6255 | 1-866-494-3548 www.grenfell.mun.ca/conference-services conferenceservices@grenfell.mun.ca Available May 3 – August 18, 2019. Centrally located, fully furnished 4-bedroom apartments with kitchen, living room and 1 1/2 baths and/or traditional residence rooms with private bathroom. Amenities include free Wi-Fi and local calls. Laundry facilities and unlimited parking available.

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GEORGE’S MOUNTAIN VILLAGE CABINS ★★★1⁄2 Steady Brook, near Corner Brook 709-639-8168 www.georgesskiworld.com georgesmountainvillage@gmail.com Thirteen cozy and comfortable cabins available to rent nightly all year round. One- and two-bedroom cabins (some with Jacuzzi tub). Amenities include: full kitchen, cable TV and DVD, propane fireplaces, free Wi-Fi and BBQ in common cook area. Pets welcome in select cabins only, for an additional charge. Must advise upon booking, as several of our cabins are strictly not pet friendly. Cabins start at $149 per night, double occupancy with additional charges for each extra person. Children under 13 stay free. $50 reservation deposit required. No refunds on cancellations made less than 14 days before reservation date. Contact reservation desk for details.

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SUNNYHOLLOW COTTAGES ★★★1⁄2 Route 404 Robinsons 1-855-645-3916 www.sunnyhollowcottage.ca natasha_boyd@eastlink.ca Sunnyhollow Cottages has a 2-bedroom A-frame and a one-bedroom bungalow. Quiet, private and fully equipped. Located just over an hour from the Port aux Basques ferry. Perfect for travellers wanting to start their vacation or relax before heading home. BBQ, firepit, horseshoe pitch and walking trail to Robinsons River. Great for salmon fishers. We are nestled within a half-hour drive of nine west coast salmon rivers. Check us out on Facebook!

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PIRATE’S HAVEN CHALETS AND ADVENTURES ★★★★ Route 404, Robinsons 709-649-0601 | 709-645-2169 www.pirateshavenadventures.com paulandruth@nf.sympatico.ca Intimate or group special occasions, weekend getaways, ATV groups. We offer ATV customized guided tours – coastal, back country & T’Railway terrain. Salmon & trout fishing licences, guides & customized packages available. Enjoy a leisurely stay at our 4-star chalets with outdoor hot tub, sauna, queen-size rooms, BBQ, Wi-Fi. Ocean and mountain views from patio. ATV and side-by-side rentals on site. ATV tours and customized packages. Look for our Feather & Folk Guided ATV Excursion June 8, and other Guided Day ATV Excursions, July 13 Beaches & Oceans, August 17 Coastal & Sea Stacks, August 31 Middle of Nowhere Tour. If you’re an outdoors enthusiast seeking fun & adventure in nature’s playground, Pirate’s Haven is your destination.

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HOTEL PORT AUX BASQUES ★★★1⁄2 2 Grand Bay Rd., Port aux Basques 709-695-2171 | 1-877-695 2171 Hotelpab.com | info@hotelpab.com Overlooking beautiful Grand Bay with a spectacular view of majestic mountains and ocean. 3 km from ferry. Amenities: Autism friendly with sensory room, 32” flat screen TVs, 100% smoke-free and pet-free, fridge in all rooms, microwave upon request, quiet air-conditioned rooms, housekeeping units and suite with Jacuzzi, family restaurant with healthy choices and wild game menu, lounge, free Wi-Fi, private bath, laundry, near Tim Hortons and Railway Heritage Museum, walking trail, sandy beaches, pool, shopping, library, hospital, fast food outlets. Rooms $109.99 – $129.99, suites $139.99 – $179.99, family rate $119.99.

★★★1⁄2 146 Caribou Rd., www.stchrishotel.com (see ad on p. 46)

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festivals & events L’Anse aux Meadows Raleigh

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St. Barbe

Grandois

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June 7 – 16; various locations, Northern Peninsula; 1-877-7784546; TheIcebergFestival.ca

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Sop’s Arm

Gros Morne National Park

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PIRATE’S HAVEN ANNUAL CRAB FESTIVAL June 29 Robinsons 709-649-0601 | 709-645-3824 www.pirateshavenadventures.com paulandruth@nf.sympatico.ca Fresh local crab cooked by a pirate. Delicious crab suppers served at 5:00 p.m. A fun-filled day for all, with crafters, music and games.

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PIRATE’S HAVEN ATV RALLY July 6 Robinsons 709-649-0601 | 709-645-2169 www.pirateshavenadventures.com paulandruth@nf.sympatico.ca Ahoy Me Hearties!! Hello Friends!! 9:00 a.m. registration. Longhouse Meet-n-greet. Coffee/Tea & Muffins. 10:00 a.m. departure from Longhouse, Pirate’s Haven ATV Guided Tour, T’Railway, open spaces, sunny breezes, nature’s raw beauty! Trail snacks and mugup lunch, finger foods and entertainment upon return to Pirate’s Haven Resort.

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STEPHENVILLE THEATRE FESTIVAL July 12 – August 11 Stephenville 709-643-4553 www.stephenvilletheatrefestival.com stfgeneralmanger@gmail.com The Stephenville Theatre Festival is 41 years strong – entertaining, engaging, enlightening. This season’s shows include American Idiot; The Last Five Years; Bittergirl; Alice In Wonderland; Let It Be. For schedule and ticket information visit our website or email.

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July 19 – 21; Deer Lake; 709-635-0165; DeerLake.ca

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PIRATE’S HAVEN ANNUAL PIG ROAST July 20 Robinsons 709-649-0601 | 709-645-3824 www.pirateshavenadventures.com paulandruth@nf.sympatico.ca Enjoy succulent pork cooked to perfection, spit-fired! Volleyball tournament, concession stands, local artisans and crafts, music and dance. Something for everyone. Please call ahead to ensure availability. ANN HARVEY DAYS FESTIVAL July 25 – 28 Festival Grounds, Isle aux Morts 709-698-3441 | 709-698-3313 | 709698-3032 www.isleauxmorts.ca townhalliam@nf.aibn.com Enjoy live music & entertainment, local artisans at work, home-cooked meals and dinner theatre at Hairyman’s Safe Haven Cafe, plus various heritage games and activities celebrating and commemorating the anniversary of the famous Harvey Family Sea Rescue.

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A FISH & SEAFOOD FEAST BUCCANEER STYLE July 28 Pirate’s Haven, Robinsons 709-649-0601 | 709-645-3824 www.pirateshavenadventures.com paulandruth@nf.sympatico.ca On Saturday, 2 p.m. – 7 p.m., Pirate’s Haven ATV Friendly RV Park & Chalets is hosting A Fish & Seafood Feast Buccaneer Style, with live music. The feast will include fish & seafood prepared in a variety of ways. Enjoy fresh local Atlantic fish & seafood as you are pleasantly entertained. Traditional Newfoundland meals: salmon, cod, fish and brewis, seafood chowder, cod au gratin, fish cakes, crab legs, seafood platters.

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GROS MORNE FALL FEST September 26 – 29 Cow Head 709-243-2023 www.grosmornefallfest.com cowheadheritage@gmail.com A fine time of Craft, Music and Cuisine: Craft Workshops, Concerts, Hikes, Storytelling, Cuisine, Craft Fair, and so much more! See you there!

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Wild & Local Eats Avid salmon anglers come from all over the world for a chance at landing a beautiful fish in the wilds of western Newfoundland. Here’s a tasty way to prepare those thick, pink salmon steaks.

Glazed Salmon & Turkish Pilaf 2 salmon steaks 3/4 cup soya sauce 1 tsp dried ginger 2 tbsp honey Pilaf 1 cup long grain rice 2 tbsp butter 1/4 cup onion, diced 1/4 cup raisins 1/4 cup green peas, frozen 1 tomato, diced 2-3 cups chicken stock Mix soya sauce, ginger and honey well to create a glaze for the salmon. Cover hot BBQ grill with a piece of tinfoil larger than the two steaks; place salmon on foil and brush with glaze. After 3-4 minutes, flip steaks and glaze other side. When salmon is nearly cooked, transfer to a pan in a preheated oven (brush with more glaze) to finish cooking at 400°F, about 5 minutes. Pilaf In an oven-safe stovetop pan, sauté rice in butter until it starts to soften slightly. Add onions, raisins, peas and tomato. When vegetables are tender, add stock and cook for about 5 minutes. Cover and finish in the oven. Rice is done when all the liquid is absorbed and the rice is tender.

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Feather & Folk All Inclusive ATV Tour June 8, 2019 pirateshavenadventures.com

Codroy Valley Folk Festival Pirate’s Haven Pig Roast July 20, 2019 July 26 – 28, 2019 pirateshavenadventures.com 709-955-2061

Pirate’s Haven Crab Fest June 29, 2019 pirateshavenadventures.com

Friendly Invasion July 10 – August 4, 2019 stephenvilleheritage.ca

Bay St. George Mi’kmaw Powwow July 12 – 14, 2019 flatbay.wix.com/annualpowwow Stephenville Theatre Festival July 12 – August 11, 2019 stephenvilletheatrefestival.com Mainland La Grand’ Terre Folk Festival July 20 – 21, 2019 facebook.com/portauportinfo

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Where Can I… See an iceberg?

See a polar bear?

The Durrell Museum in Twillingate has a stuffed polar bear. So does the town building in St. Anthony. To see the real thing, take a trip to the northern tip of Labrador where, in Torngat Mountains National Park, polar bears are a common sight.

Famous Iceberg Alley stretches from the south coast of Labrador all the way down to the southeast Avalon as the massive ice castles follow this path from Greenland every spring and summer. St. Anthony, Leading Tickles, Twillingate, Fogo Island, Bonavista, Bay de Verde, St. John’s, Cape Spear and Ferryland are just some of the communities famous for iceberg spotting. Prime iceberg watching season is generally June and July, and boat tours offer an up close and personal look at them. The website Icebergfinder.com tracks the location of icebergs off the NL coast to make finding one easier.

Photograph a puffin?

With a telephoto lens and a trip to Elliston, you can get terrific photos of puffins on land. Taking a bird and whale watching tour out of Bay Bulls, will get you close to the puffin’s breeding grounds, where you can get fantastic, close-up photos of the birds in the air, on water and on land.

