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Newfoundland and Labrador

Canada’s 10 Best Island Holiday Destinations

By KAT TANCOCK

Cape Breton Island (Photo: Nova Scotia Tourism)

When we think of island vacations, the tropical always springs to mind: hot sun, sand, flip-flops and a fruity drink with an umbrella. But Canada has islands on offer, too, with a lot more to attract visitors than you might think. Here are 10 picks to consider for your next vacation.

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Eastern Canada’s Best Beaches

By SHANNON KELLY

Kelly’s Beach, Kouchibouguac Park, NB (Photo: Tourism New Brunswick)

Last week the west coast got all the beachy glory. Now we head east to focus on the top beaches in the east: sandy Maritime playgrounds, windswept dunes, surfer spots and crystalline beauties on eastern Canada’s ocean- and lake-fronts. (more…)

12 Memorable East Coast Fishing Villages

By ALINA SEAGAL

Peggy’s Cove, Nova Scotia (Photo: Alina Seagal)

An adventure through Atlantic Canada is not complete until you visit a fishing village or two. Here, you’ll find the freshest seafood, a new lifestyle and some stunning coastal views. Marvel at the postcard views of Peggy’s Cove, walk along the ocean floor during incredibly low tides around Alma or simply head to the village known internationally for its tasty oysters. Hundreds of fishing settlements dot the East Coast, yet we’ve selected some of the most memorable ones for you to see. (more…)

12 Best Places to See the Northern Lights

Labrador, on Canada’s east coast, is one of the best places to see the northern nights

We admit it, we’re a bit aurora borealis obsessed here at Where.ca. But can you blame us? Canada is one of the best places on Earth to see the northern lights in all their glory. Travellers interested in seeing the show should know that the phenomenon is most vibrant in winter, though they can be seen all year in certain spots. In this gorgeous slide show, we’ve singled out the best places to see the northern lights from coast to coast.

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• See a map of all the best places to see the northern lights »

East Coast Beer and Breweries: A Historic Maritime Tradition

By ALINA SEAGAL

Garrison Brewing Company in Halifax (Photo: Nicole Bratt)

Canada’s east coasters love their beer and it shows. The Martimes region is famous for its historic breweries and has been producing the delicious amber drink since the early 19th century. It has given the rest of Canada notable brands Alexander Keith’s and Moosehead. Jason Foster, a CBC beer columnist, insists that Atlantic Canada has developed a unique beer personality that is essentially British in balance and fruitiness, to reflect local history and culture. (more…)

Iceberg Season – Quidi Vidi Village, Newfoundland

Every Friday we feature an inspirational travel photo of a Canadian destination taken by one of our readers.

Why we chose it: Iceberg season is getting underway in Newfoundland, as evidenced by this beauty shot just last week near St. John’s. The massive scale of these ‘bergs is illustrated well here thanks to the photographer captured in the photo. We love the simplicity of this image: just the iceberg, the sea, and a slip of shore. As with any great travel photo, it makes us wish we were there. (more…)

100 Years Later, Follow the Original Titanic Distress Transmission on Twitter

By SHANNON KELLY

Photo: Wikipedia/CC

This Sunday, April 15, marks the centennial of the sinking of the Titanic, and beginning tomorrow, April 14, at 11:55 pm Newfoundland Standard Time (NST), Halifax’s Maritime Museum of the Atlantic will be releasing the Titanic‘s wireless transmissions sent 100 years ago to the minute. (more…)

10 Nature and Wildlife Safaris Across Canada

By KAT TANCOCK

Orca, British Columbia (Photo: Jonathan E. Shaw)

You don’t have to go as far as Africa for a world-class nature experience, whether it’s wildlife viewing or something a little less traditional. Bring homegrown excitement to your next vacation with these 10 Canadian wilderness and wildlife safaris. (more…)

Tips for Planning Your Newfoundland Iceberg Adventure Vacation

By CANDICE WALSH

Iceberg off the coast of Newfoundland (Photo: magnolia1000)

Newfoundland and Labrador is unquestionably one of the best places on earth to see icebergs. This year’s ice patrol has officially begun off the province’s shores and with any luck 10,000-year-old icebergs will soon be making their way down Iceberg Alley from Greenland and the Canadian Arctic Islands. (more…)

Iceberg Dead Ahead: Twillingate, Newfoundland

Every Friday we feature an inspirational travel photo of a Canadian destination taken by one of our readers.

Why we chose it: Icebergs were made for black-and-white photography. Talk about drama! We especially love how crisp the iceberg appears. You can see every nook and cranny and can easily imagine texture were you to reach out and touch it. (more…)

Hotel Tour: Titanic-Era Luxury at Ryan Mansion

By Candice Walsh

One of the most (if not the most) posh, luxurious accommodations in St. John’s, Newfoundland, the Queen Anne–style Ryan Mansion Boutique Hotel & Spa was completed in 1911—a marvel of its time, equipped with the island’s first telephone switchboard system and a carriage house to harbour the city’s first motor vehicle. (more…)

5 Steps to a Very Newfoundland Christmas

The annual Mummers Festival Parade (Photo by Christopher Deacon)

By Candice Walsh

Everyone has their own Christmas or holiday traditions, but in Newfoundland, sometimes we do things a little, well, different. Here’s how to celebrate the holidays like a Newfoundlander. (more…)