Wild Newfoundland Self Drive

Wild Newfoundland Self Drive

11

days

starting from US $2,295per person

Star Rating 5

5 of 5 stars
(8 reviews)

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Itinerary

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. T
he 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.

Common Questions

Will it be cold when I visit Canada in summer?

The temperature varies from mild to hot, depending on location. Northern Canada will range between 50°F to 64°F (10°C – 18°C) in summer. The interior of BC, prairies, Ontario and Quebec can reach temperatures around 95°F (35°C). Canada's west coast, mountain regions, and Maritimes enjoy milder summer temperatures. They range on average from 59°F to 77°F (15°C – 25°C).

What are the best ways to travel around Canada on my vacation?

Canada has a network of spectacular roadways, train routes, ferry crossings, and float planes. We can arrange for you to travel by car or to sit back and relax.

Is it safe to drive in the mountains?

New visitors will drive with ease because of the wide and well maintained roadways. We'll ensure your trip includes the most spectacular and safest routes throughout your trip.

When is the best time to see wildlife?

That depends on the destination and type. As a rule, the main feeding and migration seasons are best for wildlife experiences. Tell us which animals interest you and we'll make your trip coincide with the best viewing season.

Are your tours escorted?

No, but you'll feel like it is with all your connections and experiences prearranged. Our clients love the freedom and flexibility it gives them. Some of our wildlife experiences are small group tours led by specialist guides.

What Clients Say

We loved the east coast

We loved the east coast

Star Rating 4

We loved the east coast, especially St. John's. It was a fun area. The Ferry Lighthouse picnic was wonderful. We could have used an extra day in this area. We also loved Trinity, the Artisan Inn was wonderful. The Rugged Beauty Boat tour was a highlight of the trip and it was nice to have the time... read more

What's Included

Here are 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 Loss Damage Waiver (LDW) on car rental, airport surcharges, Unlimited Kilometres, 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

 

Not Included

• Meals, other than those mentioned
• Gratuities
• Airfare (but please don’t hesitate to ask for help)
• Fuel and refueling fees
• Personal Accident Insurance (PAI)
• Personal Effects Coverage (PEC)
• GPS
• One-way drop fee on car rental
• LDW deductible of up to $500 depending on car type
• Fee for drivers under the age of 25

• Trip cancellation insurance
• Canadian federal taxes

 

 

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!

Accommodation Options

Below you'll find examples of this trip's accommodation options. Please call us for the full list or advice on how to customize your experience.

Fisher’s Loft Inn - View of Fishers Loft Inn

Fisher’s Loft Inn

An example of our Inn accommodations

Nestled amid the hills on a winding, quiet back lane, Fishers' Loft is a 4½ star inn, overlooking the old fishing and boat-building harbour of Ship Cove. A picturesque fishing port in Port Rexton, the inn is in the perfect spot to enjoy nearby Skerwink Trail, Trinity Bay or head to Terra Nova National Park and Golf Course.

 

Prices & Dates

2017 Trip Start Dates
Daily from May 28 to September 23*

* Ferryland lighthouse picnic operates from Wednesday to Sunday only

Price Notes

• Prices are per person
• Double means two people sharing a room
• See unique, exciting add-on ideas below

Wild Newfoundland Self Drive Vacation
from US $2,295to US $2,781per person

On our Self Drive Adventures, you'll enjoy hand picked accommodations, unique Canadian experiences with our favorite guides, car rental, a custom documentation package and our ongoing customer service as you travel. These prices and itineraries are just a guide - our team of friendly Canadian experts are standing by to personalize your ideal vacation.

Not Included

• Meals, other than those mentioned
• Gratuities
• Airfare (but please don’t hesitate to ask for help)
• Fuel and refueling fees
• Personal Accident Insurance (PAI)
• Personal Effects Coverage (PEC)
• GPS
• One-way drop fee on car rental
• LDW deductible of up to $500 depending on car type
• Fee for drivers under the age of 25

• Trip cancellation insurance
• Canadian federal taxes

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

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Discover Canada’s scenic maritime province Newfoundland on this 11-day trip. Travel through small towns steeped in history far from the bustle of big city life, and down roads with sweeping views of wave-battered headlands, steep cliffs, and tranquil beaches. Explore fjords bursting with marine life by boat, and watch massive icebergs on their yearly migration.

