Duration

  • 10 Days
  • 10 Days
  • 10 Days

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$4,295
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$5,095
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$4,295
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$5,095
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Newfoundland

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!

Motorcoach transportation, 9 nights accommodation, 9 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 6 dinners, all highlights listed, Tour Director, Connections Program and all taxes.

Land only price – Air available from $450

Prices are in Canadian dollars, are per person and include HST. 

 

 

Highlights

Gros Morne National Park
Hiking ToursOur first stop is Gros Morne National Park. The words “immense,” “majestic,” and “momentous” simply do not do it justice. Gros Morne National Park is designated UNESCO World Heritage Site for both its geological history and exceptional scenery. The geology of the park in particular illustrates the concept of plate tectonics, and has shed important light on geological evolution and its processes.
485 million years in the making and covering 1,805 square kilometres, it is the second largest National Park in the Atlantic. A member of the Long-Range Mountains, an outlying range of the Appalachian Mountains, the freshwater fjord is sheltered by towering cliffs, the highest waterfall in eastern North America, sandy beaches, sea stacks, and sea caves.
Gros Morne takes its name from Newfoundland’s second highest mountain peak (at 806 m or 2,644 ft).
Bonne Bay Cruise Climb aboard the catamaran, the EMM-CAT and view the pristine waters, breath taking scenery and treasures of the Bay.  Live commentary throughout the cruise highlights the geological wonders, the rich cultural history and the Bay’s fascinating diversity. In this incredible setting, it is a great opportunity to photograph the extraordinary wildlife such as bald eagles, moose, whales, and seabirds. It is a photographer’s paradise! or Western Brooke Pond Cruise The landlocked fjord of Western Brook Pond is a rare sight, especially in our part of the world. Carved by glaciers, and home to plenty of waterfalls and wildlife, it’s worth the trip alone. Throughout the tour, which has been featured in many magazines and several television programs, we provide live interpretation to point out some of the geological and historical features of this wonder of nature. (source: Bon Tours)
Half a billion years in the making, as Europe and Africa converged with North America, the Iapetus Ocean closed, and a portion of the oceanic crust was thrust onto the eastern edge of the North American continent. The Tablelands are one of the only areas on earth where the earths mantle is exposed. Slightly rusty looking, the rocks and soil are composed of peridotite, enriched in nickel, magnesium, cobalt, iron and chromium making it inhabitable and even toxic for most plants.
Witness the power of the relentless ocean that carved out the ancient limestone revealing these beautiful scenic arches where three of the four arches remain today.  
Wilfred Thomason Grenfell was born on February 28th, 1865 in a small coastal town in the north of England. He was an adventurous, impetuous boy who loved the outdoors and the sea. In 1883, Grenfell entered the London Hospital Medical School. While in London, he listened to the American evangelist, Dwight L. Moody. His words changed Grenfell's life and he decided to commit himself to Christ. Grenfell joined the Royal National Mission To Deep Sea Fishermen, an organization which provided medical and spiritual services to North Sea Fishermen. In 1892, Grenfell was sent to investigate the conditions in the Labrador fishery. "We're wonderful glad to have you," a fisherman said, "We've never had a doctor in theses parts before." This was the start of Dr. Grenfell's lifelong work on a coast that was ice blocked and inaccessible for several months of the year. He was devoted to improving the life of the people. Dr. Grenfell practiced medicine, built hospitals, established schools and orphanages and when not working on the coast travelled in the UK and North America looking for support and labour. During his life, Grenfell received many honours and awards for his dedicated work. In 1928, he was made a Knight Commander of St. Michael and St. George. By the late 1920's, the hectic pace had begun to take its toll and Grenfell had the first of a series of heart attacks. He died in Vermont on October 9th, 1940. His ashes were brought back to his beloved coast and are buried on Tea House Hill behind Grenfell House here in St. Anthony. (source: Grenfell Properties)
L'Anse aux Meadow At the tip of Newfoundland’s Great Northern Peninsula lies the first known evidence of European presence in the Americas. Here Norse expeditions sailed from Greenland, building a small encampment of timber-and-sod buildings over 1000 years ago Against a stunning backdrop of rugged cliffs, bog, and coastline, discover the fascinating archaeological remains of the Viking encampment, declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1978.   (source: Parks Canada)