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What’s Playing Gros Morne Theatre Festival 2019 TO BOOK TICKETS AND FOR MORE INFO

Visit www.theatrenewfoundland.com or call 1-877-243-2899 AVOID DISAPPOINTMENT – BOOK EARLY! Tempting Providence

by Robert Chafe She delivered more than 700 babies, extracted at least 5,000 teeth, set broken limbs, performed kitchen table operations by lamplight and was known throughout Newfoundland and Labrador as “Florence Nightingale of the North.” This is a wonderful heartfelt portrayal of Nurse Myra Bennett, who for more than 50 years was the only medical aide along the almost 350 miles of rugged coastline on the Great Northern Peninsula. June 29 - Aug. 31 $33 + HST - adults; $16.50 + hst - students

Neddy Norris Night - Music and Stories A journey through our history and culture that features traditional Newfoundland music and stories that has been gathered over the years from Newfoundland traditional singers, musicians and poets. July 18 - August 29 $33 plus HST - adults; $16.50 plus HST - students

Newfoundland Vinyl Music & Comedy The production features Newfoundland hits from the ’60s, ’70s and ’80s. Musical direction is by Allison Crowe and she does an amazing job of stripping the songs down to their original melody and lyric, and our actors perform them with great honesty and feeling, evoking wonderful feelings for our audiences. June 7- Aug. 30 $33 plus HST - adults; $16.50 plus HST - students

S.S. Ethie - Dinner Theatre

by Shane Ellis Coates The dinner theatre that started it all! This was our very first production at the Gros Morne Theatre Festival in 1996 and it’s been a hit every year since. Based on the true story of the steamship that ran aground just south of Cow Head in 1919 with 92 passengers and crew aboard. Join Captain English, First Mate John Gullage and the crew and passengers of the SS Ethie on this, the 100th

anniversary of her sinking! June 22- Aug. 31 $47 plus HST - adults; $23.50 plus HST children (children’s menu)

The Double Axe Murders

by Berni Stapleton Based on the true story! Two trappers mysteriously disappear at Cow Head in 1809 Sarah Singleton, the sister of one of the missing men and the fiancée of the other, and her companion set out with John Payne to solve the mystery. They stumble upon the trappers’ abandoned cabin in the middle of a cold winter’s night and are menacingly greeted by a mysterious stranger. A long, haunting night ensues as they attempt to discover the gruesome truth. Better be good or the Pelly’s ghost’ll get ya! July 13 - Aug. 29 Price $33 + HST - adults; $16.50 + HST - students

The Only Living Father

by Tom Cahill The life and times of Joey Smallwood, the first Premier of Newfoundland and Labrador and the man who brought us into Confederation with Canada in 1949. Colin Furlong, who starred as Joey in “Colony of Unrequited Dreams” by Robert Chafe, is Joey in this one man tour de force by one of Newfoundland’s best playwrights, Tom Cahill. July 22 -Sept. 27 Price $33 + HST adults; $16.50 + HST - students

17 Men by Jeff Pitcher An uplifting and spiritual story of the 17 local men from this area of the coast who fought in World War I as they meet at the gates of St. Peter. They sing classic hymns, tell jokes and remember their past in this heartfelt local play that puts a face to men whose names are etched in stone on the Cow Head War Memorial. Where did they come from? Where did they fight? Did they come home? Who are their families today? A personal and revealing portrait of 17 local heroes. June 1 - Sept. 1 $33 plus HST - adults; $16.50 plus HST - students


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Allison Crowe Corner Brook Famous for: singersongwriter, recording artist

Catherine Allan Corner Brook Famous for: singer, accordion player/ pianist and one half of Juno-nominated band Fortunate Ones

Trent McClellan Corner Brook Famous for: stand-up comedian, “This Hour Has 22 Minutes” cast member

Jason King Corner Brook Famous for: professional hockey player with NHL’s Vancouver Canucks and various European teams.

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Katarina Roxon Kippens Famous for: Paralympic swimming champion and gold medalist

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Whether you want to be kept in the loop or you want to share your status, here are the most popular and useful hashtags to follow and post with on Twitter and Instagram while in Newfoundland and Labrador.

#nlwx

weather forecasts, warnings, views

#nltraffic

traffic disruptions, warnings, updates

#exploreNL

#NLArts local arts scene

#YYT

all things St. John’s

#nlfood

tourism

mouthwatering meals, tasty tips

#musicNL

#onlyinNL

local music scene

all things quirky and quaint

We have a variety of Suites available to suit your needs. Rooms with Queen Beds and Kitchen Facilities as well as a Honeymoon Suite with a King Bed and Jacuzzi Tub. Wireless Internet and Continental Breakfast included in your stay with us!

St. Anthony, NL 709.454.8395 or 1.888.450.8398 reservations@grenfellheritagehotel.ca www.grenfellheritagehotel.ca

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central 55 campgrounds 57 attractions 63 accommodations 69 festivals & events

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campgrounds

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Springdale

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South Brook

Lewisporte

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Gander Bishop’s Falls

Millertown Junction

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Hare Bay

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ISLAND COVE PARK La Scie; 709-675-2266; townoflascie@eastlink.ca; 9 sites

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GEORGE HUXTER MEMORIAL PARK

9 Seal Cove Harbour Breton

Springdale

Guide to Symbols 50 No. of Sites

709-673-3808 www.townofspringdale.ca park.springdale@gmail.com Great family camping, wooded and serene. Superb amenities with nearby views of Indian River Falls & salmon run. Scenic 6-km riverside trails, wildlife galore. Each campsite with firepit. Overflow parking lot campsites. Wi-Fi hotspots, 2 free swim passes upon check-in.

Interpretation

Fire Pits

Boat Launch

Campsites

Angling

Cabins

RVsites

Hiking

Pets

Dumping

Swimming

Snack Bar

Showers

Boat Tours

Public Phone

Picnic Area

Canoeing

ATM

Playground

Amp Service

Shelter

Laundromat

Water Hookup

Beach

Store

Internet/WiFi

Restaurant

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MARY MARCH WILDERNESS PARK

Buchans Junction; 709-672-7074; Marymarchpark.wordpress.com; 25 sites Grand FallsWindsor; 709-489-7350; Exploitsriver.ca; 50 sites

4 SANGER MEMORIAL RV PARK

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BROOKDALE RV PARK AND CAMPGROUND

Bishop’s Falls, Exit 21; 1-888-502-7665; Brookdaleinn.com; 40 sites www.exploredownhome.com

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Lewisporte; 709-541-2267; Camplewisporte.com; 91 sites 7

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WINDMILL BIGHT PARK Lumsden

NOTRE DAME PROVINCIAL PARK Notre Dame Junction

709-535-2379 www.nlcamping.ca | parksinfo@gov.nl.ca Nestled in the lush forests of central Newfoundland, this 133-hectare park borders the serene waters of Junction Pond. An ideal choice for the family. Season: Mid-May to Mid-Sept. 36 sites with electrical services. 100

709-530-2312 | 709-530-2309 townoflumsden@nf.aibn.com A beautiful family campground with clean and spacious sites. Located on a well-known salmon river, the park offers fresh and salt water swimming (unsupervised), a beautiful sandy beach, serviced and unserviced sites, exceptional rates and seasonal specials, with permitted campfires on site. Only a 5-minute drive away you will find a newly constructed comfort station with laundry and shower facilities and an RV dumping station. 50

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DILDO RUN PROVINCIAL PARK New-Wes-Valley; 709-536-8446; Townofnewwesvalley.ca; 46 sites

Virgin Arm, Route 340

11 SOUTH WEST POND RV PARK

709-629-3350 www.nlcamping.ca | parksinfo@gov.nl.ca Provides visitors with an ideal central location for viewing all of New World Island. Black Head Trail: This 2-km trail leads to a lookout with an expansive view of the many islands in Dildo Run. 21 sites with electrical services.

12 DAVID SMALLWOOD MUNICIPAL PARK

Gambo; 709-674-0122; cindy.collins@townofgambo.com; 50 sites 13 SQUARE POND FRIENDS AND FAMILY RV

PARK Square Pond; 709-674-7566;

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Squarepondpark.ca; 118 sites 14 HAROLD W. DUFFETT SHRINERS RV PARK

Harbour Breton; 709-885-2354; Harbourbreton.com; 15 sites

9 DEADMAN’S COVE RV PARK

All campground information confirmed as of April 15, 2019. Visit www.exploredownhome.com for the latest additions and information on campgrounds.

Eastport; 1-877-313-2322; Shrinersparkeastport.com; 147 sites TERRA NOVA NATIONAL PARK OF CANADA 709-533-2801|1-877-737-3783 www.pc.gc.ca/terranova MALADY HEAD CAMPGROUND 5 km from Route 1 on 310; 87 Sites NEWMAN SOUND CAMPGROUND 2 km from Route 1; 297 sites

“Customer Service is our top priority” Reservations: 1-800-563-8386 www.brittanyinns.ca Restaurant/dining room Air conditioned lounge • Boating nearby • •

Cable TV, telephone, wireless Internet • Conference room, banquet & meeting facilities •

2 suites 2 housekeeping units • 30 spacious air conditioned rooms • •

373-379 Main Street, Lewisporte, Route 340 Tel: 709-535-2533 Fax: 709-535-6037 email:brittanyinn@persona.ca

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Lewisporte

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Gander Bishop’s Falls

Millertown Junction

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Badger

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Dover

1

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Gambo

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Grand Falls-Windsor

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Buchans

Centreville

Botwood

310

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Terra Nova National Park

Buchans Junction

360

St. Albans Conne River 362

8-14 Seal Cove

1 OUTPORT MUSEUM, GIFTSHOP

& TEA ROOM La Scie; 709-566-2111; Outportmuseum.homestead.com

2 WEST BROOK ECOLOGICAL RESERVE

Nearest community, Springdale; 709-6372081; Flr.gov.nl.ca/natural_areas 20 km west of Grand Falls-Windsor; 709-700-8807; Raftingnewfoundland.com

3 RAFTING NEWFOUNDLAND

4 ROYAL CANADIAN LEGION MUSEUM

Grand Falls-Windsor; 709-489-6560; Manl.nf.ca

Belleoram

Harbour Breton

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BOTWOOD HERITAGE MUSEUM & FLYING BOAT MUSEUM Airbase, Botwood 709-257-4612 | 709-257-4134 www.botwoodnl.ca botwoodheritage@hotmail.com June – September. Flying Boats. WWII. Cottage hospital. European explorers. Shipbuilding. Beothuk displays. Antique snowmobile collection. PBY Catalina. Walking trails. Guided tours. Dumping station. Heritage Today Gift Shoppe. Long gun collection. Falkenberg Room and Thomas Collection. Admission by donation. Leading Tickles; 709-486-7782; Facebook.com/www.leadingtickles.ca

6 OCEANSIDE NATURE TRAIL

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TOWN OF POINT LEAMINGTON HERITAGE CENTRE Point Leamington 709-484-3289 | 709-484-3772 Townofpointleamington.ca ptleamington@nf.aibn.com Heritage Centre is located on the banks of Mill River, an excellent salmon river, and adjacent to Rowsell’s Hill Nature Trail. It is on Route 350. The Heritage Centre is wheelchair accessible and has a gift shop. Open last week of June until Labour Day. Drop by our coffee shop & Aunt Ethel’s Kitchen. RV site in the immediate area with dumping station.

