The Best of Newfoundland

The Canadian island of Newfoundland lures visitors to North America's easternmost point, where they fall head over heels.

Newfound Love
Photo: Michael Hanson

Newfound Love

"Now close your eyes and pucker up," the bartender tells me. Usually I require dinner and drinks before such a request, but when in Rome—or, in this case, Newfoundland—do as the Newfies do.

I squeeze my eyes shut and feel a damp, cool sensation brush across my lower lip. The bar erupts with cheers as a man holding a large fish moves on to another patron, and I down the Screech rum shot he's just put in front of me. I'm sitting in Christian's, a small, wood-paneled tavern in the capital city of St. John's, where the Newfies (locals) are sandwiched around the bar like sardines.

Pictured: Brightly colored homes dot the rugged coastline south of Newfoundland's capital city of St. John's.

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