Gander  is a town located in Central Newfoundland in Canada's Newfoundland and Labrador province, approximately 40 kilometers (25 mi) south of Gander Bay, 100 km (62 mi) south of Twillingate and 90 km (56 mi) east of Grand Falls-Windsor. Located on the northeastern shore of Gander Lake, it is the site of Gander International Airport, formerly an important refueling point for transatlantic aircraft, and, to this day, a preferred stopping point for transatlantic aircraft that need to land because of on-board medical or security emergencies.
Most of the streets in Gander are named after famous aviators, including Amelia Earhart, Alcock and Brown, Charles Lindbergh, Eddie Rickenbacker, Marc Garneau and Chuck Yeager.
It has an international airport that was once a major refueling point for almost all trans-Atlantic flights.
It was also one major transit point for the WWII ferry command; the other was Goose Bay, Labrador.
Gander is also located on Trans-Canada Highway 1, 330 km west of St. John's and 570 km east of Port Aux Basques.
Gander is a short drive from the Gander International Airport (only 3.2 km). If you have rented a car at the airport, head northwest on Circular Road for approximately 0.9 km. Turn left onto Garrett Drive and continue for 0.7 km. Turn right onto James Blvd and continue for 0.8 km. James Blvd now becomes Airport Blvd (Cooper Blvd or Road 330 is what separates them), so continue straight on for another 0.8 km. You will see the Fraser Shopping Mall on your left hand side. Make a left turn on Elizabeth Drive which will bring you in the heart of Gander.
Newfoundland and Labrador is served by both scheduled airlines and charter services, and can be reached via national and international connections. Our province is home to two international airports – located in St. John's and Gander – as well as domestic airports in Deer Lake, Stephenville, St. Anthony in Newfoundland, and Happy Valley-Goose Bay, Churchill Falls and Wabush in Labrador. These airports are destinations for many major airlines, including Air Canada, WestJet, Porter, and United, as well as the locally owned and operated Provincial Airlines.
There are a number of ways to get around Newfoundland and Labrador that promise scenic views and an adventure at every corner. You can travel by land, either by driving or taking a bus, or by sea, using our intra-provincial ferry system. Or travel by air, a great option if you have a lot to see in a short amount of time.
Newfoundland and Labrador is a vast place with lots of open country, so it’s important to remember if you want to travel around, you need to plan ahead – whether that means renting a car in advance, booking a ferry crossing or booking a short flight. For example, to drive across the island from St. John’s on the east coast to Corner Brook on the west takes approximately eight hours including a stop for lunch.
The Newfoundland & Labrador Travel Guide app is a free, invaluable, on-the-ground resource for your iPhone or iPad. It’s a way to carry travel information in your pocket as you explore the province. With smart searches, GPS capabilities, interactive mapping, news updates, and immediate visitor information, you’ll feel at ease and ‘in the know’ at the same time. While tourism operator information is always accessible (even in remote areas), map functions, live weather, and social media updates require a Wi-Fi connection or cellular service.
To download this free app, please visit http://www.newfoundlandlabrador.com/PlanYourTrip/GettingAround
There’s really no better way to get the lay of the land and soak up the scenery than to travel here and around by road. Whether you plan to rent a car (be sure to book in advance!) or RV for your stay, or bring your own, you’ll find some tools below to help plan your adventure. Again, remember, the province is large and driving across it requires planning, a realistic budget and time/schedule management. For more information consult the driving distances page.
All main highway routes in Newfoundland are paved, with a few short and well-maintained gravel side roads. Most coastal roads are paved with posted speed limits of 60-100 kph. In Labrador, Route 510 is paved from L’Anse au Clair to Red Bay and is gravel beyond that to Happy Valley-Goose Bay. Route 500 between Happy-Valley Goose Bay, Labrador City and Wabush is mainly gravel and connects to Quebec Route 389. The Trans-Canada Highway spans the island of Newfoundland from Port aux Basques to St. John’s.
All drivers must carry a valid Driver’s Licence, Vehicle Registration Certificate and Proof of Liability Insurance Coverage. Newfoundland and Labrador was the first Canadian province to prohibit the use of cellphones while driving.
In addition to our international and domestic airports, there are airstrips in remote areas of the province that are served by small, operator-owned aircrafts. Several charter aircrafts also specialize in serving remote hunting and fishing lodges.
Book ahead of time
Make sure to make as many of your travel and accommodation reservations well in advance as demand is high during the peak season and space tends to fill up quickly - particularly when it comes to car rentals. This foresight will help you avoid disappointment, stay on budget and will give you the freedom to travel how and when you like.