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AUK ISLAND WINERY Twillingate 709-884-2707 www.aukislandwinery.com info@aukislandwinery.com Sip from a glass of our delicious, locally sourced berry wines while you take in the icebergs drifting by and watch whales at play while in Twillingate. Take a tour of our winery and enjoy a wine tasting from May to September. Stay a little or stay awhile when you settle into our beautiful Auk Island Suite, conveniently located above the winery, Auk Island Restaurant and Downhome Shoppe.

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DURRELL MUSEUM & CRAFTS Durrell 709-884-2780 durrellmuseumandcrafts@gmail.com See the mounted polar bear exhibit and the many artifacts portraying the history and culture of the community, including the Arm Lads Brigade. NEW EXHIBIT on The Great Auk. Open from June to September, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sunday thru Saturday.

(free entry permit required) Nearest community, Milltown-Head of Bay d’Espoir; 709637-2081; Flr.gov.nl.ca/natural_areas 9

DEADMAN’S COVE BEACH & TRAIL Harbour

Breton; 709-885-2354; Harbourbreton.com Harbour Breton; 709885-2354; Harbourbreton.com

10 GUN HILL LOOKOUT

Harbour Breton; 709-885-2354; Harbourbreton.com

19 FRENCH BEACH TO SPILLER’S COVE TRAIL

Harbour Breton; 709-885-2354; Harbourbreton.com

20 ICEBERG QUEST OCEAN TOURS

11 MILE POND BOARDWALK

12 ROCKY POINT LIGHTHOUSE

13 SUNNY COTTAGE HERITAGE CENTRE

Harbour Breton; 709-885-2354; Harbourbreton.com Harbour Breton; 709885-2354; Harbourbreton.com

14 THE ELLIOTT PREMISES

Campbellton; 709-261-2739; campbelltonberry@NFupick.com

15 CAMPBELLTON BERRY FARM

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BEOTHUK INTERPRETATION CENTRE PROVINCIAL HISTORIC SITE Boyd’s Cove 709-656-3114 seethesites.ca | beothuk@seethesites.ca Can you hear the trees whispering on the trail to a vanished village? Red ochre, nails forged into spears, sacred offerings blowing in the wind. Listen and you’ll discover the stories of the Beothuk. Tour the interpretation centre, where exhibits and artifacts foster an appreciation for this unique, and now vanished, culture.

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Twillingate; 709-884-8477; Visittwillingate.com Twillingate; 1-877-894-2537; IcebergQuest.com

Twillingate; 1-800-6112374; Icebergtours.ca; info@icebergtours.ca

21 ICEBERG MAN TOURS

22 LONG POINT LIGHTHOUSE

Twillingate;

Visittwillingate.com 23 LOWER LITTLE HARBOUR TRAIL

Twillingate;

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MUSICAL EVENING WITH THE SPLIT PEAS Twillingate 709-884-2825 / 2282 / 2801 margaretmanuel@personainternet.com TUESDAY evenings ONLY from July 2 to August 27, 2019. Enjoy a great musical evening at the Orange Lodge, 118 Main Street. Doors open 6:30 p.m. Showtime 7 p.m. $20. Refreshments and CDs for sale. For reservations call Twillingate Museum. 884-2825, or 884-2282 or 884-2801.

25 PRIME BERTH – TWILLINGATE FISHING AND

HERITAGE CENTRE Twillingate; 709-884-2485;

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central | attractions 26 TWILLINGATE ADVENTURE TOURS

42 COBB’S POND ROTARY PARK/TRAIL

Twillingate; 1-877-884-2763; Twillingateadventuretours.com

Gander; 709-651-5927; Gandercanada.com 43

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TWILLINGATE MUSEUM Twillingate 709-884-2825 www.tmacs.ca | info@tmacs.ca Museum depicts life at the turn of the century. Theme exhibits: Opera Singer Georgina Stirling, Maritime Archaic and Beothuk artifacts, genealogy and cemetery data. Tilting; 709-627-3570; tourism@townoffogoisland.ca

28 DWYER PREMISES

Tilting; 709-6273570; tourism@townoffogoisland.ca

29 LANE HOUSE MUSEUM

Tilting; 709-627-3570; tourism@townoffogoisland.ca

NORTH ATLANTIC AVIATION MUSEUM 135 Trans-Canada Hwy, Gander 709-256-2923 www.northatlanticaviationmuseum.com info@northatlanticaviationmuseum.com A must see in Gander! Drop by to explore Gander’s aviation history and the development of transatlantic flight. Learn about Gander’s top secret role during WWII, and how the town earned the nickname “Crossroads of the World” and tore a hole in the Iron Curtain. Hear the story of Gander’s unexpected role in the days following 9/11, see World Trade Center steel or experience our 9/11 Beyond Words Tour for yourself. Summer hours: 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., 7 days a week.

30 OLD POST OFFICE

Tilting; 709-627-3570; tourism@townoffogoisland.ca

31 TURPIN’S TRAIL

44 DEADMAN’S BAY PROVINCIAL PARK

25 km south of Musgrave Harbour; 709-6372040; Tcii.gov.nl.ca/parks 45 BARBOUR LIVING HERITAGE VILLAGE

Fogo; 709-6273570; tourism@townoffogoisland.ca

32 BLEAK HOUSE MUSEUM

Newtown; 709-536-3220; Barbour-site.com 46 SMALLWOOD INTERPRETATION CENTRE &

Joe Batt’s Arm; 709627-3570; tourism@townoffogoisland.ca

33 BRETT HOUSE MUSEUM

Joe Batt’s Arm; 709627-3570; tourism@townoffogoisland.ca

34 JOE BATT’S POINT TRAIL

KITTIWAKE COAST INTERPRETATION CENTRE

Gambo; 709-674-4476; Townofgambo.com 47 GLOVERTOWN MUSEUM – THE JANES HOUSE

Glovertown; 709-533-6004; Manl.nf.ca/glovertownmuseum

Fogo; 709-6273570; tourism@townoffogoisland.ca

48 KEN DIAMOND MEMORIAL PARK

Fogo; 709-627-3570; tourism@townoffogoisland.ca

49 THE BEACHES ARTS AND HERITAGE

35 BRIMSTONE HEAD TRAIL

36 EXPERIENCE FOGO

Fogo; 709-627-3570; tourism@townoffogoisland.ca

37 FOGO HEAD TRAIL

Glovertown;

709-533-2351; Glovertown.net CENTRE Eastport; 709-677-2360;

Beachesheritagecentre.ca

38 FOGO ISLAND MARINE INTERPRETATION

CENTRE Seldom-Little Seldom; 709-627-

3570; tourism@townoffogoisland.ca Fogo; 709-627-3570; tourism@townoffogoisland.ca

39 LION’S DEN TRAIL

40 MARCONI WIRELESS INTERPRETATION

CENTRE Fogo; 709-627-3570;

tourism@townoffogoisland.ca

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Lewisporte

Indian Bay

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Botwood

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Bishop’s Falls Millertown Junction

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Gambo

Grand Falls-Windsor

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Buchans

Hare Bay

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Buchans Junction

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WINDAMERE CABINS ★★★1⁄2 Rattling Brook, Route 391 709-268-3863 www.windamerecabins.com valirie@windamerecabins.com Four beautiful, non-smoking, efficiency log cottages with 2 bedrooms: one double, one queen. View of icebergs, whales, dolphins and bald eagles. Short walk to 800-foot Rattling Brook Falls and picnic/play area. Many walking trails, incl. Alexander Murray Hiking Trail in King’s Point, home of King’s Point Pottery. Dog friendly, free Wi-Fi, cable TV. Starting at $149 per night.

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COFFEE COVE SEASIDE RETREAT ★★★1⁄2 Green Bay, Route 392, Coffee Cove 709-267-5544 www.coffeecoveretreat.com nola@coffeecoveretreat.com The ideal waterfront setting to experience the natural beauty of Newfoundland. Choose from one of our unique fully equipped cottages: our 1-bedroom Lighthouse Cottage or the 1890s 2-bedroom saltbox house. Both cottages have large decks overlooking the water. Chosen by Downhome magazine in 2011 as one of 12 unique places to stay in Atlantic Canada. Received 2017 Certificate of Excellence from TripAdvisor. explore 2019 : 63


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central | accommodations ★★★★★ TCH-1 at Aspen Brook; www.riverfrontchalets.ca (see ad on p. 64)

3 RIVERFRONT CHALETS

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AUK ISLAND WINERY SUITE★★★★★ 29 Durrell Street, Twillingate 709-884-2707 | 1-877-639-4637 www.aukislandwinery.com info@aukislandwinery.com Located above Auk Island Winery. Two-bedroom vacation rental suite includes one room with a queen bed and ensuite bathroom, and another room with a double bed, plus additional bathroom, kitchen, laundry room, eating area, balcony, fireplace, BBQ and 11 ½ foot ceilings throughout. Starting at $175 per night. Off-season rate starting at $99 per night.

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RUM RUNNERS ROOST B&B ★★★★ 139 Main St., Twillingate 709-884-5566 1-877-898-5566 www.rumrunnersroost.ca rumrunner@nf.sympatico.ca BnB@rumrunnersroost.ca Open from May to October. A beautifully restored Newfoundland home (Canada Select 4 Star), with ocean view from all four stunning guestrooms. Each guestroom includes queen/twin beds, ensuites, Wi-Fi, complimentary use of kitchen, teas, coffees, full breakfast menu, cable TV, DVD player. Easy access to hiking trails, boat tours – whale, iceberg watching – local entertainment. English, German, Spanish, French languages. Canine family members welcomed. $132-148/night.

