Newfoundland's Humber Valley Resort

Humber Valley Resort, in the Appalachian Mountain range on the banks of the Humber River and Deer Lake, is in western Newfoundland, Canada's most easterly province. The resort is only 20 minutes' drive from Deer Lake regional airport, which is within easy reach of New York City and Toronto.  A living room at Humber Valley Resort in Newfoundland

Guests have the option of staying in a chalet or apartment set high on the mountainside with excellent views of the valley, the 18-hole championship golf course and DeerLake.

Chalets come in various sizes, ranging from three to six bedrooms—perfect for families traveling together. The chalets have fireplaces, a full kitchen, living and dining room areas and bathrooms adjoining each bedroom. Some include an outdoor Jacuzzi hot tub, which can be used in all seasons.

More than 400 one-acre plots have been sold and at press time,159 chalets had been completed. Twelve apartments have been sold; 24 one- and two- bedroom apartments will eventually be available. All will have a decked area.

Owners have the option of putting their chalets or apartments in the rental pool. Commission is 10-15 percent.

Sports for Active Travelers

Since eastern Canada is still largely undeveloped, this is an excellent region for adventure and sports enthusiasts.

The big draw for the resort is the many activities available year round including golf, skiing, snowmobiling, canoeing, angling, hiking, swimming, sailing, boating, whale watching and kayaking. Other favorites include helicopter rides over the region, dog sledding, snowmobiling and spa treatments. As clients are out and about in the wildnerness, it's not uncommon for them to see moose and other wildlife. Activities can be booked with the concierge.

The activities center and kids club, near the lake in the beach house, provides professional instruction in water sports such as kayaking and sailing.

Dog sledding is ideal for families, couples and people of all ages, as it requires little skill. For bookings, contact My Newfoundland Adventures. The company offers a variety of other activities such as wildlife tracking, heli-skiing, caving, rappelling, ice fishing, ice climbing and snowshoeing.

For golf enthusiast clients, note that golf season in Newfoundland typically runs from late May until the end of October. Humber Valley Resort's 18-hole par-72 championshipRiver Course affords dramatic views of the valley, including DeerLake and the HumberRiver. A full practice area, including a driving range with grass teeing areas and a large putting green will be opening in late 2007.

Unwinding at the Spa

The Humber Valley Spa is a nice way to unwind after an active day spent. Tucked in a chalet, the two-level spa is as cozy as a ski lodge. Built with stone and warm wood, the spa offers amazing views of the surrounding woodlands and an adjacent lake. A warm fire, cozy blankets and the softest bathrobes we've ever experienced at a spa were perfect accessories for the winter. There are a variety of treatments, including facials, massages and scrubs. We suggest booking the après ski package (which includes a 60-minute facial, 90-minute massage, lunch, a sweet treat and a glass of champagne post-treatment). Request therapist Catherine.

Dining options include Eagle's Perch Restaurant, which boasts excellent views from the dining room's bay windows and a fantastic Sunday brunch smorgasbord. Sally's Pub is great for sandwiches, breakfasts and kid-friendly meals.

For more information on Humber Valley Resort go to or call 888-450-0080.