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Hiking The Rock – 10 Days

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July 8, 2019 Double: $4,795, Single: $5,595 Book by December 14, 2018 and SAVE $200 pp or book by March 15, 2019 and SAVE $100 pp. For those who like salty air in their lungs and the east coast’s best underfoot, tramp over “The Rock” where the wilderness…

July 8, 2019

Double: $4,795, Single: $5,595

Book by December 14, 2018 and SAVE $200 pp or book by March 15, 2019 and SAVE $100 pp.

For those who like salty air in their lungs and the east coast’s best underfoot, tramp over “The Rock” where the wilderness grows as deep as the creases on friendly faces.

Get close to nature on the John Hogan Trail. The boardwalk skirts Torrent River where migrating salmon leap and a waterfall makes it a gorgeous 3km trek! Pretty Port au Choix peninsula is the trailhead for a 7km coastal walk along the Dorset and Point Riche Trails. The gravel path to Crow Head Lookout is fringed with tuckamore and the stairs up the limestone cliffs provide panoramic ocean views.

Vikings stepped off longboats in Newfoundland over 1,000 years ago. Visit L’Anse aux Meadows National Historic Site, North America’s oldest settlement. See a replica Viking ship at the Norstead Viking Village living history museum and hike the fabulous lookout trail before stopping at the Dark Tickle – be sure to pick up partridgeberry jam!

Travel & Leisure magazine gave the 5km Skerwink coastal loop top honours. 5kms of icebergs, seabirds, whales, and sea stacks offer more scenery per linear foot than any other trail in Newfoundland! So join us and explore the nooks and crannies of Newfoundland’s craggy shores!

 

Walk on the wild side

Untamed and ruggedly beautiful, Gros Morne spoils outdoor enthusiasts! From the Gulf of St. Lawrence Lowlands to the Long Range Mountains, “The Great Sombre” offers unmatched beauty. Boreal forest, bogs, arctic landscapes, waterfalls, cliffs, and glacial fjords cram inside the park.

Traverse unusual geography beside blue water that buries shipwrecks and scuttles icebergs down its coast. A guided hike through the ancient Tablelands takes us through a unique bouldered landscape. Bronze peridotite and green serpentine rock from deep within the earth (thrust to the surface thanks to tectonics), makes this flat-topped barren massif an odd beauty and a geological blueprint of the earth.

At Western Brook Pond, we’ll follow a boardwalk trail and see the majesty of this landlocked fjord carved by glaciers. Billion-year-old cliffs and 2,000-foot-high waterfalls are the rewards. Look for the colony of cliff-nesting gulls as well as salmon, trout, and arctic char.

 

 

Price Includes

Return airfare from Toronto, deluxe motorcoach transportation, 9 nights accommodation, 9 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 6 dinners, all highlights listed, Tour Director, Connections Program and all taxes.

Prices are in Canadian dollars, are per person and include HST. If booking your own airfare reduce price by $500.

 

Highlights

• Gros Morne National Park
• Western Brook Pond Cruise
• Theatre Newfoundland Labrador
• The Arches Provincial Park
• Torrent River Salmon Interpretation Centre
• Port au Choix Historic Site
• L’Anse aux Meadows National Historic Site
• Norstead Viking Village
• Newfoundland Insectarium
• Prime Berth Twillingate Fishery & Heritage Centre
• Dungeon Provincial Park
• Cape Bonavista Lighthouse
• Cape Spear
• Guided tour of St. John’s
• Bay Bulls whale watching cruise
• Witless Bay Ecological Reserve

 

Guided Hiking

• Tablelands – 4km (Easy)
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Western Brook Pond Trail – 6km (Easy)
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John Hogan Trail – 3km (Easy)
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Dorset & Point Riche Trail – 7km (Easy-Moderate)
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Long Point Lighthouse to Sleepy Cove 6.5km (Moderate)
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Skerwink Trail – 5.3km (Moderate-Difficult)
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St. John’s (2 hiking options)

 

What to Bring

• Comfortable footwear with a good grip (hiking boots are recommended)
• Waterproof jacket and waterproof over-trousers
• Warm clothing, such as a fleece
• Several layers of clothing, which can be added or removed (hat and gloves are recommended)
• Small backpack
• Water bottle (at least 1 litre)
• High-energy snacks
• Walking poles are particularly useful for descents
• Insect repellent, sun hat, sunglasses, sunscreen

 

Accommodation

• Rocky Harbour: Ocean View Motel (1 night)
• Cow Head: Shallow Bay Motel (1 night)
• Plum Point: Plum Point Motel (2 nights)
• Gander: Sinbad’s Hotel & Suites (1 night)
• Clarenville: Clarenville Inn (2 nights)
• St. John’s: Delta Hotel (2 nights)

 

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Hiking The Rock – 10 Days

Day 1: Fly to Deer Lake, Tablelands, Rocky Harbour

What better place to begin a 10-day hiking tour of The Rock’s” rugged geography than at the ancient Tablelands! Far from ordinary, a guided hike along this flat-topped massif takes us through an unusual bouldered landscape that is a geological blueprint of the earth. Tectonics had a heyday here, thrusting peridotite and serpentine rock from deep under the earth to the surface adding odd beauty. 