4 MOUNT PEYTON RESORT & CONFERENCE

CENTRE ★★★1⁄2 214 Lincoln Rd., Grand Falls-Windsor; www.mountpeyton.com (see ad on p. 59) GAULTOIS INN ★★★ Gaultois; www.gaultoisinn.com (see ad on p. 66)

5 THE

★★★ 373 Main Street, Lewisporte; www.brittanyinns.ca (see ad on p. 56)

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MUGGEE’S PLACE RESTAURANT AND MOTEL ★★★ Boyd’s Cove 709-656-3211 | 709-659-2135 Fax: 709-761-2061 www.facebook.com/muggeesplace rm.pope45@gmail.com Ten-room motel and family restaurant located in a quiet area with birch trees and excellent balcony view overlooking the ocean. Very clean, spacious and affordable rooms. Delicious traditional Newfoundland food, seafood, crispy chicken and homemade burgers, bread and so much more. Located 30 minutes from Lewisporte, Twillingate and Fogo ferry. Beothuk site and trail nearby. Rooms starting at $99 plus tax. Newly renovated King suite, $120 + tax, and Queen suite, $110 + tax.

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WATERSIDE CABINS ★★★★ Twillingate 709-571-2509 | 709-893-1411 www.vacationintheisles.com watersidecabins@outlook.com Four new cabins located on the waterfront in Twillingate; 2 with two bedrooms and 2 with one bedroom. Each with a separate patio and BBQ pit. Honeymoon cabin equipped with Jacuzzi. Fabulous getaway vacation spot. $199, 2-bedroom; $189, Honeymoon suite; $169, wheelchair accessible.

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LORL GUESTHOUSE ★★★1⁄2 Indian Bay, The Shore Highway - Route 320 416-991-4887 Facebook.com/Lorlguesthouse Lorlguesthousereservations@gmail.com Come from away and stay in beautiful Indian Bay. Located on “The Shore Highway” where there are many things to do and see, including heritage buildings, icebergs, whale watching, motorcycling and exceptional scenery. Indian Bay is very well known for its recreational sports fishing of Speckled Trout and Atlantic Salmon. We are also a gateway to the ocean for various experiences! Email for info! Motorcycle friendly and garage space available. $150 per night, 3 bedrooms, full house rental, Wi-Fi/cable.

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FRESHWATER INN ★★★★ Route 320, Gambo 709-674-5577 1-877-674-5577 www.freshwaterinn.com freshwaterinn@nf.sympatico.ca Nestled in the forest on a quiet ocean cove, Freshwater Inn offers superior accommodations to visitors in Newfoundland’s beautiful Kittiwake Coast. Large private guest rooms with private entrance. Vaulted ceilings, private ensuite, elegant furnishings, soft towels and linens. satellite TV, fax, internet service, full breakfast included. 4 Rooms. 3 @ $135 each. Air-conditioned suite @ $145.

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TWILLINGATE NEW WORLD ISLAND DINNER THEATRE May 27 – mid-September 115 Main St., Twillingate 709-571-2773 | 709-884-2300 watersidecabins@outlook.com Twillingate New World Island Dinner Theatre consists of Newfoundland music, songs and skits, all-round comedy suitable for all ages. Come and enjoy an evening of food and fun. Open May 27 – mid-September.

Harbour Breton

july 2 EXPLOITS VALLEY SALMON FESTIVAL

July 11 – 15; Grand Falls-Windsor; EVsalmonfestival.com

July 22 – 28; Twillingate and New World Island; Fishfunfolkfestival.com

3 FISH FUN & FOLK FESTIVAL

All festival information confirmed as of April 15, 2019.

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GLOVERTOWN EVENTS COMMITTEE ALEXANDER BAY DAY July 27 – 28 Glovertown Recreation Grounds 709-533-2351 glovertowncounc@eastlink.ca Come out and enjoy the music of the Jaime Hammer Band on Friday night. Saturday there will be activities for kids, and that night we will be enjoying the music of “Courage – a tribute to the Tragically Hip.” Find us on Facebook @glovertownevents.

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WINTERSET IN SUMMER LITERARY FESTIVAL August 8 – 11 Beaches Arts & Heritage Centre, Eastport Peninsula www.wintersetinsummer.ca Kenneth Lochhead’s mural, “Flight and Its Allegories,” the inspiration for Jane Urquhart’s “Night Stages,” provides the backdrop for the festival opening at the International Departure Lounge of Gander Airport. Hear Jane read from her book and Mirelle Egan, The Rooms Curator, provide an interpretation of the mural. Then come to the Eastport Peninsula for a weekend with the best in our province’s writers and musicians. Special guests include Andrea Munro, Sherry Ryan, Frank Tibbo, Gary Collins, Jamie Fitzpatrick, Terry Doyle, Susan Sinnott, Melissa Barbeau, Robert Chafe, Heather Smith, Gwynne Dyer, Noreen Golfman, Tom Allen, Heather Barrett, Glen Carter and Eleanor Wachtel.

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36TH ANNUAL BRIMSTONE HEAD FOLK FESTIVAL August 8 – 11 Brimstone Head Park, Fogo Island 709-266-2218 | 709-266-7270 brimstonehead_festival@yahoo.ca A unique festival for the entire family in a natural amphitheatre setting, featuring traditional music by talented local musicians. Preserving our Culture Through Music.

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GANDER’S FESTIVAL OF FLIGHT August 1 – 5 Various Locations 709-651-5927 www.gandercanada.com ksceviour@gandercanada.com One of NL’s premier family festivals that offers something for everyone! Events include the Opening Ceremonies, a Demolition Derby, a Kitchen Party and much more! 28TH ANNUAL SMALLWOOD DAYS FESTIVAL August 2 – 3 Gambo 709-674-4222 www.facebook.com/Gambofestivals7 recreation@townofgambo.com Events Include: Seniors Social, Community BBQ, Teen Day Challenge, High Tea, Charity Run, Antique Car Show, Talent Show, Marketplace, Games, Vendors, Saturday & Sunday Night Dances, Parade, Kids Day, Fireworks, demonstrations of dance, science and so much more. GANDER DAY CIVIC HOLIDAY August 5 Cobb’s Pond Rotary Park, Gander 709-651-5927 www.gandercanada.com ksceviour@gandercanada.com Join the citizens of Gander as we celebrate our civic holiday with music, food, fun and a gorgeous FIREWORKS display! August 7 – 12; Lewisporte; lewisportecanada.com

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september 11 UNSCRIPTED TWILLINGATE – DIGITAL ARTS

FESTIVAL September 19 – 22; Twillingate;

Unscriptedfestival.com

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12TH ANNUAL FOGO ISLAND PARTRIDGEBERRY HARVEST FESTIVAL October 11 – 13 Iceberg Arena, Fogo Island 709-658-7256 | 709-266-7840 www.fogoislandpartridgeberryfestival.com prbrown12@live.ca It’s a celebration of our communities and culture, great food with partridgeberries, kid’s tent, music, craft vendors, demonstrations, dancing. This is a festival for all ages. Everyone is welcome to come and celebrate Thanksgiving and a wonderful harvest time.

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Wild & Local Eats The outports along the northeast and south coasts of Central Newfoundland were founded upon the cod fishery and the flaky white fish is still a dietary staple there today. Try this hearty recipe for cod stew.

Cod Stew 2 cups onion, sliced thinly 1 cup carrot, grated 1/2 cup celery, sliced thinly 1 1/2 cups sweet potato, small dice 1 tsp fresh thyme, chopped

2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil 2 L fish stock 1/4 cup cornmeal 4 cups cod fish, cut into 1" cubes Salt & pepper to taste

In a large pot, sweat vegetables and thyme in oil over medium heat, until the onion is translucent. Add stock and cornmeal. Allow to simmer for 20-25 minutes, stirring occasionally to prevent the cornmeal from sticking to the bottom. Add cod and simmer 5 minutes. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Yield: 4 servings

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Natasha Henstridge Springdale Famous for: model, actress (Species, The Whole Nine Yards)

Gordon Pinsent Grand Falls-Windsor Famous for: actor

Georgina Stirling Twillingate Famous for: Newfoundland’s first opera singer; she performed in Europe and the United States under the stage name Marie Toulinquet

Brad Peyton Gander Famous for: director (Rampage, San Andreas and other Hollywood films)

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Shaun Majumder Burlington Famous for: comedian, actor (“Hatching, Matching and Dispatching,” “This Hour Has 22 Minutes”) www.exploredownhome.com


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Where Can I… Get Screeched-in?

Many bars and some boat tours offer a Screech-in ceremony and they’re all enjoyable, but Christian’s pub on George Street in St. John’s is widely recognized as having the best Screech-in ceremony.

Pet a Newfoundland Pony?

The Newfoundland Pony Sanctuary on Change Islands is dedicated to preserving North America’s only native pony bred here. Once common, the Newfoundland Pony population is now dangerously low. At the sanctuary, you can learn about the animals and spend time with the ponies, petting them, taking selfies and getting to know this friendly breed.

Enjoy a traditional music session

There are many performances of live, local music all over the province in all kinds of venues – from stadiums to church halls, Legions and sheds. For a slightly more spontaneous performance, you might be lucky enough to stumble upon an informal gathering at a pub or coffee shop in St. John’s some afternoon. O’Reilly’s, Erin’s Pub and Rocket Bakery are a few places where musicians are known to gather for a jam session purely for the joy of making music.

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Flags Explained You’re bound to see a number of “provincial” flags on poles, in windows and for sale around Newfoundland and Labrador. Here is what they mean.

NEWFOUNDLAND AND LABRADOR

Designed by artist Christopher Pratt, this has been the province’s official flag since 1980. It is full of symbolism. First the colours: blue for the sea, white for snow, red for the struggles of this province and its people, and gold for belief in better fortunes. The blue triangles are a nod to the Union Jack and the province’s ties to England. The red triangles represent Newfoundland and Labrador. The gold arrow has two meanings: pointing towards a brighter future, and forming a sword to honour the Newfoundlanders and Labradorians who’ve fought for the country. The gold and red designs together form a trident, a symbol of the province’s rich connections to the sea.

LABRADOR

This flag was first officially unfurled in 1973. It was designed by Labrador South MHA Michael Martin in a year when the provincial government challenged citizens to come up with projects to mark the 25th anniversary of Newfoundland and Labrador’s entry into Confederation. This flag would be the symbol of Labrador’s own heritage and identity within the union. The white is for the snow, the blue for the water and the green for the land – all of which are intrinsic to the lifestyle of Labradorians. The spruce, in two stages of growth, represents the past and future of Labradorians; the three outer branch tips are the three founding nations of the Big Land: Innu, Inuit and European settlers.

