Fogo Island is not so much a place as a state of mind. With a long maritime history, the largest offshore
island of Newfoundland and Labrador is a gentle world of bright-coloured clapboard houses, sea-cliff
footpaths, lush forests and warm hospitality set against a striking coastline.
– Robin Esrock, National Geographic
Next stop on our Wanderlust tour – Fogo Island. For those of you who have never heard of this magical spot located off the shore of Canada’s east coast, it is a name you will never forget. It is an experience you will never forget, with its breathtaking views of glistening icebergs, breaching whales, trails dotted with wildflowers and a community of Newfoundlanders to embrace you with a family like warmth.
When to Go?
Fogo Island is a beautiful place to visit all year round. It is particularly spectacular in the summer months when you are bathed in the Atlantic sunshine. But, be sure to come prepared! The micro- climate is just the same as Melbourne, Australia – sleet, sun , rain and snow – all four seasons can appear in just a 24 hour period (or an hour!)
How to Get There?
You can fly into either Gander or St John’s International Airports, depending on how much time you have to explore this beautiful province in Canada. If you do fly into Gander – you can be at Fogo Island Inn for dinner. Simply hire a car and drive to the ferry docks. The ferry is a brief – hour long trip bringing you over to Fogo island.
Where to Stay?
Fogo Island Inn is magically situated in the village of Joe Batt’s Arm facing the majestic Atlantic Ocean.
With just 29 elegantly appointed rooms, this chic boutique hotel – with its commitment to sustainability and community will take your breath away. Stunning views of the North Atlantic and a rugged wilderness are met here with award-winning world-class architecture and warm hospitality.
What to Do?
Spend your days exploring the beauty of this island – picking berries as you hike the coastline, counting the whales and icebergs dotting the horizon. After you have exhausted the outdoors, return to the Inn to peruse the Fogo Island Gallery. The gallery is located on the main floor of the hotel and features contemporary artworks of artists from across the world who have completed residencies on Fogo Island.
Let the culinary team at Fogo Island Inn – surprise and delight your taste buds with ingredients that are farmed, fished or foraged steps from the Inn.
Evenings can be spent relaxing by a roaring fire, or dreamily gazing at the stars from one of the rooftop hot tubs.
Newfoundland and Labrador officially opened last week to Canadians and is slated to open to visitors from the US and Europe in just a few short weeks. Fogo Island Inn officially opens today, so don’t delay in making your reservations!
Retreat in solitude and reconnect with yourself – at one of the four corners of the Earth.