Thu, Sep 7: Fly to St. John’s, Newfoundland. Your journey opens in this colorful coastal city. The province of Newfoundland and Labrador’s capital city is a delightful blend of old-world charm and new-world elegance. Check into the Jag Hotel for two nights.
Fri, Sep 8: St. John’s. Meet your fellow travelers at this morning’s breakfast at the hotel. Come to know North America’s oldest and easternmost city on a tour highlighting Signal Hill, Cape Spear lighthouse, Government House and the Basilica of St. John the Baptist. Continue on to tour the quaint fishing harbor of Quidi Vidi Village. Watch for puffins while on a nature cruise to Witless Bay Ecological Reserve, where millions of seabirds gather to nest. A local specialist will join us for a talk on the marine life in the region, especially the thousands of Humpback and Common Minke whales who make this their home. Return to St. John’s. (Meals: Breakfast, Dinner)
Sat, Sep 9: Cape Bonavista / Clarenville. Check out of your hotel and navigate the picturesque coastal drive that surrounds stunning Conception Bay to Cape Bonavista. Make a stop in charming Brigus to spend some time in a traditional Newfoundland fishing village. Then it’s on to Cupids Cove Plantation, an active archaeological dig on the site of the first attempt at permanent English settlement in what would become Canada. Join an expert for a private tour at Cupids Legacy Centr, revealing life in the early 1600s and get to know the culture during a musical performance. Then, head over to the archaeological site where they’ve been uncovering historic treasures for more than 20 years! Check into the Clarenville Inn for two nights. (B,D)
Sun, Sep 10: Cape Bonavista. In Trinity Village, relive days gone by during visits to historic buildings including the Georgian Lester-Garland House and the Green Family Forge, a living history blacksmith museum. At Cape Bonavista, pause at the lighthouse to take in the sweeping views — you may even spot an iceberg! (B)
Mon, Sep 11: Terra Nova National Park / Twillingate / Gander. Travel to breathtaking Terra Nova National Park, where the forest meets the sea. Stand in awe of the park’s towering cliffs and tranquil bays. Spend some time exploring the Marine Atlantic Centre which features an interactive exhibit introducing you to the region’s marine life. Next, venture to Twillingate’s Long Point Lighthouse, a location that affords prime viewing over Iceberg Alley. Check into the Sinbad’s Hotel & Suites in Gander for one night. This evening, prepare for a rollicking good time at a traditional Newfoundland gathering known as a “Jiggs dinner,” with a boiled dinner of beef, potatoes, carrots, cabbage and other vegetables. (B,D)
Tue, Sep 12: Rocky Harbour. Depart Gander and head to Boyd’s Cove. Explore the Salmonid Interpretation Centre, the largest of its kind in North America. Here you can learn about the history, biology, ecology, and habitat of Atlantic Salmon and watch them travel upstream through underwater windows along the observation level. (B)
Wed, Sep 13: Gros Morne National Park. This morning we visit the Discovery Centre and learn how natural forces have shaped the park’s landscape of dramatic vistas that are among the most spectacular in Atlantic Canada. Explore Tableland Mountains and uncover the park’s hidden fjords, stark peaks and highland tundra. Next, board a boat to experience the fjords from a new perspective and watch for whales and eagles while listening to traditional Newfoundland music. Then become an honorary Newfoundlander when you participate in a “Screech-In” ceremony that seals your new status with a shot of rum. Tonight, enjoy a delicious barbecue dinner while overlooking the scenic waters of the Gulf of St. Lawrence. (B,D)
Thu, Sep 14: Rocky Harbour. Journey along the Viking Trail to L’Anse aux Meadows and travel back to A.D. 1000 when Vikings first made landfall. See how Newfoundlanders have adapted to this forbidding landscape and experience firsthand their unique solutions to living under extreme conditions. Later, a visit to an economuseum reveals the famous local partridgeberry and bakeapple and how you can make them into jams, sauces and vinegars. Check into the Hotel North Three in St. Anthony for one night. (B,D)
