This self drive starts and finishes in St. John’s and takes in all the highlights that Newfoundland has to offer. A 10,000-year history, deep fjords, majestic icebergs, an abundance of wildlife, expansive wilderness & mountains together with its famous hospitality, Newfoundland & Labrador has it all! It captivates the hearts and imaginations of visitors far and wide.
Document Kit Includes: Travel Wallet, Full Itinerary, Vouchers, Driving Directions, Maps & Supporting Literature
13 Nights Accommodations
Intermediate Car Rental for Duration (Unlimited kms, CDW Insurance, Airport Fees, Additional Driver Fee & Taxes)
Bay Bulls Nature Cruise
Ferryland Lighthouse Picnic
St. John’s City Tour
Twillingate Nature Cruise
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. 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 depart St. John’s along the Irish Loop to the scenic Avalon Peninsula, home to over 5500 woodland caribou. Travel to Bay Bulls where you will take a 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. Later drive along the south shore to Ferryland where you will enjoy a Gourmet Lighthouse Picnic at Ferryland Lighthouse and later, visit the fascinating Colony of Avalon Archaeological site before returning back to St. John’s. Overnight St. John’s.
Day 3 – St. John’s/Trinity
This morning, enjoy a city tour of St. John’s – 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. In the afternoon, depart St. John’s and take the scenic coastal loop along Conception Bay to the charming village of Brigus – residence of the world famous northern explorer Captain Bob Bartlett. Be sure to visit Hawthorne Cottage, Ye Olde Stone Barn Museum and The Tunnel while in Brigus. Continue onto Trinity – The cultural architectural capital of Newfoundland. Trinity also hosts the New Founde Lande Trinity Pageant – a humerous look at Newfoundland & Labrador history. Places to visit in Trinity include the Ryan Store, Hiscock House and the Blacksmith Museum to name a few! Overnight Trinity.
Day 4 – Trinity
Today explore this beautiful region further. This area has been used for the filming of the movie “Shipping News” starring Dame Judi Dench 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 5 – 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. Overnight Twillingate.
Day 6 – Twillingate
This morning you will take to the scenic waters on a nature cruise around Twillingate Island and in particular “Iceberg Alley” and Notre Dame Bay. In season, expect to see not only majestic icebergs, but also whales, Atlantic dolphins and seals as well as many native seas birds like terns, black guillemot, kittiwakes, seagulls, puffins, murres and shearwaters. Twillingate is a nature lovers paradise. Later explore the area – there is a lot to see and do in Twillingate! Sightseeing suggestions in this area include visiting the still-active 1876 Long Point Lighthouse, Twillingate Museum, Durrell Museum (The Polar Bear Exhibit), Auk Island Winery (famous for berry flavored wines), Iceberg Interpretation Centre, Prime Berth Fishing Heritage Centre to name a few! Other suggestions include visiting the quaint communities of Change Islands & Fogo Island (both accessed by local ferry). 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 1805km.sq park offers beauty and adventure that are unsurpassed anywhere else 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. Take time to view the magnificent ‘Tablelands’ – the reason Gros Morne was given its UNESCO status. Gros Morne is a hiker’s paradise catering to all abilities, with over 19 hiking trails to choose from covering over 100 kms of the park. 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 45 min 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 Park/Main Brook
Depart Gros Morne National Park driving north along the great Northern Peninsula, enroute take time to visit Port au Choix National Historic Site and view artifacts of the Maritime Archaic people who occupied the region over 3700 years ago. Continue on to Main Brook. On arrival relax and capture the extreme beauty and tranquility of your natural surroundings. Enjoy spectacular views from the Lodge which overlooks South West Pond. Activities available for the more adventurous include hiking, fishing, canoeing and kayaking. Overnight Main Brook.
Day 10 – Main Brook
Use Main Brook as your base for exploring the region. Take time to visit both L’Anse aux Meadows – the only authenticated Viking settlement site in North America and Norstead Viking Village – a fascinating re-enactment of how Vikings lived over 1000 years ago. Drive to the town of St. Anthony where you can enjoy a nature cruise and explore the breathtaking coastal waters off St. Anthony; in season, expect to see whales and icebergs. Later visit the Grenfell Historic Properties and learn of the impact that Sir Wilfred Grenfell had on the social, medical and economic climate of the early 1900s during his worldwide mission. The historic properties tell the story of the evolution of northern Newfoundland and Labrador and the people of the region over the last 100 years. Overnight Main Brook.
Day 11 – Humber Valley Area
Today take a leisurely drive back down the Viking Trail and onto the scenic Humber Valley region – a haven for outdoor enthusiasts. A whole host of activities are available nearby ranging from hiking, kayaking, zip-lining, caving and cycling. Overnight Steady Brook.
Day 12 – Humber Valley Area/Central
Depart Steady Brook early and continue on to the Central Region of Newfoundland suggest taking a detour to visit Springdale and Glassy Beach, a hidden gem at the far end of the community of Springdale. Take the dirt road out of town until you come to a cryptic sign declaring “Bowers 136136.” Here, you’ll find a 140-meter-long trail from the road to the beach, a small inlet covered almost entirely in smooth, wave-washed fragments of broken glass. Further afield, just off the Springdale junction you’ll find the smaller towns of King’s Point and Rattling Brook, which pay homage to the mighty humpback whale. Visit the King’s Point, Humpback Whale Pavilion, Kings Point Pottery as well as the Alexander Murray Hiking Trail. Continue on to Grand Falls- Windsor. Overnight Grand Falls-Windsor.
Day 13 – Central/Gambo
Depart the scenic Exploits Valley region and take a leisurely drive to Gambo. Birthplace of Joey Smallwood, the first premier of the province when Newfoundland joined Canada in 1949, after leading the successful political battle for Confederation. There are several commemorative pieces that recall his life and work, including a statue and a museum. Overnight Gambo.
Day 14 – Gambo/St. John’s Airport
Depart Gambo and continue on to St. John’s airport to return your rental car, ready for your onward journey.