Located on the tip of the Northern Peninsula of Newfoundland (just 12 minutes away from L'Anse aux Meadows), St. Brendan's Motel offers the privilege of being completely surrounded by natural beauty from both land and sea. Upon your visit, you are guaranteed to experience some of the most breath-taking and picturesque views you will ever see in your life.
A wide variety of wildlife can be seen across Newfoundland, such as rabbits, foxes, ducks, moose, salmon, whales and more! In fact, the Northern Peninsula of Newfoundland is internationally recognized due to the high density of moose in the area. Also, it is common to see migrating pods of whales from the shoreline near the motel at various times throughout spring and summer, along with many icebergs moving along the shores.
L'Anse aux Meadows National Historic Site | Located in L'Anse aux Meadows
L'Anse aux Meadows Historic Site
In the past four to five thousand years, many people have lived in L'Anse aux Meadows. Some stayed longer than others. Among these people was a small group of Norse sailors. The remains of their camp is the oldest known European settlement of the New World.
The archaeological remains at the site were declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1978. Exhibits highlight the Viking lifestyle, artifacts, as well as the archaeological discovery of the site.
In addition to the interpretation of the Norse settlement, L'Anse aux Meadows offers hiking trails, picnic sites, and a gift shop. Bilingual guides are available from mid-June to Labour Day (the first Monday in September). The site, visitor centre, and washrooms are wheelchair accessible.
Norstead Viking Village | Located in L'Anse aux Meadows
Norstead Viking Village
Join costumed interpreters in the dim light of the Viking-style Chieftain's Hall and listen to mysterious Viking tales. Step aboard the full-scale replica of the Viking ship 'Snorri'. Learn how the Vikings mastered the North Atlantic. Use a simple notched stick to measure distance by the stars. Get your 'runes' told by the wise women. Shape clay into pottery the way the Vikings did. Spin sheep fleece into yarn using ancient drop spindle technology, dye the yarn using local plants and berries and then weave it into cloth at the loom.
Norstead replicates a Viking port of trade as it may have looked during the Viking era (790-1066 AD). The four-hectare site has a boat shed with its very own Viking ships, including the 54 foot replica Viking knarr which sailed from Greenland to L'Anse aux Meadows in 1998 with a crew of just nine men.
Dark Tickle Economuseum | Located in St. Lunaire-Griquet
Dark Tickle Economuseum
At Dark Tickle Economuseum, we manufacture jams, sauces, vinegars, teas, drinks and chocolates from unique wild berries. Our focus is to offer a taste of the unique handpicked wild berries of Newfoundland and Labrador. These include the bakeapple (cloudberry), partridgeberry (lingonberry), crowberry, squashberry and wild blueberry.
These berries, picked by hand, are carefully processed without additives resulting in a quality product that is both distinctive and delicious.
Visitors can watch the transformation of wild berries into our various products through our windowed production area. Learn as they are interpreted on our boardwalk.
We also have one of Newfoundland's leading art & gift galleries!
Camel's Back Hiking Trail
Camel's Back Trail - Nearing the end of St. Lunaire-Griquet, take a turn at Dark Tickle Junction. As you approach a fork in the road, pull to the right and park your vehicle. From there, you will see a sign leading to a moderate 2 km return walking trail with some loose rock and steep sections. It will take you about 1 hour to make the return trip. This trail has spectacular scenery and vast opportunities for viewing whales and icebergs. Remember to dress in layers and wear rugged shoes.
St. Lunaire-Griquet offers another beautiful hiking trail just behind the school in town. Watch out for moose.
Click on link provided below for descriptions and locations of other trails in our region.
Iceberg & Whale Watching
Iceberg & Whale Watching
Our region has the longest whale watching season in North America. This is due to the immense capelin feeding grounds, which surround our area. Capelin is also the key food of the Atlantic Cod & many other fish. Don't miss the spectacular array of whales, dolphins, porpoises, seals and other ocean mammals. Take a boat tour - or view whales all summer long from Fishing Point (or one of our many regional hiking trails, which follow along the ocean).
90% of icebergs seen in Newfoundland and Labrador come from the glaciers of western Greenland. From May thru July and sometimes in August, you can view majestic icebergs and large whales right off of our shores and cliffs.
To find out if there are currently icebergs in our area, click the link below.
Burnt Cape Ecological Reserve | Located in Raleigh
Burnt Cape Ecological Reserve
Burnt Cape Ecological Reserve is surrounded on three sides by cold waters from the Strait of Belle Isle. The peninsula of Burnt Cape has some of the most arctic conditions in Newfoundland. But it is exactly this cold climate, along with a unique landscape and calcium-rich soil, that allows northern plant species to grow here in a rich and rare variety.