Fri, Sep 15: St. Anthony, Labrador. Board a ferry this morning and cross the Straits of Belle Isle to Labrador. Learn about the history and importance of whaling to this region as you pass by colorful fishing villages. Arrive in Red Bay and spend some time at Red Bay National Historic Site. This UNESCO World Heritage site recounts the traditions of Basque whalers in the 16th century. Stay overnight at the Northern Light Inn, Labrador. (B,D)
Sat, Sep 16: L’Anse Au Clair / Corner Brook, Newfoundland. A morning ferry ride returns you to Newfoundland. Today’s journey brings you along the roads that Captain James Cook travelled back in 1770. Sit back and take in the spectacular scenery that unfolds along the way. Be sure to have your camera ready! Check into the historic Glynmill Inn in Corner Brook for two nights. (B)
Sun, Sep 17: Corner Brook. Walk in the footsteps of a great explorer at Captain James Cook National Historic Site before your stop at the breathtaking Bay of Islands on your way to picturesque Lark Harbour. This afternoon, make your way to the Butterfly House; behold hundreds of vibrant butterflies and enjoy the tranquility of the garden. Continue on to a local mineral and stone specialist for a discussion on labradorite, a colorful stone that is said to have mystical powers. Tonight, a trio known as the “Sharecroppers” will delight you with a variety of traditional and original songs. (B,D)
Mon, Sep 18: Transfer to Deer Lake for flight home. (B)
Jag Hotel, St. John’s, Newfoundland
A hip new boutique hotel nestled between the lively George St. West and the historic and scenic Water St., JAG is conveniently located to local shopping, live entertainment and fine dining. With its classical rock-inspired décor, every detail is intentionally selected to ensure that the hotel’s ambiance is one to remember. Highlights: modern guestrooms in calming shades of cream and grey • locally made bath products • bathrobes provided during stay • in-room coffee makers and mini-refrigerators • complimentary high-speed and Wi-Fi Internet access • restaurant • bar/lounge • 24/hour room service • fitness center.
Clarenville Inn, Clarenville, Newfoundland
This four-star, family-owned hotel is known for its excellence and its attention to details. The hotel sits in the heart of some of Newfoundland’s top attraction. Highlights: contemporary guestrooms with luxurious bedding and towels • A/C • in-room coffee makers and mini-refrigerators • complimentary Wi-Fi Internet access • restaurant • bar/lounge • room service (liited hours) • fitness center • outdoor heated pool and spa • gift shop laundry service.
Sinbad’s Hotel & Suites, Gander, Newfoundland
Centrally located in Gander, close to shopping and restaurants. Highlights: spacious guestrooms • in-room coffee maker • complimentary Wi-Fi Internet access • restaurant• bar/lounge • fitness center.
Ocean View Motel, Rocky Harbour, Newfoundland
This hotel is located on the harborfront of picturesque Rocky Harbour in the heart of Gros Morne Mountain. Highlights: comfortable guestrooms with decks or patios • bathrooms with premium amenities • in-room coffee makers • complimentary Wi-Fi Internet access • restaurant • bar/lounge • live entertainment three nights a week.
Hotel North Three, St. Anthony, Labrador
The newest and most exciting hotel in St. Anthony, this hotel is located on the harbor. Highlights: modern guestrooms • in-room coffee makers and mini-refrigerators • complimentary Wi-Fi Internet access • restaurant • laundry service.
Glynmill Inn, Corner Brook, Newfoundland
Rich in history and charm, the stunning Glynmill was designed as a Tudor-style house was built in the 1920s for the senior staff employed by a paper company in the mill town of Corner Brook. Now a Registered Heritage Structure, the inn has a contemporary spirit yet retians its rich, traditional heritage. Located on the western coast of Newfoundland, the hotel is nestled in a panoramic garden. Highlights: spacious, modern, guestrooms • in-room coffee makers • complimentary Wi-Fi Internet access • two restaurants • bar/lounge • fitness center • walking trails • art gallery,