Move over Iceland: Newfoundland has our next Instagram-worthy destination covered
With mountains, fjords and its own 'Iceberg Alley', these spots are as picturesque as they come
If you've spent your share of time on Instagram lately, you might feel like your next epic adventure can only be found in a remote location densely populated with pins and geotags on your phone's screen — Skogafoss, Iceland, we're looking at you. In reality, beautiful landscapes are everywhere and Atlantic Canada's own Newfoundland is here to prove that some of the best sights yet to be "discovered" are closer to home than you ever imagined.
The drive along the west coast of Newfoundland offers plenty more Instagram-worthy photo stops without having to look too hard. Even in the spring, mountains and coastlines remain dusted with picture-perfect snow. Waterfalls are also plentiful — if you know where to look for them. Your best bet is to ask the locals for their suggestions.
If icebergs are what you're after, you'll want to visit the north-eastern coast of Newfoundland anytime from late April to late June. Every spring, glacial giants break off the glaciers of Greenland and Canada's Arctic and can be seen from various points across the island. Icebergs are so plentiful here that the stretch of sea from Labrador to the southeast of Newfoundland has been nicknamed "Iceberg Alley". For those eager to chase icebergs, various trackers can be found online, but you'll have just as much luck — if not more — stopping for a coffee and again, asking one of the locals for any recent sightings. Although it was only mid-April when these photos were taken, there were already baby bergs to be found, with the most luck to be had in scenic Bonavista. On top of the potential for iceberg sightings, this area also has you covered if you're looking for picturesque fishing villages, lighthouses or dramatic black beaches.
Not far from Bonavista is the Fogo Island region — another hotbed for iceberg activity, but equally worth visiting any time of year for its modern architecture and stunning sunsets. Fogo Island is an island off an island and can only be reached by a ferry which runs twice daily. This remote location is also believed to be one of the four corners of the Earth by The Flat Earth Society! Standing on its rocky shores looking out at the vast sea surrounding the chain of islands, this otherwise far-fetched theory might not seem like too much of a stretch of the imagination.
A drive through Newfoundland wouldn't be complete without stopping at Gros Morne, the most iconic of the province's three national parks, with its sweeping mountains, the world's only freshwater fjord and a wealth of wildlife. A lot of the major attractions, such as the Western Brook Pond Tour and the Gros Morne Mountain Trail, are closed for the season, which seems like the perfect excuse to come back in warmer weather. Even in its off-season Gros Morne offers plenty of views and challenging hikes.
Alexa Cude is a professionally trained photographer based in Halifax, Nova Scotia. A recent university graduate, Alexa has wasted no time building a portfolio of clean, modern images for a variety of clients with a focus on lifestyle and adventure content. To see more of Alexa's professional work head to www.alexacude.com and keep up with her personal projects on Instagram.