An expanse of 550-million-year-old rock surrounds the geological exhibits at The Johnson GEO CENTRE, a 33,600-square-foot facility that resides mostly in stone’s favourite hangout: underground. There, the Steele Earth & Space Theatre screens high-definition science-minded films in 2-D and 3-D, and the Geo Theatre projects the four-billion-year history of the earth onto a rock wall featuring a cave, running stream, and glowing lava. Exhibitions include scientific oddities such as a cutaway of the earth and 565-million-year-old fossils preserved in layers of volcanic ash. The museum also highlights the educational opportunities found in more recent events: real-life artifacts and interactive kiosks tell the Titanic's tragic story, and the ExxonMobil Oil and Gas Gallery explores energy with scale models of an oil tanker and offshore supply vessel.
At the KidsPlace, youngsters aged 1–7 can put on science-inspired plays on the puppet-theatre stage or study trilobites and eight-track tapes in the fossil corner. The gift shop also outfits kids with educational books and games, and adults can stock up on agate wind chimes and sterling-silver jewellery. In between bites of GEO sandwiches in the GEO café, members can peruse schedules of numerous monthly events or plan enrollment in summer camps aimed at junior scientists.
Sculpted into the rocky hillsides that comprise the shores of an Atlantic Ocean inlet, The View Golf Resort charms clubbers with sweeping vistas throughout its nine-hole, executive course. Seaside breezes snake through groves of pine trees and fairway-side shrubs, cooling off players and hot-tempered 9-irons as they traverse the 2,250-yard layout. The course challenges duffers with narrow fairways cleaved through ponds, sand traps, and natural hazards, placing accurate shot-making at a premium.
Along with its scenic fairway chain, The View Golf Resort regales guests with two distinct eating options—the Dining Room and Lounge—that serve a menu of traditional Newfoundland cuisine. Six well-appointed suites dot the resort’s placid expanse, providing overnight accommodations for those hoping to enjoy a romantic getaway with their golf bag or spend a weekend boating, hiking, or fishing in the resort’s rustic surroundings.
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The sounds of stretch-induced groans and enthusiastic high-fives echo throughout the workout rooms at New World Fitness, an all-purpose facility that opens its doors to members of any age and fitness level. Though each of the gym’s group fitness classes blends a results-oriented workout with a healthy dose of social interaction, the similarities tend to end there. Toning workouts such as the Ab Blaster target core muscles with short, intense exercises—a marked contrast to the relaxed stretches of a yoga session that slowly eases tension out of overworked limbs. Feet lead the way through aerobics classes based on the movements of martial arts and dance. The gym’s indoor pool hosts an aquatic-therapy program alongside joint-friendly Aquafit classes, after which guests can dry off with a sprint around the indoor track.
The oldest bar on George Street, Christian’s Bar couples its premium drafts, high-quality spirits, and expertly mixed cocktails with Screech-Ins, a nightly ritual of fish kissing. In order to become honorary Newfoundlanders, visitors, tourists, and lovesick aquarium owners are asked to down a shot of local Screech rum before puckering up to a cod or renting a free room for a private party upstairs. Starting at 4 p.m., regular patrons watch NHL Center Ice on a 70" Sharp Aquos LCD HDTV or play Golden Tee Golf while sipping libations such as fine whiskeys, ryes, tequilas, and other spirits, including indulgent ounces of luxury Louis XIII cognac. Imbibers can also gulp down premium wine and Dom Perignon or transform into a caffeinated tornado after chugging a specialty coffee.
As a provincial crown corporation, the Newfoundland Labrador Liquor Corporation oversees the handling and distribution of alcoholic beverages throughout Newfoundland and Labrador. Spanning 24 retail stores and more than 100 agency locations, the NLC provides these cities and outlying communities with beverages that help make parties rowdier, holidays more festive, and soccer games actually interesting. Unlike many other provincial liquor services, the NLC blends and bottles its own spirits, and is responsible for dispersing more than 125,000 cases of liquor. Additionally, the shops carry a multitude of wines as well as beer brewed locally and around the world.
By land and by sea, the Railway Coastal Museum highlights the history of Newfoundland rail-and-nautical services. The museum sits inside the 110-year-old Newfoundland Railway station, which is at the beginning of the Trans Canada Trail and the original railway route. Visitors can explore the old platform, a restored 1940s train car, and the stories of the people and events that shaped Newfoundland's past. Along with these railway-themed exhibits, the museum showcases the efforts of the Newfoundlanders who created the Coastal Services passenger, mail, and freight routes.