Commonwealth War Graves
A reminder to us of the ideals and sacrifices made by the men and women of Canada and the Commonwealth on our behalf. For more information, please call (709) 651 5927, or email [email protected] or visit www.gandercanada.com
Gander International Airport Exhibit
The airport contains "Atlantic Wings" an exhibit of the Provincial Museum of Newfoundland and Labrador highlighting the important role of Newfoundland & Labrador in pioneering transatlantic flights from 1919 to 1930. The domestic lounge contains a large restaurant and gift shop. The air terminal also serves as the station for the DRL bus service. For more information, please call (709) 256 6668, or email [email protected] or visit www.ganderairport.com
Silent Witnesses Memorial is located 4km East of Gander, on Trans-Canadian Highway #1. There is no admission fee.
Visit the Arrow Air Crash Site, where a monument was erected in memory of the 256 individuals who lost their lives on December 12, 1985.
A tranquil park dedicated to the memory of the 256 individuals who lost their lives on December 12, 1985 in the Arrow Air Crash. The Silent Witness Memorial sees an American soldier standing atop a massive rock holding the hands of a civilian boy and girl. Each child holds a olive branch indicative of the peacekeeping mission of the 101st Air-borne Division Screaming Eagles on the Sinai Peninsula. The trio look to the future as they are surrounded by the hills and trees of the crash site. For more information, please call 709) 651 5927 or (709) 651 5936, or visit www.gandercanada.com
In the summer, hiking is a favourite activity, along with birdwatching, camping, hunting, fishing, diving, golfing and, of course, whale watching, iceberg viewing and go on a boat tour. Zip lining, rafting, cycling or kayaking along our 29,000 km of pristine coastline are amongst exciting activities to work up an appetite.
In the winter, snowmobiling, skiing, cross-country skiing and snowboarding, dog sledding provide endless outdoor fun.
And year round, our many cultural festivals and events including The Royal St. John's Regatta, Brigus Blueberry Festival and the Annual Newfoundland and Labrador Folk Festival draw thousands.
Airport Nordic Ski Club
16 km of machine groomed cross-country ski trails. 4 km lighted trail, 6 km snowshoeing trails. Heated hut. For more information, please call (709) 651 2926, email [email protected] or visit www.airportnordic.ca
Cobb's Pond Rotary Park/Trail
Take a walk around this peaceful 4-km boardwalk. Enjoy the fresh air and scenery or let your kids have fun in the playground. Washroom facilities available. For more information, please call (709) 651 5927, email [email protected] or visit www.gandercanada.com
Gander's Festival of Flight - August 1st until 5th, 2104
Celebrate Gander's aviation history and the birthday of one of our favorite residents, Commander Gander at the Festival of Flight. A wide range of events for everyone that will take place from August 1st until August 5th, 2014. For more information, please call (709) 651 5927, email [email protected] or visit www.gandercanada.com
Gander Day Civic Holiday - August 4th, 2014
Gander Day is one of the main events of the Festival of Flight. Taking place at Cobb's Pond, this event will feature music, food, fun and a fireworks display. For more information, please call (709) 651 5927, email [email protected] or visit www.gandercanada.com
Gander Golf Club
This beautiful Par 71 is now one of the most challenging yet scenic 18-holes in Newfoundland and Labrador. Set on the rolling hills of the Gander Lake, this course, designed by Doug Carrick, opened for the 2001 golf season. Located directly off the Trans-Canada Highway in Gander, it has a modern clubhouse with a full restaurant and bar overlooking the lake, providing a relaxing setting. Practice green. It also has a fully stocked pro shop, 36 power carts and rentals available. For more information, please call Toll Free: +1 (877) 256 4650, the local office (709) 256-4643; Pro Shop (709) 256-4653; Email: [email protected]; visit http://gandergolfclub.net/
Thomas Howe Demonstration Forest
Several kilometers of self-guided and guided interpretation walks. A quiet picnic area provides spectacular views of Gander Lake. Visit our Interpretation center. For more information, please call (709) 256 4693
There are few angling destinations in the world that rival Newfoundland and Labrador. Whether you are fishing for wild Atlantic salmon, record-breaking landlocked salmon, trophy brook trout, northern pike, whitefish or large Arctic char, you have come to the right place. Here you will find pristine rivers set against a rugged landscape, plenty of breathing room, and an abundance of trophy-sized fish. You will find rivers, ponds and lakes that are both novice and pro-friendly. Outfitters offer all types of adventures and a variety of fish, including everything from tent camps to deluxe lodges. Exclusive fly-ins to remote, untouched areas, which are some of the best in North America, are also available.
