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Newfoundland & Labrador
Behind its sleepy coves and charming lighthouses, Newfoundland & Labrador’s unusual geography cradles a storybook history of Vikings, shipwrecks, and pirates. Get close to the natural wonders of this breathtaking land! History buffs will enjoy Norstead Viking Village, a living history museum trading port with 1000 AD period buildings and a replica Viking ship.
In the wilds of Gros Morne National Park, a local guide points out the unique bouldered landscape of the ancient Tablelands. A catamaran cruise of Witless Bay Ecological Reserve showcases Canada’s largest population of humpback whales and half a million Atlantic Puffins.
In Labrador, explore the history of fishing villages in Red Bay. In small-town capital St. John’s, walk the steep streets of candy-coloured row houses and explore 17thcentury Signal Hill on a guided tour. In Canada’s rugged east coast, the air smells of the sea, accordions compete with bagpipes, and hospitality reigns in the province of kind folks.
Red Bay, Labrador
Red Bay is an illustration of Labrador coastal living – a primaeval landscape of rock at the mercy of Atlantic weather, inhabited by a hearty people with a long and rich history.
From the 1500s to the 1600s, the waters of Red Bay were thick with Basque whaling galleons. One of these sailing ships sank to the seabed during a storm – could it be the San Juan? Preserved in the icy water, the remains and artefacts conserved at the Red Bay Basque Whaling Station (a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2013), tell a fascinating centuries-old story. Take a hike along the beach and step into the interpretation centre to see an 8-metrelong chalupa, a gondola-type rowboat once manned by five oarsmen. Compare the size of the chalupa to the assembled collections of whale bones on display. And take a moment to cast a glance out over the Bay because, somewhere, local legend tells of buried treasure.
• Performance by local entertainers
• Gros Morne National Park: Discovery Centre, Bonne Bay cruise, Tablelands Earth’s Mantle
• The Arches Provincial Park Port au Choix Historic Site
• St. Anthony: Sir Wilfred Grenfell Centre
• Norstead Viking Village
• Red Bay Basque Whaling Station
• Newfoundland Insectarium
• King’s Point Pottery
• Prime Berth Twillingate Fishery & Heritage Centre
• Cape Bonavista Lighthouse
• Ryan Premises National Historic Site
• Cape Spear
• Traditional Kitchen Party
• Bay Bulls whale watching cruise to the Witless Bay Ecological Reserve
• Theatre Newfoundland Labrador performance
• Newfoundland screech-in
• St. John’s: orientation city tour, visit to The Rooms or Johnson Geo Centre
Return airfare from Toronto, deluxe motorcoach transportation, 11 nights accommodation, 11 breakfasts, 7 lunches, 8 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.
• Corner Brook: Glynmill Inn (1 night)
• Cow Head: Shallow Bay Motel (1 night)
• Plum Point: Plum Point Motel (2 nights)
• L’Anse au Clair: Northern Light Inn (1 night)
• Rocky Harbour: Ocean View Motel or Fisherman’s Landing Inn (1 night)
• Gander: Sinbad’s Hotel & Suites or Comfort Inn (1 night)
• Clarenville: Quality Hotel (2 nights)
• St. John’s: Delta Hotel (2 nights)
Fly to Deer Lake, Corner Brook
Fly to Deer Lake, then travel a short distance to Corner Brook for the night. A fun musical evening and dinner welcome you to Newfoundland.
Stay: Glynmill Inn, Corner Book
Gros Morne National Park, Tablelands
The wilds of Gros Morne National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site await your exploration today. Learn about the unique Tablelands during a guided tour. Experience a view of the park from the water on a boat trip of Bonne Bay, where stunning views are accented by informative commentary. Travel to the settlement of Cow Head for the night. After dinner, enjoy a performance by the talented local group, Theatre Newfoundland & Labrador.
Stay: Shallow Bay Motel, Cow Head
Meals: B, L, D
Great Northern Peninsula
Enjoy a leisurely paced start to the day as we journey up the Great Northern Peninsula. Your coastal route offers an opportunity to stop and take photos of the untamed landscape. See dramatic rock formations at ‘The Arches’ and visit Port au Choix, a national historic site where the remains of four ancient cultures have been found.
Stay: Plum Point Hotel, Plum Point
Meals: B, L, D
Norstead Viking Village
The town of St. Anthony is home to Sir Wilfred Grenfell’s medical mission. Enjoy a tour of the museum dedicated to his life work and a visit to his home. In the afternoon you will discover what Viking life was like when you visit the Norstead Viking Village, a living history museum depicting a trading port.
Meals: B, L, D
Ferry to Labrador
Travel to the ferry terminal in St. Barbe to board the MV Apollo for a cruise to Labrador. Journey on to Red Bay to enjoy a tour of the Red Bay Basque Whaling Station. This newly designated UNESCO World Heritage Site is home to three Basque whaling galleons and four small chalupas used to capture whales.
Stay: Northern Light Inn, L’Anse au Clair
Meals: B, D
Ferry to Newfoundland
Board the ferry to return to the island of Newfoundland. On your journey, you may encounter icebergs, seabirds and humpback or fin whales. Your guide will provide tips on how to spot these amazing mammals – have your camera ready!
Stay: Ocean View Motel or Fisherman’s Landing Inn, Rocky Harbour
Meals: B,L, D
After breakfast, travel to Reidville and visit the Newfoundland Insectarium. Then it’s on to King’s Point for lunch at By the Sea Cafe and a visit to King’s Point Pottery and the Whale Pavilion and Museum before arriving in Gander for your overnight stay.
Stay: Sinbad’s Hotel & Suites or Comfort Inn, Gander
Venture off the Trans-Canada Highway to tour through picturesque coastal villages. A stop at Prime Berth Twillingate Fishery & Heritage Centre allows you to explore this family-run interpretive fishing centre and craft studio. Lunch today is a traditional Newfoundland shed party where you will enjoy entertainment and hospitality at its best.
Stay: Quality Hotel, Clarenville
Meals: B, L, D
A day-trip to lovely Bonavista offers time to explore the town’s famous lighthouse or to stroll along the picturesque coastal pathways. Learn about the history of Newfoundland’s cod fisheries at Ryan Premises.
Meals: B, L
Experience all that St. John’s has to offer with a guided city tour. Relax with a free evening to explore the city’s unique shopping, dining and historical attractions.
Stay: Delta Hotel, St. John’s
Enjoy a catamaran cruise out of Bay Bulls with many photo opportunities en route to the Witless Bay Ecological Reserve, home to 500,000 atlantic puffins and the largest humpback whale population in North America. This afternoon you can choose to visit The Rooms or Johnson Geo Centre. Join your fellow travellers this evening for a farewell dinner, including fresh caught local lobster.
Meals: B, D
Transfer to the airport in St. John’s for your return flight home.
These destinations offer very limited accessibility and guests can expect to experience uneven surfaces (i.e. cobblestones) or hilly ground on a regular basis. This level applies to many of our overseas tours as many historical landmarks tend to demand greater effort to reach. This also applies to our Newfoundland tours as accessibility options are scarce in some remote areas.