Top 9 Things to Do In St. John’s, Newfoundland

St. John’s is a beautiful and vibrant city filled with great food and drink, the refreshing tang of the ocean, and brightly coloured homes lining the streets.  In the last year I have had the opportunity to spend several days in St. John’s during both the summer and winter months, taking full advantage of everything the town has to offer – from the dramatic views you find at every turn to the fantastic drink and food.  On my second visit, Chris joined me and I made it my mission to explore even more than I had previously – and return to show him all the best things to do in St. John’s, Newfoundland.

Watch the Sunrise

Most people don’t take the opportunity while they travel to get up and watch the sunrise.  One of the coolest things about being in Newfoundland is it is the first province in North America to watch the sunrise (& set).

Two of the best places to head for sunrise in St. John’s are Signal Hill National Historic Site and Cape Spear National Historic Site. Signal Hill offers a nice view of the Narrows, downtown St. John’s, and Cabot Tower itself as the sun rises. Once the sun comes up above the horizon, you can enjoy a great hike down the North Head Trail.  Check out my early morning experience watching the Sunrise at Signal Hill.

The other awesome spot to check out sunrise is Cape Spear National Historic Site.  Cape Spear is the most easterly point in North America, and is therefore the very first place the sun rises on the continent. Perched on a rugged cliff is the beautiful Cape Spear Lighthouse, the oldest surviving lighthouse in the province, and an iconic symbol of the province. If you are lucky, you will see a pod of whales to top off your already incredible experience at this National Historic site. Read about our experience watching the first sunrise of the New Year at Cape Spear.

Hike Signal Hill

Signal Hill is a symbol of military history and communications innovation that can be seen anywhere across St. John’s and as far away as Cape Spear.  Perched atop of a hill at the harbour’s mouth, the views from Signal Hill are unlike any other.  To add to the view, you can hike the North Head Trail down the rugged cliff, along the Narrows and into the Battery.

The North Head Trail is a 1.7 km trail that takes approximately 90 minutes to complete.  Hiking along this train, you will climb and descend almost 500 feet.  Make sure to check out more information on the trail and my hiking experience!

Take a Tour of Quidi Vidi Brewery & Village

The beautiful little fishing community of Quidi Vidi sits to the north of Signal Hill, and now forms part of the town of St. John’s. Today the community is also home to Newfoundland’s largest and very popular micro-brewery, The Quidi Vidi Brewing Company.  The brewery runs tours from Monday to Saturday throughout the day, and allows you to taste their eight unique beers made with their distinctive ingredient – water harvested directly from the majestic icebergs that drift off that coast of Newfoundland!

Explore The Rooms

The Rooms is home to the provincial museum, the provincial archives, and the Art Gallery of Newfoundland and Labrador.  These three facilities offer exhibits that give visitors an insight into the local history and culture.  The Rooms sits on a ridge above the city making it visible from many places in St. John’s.  Apart from touring through the exhibits The Rooms has a Cafe (The Rooms Cafe) where you can enjoy some delicious food and drink while overlooking the harbour.

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Visit Johnson Geo Centre

The Johnson Geo Centre is a place for all ages to visit.  Located on the side of Signal Hill, the science centre is uniquely designed to incorporate the surrounding terrain.  The center takes visitors beneath Signal Hill and into the 550-million year old rock bed.  Through a variety of interactive exhibits and guided tours you will learn about the history of both Newfoundland and our planet, the forces of nature that helped shape the land today, and the tragic story of the sinking of the Titanic.


Go Whale Watching

You are in for a treat when you head out on the open waters. With over 22 species of whales and the world’s largest population of humpbacks to be found off the coast, Newfoundland is one of the most spectacular places in the world for whale watching..  Watching these massive, majestic mammals breach and play as you follow them from your boat is an experience you will never forget.

There are a few ways you can go whale watching: take a large boat tour, or choose zodiacs, sea kayaking, or view the whales while hiking one of the many seaside trails along the coast. The best way to get up close with the whales is by taking zodiacs or sea kayaks.