Unlike other hunting destinations, in Newfoundland and Labrador, your big game license is included in your package purchase from one of their knowledgeable, experienced licensed outfitters. Home to one of the last great wilderness areas in the world, Newfoundland and Labrador is the ultimate hunting destination - especially for big game. Whether you’ve got your sights set on moose, rare woodland caribou, black bear or our “Newfoundland Grand Slam” of big game hunting, you’ve come to the right place.
D Beaver Lodge, located in Gander River - Second Pond Sunday to Saturday, first class facility hunting trip. For more information, please call +1 (709) 579 4116 or email [email protected]
Terra Nova National Park
Located 88 kilometers southeast of Gander, is Canada’s most easterly national park, which comprises 400 square kilometers of natural beauty. Here you can kayak, canoe, or boat from sheltered bays to breathtaking coastlines, amongst whales, seabirds and icebergs. Dense forests, marshes and green meadows wait to be explored along 12 extensive and beautiful hiking trails. As you walk along the twisting paths, you might spy a moose, lynx, beaver, or rare bird flying freely among the forest and marshy bogs.
Tee off over the rapids of two salmon rivers and along the powerful shores of the Atlantic Ocean as you play a round of first-class golf. During the summer months, we’ll entertain you with live dramatic performances, amazing nature walks, and evening soirees at our outdoor theater.
In the winter, thick blankets of snow transform Terra Nova National Park into a paradise of white. Strap on your cross-country skis or snowshoes and make your way into the flawless wilderness. For the full effect, camp out for the night under the stars, or spend the day on an ice-fishing expedition.
When you arrive, visit the Visitor Centre just off Route 1 and plan your day or arrange for a guided interpretive tour. After your hiking expedition, head to the eatery for a mouth-watering Newfoundland and Labrador meal, or get a snack for a day of exploring.
For further information on camping and all the different activities this National Park has to offer, visit http://www.newfoundlandlabrador.com/PlacesToGo/TerraNovaNationalPark
Located 112 kilometers north of Gander, Twillingate embodies everything so many Newfoundland and Labrador outports are famous for: stunningly-rugged coastline, historical, picturesque streets, and lush countryside roads. In the waters off the coast, look for whales, dolphins, harp seals, seabirds and – if the season is right – icebergs. Twillingate is located alongside Iceberg Alley, a vast corridor of ocean that runs from Greenland. One of the best places to view all these sights is at Long Point Lighthouse, which looks out over the distant reaches of Notre Dame Bay.
Walk through winding laneways past colourful houses, standing proudly on the shore. Jump from rock to rock over rivers full of tiny fish. Take a boat expedition and witness whales breaching and playing just meters away from you. Twillingate offers a wide range of scenic walking trails and hiking tours.
Spend time at the Twillingate museum, located in the former Anglican Rectory, and see how the wealthy lived at the turn of the century. Absorb the town's long history. Learn the story of Georgina Stirling, the town's most famous resident, a world-renowned opera singer who toured Italy and the United States throughout the 1890's. Nicknamed "The Nightingale of the North", she was known professionally as Marie Toulinguet.
Be sure to head to our annual Fish, Fun and Folk Festival during the last weekend of July. Join in on the excitement of scavenger hunts, parades, bonfires, fireworks, concerts, and so much more.
Suggested Travel Itineraries for Central Newfoundland
Culture and History in the Coast of Bays
This two-day itinerary of the Coast of Bays includes the Bay d’Espoir area and the Connaigre Peninsula on the southern coast of the island of Newfoundland.
Day 1 – Museums, natural resources and ancient peoples
Day 2 – Communities of the Coast of Bays
Exploring the Kittiwake Coast
This seven-day tour along the Kittiwake Coast includes islands, beaches, a national park, and a rich history, spanning thousands of years.
Day 1 – The Exploits Valley
Day 2 – Road to the Isles
Day 3 – The islands experience, part I: Change Islands
Day 4 – The islands experience, part II: Fogo Island
Day 5 – Road to the shore
Day 6 – Road to the beach
Day 7 – Gander bound
Hike Twillingate from Here
Four days of hiking in three different areas of central Newfoundland, complemented by cultural attractions, and a boat tour to an ancient aboriginal site.
Day 1 – Keep an eye out for lake monsters
Day 2 – Twillingate trails
Day 3 – Aviation history and a national park
Day 4 – Sandy beaches
The Islands Experience
For this tour, you’ll spend three days on beautiful and unique Fogo and Change Islands exploring traditional outport life and the rugged coastal landscape of an area with a remarkable blend of both old and contemporary culture.
Day 1 – A day of scenic contrasts
Day 2 – Fogo Island
Day 3 – One of the four corners of the world
Seven Days of Adventure Central
Right in the heart of Newfoundland, the central region contains some of the best outdoor experiences in the province. It's where you can visit Iceberg Alley and where whales gather in large numbers to feed (during summer time), play and people-watch. Central is a perfect place to take a boat trip, or to do both sea and river kayaking. And a visit to culturally rich Fogo Island is a must.
Day 1 – Terra Nova & Eastport
Day 2 – A trip to Venice
Day 3 – Fogo Island culture
Day 4 – Iceberg capital of the World
Day 5 – Coast of Bays
Day 6 – Grand Falls-Windsor
Day 7 – Triton & King’s Point
CFalk Foto Gallery
Photography - largest and best selection of Newfoundland scenes, Icebergs and wildlife. Large selection of custom frames and mats. For hours of operation or more information, please call: (709) 256 3255
Moor - Crafts & Gifts Inc.
Newfoundland handcrafts, knitwear, pottery, carvings, homemade fudge/jams, books, gift ware, clothing, jewelry, artwork, souvenirs and more. For hours of operation or more information, please call: (709) 256 2944 or email [email protected]
The Picture Frame
The biggest little art shop in central Newfoundland. Original Folk Art, photography and prints For hours of operation or more information, please call: (709) 651 2300 or email [email protected]
Straight Line Sports (Studio)
Salmon and trout flies, custom fishing rods, spinners and lures. For hours of operation or more information, please call: (709) 256 3533 or email [email protected] You can also visit www.flies4fishing.com
Known for its seafood and traditional dishes, Newfoundland and Labrador offers an exciting variety of dining options ranging from international flavours to local delights. Try mouth-watering lobster, cod, halibut, salmon (try Atlantic salmon in gin and juniper berry sauce), trout, mussels, scallops, and shrimp.
Though the fishery originated in the eastern region of Newfoundland, you'll find fresh, delicious seafood in practically every corner of the province. Try some wild Atlantic salmon straight from the Exploits River in Central Newfoundland; a local favourite is of course the fish & chips; the most famous, Ches's Fish & Chips, started in the 1950s.
A culinary journey through Newfoundland and Labrador would not be complete without a sampling of wild game. Find moose, caribou (try caribou medallions in partridgeberry sauce), bear, and rabbit (try braised rabbit pie) prepared in both traditional or innovative ways, and enjoy one of a kind dining experiences.
Feast on some of the most unique recipes on earth. Recipes you've never heard of with names you'll never forget: cod tongues, doughboys, salt fish and brewis, and toutons to name a few. Try Jiggs' dinner, a staple of a traditional Newfoundland ‘scoff'.
For dessert try figgy duff, a delicious 16th-century pudding that's still a favourite. What about bakeapple cheesecake?
Albatross Dining Room The Albatross Hotel (Gander)
Fully licensed, newly renovated dining room, specializing in steak and seafood. The Dining Room is conveniently located on the main floor and is famous for Newfoundland Specialty Dishes. Tel: +1 (709) 256 3956 Email: [email protected] Website: http://www.steelehotels.com/hotel.aspx?id=3&pid=5
Alcock & Browns Eatery - The Gander Hotel (Gander)
Casual dining restaurant; a great place to bring your family and friends for an evening out or to celebrate a special occasion. Tel: +1 (709) 651 3756 Email: [email protected] Website: http://www.hotelgander.com/dining.aspx
Bistro On Roe (Gander) Tel: +1 (709) 651 4763
Ches's Fish and Chips (Gander)
For many years, St. John's was the only place to get the great taste of Ches's Famous Newfoundland Fish and Chips. Tel: +1 (709) 651 2437 Email: [email protected] Website: http://www.chessfishandchips.ca
Mystic at Sinbad`s Hotel (Gander)
Sinbad's Hotel and Suites has an elegant dining room with a stone fireplace in a sunken area which makes for a romantic setting for an evening out. The menu provides an extensive choice in fine dining and great wines. Tel: +1 (709) 651 2678 Email: [email protected] Website: http://www.steelehotels.com
A & W Restaurant Located at 118, Trans-Canada Highway, Gander Tel: +1 (709) 235 0276
Country Kitchen Located at 132 Bennett Drive, Gander Tel: +1 (709) 651 3200
East Ocean Restaurant Located at 67 Elizabeth Drive, Gander Tel: +1 (709) 256 7429
Gander Golf Club Located at 251 Trans-Canada Hwy, Gander Tel: +1 (709) 256 4653 Email: [email protected] Website: www.gandergolfclub.ca
Gander Goose Restaurant Located on the Trans-Canadian Highway, Gander Tel: +1 (709) 256 7886
Greco Pizza Located at 83 Elizabeth Drive, Gander Tel: +1 (709) 651 1102
Highlight Restaurant Located at 77 Elizabeth Drive, Gander Tel: +1 (709) 256 3347
Jade Garden Restaurant Located at 93 Elizabeth Drive, Gander Tel: +1 (709) 651 8863
Jungle Jim's Located at 112A Trans-Canada Highway, Gander Tel: +1 (709) 651 3444
Kentucky Fried Chicken Located at 5 Rowe Avenue, Gander
Legends (Irving West Hotel) Located at 1 Caldwell Street, Gander Tel: +1 (709) 256 2406 Email: [email protected]
Lilly's Landing Located at 210 Airport Blvd., Gander Tel: +1 (709) 256 3500
Louisgee's Pizza Located at 94 Elizabeth Drive, Gander Tel: +1 (709) 256 8500
Mary Brown's Located on the Trans-Canadian Highway, Gander Tel: +1 (709) 651 2020
McDonald's Located at 55 Rowe Avenue, Gander Tel: +1 (709) 651 0020
McDonald's Located at 320 Airport Blvd., Gander Tel: +1 (709) 651 2200
Pizza Delight Located at 132 Bennett Drive, Gander Tel: +1 (709) 651 4440
Rosie's Restaurant and Bakery Located at 135 Roe Avenue, Gander Tel: +1 (709) 256 6087
Subway Located at 318 Airport Blvd., Gander Tel: +1 (709) 651 2400
Subway - TCH Located at 116 Trans-Canada Highway, Gander
Tai Sun Located at 298 Airport Blvd., Gander Tel: +1 (709) 651 2801
Tim Horton's Located at 275 Airport Blvd, Gander Tel: +1 (709) 256 7569
Tim Horton's Located at 275 Airport Blvd, Gander Tel: +1 (709) 256 7569
Westons at the airport Located at 1000 James Blvd, Gander Tel: +1 (709) 651 3434
Wing-n-it Located at 50 Roe Avenue, Gander Tel: +1 (709) 651 0880
Iceberg Beer : Ever tasted water or beer made from 10,000-year-old icebergs? Come to Newfoundland and Labrador and you can do just that. Quidi Vidi Brewing Company harvests icebergs and brews crisp, clean lager.
Bed & Breakfast
100% non-smoking hotel with modern guest rooms and suites. Renowned for our excellent service & dining Rating: $122.00 - $325.00 Toll Free: +1 (800) 563 4900 or email [email protected] or visit www.steelehotels.com
Comfort Inn - Gander
Choice Hotels Canada Gold Hospitality Award Winner for 2010/2011/2012/2013. Rating: $129.00 - $179.00 Toll Free: +1 (800) 424 6423 or email [email protected] or visit www.choicehotels.ca
Country Inn Motel
Clean, comfortable, affordable rooms in a quiet country setting. Located 5 minutes from downtown. Rating: $88.50 - $99.00 Toll Free: +1 (877) 956 4005 or email [email protected] or visit countryinngander.ca
100% non-smoking full service hotel with indoor heated swimming pool and fitness centre. Ideally located. Rating: $108.00 - $325.00 Toll Free: +1 (800) 563 2988 or email [email protected] or visit www.hotelgander.com
The Irving West Hotel
Air-conditioned spacious one and two bedroom suites, "Legends Lounge" Full menu, Live entertainment on weekends. Rating: $149.00 - $260.00 +1 (709) 256 2406 or email [email protected] or visit www.steelehotels.com/hotel.aspx?id=5&pid=1
Sinbad's Hotel and Suites
Our deluxe air-conditioned rooms and downtown location make us the right choice in Gander Rating: $130.00 - $141.00 Toll Free: +1 (800) 563 8330 or email [email protected] or visit www.steelehotels.com
Bed & Breakfast in Gander Bay
Gillingham's B & B located in Gander Bay, Central Newfoundland
Stunning, remote retreat on the banks of the beautiful Gander River. Travel by riverboat or ATV to this newly constructed B & B where a once in a lifetime experience awaits you. Rating: $350.00 For more information, please call: (709) 676 2931 or email [email protected]