Great Northern Peninsula

L'Anse aux Meadows

The Viking Peninsula or Great Northern Peninsula is a large rural area in western Newfoundland. Located north of Gros Morne National Park, it extends to St. Anthony (population 2400) as the northernmost town on the island of Newfoundland. L'Anse aux Meadows National Historic Site, a former Viking settlement at the northern tip of the peninsula, appears on the UNESCO World Heritage List.

Ferry connections to Labrador cross from St. Barbe, Newfoundland to the border village Blanc Sablon, Quebec near Forteau, Labrador.


The Northern Peninsula is sparsely populated (about 25000 people along 300km of western coastline); weather conditions can be harsh, especially in winter, due to rugged terrain and direct exposure to westerly prevailing winds across the open Gulf of St. Lawrence. Population is declining. There are few tiny fishing villages and many wide open spaces.

Pack ice jams the Strait of Belle Isle in spring and early summer as icebergs further north break up during the spring thaw and are carried by ocean currents. One may encounter summer conditions ashore and winter conditions on the ice-filled water, or even be unable to get out of the harbour due to ice jams. Polar bears occasionally arrive on the Northern Peninsula from Labrador on the ice; animals or their tracks should be reported to Pistolet Bay Provincial Park staff so bears may be live-trapped and returned to Labrador.

Get in

By car
By bus
By air

Get around

The only major local road is the Viking Trail, Newfoundland Highway 430, which follows the western coastline.







L'Anse aux Meadows

Cape Onion

Hawke's Bay

Main Brook

Plum Point

Port au Choix


St. Anthony

St. Barbe

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