Fresh salt air, sandy beaches, rocky coves, cosmopolitan cities, remote lighthouses, rich history, warm hospitality, rustic fishing villages, succulent seafood, unspoiled nature, varied activities, first-rate facilities and travel routes…all of these things and more make Canada’s Maritime Provinces one of the world’s most popular destinations. Your Atlantic Canadian journey continues to Newfoundland & Labrador. This comprehensive tour features the best of “the Far East of the Western World”. Travel from the northernmost tip of the island of Newfoundland to the most easterly point in North America through national parks – including Gros Morne, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Learn of ancient peoples – the Maritime Archaic, Vikings, and Basques – as you travel to coastal fishing communities to meet the friendly and hospitable people of today. Boat tours provide the opportunity to see whales, thousands of seabirds, and, depending on the time of the year, Icebergs! Sample the local food and drink to become an honorary “Newfoundlander”!
2018 Dates: June 4, 5, 6, 11, 13, 18, 20, 25, 27; July 2, 4, 9, 11, 16, 18, 23, 30; August 6, 8, 13, 15, 20, 22, 27, 29; September 3, 5, 6, 10, 12
Average Group Size – 35 Passengers.
Local Newfoundland Guide
11 nights accommodation with private bath and/or shower
Baggage Handling of one suitcase per person
Sightseeing in Gros Morne Park
Water Shuttle/Tour Bonne Bay (weather permitting)
Visit to Sir Wilfred Grenfell Mission
Tour to L’Anse Aux Meadows
Ferry Crossing to and from Labrador
Tour of Red Bay Basque Whaling Station
Excursions to Twillingate, Trinity and Bonavista
Visit to the Ryan Premises
Tour of Historic St. John’s
Entrance Fees to National Historic Sites
Excursion to Cape Spear
Whale/Puffin Boat Tour (weather permitting)
Eight Midday Meals
Meals other than those listed above
Items of a personal nature
Provincial Sales Tax (15%)
Arrive at Deer Lake on the West Coast of Newfoundland and transfer to Corner Brook to begin your holiday with McCarthy’s Party. This evening we will enjoy a get together to meet your fellow travellers.
Overnight Corner Brook.
This morning we take the Viking trail to beautiful Gros Morne National Park. We will travel along some of the most spectacular coastline in North America and visit the National Historic Park at Port au Choix, which interprets the intriguing history and lifestyle of the Maritime Archaic people who lived here over 3000 years ago. This evening we share our welcome dinner.
Overnight Plum Point. Breakfast, Midday Meal & Welcome Dinner.
Today we travel the coastline to St. Anthony to visit the home of the famous medical missionary, Sir Wilfred Grenfell. The highlight of this day is our visit to the UNESCO World Heritage site at L’Anse aux Meadows, home of Lief the Lucky and the Viking people who settled this area as early as the year 1000 A.D.
Overnight Plum Point. Breakfast & Midday Meal.
Keep a sharp eye out for whales as we travel across the Straits of Belle Isle to the shores of Labrador. Here we visit the recently discovered Whaling Station founded by the Basques in the early 1500’s, and learn about the “modern techniques” used by these whalers and the hardships they endured. Later we visit the tallest lighthouse in the province at L’Anse Amour.
Overnight in L’Anse au Clair. Breakfast & Midday Meal.
This morning we return to the island and continue to explore the rugged coastline stopping to visit The Arches and enjoy an interpretation of the many unique and wonderful geological formations for which Newfoundland is so famous. Tonight we will enjoy a traditional Newfoundland dinner.
Overnight Rocky Harbour/Cow Head. Breakfast & Dinner
This morning we take a boat tour across beautiful Bonne Bay to Woody Point where we spend time in Gros Morne National Park UNESCO World Heritage Site. We visit the new Discovery Centre and view the famous Tableland Mountains. It is this area that earned the park its UNESCO World Heritage status and its nickname as the ‘Galapagos of Plate Tectonics’.
Overnight Rocky Harbour/Cow Head. Breakfast & Midday Meal.
This morning we start our trek eastward, officially leaving North America and crossing onto a new geological frontier as we enter King’s Point and the beginning of Newfoundland’s Oceanic/European plate. A beautiful harbor provides the perfect backdrop for our lunch and an eventful morning of whale interpretation and pottery exhibits. This afternoon we visit the pretty community of Lewisporte, “The Gateway to the North”, where we will share our stories of the 911 tragedy with those who welcomed the world into their homes.
Overnight Gander. Breakfast & Midday Meal.
This morning we are off on the “Road to the Isles”, before travelling across “Tickles and Runs” to spend time on beautiful Twillingate Island. This is one of Newfoundland’s oldest and most interesting fishing communities. We then travel to Terra Nova National Park to view the vistas of Newman Sound.
Overnight Port Blandford/Clarenville. Breakfast & Midday Meal.
This morning we travel to the historic village of Trinity, one of the oldest communities in North America, the gem of the Island. Then its out to Cape Bonavista for a chance to walk the cliffs and enjoy the spectacular coastal scenery. This afternoon we spend in Bonavista, the landfall of John Cabot in 1497. Here we visit the Ryan Premises and have an opportunity to learn about inshore fishing techniques that have allowed this town to thrive for hundreds of years.
Overnight Port Blandford/Clarenville. Breakfast & Midday Meal.
Today we travel to the Avalon Peninsula to the town of Bay Bulls. From here we take a boat trip to the Witless Bay Ecological Reserve where we view thousands of Atlantic Puffins, Murres and other seabirds that nest here in the summer. Witless Bay is also home to many Humpback, Minke, and Fin whales in the summer months so whale sightings are a definite possibility. This afternoon we visit Cape Spear National Historic Park, the most easterly point of land in North America before heading into St. John’s, the capital of Newfoundland and Labrador.
Overnight St. John’s. Breakfast & Midday Meal.
This morning we will tour historic St. John’s, the oldest city in North America. This trip includes a visit to Cabot Tower and Signal Hill where we can view the famous “Narrows” and admire the architecture of old St. John’s. This afternoon is left free. This evening we share our farewell dinner.
Overnight St. John’s. Breakfast and Dinner.
All good things must come to an end and so we bid a fond farewell to our newest yet oldest Province. As you fly homeward it will be with many delightful memories of an authentic Newfoundland experience that will be recalled for years to come.
Breakfast & Transfer to St. John’s Airport.