Arrive in Rocky Harbour for dinner and entertainment this evening.

Stay: Ocean View Motel, Rocky Harbour
Nights: 1
Meals: D, L

Day 2: Western Brook Pond

A walk along the Western Brook Pond Trail followed by a cruise on this glacier-carved landlocked fjord fills your day with views of billion-year-old cliffs, 2000-foot-high waterfalls, gulls, trout, and arctic char. After the cruise, head to Cow Head for dinner and a performance by Theatre Newfoundland & Labrador.

Stay: Shallow Bay Motel, Cow Head
Nights: 1
Meals: B, D

Day 3: The Arches, Torrent River, Port au Choix, Dorset Trail

A drive up the Viking trail starts the day, with a stop at The Arches Provincial Park before our first hike on the John Hogan Trail. Three beautiful kilometres stretch between the Torrent River Salmon Interpretation Centre and the Torrent River Nature Park. Look for salmon and waterfalls!

After an included lunch head to the Port au Choix National Historic Site for a walk along the limestone barrens of the Dorset Trail. On the way to Crow Head Lookout, which offers panoramic sea views, you’ll see plants and fossils found nowhere else in Canada, as well as tuckamore, birds, and maybe even a caribou! 

Alternatively, the Ben Plowman Gallery and Pointe Riche Lighthouse offer guests a slower pace option before arriving into Plum Point.

Stay: Plum Point Motel, Plum Point
Nights: 2
Meals: B,L, D   

Day 4: L’Anse aux Meadows

We’ll travel to the very tip of the Great Northern Peninsula where L’Anse aux Meadows National Historic Site and Norstead Viking Village wait for our boots. Lief Eriksson led his explorers here, and today we’ll explore what footprints they left behind along the Norstead look out trail.

A stop at the Dark Tickle for soaps, spreads, and sauces before dinner. Then return to your hotel for the evening.

Meals: B,L, D

Day 5: Gander

Today is a driving day so give your feet a rest! We’ll stop at the Insectarium en route to Gander. The main display here features a wide variety of mounted insects from around the world, organized by geographical region.

Stay: Sinbad’s Hotel & Suites, Gander
Nights: 1
Meals: B

Day 6: Prime Berth, Long Point, The Coves

Spend the morning at Prime Berth Twillingate Fishery & Heritage Centre, followed by a genuine Newfoundland Kitchen Party lunch. Then hike in the salty east coast afternoon air from Long Point Lighthouse to Nanny’s Cove and Sleepy Cove.

Stay: Clarenville Inn, Clarenville
Nights: 2
Meals: B, L, D

Day 7: The Dungeon, Bonavista, Ryan’s Premises, Skerwink

A morning photo stop at Dungeon Provincial Park and the Bonavista Lighthouse before stopping for lunch. We’ll visit Ryan’s Premises National Historic Site, then set off along the 5km Skerwink Trail, rated a top hike by Travel & Leisure magazine, or if you’d rather not hike, you can enjoy free time in Trinitty.

Enjoy dinner on your own this evening before experiencing a traditional Newfoundland screech-in!

Meals: B, L

Day 8: Petty Harbour, Cape Spear, St. John’s

Pretty Petty Harbour begins the day. Settled since the 1600s, the most photographed town in Newfoundland” is still active in the cod and snow crab fishery. On to Cape Spear to see Newfoundland’s oldest surviving lighthouse at North America’s most Eastern point. In St. John’s you’ll have free time to explore and eat lunch downtown before a city tour with a local step on guide.

This evening you’ll be on your own to explore this unique city from you conveniently located hotel.

Stay: Delta Hotel, St. John’s
Nights: 2
Meals: B

Day 9: Witless Bay

A morning cruise with Gatherall’s in Witless Bay Ecological Reserve followed by your choice of afternoon tramps:

• Tinkers Point Path 5 km linear trail Easy (1.5-2.5 hours)
• Beaches Path 7 km linear trail Easy (2-2.5 hours)
• Mickeleens Path 7.3 km linear trail Moderate (2-4 hours)

This protected area is home to 500,000 Atlantic Puffins and the largest humpback whale population in North America. 

This evening enjoy a farewell fresh-caught lobster dinner with your fellow hikers.

Meals: B, L, D

Day 10: Return Flight Home

After breakfast this morning transfer to the airport in St. John’s for your flight home.

Meals: B

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