This is a land of trees. Huge stands of spruce, birch and
pine are at the heart of Central Newfoundland.
Before the Europeans arrived, these forests were home to the Beothuks, Newfoundland's very mysterious, aboriginal people - the original Red Indians of North America. The Beothuks lived on the shores of the huge lakes and travelled the river systems. They hunted and fished in the interior of the island for part of the year chasing mighty schools of salmon that still return each spring to the great waters of the Exploits and Gander rivers. Central Newfoundland has several historic sites like the Mary March Museum where you can learn more about these remarkable and indigenous people.
Off the main highway, along the winding roads of the northeast coast, known as the "Kittiwake Coast", you will discover a different kind of landscape and a different kind of people. Small clapboard houses hug the rocks of countless bays and inlets. Wharves and fishing premises line the shore, while fishing boats wait at anchor in the harbours' of Notre Dame Bay.
The people of this shore are descendants of West Country English sailors who came to ply the fishing trade in the late 17th Century. When you travel to this part of the coast, you will be struck by how little things have changed over the years... how down to earth and close to the sea life is.
Enjoy your visit!