Scattered by inviting cities, picturesque bays and breathtaking ocean landscapes, the eastern region of Newfoundland and Labrador is an ideal location for anyone wishing to explore one of Canada’s most exciting areas under the radar. The province’s eastern area, which stretches from Bonavista all the way along the southern part of the Heritage Run to the town of Fortune, is rich in history and culture and provides an unforgettable scenic ride. Here is just one example of some of the best things to do in Eastern Newfoundland.
Bonavista Social Club
Located above the sharp shores of Bonavista Bay, Bonavista Social Club is a restaurant located in the small community of Upper Amherst Cove. The restaurant is owned and run by chef Katie Hayes and is proud to showcase the region’s unique bounty. Most of the restaurant’s ingredients are grown nearby, and local seafood and game are prominent in season.
Roots, Rants and Roars
Every year on the third weekend in September, Tourism Elliston hosts Roots, Rants and Roars, one of Canada’s largest culinary festivals. This drooling worthy two-day food festival is a celebration of the area’s food, culture and landscape. The entire festival returns in 2022, but in September, visitors can enjoy a 6-week celebration of food, trails and tunes with “My Food Hike.” Participants receive a carefully curated Roots, Rants and Roars picnic from a participating restaurant and then walk to a local track where they will enjoy the ocean while listening to a specially selected playlist.
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See a cooper at work at this functional living history museum stood. This historic site to see has a unique collection of items for sale, including handmade fireplaces, letter openers, frying forks, candlesticks and more.
Nanny Haley’s jam
Once in Elliston, head home from the Floes gift shop, where Calvin Haley uses centuries-old recipes (from his Nanny Haley) to make some tasty jams from regional berries like strawberries. It is a truly unique treat and makes a perfect souvenir.
Newfoundland Salt Company
Hand-harvested in Bonavista, this flaky salt has unique flavor and purity and is a great way to bring a taste of the island home. Also, be sure to grab a jar of Bonavista Gold Stamp Honey. Collected by honeybees on the Bonavista Peninsula, you will taste the subtle flavors of the bee-friendly flora of Newfoundland and Labrador.
Port Rexton Brewing Company
This popular craft brewery and taproom is located in the lovely coastal town of Port Rexton. The first rural microbrewery in the province, you will find a range of experimental and seasonal brews, all inspired by the stunning scenery and lush bounty of Port Rexton and the Bonavista Peninsula.
Newfoundland Cider Company
Newfoundland Cider Company is located in the city of Milton and is the province’s very first craft cider. The small batch, craft cider is made from 100% freshly squeezed apple juice as well as other ingredients such as locally grown fruits and berries, seasonal botany, honey and more.
When in Milton you should also check out the Milton Inn. Owner and chef Trevor Adams uses his passion for foraging, hunting and fishing to create an unforgettable fare. The wine cellar is said to be unsurpassed in rural Newfoundland. If you are looking for something more casual, you can visit Cabin Six. Located next to the Milton Inn, guests can enjoy stone-baked pizzas.
Trinity Coffee Company
Enjoy a fresh coffee at this coffee roasting company in the historic town of Trinity. The company prides itself on consistent roasting in small quantities and blending delicious coffee.
Aunt Sarah’s chocolate shop
Located in the heart of Trinity, this charming shop offers a range of homemade, handmade chocolates, truffles, bark, caramels, yoghurts and more.
East Coast Glow
Vegan and iceberg water-based, these sustainably sourced cosmetics capture the natural essence of Newfoundland and Labrador. Made in small portions by hand in Bonavista, you will discover unique things like Wild River Mint + Rosemary Iceberg Infused Soap Mousse and Good Trip Mushrooms + Craft Beer Concentrated Hair Masque.