Short summers, resistant earth, salty air, and isolation created the Newfoundland culture and our traditional foods continue to share the secrets of our rich history. English traditions such as a light supper or ‘tea’, fish on Friday’s, and the glorious celebration of sweet bright berries are traditions still played out on tables throughout the province.
Jiggs Dinner is a ‘call the neighbours and have a feed on Sunday’ type of affair. Caribou, moose, turr, flipper pie, and cod – baked, fried, poached, heads, tongues and stewed, with or without scrunchions and brewis – are provincial specialties.
This seven night tour is a delicious delight, sure to please the palate. Come to savor the flavour of Newfoundland & Labrador.
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7 Night Itinerary
Arrive at Deer Lake on the West Coast of Newfoundland to begin your holiday with McCarthy’s Party. En route to your tour hotel; you will travel the Viking Trail to take in the spectacular scenery of Gros Morne National Park, an area declared by the United Nations as the newest World Heritage Site. Tonight you will enjoy a welcome dinner and have an opportunity to get acquainted with your fellow travellers. Overnight Rocky Harbour. Welcome Dinner.
This morning we take a boat tour across beautiful Bonne Bay to Woody Point where we spend time in Gros Morne National Park UNESCO World Heritage Site. We visit the new Discovery Centre and view the famous Tableland Mountains. It is this area that earned the park its nickname as the ‘Galapagos of Plate Tectonis’. Overnight Rocky Harbour. Breakfast & Midday Meal.
This morning we leave the Viking Trail and take a leisurely trip to the central Newfoundland logging town of Grand Falls-Windsor. Here we the Exploits River to watch the Atlantic Salmon make their way up one of the fishways on this massive river system. Then it is on to Lewisporte to visit the local craft shop and museum, originally founded by the Women’s Institiute. Here we will enjoy a “Mug Up”. We then travel to Gander, the crossroads of the world. Overnight Gander/Grand Falls. Breakfast & Midday Meal.
This morning we are off on the “Road to the Isles” before travelling across “Tickles and Runs” to spend time on beautiful Twillingate Island. This is one of Newfoundland’s oldest and most interesting fishing communities. We then travel to Terra Nova National Park to view the vistas of Newman Sound. Overnight Port Blandford/Clarenville. Breakfast & Midday Meal.
This morning we travel to the historic village of Trinity, one of the oldest communities in North America, the gem of the Island. Then its out to Cape Bonavista for a chance to walk the cliffs and enjoy the spectacular coastal scenery. This afternoon we spend in Bonavista, the landfall of John Cabot in 1497. Here we visit the Ryan Premises and have an opportunity to learn about inshore fishing techniques that have allowed this town to thrive for hundreds of years. Overnight Port Blandford/Clarenville. Breakfast & Midday Meal.
Today we travel to the Avalon Peninsula to the town of Bay Bulls. From here we take a boat trip to the Witless Bay Ecological Reserve where we view thousands of Atlantic Puffins, Murres and other seabirds that nest here in the summer. Witless Bay is also home to many Humpback, Minke, and Fin whales in the summer months so whale sightings are a definite possibility. This afternoon we visit Cape Spear National Historic Park, the most easterly point of land in North America before heading into St. John’s, the capital of Newfoundland and Labrador. Overnight St. John’s. Breakfast & Midday Meal.
This morning we will tour historic St. John’s, the oldest city in North America. This trip includes a visit to Cabot Tower and Signal Hill where we can view the famous “Narrows” and admire the architecture of old St. John’s. This afternoon is left free. This evening we share our farewell dinner. Overnight St. John’s. Breakfast & Farewell Dinner.
All good things must come to an end and so we bid a fond farewell to our newest yet oldest Province. As you fly homeward it will be with many delightful memories of an authentic Newfoundland experience that will be recalled for years to come. Airport Transfer.
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Experience the world’s largest gathering of humpback whales and a fabulous diversity of marine wildlife. Small groups and giant landscapes are featured. These departures are all guaranteed to go. While we can never promise whales, these dates include the prime whale watching season (100 per cent viewing success 1994-2011). Most years we see the largest numbers and varieties of whales between late June and early August. The seabirds are thinning out by late July but everybody should see murres, puffins, razorbilled auks, gannets, eagles, moose, caribou, and many other species of wildlife. Since 1993 (except 1999, 2005, 2006, 2009, and 2011) everybody saw icebergs on our June and July trips. We are anticipating great icebergs for 2012! Guests also get to enjoy eastern Newfoundland’s museums, lighthouses, trails, wildflowers, songbirds, flavours, and local folks. The genuine Newfoundlanders and Labradorians we introduce to you are an especially memorable vacation highlight.
