It is a well-known fact that spring in Newfoundland and Labrador is cooler than all the other Atlantic Provinces. Often times in Newfoundland the winter weather continues after the first day of spring, but here are 25 ways to shake off the winter blues this spring in Newfoundland.
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Canadian Screen Arts Festival
The Canadian Screen Arts Festival is bringing brand new curated screenings of five Canadian Screen Award-nominated films to the Cineplex Cinemas Mount Pearl. Each screening will have special guests and door prizes that you could win.
760 Topsail Rd, Mount Pearl
March 23 & 30, 2019 at 7 pm
Sci-Fi on the Rock 13
If you love sci-fi, pop culture, video games, or comics, celebrate your fandom this spring at the 13th Annual Sci-Fi on the Rock. Special guests include Stefan Kapicic, Nana Visitor, Lori White, and many more. It is never dull at Newfoundland’s premiere pop culture convention.
Sheraton Hotel Newfoundland, 115 Cavendish Square, St. John’s
March 29 to 31, 2019
Weekend Pass + Lanyard: $28.26 – $113.04
Songs, Stages and Seafood Festival
Songs, Stages and Seafood Festival celebrates the sea and the local culture. The sea has curved its way into daily life and the local songs and stories. This five-day festival explores how the sea effects life on the coast. There will be food tasting, demos, workshops, dances, hiking and much more.
May 22 to 26, 2019
Varies depending on the event
Trails, Tales and Tunes Festival
Norris Point is located in Gros Morne National Park, and the Trails, Tales and Tunes Festival brings this lovely town to life. There will be daily walks, culinary events, storytelling, live music and much more for the whole family to enjoy.
May 17 to 26, 2019
$5 to $25
Gros Morne Theatre Festival
Enjoy grand theatre! Theatre Newfoundland Labrador will be presenting the 2019 Gros Morne Theatre Festival in Cow Head May through September with the following line-up: “17 Men” by Jeff Pitcher, “Newfoundland Vinyl” directed by Allison Crowe and Adam Brake, “S.S. Ethie” by Shane Ellis-Coats, “Tempting Providence” by Robert Chafe, “Double Axe Murder” by Berni Stapleton, “Neddy Norris Night” directed by Stephanie Payne, and “The Only Living Father” by Tom Cahill.
Various Venues, Cowhead
May through September, 2019
The Iceberg Festival
The Iceberg Festival takes place every June and celebrates the coming of spring in the north. It is also the time when the icebergs arrive in the area. There will be local food, music, entertainment, and fun for the whole family.
June 7 to 17, 2019
Varies depending on the event
Rising Tide Theatre Festival
Are you a fan of the theatre? Then a visit to the Rising Tide Theatre Festival should definitely be on your Newfoundland calendar!
40 West St, Trinity, Trinity Bight
Jun 1 – Sep 30, 2019
Cake and Stay
Spend some time relaxing at Hogan’s Cabins where you can bake some cakes this late spring at Cake and Stay. No experience in cake making is needed to enjoy this weekend filled with sweet treats.
Hogan’s Cabins, Northern Bay, St. John’s
June 7 to 9, 2019
$597.00/person all included. 2 pay option available – 2*$310.00/per person (*Taxes and fees included)
Alice’s Tea Party
The annual Alice’s Tea Party is a celebration of local art and music held in and around the gardens of The Doctor’s House. Enjoy art demonstrations, garden tours, live music and theatre, Mad Hatter hat contest, Alice in Wonderland movie screening, outdoor painting classes and more.
21 Old Hopeall Road, Green’s Harbour
Jun 1-30, 2019
Bonne Bay Marine Station
Discover the amazing world that is under the sea at the Bonne Bay Marine Station. You can tour the salt water aquarium and get a closer look at the touch tank. They offer a ‘Marine Station Family Boat Tour’ of Bonne Bay, where you can see what sea creatures call the cold water home and collect plankton.
1 Clarke’s Lane, Norris Point
May 18 to September 22, 2019
Adult (18+): $6.25 + HST, Seniors/Youth (ages 5-17): $5.00 + HST, Children under 5: FREE
Family Day Pass (2 adults, 2 children): $15.00 + HST, Children/School Group: $3.25 + HST
Visit Cape St. Mary’s Ecological Reserve
Cape St. Mary’s Ecological Reserve is the most accessible seabird colony in North America. The vantage point has gorgeous views of the sea stack that the birds call home. There are guided hikes starting at the Interpretation Centre that you can take.
14km from Route 100
Take in the view of Petty Harbour
Soar along the treetops, and take in the views of Petty Harbour at the North Atlantic Zip Line. There are 10 zip lines from 300 to 1800 feet in length. North Atlantic Zip Line is Canada’s longest zip line course.
30 Main Road, Petty Harbour
Adult: $130, Students: $95, Youth: $95, Military: $100
Just outside of Deer Lake, in Reidville is Newfoundland Insectarium that is home to thousands of live and mounted insects, arthropods, and arachnids from across the globe. Take a closer look at these amazing creatures and may learn something new about bugs.