Trip Outline

Arrive St. John’s 2 nights St. John’s 3 nights Trinity 2 night optional Fogo Island Inn Stay 1 night Twillingate 3 nights Gros Morne Park 2 night optional Quirpon Island stay (plus pre night in St. Anthony) 1 night Corner Brook Depart Deer Lake

Wild Newfoundland Self Drive  – Map A couple take stroll along the cliffs in Newfoundland Twillingate lighthouse in Newfoundland A couple look at an impressive iceberg A couple sit on the rocks above a fjord in Gros Morne National Park in Newfoundland A woman takes a coastal walk in Newfoundland A viking loghouse at L'Anse Aux Meadows People enjoying a lobster boil on a beach in Newfoundland
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Customer Reviews & Testimonials

We loved the east coast

Star Rating 4
July 12, 2017

We loved the east coast, especially St. John's. It was a fun area. The Ferry Lighthouse picnic was wonderful. We could have used an extra day in this area. We also loved Trinity, the Artisan Inn was wonderful. The Rugged Beauty... read more Boat tour was a highlight of the trip and it was nice to have the time in this area.

This was a great way to see Newfoundland

Star Rating 5
July 3, 2017

This was a great way to see Newfoundland. Small villages like Trinity and Greenspond were an eyeopener on how things were and are.

The service provided was first class

Star Rating 5
July 1, 2017

Seeing all the icebergs and the ice packed sea at Fogo Island was awesome. Everyone we met was very friendly and helpful. They are all very hard working people and some of the nicest people we have met. The staff at Fogo Island... read more Inn were incredible. We had a health issue and the were very accommodating. It was also a thrill to be seated next to David Letterman and his family at dinner! Overall the service provided was first class. Seeing the various fishing towns was very memorable...like stepping back in time. It was also a thrill to see the puffins, cariboo and moose.

The whole trip was very enjoyable

Star Rating 5
October 5, 2016

The whole trip was very enjoyable. The additional tours that were arranged were mostly exceptional. Fresh Tracks were, and continue to be, very helpful. Our experience was excellent.

It was a fabulous experience from start to finish

Star Rating 5
September 28, 2016

It was a fabulous experience from start to finish. There was never a question about our reservations when we turned over our vouchers which was very reassuring. The accommodations were first class and we felt confident each time... read more we checked into a hotel that we would be happy with our room. The activities that were included were very worthwhile and we enjoyed them.

One of our best trips ever

Star Rating 5
August 26, 2016

Our trip was a delightful and varied experience. From the luxury of Fogo, to the great geology and hiking at Gros Morne. The people we met were just great. There were excellent learning opportunities, including a top notch exhibit... read more at The Rooms in St. Johns on the role of Newfoundland in WW1. One of our best trips ever.

Thanks for arranging everything

Star Rating 5
July 24, 2016

All I can say is WOW! Newfoundland was like Maine on steroids. Overall a great itinerary. Thanks for arranging everything, I got to fulfill my lifelong dream of visiting L'Anse-aux-Meadows. Thanks again and cheers.

Thank you for a fabulous trip

Star Rating 5
July 5, 2008

My husband and I wanted to go somewhere different, somewhere natural and unspoilt, where we could explore and journey and not be constantly fed the commercial fare of the standard tourist locations. We found the perfect venue for... read more our travels. Newfoundland is beautiful and very natural. A visit to this part of Canada is bound to be an adventure. If you yearn for open space, clean, fresh air, a rugged landscape and the opportunity to experience life as it is lived in isolated communities that are steeped in history, this is the place! This is a very special place and one we will never forget. In short, if you like Fresh Tracks adventures you will like Newfoundland. Don't just take my word for it, get out there and experience it for yourself. And thank you Fresh Tracks for a fabulous trip!

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