Visit Cape Spear

Visit the oldest surviving lighthouse in the province and one of the iconic symbols of Newfoundland and Labrador. Cape Spear National Historic Site sits at the most easterly point in North America, and is the last piece of land before you hit Europe!  Cape Spear is not just a lighthouse and home for the lighthouse keepers, but is also home to the remnants of the World War Two coastal defense battery – Fort Cape Spear.  Canadian and American soldiers guarded this fort during the Second World War from possible attack of German U-boats.

This National Historic Site is a must-see while in St. John’s, as it only a quick 12km scenic drive outside of the downtown. Walk along North America’s edge, smell the salty air of the ocean, hear the sound of whales breaching, and most importantly don’t forget your camera!

For more info on what to do at Cape Spear check out: Top Things to Do At Cape Spear.

Visit George Street

One of the most talked about streets in Newfoundland – and well known across North America – is George Street.  Located in the heart of historic downtown St. John’s, this street is home to the most bars and pubs per square foot than any other street in North America.   Here you will find local favourites, such as fish and chips, cod tongue, and so much more! Try some of the local breweries including, our favourite, Quidi Vidi Brewery.  Walk the street during the day, but make sure you come back at night and get the full St. John’s experience.  Not just for the young, George Street has bars, clubs, and pubs for all ages, so there is something for you here! A visit to St. John’s would not be complete without a stop in on George Street.

Get “Screeched In”

Have you loved your trip to Newfoundland so much that you might just stay and become a Newfie? Well, if that’s not possible, you can become an honorary Newfoundlander for life by being screeched in! Screeching in CFAs (those who “Come From Away”) has been a long standing tradition on the island, and is the official way to become an honorary Newfoundlander. The ceremony consists of kissing a cod on the lips, taking a shot of Screech (Newfoundland Rum), but not before you hold your glass high and say “Long may your big jib draw”! Take your shot, and you are officially in!  You are even provided with a certificate and welcomed into the Royal Order of Screechers.

There are many places you can get screeched in throughout Newfoundland. One of the main places in St. John’s is at the Spirit of Newfoundland’s The Screech Room (6 Cathedral Street, St. John’s). The Screech Room is open for daily Screech-Ins and hosts happy hours on Thursdays and Fridays from 4:30-6:30pm, and also has drop-in hours from 2:30pm – 4:00pm every day of the week.  Make sure to share your screech in experiences with us!

Staying at Murray Premises Hotel

The Murray Premises in St. John’s, Newfoundland, encompasses the oldest remaining mercantile buildings related to the fishing industry in Newfoundland and Labrador.  Today, this hotel reminds you of the buildings’ rich in history dating back to 1846.  The buildings have been used as warehouses, offices, as well as machine shops, but regardless of their changing useage, these historic buildings have always been a key part of the waterfront of St. John’s.

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As St. John’s first boutique hotel, The Murray Premises opened its doors in May 2001 with a modest 28 guest rooms. Shortly after its great initial success, the hotel waso expanded to additional floors, and now offers a total of 69 guest rooms.

The Hotel

Blending Old World charm and New World comfort, The Murray Premises Hotel creates an ambiance that is truly unique.  The Murray Premises Hotel is located in the heart of historic downtown St. John’s, where it overlooks the St. John’s harbour, is a short distance to Signal Hill National Historic Site, the Narrows, and a short walk to the famous George Street.

We love the combination of historic feel and look with the modern amenities that are found throughout the hotel. Ideally located so close to many of the city’s dining and tourist hotspots, The Murray Premises is the perfect place to call home for a few days during your visit.

The Rooms

The hotel caters to all groups of travellers, offering accommodations from standard guest rooms to executive and business rooms and suites. All rooms display the historic buildings’ beautiful architecture, including exposed wooden beams, old wooden brick, and beautiful views of the city and water. Every room comes standard with an air massage tub and/ or spa shower, towel warmer, electric fireplace, mini fridge, complimentary bottled water (replenished daily), and free high-speed internet.

Even the standard level rooms are anything but basic;  these rooms offer large marble bathrooms and oversized air massage tubs.

The executive rooms offer the next level of comfort. This includes a two-person air massage bathtub and a full body shower (with three heads!), heated bathroom floor, and a beautiful stone fireplace. We were lucky enough to stay in one of these executive rooms, and absolutely loved it!