REPUBLIC OF NEWFOUNDLAND Also called the Pink, White and Green, this has never been an official flag of the province (or Newfoundland as a nation). But it is popularly heralded as a flag of rebellion and nationalistic pride. According to Heritage Newfoundland and Labrador, the flag’s origin is often shrouded in myths: that it was created in the 1800s to promote peace between the Catholics (green) and the Protestants (pink); that the green is for Ireland, the 80 : explore 2019

pink for the Rose of England, and the white for Scotland’s thistle. However, it’s more likely that it evolved from a 19th-century red, white and green flag of the Newfoundland Natives’ Society (referring to native-born Newfoundlanders). Furthermore, Heritage NL concludes it’s most likely that the Republic flag stems from a pink, white and green flag – beloging to the Catholic Star of the Sea Association – that sometimes flew alongside the Natives’ flag. www.exploredownhome.com


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Bonavista

Guide to Symbols 50 No. of Sites

Elliston

King’s Cove

Beach

Fire Pits

Catalina 230

Angling

RVsites

Hiking

Dumping

Swimming

Showers

Boat Tours

Picnic Area

Canoeing

Playground

Amp Service

Laundromat

Interpretation

Internet/WiFi

Boat Launch

Shelter

Grates Cove

Old Perlican

Clarenville

Bay de Verde

New Chelsea Lower Island Cove

Swift Current

Winterton Heart’s Content

Goobies 1

Northern Bay 70

80

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Arnold’s Cove

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St. John’s Paradise

8

Long Harbour

Mount Pearl

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Bay Bulls

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Witless Bay 90

Colinet

ATM

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Brigus

Snack Bar Public Phone

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Carbonear

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214

Monkston

Pets

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Restaurant

Cabins

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3

Thorburn Lake

Water Hookup

Store

235

Charleston

Bellevue

Campsites

Salmonier

Placentia

14 La Manche Ferryland

100

Garnish Frechman’s Cove

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Marystown

90

Cappahayden

5 St. Bride’s

Fortune Lawn

10

Branch

Burin

St. Stephen’s

220

St. Lawrence

campgrounds

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Grand Bank

Lamaline

TCH at Thorburn Lake; 1-877-330-3319; LakesideatThorburn.ca; 105 sites

4 KILMORY RESORT TRAILER PARK

LOCKSTON PATH PROVINCIAL PARK

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Route 236, 6 km north of Port Rexton

709-464-3553 www.nlcamping.ca | parksinfo@gov.nl.ca Boat launch, comfort station with washrooms, laundry, day-use facilities, 20 sites with electrical hookups, dumping station, outdoor swimming, pit privies, drinking water (taps), playground, hiking trails. Close to historic Trinity. 57

Swift Current; 1-888-884-2410; reservations@kilmoryresort.com; 11 sites FRENCHMAN’S COVE PROVINCIAL PARK Route 213, Frenchman’s Cove

709-826-2753 www.nlcamping.ca | parksinfo@gov.nl.ca Located on the west side of the Burin Peninsula, the park comprises 51 hectares of varied habitat. Pebble beach, quiet barachois, marsh and stream, bird watching, cabins nearby, golf course nearby, 20 sites with electrical services, Wi-Fi hotspot. 25 minutes to St. Pierre ferry. 76

3 CABOT HI-WAY RV TRAILER PARK

Charleston;1-877-654-2316; cabothiwaycabins@gmail.com; 51 sites

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BELLEVUE BEACH CAMPGROUND

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MARINE PARK JELLYSTONE PARK

Bellevue Beach

515 Pouch Cove Line, Pouch Cove

709-442-4536 www.bellevuebeachcampgrounds.com ivananderson@bellevuebeach.com Bellevue Beach Campground separates beautiful Broad Lake from the Atlantic Ocean. RV overflow. Boat tours within 50 km, in Dildo. Whale and osprey watching, and capelin spawning site. Refreshments kiosk.

709-335-PARK (7275) www.marineparknl.com info@marineparknl.com Convenience store, Greco Pizza Express, NLC Express and Parkside RV Sales and Service on site. Laundry facilities, wheelchair-accessible washrooms and showers, golf cart and pedal boat rentals, 18-hole mini-golf course, hiking trails and swimming. Wi-Fi hotspots. 400+

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Green’s Harbour; 709-582-3600; Facebook.com/GoldenArmPark; 134 sites

7 GOLDEN ARM TRAILER PARK

Exit 31 from TCH on Rte 70, Bay Roberts; 709-528-9859; Roacheslinepark.com; 66 sites

8 ROACHES LINE RV PARK

St. John’s; 1-877-477-3655; Pippypark.com; 216 sites

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Route 10, La Manche Valley

709-685-1823 www.nlcamping.ca | parksinfo@gov.nl.ca This park was established because of the scenic La Manche valley, interesting and varied habitat and vegetation, as well as the diverse bird life. The park includes Rowsells Hill Pond, La Manche Ponds, a section of La Manche River, and the abandoned fishing village of La Manche. 27 sites with electrical services.

Exit 32, Brigus Junction TCH; 709-229-4003; Gushuespondpark.ca; 132 sites

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BUTTER POT PROVINCIAL PARK Route 1, TCH, 36 km west of St. John’s

709-685-1853 www.nlcamping.ca | parksinfo@gov.nl.ca The park covers an area of 2,833 hectares of varied terrain and vegetation, forest, bogs, heaths and ponds. Hiking trails take you through forests and over barrens to a remarkable scenic view point. 175

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BLUE FIN RV/TRAILER PARK Holyrood

709-229-5500 www.bluefinrv.com | info@bluefinrv.com Family owned and operated park. Just 20 minutes from St. John’s and major tourist attractions. Wake up to the sun rising on the pond and the cry of the loons. Stay for a day, a week, a month or all season. New recreation facilities incl. basketball and ball hockey court, playground and heated in-ground pool. Propane refills and dumping station open to public. Free Wi-Fi. Come and discover the Avalon’s best kept secret RV park.

LA MANCHE PROVINCIAL PARK

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CHANCE COVE PROVINCIAL PARK Route 10, Chance Cove

709-685-1823 www.tcii.gov.nl.ca/parks/index.html parksinfo@gov.nl.ca This park’s 2,068 hectares stretch from the highway’s edge to the coast. No designated campsites, but camping is permitted on the parking lot in the picnic area. Pit toilets. A trail leads to views of whales, seabirds and seals. All campground information confirmed as of April 15, 2019. Visit www.exploredownhome.com for the latest additions and information on campgrounds.

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Elliston

King’s Cove

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Bloomfield

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Thorburn Lake

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Bay de Verde

Old Perlican

Clarenville

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New Chelsea

Goobies

34 Job’s Cove Northern Bay

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Winterton Heart’s Content

35

70

31

1

45

80

Bellevue

Swift Current

Grates Cove

210

Arnold’s Cove

36

30

37

214

Monkstown

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Colinet

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90

81

Placentia

42 43

29

69

41

71

Lawn

26

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74

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Cappahayden

73

St. Bride’s

10

Branch

Burin

27

220

St. Lawrence

St. Vincent’s

10

Tre pa sse y

Fortune

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100

Marystown

Grand Bank 21

72 Ferryland

20 Garnish Frenchman’s Cove

Bay Bulls Witless Bay

70

Salmonier

25

St. John’s

Paradise

Brigus

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39 Long Harbour

46

Carbonear

Lamaline

TCH at Thorburn Lake; 1-877-330-3319; Lakesideatthorburn.ca

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THREE MILE RIDGE EXPERIENCE Lethbridge, NL 709-425-1704 www.threemileridgecountry.ca threemileridge@gmail.com Taste and Experience NL Agriculture with Three Mile Ridge. Walk with us in our field and pick your own vegetables by hand. Let your “hard” work pay off by tossing your fresh vegetables in a boiling pot in an onsite, outdoor cook stove and kick back while you become part of the family. Two weeks’ notice required for bookings.

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CAPE BONAVISTA LIGHTHOUSE PROVINCIAL HISTORIC SITE Bonavista 709-468-7444 www.seethesites.ca bonavista@seethesites.ca For generations of mariners along this coast, the light at Cape Bonavista was their only connection to land while out on the dark sea. Built in 1843, the Cape Bonavista Lighthouse is one of the few in the world where you can still climb up the stone tower to see the same seal oil-fuelled light used in the 19th century. A prime location to see whales, icebergs and puffins. www.exploredownhome.com


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attractions | east Bonavista; 709-637-2040; Tcii.gov.nl.ca/parks

4 DUNGEON PROVINCIAL PARK

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MOCKBEGGAR PLANTATION PROVINCIAL HISTORIC SITE Bonavista 709-468-7444 www.seethesites.ca bonavista@seethesites.ca It’s 1948 and debate is swirling – will Newfoundlanders vote to become Canada’s 10th province? This former residence of politician and Confederation advocate F. Gordon Bradley recreates a time when the question of whether to join Canada or remain an independent nation was on everyone’s lips.

6 RYAN PREMISES NATIONAL HISTORIC SITE

OF CANADA Bonavista; 1-888-773-8888;

Pc.gc.ca/ryanpremises 7 ELLISTON PUFFIN VIEWING SITE

Sandy Cove

Road, Elliston; 709-468-7080; Rootcellars.ca 8 ELLISTON’S ROOT CELLARS

Elliston; 709-

468-7080; Rootcellars.ca

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SWEET ROCK ICE CREAM 102 Church Street, Bonavista & 14 High Street, Trinity 709-476-2333 sweetrockicecream.ca sweetrockicecream@gmail.com Sweet Rock offers homemade ice cream in the historic towns of Bonavista and Trinity! Made fresh on site, we use local ingredients and chocolates from our sister store, Aunt Sarah’s Chocolate Shop. Milkshakes, ice cream desserts, assorted chocolates also available. Trinity, Trinity Bay; 709-464-3599; Trinityhistoricalsociety.com

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HISCOCK HOUSE PROVINCIAL HISTORIC SITE Trinity 709-464-2064 www.seethesites.ca | trinity@seethesites.ca Hiscock House captures life in Trinity in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Emma Hiscock – a widow with six children – maintained a genteel life through entrepreneurship: running a shop, post office – even renting her front room to the Royal Bank. West Street, Trinity; 709-464-3599; Trinityhistoricalsociety.com

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MERCANTILE PREMISES PROVINCIAL HISTORIC SITE Trinity 709-464-2064 www.seethesites.ca| trinity@seethesites.ca Glimpse Trinity as a thriving 1800s seaport. The Mercantile Premises is one of the last buildings remaining from a complex of warehouses and workshops that once lined Trinity’s shore. Today, visitors can explore a 1820s counting house and an early 20th century shop.

