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The Rock proudly shows off its rugged geography, dramatic history, distinct culture, and world-famous hospitality – half an hour ahead of Atlantic Standard Time! The Titanic sank off Newfoundland’s wild and foggy coast and the telegraph announced its tragic fate from Cape Race. Cape Spear’s lighthouse sits on the most easterly tip of North America, once a strategic point in WWII’s Battle of the Atlantic.
Watch huge chunks of ice (that break off Greenland glaciers) drift by in “Iceberg Alley.” Gros Morne National Park stuffs camera lenses with boreal forest, bogs, arctic landscapes, waterfalls, and fjords. Take a catamaran cruise to Witless Bay Ecological Preserve, home to Canada’s largest population of humpback whales and nearly half a million Atlantic Puffins. Viking artefacts await at L’Anse aux Meadows, North America’s oldest Viking settlement. Learn of Sir Wilfred Grenfell’s medical mission in St. Anthony, and how he influenced the social and economic climate of the early 1900s. Eat the catch of the day in Newfoundland’s capital St. John’s, North America’s oldest city. In the wee fishing villages, strain to decipher the local dialect and breathe in the salty ocean air of remarkable Newfoundland.
Gros Morne National Park – Choose your own adventure!
Nature pulled out its best for Gros Morne! Two distinct landscapes, the Gulf of St. Lawrence lowlands and the Long Range Mountains, provide views of towering cliffs, waterfalls, glacial fjords, and an amazing collection of wildlife. In this UNESCO World Heritage Site, guests can choose one of two cruises:
Bonne Bay (included boxed lunch): A lively narrated cruise of the two connected arms of Bonne Bay (including traditional music by the crew) takes us by Newfoundland’s best. Watch for moose, seabirds, and whales that are known to breach boatside!
Western Brook Pond (guests make their own lunch plans): Carved by glaciers, this landlocked fjord is home to salmon, trout, arctic char, and an unusual colony of cliff-nesting gulls. An invigorating 45-minute walk (3km each way) leads you over the coastal plain arriving at the dock for your cruise of Western Brook Pond. This inland fjord features spectacular views of billion-year-old cliffs and 2,000 foot high misty waterfalls. Be sure to bring good walking shoes!
Newfoundland became Canada’s 10th Province March 31, 1949. It is 3 times the area of the other 3 Atlantic provinces put together The Island is triangle shape, with 17,540 km / 10,900 miles of coastline. There are very strong ties to Scottish, Irish & English ancestry. Still today 40% of the population live in fishing villages along the coast.
Gros Morne National Park
In 1987 it became a UNESCO World Heritage Site for both its geological history and its exceptional scenery. “The park provides a rare example of the process of continental drift, where deep ocean crust and the rocks of the earth’s mantle lie exposed.” At 1,805 km2 (697 sq mi), it is the second largest national park in Atlantic Canada.
The Tableands, NL
This area is also world-renowned for its complex geology. The Tablelands, are a barren reddish brown plateau that towers seven hundred metres above the Atlantic Ocean, stands alone as an alien landscape amongst the lush and hilly forests that encompasses it. Found between the towns of Trout River and Woody Point in south west of Gros Morne National Park, it was here that geologists proved the theory of plate tectonics.
Geologists once believed that the Tablelands were the remnants of molten rock that had oozed up from deep inside the earth. However, at nearby Lobster Cove, a discovery was made by geologist Robert Stevens that proved they were wrong. He found pieces of rock containing chromite that was over four hundred and eighty-five million years old, which was much older than other rocks found in the area. These tiny pieces had eroded from the Tablelands.
Rocky Harbour is the largest community in Gros Morne National Park . The town’s history has been closely linked with fishing and the wood industry, yet the town of Rocky Harbour has grown into a tourism community.
Bonne Bay was carved out approximately 10,000 years ago by two large glaciers in each one of the arms. The glaciers then came together in the middle part of the Bay and continued to push on out to the Ocean.
The landlocked fjord of Western Brook Pond is a rare sight, especially in our part of the world. The Long Range Mountains, the northernmost extent of the Appalachians, contain numerous glacially-carved fjords. One of the most spectacular is the Park’s largest lake, Western Brook Pond. This 16 kilometre lake with a depth of 165 metres is home to Atlantic Salmon, Brook Trout, and Arctic Char, as well as an unusual colony of cliff nesting gulls. There is no better way to explore this scenic delight than by taking the Western Brook Pond Boat Tour. On board, behold the spectacular glacier-carved land-locked fjord, waterfalls cascading from 2000 feet that often turn to mist before reaching the pond, billion year-old cliffs, and frequent wildlife sightings.