Whichever option you go for, you will not be disappointed. Look forward to complimentary deluxe continental breakfast and complimentary water replenished daily.

Dining Opportunities 

There are two restaurants that are part of the Murray Premises: EVOO in the Courtyard and The Gypsy Tea Room.

EVOO in the Courtyard – EVOO is a Mediterranean inspired restaurant that is located in the courtyard of the Murray Premises Hotel.  The menu features pastas, risottos, and wood-fired pizzas, among many other things.

The Gypsy Tea Room – The Gypsy Tea Room is a modern, trendy restaurant that features both European and Mediterranean food, and specializes in seafood and pastas.  The restaurant features a private wine cellar for large or private groups.  This elegant, yet relaxed, atmosphere offers the ideal place for a fine dining experience.

If neither of these options offer what you are looking for, then step out onto Water Street where you will find an abundance of pubs and restaurants within a 5-10 minute stroll.


The Murray Premises does not host activities within the hotel, but just steps outside either of their main doors, you will find an abundance of activities on offer.

Signal Hill National Historic Site – Signal Hill can be seen from almost anywhere in town. It is the perfect adventure at any time of year.  Be sure to check out our post: Getting Around Signal Hill for more details on how to get there and what to do.

Explore the local pubs – The famous George Street, located in the heart of historic downtown St. John’s, is home to the most bars and pubs per square foot on any street in North America! You will have a chance to try some local breweries, fresh food, and awesome live music.

Do Some Shopping – Along Water Street, Duckworth Street, and many more streets in the area, you will find quaint little boutique shops.  Here you can find locally crafted items, Jellybean Row souvenirs, and much more.


Walking the Wreckage of the S.S. Ethie

The wreckage of this 98 year old ship lies on the shoreline of the Atlantic Ocean where the waves slam into the coast.  The S.S. Ethie was a coastal steamship than ran aground during an awful storm on December 11, 1919 at Martin’s Point, Newfoundland.  All 92 passengers and crew were saved, but the ship was unsalvageable.  Today, the ocean has eroded almost all of the ship, leaving only remnants for visitors to explore, including fragments of the hull, the boilers, and pieces of the engines which are still visible from the shore.

How To Get There

The wreckage can be found at Martin’s Point, located in Gros Morne National Park on Route 430 (Viking Trail) between Sally’s Cove and Western Brook Pond.  The sizeable parking lot is marked by signage on the road.  From there a staircase will take you down to the rocky beach to see the wreckage. Make sure to be careful on the stairs, as they can be both ice and snow covered.

Explore the Wreckage

The long stretch of rocky beach has pieces of the S.S. Ethie scattered along it. Interestingly, these remnants are constantly being moved along the coast by the harsh waves and tides of the ocean.  The large engine block and boiler are prominent, located right at the water’s edge, and depending on the tides may be clearly visible as you explore the beach.  Beyond the wreckage, take the time to explore the beautiful rock formations that are ever changing.

Top Winter Activities in Gros Morne National Park

The beautiful Gros Morne National Park in western Newfoundland is the second largest National Park in Atlantic Canada (surpassed by Torngat Mountains National Park).  Visiting in Gros Morne National Park is unlike any other experience you will have had.  You are instantly transported back 475 million years to when the park formed, leaving the vast mountain range, freshwater fjords, and the exposed earth’s mantle that we see today.  Your experience and the wide variety of winter activities in Gros Morne National Park will be an experience you will never forget.  

Gros Morne is dominated by two distinctly different landscapes: the towering cliffs belonging to the Long Range Mountains, and the coastal lowlands that border the Gulf of St. Lawrence.  You could spend days in the National Park and not see everything it has to offer, so here is our list of top winter must-do activities.

Snowshoeing & Cross-Country Skiing in Winter in Gros Morne National Park 

Gros Morne National Park offers more than 50km of groomed trails for both cross-country skiing and snowshoeing and is one of the best ways to see the park in the winter.  Once the snow falls, both activities allow you to see some of the popular and hidden gems of the park.


One of the best ways to see the backcountry of the park is by snowmobile.  Climb to the top of the glacier-carved fjords and the snow-covered mountains to take in some of the most stunning views Gros Morne has to offer.

