Grand Falls-Windsor is a convenient place to rest in Central Newfoundland. Visitors often stop to fuel up and grab a bite to eat. But what if I told you that this town is much more than a quick stopover? If you’re planning a Newfoundland adventure, don’t miss out on everything Grand Falls-Windsor has to offer—especially for outdoor lovers!

Things To Do in Grand Falls-Windsor like Hill Road Manor
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Hill Road Manor is the place to stay in Grand Falls-Windsor.

I grew up on Canada’s east coast, but I hadn’t had the chance to travel to Newfoundland until this past summer. In two weeks, I explored western and central Newfoundland, including a few days in the underrated town of Grand Falls-Windsor. I found a place that’s more than meets the eye. Grand Falls-Windsor is a must-do for outdoor lovers, with whitewater rafting, ziplining, hiking, and swimming all within reach.

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Stay at Hill Road Manor

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Built in 1938, Hill Road Manor is a part of Grand Falls-Windsor’s heritage.

Hill Road Manor Bed & Breakfast is the ultimate place to stay in Grand Falls-Windor. Owned and operated by locals Robyn and Spencer, a visit to Hill Road means authentic hospitality, beautiful aesthetic, and very delicious breakfasts (!). This historical home is chock-full of character, with modern upgrades that make this place an unbeatable option.

Robyn and Spencer are terrific hosts and offer local insight to point you in the right direction. Whether you’re looking for a short stay or a longer trip, you really can’t go wrong with Hill Road Manor!

Book your stay online or call 709-489-5451.

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Breakfast made by Robyn, a top-notch cook!

Eat Lunch at Third Place Cafe

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When in Grand Falls-Windsor, you’ll quickly learn that Third Place Cafe is one of the go-to places to eat. If you’re rafting, the restaurant is conveniently located by the Salmonid Interpretation Centre and the Rafting Newfoundland registration bus. Third Place is what you’d expect from a go-to cafe—plus a little more. Delicious food in a relaxed atmosphere. Can’t go wrong with a breakfast sandwich or wrap. If you like to support local, add Third Place Cafe to your list.

Whitewater Raft with Rafting NL—Things To Do in Grand Falls-Windsor

Rafting is one of the things to do in Grand Falls-Windsor
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My favourite experience in Grand Falls-Windsor has to be whitewater rafting on the Exploits River. Rafting Newfoundland does an incredible job of providing a fun and safe experience for various interests. If you’re not into extreme canyon adventures, you can float down a calm section of the river and bask in sun beside a waterfall. Did I mention they’ll feed you, too? Though if you choose the canyon run, be prepared to have a wildly exciting time!

Interested in booking your own whitewater adventure? Visit Rafting Newfoundland’s website to make your reservation. You won’t regret it!

Read more: Your Complete Guide to the Long Range Traverse in Newfoundland

Tour with Exploits Extreme Ziplines—Newest Zipline in Newfoundland!

Ziplining on of the top things to do in Grand Falls-Windsor
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Getting some speed on Exploits Extreme Zipline!

During my time in Grand Falls-Windsor, I also had the chance to try out this BRAND NEW zipline! What a blast to zip over the Exploits River again and again with Exploits Extreme Zipline. You get to experience 6 different ziplines with unbeatable views of the river. Does it get any better than that?

Exploits Extreme Zipline is developed and run by highly professional and fun adventure enthusiasts. All the equipment you’ll need (helmet, gloves, harness) is provided and you’ll be guided every step of the way.

Book your trip online by email at book@exploitsextremeziplines.com or call 709-290-5021.

Things to do in Grand Falls-Windsor like ziplining
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We zipped over the river 6 times—incredible views!

Swim at Thunder Brook Falls

Waterfall is one of the things to do in Grand Falls-Windsor
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Thunder Brook Falls is about 13 metres high.

Thunder Brook Falls is a hidden gem near Grand Falls-Windsor. With two many waterfalls and pools deep enough to swim, Thunder Brook Falls is a great spot to spend a sunny afternoon. We were thrilled to have the pool all to ourselves! This would be a great picnic area for families, too. Cliff jumpers enjoy this deep pool and there is a cave behind the waterfall. Remember, don’t leave any garbage behind and practice Leave No Trace principles when you visit. These natural gems can stay that way for years to come.

Note: Thunder Brook Falls is not maintained in any way. Use at your own risk and take precautions near the cliffs and waterfalls.

If you’re not interested in swimming, there is a mountain bike trail (“My Two Buddies”) that leads to a nice lookout over the valley. If you have time, it’s worth the jaunt. I’d recommend bringing a small day pack (I used this one) and hiking essentials (like a water bottle and a rain jacket).

Things to do in Grand Falls-Windsor like hiking
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You can see the Exploits River from My Two Buddies Trail.

Stroll Corduroy Brook Nature Trail

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Corduroy Brook Natural Trail is well maintained and accessible for a variety of ages and abilities.

Corduroy Brook Nature Trail offers a wilderness escape for people of all ages and abilities. Without too much time to spare, I stopped in for a short walk and was impressed by the well-maintained trail network. You’ll find sections of boardwalk or maintained gravel trails networked through the forest and along the Corduroy Brook. There are also picnic tables, playground, and other amenities. Find out more about Corduroy Brook Trail here.

Read more: 10 Day Hiking Essentials: What to Bring on a Hike

Walking is one of the things to do in Grand Falls-Windsor
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Wetlands along Corduroy Brook Natural Trail.

Have you been to Grand Falls-Windsor in Newfoundland? What was your experience like? Let me know in the comments!

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