The Viking Peninsula or Great Northern Peninsula is a large rural area in western Newfoundland. Located north of Gros Morne National Park, it extends to St. Anthony (population 2400) as the northernmost town on the island of Newfoundland. L'Anse aux Meadows National Historic Site, a former Viking settlement at the northern tip of the peninsula, appears on the UNESCO World Heritage List.
The Northern Peninsula is sparsely populated (about 25,000 people along 300 km of western coastline); weather conditions can be harsh, especially in winter, due to rugged terrain and direct exposure to westerly prevailing winds across the open Gulf of St. Lawrence. The population is declining. There are few tiny fishing villages and many wide open spaces.
Pack ice jams the Strait of Belle Isle in spring and early summer as icebergs further north break up during the spring thaw and are carried by ocean currents. One may encounter summer conditions ashore and winter conditions on the ice-filled water, or even be unable to get out of the harbour due to ice jams. Polar bears occasionally arrive on the Northern Peninsula from Labrador on the ice; animals or their tracks should be reported to Pistolet Bay Provincial Park staff so bears may be live-trapped and returned to Labrador.
- By car
- From the Trans-Canada Highway, exit at Deer Lake and follow Highway 430 northward through Gros Morne.
- From Labrador, board the ferry at Blanc Sablon (+1-866-535-2567). The crossing to St. Barbe is 1¾ hrs, weather permitting, $25 for car and driver. In winter, this ferry lands instead in Corner Brook, with corresponding increase in time and cost.
- By bus
- Norpen Bus Service, ☎ . This company runs a shuttle from Corner Brook and Deer Lake to St. Anthony Airport on Tuesdays & Fridays.
- By air
- 1 St. Anthony Airport (YAY IATA). This small airport in St. Anthony has scheduled service from St. John's and onward to Labrador and northern Quebec. Additional flights are available in Deer Lake
- Provincial Airlines, toll-free: . Scheduled passenger, cargo and charter flights.
The only major local road is the Viking Trail, Newfoundland Highway 430, which follows the western coastline.
- 1 L'Anse aux Meadows National Historic Site, Route 436 (north of St. Anthony), ☎ (May-Oct), (off-season), e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. 9AM-5PM daily, early June-Thanksgiving, 9AM-6PM summer. Archaeological site with reconstructions of three Norse buildings, hiking trails, Viking guides in period costume, visitor centre and picnic area. $12.
- 2 Port au Choix National Historic Site, Point Riche Road, Port au Choix, ☎ . 9AM-5PM, mid-June to early September. Native archaeological site with visitor centre.
- 3 Burnt Cape Ecological Reserve, Burnt Cape, 1 km northwest of Raleigh. Over 30 species of rare plant life. Call ahead to book an excellent guided tour. Free year-round.
- 4 Pistolet Bay Provincial Park, Raleigh, ☎ . Unsupervised beach, picnic area, fishing, canoeing, thirty camp sites ($15/night) with partial services (showers, toilets).
- Scenic Pursuit, 51 Main St, Bide Arm, ☎ . Seasonal, M-Sa 9AM-8PM. Boat tours from Canada Bay, charters, iceberg and whale watching.
- 1 Dark Tickle Company, 75 Main St, St. Lunaire - Griquet, ☎ . Manufactures jams, sauces, vinegars, teas, drinks and chocolates using wild berries from Newfoundland and Labrador. Books, clothing, souvenirs.
- 1 The Daily Catch, 112 Main St, St. Lunaire-Griquet, ☎ , e-mail: email@example.com. Seafood, pork, chicken. $6-12.
- 2 The Norseman Restaurant, L'Anse aux Meadows (end of Route 436, turn right at harbourfront), ☎ (phone), (mobile text), toll-free: , e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. Daily noon-9PM. Focusing on fresh, healthy, local and gourmet. In 22 years they have never served a french fry.
- 1 Skipper Hot's Lounge, Straitsview, St. Lunaire-Griquet, ☎ . noon-midnight daily (June-Sept), 2PM-midnight weekends off-season. Bar and lounge, take-out fried foods and sandwiches, live music, billiards and darts.
L'Anse aux Meadows
- 1 Marilyn's Hospitality Home, L'Anse aux Meadows, ☎ , toll-free: . B&B with full breakfast and fresh-made bread, one block from waterfront.
- 4 Valhalla Lodge, Gunners Cove Harbour Front, L'Anse aux Meadows, ☎ , toll-free: , fax: . Norseman Restaurant, Gaia Art Gallery and Valhalla B&B.
- Tickle Inn at Cape Onion, RR#1, Cape Onion, ☎ , toll-free: , fax: . Oceanfront heritage home, seasonal (June-Sept).
- 6 Tuckamore Lodge, ☎ , toll-free: , fax: , e-mail: email@example.com. Hunting, fishing and adventure tourism lodge.
- 7 Plum Point Motel and Restaurant, Plum Point, ☎ , toll-free: , fax: , e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. 40 rooms, restaurant, 18 housekeeping units.
Port au Choix
- 8 Sea Echo Motel & Restaurant, Port au Choix, ☎ , fax: , e-mail: email@example.com. 30 rooms, 3 cabins and 10 campsites, Point Riche Restaurant (and Greco Pizza), Sea Gull Lounge, souvenir shop, banquet/conference services.
- 9 Burnt Cape Cabins, Raleigh, ☎ , e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. Adjacent to Burnt Cape Ecological Reserve, dining, groceries, fuel. Cabins with Internet and en suite bath.
- 10 Grenfell Heritage Hotel & Suites, 1 McChada Drive, St. Anthony, ☎ , toll-free: , e-mail: email@example.com. Conference facility, wi-fi, continental breakfast, smoke-free, no pets.
- 11 Haven Inn, 14 Goose Cove Road, St. Anthony, ☎ , fax: , e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. Cartier's Galley Restaurant with view of St. Anthony harbour, pet-friendly hotel, wi-fi.
- 12 Snuggle Inn Cottage Suites, 7 Gulley Bank Rd, St. Anthony, ☎ , toll-free: , e-mail: email@example.com.