During your stay at the Westwood Inn & Suites, there are so many exciting things to do. Whether you are interested in outdoor adventures, sightseeing, shopping or just visiting surrounding outport communities, Grand Falls-Windsor is the ultimate destination.
The Salmon Enhancement on the Exploits River is the largest of its kind in North America – to highlight this development, the Salmonid Interpretation Center is operated in Grand Falls-Windsor, NL.
Located on the Exploits River at the Grand Falls, the Center has exhibits on the history, biology, ecology and habitat of the Atlantic Salmon.
Visitors can view the ‘king of fish’ through underwater windows as it travels upstream to the spawning habitat and take in the view of the falls and nesting seagulls. Enjoy a meal from the restaurant or shop for that unique gift.
In 1905, construction began on the town of Grand Falls. The Anglo-Newfoundland Development Company, as part of the development, cleared land for farming at the intersection of the Exploits River and Rushy Pond Brook. In 1924, some local enthusiasts started a golf course with six holes on the site of the former farm. It shortly became a nine hole facility and remained so until 2004 when nine holes on the opposite side of Rushy Pond Brook were officially opened.
The original nine is generally flat and open with small greens. The new nine has much tighter fairways bounded by the forest on both sides and the greens are large.
The prevailing southwesterly winds can play havoc with approach shots. The course presents four par 5s, 9 par 4s and five par 3s with white tees and red tees.
Corduroy Brook Nature Trail
The Corduroy Brook is a 4.5 kilometre waterway winding its way through the heart of Grand Falls-Windsor from Corduroy Pond to the Exploits River.
With over 15 kilometres of trails running through the heart of Grand Falls-Windsor and leading to a wilderness excursion on the outskirts of town, users are sure to be captivated by the natural beauty and impressive amenities. The trail is appropriate for all ages and abilities due to its primarily flat terrain.
The Corduroy Brook Enhancement Association now boasts over 15 kilometers of nature trail, and related infrastructure including bridges and boardwalks, playgrounds, viewing platforms, rest areas, tent sites, and a comprehensive system of signage. The association also runs a Children’s Nature Camp during the summer.
Grand Falls-Windsor is the heart of Central Newfoundland’s wilderness country. It is surrounded by magnificent woodlands which were the reason for the community’s existence. Grand Falls-Windsor boasts some of the most exhilarating scenery in eastern Canada.
Come and enjoy a walk on one of our designated walking trails. the trails are between 3.3 and 10.5 km. Open year round.
Loggers’ Life Provincial Museum
Try your hand at logger’s work and see what went on in the bunkhouse, the cook house, the barn and in the forge.
Take the trail to a 1920s logging camp that’s been re-created – pike poles and peavies and bateau and all! And, if you don’t know what they are now, you will before you leave Loggers’ Life Provincial Museum.
Interpretive panels and a reconstructed logging camp provide a glimpse into the lives of early 20th-century loggers. Museum guides will help you try your hand at logger’s work. Operates from mid-May thru September.
Mary March Provincial Museum
From the prehistoric to the pioneer people, explore 6000 years of history through the lifestyles and industries that drew them to Central Newfoundland.
Find out about the Beothuk and discover why The Mary March Provincial Museum is named as one of the last of them. Visit us and see how a town and an industry grew around one of the world’s largest paper mills.
See the span of central Newfoundland’s history from the ancient aboriginal cultures, including the Beothuk, to 20th-century industrial development. Ask about special events and temporary exhibits. Operates from end of April thru mid-October.
Since 1997, we have been guiding rafting tours on the mighty Exploits River. The Exploits is the largest & longest river in Newfoundland and offers a truly unforgettable rafting experience for beginners to experts.
You will love the scenery, seclusion and activities this trip has to offer. Clients who have rafted around the world say ours is the best.
Our Badger Chute River Rafting Tour is the perfect balance for couples, families, children and experienced rafters alike. Swim throughout the day. Nutritious lunch is provided at the halfway point. 32 persons maximum. Operates from mid-May thru end of October.
Come and enjoy our cross-country ski trail system. We have .5, 1.5, 2.5, 5.5 and 7-km groomed ski trails.
After your ski, drop into our newly renovated ski hut and enjoy some hot chocolate. Operates from December 1st thru April 30th.
Arts & Culture Centre
The Arts and Culture Centre offers a wide variety of programming from the best that Newfoundland has to offer to diverse artists from across Canada and abroad.
This centre also houses the Gwendolyn Cooper Art Gallery. You can view numerous artists’ designs.
The gallery features a permanent collection of Newfoundland & Labrador art called Project 2000. This collection features works from the province’s best visual artists such as David Blackwood, Christopher & Mary Pratt, Gerald Squires and Grant Boland to name a few.
Also featured throughout the year are exhibitions of local artworks by many talented artists of this region. Operates year round.