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Discover Canada: Newfoundland and Labrador

Author: Canadian Living

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Discover Canada: Newfoundland and Labrador

With two of Canada's World Heritage Sites, L'Anse aux Meadows National Historic Site and Gros Morne National Park, and countless things to do, Newfoundland and Labrador is a big province to explore. But rest assured there are plenty of cheerful people to guide your way -- East Coast hospitality is internationally renowned. To help you plan your next family vacation, we've picked a few of the top attractions from across the province.

Corduroy Brook Nature Trail, Grand Falls-Windsor
Hikers of all ages and abilities can explore Corduroy Brook, a 4.5-kilometre waterway winding through Grand Falls-Windsor via trails and bridges. Brush up on your knowledge of local outdoor habitats before your walk -- there are plenty of plants, birds and other wildlife to identify along the way.
Where to stay: Enjoy the quiet and the view at Hotel Robin Hood or choose between motel, hotel and efficiency suites at Mount Peyton Hotel.

Corner Brook Museum & Archives, Corner Brook
The Corner Brook Museum & Archives, built in 1926, is in a registered heritage building that once housed the post office, customs and telegraph office and courtroom. Spend an afternoon exploring the social, cultural and natural history of Corner Brook, the Humber Valley and the Bay of Islands. Check out exhibits on fishing, Captain James Cook, the military and more.
Where to stay: Wind down in the indoor swimming pool at the Greenwood Inn and Suites or book a chalet-style apartment at Sir Wilfred Grenfell College.

Festival of Lights, Bay Roberts
From November 29 to January 6, Bay Roberts holds its annual celebration of the holiday season, which coordinates all the activities in town, from the illumination parade and tree-lighting ceremony to concerts and carolling. Don't miss the chance to witness -- or take part in -- traditional Newfoundland mummering.
Where to stay: Stay at the recently renovated Klondyke Hotel in the centre of Bay Roberts.

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Golden Sands Amusement Park, Marystown
Located on the sandy beachside, Golden Sands Amusement Park is the place to enjoy pint-sized attractions like minitrain rides and minigolf. Rent a boat or cruise down the waterslide, or take it indoors to the games arcade.
Where to stay: Stay in the scenic Burin peninsula at the Marystown Hotel.

Johnson Geo Centre, St. John's
The Johnson Geo Centre, built in a natural rock basin originally filled with peat, is one of the most distinctive buildings in Newfoundland. The centre's main exhibits start off in a state-of-the-art theatre in which the film Our Amazing Earth takes visitors through the story of our planet and gives viewers a glimpse of the power of volcanoes, earthquakes and torrential rainstorms. The exhibits are divided into four sections: Our Planet, Our Province, Our People and Our Future.
Where to stay: Kids will love the 80-foot waterslide and indoor pool at the Super 8 Motel. Or you can have a spot of breakfast in the third-floor kitchen overlooking St. John's Harbour at the historic Roses Bed & Breakfast.

Cape Spear Drive, St. John's
Take a scenic drive up the Avalon coast to Cape Spear, where you can explore the oldest existing lighthouse in Newfoundland, Second World War bunkers and gun emplacements, and the most easterly point of land in North America.
Where to stay: Kids stay and eat free at the Delta St. John's -- how can you go wrong?

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