Theatre Newfoundland Labrador is a professional theatre company that is committed creating and developing and performing new plays for and about Newfoundland and Labrador.
The Arches are the result of years of surf pounding and carving away at ancient limestone. Walk down to the site and feel the smooth pebbles that make up the beach as you marvel at this awesome natural rock formation.
The Port au Choix Peninsula juts slightly out into the Gulf of St. Lawrence, has been a favoured spot for peoples who have lived and traded here for 5,500 years.named a National Historic Site in the 1970’s.
Plum Point The community’s first European inhabitants were Basque fishermen. They use Plum Point as a base for final preparations before their annual return to Europe from their summer fishery
St. Anthony was visited by explorer Jacques Cartier in 1534 it was already established as a summer fishing room by the French. St. Anthony became the largest year-round community in the area with a population of 139 in 1891. In 1900, Dr. Wilfred Grenfell chose St. Anthony as the site for a hospital to serve northern Newfoundland. Home to the Sir Wilfred Grenfell Centre you can learn all about the works of this amazing man.
L’Anse aux Meadows
Five hundred years before Christopher Columbus was credited with discovering the New World, a group of Vikings had already settled at L’Anse aux Meadows, near the tip of the Northern Peninsula. The story of the Vikings’ stay at L’Anse aux Meadows is told at the Visitor Centre. There are artifacts on display, along with a model of the site which illustrates how it may have looked at the time of the Norse.
Exploit River Salmon fishery
Located on the Exploits River at the “Grand Falls”, the The Salmon Enhancement Centre has exhibitson the history, biology, ecology and habitat of the Atlantic Salmon. Vistors can view the King of Fish through underwater windows as it travels upstream to the spawing habitat and take in the view of the Falls and nesting Seagulls.
The Prime Berth is the very first place you’ll see as you cross the causeway to Twillingate. Prime Berth refers to the age old practice of each spring holding a draw, to determine the place, or “berth” where fishermen would set their cod traps during the coming summer. Everyone hoped and prayed that they would draw the best spot, or “Prime Berth”. At the museum you learn all about the cod fishing industry past and present.
Twillingate with its rich fishing grounds and safe harbour grew and developed into one of Newfoundland’s most prosperous ports and became a flourishing merchant town. Between 1650 and 1720 the island was home to the now extinct Beothuk First Nation. St. Peter’s Anglican Church is a grand heritage structure in Twillingate and one of the oldest wooden churches in Newfoundland. The cornerstone for St. Peter’s was laid on November 6, 1839.The church’s bell was purchased by the people of all religious denominations as a thanksgiving for the great seal harvest of 1862.
Dungeons Provincial Park
Its most notable feature is a large hole in the ground with two adjacent caves leading to the sea. The “Dungeon” formed when the waves began carving two caves into the sedimentary rock on the ocean side. As the caves got deeper they eventually carved out an area that could no longer support the overhead rock. This resulted in the roof collapsing forming the large sinkhole structure and two caves leading to the ocean. Eventually the roofs of the two caves will collapse and form a sea stack.
When Italian explorer Giovanni Caboto (John Cabot) first discovered North America in 1497, his first words were “O buono vista!”. At Cape Bonavista Lighthouse Provincial Historic Site, look out over the horizon where lightkeepers have stood watch since the 1840s. If you look close enough, you might catch a glimpse of a puffin nesting ground just behind the lighthouse. At the Ryan Premises National Historic Sitewalk into a lesson about the salt fish trade – the cornerstone of Newfoundland and Labrador’s economy for centuries.
Trinity is a picturesque town located on Trinity Bay. The town contains a number of buildings recognized as Registered Heritage Structures by the province.
Cape Spear National Historic Site is famous as the most easterly point in North America
St. John’s is the capital of Newfoundland and Labrador. Its harbour, settled by the British in the 1600’s, is enclosed by rugged hills. Downtown is known for its colourful row houses. Above the city is Signal Hill, which features walking trails and Cabot Tower, site of the first transatlantic wireless communication in 1901.