14 TRINITY ECO TOURS

Trinity; 709-464-3712;

Trinityecotours.com 15 TRINITY HISTORIC SOCIETY MUSEUM

Trinity; 709-464-3599; info@trinityhistoricalsociety.com Trinity; 709-464-3723; kevintoope@gmail.com

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TRINITY VISITOR CENTRE Trinity 709-464-2064 www.seethesites.ca | trinity@seethesites.ca Make this your first stop on your visit to one of Newfoundland and Labrador’s best preserved historic towns. Come get acquainted with the colourful story of Trinity’s past and present. Buy tickets here for all of Trinity’s historic sites.

18 RANDOM PASSAGE SITE & TEA ROOM

New Bonaventure (Route 239); 709-4642233; caperandom@nf.sympatico.ca 19

RUGGED BEAUTY BOAT TOURS New Bonaventure 709-464-3856 www.ruggedbeautyboattours.net bruce@ruggedbeautyboattours.net Journey by sea to the enchanting, long abandoned communities of Kerley’s Harbour, Ireland’s Eye & British Harbour. Tour begins in a fishing stage with a 15-minute presentation on how to clean and salt cod fish. Possible sightings of eagles, sea birds, waterfalls, whales, wild flowers and icebergs. 3-hour tours daily, 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.

Ville Marie Dr., Marystown; 709-279-2463; Manl.nf.ca/marystownheritagemuseum

20 MARYSTOWN HERITAGE MUSEUM

21 PROVINCIAL SEAMEN’S MUSEUM

Grand Bank; 709-832-1484; Therooms.ca/museums 22 FORTUNE HEAD ECOLOGICAL RESERVE

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FORTUNE HEAD GEOLOGY CENTRE Fortune 709-832-2810 / 3569 www.fortunehead.com fortuneheadgeology@gmail.com The facility promotes the significant fossil find at the Fortune Head Ecological Reserve, a theme-oriented Gift Shop, a coffee bar, as well as a visitor information desk. Also within walking distance are the George and Mary Lake Heritage House and Horse Brook Walking Trail. Guided tours to Ecological Reserve/Gallery Exhibits available.

24 GEORGE AND MARY LAKE HERITAGE HOUSE

Fortune; 709-832-2810; Townoffortune.ca 25 CASTLE HILL NATIONAL HISTORIC SITE OF

CANADA Freshwater-Placentia; 1-888-773-

8888; Pc.gc.ca/castlehill 26 GOOSEBERRY COVE PROVINCIAL PARK

Gooseberry Cove; 709-637-2040; Tcii.gov.nl.ca/parks 27 CAPE ST. MARY’S ECOLOGICAL RESERVE

Cape St. Mary’s; 709-277-1666; Flr.gov.nl.ca/natural_areas Colinet; 709-637-2040; Tcii.gov.nl.ca/parks

28 CATARACTS PROVINCIAL PARK

29 WHITBOURNE HERITAGE MUSEUM

Whitbourne; 709-759-2345; judygosse@gmail.com Whiteway; 709-588-4653; Pitcherspondgolf.com

30 PITCHER’S POND GOLF COURSE

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HEART’S CONTENT CABLE STATION PROVINCIAL HISTORIC SITE Heart’s Content 709-583-2160 www.seethesites.ca cablestation@seethesites.ca In July 1866, after nine years and several unsuccessful attempts, the first permanent telegraph cable connecting Europe and North America was hauled ashore at Heart’s Content. The cable station is a time capsule of the communications technology that connected us all right up to the 1960s.

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WOODEN BOAT MUSEUM OF NEWFOUNDLAND AND LABRADOR Route 80, Main Highway, Winterton 709-583-2044 inquiries@woodenboatmuseum.com Open daily from the beginning of June to mid-October, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Explore our cultural heritage from the perspective of our traditional wooden boats. The Museum actively learns from our tradition-bearers to pass on their stories, knowledge and skills. Boat building workshops available. Admission $10 adult, $8 senior, $5 children, $25 family. Old Perlican; 709-587-2435; thomas.b.mills-13@hotmail.com

33 BECKETT HERITAGE HOUSE

Job’s Cove; 709596-7944; Manl.nf.ca/flambroheadmuseum

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SHED EXPERIENCES AT COASTAL COTTAGES Blackhead, Conception Bay North 709-699-7845 info@coastalcottages.ca www.coastalcottages.ca Shed Experiences include three traditional food tastings, music by local musicians from the Baccalieu Trail and a story or two. Guests experience authentic rural life in Da Shed. Newfoundlanders are unique and, like us, each Shed Experience is different, depending on your taste. Creating memories means understanding who we are, what keeps us so connected to each other and to our environment. Come ready to dance a jig, play an ugly stick, sing a tune or just sit back and enjoy. May – November 1, 2019.

36 CARBONEAR RAILWAY MUSEUM

Carbonear;

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CUPIDS COVE PLANTATION PROVINCIAL HISTORIC SITE Cupids 709-528-1413 seethesites.ca| bthc@baccalieudigs.ca Bristol merchant John Guy arrived at Cupers Cove (now Cupids) in August 1610 with a small group of colonists. Every summer, archaeologists working the dig site at Cupids Cove Plantation reveal more and more about the lives of these colonists – Canada’s first English settlers. Come and see what they’ve found today. Cupids; 709-5281610; Cupidslegacycentre.ca

38 CUPIDS LEGACY CENTRE

39 HAWTHORNE COTTAGE NATIONAL HIS-

TORIC SITE OF CANADA Brigus; 1-888-7738888; Pc.gc.ca/hawthornecottage

Marysvale; 709-528-1310; tghc@nf.aibn.com

40 TURK’S GUT HERITAGE HOUSE

Salmonier Line; 709-229-7888; Flr.gov.nl.ca/wildlife/snp/

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HAWKE HILL ECOLOGICAL RESERVE Nearest community, Holyrood 709-637-2081 www.flr.gov.nl.ca/natural_areas naturalareas@gov.nl.ca Hawke Hill Ecological Reserve protects a variety of arctic-alpine plants that are rarely encountered in North America this far east and south. The area can, in fact, be called the most easterly alpine barrens in North America.

St. John’s; 709-753-7110 ext. 2; Pippypark.com

48 C.A. PIPPY PARK GOLF COURSE

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43 MANUELS RIVER INTERPRETATION CENTRE

Intersection of Routes 2 and 60, Manuels; 709-834-2099; Manuelsriver.ca 44 ADMIRALTY HOUSE MUSEUM & ARCHIVES

Old Placentia Road, Mount Pearl; 709-7481124; Admiraltymuseum.ca 45

MARINE PARK JELLYSTONE PARK 515 Pouch Cove Line, Pouch Cove 709-335-PARK (7275) www.marineparknl.com info@marineparknl.com Located in beautiful Pouch Cove and only 20 minutes away from St. John’s, Marine Park Jellystone Park is the preferred choice for many families. Whether a camper or you simply want to spend the day with us, you are sure to find activities for the whole family. Convenience store, Greco Pizza Express, NLC Express, and Parkside RV Sales and Service on site. Laundry facilities, wheelchair accessible washrooms and showers. Golf cart & pedal boat rentals, 18 hole mini-golf course, hiking trails and swimming are just a few of our amenities. Wi-Fi hotspots.

CRAFT COUNCIL OF NEWFOUNDLAND AND LABRADOR St. John’s 709-753-2749 www.craftcouncil.nl.ca info@craftcouncil.nl.ca Visit the Craft Council Shop & Gallery in our beautiful new home at 275 Duckworth Street on Solomon’s Lane and discover what it means to be handcrafted. The Clay Studio is currently located at 38 Ropewalk Lane; classes and workshops available online. St. John’s; 709-7384453; Eastcoasttrail.com

50 EAST COAST TRAIL

St. John’s; 709-3684747; Glendenninggolf.ca

51 GLENDENNING GOLF

52 ICEBERG QUEST OCEAN TOURS

53 JAMES J. O’MARA PHARMACY MUSEUM

St. John’s; 1-877-453-5877; Nlpb.ca 54

JOHNSON GEO CENTRE St. John’s 1-866-868-7625 www.geocentre.ca | info@geocentre.ca Cut from the ancient rock of Signal Hill, we take you deep underground to experience the story of our earth & beyond. Our interactive exhibits & guided tours make this a top 5 TripAdvisor destination. St. John’s; 709-753-1497;

Flatrock; 709-4376312; Townofflatrock.com

55 LEGEND TOURS

305 Waterford Bridge Road, St. John’s; 709-364-1531; Bowringpark.com

56 MUN BOTANICAL GARDENS

46 FLATROCK MUSEUM

47 BOWRING PARK

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St. John’s; 1-866-720-1888; IcebergQuest.com

Legendtours.ca St. John’s; 709864-8590; Mun.ca/botgarden

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NEWMAN WINE VAULTS PROVINCIAL HISTORIC SITES St. John’s 709-729-2627 seethesites.ca commissariat@seethesites.ca The Newman Wine Vaults tell the amazing story of a 300-year connection between wine produced in sunny Portugal, aged in the cool climate of Newfoundland and sipped by England’s aristocracy for generations. It’s all about pirates, port and profit.

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THE COMMISSARIAT PROVINCIAL HISTORIC SITE King’s Bridge Road, St. John’s 709-729-6730 www.seethesites.ca commissariat@seethesites.ca In 1829, St. John’s was alive with talk of Newfoundlanders having the right to manage their own affairs through their own government. Today, a provocative, multi-media experience at The Commissariat recreates a volatile period in 19th-century St. John’s, when British naval rule was ending and a power struggle was at hand.

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THE FLUVARIUM 5 Nagle’s Place, St. John’s 709-754-3474 Fluvarium.ca | info@fluvarium.ca The Fluvarium is a public environmental education centre focusing on freshwater and riparian ecology. The Fluvarium, along with museum style exhibits, hosts nine large viewing windows that allow our guests a glimpse into a natural, freshwater habitat. Mon.-Fri. 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (Summer 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.) Sat.-Sun. 12 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. (Summer 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.)

