Before the real journey begins, you sometimes have to take the road less travelled. In Newfoundland and Labrador, the journey can be as colourful as the music and stories told around the kitchen table. As meandering as hundreds of kilometres of coastline. As jaw-dropping as a gigantic iceberg. Or as comforting as bakeapple jam. These are places that travel with you, wherever you go. And these will continue to live inside of you long after you find yourself among some of the friendliest of unfamiliar faces, who may become lifelong friends, places that only exist in Newfoundland & Labrador. Our tour guide has lived in Newfoundland all his life, and together with our Newfoundland coach driver, we give you an authentic experience like no other, taking you to places and meeting the locals, like no other.
Join us for a 12 day tour, beginning June 1, in Newfoundland and Labrador, including Gros Morne National Park, Bonne Bay to Woody Point, Twillingate Island, Cape Bonavista, and more! Have a look at the full itinerary below. For more information on the tour, or to book, please call (905) 541-0770 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
$4699.00 pp based on double occupancy.
SAVE $100.00 PP IF BOOKED WITH DEPOSIT BY FEB 10, 2018
Shuttle leaves Mt. Hamilton CRC at 6:15 a.m. for Toronto Airport. WestJet flight departs at 9:20 a.m. Arrive at Deer Lake on the West Coast of Newfoundland and transfer to Gros Morne National Park, A UNESCO World Heritage Site, to begin your holiday. This evening we will enjoy a get together to meet your fellow travellers.
Overnight in Cow Head. Welcome Dinner
This morning we take the Viking trail to beautiful Gros Morne National Park. We will travel along some of the most spectacular coastline in North America and visit the National Historic Park at Port au Choix, which interprets the intriguing history and lifestyle of the Maritime Archaic people who lived here over 3000 years ago. After lunch in Port aux Choix at the Sea Echo Motel we continue along the coastal road to St. Anthony.
Overnight in St. Anthony. Breakfast and Midday Meal
Today we travel the coastline to St. Anthony to visit the home of the famous medical missionary, Sir Wilfred Grenfell. The highlight of this day is our visit to the UNESCO World Heritage site at L’Anse aux Meadows, home of Lief the Lucky and the Viking people who settled this area as early as the year 1000 A.D. Today will also include an breathtaking experience with the award-winning Northland Discovery Boat Tours. We will travel the scenic coastal waters known as Iceberg Alley, famous for its profuse amount of icebergs, whales, dolphins and seabirds.
Overnight St. Anthony. Breakfast & Midday Meal.
This morning we explore around Plum Point. The Bird Cove facility explores the culture of the area from the Natives who occupied this land 7000 years ago to the the people of Eurpoean ancestry who fish, hunt and thrive here now. We also visit the Seal Processing Museum in Sandy Cove . Here we learn the importance of this industry to this region and how we catch, cure and sell the products. Next we board the ferry to Labrador. Keep a sharp eye out for whales as we travel across the Straits of Belle Isle. Here we visit the recently discovered Whaling Station founded by the Basques in the early 1500’s, and learn about the “modern techniques” used by these whalers and the hardships they endured. Later we visit the tallest lighthouse in the province at L’Anse Amour.
Overnight in L’Anse au Clair. Breakfast & Dinner
This morning we return to the island and continue to explore the rugged coastline stopping to visit The Arches and enjoy an interpretation of the many unique and wonderful geological formations for which Newfoundland is so famous. This afternoon we can explore some of the north side of Gros Morne National Park. Tonight we will enjoy a traditional Newfoundland dinner.
Overnight Cow Head. Breakfast & Dinner.
This morning we take a boat tour across beautiful Bonne Bay to Woody Point where we spend time in Gros Morne National Park. We visit the new Discovery Centre and view the famous Tableland Mountains. It is this area that earned the park its UNESCO World Heritage status and its nickname as the ‘Galapagos of Plate Tectonics’. This evening we have the option of taking in a local theatre production at our hotel.
Overnight Cow Head – Shallow Bay Motel. Breakfast & Midday Meal.
This morning we start our trek eastward, officially leaving North America and crossing onto a new geological frontier as we enter King’s Point and the beginning of Newfoundland’s Oceanic/European plate. A beautiful harbor provides the perfect backdrop for our lunch and an eventful morning of whale interpretation and pottery exhibits. This afternoon we visit the pretty community of Lewisporte, “The Gateway to the North”, where we will share our stories of the 911 tragedy with those who welcomed the world into their homes. A stop at the Aviation Museum will get us oriented with the flying history of this town.
Overnight Gander. Breakfast & Dinner.
This morning we are off on the “Road to the Isles” before traveling across “Tickles and Runs” to spend time on beautiful Twillingate Island. This is one of Newfoundland’s oldest and most interesting fishing communities. In Twillingate we take the time to visit Prime Berth, on interactive fishing display. We then travel through Terra Nova National Park to our hotel for the next two nights.
Overnight Clarenville. Breakfast & Midday Meal.
This morning we travel to the historic village of Trinity, one of the oldest communities in North America, the gem of the Island. Then its out to Cape Bonavista for a chance to walk the cliffs and enjoy the spectacular coastal scenery. This afternoon we spend in Bonavista, the landfall of John Cabot in 1497. Here we visit the Ryan Premises and have an opportunity to learn about inshore fishing techniques that have allowed this town to thrive for hundreds of years.
Overnight Clarenville. Breakfast & Midday Meal.
Today we travel to Brigus, one of the historic sailing ports of Conception Bay and home of the late, famous Captain Bob Bartlett who took Perry to the North pole. Our guide will regale you with the history culture and language of the Newfoundland people. This afternoon we will journey across the Witless Bay Line to the town of Bay Bulls. From here we take a boat trip to the Witless Bay Ecological Reserve where we view thousands of Atlantic Puffins, Murres and other seabirds that nest here in the summer. Witless Bay is also home to many Humpback, Minke, and Fin whales in the summer months so whale sightings are a definite possibility.
Overnight St. John’s. Breakfast & Midday Meal
This morning we will tour historic St. John’s, the oldest city in North America. This trip includes a visit to Cabot Tower and Signal Hill where we can view the famous “Narrows” and admire the architecture of old St. John’s. This afternoon we visit Cape Spear National Historic Park, the most easterly point of land in North America. Here the lighthouse has been restored to circa 1836. Explore the bunkers built by Canadian soldiers in the side of the cliffs here during the Second World War. This evening we share our farewell dinner.
Overnight St. John’s. Breakfast and Dinner.
All good things must come to an end and so we bid a fond farewell to our newest yet oldest Province. As you fly homeward it will be with many delightful memories of an authentic Newfoundland experience that will be recalled for years to come.
Breakfast & Transfer to St. John’s Airport for our 1:35 p.m. flight to Hamilton (via Halifax). Arrive in Hamilton at 6:30 p.m. Return shuttle to Mt. Hamilton CRC.