Newfoundland - Where Adventure Meets Quirkiness





Ah, Newfoundland! The very name conjures images of rugged coastlines, colorful houses perched on cliffs, and accents so thick you could slice them with a butter knife. Why, you might ask, would I want to venture to this far-flung island on the eastern edge of Canada in 2024? Well, dear reader, let me regale you with tales of curiosity, adventure, and a longing for the peculiarities that only Newfoundland can offer.

Firstly, let's address the elephant in the room – the accent. Ah, the Newfoundland accent, a melodic symphony of vowels and consonants that dance together in a way that is both baffling and utterly charming. As someone who grew up in a land devoid of such linguistic acrobatics, the idea of immersing myself in a culture where every conversation feels like a performance art piece is simply irresistible. I can already imagine myself nodding along enthusiastically as locals regale me with tales of fishing mishaps and encounters with moose on the highway, all delivered with a twinkle in their eye and a lilt in their voice.


And speaking of encounters with wildlife, let's not forget about the puffins! Yes, those delightful little birds with their colorful beaks and comical waddles. Newfoundland is home to one of the largest puffin colonies in North America, and the thought of embarking on a boat tour to see these feathered friends in their natural habitat fills me with unbridled glee. I can already envision myself snapping hundreds of photos, each one more adorable than the last, as the puffins go about their daily business of diving for fish and squabbling over territory.


Of course, no trip to Newfoundland would be complete without indulging in some local delicacies. Now, I'm not typically one to seek out adventurous culinary experiences – I draw the line at anything that's still moving – but there's something about Newfoundland cuisine that intrigues me. From hearty dishes like Jigg's Dinner (a traditional Sunday meal featuring salt beef, boiled vegetables, and pease pudding) to more... unconventional offerings like seal flipper pie (yes, you read that correctly), the food scene in Newfoundland promises to be a feast for both the stomach and the senses. Who knows, maybe I'll even muster up the courage to try a bite of cod tongue – though I make no promises.

But beyond the accents, the wildlife, and the food, what truly draws me to Newfoundland is the sense of adventure that permeates every corner of the island. Whether it's hiking along the dramatic cliffs of Gros Morne National Park, kayaking through iceberg-filled bays, or exploring historic fishing villages frozen in time, there's no shortage of thrills to be had on "The Rock" – as Newfoundland is affectionately known. And let's not forget about the legendary hospitality of the Newfoundlanders themselves. From the moment you set foot on the island, you're greeted like an old friend, welcomed into homes and hearts with open arms and a warm cup of tea.

In a world that often feels increasingly homogenized, Newfoundland stands out as a beacon of individuality and quirkiness. It's a place where time seems to move a little slower, where strangers are just friends you haven't met yet, and where every day is an opportunity for adventure. So, why do I want to travel to Newfoundland in 2024? Because life is short, and the world is vast, and there's a whole lot of weird and wonderful out there just waiting to be discovered. And if that's not reason enough to pack my bags and head east, then I don't know what is.


Join us this year as we have two group departures in August and September hosted by Travel with Dennis and Ann and Pat. Contact us for more details!

So, here's to Newfoundland – land of accents, puffins, and seal flipper pie. May your shores always be rugged, your people always be friendly, and your adventures always be unforgettable. See you soon, "Newfies"! 




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Mike Snider
Name: Mike Snider
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Last Post: May 12, 2024