What we love about this trip
Unique culture of Canada’s friendliest province
Seeing Newfoundland’s rugged coastline and icebergs
Visiting beautiful national parks
Cruising the Atlantic Ocean
Seeing dolphins, whales and puffins!
Exploring Viking remains
Staying at charming inns
Day 1 – Newfoundland adventure begins – arrive in St. John’s
Upon arrival in St. John’s pick up your rental car. Explore the oldest city in North America. This historical 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 capital on the continent and a visit to the infamous George Street is a must! Overnight St. John’s.
Day 2 – Explore St. John’s and Ferryland
This morning, explore St. John’s - you can 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, and the Roman Catholic Cathedral.
Later, depart St. John's early along the Irish Loop to the scenic Avalon Peninsula, home to over 5500 Woodland caribou. Continue on to Ferryland where you’ll experience a picnic like no other! Your picnic offers exquisite food at one of the most beautiful locations in the world – Ferryland Head. Overnight in St. John’s.
Day 3 – St. John’s to Trinity
Depart St. John’s along the scenic Conception Bay coastal drive – on a clear day you will be able to see the still active Bell Island Lighthouse. Continue on to the charming town of Brigus – once the residence of the world famous northern explorer Captain Bob Bartlett. Visit Hawthorne Cottage, Ye Olde Stone Barn Museum and the Tunnel, whilst in Brigus. Continue north and then east to the Bonavista Peninsula and onto the cultural capital of Newfoundland – Trinity. 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 in Trinity.
Day 4 – Trinity Bay Sailing Tour or Whale Watching
Today, choose between a zodiac whale watching tour or sailing tour fromNew Bonaventure to the enchanting and long-abandoned communities of Kerley's Harbour, Ireland's Eye and British Harbour to name a few. On the sailing tour, choose to return by boat or hike over highlands and alongside tumbling streams back to New Bonaventure. Be entertained by your skipper, to a back drop of Icebergs, whales, and sea birds. (note - peak Iceberg viewing occurs in June). Overnight in Trinity.
Day 5 – Trinity & Bonavista
Spend your day enjoying the culture of Trinity and the beautiful natural setting that surrounds it. Take time to visit the Rising Tides Theatre to glimpse the traditions of Trinity’s forefathers. For a more active afternoon adventure head to one of Newfoundland’s most popular trails, the Skerwink on the Boanista Peninsula, and keep your camera ready for seabirds, whales, bergs, caves and arches. Finally, visit the filming locations of The Shipping News or Random Passage and imagine yourself on set.
Day 6 – Trinity to Twillingate
Depart Trinity and head west continuing on through Terra Nova National Park, a beautiful example of typical Newfoundland landscape, sheltered bays, rugged ocean coastline and rolling forested hills. Keep an eye out for ospreys, eagles, lynx and moose. Finally arriving at the quaint fishing village of Twillingate and the 1876 still active Long Point Lighthouse. Overnight in Twillingate
Suggested Fogo Island add-on: Situated on a gorgeous rocky shoreline where slabs of granite meet the moody North Atlantic, the luxurious Fogo Island Inn is an innovative community project, with 100% of profits being reinvested in the local economy. The Inn features 29 rooms with panoramic ocean views, hand-crafted furniture and quilts, locally inspired cuisine, rooftop hot tubs, saunas, and a publicly accessible art gallery, library and cinema. The island’s still-wild world has caribou to track, hills of berries to forage, nature trails to explore, and countless birds and sea life to behold.
Day 7 – Twillingate to 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. Drive north along the Viking Trail to Gros Morne National Park – designated an UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1987 for it’s impressive geological features. The 1805 sq kilometre park offers beauty and adventure that are unsurpassed by any in the world. Take time to fully explore this outstanding area of Newfoundland. Visit the impressive Discovery Centre in Woody Point and if time permits visit the community of Trout River to take a Zodiac Cruise. 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. Overnight in Gros Morne National Park.
Days 8 and 9 – Discover Gros Morne National Park
For the next two days, highlights include the scenic community of Norris Point and Lobster Cove Head Lighthouse in Rocky Harbour. Included is 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 minute boardwalk stroll to the dock before enjoying a leisurely cruise into the gorge – be humbled by nature as you see the dramatic ravine-like sides of this inland fjord tower over 600 metres above you. Other suggestions in the area include visiting the shipwreck remains of the "SS Ethie", Shallow Bay Beach, and “the Arches". Overnight in Gros Morne National Park.
Day 10 – Gros Morne Park to Corner Brook
Today take a leisurely drive to the scenic Marble Mountain Region – a haven for outdoor enthusiasts. A whole host of activities nearby, ranging from hiking, kayaking, zip-lining, caving and cycling. This afternoon, spend some time in Corner Brook, located on the south shore of the Humber Arm, full of historic attractions.
Day 11 – Vacation ends – Corner Brook to Deer Lake
Depart Corner Brook and drive the short distance to Deer Lake airport where you will drop off your rental car ready for your onward journey.
Suggested Quirpon Island add-on: Ask your Fresh Tracks Canada vacation advisor about adding days to drive north, to stay at the Quirpon Lighthouse Inn, a short distance from St. Anthony. On the way, explore L’Anse Aux Meadows UNESCO site, showcasing mysterious Viking remains. On Quirpon Island, you will stay in a recently refurbished original light-keeper’s residence, on the northernmost tip of the Great Northern Peninsula. 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 source - the island offers excellent whale viewing. Expect to see Minke and Humpback whales in season, as well as Orca and Right whales.
Interested? Contact us to start customizing this trip today!
Here are just a few of the things to look forward to on this trip...
• Hand-picked accommodation for 10 nights in superior B&Bs, inns and lodges
• 9 breakfasts
• Ferryland Lighthouse picnic lunch (30 minute walk to lighthouse) - runs Wednesdays to Sundays
• Trinity Bay Wildlife and sightseeing cruise or whale watching by zodiac
• Western Brook Pond cruise
• National Parks Passes
• Intermediate car rental for 10 full days, including GPS, Loss Damage Waiver (LDW) on car rental, airport surcharges, Unlimited Kilometres (except for Premium SUV), Third Party Liability Insurance Coverage (up to $1 million), fee for 1 additional driver, and vehicle licensing fee
• A personalized Fresh Tracks Canada documentation kit
Add-on option inclusions:
• Quirpon Island add-on option includes 1 night accommodation in St. Anthony, 2 nights accommodation in a restored lighthouse inn, boat transfers to and from the island, all meals at the inn, day tour while at the island, as well as additional car rental time
• Fogo Island add-on option includes ferry transfers to and from the island, 2 nights at the inn, daily ‘daybreak tray’, Island orientation, as well as additional car rental time
Customize this trip a little... or a lot
Think of this itinerary as just a starting point. Work with us to personalize this trip by adding some amazing side trips & activities, like...
• For those who are feeling adventurous, ask about including things such as sea kayaking, day hikes in Gros Morne Park or the East Coast trail
• Add a stay on Quirpon Island, for a once in a lifetime Newfoundland experience
• Combine this trip with our Charming Inns of Nova Scotia self drive adventure
• Add on a few nights in St. Anthony and explore L’Anse Aux Meadows National Historic Site
• Add on a boat ride to Nova Scotia and keep exploring Canada!