Visit Lobster Cove Head Lighthouse

e historic Lobster Cove Head Lighthouse has been welcoming seamen into the entrance of Bonne Bay since 1897.  The short 2km loop trail will take you around the perimeter of the lighthouse and give you a variety of viewpoints along the cliffs’ edge that give breathtaking views of both Bonne Bay and Rocky Harbour.  This hike can be done by foot or in snowshoe, depending on the amount of snow the area has received.  This dramatic white and red lighthouse is not to be missed on your trip through Gros Morne.

Read More: Visiting Lobster Cove Head Lighthouse

Explore the Wreckage of the S.S. Ethie

If you blink you may miss the historic, 98 year old wreckage of the S.S. Ethie whose final resting place is along the shoreline in Gros Morne.  Follow a set of wooden stairs down to the water and you will find the rusty remnants left in the waters to tell its tale. Even though there is not much left of the wreck, it is still a must see while on your visit to the National Park.

Read More: Walking the Wreckage of the S.S. Ethie

Find the Red Chairs

In Gros Morne there are 18 pairs of red Parks Canada Adirondack chairs.  Think you can find them all? Only one couple has successfully found all 18 in the past three years.  To get you started, a few of the locations of the chairs are: Lobster Cove Head, Green Point Trail, Steve’s Trail, Gull Rocks, Green Gardens, Lomond, Western Brook Pond, Trout River, Lookout Trail, and The Tablelands.


Hike into Western Brook Pond

Western Brook Pond offers one of the most iconic and well known views of Gros Morne.  This hike in during the wintertime can be a bit more challenging than during summer months, but it is well worth it.  Strap on a pair of snowshoes and hike 3km towards the landlocked fjord of Western Brook Pond.  The entire hike will leave you wanting more, as each bend in the path offers another incredible view of Gros Morne.  

Once you reach the pond you will be greeted the dramatic views of the fjord you have been hiking towards. Make sure to take a walk down the dock to take in the entire view.

Take in the Wonder of the Tablelands in Winter in Gros Morne National Park 

Finding the Tablelands in Gros Morne is a startling experience. As you cruise down the highway and come over a certain hill, you are suddenly face-to-face with the stark white of a desert-like landscape that appears almost completely void of vegetation. In fact, you are staring at  one of the largest exposed parts of the Earth’s mantle in the world.



Reasons to Fall in Love With Newfoundland in Winter

After spending many hours driving through beautiful snow covered Newfoundland, one thought kept popping into our heads: “Why are there so few visitors to Newfoundland in the winter?”  While the Rocky Mountains are distinctly Canadian, and see hundreds of thousands of visitors a year – including in the winter months – the ever-changing landscape of Newfoundland, from its rugged coastlines along the Atlantic Ocean to the Appalachian Mountains, certainly gives the Rockies a run for their money!  For us, the Rocky Mountains was one of the first places in Canada outside of our home province that we fell in love with. Yet, while driving across Newfoundland’s Trans Canada Highways and the small town backroads, we were enchanted by the province’s beauty and charm.

Newfoundland has become one of our favourite Canadian provinces – and we bet it will be one of yours too.

The kind-hearted people, the culture, and history of each city and town, the dining and drinking traditions, and the dramatic landscapes have guaranteed Newfoundland a place in our hearts – whatever the season.

If we had to choose one work to describe Newfoundland in winter, we would choose breathtaking.

Under a fresh blanket of snow, Newfoundland is transformed into a winter wonderland. The dark Atlantic Ocean water’s contrast against the stark white of the snow-covered coast line, as winter in the national parks, provincial parks, and tourist sites reflect a quiet and calmness that is felt across the island.

For all of these reasons and so many more, winter in Newfoundland is something incredibly special.  If you are thinking about visiting Newfoundland anytime in the next few months, here are a few reasons you’re sure to fall in love with it!

The People

When anyone talks about Newfoundland, one of the first things that comes to mind is the friendly and welcoming people you will find across the island.  Warm and genuine, the people here are known for their craftsmanship, unique accents, and incredible sense of humour.  Macleans magazine claimed the people of Newfoundland and Labrador to be #3 in their top 10 most friendly people in the world!

