A visit to Quidi Vidi Village, one of the oldest fishing villages in North America, is highly recommended for anyone planning a trip to eastern Newfoundland. This small community of about 800 people offers a nostalgic step back in time sensation. Friendly residents, aesthetic views, and a culturally rich community are just a few things that you could expect to find at Quidi Vidi Village.
Exploring the neighborhood on foot is recommended as the streets are quite narrow and offer little opportunity to stop and appreciate the views. The majority of homes have very little frontage and their entrances open directly onto the street.
As you walk along the road, you are immediately impressed by rustic charm as you pass houses with clothes hung on clotheslines and hand crafted decor embellishing front lawns.
A stop by the Quidi Vidi Plantation welcomes visitors to watch talented artisans creating unique handiwork which is offered for sale. What a perfect place to pick up a personalized memento from your visit to "the rock"! There are fishing boats tiered along the wharf, beyond which one can appreciate amazing ocean and coast views.
The unique architecture of colorful stilt houses at the foot of magnificent cliffs is a popular subject for photographers trying to capture the atmosphere of a small fishing village.
Fishing equipment is often seen outside the homes and boats are anchored to the private wharfs. It remains a mystery to me how the log framework continues to support the weight of these fishing homes built on the ocean just a few feet above sea level.
At the harbor entrance, the Quidi Vidi Brewing Company is at work preparing ale made from icebergs! Quidi Vidi Brewery, constructed from a former fish plant, is the province’s largest microbrewery. Community events, including Newfoundland kitchen parties and screech-ins, are hosted at the brewery.
For those inclined, there is an access to an amazing hiking path along the cliffs of Quidi Vidi Village. From the trail, hikers will be treated to beautiful coastal, ocean, and community views. Avid birders will be motivated to identify the many species of song birds, raptors, and seabirds in the area.
I usually visit Quidi Vidi Village several times a year and, each time, am moved by its natural beauty and rich historical presence. Please follow my Newfoundland Travel Blog to see my work on some other popular tourist attractions in eastern Newfoundland.