Visitors to the Cape should be prepared for a chilly time, even in summer. Frost can occur in any month of the year, and there is frequent rain and fog.
Most people visit the reserve during the summer months. This is when most of the plants are in bloom, icebergs and whales appear offshore, and many birds use the Cape for breeding. Can be accessed year-round. No fees associated with visiting the Reserve. Located just 32 km away from Straitsview - in the beautiful community of Raleigh.
Pistolet Bay Provincial Park | Located in Raleigh
Pistolet Bay Provincial Park
Pistolet Bay Provincial Park offers campsites with fireplaces and picnic tables. A day use or picnic area is equipped with picnic tables, garbage cans, drinking water tap, pit toilets, and swimming change houses. A swimming section has been roped off on the beach in the day use area for your safety.
Pistolet Bay Provincial Park also offers a tremendous opportunity for the canoe enthusiast who can take a major excursion on a nearby lake system. Brook trout are the most common angling species within the park boundaries. There are rules and regulations concerning angling so check with park staff before wetting the line.
Located 20 km away from St. Lunaire-Griquet (on Route 437, 12 kilometres off of Route 430).
Raleigh Historic Village | Located in Raleigh
Raleigh Historic Village
Raleigh Historic Village offers the recreation of a 1940's historic fishing village. With humble beginnings and an arduous struggle for existence, this tiny town of 260 people will surely capture your heart and unleash your sense of adventure.
This attraction offers you the chance to experience the heart of outport Newfoundland and Labrador. It extends you the opportunity to capture the spirit of our colonizing forefathers, so that you might understand the richness of our heritage, and the pride of our people.
Boat Tours • Experience Jigging for Codfish • Learn About Traditional Newfoundland Meals • Guided Hiking Tours • Craft Workshops • Traditional Fishing Workshop • Bunkhouse Sleepovers
Located in the scenic town of Raleigh (28 km away).
Northland Discovery Boat Tours | Located in St. Anthony
Northland Discovery Boat Tours
Join the Alcock family for an award-winning Newfoundland boat tour experience. Iceberg tours, whale watching and seabird tours are just some of the highlights. It's an exciting ecological and cultural journey into our unique heritage.
Our destination - the scenic coastal waters off St. Anthony, Newfoundland - Iceberg Alley - an area famous for its bounty of icebergs, whales, dolphins and seabirds.
The boat departs from the waterfront behind the Grenfell Interpretation Center, St. Anthony. This is where the ticket office is also located. There is ample parking space for cars and buses. We suggest that you arrive at least 30 minutes prior to departure time.
Located in St. Anthony (28 km away).
Grenfell Historic Properties | Located in St. Anthony
Grenfell Historic Properties
Grenfell Historic Properties are located in St. Anthony (28 km away). The properties celebrate the presence of Sir Wilfred Thomason Grenfell, and the impact that he and his worldwide mission had on the social, medical and economic climate of the early 1900's.
The historic properties equally tell the story of the evolution of Northern Newfoundland and Labrador and the people of the region over the last 100 years.
Share in the adventures & accomplishments of Wilfred Grenfell, a highly determined doctor who contributed greatly to the heritage & ultimate success of St. Anthony. Begin your visit at the Grenfell Interpretation Center and relive an era that depicts the history of a determined people. Be sure to visit Dr. Grenfell's longtime residence, the Grenfell House Museum - a must see.
The Iceberg Festival
The Iceberg Festival
The Iceberg Festival is a regional festival that happens every June at the very top of the Northern Peninsula. It celebrates the coming of spring to the north of the island and the annual arrival of the icebergs.
The Northern Peninsula has always been recognized throughout the world as Iceberg Alley so you won't have any trouble finding 'Islands of Ice' here!
The Iceberg Festival features iceberg experts, boat tours, traditional music, nature walks and Newfoundland food & hospitality.
Dip your toes into the North Atlantic! Have a dance! Eat seafood fresh from the sea! If you want breathtaking landscapes and seascapes, fantastic fare, and good company, you belong with us. Join us at the Iceberg Festival!
Photography Credits:L'Anse aux Meadows National Historic Site • Norstead Viking Village • The Dark Tickle Company • St. Anthony Basin Resources Inc. • Glacier Cove Web Design • Archie Miles • Raleigh Historical Corporation • Northland Discovery Boat Tours • Grenfell Historic Properties
St. Brendan's Motel Tel: (709) 660-5466 Alt: (709) 623-2520