Don't let the picturesque buildings, wealth of bed and breakfasts or endearing countryside fool you. Deer Lake is anything but sleepy. Locals will be the first to tell you just how much there is to do in this stunning Newfoundland town and may even invite you to a community gathering or event. But no matter what you do during your stay in Deer Lake, you’ll find it hard to leave this small town loaded with big fun and big personality.
Even the slickest of city folk will be charmed by the rugged outdoor landscape here. Hiking, walking, boating and freshwater swimming are just a few of the adventures you will find in nearby parks like Gros Morne National Park and Sir Richard Squires Memorial Provincial Park. The Humber River is also renowned for some of the finest wild Atlantic salmon fishing in the world.
In the winter, Deer Lake offers boundless trails across frozen waterways and is considered Newfoundland's primary snowmobiling destination. Nearby, you’ll find Marble Mountain Resort, often referred to as "the best skiing east of the Rockies." Make the short half-hour drive west of town and you’ll soon discover why. Choose from downhill, cross-country skiing, snowboarding, snowshoeing and ice climbing, all within easy reach of the resort.
Deer Lake is also home to some of the region’s best festivals. The well-known Deer Lake Strawberry Festival is an annual three-day event in late July. Then there is the Humber Valley Agricultural, Home and Handicraft Exhibition – a down-home delight held annually in September. Complete with warm smiles and legendary Newfoundland hospitality, you’ll feel like you’re one of the locals while visiting Deer Lake.