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5 Reasons to Staycation in Newfoundland & Labrador

July 26, 2020


It’s no secret that Covid-19 has shagged up our travel plans.

Planes are stranded on tarmacs, cruise ships are gathering dust on the docks, and resorts all around the world have seen massive shutdowns.

That means no Florida for nan and pop!

Newfoundlander’s and Labradorians are notorious escapists, opting to flee the island in the summer months for their annual getaway.

Not this year.

2020 has really had an impact on the tourism industry, but something quite remarkable has happened in Newfoundland and Labrador

The province is in a unique position. With only a handful of new covid cases in the past few months, this has allowed for something quite beautiful to blossom

In an attempt to salvage the season, #StayHomeYear2020 was birthed.

Newfoundlanders have been encouraged to take turn their annual vacay into a “staycay” and check out what travel treasures lie in their own backyard.

The results have been outstanding!

Reports from every nook and cranny on the island have started coming forth on social media detailing The diverse and exciting offerings the province has been hiding!

Newfoundland & Labrador is a truly one of the world’s most unique and exciting destinations. People flock from all around the globe to see what this little gem has to offer, and this year Newfoundlanders and Labradorians are experiencing it for themselves.

Are you ready for Stay Home Year 2020?

Here’s a list of reasons why you should Staycation in Newfoundland and Labrador this year, and years to come!

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Image compliments of Ting Ting Chen

1. The wildlife

The province is filled to the brim with wildlife.

Being connected to mainland Canada and an island in the North Atlantic Ocean, this offers so many opportunities to spot some photo worthy animals.

From the majestic humpback whale to the plentiful moose, foxes, bears, and sea birds, you’ll find it all in Newfoundland and Labrador.

Spend the day hanging with puffins in Eliston, whale watchin’ in Bay Bulls, or spot a moose on any of Newfoundland’s numerous bogs and marshes.

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Cute little fox – Courtesy of Ting Ting – Chen

2. The Great Outdoors

While you’re marvelling at all the animals during your staycation 2020, you might as well take a minute to admire at the natural beauty all around you.

Jagged sealines, sweeping shores, sandy beaches, and crooked coves.

Newfoundland is truly a adventurers dream.

If beaches aren’t your thing, you can be sure to find lots of epic hiking trails, lakes, rivers, mountains, and trekking opportunities.

With 22 provincial parks, you’ll be hard-pressed not to find something that suits your taste.

Spend the weekend hiking in Gros Morne National Park, take a kayaking excursion in Cape Broyle, or get your adrenaline pumping on the exploits river with your very own rafting adventure!

3. The Culture

Even if you’re from Newfoundland and Labrador, you’ll probably enjoy soaking up the unique and diverse culture that Newfoundland is known for.

It’s rich and turbulent history has shaped Newfoundland and Labrador into a true treasure.

From outport fishing villages to the historic streets of downtown St. John’s, there’s a story to be told around every corner.

Take some time to learn about the province’s indigenous culture and history – visit ancient soapstone quarries, Beothuk settlements, or visit a museum to discover hidden secrets!

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Ferryland Lighthouse – Courtesy of Ting Ting Chen

4. The Hospitality

Newfoundlanders and Labradorians are known around the world for their hospitality.

9/11 saw some 5000 people stranded on the island and its residents were eager to accommodate them.

The same Hospitality Newfoundland sas shown the world will be the hospitality you’ll experience during your staycation 2020!

You won’t find quite the same treatment as you would here, right at home!

So be sure to take advantage of this year’s stay home opportunity.

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Island Cove Park, La Scie – Courtesy of Ting Ting Chen

5. The Art

Not only are Newfoundlanders and Labradorians known for their hospitality, they’re also heralded for their creativity!

You’ll see it everywhere – from the colourful saltbox houses that dot the shores to the myriad of craft shops and art studios found around the province.

Newfoundlanders and Labradorians certainly know how to inspire

Visit the award winning Kings Point Pottery, take a stroll through The Rooms (Newfoundland’s premier museum) or enjoy one of the hundreds of craft & souvenir found throughout the province. #supportlocal

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Signature work of David Hayashida and Linda Yates of the King’s Point Pottery


It’s not hard to find the reasons to explore Newfoundland and Labrador. Growing up here has been a true privilege – one we often overlook.

2020 has been a great reminder of how lucky we are to live in such a vibrant and diverse place.

Newfoundlanders and Labradorians are getting the chance to really indulge in what our home has to offer.

Rather than taking off to some faraway destination around the globe, we’re enjoying what good ol’ NL has to offer.

I think it’s safe to say that we’ll all appreciate this province even a little more than before.

I know I will.

In a few weeks I’ll be hitting the road and writing blogs, recording vlogs, and flooding my social media with more content on Newfoundland and Labrador. 

Usually I fly to far flung locations for my travel fix. Not this year. 2020 will be filled with adventure in my own backyard. 

If you want to follow my journey around our province, be sure to sign up for my newsletter! I’ll be keeping everyone updated on my journey, details about what our province has to offer for YOUR staycation, travel advice, and so much more!

If you’re headed to Kings Point this #stayhomeyear be sure to check out my complete guide

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Check out my most recent stop along my Staycation 2020: