Deer Lake

Travel Guide
Deer Lake

This town has one of the largest butterfly gardens in eastern North America. A huge lake lies just south and a national park with a picturesque fjord is just north.

Begin your exploration of Newfoundland’s wooded west coast in the small, peaceful town of Deer Lake. Established in the mid-20th century as a paper mill work camp, Deer Lake is now a modest town of 5,000 people with easy access to the beautiful natural sites of the Humber Valley and beyond.

The Deer Lake Powerhouse at the center of town is the most prominent landmark. During your stay in Deer Lake, listen for the powerhouse’s whistle, which sounds six times a day.

Explore the natural beauty of the woods and the lake in the Deer Lake surroundings. A walking trail runs along the north side of the lake. Go swimming off the sandy beach or take a boat out to explore the long lake or fish for salmon. In winter, rent a snowmobile and follow one of the groomed trails. In summer, play a round of golf at the picturesque Humber River Golf Course.

Make the half-hour drive north to Gros Morne National Park. Featuring a stretch of preserved coastline along the Gulf of Saint Lawrence and a section of the Long Range Mountains, the park has varied terrain well worth exploring. Hike up to the Tablelands, a high-elevation zone of orange rock that seems transplanted from a desert. Take a boat through the park’s vast fjord. During your visit, look for the native wildlife, which includes moose and caribou.

The Newfoundland Insectarium stands just north of town. Wander through one of the largest butterfly gardens in eastern North America. Study the fascinating workings of a honeybee colony via a glass beehive. Visit the Roy Whelan Heritage Museum to learn about the history of logging and agriculture in the region.

While you can reach Deer Lake via the regional airport just outside of town, it is best to arrive by car so you can explore the ponds, forests and mountains of the surrounding area.

Driftwood Inn
Driftwood Inn
3 out of 5
3 Upper Nicholsville Road, Deer Lake, NL
The price is CA $119 per night from Dec 1 to Dec 1
Situated in Deer Lake, this hotel is 1.2 mi (2 km) from Roy Whelan Heritage Museum & Valley Crafts and 2.3 mi (3.7 km) from Newfoundland Insectarium. Humber ...
3.6/5 Good! (220 reviews)
"Bathroom was not clean, long hairs on the floor and dirt on the toilet seat!"

Reviewed on Oct. 28, 2021

Driftwood Inn
Holiday Inn Express Deer Lake, an IHG Hotel
Holiday Inn Express Deer Lake, an IHG Hotel
2.5 out of 5
38 Bennett Ave, H, Deer Lake, NL
Fully refundable
The price is CA $129 per night from Dec 19 to Dec 19
Situated near the airport, this eco-friendly hotel is 1.2 mi (1.9 km) from Roy Whelan Heritage Museum & Valley Crafts and 2.1 mi (3.4 km) from Newfoundland Insectarium. ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (733 reviews)
"Close to the airport"

Reviewed on Nov. 8, 2021

Holiday Inn Express Deer Lake, an IHG Hotel
Gros Morne National Park awaits you !!!
Gros Morne National Park awaits you !!!
Deer Lake, NL
This family-friendly Deer Lake cabin is within 3 mi (5 km) of Roy Whelan Heritage Museum & Valley Crafts and Newfoundland Insectarium. Humber River Golf Club ...
4/5 Very Good! (1 review)
Nice cabin
"Very nice cabin with a wonderful view on a lake. Very peaceful and quiet. Really close to Gros Morne National Park entrance. Would be good to add pictures of the cabin interior and rooms."

Reviewed on Sep. 16, 2018

Gros Morne National Park awaits you !!!
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
THE Deer Lake Loft. Wonderful Family Retreat IN Deer Lake
THE Deer Lake Loft. Wonderful Family Retreat IN Deer Lake
Deer Lake, NL
The price is CA $215 per night from Dec 1 to Dec 1
Situated in Deer Lake, this vacation home is within 1 mi (2 km) of Roy Whelan Heritage Museum & Valley Crafts and Newfoundland Insectarium. Humber River Golf ...
4/5 Very Good! (1 review)
"Location is very good, parking good, easy to get verything. A bit tinny,"

Reviewed on Jul. 18, 2019

THE Deer Lake Loft. Wonderful Family Retreat IN Deer Lake
Gros Morne National Park awaits you !!!
Gros Morne National Park awaits you !!!
Deer Lake, NL
This family-friendly Deer Lake cabin is within 3 mi (5 km) of Roy Whelan Heritage Museum & Valley Crafts and Newfoundland Insectarium. Humber River Golf Club ...
4/5 Very Good! (1 review)
Nice cabin
"Very nice cabin with a wonderful view on a lake. Very peaceful and quiet. Really close to Gros Morne National Park entrance. Would be good to add pictures of the cabin interior and rooms."

Reviewed on Sep. 16, 2018

Gros Morne National Park awaits you !!!
Tranquil Waters Inn -  Fortnight Chalet
Tranquil Waters Inn - Fortnight Chalet
3.5 out of 5
4 Old Bonne Bay Rd, Deer Lake, NL
Situated in Deer Lake, this vacation home is within 1 mi (2 km) of Roy Whelan Heritage Museum & Valley Crafts and Newfoundland Insectarium. Humber River Golf ...
Tranquil Waters Inn - Fortnight Chalet
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.