The colorful row houses of St. John’s add character to North America’s oldest city, which is the launch pad to your memorable journey through Canada’s easternmost provinces. You’ll have the day to recover after your travels before joining your Travel Director and fellow travelers this evening for a Welcome Reception.
Nature takes center stage this morning as we board the Witless Bay Ecological Reserve Boat Tour, keeping a keen eye out for puffins and whales (in season) in their natural habitat as you are in the largest Atlantic puffin sanctuary in North America. Arriving in Petty Harbor, we meet a fisherman and Connect with Locals over a Be My Guest lunch at his restaurant. We’ll learn about the significance of cod and snow crab fishing and how his family have been fishing for generations. We’ll return to St. John’s later and embark on a city tour, including visits to Signal Hill for beautiful views over the city and Cape Spear, the most eastern point of America.
Today we are traveling to Fortune, to board the ferry to St. Pierre. Enjoy the rare opportunity to stay overnight in the only part of New France that remains under French control (guest should pack overnight bag). During an island tour, delve into the fishing heritage of St. Pierre, admiring the colourful facades which line the city's narrow streets. Dive Into Culture and learn about the island's colonial history.
Once back on Canadian land, we continue to the Fortune Head Ecological Centre. Let our geology interpreters take you on a guided tour of the Fortune Head Ecological Reserve which is home to the Global Boundary Stratotype Section and Point (GSSP) for the geologic time boundary between the Precambrian era and Cambrian period! These 541 million-year-old rocks mark the beginning of increasing biological diversity of life on Earth!
Admire the rugged beauty of the Bonavista Peninsula as you embark on an included tour of the Lighthouse on Cape Bonavista. Built in the mid-19th century, the lighthouse is one of the few in the world you can still climb to see the same seal oil-fueled light used at the time to warn ships of the unforgiving coastline. Dive Into Culture and see if you can spot whales, icebergs and puffins (in season) like the lighthouse keepers of yesteryear once did. Continue to the historic little Newfoundland town of Trinity, to meet a Local Specialist for a walking tour. Then continue on to Clarenville.
Join a Local Specialist this morning for a guided walk in Terra Nova National Park. You’ll encounter a landscape of sheltered inlets, headlands and forests – a beautiful brush with these rugged landscapes. Continue to Twillingate, located along Iceberg Alley, where ancient glacial giants make their journey south from the Arctic (in season). Next, Dive Into Culture with a tour and tasting experience at Auk Island Winery, savoring the flavors of Newfoundland berries and fruits, before delving into the art of wooden boat building. Dive Into Culture yet again and meet a local boat builder to hear about this art which has been handed down from generation to generation. Later, we join new friends for dinner at your oceanfront hotel.
Discover the existence and demise of an extinct people when you visit the Beothuk Interpretation Centre, which reveals the history of a now vanished language and culture. You’ll continue to Gander where you will learn about the significant role this Newfoundland community played during the 9/11 disaster when thousands of air passengers were suddenly rerouted to the town moments after the terrorist attack.
Our first stop today is the Whale Pavilion in King’s Point where we’ll see the 50-ft skeleton of a whale on display. We enjoy lunch at a local restaurant on the scenic shoreline of Green Bay before embarking on a guided walk with a Local Specialist inside the UNESCO-listed Gros Morne National Park. Enjoy a rare opportunity to walk upon the exposed Earth’s mantle along the Tableland’s Trail. This evening, dinner is served at The Fish Sheds, an authentic fishing shed decorated with authentic fishing industry artifacts overlooking Bonne Bay.
Board your choice of boat tours this morning to explore Gros Morne National Park your way. Enjoy live commentary about the geological wonders and rich cultural history of the bay or explore a spectacular glacier-carved land-locked fjord. Later, we’ll visit the Lobster Cove Head Lighthouse to learn about the culture heritage of the park.
An early start to the day sees us trace the rugged coastline of Western Newfoundland with a stop at Arches Provincial Park. We’ll visit L’Anse aux Meadows National Historic Site for a tour of the UNESCO-listed 11th-century Viking settlement with a Local Specialist.
Our first stop on today’s journey to Labrador is in scenic Fisher Point, where we’ll enjoy breakfast in a replica Viking sod hut. We’ll take the ferry to Labrador in the afternoon, arriving in Blanc Sablon where we’ll Dive Into Culture during a visit to a scallop farm and learn how to shuck a scallop like a local. Taste the difference between a live and cooked scallop accompanied with wine.
Join a Local Specialist this morning for a guided tour of the UNESCO-listed Red Bay National Historic Site, once a major whaling point on the Atlantic. You’ll tour the tallest lighthouse of Atlantic Canada, Point Armour Lighthouse, followed by a Regional Dinner.
We leave Labrador bound for Newfoundland on the ferry. Encounter millennia of human history at the crossroads of four ancient cultures in Port aux Choix National Historic Site. This evening we enjoy a Farewell Dinner with new friends at one of Trafalgar’s Stays with Stories where we’ll stay overnight.
Your journey comes to an end, take your transfer to Deer Lake Regional Airport.