Prime Berth Twillingate Fishery & Heritage Centre is a private interpretive fishing center and craft studio created by David Boyd as a tribute to his fisher forefathers. David has never forgotten the priceless time spent and the lessons learned in his father's fishing stage. As a matter of fact, towing his father's old fishing stage across the sea to further enrich the priceless treasures of Prime Berth, has been David's latest project. Prime Berth refers to the age old practice of each spring holding a draw, or lottery of sorts, to determine the place, or "berth" where fishermen would set their cod traps during the coming summer. Everyone hoped and prayed that they would be lucky enough to draw the best spot, or "Prime Berth", as it was called. In David's case this was personal and special as all the fishermen gathered in his fathers kitchen each May for the annual cod trap draw. In honour of this tradition, and as a tribute to proud people so dear to his heart, David decided to call his heritage centre - "Prime Berth"- meaning literally -"the best spot!" David and his wife Christine, a fisherwoman herself, are both extremely proud of their creation and eager to share their passion and knowledge with visitors.       (source: Prime Berth Twillingate Fishery & Heritage Centre )
Imagine... you're bobbing up and down in a dark sea - a light shining across the water is your only connection to land. Built in 1843, the light at Cape Bonavista is one of the few in the world where you can still climb up the stone tower and see the same seal oil fueled catoptric light apparatus that was used in the 1800s. Experience a light keeper's day in 1870 - a 24-7 job of polishing glass, filling oil lamps, recording weather patterns and watching the waves from one of the most rugged points in Newfoundland. A great destination to watch for whales, icebergs and puffins in summer. (source: Provincial Historic Sites)
A salty scent lingers within the cluster of white, 19th century clapboard buildings of the Ryan Premises, perched on the shore of Bonavista’s historic and picturesque harbour. Hear the reminiscences of the site’s interpreters, most of whom have a personal connection to the fishing industry; marvel at the variety of artifacts in the on-site Bonavista Museum; and explore the internationally-recognized “Cod, Seals and Survivors” exhibition that tells the 500-year story of Canada’s east coast fishery.       (source: Parks Canada)
Constructed in 1836, Cape Spear Lighthouse is a striking example of the unique lighthouse architecture of the period. Rising up from the centre of the square lightkeeper’s residence, the all-important light was a beacon of safe passage until 1955, when a new lighthouse tower was built nearby, using the original light. The human history of Cape Spear Lighthouse is the story of the Cantwells. For over 150 years, generations of this famous family of lightkeepers resided at Cape Spear and worked tirelessly to maintain a light so vital to mariners. Step inside the restored lighthouse and discover the lifestyle of a 19th-century lighthouse keeper.
Journey back in time and explore the remnants of the World War II coastal defence battery – Fort Cape Spear. Walk in the footsteps of Canadian and American soldiers as they guarded St. John's from lurking German U-boats.
Theatre Newfoundland and Labrador (TNL) is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to creating and producing professional theatre which reflects the lives and diversity of our audiences on the provinces’s west coast, extending to Labrador and across the island of Newfoundland. (source: Theatre Newfoundland Labrador)
Newfoundland Screech is used in a non-obligatory ceremony known as the "screech-in". The "screech-in" is an optional ceremony performed on non-Newfoundlanders (known to Newfoundlanders as a "come from away" or "mainlander") involving a shot of screech, a short recitation and the kissing of a cod. It is often performed either in homes or more commonly in town pubs.
Wander down the narrow, criss-crossing streets naturally carved by horse and carriage. Pass the colourful jellybean row houses wedged together, lining the sides of steep hills and hidden alleyways. Once you've meandered down to the harbour, look towards the Narrows and imagine a time when the waters were brimming with fishing schooners. And visit Quidi Vidi, the charming village-within-a-city, which embodies the spirit of an old fishing outport. Hike up nearby Signal Hill through the Battery, where tiny colourful wooden homes cling valiantly to cliff-sides ravaged by ocean waves. The hill is home to the unmistakable, iconic Cabot Tower, a castle-like structure built to commemorate the 400th anniversary of John Cabot’s voyage to Newfoundland. It was here that Marconi famously received the first transatlantic wireless message in 1901. From Cabot Tower you can look out over the cliffs and harbour to see a captivating skyline. Perched high on the horizon is The Rooms – home to an extensive collection of artifacts, art, and archival records – standing next to the striking twin clock towers of the Basilica Cathedral of St. John the Baptist.fires in 1816–17, 1846, and 1892. (source: Newfoundland & Labrador)
The Rooms The Rooms is Newfoundland and Labrador’s largest public cultural space. It represents and showcases our province to itself and to the world. Both a destination and a journey, The Rooms is where the province’s most extensive collection of artifacts, art and historical records come together to create meaningful and memorable visitor experiences that share who we are and how we came to be. or Johnson Geo Centre The Johnson GEO CENTRE is a geological interpretation centre located on Signal Hill in St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada. Open since 2002, the GEO CENTRE houses exhibit galleries related to our planet and our provincial geology, oil and gas exploration, natural resources, space exploration, and the Titanic disaster. 
Karren Churchill
 

