This wind-swept rock boasts icebergs, whales and quaint cottages perfect for families with young ‘uns. But the outdoor adventures for kids aged seven plus are what really rock.
Camping is a fun, low-cost option – basic sites at Gros Morne National Park plus park entry fees are pretty inexpensive. Inclement weather? Consider a two-bedroom cottage at Big Garden Cottages, just outside the park in Norris Point.
Travel south of St. John’s to Cape Broyle and paddle two-person kayaks under waterfalls and maybe, just maybe, alongside humpback whales, with Wilderness Newfoundland Adventures. On the west coast, scramble through awesome caves outside Corner Brook with Explore Newfoundland, and visit L’Anse aux Meadows, where the Vikings landed some 1,000 years ago.
While in St. John’s, find a sitter and head downtown for a scoff ‘n’ scuff (dinner and dancing). Start at Django’s restaurant, then go on to O’Reilly’s Irish Newfoundland Pub for foot-stomping live traditional music.
“On the way out to Ireland’s Eye island, we saw nesting eagles and minke whales. The island’s graveyard was haunting – you could feel the history.” Sarah P., Toronto mom of Ruairi, 7, and Zac, 10, says they’re going again.