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One of the most remote sections of Canada, Newfoundland, which sits off the northeast coast of Nova Scotia, is closer to Dublin than Calgary. With deeply Irish and English influences, the the island has its own culture that revolves around the magnificent landscape and wild seas. It is also home to one of Canada’s most special hotels, the Fogo Island Inn.

Cheat Sheet

  • Sleep…under colorful patchwork quilts that were hand-sewn on island
  • Experience…seeing icebergs up close on a boating excursion
  • Eat…spectacular seafood like cod chowder and steamed lobster
  • Drink… “screech rum,” so-called for the sound made by those who drink it
  • Savor…one-on-one tours with your Fogo Island local community host
  • Visit…Winds & Waves, the artist co-op that sells wares made islanders
  • Know…that as an Indagare member you can contact our Bookings Team for customized recommendations, expert guides, special access and itineraries.

Lay of the Land

Fogo Island sits off the northeast coast of Newfoundland, making it an island off the coast of an island. Fogo Island Inn owner, Zita Cobb, describes its location as “Far away from far away.” The inn sits on the north coast, in a prime spot for iceberg viewing in spring and early summer, and the huge, lumbering ice giants float down the Labrador Current.

Getting There

Fly to Newfoundland (St. John’s or Gander) then drive to Farewell Harbor to meet the ferry to Fogo Island. Guests can also fly on small, private planes or helicopters from Newfoundland mainland to Fogo Island.

When to Go

Fogo Island claims to have seven seasons, including cool summers and cold winters. Favorite times to visit however are when icebergs are floating past the inn (May through June) and in the fall, when there are berries to pick (the island boasts about two dozen types) and the chance of spotting Northern Lights.

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