One of the top diving spots in the world - exploring the four WW2 cargo ships torpedoed off Bell Island. Expect excellent visibility (30m on a bad day) and collossal intact shipwrecks festooned with cold water corals / marine growth. Yes it is cold (8 degrees maximum in Sept-Oct) and the water will be below zero even at the start of summer, but it is spectacular and the dive centre staff are the nicest I have ever met. It is a long way to go just for diving, so if you do best get used to drysuits and hone your skills first. Hire a car for your visit to explore Newfoundland as well.
I went with Ocean Quest Adventures, Conception Bay South, Newfoundland www.oceanquestadventures.com/
17 Stanley's Road, Conception Bay South, Newfoundland & Labrador, Canada A1W 5H9
+1 866 623 2664
Google map: bit.ly/HgIcYb
Jackies is a local restaurant that serves some traditional take out Newfoundland food. You are piled high with the best stick to your ribs food on the island. In fact it was so good that we have coined a phrase. It started when we didn't have such great food experiences and would just look at each other and go "shoulda gone to Jackies" we now say it to each other when ever we have a bad experience with anything ... sorta fits and usually it's done in unison ... "shoulda gone to Jackies"!
PO Box 182, Rocky Harbour, Gros Morne National Park, Newfoundland and Labrador A0K 4N0, Canada
Google map: tinyurl.com/yh2m9xy
I'm surprised that Newfoundland, Nova Scotia, or any of the Maritimes are not on the BeenThere list. They definitely should be, in my mind. Eastern Canada gets no love, imho.
Nova Scotia is beautiful. Drive through it to Sydney and then take the ferry to Newfoundland. From there, you can explore this (deceptively large) island via car, dodging snowstorms and trying to not run into moose.
But it will all be worth it if you drive all the way to the very Northern tip of Newfoundland. Not only can you sit there and stare across the water at Labrador, contemplating how far North you are, but you can also revel in the knowledge that you are standing at a UNESCO World Heritage site - L'Anse aux Meadows. Get in touch with your heritage, at this, the "first and only known site established by Vikings in North America and the earliest evidence of European settlement in the New World" (from UNESCO).
Seriously, pretty awesome to drive to an 11th century Viking settlement in the New World.
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