These twin towns 165 mi/265 km northwest of St. John's grew large (in Newfoundland and Labrador terms) because of the paper mill built in 1905. The amalgamated town is located in the Exploits Valley, which offers outdoor adventures such as hunting, fishing and boating.
Fish, in particular, have much to do with one favorite area attraction. The Salmonid Interpretation Centre on the Exploits River is worth a visit for its displays on Atlantic salmon.
The Exploits Valley Salmon Festival is held for five days annually, during the third week in July, and is the largest outdoor celebration in Newfoundland and Labrador. Expect fine music, tasty salmon and a lot of dancing. You should also take time to see the Mary March Regional Museum, which focuses on the different peoples who have lived in Newfoundland and Labrador, including the Beothuk. Behind the museum is a replica of a Beothuk village.
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