Stretching from Channel-Port aux Basques on Newfoundland and Labrador's
southwest corner to the Viking site at L'Anse
The west coast of Newfoundland offers travellers a wide range of natural and cultural experiences. This is a place of a 1.25 billion year old geological history as old as the planet and human history going back 4.500 years. Gros Morne National Park a UNESCO World Heritage Site, offers more than 65 kms of mountain hiking.
A National Historic Site at Port au Choix introduces prehistory of the province and the Maritime Archaic people with elaborate burial rituals, and the Dorset Eskimos with their uniquely tiny tools.
At L'Anse aux Meadows, you'll come across the grassy field where the Norse first settled the New World. It's now a UNESCO World Heritage Site as well Parks Canada has reconstructed a Viking Village. Experience five centuries before Columbus.
Museums in Channel-Port aux Basques, Cow Head and St. Anthony tell the trials and triumphs of the people who settled this part of the province. The northern half of the west coast is the French Shore, where for more than 300 years French fisherman and their descendants have maintained a distinct culture and kept their language alive.
The Western Region is a special place of natural beauty and natural history, and like all of Newfoundland and Labrador, the very best of the outdoors.
Enjoy your visit!