Witless Bay Ecological Reserve
Comprised of four small islands, this reserve is one of nature’s greatest wonders anywhere on earth. The Islands were originally designated a wildlife reserve in 1964, became the Witless Bay Ecological Reserve in 1983.In the summer, it is home to millions of seabirds that come to shore to nest and raise their young on the four islands. The Reserve contains North America’s largest Atlantic puffin colony. the waters around the Reserve also offer some of the best whale watching in North America. And occasionally, incredible icebergs arrive just in time to enchant and astound you.
opened in 2005 and houses the Art Gallery of Newfoundland and Labrador, the Provincial Archives of Newfoundland and Labrador and the Provincial Museum of Newfoundland and Labrador. The facility was constructed on a hill overlooking city, at a historic location once occupied by Fort Townshend. The building can be seen from almost any point in St. John’s.
The Johnson GEO CENTRE
is a geological interpretation centre located on Signal Hill. The museum is named for philanthropist Paul Johnsonand opened in 2002. The building is designed to take advantage of the geological features of Signal Hill where most of the structure is below ground exposing natural rock formations.
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.
Rocky Harbour: Ocean View Motel or Fisherman’s Landing Inn (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)
Fly to Deer Lake, Rocky Harbour
Fly to Deer Lake on the west side of the province. Enjoy an included boxed lunch upon arrival as we cross into by Gros Morne National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site for a guided tour of the Tablelands. Arrive into Rocky Harbour this evening for the first night of your tour. Enjoy dinner followed by a musical Newfoundland welcome this evening.
Stay: Ocean View Motel or Fisherman’s Landing Inn, Rocky Harbour
Meals: L, D
Gros Morne National Park
This morning you have a choice to enjoy the spectacular views of Gros Morne Park on a boat cruise of Bonne Bay* or embark on a landlocked fjord cruise of Western Brook Pond, which boasts spectacular views of billion-year-old cliffs. Once back on shore, travel to Cow Head for dinner followed by a performance by Theatre Newfoundland & Labrador, where you will be entertained by the province’s colourful history.
Stay: Shallow Bay Motel, Cow Head
Meals: B, D
(*lunch included for Bonne Bay cruise excursion only)
Great Northern Peninsula
Enjoy a leisurely start to the day as you travel up the Great Northern Peninsula, the longest and largest peninsula in Newfoundland. Your journey takes you along the coast with an opportunity to stop and take photos. Along the way, see dramatic rock formations at ‘The Arches’ and visit Port au Choix, a National Historic Site.
Stay: Plum Point Motel, Plum Point
Meals: B, L, D
L’Anse aux Meadows
Travel to the tip of the Peninsula to the town of St. Anthony, home to Sir Wilfred Grenfell’s medical mission. A highlight of this day is a visit to the only authenticated Viking site in North America, L’Anse aux Meadows. It was here that Leif Eriksson led his explorers. Three reconstructed Norse buildings are the focal point of this stunning UNESCO World Heritage Site. Enjoy exploring the museum to learn of the life and the contributions this remarkable man made to the North Shores of Newfoundland.
Meals: B, L, D
Enjoy a relaxing travel day as you make your way through the heart of the province. After stopping for lunch in Deer Lake, continue on to Gander for your overnight stay.
Stay: Sinbad’s Hotel & Suites, Gander
Venture off the Trans-Canada Highway through picturesque coastal villages for a view of the ocean, a lighthouse, and perhaps an iceberg. Stop to visit Prime Berth Twillingate Fishery & Heritage Centre, a private interpretive fishing centre and craft studio created by David Boyd as a tribute to his family’s generations of fishermen. Take time to breathe in the ocean air on this relaxing day of comfortable motorcoach touring. At lunch today enjoy the hospitality and music of Newfoundland at a traditional shed party.
Stay: Clarenville Inn, Clarenville
Meals: B, L, D
A day-trip to colourful and quaint Bonavista includes time to explore the iconic lighthouse or stroll along the coastal pathways. At Ryan Premises, learn about the important history of the cod fisheries in Newfoundland.
Meals: B, L
Travel into Newfoundland’s Avalon Region for an opportunity to experience all St. John’s has to offer. Enjoy a guided city tour then relax with a free evening to explore this vibrant city.
Stay: Delta Hotel, St. John’s
Take a memorable catamaran cruise out of Bay Bulls en route to the Witless Bay Ecological Reserve. This protected area is 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. This evening enjoy a farewell dinner with your fellow travellers and savor a delicious fresh caught lobster.
Meals: B, D
Transfer to the airport in St. John’s for your return flight home.
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