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The Best Time of Year to Travel to Newfoundland

If you’re wondering when you should plan your next trip to Newfoundland, you’re not alone! Deciding what you want to experience during your time there will help you choose when to go. We make the case for two great options: early summer and autumn.
Change Islands Newfoundland at sunset

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Change Islands, Newfoundland

Famously friendly culture, an incredible arts scene, dazzling nature, heart-thumping outdoor activities, scrumptious cuisine, and fascinating history—Newfoundland has it all! The easternmost reaches of Canada offer lifelong memories for anyone lucky enough to grace its shores.

So, when’s the best time to go to Newfoundland? It all depends on what exactly you want to see and doalthough we would argue you really can’t go wrong.

Below we present two of our favourite options: early summer and autumn. We’ll leave it up to you to choose the one you simply can’t refuse!

Conche Newfoundland boats

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Conche, Newfoundland

Newfoundland in Early Summer

Let’s cut straight to the chase: if wildlife is what you seek, summer is a great time to go to Newfoundland. At this time of year, whales and seabirds—including everyone’s favourite, the adorable Atlantic puffin—are plentiful.

They coincide with the arrival of some of the rock’s most picturesque visitors: icebergs. If you don’t think you’ll ever make it to the Arctic and want the chance to see the glittering magic of Iceberg Alley, late spring or early summer is the best time to visit.

This is also the time of year when the island is best set up for tourists and it will be easy to get around or join a specialty tour.

Breaching humpback whale

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Newfoundland whale-watching

Newfoundland in the Autumn

If you really want to fall in love with Newfoundland (see what we did there?), then autumn is the time for you. The season’s soft daylight and changing colours are a photographer’s dream, and the spectacular views you’ll find at the summit of any hike will simply take your breath away.

Newfoundland is also a culinary hotspot! At this time of year, the harvest is just wrapping up and the food doesn’t get any fresher. Berries, seafood, moose, root vegetables, and home-jarred preserves are all on offer. If you love to indulge in local delicacies when you travel, the island’s food scene is not to be missed and this is the very best chance to sample it.

Must-see stops like L’Anse aux Meadows still operate until early October, but without the peak season crowds.

Newfoundland Fall Ocean Endeavour

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Facheux Bay, Newfoundland

Travel to Newfoundland Any Time of Year

So, which season will you choose? Remember, no matter when you end up visiting Newfoundland, you’ll still be able to experience the island’s heartwarming hospitality and rugged beauty all year round.