Whether you are lost, have a question, or just looking to chat,  Newfoundlanders are happy to talk.  We had so many great encounters with people in each town that we often would find ourselves running behind schedule because we couldn’t stop talking! Some of the best tips for photography were given by locals in each of the towns, including where to find a group of whales!

One of the most interesting things about the people of Newfoundland is the way they speak.  Did you know there are more varieties of English spoken in Newfoundland and Labrador than anywhere else in the world?  Accents are flavoured by Newfoundlanders’ ancestors from Western England and Southern Ireland dating back more than 400 years.  In addition to English, there is also French and Aboriginal influences that have helped to create the colourful language spoken by locals.  Beyond the accents, you might also encounter some of the hundreds of Newfoundlander words and phrases you will find nowhere else in the world. You might want to pick up a copy of the dictionary of Newfoundland english!

The Food & Drink

Stepping into an authentic Newfoundland pub is an enchanting feeling! Once inside you’re struck not only by the  history, but also the smells of beers and great pub food that will leaving you wanting more.  If you are a lover of seafood, then look no further for some of the best and freshest seafood you will ever have. Our favourite meal was the wild Atlantic salmon caught straight off the coast.  Regardless of where your trip may take you while you are exploring Newfoundland, plan on stopping for a plate of fish and chips.  If fine-dining is more to your taste, St. John’s has a wide variety of options from international flavours to fresh-off-the-boat seafood.  Our favourite place for a great bite to eat and drink is Yellow Belly Brewery in St. John’s.

Have a sweet tooth? Then make sure to stop in at one of the Newfoundland Chocolate Company’s shops.  This is by far some of our favourite chocolate anywhere! With a wide variety of flavours that showcase iconic scenes of Newfoundland and Labrador, the founders’ vision was to bring Newfoundland and Labrador to the world by making the best, most delicious, artistically-crafted chocolates around – and they have succeeded!

Newfoundlanders are widely known for their pubs and great beers.  Quidi Vidi Brewing Company, the most popular micro-brewery in the province, harvests water from icebergs floating offshore to create incredible beers.  For something a bit stronger than beer you can also find Iceberg Vodka, Rum and Gin which are each bottled in the province, and are also made from water from these 10,000 year old icebergs.  Regardless of where you go, make sure you come on an empty stomach as there is so many great food and drink options you will want to try them all.

Postcard Worthy Spots at Every Turn in Newfoundland In Winter

Driving from St. John’s to northern Newfoundland allowed us to explore a large amount of the island.  Even during the long stretches in the car we were repeatedly left breathless, taking in the beauties at many of the twists and turns in the roads. As we left St. John’s and the surrounding area and headed north, it felt like we were transported back to a much simpler time, to smaller communities scattered with fishing nets, lobster traps, and boats.

Our favourite moments were when we had left the main roads, and were out of sight of any major stores and tall buildings, left to take in in the small towns and the vast, rugged landscapes. During the summer these areas are buzzing with both locals and tourists alike, whereas you will likely not run into any tourists during the winter months, and will instead get a chance to experience the true Newfoundland.

The Wildlife that comes alive in Newfoundland in Winter

Coming from Southern Ontario, we are used to seeing raccoons and squirrels on a daily basis, but a moose or deer sighting is not as common.  In Newfoundland and Labrador, the opportunities to see nature are never-ending.  It seems that every day on our trip we saw a different type of wildlife: from moose to a majestic pod of whales. With 3 National Parks, 18 Wilderness and Ecological Reserves, and 13 Provincial Parks, there is no shortage of areas where you can see wildlife in its natural habitat.

The Tourist Attractions are Empty!

Throughout our entire travels in Newfoundland outside of St. John’s, and on our multiple hikes through Gros Morne National Park we never ran into another visitor to the island.   The feeling of being completely alone in some of the most beautiful places in Newfoundland just adds to the draw of the island during this season.

The Initiation

Have you fallen in love with this special island so much you want to become a Newfoundlander? Then you are in luck! You can become an honorary Newfoundlander through the initiation ritual known as being ‘Screeched In’. To get screeched in you have to recite a speech in Newfoundland English, followed by a shot of Screech rum, and kiss a real cod (often frozen). The ceremony is often done in a local pub and is a lot of fun!