58 QUIDI VIDI BREWING COMPANY TOURS

St. John’s; 1-800-738-0165; Quidividibrewery.ca 59 QUIDI VIDI VILLAGE PLANTATION

10 Maple View Rd., Quidi Vidi; 1-844-6702009; Qvvplantation.com 60

RAILWAY COASTAL MUSEUM St. John’s 709-724-5929 | 1-866-600-7245 www.railwaycoastalmuseum.ca info@railwaycoastalmuseum.ca The museum is a non-profit organization located at 495 Water Street in the original Riverhead Station. The museum is dedicated to the interpretation of the railway and coastal boat services. Enjoy our monthly children’s events and reception rental space.

65 CAPE SPEAR LIGHTHOUSE NATIONAL

HISTORIC SITE OF CANADA Cape Spear;

1-888-773-8888; Pc.gc.ca/capespear

61 SIGNAL HILL NATIONAL HISTORIC SITE OF

CANADA St. John’s; 1-888-773-8888;

Pc.gc.ca/signalhill

66 FISHING FOR SUCCESS AT ISLAND ROOMS

Petty Harbour; 709-740-3474; Islandrooms.org

62 SPIRIT OF NEWFOUNDLAND PRODUCTIONS

DINNER & SHOW St. John’s; 1-877-6613023; Spiritofnewfoundland.com

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PETTY HARBOUR MINI AQUARIUM Petty Harbour-Maddox Cove 709-330-3474 Miniaqua.org | info@miniaqua.org Newfoundland’s first seasonal catch and release aquarium with local marine species. Interactive exhibits, touch tanks, lab demonstrations, kid-friendly microscopes, gift shop and one-on-one interpretation from knowledgeable staff. Open daily June 8 to September 6, 2019. O’BRIEN’S WHALE & BIRD TOURS Bay Bulls 709-753-4850 Toll-Free: 1-877-NF-WHALE (639-4253) www.obriensboattours.com info@obriensboattours.com Voted best boat tour by Newfoundlanders! Sailing for over 30 years. View 1/2 million Atlantic Puffins at the Witless Bay Ecological Reserve. Watch the largest population of Humpback Whales. Sail past towering, 10,000-year-old icebergs. Shuttle service. Gift shop. WITLESS BAY ECOLOGICAL RESERVE Witless Bay 709-637-2081 www.flr.gov.nl.ca/natural_areas naturalareas@gov.nl.ca Comprising four small islands, this reserve is one of nature’s greatest wonders anywhere on earth. In summer, it is home to millions of seabirds that come ashore to nest and raise their young on the four islands. Whales swim here, especially humpbacks and minkes. Best seen from a tour boat operating from nearby communities.

70 MOLLY BAWN WHALE & PUFFIN TOURS

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21ST ANNUAL SOUTHERN SHORE DINNER THEATRE Ferryland 709-432-2052 | 1-888-332-2052 www.ssfac.com kmooney@nf.aibn.com “Avalonia Times”: This play travels back in time to the early days of our Colony of Avalonia, where you will encounter a motley crew of original settlers. You will embark on a historical and comical journey through time and meet lively characters portraying events while experiencing Irish / Southern Shore culture.

72 COLONY OF AVALON ARCHAEOLOGICAL

SITE & GIFTSHOP Ferryland; 709-432-3200; Colonyofavalon.ca 73 MISTAKEN POINT ECOLOGICAL RESERVE

AND UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE SITE

Portugal Cove South; 709-438-1011; Flr.gov.nl.ca/natural_areas ACCESS TO THE FOSSILS BY GUIDED TOUR ONLY Nearest community, Cape Broyle; 709-637-2081; Flr.gov.nl.ca/natural_areas FREE ENTRY PERMIT IS REQUIRED

74 AVALON WILDERNESS RESERVE

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Bonavista

Elliston

King’s Cove Port Union

1

230 235

Po Tri rt Rex nit y ton

Charleston

Port Blandford

230

Old Perlican

3 Clarenville

Bay de Verde

New Chelsea

4

Lower Island Cove Winterton Heart’s Content

Goobies

Northern Bay

9 70

1

80

Bellevue

Swift Current

Grates Cove

Thorburn Lake

210

Arnold’s Cove

13-16

8

St. John’s

7

Paradise

10

214

Long Harbour

Monkstown

17 Carbonear

Brigus

12

11

1

Bay Bulls Witless Bay

81

6

Mount Pearl

90

Colinet

Salmonier

Placentia

La Manche Ferryland

100

Garnish Frenchman’s Cove

90

Cappahayden St. Bride’s

Fortune Lawn

10

Branch

Burin

St. Stephen’s

220

St. Lawrence

10

Tre pa sse y

Grand Bank

5

92

Marystown

Lamaline

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ROUND DA BAY INN ★★★★ 1 Main Rd., Plate Cove West 709-544-2008 www.rounddabayinn.com rounddabayinn@yahoo.ca Experience the coziness of an inn with the convenience of a motel in one of our unique themed rooms. Enjoy a home-cooked meal at Bella’s Restaurant and browse the art – by our own in-house artist, Chris – and pick up some one-of-a-kind homemade crafts in our Gallery and Gift Shop. We’re conveniently located for your travels to the many beautiful sights here. Come and explore the historic coves and beautiful beaches on this scenic shore... hiking, historic sightseeing, photography, fishing, whale watching, or come and just relax in this peaceful spot! We’re waiting to welcome you.

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MIFFLIN’S HERITAGE INN ★★★★ Bonavista, NL 709-468-2636 705-688-2139 www.mifflinsheritageinn.weebly.com mifflinstearoom@hotmail.com Newly restored 1900 heritage home rich in history. One of the first to have electricity, used as a temporary hospital and visited often by statesmen, one of which was Joey Smallwood, Premier of Confederation. Two queen ensuites and one double with private bath. Quiet, spacious home with a beautiful garden-setting yard to relax. Enjoy complimentary full menu breakfast served 8 a.m. to noon across the road at Mifflin’s Tea Room, well known for homemade meals, authentic Newfoundland flair and great service.

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RESTLAND MOTEL & SUITES ★★★1⁄2 262 Memorial Dr., Clarenville 709-466-7636 1-800-205-3993 www.restlandmotel.ca info@restlandmotel.ca Air-conditioned rooms & suites with drive-up entrances available, laundry service, designated pet friendly rooms, digital cable TV, fibre-op internet and Wi-Fi. Beautiful air-conditioned Galley Restaurant serving all-day breakfast, wild game, locally harvested fresh seafood & homestyle traditional Newfoundland favourites along with Jiggs Dinner Thursdays! Cozy Wheelhouse Pub with VLTs, fireplace, Open Mic Thursdays, Live Music Fridays & Karaoke Saturdays. Eastern Edge Boat Tours with shore lunch (boil-up), whale/bird/iceberg tours. Standard Room $119.95–$129.95; Efficiency Units $139.95–$149.95; Family & Private Suites $139.95–$149.95; Jacuzzi Suite $149.95–$189.95; Apartment $139.95–$149.95. CC: AE, MC, V.

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NO CHARGE FOR THE VIEW B&B ★★★★ 9 Newhooks Hill, New Harbour 709-582-3287 | 709-693-7000 www.nochargefortheview.com bev@nochargefortheview.com Newly renovated house built in 1943 with a breathtaking view of historic Trinity Bay. 4 spacious rooms with ocean views and private ensuites. Our Thorne Room, with a double bed and bunk beds, is perfect for travelling families. Generous full breakfast with fresh fruit and gluten-free options. 2 min drive to the Dildo Brewing Company and Museum. Centrally located for day trips to St. John’s, Carbonear, Brigus, Cape St. Mary’s, Trinity and more. Full amenities, free Wi-Fi, all day coffee & tea. $129 - $169 based on double occupancy. Extra person $15. Extended stay rates.

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OCEAN DELIGHT COTTAGES ★★★★1⁄2 2 locations: Main St., Whiteway; Long Point Cove, Heart’s Delight-Islington, Trinity Bay South 1-877-588-2026 www.oceandelightcottages.net info@oceandelightcottages.com Ocean Delight means Ocean Front Delight! 8 cottages right on the ocean with unobstructed views and stunning sunsets over Trinity Bay. 3 cozy cabins and 1 luxury A-frame in scenic Whiteway. 4 more in a stunning, secluded cove in Heart’s Delight. Ocean front decks with barbecue, private firepits, full kitchen and bath, upgraded furnishings and linens. Free Wi-Fi. Hiking trails, restaurants, gift shops and golfing minutes away.

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OCHRE HOUSE RETREAT ★★★★ Ochre Pit Cove Route 70 709-685-3307 www.ochrehouse.ca info@ochrehouse.ca This former church has been thoughtfully renovated to include all modern amenities while respecting the elegance of the original architecture. Stunning 17-foot ceiling, 6 beautifully appointed bedrooms, 5 unique bathrooms, gourmet kitchen, spacious studio, generous living area and games room. An exceptional getaway experience for work or play. Perfect for extended family holidays or yoga, painting or writing retreats. Close to Northern Bay Sands and hiking. Walk to local beach.

★★★★ Clarenville; www.clarenvilleinn.ca (see ad on p. 104)

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BURIN PENINSULA MOTEL ★★★ 33 Grandview Boulevard, Grand Bank 709-832-2180 | 709-832-2355 1-888-275-1098 burinpeninsulamotel@gmail.com 10 large rooms with inside and outside access. Air-conditioned, wheelchair accessible, large back and front deck, ocean view. Fully licensed dining room. Room service, cable TV, phone, Wi-Fi. $109+ tax per 2-person occupancy; $8 charge per additional person. Overlooking the picturesque town of Grand Bank, home of the Grand Bank Regional Theatre Festival. Only minutes to the Saint-Pierre ferry, beautiful hiking trails and ATV trails; 30 min. to golf course. ROSEDALE MANOR B&B INN ★★★★1⁄2 40 Orcan Dr., Placentia 709-227-3613 1-877-999-3613 www.rosedalemanor.ca lindasofiagrimm@gmail.com Waterfront 1893 Heritage B&B Inn with pastry chef host. Fresh baking with tea on arrival. Gourmet breakfasts for all diet restrictions. Elegant, comfortable furnishings; private bathrooms; long distance phoning; internet; library of local books and informative friendly hosts. Walking distance to shopping, pubs and restaurants. Recommended by Fodors, Lonely Planet, Ulysses and Frommers guide books.

