Best time to visit Newfoundland

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From watching whales and icebergs float by on the Atlantic to hiking in the province's remote national parks to exploring the historic centre of St John's, we'll recommend the best time to visit this Canadian province based on your itinerary and budget.

When is the best time to visit Newfoundland?

For the best weather: Visit in the summer (June through August) for comfortably cool temperatures and the least chance of rain.

For the best price: Visit is during the fall months of September to November, but be warned: it does rain and snow more often during this time.


Weather in the most easterly province of Canada can be unpredictable, but if you're looking for a destination to escape the summer heat, consider Newfoundland the place to be.

Summers in Newfoundland rarely hit 30°C, but visiting between June and September allows you to spend most of your time outdoors on trails, spotting wildlife and enjoying the many festivals.

Late spring to early summer (May to June) is a perfect time to book a boat tour out to see the bergs along the Avalon Peninsula.

Winter activities take place between January and March, when tourists can explore over 5,000km of trail on a snowmobile.

The best time to visit Newfoundland for...

  • Icebergs. Iceberg season in the Avalon region runs from early-May to mid-June, but sighting them requires good weather and water conditions.
  • Whale and puffin watching. Puffin breeding season starts from mid-May. You can spot magnificent humpbacks between May and the end of September.
  • Festivals. Visitors and locals flock to Newfoundland between May and September for summer festivals that celebrate music, food and the arts.
  • Hiking. Hitting the trails in the fall promises much quieter walks so that you can enjoy the views in peace. The Gros Morne National Park is breathtakingly beautiful at this time of year.
  • Skiing and snowmobiling. Plan your winter getaway between December and February at Gros Morne National Park or Marble Mountain Ski Resort for both thrilling and family-friendly activities.

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