February 16, 2020

Wildest places to elope in Newfoundland and labrador

I was recently asked the best but hardest question. An amazing couple messaged me and said they wanted to plan a simple but fun elopement in Newfoundland and Labrador – and asked if I could recommend the location!

I love to travel across the province, and I had so much fun writing up my suggestions. After I typed this up for them, I thought it would be really useful to share with others. So I’ve made a little list of places I’m currently most excited about photographing elopements.

Bonavista Peninsula

Tickle Cove on the Bonavista Peninsula is at the top of my list for elopement locations. Giant rock formations and sea arches that take your breath away will be your backdrop. Nearby Trinity and Port Rexton are full of beautiful little colourful houses, and amazing views from every angle make the area special. You can see puffins, and wild horses roam the hills. If you like the idea of feeling like you’re on the set of an adorable and slightly unrealistic Canadian rom-com, Bonavista is where you should visit.

There’s also a lot of really great places to eat, drink and stay there – it’s prepped for tourists without being busy. I go there often for weekends away when I want to get out of the city but still have a bit of luxury.

The Sea Arch in Tickle Cove
The Bonavista peninsula is full of colour.
Wild (maybe tame?) horses relax without fences on the way to Dungeon Provincial Park, just outside the town of Bonavista


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 I’m partial to Twillingate, a cute fishing village in Central NL that has amazing ocean views, adorable colourful houses perched on the cliffs, and there’s also a resettled village just outside the town – it’s really great. I recently posted some photos of a wedding I did there this past fall. I grew up in this area – I’ve spent many years exploring it by land and by boat, and I’ve never gotten tired of the perfection that is my home.

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Hire a boat to take you around the island on your wedding day!
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Little Harbour, a resettled community on Twillingate Island has tons of little beaches, a sea arch, and a big field for picking berries.

Gros Morne National Park

Gros Morne is always a good idea for a Newfoundland elopement. I try to go to the park at least once a year and I’ve never had the same trip twice. There is so much to do and see in the park!  Fjords, waterfalls, the barren tablelands, mountains, ocean, wildlife… it’s a nature lovers dream. Nearby Bottle Cove is also extremely scenic (it’s about two hours away from Gros Morne). You can easily fly into Deer Lake and stay on the west coast for your whole trip – there’s tons of accommodations, breweries, great food, and lots of things to do. 

The view of Western Brook Pond Fjord – hiking Gros Morne Mountain would be an epic adventure and give you the fjords as a backdrop.
The Tablelands in Gros Morne National Park
While not in the park, nearby Bottle Cove is an adventurer’s dream. Waterfalls, cliffs, and amazing views.

St. John’s – the capital City

I live in St. John’s and it’s an adorable little city that feels like a small town. Lots of folks like to spend their whole vacation here when they plan their elopement. It’s extremely picturesque, easy to get around (you don’t need a car rental) and you can have your pick of wedding day adventures. There’s Signal Hill and the narrows, adorable little fishing villages right in the centre of the city, a fun and colourful downtown, and of course the east coast trail – if you’re looking for amazing views off the beaten path. Torbay Point is a great place if you want to stay near the city but feel like you’re in Lord of the Rings. It’s a 15 minute drive and then a 15 minute hike from downtown. Blackhead is another similar option with no hiking required – just step out of the car onto the rocks.

Looking out over the narrows – St. John’s harbour has a ton of history, and the view from Signal Hill can’t be beat.
St. John’s Battery – sometimes you can accidentally find yourself in a kitchen party in someone’s shed. Always carry an extra case of beer for the host, and never say no! You never know what adventure you’ll have.
The beginning of the trail from Blackhead to Fort Amherst, on the East Coast Trail. Hike the whole trail, or stop for some photos at the trailhead.
Torbay Point, a short and scenic hike just outside of St. John’s is the perfect place for a picnic.

Battle Harbour, Labrador

And finally – if you really want to go somewhere wild, Battle Harbour, Labrador is one of the most amazing places I’ve ever travelled to. It’s a teeny tiny island community off of the coast of Labrador. In the past few years, a trust has taken over the island and restored the old homes and buildings and you can stay there for a night or a week. You need to take two ferries to get there, there’s no cell phone, internet – or even roads. It’s one of the most delightful places I’ve ever been.

A couple walking through the community of Battle Harbour on their wedding day
The view from the top of the hill on Battle Harbour Island – looking out over the surrounding islands at sunset

So! That’s my list. There are so many other places that I love too – Fogo Island is an artist and architect dream, the Burin Peninsula is really neat, St. Pierre, Calvert . . .

Planning your Newfoundland and Labrador elopement

Your first step is setting up a phone call with me to discuss your ideal season and pick your travel dates. From there we can narrow down where you’d like to stay while you’re here, and plan your flights and accommodations accordingly. We have three major airports – one on the West Coast, one in Central, and one in St. John’s on the East Coast. Unless you’re staying in the city, you’ll need a car rental. You can also drive to Newfoundland by taking the ferry across from Nova Scotia. I recommend planning your trip about 6-12 months in advance, but it can be done in a much shorter time frame.

Once we’ve set our times and ensured we can work together, I can help you find an officiant as well as a second witness (I usually act as one of your two), walk you through the process of getting here and getting around, and recommend the best places to stay and eat once you’re here. I’m always happy to help ‘come from aways’ plan their dream elopement and vacation to our beautiful province.

Have questions? Shoot me a message and let’s chat!


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