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KLONDYKE COTTAGE ★★★★ 4 Porter’s Lane, Bay Roberts 709-786-2676 | 709-683-2296 www.klondykecottage.com phylruss@hotmail.com Luxury 2-bedroom house, 1 ½ baths, accommodates 6 people with a pull-out couch that opens to a double bed. Fully furnished including dishwasher, microwave, washer/dryer, TV and internet. Located only 40 min. from The Wilds and Pitcher’s Pond golf courses. 50 min. drive to St. John’s. Only a minute walk from the ocean. Pet friendly. $149 per night (dbl occ). $25 per extra person per night. Taxes included.

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HILLSIDE COTTAGES ★★★1⁄2 Main Road, Roaches Line 709-528-9859 www.hillsidecottagesnl.com info@roacheslinepark.com 45 min. from St. John’s and less than 30 min. from historic towns of Brigus, Cupids, Bay Roberts, Harbour Grace and Carbonear. Cabins open year-round. Eight 1-bedroom cottages with hardwood interiors, 4 with Jacuzzi. Three 2-bedroom cottages. 60 fully serviced sites with 3-way hook up. Wi-Fi internet, cable TV in cottages, public washrooms with showers, laundromat, sani-station, playground.

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DELTA HOTELS BY MARRIOTT ST. JOHN’S CONFERENCE CENTRE ★★★★1⁄2 St. John’s 709-739-6404 | 1-888-793-3582 www.Marriott.com/hotels/travel/yytdsdelta-hotesl-st-johns-conference-centre/ Reservationsdtsj@whg.com Our waterfront hotel is steps from some of St. John’s hottest destinations. Enjoy our recently renovated rooms furnished with pillowtop mattresses, mini-refrigerators, flat-panel TVs and free Wi-Fi. We sport cardio equipment and free weights in our fitness centre and an indoor pool. Over 22,000 square feet of event space allows us to host everything from intimate brainstorming sessions to renowned conferences. Whatever your reasons for visiting Newfoundland, allow Delta Hotels St. John’s Conference Centre to make your stay worthwhile.

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MURRAY PREMISES HOTEL ★★★★ St. John’s, NL 709-738-7773 www.murraypremiseshotel.com info@murraypremiseshotel.com Located in a National Historic Site, the city’s first boutique hotel has 69 distinctive guest rooms situated in the heart of downtown St. John’s, walking distance from Mile One Centre, the St. John’s Convention Centre, entertainment and shopping district. Enjoy the comfort you would expect from a modern designer hotel, with the history and charm you expect from the city of St. John’s.

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MARINE PARK JELLYSTONE PARK 515 Pouch Cove Line, Pouch Cove 709-335-PARK (7275) www.marineparknl.com info@marineparknl.com Located in beautiful Pouch Cove and only 20 minutes away from St. John’s, Marine Park Jellystone Park is the preferred choice for many families. Whether a camper or you simply want to spend the day with us, you are sure to find activities for the whole family. Convenience store, Greco Pizza Express, NLC Express, and Parkside RV Sales and Service on site. Laundry facilities, wheelchair accessible washrooms and showers. Golf cart & pedal boat rentals, 18-hole mini-golf course, hiking trails and swimming are just a few of our amenities. Wi-Fi hotspots.

CROSSROADS INN & SUITES ★★★★ Paradise; 709-368-3191; crossroadsinnsuites.ca (see ad p. 100)

★★★1⁄2 102 Kenmount Rd.; 1-866-612-5800; Ramadastjohns.com (see ad p. 107)

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BANNERMAN PARK SUITES ★★★★★ 23 Rennies Mill Rd., St. John’s 709-351-3244 bannermanparksuites.com info@bannermanparksuites.com Downtown luxury suites. One-bedroom units with kitchenettes, flat screen TVs, Wi-Fi, elegant furnishings and spa bathrooms (heated marble floors, fantastic showers, claw soaker tubs). Three king suites (850 sq. ft.) and five queen suites (450 sq. ft.). Located across from Bannerman Park. Steps to top restaurants, galleries and shops. Non-smoking.

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Bonavista

9

King’s Cove

Port Union 230 235

Charleston

Port Blandford

Po Tri rt Rex nit y ton

1

Thorburn Lake 230

Grates Cove

Old Perlican

Clarenville

Bay de Verde

New Chelsea Lower Island Cove Northern Bay

2 70

1

80

Carbonear

Bellevue

Swift Current

Winterton Heart’s Content

Goobies

210

Arnold’s Cove

5

8 St. John’s

Paradise

7

214

Mount Pearl

Brigus Long Harbour

Monkstown

6

1

Bay Bulls Witless Bay

81 90

Colinet

Salmonier

Placentia

La Manche

4

Ferryland

100

Garnish Frenchman’s Cove

92

Marystown

90

Cappahayden St. Bride’s

Fortune Lawn

10

Branch

Burin

St. Stephen’s

220

St. Lawrence

10

Tre pa sse y

Grand Bank

Lamaline

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RISING TIDE THEATRE – SEASONS IN THE BIGHT 2019 June 1 – August 31 Trinity 709-464-3232 1-888-464-3377 www.risingtidetheatre.com risingtide@nf.aibn.com Runs from June to September. A professional theatre company since 1978 providing an award-winning blend of drama, culture and history. Shows daily. Please call for further information.

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7th ANNUAL OCHRE FEST June 20 – 23 Ochre Pit Cove 709-685-3307 www.ochrefest.ca | info@ochrefest.ca A celebration of Newfoundland books, music, art and food in the picturesque community of Ochre Pit Cove, Conception Bay. We present award-winning authors alongside fabulous music, a pop-up restaurant, a rousing shed party and gorgeous local art. We’re growing in leaps and bounds, so you never know what we’ll add next. Bringing the best of Newfoundland culture to the Baccalieu Trail since 2013.

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BONAVISTA DAYS CELEBRATIONS July 27 – 28 Various locations, Bonavista 709-468-7747 | 709-468-6498 www.townofbonavista.com town.bonavista@nf.sympatico.ca Come celebrate Bonavista Days. Fireworks at Marine Centre, Garden Party, Bobber Race, Motorcade, Live Entertainment at the stadium. Other events as well.

5 GEORGE STREET FESTIVAL

August 1 – 7;

George Street, St. John’s; Georgestreetlive.ca August 7 (weather permitting); St. John’s; 709-5768921; Stjohnsregatta.com

6 ROYAL ST. JOHN’S REGATTA

7 ANNUAL BRIGUS BLUEBERRY FESTIVAL

August 8 – 11; Water Street, Brigus; 709528-3201; matthewspf@gmail.com 8 NEWFOUNDLAND AND LABRADOR FOLK

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34TH ANNUAL SOUTHERN SHORE SHAMROCK FESTIVAL July 27 – 28 Ferryland 709-432-2052 | 1-888-332-2052 www.ssfac.com | kmooney@nf.aibn.com The finest in traditional Newfoundland / Irish music, song and dance performed by local and established musicians in the Irish Heart of Newfoundland.

FESTIVAL August 9 – 11; Bannerman Park,

St. John’s; NLFolk.com

september 9 ROOTS RANTS AND ROARS FESTIVAL

September 20 – 21; Elliston; 709-4687080; Rootsrantsandroars.ca

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There are lots of excellent fishing holes on the Avalon Peninsula. Back when the Newfoundland Railway still ran a passenger service, folks could hop on a run called the Trouter’s Special. They’d be dropped off and picked up alongside the tracks in the wilderness. Here’s a delicious way to cook up a fresh catch over a fire pondside, at the campground or back home.

Trout Foil Packets 2 fillets of trout 1 lime, sliced 2 cups leeks, sliced thinly 2 tbsp butter 3 tbsp maple flakes

1/2 tsp cumin 1/2 tsp salt 1/2 tsp pepper Aluminum foil

Combine maple flakes, cumin, salt and pepper. (If cooking up by the pond or at a campsite, mix all dry ingredients at home and carry them in a resealable bag with your other dry food supplies.) To Prepare Fit a cast-iron frying pan with a double layer of foil and place the trout in it, skin side down. Dot the butter over the fish and sprinkle the spice mixture evenly over the two fillets. Layer the lime slices and leeks over the top and wrap tightly in foil. Place over the fire and cook for about 20 minutes, or until the fish begins to flake. Yield: 2 servings

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Visiting St. John’s?

dining, shopping, entertainment, and attractions.

City of St. John’s Visitor Centre 348 Water Street Open Monday to Friday year round, 7 days a week seasonally 1-844-570-2009 709-576-8106 tourism@stjohns.ca For more details go to stjohns.ca > Visitors

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Bob Cole St. John’s Famous for: playby-play announcer on Hockey Night In Canada 1980 to 2008, and again for the 2018-19 season.

Alan Doyle Petty Harbour Famous for: musician, songwriter, author, actor (Great Big Sea, Robin Hood, Winter’s Tale)

Rick Mercer St. John’s Famous for: former host of TV’s “The Rick Mercer Report,” cast member of “This Hour Has 22 Minutes,” author

Cathy Jones St. John’s Famous for: actress, stand-up comedian, writer (“CODCO,” “This Hour Has 22 Minutes”)

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Susan Kent St. John’s Famous for: comedic actress ( “Trailer Park Boys,” “This Hour Has 22 Minutes”)

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Tourists Say the Darndest Things! For those who work in retail, hospitality and tourism, you never know who you are going to meet or what tourists might be curious about on any given day. And sometimes it can be hard to keep a straight face while doing your best to serve these lovely, charming folks. Thanks to the front-line people who shared these moments with Downhome Explore, and thanks to the visitors who created these lasting memories!

“Can I take a day trip to see L’Anse aux Meadows?” [asked in St. John’s)

“You’re not all fishermen?”

“You really don’t know our friend from the west coast of Newfoundland?” [asked of a person on the east coast]

“We thought you all lived in igloos up here!”

“Puffins are the size of penguins, aren’t they?”

“Do polar bears paint the blue streaks in the icebergs?”

“Do you live here in the winter time?”

“When does the whale show start?”

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“Where are all the icebergs? Did they all go back up north? Which one sank the Titanic?”

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Downhome Explore Travel Guide 2019  

A travel guide locals and visitors alike turn to for their summer vacation plans in Newfoundland and Labrador. Its accurate listings of fest...

Downhome Explore Travel Guide 2019  

A travel guide locals and visitors alike turn to for their summer vacation plans in Newfoundland and Labrador. Its accurate listings of fest...