Between Canada’s largest highway and Newfoundland’s twisting Viking Trail lies the friendly town of Deer Lake, your gateway to the province’s windswept west coast. Let it welcome you with Maritime hospitality before you set off an adventurous road that winds its way from an ancient Norse settlement to some of our country’s most spectacular scenery. Stand before flat-topped mountains and deep, freshwater fjords to feel like the Viking explorers who stood here before you.

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Fly into Deer Lake to take on the ultimate road trip in Newfoundland! Must-see stops on the way should include the historic site of L'Anse aux Meadows, the Humber Valley region and, of course, the Gros Morne National Park. One of Canada's best national parks, take it all in by hiking the Tablelands or around Western Brook Pond Fjord. Fit in beach breaks on the shores near Cow Head or Trout River.

DEER LAKE TRAVEL GUIDE

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DESTINATION FACTS

LANGUAGES

Officially English and French

WHAT TO EAT

Delicious dishes around Gros Morne National Park (at Java Jack’s, the Black Spruce, the Seaside Restaurant or the Oceans Dining Room), Newfoundland classics like a Jiggs’ Dinner (salt beef boiled with cabbage, potatoes and turnips) or touton (deep-fried dough) and anything cod-based.

WHAT TO BRING BACK

Hand-knit wool sweaters or mittens, Newfoundland sea salt, bakeapple jam and epic scenery shots from the Gros Morne National Park.

FUN FACT

Thanks to Gros Morne’s geology, Newfoundland helped prove the continental drift theory (in a nutshell: the world was made up of one big continent that eventually split into many). The park’s barren Tablelands area is made up of rock originating from deep within the earth’s mantle—the rock was forced up during a collision of tectonic plates millions of years ago.

IMPORTANT INFO

For more information on all necessary travel documents and more, check Air Canada’s Travel Requirements page.