Newfoundland’s nature awaits when you fly from Ottawa to Stephenville.
Tucked away on the west coast of Newfoundland, Stephenville is nestled amongst lakes, rivers, mountains, and forests. Overlooking Bay St. George, the landscapes around Stephenville are never short of amazing.
Minutes from the city centre, Stephenville’s hiking trails are the perfect introduction to Newfoundland’s great outdoors. Outside the city, you can trek along the Long Range Mountains. Both Gros Morne National Park and Barachois Provincial park have access to this northernmost section of the Appalachian Mountain Chain.
After climbing to the summit of the Long Range Mountains, grab a slice at Domino Pizza House. Not to be confused with the American chain, this Domino has been a Stephenville institution for over 50 years.
During the summer, add some entertainment to your evenings in Stephenville with a visit to the Stephenville Theatre Festival.This month-long festival puts the city’s arts scene centre stage.
Enjoy the best of the outdoors and the arts, on your trip from Ottawa to Stephenville.
When you travel from Ottawa to Stephenville, wander among towering fjords and thick forests in Gros Morne National Park.
Over a billion years old and 650 metres high, the cliffs of the Western Brook Gorge are a staggering sight. Take a boat tour to get closer to these ancient giants. From the deck, you’ll look up to see streaming waterfalls feeding into the lake below. You won’t be able to see the cliff’s full depths, but the fjords extend a stomach-dropping 165 metres below the surface.
Get even closer to the cliffs along the Snug Harbour Trail. Best tackled by experienced hikers, this trail is one of the hardest in Gros Morne. For an easier path with an equally amazing view, take the Tablelands Trail. You’ll make your way across the earth’s exposed mantle, while stark mountains rise up on either side of this path.
To learn more about this meeting point of two primaeval continents, take one of the guided tours. Guided tours in Gros Morne National Park can also take you to Lobster Cove Head. The historic Lobster Cove Head lighthouse dates back to the early 1900s and marks one of the park’s best whale-watching spots.
Once you’ve seen the stunning sunset from Lobster Cove Head, make your way over to one of the park’s camping grounds for the night. If you’re confident in your camping skills, there are plenty of places to stake your tent. For camping without the set-up, try the oTENTik cabin hybrids. Or, enjoy the great indoors at a hotel in one of the nearby villages of Cow Head or Rocky Harbour.
Settle in for a good night’s sleep and rest up for another day on your trip from Ottawa.
Meaning “new land” in Latin, Terra Nova awaits your discovery when you travel from Ottawa to Stephenville.
Sea meets land in Terra Nova Provincial Park. 200 km of craggy shoreline lead into swaths of forests filled with fragrant balsam fir and black spruce. Whether you explore the shore or wander through the woods, Terra Nova is your path into the heart of Newfoundland’s natural beauty.
Over 100 km of trails run through Terra Nova, but you don’t need to take on the steep trek of the 11-hour Outport Trail to get the most out of the park. The short Sandy Pond Trail measures in at only 3 km, and is one of the park’s best. With access to Sandy Pond throughout the trail, there’s no need to wait to the end of this hike to reward yourself with a swim.
Follow the path of the Ochre Hill Trail for a panoramic view of the park. Pack a pair of binoculars to fully survey Terra Nova from this 215-metre summit. You’ll need eagle eyes to see the eagles flying by, but the moose below are usually slow enough to spot.
Down at sea level, there’s plenty to see along Terra Nova’s shoreline. Kayak past seal pups as distant icebergs drift past. With bald eagles above and whales below, it’s easy to get distracted from your paddling.
Learn more about what lives below the waves of Terra Nova Provincial Park at the Salton’s Brook Visitor Centre. At the touch tank, you can get hands on with sea stars and lobsters. Feel the creatures that call the cold waters of the Atlantic home, without freezing your fingers.
When you’re ready for bed, you can come by kayak or by foot to the popular Newman Sound campsite. If staying in tents is too intense, try out an oTENTik, a cross between a cabin and a tent.
Before you get ready for another day of your trip from Ottawa to Stephenville, find your spot under the stars and enjoy Newfoundland’s night sky.
Fly from Ottawa Macdonald-Cartier International Airport (YOW) to Stephenville International Airport (YJT), with a connection in Halifax. Ottawa to Stephenville flight time is 3 hours and 35 minutes on average. Connection times vary. The distance from Ottawa to Stephenville is around 1,510 km / 940 mi.
Enjoy complimentary drinks and snacks along the way.