2 Bonne Bay Road, Reidville
Reopening for the season on May 17, 2019
Adult: $14, Child (5–14): $10, Children 4 and under enter free with an adult.
Senior: $12, Family: $38 – Family rate applies to 2 adults and 2 school-age children.
Hike Butter Pot Hill Trail
Butter Pot Hill Trail is one of the several trails in Butter Pot Provincial Park. The trail takes you up 300 meters to the hill summit, which has a great view of the park and the surrounding areas. The trail is 6.6km and takes around 2.5 hours to hike.
Butter Pot Provincial Park, Route 1
Beothuk Interpretation Centre Provincial Historic Site
Hear the stories of the Beothuk, and learn more about this unique culture and how it vanished. The Beothuk Interpretation Centre Provincial Historic Site is home to many artifacts and exhibits that help outline who the Beothuk were, how they lived, and what happened to them.
66 South Side Road, Boyd’s Cove
May 18 to October 11, 2019
Cape Bonavista Lighthouse Provincial Historic Site
Generations of mariners have used the lighthouse Cape Bonavista as their only connection to land when they are out at sea. The Cape Bonavista Lighthouse Provincial Historic Site is one of the few places in the world where you can climb up the stone tower and see the seal oil-fueled light that was used during the 19th century. Puffins, whales and icebergs are regularly spotted from the lighthouse.
Route 230, Bonavista
May 18 to October 11, 2019
Johnson Geo Centre
See what is hidden deep underground at the Johnson GEO Centre. Take a guided tour and discover the interactive exhibits focusing on the forces of nature, and the tragic story of the Titanic. The learning continues outside in the Geo Vista Park.
175 Signal Hill Road, St. John’s
Grates Cove Studios & Café
Explore the beautiful, rugged coastal landscapes of Grates Cove and the Baccalieu Trail. From the Grates Cove Studio & Café you can spot whales, icebergs and the Baccalieu Island Ecological Reserve. The café serves a Newfoundland Cajun fusion meal that you should try.
Main Road, Grates Cove
Funland Resort Attractions
Spend a weekend away, and have some family fun at Funland Resort Attractions. Take a dip in the swimming pool or zip down the water slide. Everyone will love the petting zoo. Challenge your family to a round of mini golf.
34 Veterans Drive, Cormack
Rotary Arts Centre
Check out the Rotary Arts Centre this spring. Next to the breathtaking gallery, are 6 artist studios where emerging artists can hone their craft. The theatres will be hosting shows all spring long, so there is something for everyone.
Corner Brook City Hall, 5 Park Street, Corner Brook
Champney’s West Aquarium
Take a closer look at the sea live at the Champney’s West Aquarium at the 3 large viewing tanks, and the touch tanks. Local and international sea creators call the aquarium home. The aquarium hosts education events and crafts in the classroom space.
3 Main Road, Champney’s West
June 1 to October 15, 2019
Enjoy a Cup of Coffee and Live Music at the Jumping Bean
The Jumping Bean has really taken off since opening in 2005 and has become an East Coast success story. You can stop in and warm up with a cup of delicious fair trade, organic coffee while you listen to live music. There are often special drinks and treats that are only available at the Jumping Bean.
200 Airport Blvd, Gander & Various locations in St. John’s
Meet alpacas, goats, rabbits, and chickens at the Petting Barn at Lester Farms. The farmers market is open year round. In the spring, you can pick up everything that you need to get your own garden.
173 Brookfield Road, St. John’s
Memorial University of Newfoundland Botanical Garden
See the Memorial University of Newfoundland Botanical Garden as it starts to bloom this spring. The garden is home to many traditional and native plants that benefit from the colder springs. Take a break at the café for a cup of coffee or lunch. The Garden opens on May 1st.
306 Mount Scio Road, St. John’s
Adult (19+) $7, Student (5-18 or with ID) $5, Senior (60+) $5, Children (under 5) FREE
Family Day Pass (2 adults & their children) $17
Railway Coastal Museum
Hear the fascinating stories about how the railways and coastal boats were once Newfoundland’s only lifelines. The Railway Coastal Museum has working model trains, boat models, and much more. There is also an outdoor train park that is fun for all ages.
495 Water Street West, St. John’s
Adult (18+) $7 + tax, Senior (60+)/ Student $6 + tax,
Youth (5 – 17 yrs old) $5 + tax, Child (4 yrs old & younger) FREE
Family Pass (2 Adults & 3 Youth) $20 + tax
Explore the province when new growth sprouts as winter gives way to spring, with these great hikes.
The first Saturday in June is International Trails Day and the East Coast Trail’s Annual Trail Raiser. The East Coast Trail Association, together with its community and government partners, has developed over 300-km of wilderness hiking trail for visitors and residents to enjoy. Support the Trail!