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4 Free Places to visit while in Newfoundland

We love Newfoundland. There is something about the salty air, beautiful views and the warm spirted that embraces you as soon as you get off the plane. For the last 13 years we have tried to get there at least once a year. You see it is important to me as a Mom for my boys to know their roots, to learn where their family comes from. I personally just love going and think I would still go even if it was not in my children’s blood. Over the years we have enjoyed many views, places and attractions while there so I decided to share 5 fun and free places to visit while in Newfoundland.

4 Free Places to visit while in Newfoundland

4 Free Places to visit while in Newfoundland

4Free Places to visit while in Newfoundland Cape Spere

Cape Sphere 

Cape Sphere is the oldest surviving lighthouse in the province and is a very important iconic symbol of Newfoundland and Labrador’s mariner history. Located on the more easterly point of Canada and stunningly beautiful. As you look around you are able to take in sights that are breath taking; stand with your back to the sea and you will over look the entire population of North America. With a quick turn to face the sea your next stop is Ireland.

Cape Sphere tells many stories about the Cantwell Family, World War II also over loads your sense with breathtaking views. Stop in at the Visitor Centre and ask about the EXPLORA unit . This wil allow you to take a self guided tour and let you see the story of Cape Sphere come to life.

The best part if you visit during certain times the whales are active and you can watch them as they jump, play and dine close to shore.

4 Free Places to visit while in Newfoundland Signal Hill

Signal Hill 

Take a trip into St. Johns and explore Signal hill. Let your mind go back to a time or cannon fire and muskets. Learn how the British and French Solders battled to gain control over Signal Hill. Check out Cabot Tower and take in a breathtaking view of the bellowed city St. Johns.

A fun fact is in 1901 the famous Guglielmo Marconi made communications history at Signal Hill by receiving the first ever transatlantic wireless signal.  What a different time we live in now. This opened up a lot of conversation with my oldest about then and now.

In the summer months you can take in a performance of the award-winning Signal Hill Tattoo. Watch and be engaged as they re-enact the military drills  of the Royal Newfoundland Regiment. These are done on foot and relate back to 1795.

I loved that this experience is an outdoor one. With 5 Kilometers of trails to hike that include the North Head Trail you can make a day of it. As you walk along the Narrows of St. Johns Harbour and into the community of Battery be sure to take pictures as mentioned above the scenery is like no other.

4 Free Places to visit while in Newfoundland Salmonier Nature Park

Salmonier Nature Park

Do you enjoy wildlife? Come check out Salmonier Nature Park. Follow the board walk and explore the various wildlife and nature around you. I love that the trail is not only stroller friendly but also wheelchair friendly. Plans are currently underway to make is wheelchair accessible, which makes me even happier.

Filled with various wildlife including, moose, otters, owls and Cariboo walk the trail and learn all about the species there. Knowing that these animals were not caught for use in the park but instead brought there for rehabilitation is beautiful. As the province learns about the species so do we as we explore.  The 3,460 acre wilderness area brings lots of amazing experiences and elarning opportunities.

4 Free Places to visit while in Newfoundland Ocean Science Center

Ocean Science Center

The Outdoor Summer Marine Public Education Program is OPEN from June 1st until Sept 4th, 2017. Hours of operation are from 10am to 5pm daily, 7 days a week rain or shine.

This was one of my son’s favourite experiences and still talks about it many years later. The salt water touch tank is an experience like no other. Dip your hands in and explore the underwater world of Newfoundland. Learning happens on another level as you gentle handle the various local sea creatures. Being able to listen to the guide and then manipulate the various creatures has been an amazing memory.

The be sure to stop by and visit the resident harp seals Babteet, Tyler and Deane. Watch as the lounge play and explore.

Newfoundland is beautiful and filled with so much to do and see. Travelling with your family or alone no need to break the bank. Do some research and find fabulous places like those listed above that are free to go to.

Have you been to Newfoundland before? What are some of your favourite places to visit while there?

 

 

 

 

 

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