8 Reasons to Visit Newfoundland Right Now

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Newfoundland is not an often talked about travel destination, but it’s one that more and more are discovering as one of the most breathtaking spots on the planet, filled with an abundance of wildlife and out-of-this-world scenery along with especially warm, welcoming people. These photos of this easternmost Canadian province might just get you wanting to visit Newfoundland right now. In fact, late June/early July is one of the best times to go, with the opportunity to see icebergs, whales, puffins and more, all in one trip. The Skerwink Trail, pictured above, has been named one of the Top 35 walks in North America and Europe by Travel + Leisure magazine.

Trinity

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Newfoundland is home to practically an endless number of beautiful towns like Trinity, an almost ridiculously picturesque town, so charming, it looks like it must be a film set. It’s actually been the site for several movies, including “The Shipping News” starring Julianne Moore and Kevin Spacey.

Puffins

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If you like puffins, Newfoundland is one of the best places on a planet to see them. Elliston, once known as Bird Island Cove, offers one of the closest land views of these adorable birds on the entire continent, and thousands of pairs of puffins can be found in the Witless Bay Ecological Reserve just south of St. John’s.

Whales

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This is also one of the most amazing places for whale watching in the world, with the opportunity to see some 22 species of whales, including orca, the minke, sperm, pothead, blue and the largest population of humpbacks on earth which, feed on capelin, krill and squid along the coast. Between May and September, they can often be seen breaching the surface of the water and playing along the shores.

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Moose are so common, you’ve got to watch out for them while you’re driving Newfoundland roads.

Icebergs

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Newfoundland is also one of the best destinations for seeing icebergs. Typically, numerous icebergs can be spotted off the coast during the months of May and June.

St. John’s

St Johns on Holloway Street

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Newfoundland has a couple of great cities too, like St. John’s, the capital of the province. Walk down its streets passing vibrantly-hued Victorian homes known as “Jellybean Row Houses,” and be sure to stay up late to take in the live music that can be found on places like George Street, famous for being the home to the most bars and pubs per square foot of any street in North America.