On this tour of Newfoundland off Canada’s East Coast, expect stunning scenery and many wildlife viewing opportunities. This large island in the North Atlantic ocean boasts gorgeous coastal cliffs inhabited by large colonies of puffins and other seabirds. On short boat cruises, encounter harbour seals and possibly whales. Potentially see moose and caribou in Gros Morne National Park. As you visit historic sites, learn about some of North America’s oldest European settlements. At Port au Choix National Historic Site, see archaeological finds from people who settled here before 2000 BC. At L’Anse aux Meadows National Historic Site tour North America’s only known Viking settlement. Also enjoy the famous hospitality, music, and seafood of Newfoundlanders in Corner Brook, Cow Head, St. Anthony, Gander, and St. John’s.
Natural Wonders of Newfoundland
August 4 Cornerbrook
Welcome to Newfoundland! Arrive at the Deer Lake airport and transfer to Cornerbrook. Tonight enjoy a welcome dinner with the group and get acquainted with your fellow travellers.
August 5 Gros Morne / Cow Head
Depart for Gros Morne National Park to explore the Tablelands—one of the few places where the Earth’s crust has been scraped away by glaciers to reveal the mantle underneath. A National Park Interpreter will join the group for a short, easy interpretive hike to tell you about this unique area where few plants grow in the harsh soils. Later, travel the spectacular road between Woody Point and Trout River. One side is lush green; the other, a brilliant, amber colour. Continue to the town of Cow Head for the night, on the Northern Peninsula of Newfoundland.
August 6 Gros Morne / Cow Head
On day two in Gros Morne National Park, marvel at towering inland fjords, waterfalls, and potentially see moose, caribou, and other wildlife as you stroll along lush walking trails. Capture some of these amazing scenes at numerous photographic stops in this UNESCO World Heritage Destination. Also, see Lobster Cove Lighthouse in Rocky Harbour and enjoy a boat cruise of Bonne Bay. Partake in an age-old tradition: a ‘Screech In’ featuring live traditional music, a Cod fish, Sou’wester, and a little of the famous Newfoundland Screech (rum).
August 7 St. Anthony
Travel the Viking Trail Route to the most northerly tip of Newfoundland, to L’Anse aux Meadows National Historic Site, where Vikings, the first Europeans to reach North America, landed. Discover what life was like for the Viking settlers in 1,000 AD as you visit the interpretive centre, and tour the Viking ruins and longhouse. Overnight in St. Anthony, the hub of the great Northern Peninsula.
August 8 Gander
Travel to central Newfoundland to the town of Gander—once an important refuelling stop for transatlantic flights and still a preferred emergency landing point for aircraft facing on-board medical or security issues. More recently, Gander has been known for its incredible role in hosting dozens of international passengers when flights were grounded during the 9/11 tragedy, inspiring the Tony Award winning musical “Come From Away”. Gander is our home for the next two nights.
August 9 Gander
Visit famous Iceberg Alley and historic Twillingate, known for its scenic coastlines and rich culture. Tour Long Point Lighthouse and Interpretation Centre, 300 feet above the sea, and the Prime Berth Fishery and Heritage Centre, a private interpretive fishing centre.
August 10 St. John’s
This morning, visit the North Atlantic Aviation Museum and take a short tour of Gander. Enjoy a scenic drive through Terra Nova National Park, Canada’s most easterly national park, where boreal forest meets the rugged coastline. Late this afternoon, arrive in St. John’s, a colourful city which was founded in 1519 and is one of the oldest European settlements in North America.
August 11 St. John’s
Explore St. John’s on a guided tour. Visit Canada’s second largest National Historic Park as well as Signal Hill and Cape Spear, home of the oldest lighthouse and most easterly point in North America. Be immersed in the culture at Newfoundland and Labrador’s largest public cultural space, The Rooms, showcasing the region’s history, heritage and artistic expression. The rest of the afternoon and evening is yours to relax, explore the city, or participate in St. John’s renowned foodie scene as you sample sweet and savoury delights.
August 12 Irish Loop / St. John’s
Embark on a beautiful scenic and historic coastal drive on the famed Irish Loop along the Avalon Peninsula to learn about early Irish settlers who comprised half of Newfoundland’s inhabitants in 1840. The Irish culture still has a strong influence on the island. Also see the point where Amelia Earhart took off when she became the first woman to fly across the Atlantic. Visit the Mistaken Point Ecological Reserve, a UNESCO World Heritage site, where fossils from prehistoric sea life dating back over 500 million years are showcased and protected. Conclude the day out at sea, on a whale watching cruise that provides the opportunity to see not only whales, but puffins and other marine life. This evening, return to St. John’s for a farewell dinner with the group as you reminisce of all you have learned and seen.
Bid farewell to your new friends as you depart for home.
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