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What does 10 days in Newfoundland in two minutes look like? Ben Frisch, a digital media marketer and Ontario native, will show you.
During a summer trip he took with his wife Nalisa, Frisch collected over 900 short video clips of his 1,600-kilometre voyage across the province. Travelling to a new city almost every day, his video showed hikes, breweries and gorgeous views of the landscape, capturing the beauty of the province in just 180 seconds.
The video has been viewed over 239,000 times, getting praise from both travellers and locals.
“That was the most flattering thing,” he told us. “Local Newfoundlanders took to it, shared it and shared their comments about how much they loved it.”
“Makes me miss home so much more,” one commenter wrote. “Proud to be a Newfoundlander.”
Frish said that getting his wife on board with a vacation to Newfoundland took a bit of convincing. As a seasoned traveller herself, she initially wanted to go to to Europe. But once she started reading guidebooks in preparation (he fully credits her as the master planner of the trip), she became “super excited about all the possibilities and destinations.”
Even with their packed schedule, they still didn’t get to everything they wanted on their Newfoundland bucket list. And to all first time travellers to Newfoundland, Frisch offered one key piece of advice: “Bring a good pair of walking shoes. There’s just so much to see and do. You’re going to constantly want to pull over on the side of the road and get out and walk.”
Check out Frisch’s Newfoundland favourites (both seen and unseen in his viral video) below.
35 Barrows Rd, St. John’s
One of the breweries Frisch feautres in his video is found in the quaint, picturesque neighbourhood of Quidi Vidi. The Quidi Vidi Brewery brews eight beers, including their Iceberg Beer, which is brewed with 25, 000-year-old water from Newfoundland’s icebergs.
Rocky Hill Rd, Trinity East
Frisch cites the Skerwink Trail as an absolute must-do for those heading to Newfoundland. “It was one of the most incredible hikes I’ve ever been on. It’s this point that goes along the ocean and you’re just on these massive cliffs the whole time,” he said. “The views are just stunning.” They stayed at the HI-Trinity Skerwink Hostel while in town.
Shallow Bay Motel, 193 Main St, Cow Head
Neddy Norris Night, a featured show at the Gros Morne Theatre Festival in Cow Head, showcases traditional Newfoundland songs and stories. “It was phenomenal,” Frisch said. “It was so rich in culture.”
364 Duckworth St, St. John’s
Vegan and vegetarian spot The Sprout makes everything from scratch, down to their bread and sauces, and also offers a beer and wine list.