During World War Two, America didn't just have one neighbor to the north - it had two. Newfoundland was an independent dominion at the time resisting integration into the Confederation of Canada. In 1949 following financial struggles, it finally joined Canada and today it is Canada's youngest province. Today Newfoundland is an odd place in Canada, the people have their own accent and they are often very proud of their province and history. The province boasts many unique attributes, one of which is its accommodation options. Everyone should visit this stunning island - if only for the accommodation.
"Newfoundland" today is just the main island but the province also includes Labrador on the mainland next to Quebec. The official name for the province is Newfoundland and Labrador - although most people just call it Newfoundland. Around half of the population, today lives on the Avalon Peninsula where the capital St. John is located.
Newfoundland: The Facts
- Capital And Largest City: St. John
- Size: 156,500 Sq. Miles or 405,212 Square Kilometres
- Population: 524,073
- Labrador: 71% Of The Provinces Land, 6% Of The Population
Newfoundland is a place travelers can feel like they just want to experience something different. Newfoundland offers unusual accommodation off the beaten track breaking from the customary hotels and normal accommodation with a whole range of options. Some of these are.
Salt Box Houses
Salt box homes are named after their shapes in that they resemble the boxes that were once used for shipping salt to the island during the heyday of the cod fisheries. These are traditionally one and a half story homes and have a shorter steep roofline in the front and a longer one in the back. There were popular from around 1865 to 1820 and many can be rented as inns, vacation homes, or B&Bs around the island. Many of the vacation homes along one the coast are "shed experience" rustic affairs.
- The Old Salt Box Co: Offers Authentic Salt Box Rentals
- Schooner Inn: Great Accommodation Choice For Those Partial To Lobster
Glamping In Newfoundland
Newfoundland is a stunning land with majestic landscapes. To really immerse oneself in this outdoor environment, but still enjoy the comforts of home, Glamping is a great option. Parks Canada offers some glamping experiences - called oTENTiks. They offer glamping in Terra Nova National Park and Gros Morne National Park. These are stunning and serenely secluded locations for a real adventure.
But to take it up a step, the adventurous travelers should consider glamping in ultra wild Labrador. This massive piece of land is home to only around 27,000 residents almost half of whom are native. The land here is wild and untouched. Glamping options can be found to the north of Labrador - so far north to where polar bears roam. Actually, these polar bears are dangerous so the camps have experienced bear guards and guides to ensure the guest's safety.
- Glamping Options In Labrador: Torngat Mountain Base Camp, And The Research Centre
- Tip: Take Helicopter Tours Of This Stunning But Inhospitable Land
Of course, not everyone is into rustic and a bit-rough-around-the-edges accommodation. Newfoundland also boasts some snazzy luxury accommodation options as well. Of course, they are also set in stunning coastal locations.
- Fogo Island Inn: Great Option For More Upmarket Accommodation. Fogo Island Is Great Fro Fishing, Hiking, And Panoramic Views Of The North Atlantic Ocean
- Doctor's House: Known As A Prime Wedding Destination, Offers Secluded Luxury Accommodation With 100 Acres Of Ocean Front Property
Newfoundland is a large island with plenty of coastlines, so it's to be expected that lighthouses would dot its coastlines. Today these lighthouses offer an option of accommodation. They are often located in remote places, often with little more than the whales and icebergs for company.
- Quirpon Lighthouse Inn: Built-In 1922, Located On The Coast Of The "Iceberg Alley". Both Whales And Massive Icebergs Off The Coast
- Cape Anguille Lighthouse Inn: On The Atlantic And To The Backdrop Of Farmland With Horses And Sheep In The Meadows
- Point Amour Lighthouse: In Labrador, Also Great For Spotting Seals, Icebergs, Sea Birds, And Whales
Newfoundland's history is fishing. Hopefully, the stench of fish has long gone and by staying in fishing premises one will feel this province's history more than anything else.
- Chart House: One The South Coast of Newfoundland Island
- Whaler's Station Waterfront: Remote Over In Southern Labrador
This is just the tip of the iceberg of the many and amazing kinds of odd and adventurous accommodations on offer in Newfoundland (and Labrador).