Legends and Lighthouses of NL – 16 Nights

Highlights

The Lighthouses of Newfoundland are symbolic of the rich history, ties to the sea and the enduring spirit of the people of Newfoundland. Revisit the past and discover the legends of daring rescues, fearsome storms and seafaring folk. This journey provides a glimpse into the hardships and triumphs of the steadfast lighthouse keepers and the remarkable structures they called home.

Included

Document Kit Includes: Travel Wallet, Full Itinerary, Vouchers, Driving Directions, Maps & Supporting Literature
16 Nights Accommodations
Intermediate Car Rental for Duration (Unlimited kms, CDW Insurance, Airport Fees, Additional Driver Fee, Drop Fee & Taxes)
St. John’s City Tour
Ferryland Picnic
Trinity Bay Whale Watching Tour

Not Included

All Meals (unless stated)
Flights
Travel Insurance
National Park Entrance Fees
Car Rental Extras (Gas, PAC Top up Insurance, GPS and taxes on extras)
Car Parking Fees
Gratuities
Harmonized Sales Tax at 15%
Any additional items not stated

Day 1 – St. John’s

Arrive St. John’s Airport. 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 you will explore this delightful city. This morning you will enjoy a city tour of St. John’s – 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 as well as 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. Other sightseeing suggestions include visiting 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.  Overnight St. John’s.

Day 3 – St. John’s/Avalon Peninsula

Today depart St. John’s along the Irish Loop to the scenic Avalon Peninsula, home to over 5500 woodland caribou. Continue on to Bay Bulls where perhaps you can 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.  Continue along the south shore via Ferryland to experience a picnic like no other!  The Lighthouse Picnic offers exquisite food at one of the most beautiful locations in the world – Ferryland Head.  Continue your journey to visit the fascinating Colony of Avalon Archeological site before driving on to Canada’s most significant landfall marker – Cape Race Lighthouse. On April 14th, 1912 this station received the distress calls from the HMS Titanic.  Continue to St. Mary’s.  Overnight St. Mary’s. 

Day 4 – Avalon Peninsula

Drive along the western shore of the Avalon Peninsula via Cape St. Mary’s. Take time to visit the Cape St. Mary’s Ecological Reserve Seabird Sanctuary – the Interpretive Centre overlooks Bird Rock – one of the largest nesting sites for Gannets in North America. Continue along the Cape Shore Route to Castle Hill National Historic Park – a fort erected in the 17th century to protect the once French capital of Newfoundland. Continue to Placentia.  Overnight Avalon Peninsula. 

Day 5 – Avalon Peninsula/Trinity

Depart the Avalon Peninsula and continue north through the scenic Bonavista Peninsula on to Trinity – the cultural architectural capital of Newfoundland. Trinity is 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 6 – Trinity

This morning enjoy a nature cruise of Trinity Bay. The afternoon at leisure to 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 7 – 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 8 – Twillingate

Day at leisure to 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 9 – 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 100kms of the park. Overnight Gros Morne National Park.

Day 10 – Gros Morne National Park/Quirpon Island

Continue along the Viking Trail stopping 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 Quirpon Dock where you will be met and transferred by small power boat over to Quirpon Island. A unique remote island experience awaits you! You will stay in a refurbished original Light Keeper’s residence, which is located on Quirpon Island in Cape Bauld on the northernmost tip of the Northern Peninsula. This is a truly once in a lifetime experience not to be missed! Overnight Quirpon Island *. (All meals Included) 

Day 11 – Quirpon Island

Relax and enjoy your Quirpon Island experience – whale watch from the helipad or enclosed viewing area or roam the rugged landscape. In season Quirpon Island is one of Newfoundland’s best locations for iceberg viewing as they drift the Labrador Current on their journey south. The northern tip of the Island is strategically located at the mouth of the Strait of Belle Isle – a conveyor belt of food sources for whales. In season, expect to see Minke and Humpbacks and also other species including the Orca and Right whale. Overnight Quirpon Island. (All meals included).

Day 12 – Quirpon Island/Gros Morne National Park

Depart Quirpon mid morning and be transferred back over to Quirpon dock. Depart Quirpon driving south, down the Great Northern Peninsula back to Gros Morne National Park. Highlights enroute, include visiting “The Arches”, Shallow Bay Beach and the shipwreck remains of the “SS Ethie”. Overnight Gros Morne National Park.

Day 13 – 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, perhaps you could join the Western Brook Pond Fjord Boat Tour – the only way, other than by helicopter, to see the spectacular Western Brook Gorge. Overnight Gros Morne National Park.

Day 14 – Gros Morne National Park/Humber Valley Area

Depart Gros Morne National Park and drive to the Humber Valley region. A whole host of activities are available nearby ranging from hiking, kayaking, zip-lining, caving and cycling. Overnight Steady Brook. 

Day 15 – Humber Valley Area

Today depart Humber Valley and continue to Newfoundland’s second city located on the south shore of the Humber Arm. Places to visit within Corner Brook are the City Museum, the Newfie Bullet Historic Train and the Captain James Cook Monument. Continue heading west traveling through the spectacular Codroy Valley. If time permits visit the nearby town of Stephenville – once a US Airforce base and now the gateway to the Port au Port Peninsula. Continue on through the Codroy Valley to Cape Anguille. Overnight Cape Anguille Lighthouse Inn. 

Day 16 – Cape Anguille

Today you can explore the south coast. In Codroy Valley visit the Wetlands – home to a diverse resident waterfowl population. This area has become a major resting area for some 200 species of migratory birds during the year. Be sure to visit the interpretation centre which features information panels and bird displays. Drive south to visit the community of Rose Blanche, which has a rich Basque whaling history and later became inhabited by French fishermen. Explore the recently restored Rose Blanche Point Lighthouse, unique because of its architecture – a granite stone dwelling with a slate roof. Continue on to visit The Harvey Trail in Isle aux Morts – this sight honors the daring rescues by the George Harvey family. Along with their Newfoundland dog “Hairyman”, the family saved all 160 lives aboard the ill-fated brig “Despatch” in 1828 and again 10 years later, they rescued the 25 member crew of the ship “Rankin”.   Continue back to Port Aux Basques and enjoy a leisurely stroll along the harbour boardwalk to Scott’s Cove Park. This area is marked by colour flags shaped like ships and sails. At the park visit “The Village”; which consists of a ship amphitheatre surrounded by quaint little shops modeled on typical outport fishing stages. Scott’s Cove is a lively area of town with gift shops that have some of the best Newfoundland souvenirs and snack bars, as well as live nightly entertainment during the summer. Continue back to Cape Anguille. Overnight Cape Anguille Lighthouse Inn. 

Day 17 – Cape Anguille/Departure

Depart Cape Anguille and make your way to Port aux Basques ferry terminal or Deer Lake Airport ready for your onward journey. **

* Quirpon Island Lighthouse Inn — A hike from Quirpon Island dock to Inn may be required, dependent on weather conditions. All meals & boat transfer included at Quirpon Island

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