• 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 or Comfort Inn (1 night)
• Clarenville: Quality Suites or Clarenville Inn (2 nights)
• St. John’s: Delta Hotel (2 nights)

Day1

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 Gros Morne National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site for a guided tour of the Tablelands. *Arrive in Rocky Harbour this evening to settle in for your first night in Newfoundland. While here you’ll enjoy dinner followed by a musical welcome to the island provided by local entertainment.

Stay: Rocky Harbour: Ocean View Motel or Fisherman’s Landing Inn (1 night)
* July 5, 2021 departure: Shallow Bay Motel in Cow Head (2 nights)
Nights: 1
Meals: L, D

Day2

Gros Morne National Park

Rise and shine, after breakfast this morning you will have the choice to enjoy one of two spectacular views of Gros Morne Park. Enjoy a boat cruise of Bonne Bay* or embark on a landlocked fjord cruise of the Western Brooke Pond, which boasts spectacular views of billion-year-old cliffs. Once back on shore, travel to Cow Head where you’ll enjoy dinner followed by a performance by Theatre Newfoundland and Labrador, where you will be entertained by the province’s colourful history

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

(*Lunch provided on Bonne Bay cruise if chosen)

Day3

The Great Northern Peninsula

Enjoy a leisurely start to your day as you travel the Great Northern Peninsula, the longest peninsula in Newfoundland. Your journey takes you along the coast with the opportunity to stop and capture some photos. Along the way, see the dramatic rock formations at “The Arches” and visit Port Aux Choix, a National Historic Site.

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

Day4

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 bulidings are the focal point of this stunning UNESCO World Heritage Site. Enjoy exploring the museum where you’ll learn about the life and contributions made to the North Shores of Newfoundland.

Meals: B, L, D

Day5

Gander

Enjoy a relaxing travel day as you make your way through the heart of this breathtaking province. After stopping for lunch in Deer Lake you continue on to Gander, made famous for their warm hospitality when they took in almost 6,000 guests during the 9/11 crisis in the USA.

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

Day6

Coastal Drive

Venture off the Trans-Canada Highway through picturesque coastal villages for spectacular views of the ocean, a lighthouse, and perhaps even an iceberg. Stop in Prime Berth Twillingate Fishery & Heritage Centre, a  private interpretative fishing centre and craft studio created by David Boyd as a tribute to his family’s generations of fishermen. You will enjoy an unforgettable lunch today, enjoying the hospitality of Karren Churchill and her guest favourite Shed Party. Pucker up because today is the day you become an honorary Newfoundlander with a kiss of the cod and an official screetch in!

Stay: Clarenville Inn or Quality Inn, Clarenville
* June 22, 2021 departure:  Shallow Bay Motel in Cow Head 
Nights: 2
Meals: B, L, D

Day7

Bonavista

Enjoy a day trip to colouful Bonavista that includes time to visit the iconic Bonavista lighthouse or stroll along the coastal pathways. Visit Dungeon Provincial Park, where you’ll find spectacular examples of the North Atlantic Ocean’s wave action and erosive power due to the ancient sedimentary rocks’ composition and thousands of years of continuous coastal erosion leaving the incredible feature you will see today. At Ryan Premises, you’ll learn all about the important history of the Cod fisheries in Newfoundland.

Meals: B, L

Day8

St. John’s

Travel into Newfoundland’s Avalon Region for the opportunity to experince all that St. John’s has to offer. You will be treated to a guided city tour and have the evening to explore the colourful city.

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

Day9

Whale-Watching Excursion

Today you will take a memorable cruise out of Bay Bulls en route to Witless Bay Ecological Reserve. This protected area is home to over 500,000 Atlantic Puffins and the largest humpback whale population in North America. This afternoon you will have the option to visit The Rooms or Johnson Geo Centre. This evening enjoy a farewell dinner with fellow guests as you savor a delicious fresh caught lobster dinner.

Meals: B, D

Day10

Travel Home

After breakfast, transfer to the airport in St. John’s for you flight home.

Meals: B

 

 

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.

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