Listen up

Start out in St John’s, famous for its live music scene. The pubs get cranking by night as locals down their pitchers of beer, slapping their mugs on the tables in time to the music.

Talk to the locals

The good-natured Newfoundlanders are a quirky lot, with their strange accents and customs. You may be asked by a local, “Is you a screecher?”, and the next thing you know, you’ll be choking back a swill of their special rum.

Watch icebergs float by

Head to Iceberg Alley to see the aquamarine icebergs float silently through the ocean. These 10,000-year-old giant ice cubes are abundant from April until early July. Here, 22 species of whale share the water with  dolphins and porpoises. If you’re around in June and July, this is prime humpback whale migration season and the best way to see the icebergs and whales all at once is to take a kayak tour.

Gros Morne National Park

Gros Morne National Park is another must, with its deep fjords and golden, flat-topped mountains. Keep your eye out for whales, moose, caribou and seals.

East Coast Trail

Hikers will want to attempt the East Coast Trail. This 540km track winds its way through the  wilderness and along the coast, passing tiny fishing villages.