8300 miles from St. Louis to Maine to Nova Scotia to Newfoundland and back again.
If you have experienced Maine or the Atlantic Maritimes, you have a hint of the spectacular natural beauty, remoteness, and maritime history of Newfoundland and Labrador. Most of our trip in Newfoundland circled the Province from west to east and back to west again. This meant we saw the major national parks, the east coast City of St. John, some of the offshore islands such as the incomparable Fogo Island, and the less-known interior spaces. The diversity of geology, history, wildlife, and culture across the Province is extraordinary.
Our major takeaway was that a month of exploring only scratched the surface. We are surprised Newfoundland is not more of a destination visit for more people, given its beauty and intrinsic interest.
The friendliness of Newfoundlanders is legendary — see the award-winning play Come From Away on the hospitality shown to the seven thousand airline passengers diverted to the small community of Gander during the 9/11 terrorist attacks. We visited Gander: the amazing openness, friendliness, pride, and humility of the Newfoundland residents was everywhere on display there and elsewhere in the province.
Wildlife is also everywhere — from Moose, to Puffins and Northern Gannets, to Whales and Dolphins. Whales were so ubiquitous that you actually sometimes took them for granted. We camped at a lighthouse in Cape Bonavista, where there were countless whales spouting, breaching, feeding, and playing. We camped in King’s point, the self-described “Humpback capital of the world,” where evening entertainment consists of the locals hanging out town watching whales perform.
So here is some “best of Newfoundland” photography….