Day 1 Welcome and Orientation
Pick up at airport and short orientation excursion around St. John’s. An evening slideshow or photo exhibit will introduce you to the highlights of the upcoming holiday. Relax and get ready for the adventure. Overnight Location: St. John’s
Day 2 Puffins and Whales
Today begins with a boat voyage featuring whale watching, North America’s largest puffin colony, and tens of thousands of other seabirds. We like to start your holiday with a thrill as we travel to view members of the world’s largest summertime gathering of acrobatic humpback whales; and often we enjoy the company of other whale species including fin whales, minkes, and dolphins. Throughout the vacation – and on this voyage – we will be looking for more exotic seabirds like shearwaters, jaegers, fulmars, and thick billed murres among the throngs of seabirds on the ocean. The islands we will travel to are one of the planet’s largest seabird reserves – so tens of thousands of puffins are guaranteed. Expect an amazing and joyful morning. Next we savour a lunch featuring local flavors before visiting one of the New World’s earliest fishing villages. Overnight Location: St. John’s
Day 3 Outports and Wilderness
Whales, members of the world’s most southerly caribou herd, a small puffin colony, a tern colony, and seals are usually seen as we circle the Avalon Wilderness Area – a 1,000 square kilometre park. Sometimes the whales are lunge feeding on a local beach – and when this is happening we make that marvellous spectacle and the small caribou herd the highlights of the day. We often get to enjoy lots of other wildlife including seabirds visiting from south of the equator. You will be enchanted by the gorgeous fishing villages and woodland wonders along the way as we travel to St. Brides for the night. Should southerly winds bring fog to this route, we will enjoy an alternative itinerary with coastal communities and wildlife watching as we travel to scenic St. Brides. Overnight Location: St. Brides
Day 4 Sea Stacks and Lighthouses
The morning starts with a visit to the continent’s third largest gannet colony. This site is also a breeding ground for thousands of other seabirds including the world’s most southerly thick-billed murres. We get great views of gannets, kittiwakes, and murres with their eggs and/or chicks. In season – usually mid-July – we enjoy some of the world’s finest land-based whale watching as the high seacliffs allow us to watch the whales cavort around their northern coastal feeding grounds. After lunch we explore Placentia, the first outpost of New France. We also show off our secret orchid patch and look for moose. The evening’s destination is the Trinity/Bonavista/Port Union area. Our route to the coast features a moose and black bear hunt (with cameras only). Some years we enjoy a 90 per cent or higher success rate at finding moose over the week, but bears are much more elusive. These hunts are always fun! Overnight Location: Trinity/Bonavista
Day 5 Towns, Trails, Tails
This morning we go to sea again to enjoy more of the ocean’s wonders as we look for bald eagles and watch for whales. In 2007, our company’s naturalists established that sperm whales are consistently found during the summer in a portion of Trinity Bay and we will look out for them and other whale species. Our afternoon will feature more of what makes this area so special – trails, moose, osprey, songbirds, dramatic vistas, orchids, shore-birds, and numerous small museums and interpretation centres. In some ways this is an afternoon where we can cater to your interests. Bird watching, icebergs, lighthouses, flower walks, beachcombing, sea kayaking, land-based whale watching, photographing the local architecture, and hands-on marine biology programs are all possibilities. Many guests simply enjoy exploring the beautiful and historic community of Trinity. Wander through town on your own or walk with our knowledgeable and fun guide. Overnight Location: Trinity/Bonavista
Day 6 The Oldest City
Explore more of the historic Bonavista/Trinity region. Icebergs, giant chunks of 15,000 year old Greenland glaciers, and more whales usually add to the day’s photographic wonders. Call in at nearby coastal settlements to learn more about Newfoundland’s unique cultures and flavours before returning to St. John’s for the evening. Enjoy Friday and Saturday night out on the town in North America’s first city. Our leader will provide lots of suggestions about local theatre, entertainment, fine dining, and culture. Enjoy! Overnight Location: St. John’s
Day 7 The Eastern Edge
Travel to North America’s most easterly point, and further explore the trails, museums, and attractions of historic St. John’s. We also try to fit in another dramatic wildlife watching boat trip and look for more puffins and whales. Overnight Location: St. John’s
Day 8 Farewell to Sea and Sky
Free in St. John’s until we bring you to the airport
Transportation to and/or from Newfoundland. You are on your own for evening meals and there are many delicious choices available.
You need to be able to enjoy an hour of slow-to-moderate paced walking over uneven trails and paths to fully participate in this vacation experience.
Meals are a highlight and feature Newfoundland specialties such as bakeapple tarts and partridgeberry pies. For each tour the day of arrival is considered Day 1. For example, on trip 5, you arrive on July 1. We will meet you at the airport. The order of holiday events may be changed to accommodate the weather or other unavoidable circumstances.
Note about our August 12 Departure:
We anticipate less wildlife on this departure but the cultural and scenic attractions will be wonderful. You will still enjoy tens of thousands of puffins!
Terms and Conditions:
*These are the per person prices. 13 per cent Canada/Newfoundland Harmonized Sales Tax (HST) is not included. Non Canadians receive a FCTIP tax credit on their invoice from us and thus actually pay only 6.5% HST.
Considering Travel Insurance? All of our excursions are guaranteed departures but many guests still purchase travel insurance in case something unexpected happens to their travel plans. Following is a link to a well known travel insurance provider: http://www.travelguard.ca/agentlink.asp?ta_arc=11152