A shorter 8 night self driving itinerary offering the chance to experience the best of what Newfoundland has to offer. Expect to see rugged coastlines, quaint fishing villages as well as an abundance of wildlife.
Document Kit Includes: Travel Wallet, Full Itinerary, Vouchers, Driving Directions, Maps & Supporting Literature
8 Nights Accommodation
Intermediate Car Rental for Duration (Unlimited kms, CDW Insurance, Airport Fees, Additional Driver Fee, Drop Fee & Taxes)
St. John’s City tour
Bay Bulls Nature Cruise
Ferryland Lighthouse Picnic
Western Brook Pond Boat Cruise
All Meals (unless stated)
National Park Entrance Fees
Car Rental Extras (Gas, PAC Top up Insurance, GPS and taxes on extras)
Car Parking Fees
Harmonized Sales Tax at 15%
Any additional items not stated
Day 1 – St. John’s
Arrive St. John’s and pick up your rental vehicle. Welcome to the oldest city in North America! This historic, vibrant city has many attractions with the added bonus of a wide selection of restaurants from fine dining to traditional Newfoundland fayre. St. John’s has the highest concentration of pubs per capita on the continent and a visit to the infamous George Street is a must! Overnight St. John’s.
Day 2 – St. John’s
Today explore St. John’s. Sightseeing suggestions include The Rooms, Johnson’s GEO Centre, The Newman Wine Vaults or maybe taking a gentle stroll along sections of the Grand Concourse, which comprises of 40 km (25 miles) of spectacular trails and walkways within St. John’s, Quidi Vidi Lake and Rennies River. In the afternoon, you will drive along the scenic Avalon Peninsula, home to over 5500 woodland caribou. Continue along the south shore to Ferryland where you will enjoy a gourmet lighthouse picnic at Ferryland Lighthouse – a unique experience that offers exquisite food in combination with history, culture and whale watching. Later, visit the fascinating Colony of Avalon Archaeology. Drive back to Bay Bulls where you will take an afternoon cruise around the Witless Bay Ecological Reserve, a protective sanctuary for kittiwakes, murres, puffins and other seabirds. The waters off Bay Bulls are home to the world’s largest population of humpback whales. Return to St. John’s and relax for the remainder of the evening. Overnight St. John’s.
Day 3 – St. John’s/Dildo
This morning enjoy a city tour of St. John’s – this is a great orientation of St. John’s, as well as the most Easterly point in North America. You will visit the National Historic site of Cape Spear and will enjoy a beautiful view on top of Signal Hill. Other stops include Quidi Vidi Village, Government House, the Roman Catholic Cathedral and an orientation of the shops and restaurants of downtown St. John’s. Depart St. John’s and drive north to Conception Bay and onto the charming community of Brigus – once residence of the world famous northern explorer Captain Bob Bartlett. Visit the Hawthorne Cottage, Ye Olde Stone Barn Museum and The Tunnel while in Brigus. Continue on the Baccalieu Trail to the community of Dildo. Dildo is renowned for its hilarious name and many tourists stop by the community sign for a photo opportunity! Overnight Dildo.
Day 4 – Dildo/Trinity
This morning some further exploring of Dildo. Suggestions include visiting the interpretation centre, aquarium touch tank and 1933 replica of a giant squid as well as site of the 1800′s cod fish hatchery. In the afternoon continue north to the Bonavista Peninsula and onto Trinity – the cultural capital of Newfoundland and renowned for its unique historical architecture including the Ryan Store, Hiscock House and the Blacksmith Museum. Trinity also hosts the New Founde Lande Trinity Pageant – a humorous look at Newfoundland & Labrador history. Overnight Trinity.
Day 5 – Trinity
Today explore this beautiful region further. This area has been used for the filming of the movie “Shipping News” starring Dame Judi Dench & Kevin Spacey and also for the TV miniseries drama “Random Passage”. Visit the nearby Cape Random film set constructed in 2000, the site offers visitors the opportunity to step back in time and imagine the life of our forebearers in a typical fishing community in the early 1800’s. Continue on and drive the remainder of the Bonavista Peninsula. Take time to visit Cape Bonavista Lighthouse, Historic Ryan Premises, Mockbeggar Plantation and the Matthew Interpretation Centre. Return back to Trinity. Overnight Trinity.
Day 6 – Trinity/Twillingate
Depart Trinity and take a leisurely drive to Terra Nova National Park, – a beautiful example of typical Newfoundland landscape. Terra Nova National Park is known as the ‘Fingers of the Sea’ as it protects remnants of the ancient Appalachian Mountains. Rocky headlands provide shelter from the awesome power of the open ocean. The landscape of the park varies from the rugged cliffs and sheltered inlets of the coastal region to the rolling forested hills, bogs and ponds of the inland. Keep an eye out for ospreys, eagle, lynx and moose. Continue on to Central Newfoundland and explore the “Road to the Isles” or “Road to the Shore” routes to visit the many coves, inlets and fishing villages dotted along the coastline. Continue your drive to the fishing community of Twillingate; be sure to visit Long Point Lighthouse as well as the fascinating Prime Berth Twillingate Fishing Museum. Overnight Twillingate.
Day 7 – Twillingate/Gros Morne National Park
Today, leave behind the Central Region of Newfoundland, and head west through a vast expanse of lush forest and contrasting scenery towards Deer Lake. Drive north along the Viking Trail to Gros Morne National Park – designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1987 for its impressive geological features, the 1805 sq. kilometer park offers beauty and adventure that are unsurpassed by any in the world. Take time to fully explore the south side of this beautiful area of Newfoundland. Visit the impressive Discovery Centre and the scenic communities of Woody Point and Trout River. Gros Morne is a hiker’s paradise catering to all abilities, with over 19 hiking trails to choose from covering over 100 kms throughout the park. (Hikers trail guide available at Discovery & Visitor Centre’s). Overnight Gros Morne National Park.
Day 8 – Gros Morne National Park
Today explore the north side of the park. Highlights include the scenic community of Norris Point and Rocky Harbour – the service hub of the Gros Morne area. Take time to visit Lobster Cove Head Lighthouse and Bonne Bay Marine Station. In the afternoon, enjoy a spectacular Western Brook Pond Fjord Boat Tour – the only way, other than by helicopter, to see the spectacular Western Brook Gorge. Enjoy a 45min boardwalk stroll to the dock before enjoying a leisurely cruise into the gorge – be at one with nature as you see the dramatic ravine-like sides of this inland fjord tower over 600 metres above you. Overnight Gros Morne National Park.
Day 9 – Gros Morne National/Deer Lake
Depart Gros Morne National Park and drive to Deer Lake Airport where you will drop off your rental car, ready for your onward journey.