Staying at Marblewood Village Resort, Newfoundland

Winter in northwestern Newfoundland is like a postcard, with its picturesque mountains, ever-falling white powdery snow, and quaint little fishing and ski towns, this is as close to picture perfect as it gets.

The towns of Steady Brook and Corner Brook are nestled into the base of the mountains and at the mouth of the Humber River.  Home to some of the best skiing east of the Rockies, and the highest vertical slope in Atlantic Canada, Marble Mountain is one of the large draws to this area in the winter.  If you are on the hunt for the perfect winter weekend getaway, or a place to call home-base for your skiing vacation, this is the place to be.


Here is our experience at the Marblewood Village Resort!

Getting There

Airport: The closest airport to Marblewood Village Resort is Deer Lake Regional Airport. From there you will need to take a cab or rent a car for the 30 minute drive from the airport to the resort.

The Resort

Marblewood Village Resort offers 1 to 4 bedroom condos that are fully self-contained suites. Each condo includes full kitchens including stove, dishwasher, fridge, pots & pans, utensils, and much more.  The couch in front of the electric fireplace, with the flat screen tv above it, is perfect place to snuggle up with a warm cup of cocoa after a cold day of adventuring outside.

There are 24 condo units in total, all which come completely furnished and outfitted with linens, towels, and toiletries.

The Condo’s

We rented a one bedroom condo, and it was absolutely perfect! We were pleasantly surprised when we unlocked the door to see how roomy it was.  The bedroom had a full size closet, was outfitted with a queen bed, two bedside tables, and a bench for additional storage.

Whether to make dinner, or just a pot of coffee, the full kitchen is a nice amenity whatever your needs may be throughout your stay.  We took full advantage of the two comfy leather couches and the HD Cable TV.

The bathrooms had some nice touches, including the heat lamp that helped warm up the bathroom on chilly mornings.  With lots of storage under the sink, you could easily and very comfortably stay in one of these condos for quite some time.

With their upscale cottage feel, these condos are exactly what you need whether for an overnight stay as you are passing through or a long term visit as you explore the area. Our only regret about Marblewood Village Resort is that we didn’t stay longer to enjoy this beautiful mountain chalet!


There are no on-site restaurants or dining halls you can go to while staying at Marblewood Village Resort, but why would you want to when you have access to a full kitchen! That is one of our favourite features about this place, as we often get tired of eating out every night while we are on the road. We loved that we could just pick up some groceries and have a good home-cooked meal.

If you are looking for a quick bite to , there is a Tim Hortons and convenience store just down the road on Thistle Road (290 m).


Marblewood Village Resort, like its name suggests, sits at the base of Marble Mountain and is a quick 2 minute drive or 10 minute walk to the ski hills.

Skiing/Snowboarding – With the highest vertical drop of any of the ski areas in Atlantic Canada, you are in for a treat! With 250 acres and 39 trails, Marble Mountain draws thousands of locals and visitor to this incredible ski hill.    

Cross Country Skiing / Snowshoeing  –  Is downhill skiing or snowboarding not your thing? The cross-country skiing and snowshoeing at Blow Me Down Trails is bar none.  With over 42 km of groomed trails, and 6.5km of those lit for night skiing, there is something here for everyone.  

Gros Morne National Park – Gros Morne National Park is only a short 50 minute drive away to the entrance of the resort.  Here you will enter a fairy tale, as the park is one of the most beautiful and iconic places in Newfoundland.  With so much to do in Gros Morne, plan for a visit to take up a day or more of your trip. Read More on The Top Winter Activities to Do in Gros Morne National Park.

Snowmobiling – Snowmobiling is one of the most popular things to do in Newfoundland. Safe, comfortable, and fast, this is one of the best ways to see Marble Mountain and beyond.  With over 1200 km of trails to explore in the area, you will see parts of Newfoundland many will never visit.  


20 Photos to Inspire You to Visit Newfoundland in the Winter

After driving over 2000 km across beautiful Newfoundland we were left in awe of this incredible province.  We had never visited Newfoundland in the winter, and were even warned it was not a safe trip to be taking, but it turned out to be one of our best trips so far!  To be able to experience the crowd-free national parks, stunning snow covered mountains, and the wild whales playing in the bay was unlike anything we’ve ever done before.  Visit Newfoundland in the winter season to experience the sheer beauty that is shared below our 20 photos to inspire you to visit Newfoundland in the winter.

