Filming in Newfoundland and Labrador
Newfoundland and Labrador is reachable only by boat or plane and, unlike Prince Edward Island, there is no bridge that connects this area to the rest of Canada. As for the Labrador portion of the province, even though it shares a common border with Quebec, there is no direct road allowing access, so the boat and the plane are still the only options.
Newfoundland and Labrador is Canada’s most easterly province, and with 400,000 square kilometres it’s a great playground for filmmakers and documentary filmmakers. When one arrives for the first time on the island, they find unexpected, rough and mountainous landscapes. With its strong winds, the mist that sometimes covers the landscape leaves a ghostly impression when one looks at the horizon for too long. One thing is certain, Newfoundland leaves no one indifferent.
Most of the coastal towns are very colourful, with houses painted brightly to allow sailors to find their way home. Moreover, St. John, the capital of the province, has several colourful neighbourhoods, and that is perhaps why the people of the island are so welcoming and festive.
The Great Trails
Film Locations Newfoundland and Labrador
Newfoundland can be separated into 7 major regions, each with particular features of interest to all filmmakers. Whether one is west or east of the island the hard and cut landscapes are simply beautiful.
- Eastern Region
- Cape Spear
- Central Region
- Gros Morne National Park
- L’Anse aux Meadows
- Western region
Canadian Film Locations
Film Location Permits
Film permits are required for national and provincial parks, public places, and First Nations and Inuit territories. As far as private properties are concerned, we have always had excellent collaboration from the owners, and the Newfoundlanders live up to their reputation – welcoming and friendly.
When to Shoot?
In spring between April and June, we can see icebergs and whales. During the summer, days are generally mild and sunny with beautiful views all around the island. In the fall, nature brings us its colourful leaves. Winter is cold, wet and snowy; there can be strong winds too.