Visit One of Many Tourist Attractions in Newfoundland Made Famous by a Unique Name!
Wayne Chaulk from the band Buddy Wasisname and the Other Fellers wrote,
“She’s a rocky isle in the ocean,
and she’s pounded by wind from the sea,
you might think that she’s rugged and cold,
but she’s home sweet home to me.”
Who is she? She’s Newfoundland and she is home to some 500,000 people living in cities, towns and small, colourful quaint communities or outports dotting the seaside landscape. They are nestled in bays and coves along 29,000kms of coastline and full of the friendliest people on earth. This landscape and the culture of its people become tourist attractions in Newfoundland for Newfoundlanders and visitors to our province. Twillingate, Fogo and Little Hearts’ Ease, Fortune, Trout River, and Fermeuse, named in Wayne Chaulk’s song, are just a few of the places to visit in Newfoundland. There are approximately 1400 places to visit in Newfoundland; some are abandoned, some are small and some large towns and cities. What are the tourist attractions in Newfoundland bringing scores of people every summer? Maybe it is the unique, quaint, strange and sometimes weird place names found throughout the province.
Newfoundland’s history and culture is influenced by our native people, European explorers, and Irish, English and French settlers. The names given to places where they settled often had to do with shape of the landscape, human and animal anatomy, and even food and drink. In a website listing Canada’s 10 Strangest, Crudest and Rudest Town Names, guess what? Newfoundland made it three times in that list. Who wouldn’t want to visit places in Newfoundland with unique names such as #1 on that list -Red Head Cove, #6 Dildo and #10 Conception Bay!
A list of communities making great tourist attractions in Newfoundland because of their names includes Heart’s Content, Heart’s Desire, and Heart’s Delight. What about Little Heart’s Ease and Cupids? Feeling the love? Consider L’Anse Amour on the Labrador coast which when translated from French means ‘Love Cove’. Other inviting places to visit in Newfoundland include Sweet Bay, Too Good Arm, Comfort Cove, Happy Adventure and, of course, Paradise!
When you have a ‘corner brook’ and a ‘steady brook’, what do you expect to find there? They are great places to visit in Newfoundland because of proximity to outdoor pursuits. Whether you are in Corner Brook or Steady Brook you will have access to some of the best tourist attractions in Newfoundland – go zip lining, complete an obstacle course called the Spider Challenge, or enjoy great downhill skiing.
Newfoundland may have the distinction of having some of the strangest place names but they are great places to visit. Tourist attractions in Newfoundland may not be the kind found in big cities but you will find fantastic scenery, friendly people and a calm and peaceful way of life. Come to Joe Batt’s Arm, Jerry’s Nose, Herring Neck and Cow Head. Maybe St. Jones Within or St. Jones Without, both in Trinity Bay, Newfoundland, might peak your interest. You might be intrigued by other places to visit in Newfoundland such as Boxey, Tilting, Ming’s Bight and Virgin Arm. Don’t be fooled by Witless Bay, a beautiful community on the southern shore of Newfoundland, one that you will find on what is known as The Irish Loop!
So what’s in a name, you might ask? Come take a trip this summer and discover our province.