NEWFOUNDLAND

 

Newfoundland is where the sun rises first. Where Vikings landed over 1,000 years ago. This place is home to the oldest settlement and the oldest city in North America, but is the youngest province of Canada. A vast land, with a relatively small population, Newfoundland and Labrador has some of the friendliest people you'll ever meet. Here, you can immerse yourself in wilderness solitude one day and embrace a vibrant culture at the cutting edge of the contemporary western world the next. This is a land of rich history and natural wonders: stunning coastlines, breaching whales, icebergs, and some of the most incredible skyscapes you'll

ever see.

 

Here is a sample itinerary for Newfoundland, just to give you an idea of what your customized group experience could look like. It can be shortened or extended to create a truly unique experience all your own. Your excursion can include any attractions not seen here. If Newfoundland has it, we can make sure you see it!

 

Day 1: Flight to Deer Lake, Newfoundland. Overnighting in Corner Brook.

 

Day 2: The Arches Provincial Park, these three spectacular arches are the main attraction. There used to be four arches but one has collapsed. Port Au Choix is a National Historic Site, burial sites uncovered in the town in the 1960's & 70's provide evidence of it's most early settlers - from the Maritime Archaic Indians to the Groswater and Dorset Palaeoeskimos to the Recent Indians. Overnighting in Port Au Choix.

 

Day 3: L’Anse Aux Meadows was the first European settlement in North America. You can view artifacts, exhibits, dioramas and a film in the Visitors, Center before proceeding to the archeological site. Overnighting in Cow Head. Gros Morne Theatre Festival is dedicated to creating and producing professional theatre which reflects the lives and diversity of the people of Newfoundland. Tonight we will enjoy a lively presentation! Overnighting in Cow Head.

 

Day 4: Gros Morne Visitors’ Center a film, interactive exhibits, and the daily interpretative exhibits will help you understand the park’s geology, plant and animal life as well as the park’s human history. Western Brook Pond Boat Tour is a 2.5 hour narrated cruise between massive billion-year-old cliffs. Ponds atop the plateau feed waterfalls that cascade into the park's largest lake. Overnight in Grand Falls-Windsor.

 

Day 5: Twillingate Museum contains typical furnishings and household items of a family in the late 19th Century and early 20th Century displays feature local handicrafts as well as maritime and Indian artifacts.Visit the Long Point Lighthouse where you will receive an exceptional view of the North Atlantic. Auk Island Winery is located in the old Durrell's Academy in Durrell's Arm, South Twillingate Island, their friendly staff take visitors on tours of the winery, leaving plenty of time to browse through the winery gift shop and the Downhome Shoppe of wonderful items from Newfoundland and Labrador. Overnight in Grand Falls-Windsor.

 

Day 6: Smallwood Interpretation Centre is dedicated to Joseph Smallwood, his life and his work. Artifacts, portraits and memorabilia as well as the history of Gambo and its connection with the railway and the logging industry. Visit the exterior of a Fish Processing Plant where you can view the fishing boats coming in from the ocean and view the workers weighing the fish and taking them to the plant for processing. ‘Screech In’ All will become honourary ‘Newfoundlanders’ after taking part in this unique tradition. Overnight in Clarenville.

 

Day 7: Bonavista Museum lets visitors explore the fascinating history of life and work in one of Newfoundland’s oldest inshore fishing communities. There are displays on domestic life, medicine and dentistry and other trades such as carpentry, coopering and black smithing. Free time in Bonavista, home to some of the friendliest folk in Newfoundland-and boasts several of the province’s most important historic sites. Free time in Trinity which is one of the best-known communities in the province. Although the permanent population is only about 350, there are some 50 architecturally significant buildings. Overnight in St John’s.

 

Day 8: Professionally Guided Coach Tour of the St. John’s Area by a St. John’s Guide. With a long and prosperous history in the fishery industry, the last half of the 20th Century has seen St John’s transformed into a modern export and service centre. More recently, its proximity to recently discovered oils fields has led to an economic boom that has spurred population growth, commercial development and has resulted in the St John’s area now accounting for about half of the province’s economic output. Free time in St John’s. Downtown St John’s features the finest shopping available with fashionable clothing for boutiques for men and women, unique specialty stores and intricate handmade crafts.

 

Day 9: O’ Brien’s Whale Watching you can see 17 species of mammals including dolphins and porpoises that inhabit the waters of Newfoundland and Labrador. These incredible animals are the most impressive and fascinating creatures in these waters. You can see humpback, fin, orca and minke whales and dolphins up close in their natural habitat. Free time to enjoy St John’s.

 

Day 10: Flight home from St John’s, Newfoundland.

 

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