Newfoundland is home to some of the most underrated scenic boating there is. From the rocky shoreline found on the 29,000 kilometres of coastline to the mysterious inlets, coves and bays, there is beauty to behold in this province. It’s filled with friendly locals and quaint communities, making it an ideal spot for a vacation. Newfoundland is a top boating destination that is often overlooked by many despite being the 17th largest island in the world.
Newfoundland is in the North Atlantic and houses more than 7,000 small islands within it. The ideal boating season is often a short one, typically ranging from June to September, although you may take a cruise earlier in the year if you are prepared for colder weather. When you spend a day out on the water there are many attractions you may come across. During the spring and summer, you could casually pass a 10,000-year-old iceberg drifting down what’s known as Iceberg Alley from Greenland. You may also be privy to catch a glimpse of the puffins which reside in the many cliffs, inlets and islands of this province.
There are two major ocean currents that converge off the coast of Newfoundland and Labrador. The cold Labrador Current and the warm Gulfstream. When they meet off the southeast coast they create a fog. The typical winds in the summer months are southerly or southwesterly in the 10 to 15 knot range. Seawater temperatures range between four degrees in the northern coast to over 15 degrees as you get farther south.
Grand Lake is situated in the interior of the island of Newfoundland. It has an area of 543 km squared which makes it the largest lake on newfoundland. If you are an angler or simply enjoy fishing now and then, Grand Lake is the place to be. The lake is nearly uninhabited with a number of small hunting and fishing lodges near the small town of Howley and Deer Lake. The many inflowing streams are filled with trout and salmon. Including the smaller ‘feeder’ lakes, Sandy and Birchy, the entire waterway system is a very popular boating and fishing destination. Many kayakers and canoeists use these waterways as well to take in the beautiful scenery of towering cliffs and rocky shoreline.
RED INDIAN LAKE
Located in the western interior of Newfoundland, Red Indian Lake surrounds the small community of Millertown. The lake received its name because its first known inhabitants were the Beothuk Indians. Beothuk’s were also known as the “Red Indians” due to the tradition of covering their skin in Red Ochre – a red clay found in certain areas around Newfoundland.
Red Indian Lake is the second largest lake in Newfoundland, covering 64.4 km in total length and averaging 5.8 km wide. There is a total of eight rivers that flow into it as well as many smaller brooks. There is one river that flows from the lake, the Exploits River which is the largest river on the island. It has multiple water dams in order to maintain the water levels and is famous for its Atlantic Salmon which can be fished June to August. The water levels vary from 148 meters above sea level in a drought season, to 157 meters at its high-water mark.
This is the largest and longest river on the island of Newfoundland running 246 km long. It flows through the Exploits Valley in the central part of Newfoundland. It’s the perfect destination to take a rafting trip for both beginners and experts. This river is a known world-class destination for salmon anglers. There has been much work that has gone into restoring this river making it one of the most abundant producers of Atlantic Salmon in the world.
GROS MORNE NATIONAL PARK
Gros Morne National Park lies on the west coast of the island of Newfoundland. There are launch areas you can utilize to spend the day canoeing and paddling. These launch sites include, Trout River Pond, Mill Brook and/or Lomond. Upper and Lower Trout River Pond is located at the southern end of Gros Morne National Park and is one of the most well-known “in-land” fjords that the park has. Western Brook Pond, is found on the west coast of the island of Newfoundland. It runs 16 kilometres with a depth of 165 metres and is the perfect habitat for Atlantic Salmon, Brook Trout and Arctic Char. The best way to see this epic inlet is by boat tour such as BonTours.
This lake is located in the central part of the island of Newfoundland and is the third largest lake in the province. The town of Grander is located on the Northern shore at its midpoint. There is a public boat launch near the southeastern end of the lake in Little Harbour. There are campsites available on either side of the lake commonly known as ‘fifteen mile brook’. A scenic lake you won’t want to miss on your next trip to Newfoundland.