Famous for its awesomely rugged coastlines, friendly fishing villages and thousands of years of history, Newfoundland and Labrador is currently home to three distinct Indigenous groups—the Inuit, the Innu and the Mi’kmaq. Seafaring, artistic and very much in tune with this beautiful land, each has their own distinct culture. Come and enjoy, breathing in the sea breezes and walking in a land of legends.

The Torngats

It’s hard to imagine a more dramatic place than this. Sitting in the ultimate northern reaches of Labrador, the soaring, sculpted Torngat Mountains separate Ungava Bay from the North Atlantic. And from the moment you touch down at Base Camp, you’ll experience the area’s natural wonders, whether you’re learning about how the Inuit have thrived on this land for generations, or getting up close (and personal) with the wildlife all around. Launch in a boat or lift off in a helicopter to encounter caribou, polar bears and wolves, as well as seals, whales and icebergs. Fish for arctic char, explore sod house villages and traditional hunting grounds, and feast on a meal of fresh seafood or game, cooked up over an open fire, on a rugged beach.

Wild Gros Morne

Zooming out in their zodiac onto the rippling waters of Bonne Bay, a saltwater fjord that slices through the heart of Gros Morne National Park, you’ll be dwarfed by 360 degrees of marvels. Over here, the Martian expanses of the Tablelands, the earth’s rusty mantle thrust up to the surface. Behind you, the bald eminence of the park’s namesake peak. Rushing waterfalls, and green forest, and a lighthouse in the village of Woody Point. Spot playful otters, white-sided dolphins, humpback whales—and even an orca, if you’re lucky. Take a culinary adventure, boiling up fresh seafood (paired with herbs from their garden) or foraging in secret spots for chanterelles. They also offer guided kayak tours, or you can try out a stand-up paddleboard. Or take a guided hiking trip to Big Lookout and right up to the summit of Gros Morne. 

Gros Morne Adventures

Imagine it: boots tied tight, you stride those last few metres of the trail and emerge at a vista, the wonders of a UNESCO World Heritage Site at your feet. Traversing arctic alpine rises, volcanic landscapes, the plunging precipices of Western Brook Pond—an inland fjord—for more than three decades, this has been the specialty of Gros Morne Adventures. Finely crafted and carefully curated hikes. Stand-up paddleboarding and guided kayak trips on Bonne Bay, for every level of experience. A new adventure, discovering Mekapisk (Mi’kmaq for the Long Range Mountains) and learning about land and sea from an Indigenous perspective, finishing the day by making bannock and roasting capelin over a fire. Come for the day, and you may find yourself spending a whole week. 

Pirate’s Haven ATV Friendly RV Park, Chalets and Adventures

Windswept and wild, this southwest corner of the island is the Newfoundland of your dreams. Rugged sea cliffs, dropping away, suddenly, into the roiling waters of the Gulf of St. Lawrence—stride to the edge, if you dare. Rushing rivers, packed with thousands of Atlantic salmon, those cold waters beckoning anyone in hip waders. A long Mi’kmaq legacy, with plenty of stories to tell. You can access it all here at Pirate’s Haven. Hike and bike the network of trails, roar onto the timberland in an ATV—bring your own or rent one on-site. Learn to tie a fly, then cast a line for big fish. Then finish off the day by tucking into a meal of fresh lobster or cod, restoring your muscles in the on-site hot tub and sauna, and resting up in one of the chalets, which come equipped with a sprawling patio, cushy beds, and full kitchens. 

The Jackladder Property Limited

Everything that matters is close, here. To the west, the land rises dramatically into the peaks and valleys and fjords of Gros Morne. Right close by, to the south, the beaches of Deer Lake. And stretching north, the two-lane ribbon of the Viking Trail, winding all the way to the far-flung tip of the Great Northern Peninsula. Or maybe—just stay right here, where you can connect with thousands of kilometres of ATV and snowmobile trails, or fish, swim and boat on the serpentine waters of Big Bonne Bay Pond, right across the road. Plus, one of the best moose burgers in the world, and a series of two-bedroom chalets, which feature creature comforts like leather sofas, satellite television and barbecues.  


Zane Buchanan

Zane Buchanan

Zane, a Métis writer, producer, and digital storyteller based in Vancouver, British Columbia, takes great pride in the diverse career path he has forged. Starting as a freelance journalist, he transitioned into travel media when he was appointed the 2019 Saskatchewanderer by Tourism Saskatchewan. This experience solidified his standing in the tourism sector and paved the way for his work with the Indigenous Tourism Association of Canada (ITAC). At ITAC, Zane contributes to the creative direction of The Original Original authentication program and Destination Indigenous (ITAC’s consumer-facing presence). He oversees content and brand integrity while also serving as the executive editor of Nations Magazine.Beyond ITAC, Zane regularly contributes to Canadian Geographic, focusing on ethical travel. His contributions have earned him the esteemed title of a fellow of the Royal Canadian Geographical Society, and he serves as a judge for the Travel Media Association of Canada Awards. His leadership includes a direct partnership with the Assembly of First Nations, with whom he attended the Historic Papal Visits in Rome in April 2022, in line with the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s 94 Calls to Action.As a sought-after speaker, Zane has presented at renowned conferences and events such as South by Southwest (SXSW), The SEE Conference, The International Indigenous Tourism Conference (IITC), and The IMPACT Conference. His influence extends to other creative mediums, including presenting the Contemporary Indigenous Artist or Group of the Year Award at the Juno Awards Ceremony annually.Beyond his various roles, Zane is the founder and creative director of CIVL Creative, a digital agency designed to meet the unique needs of nonprofits and social enterprises.