Newfoundland is not often on the top of people’s places to visit especially during winter – but it should be!  Make sure to check out our other post when you visit Newfoundland why you will fall in love with this province during the winter.  We hope these photos from our time in Newfoundland have inspires you to visit Newfoundland!



Visiting Lobster Cove Head Lighthouse

Situated on a rocky outcrop on the west coast of Newfoundland, the Lobster Cove Head Lighthouse is a symbol of Atlantic Canada.  This beautiful lighthouse has marked the shorelines of Rocky Harbour and the entrance to Bonne Bay since 1897.  The light still shines bright each night to guide seamen into the cove.  Although the light is still run by the Canadian Coast Guard, it became automated in 1969.


Getting There to Lobster Cove Head Lighthouse 

The lighthouse is located in Gros Morne National Park and just outside of Rocky Harbour.  From Route 430 (Viking Trail) you can take the main exit for Rocky Harbour and follow this road, Harbour Drive, into the town to Main Street.  From there, you will turn right and follow the road about 2 km as it bends around the cove to the north.  The entrance to the lighthouse will be on your left, marked by a Parks Canada sign.

Explore The Exhibits at Lobster Cove Head Lighthouse

The exhibits in the lighthouse showcase how people lived in the area for more than 4,000 years.  Original artefacts from the lighthouse, photographs, and historical documents make the story of the lighthouse and the local area come alive.  You get to see into the life of a lighthouse keeper, their daily duties and some of the experiences they would have encountered through the job.

The exhibits are open from May to mid-October.

Hike The Trails at Lobster Cove Head Lighthouse 

If you want to explore the area surrounding the lighthouse more, there is a 2 km loop that will take you around the lighthouse and along the shoreline and coastal cliffs.  None of the trails are difficult, and they take you to a variety of viewpoints along the cliffs, providing views of Bonne Bay and Rocky Harbour.


Winter at Signal Hill

The cold wind whips across the top of snow-covered Signal Hill as we step out of our truck.  Winter is a very different experience at Signal Hill National Historic Site than during the summer, but certainly no less beautiful.  Here, a fresh blanket of snow covers the ground around a path that heads to Cabot Tower.

As of January 1st 2017, Signal Hill National Historic Site is free with a Discovery Pass from Parks Canada to celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday.  Although the Visitors Interpretation Centre and Cabot Tower are not open in the winter (open May-October) you can still explore the grounds and experience the stunning panoramic views of St. John’s, the Narrows and possibly even sight some icebergs in the Atlantic Ocean.

The trails are not safe to hike in the winter, as they are covered in ice and snow, and can be very dangerous with the high winds that come off the ocean.  Visitors can park at the Visitor’s Interpretation Centre and take the 500m walk to the Queens Battery, but it is not recommended to take the hill down from the top of Signal Hill as you could slip and fall.

With panoramic views of the Atlantic Ocean crashing into the rugged coastline where it meets the city skyline, a visit to this site in winter should be on anyone’s list. Getting a chance to see Signal Hill blanketed in snow offers a serene and peaceful sense over this iconic landmark.  Very few people make the trek up here on a cold and blustery day, so you will likely find yourself alone to enjoy the scenery.

VIDEO: Winter In Newfoundland

Join us as we share our adventures throughout the beautiful province of Newfoundland, Canada in our Winter in Newfoundland video! From St. John’s, Newfoundland to Gros Morne National Park we explored hundreds of kilometres of this beautiful island while it was covered in snow.  Newfoundland in Winter is an extremely peaceful experience as there are minimal tourists, the roads a picture perfect covered in snow.  While driving across Newfoundland’s Trans Canada Highways and the small town backroads, we were enchanted by the province’s beauty and charm.

From snowshoeing our way through Gros Morne National Park, watching whales play in the bay, exploring lighthouses, museums and everything Newfoundland has to offer this was an once in a lifetime trip.  Ever considered visiting Newfoundland in its off season? Watch our video and you will be inspired to do so!

Our winter adventures in Newfoundland travelling from St. John’s to Gros Morne National Park and back!