Welcome to Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada, the most easterly edge of North America. This is where the sun rises first and 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.
Immerse yourself in the oldest & most eastern city in North America, go back in time to where the Vikings once stood at L'Anse axu Meadows National Historic Site, explore the UNESCO World Heritage Site Gros Morne National Park and stay in a unique lighthouse inn on this unique and diverse self-drive through Newfoundland.
This comprehensive tour begins in Newfoundland & Labrador and features the best of “the Far East of the Western World”. Travel from the northernmost tip of the island of Newfoundland to the most easterly point in North America through national parks – including Gros Morne, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Learn of ancient peoples – the Maritime Archaic, Vikings, and Basques – as you travel to coastal fishing communities to meet the friendly and hospitable people of today. Boat tours provide the opportunity to see whales, thousands of seabirds, and, depending on the time of the year, icebergs! Sample local food and drink to become an honorary “Newfoundlander”!
This comprehensive tour features the best of “the Far East of the Western World”. Travel from the northernmost tip of the island of Newfoundland to the most easterly point in North America through national parks – including Gros Morne, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Learn of ancient peoples – the Maritime Archaic, Vikings, and Basques – as you travel to coastal fishing communities to meet the friendly and hospitable people of today. Boat tours provide the opportunity to see whales, thousands of seabirds, and, depending on the time of the year, icebergs! Sample local food and drink to become an honorary “Newfoundlander”!
Experience the best of Prince Edward Island, Cape Breton and the west coast of Newfoundland and Labrador on this Atlantic Canada adventure. Highlights include the red sandstone cliffs of Prince Edward Island, the world famous Cabot Trail and Gros Morne National Park. Atlantic Canada is one of the world’s most popular destinations; the hospitality of the people will leave you with memories that will last a lifetime and the scenic natural beauty will take your breath away!
Duration: Classic Tour - 20 Days (19 Nights)
One of the most comprehensive tours of Atlantic Canada, this tour doesn’t miss a thing. Nova Scotia’s South Shore, Cape Breton and the Cabot Trail, New Brunswick and the Acadian Coast, PEI and the Red Beaches, plus 7 days in Newfoundland highlights Gros Morne, the Viking Trail, Twillingate and St. John’s.
Fresh salt air, sandy beaches, rocky coves, cosmopolitan cities, charming lighthouses, rich history, warm hospitality, rustic fishing villages, succulent seafood, unspoiled nature, varied activities, first-rate facilities and travel routes...all of these things and more make Canada’s Maritime Provinces one of the world’s most popular destinations. Your Atlantic Canadian journey continues to Newfoundland & Labrador. This comprehensive tour features the best of “the Far East of the Western World”. Travel from the northernmost tip of the island of Newfoundland to the most easterly point in North America through national parks – including Gros Morne, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Learn of ancient peoples – the Maritime Archaic, Vikings, and Basques – as you travel to coastal fishing communities to meet the friendly and hospitable people of today. Boat tours provide the opportunity to see whales, thousands of seabirds, and, depending on the time of the year, Icebergs! Sample the local food and drink to become an honorary “Newfoundlander”!
Visit St. John’s, the oldest and most easterly city in North America. Melded with culture, history, and personality, St. John’s has survived two World Wars, five centuries, and countless hardships and triumphs. It has become a rare, old city full of character, experience and charisma, with a contemporary, sophisticated edge. After explore Trinity where history, friendliness, and steadfast authenticity are woven into every aspect of the area. From the beautifully restored fishing rooms and saltbox houses, to the lovely people greeting you in the lanes and welcoming you into their homes.
Explore a region of astounding, raw and unspoiled beauty. You'll find scenery to take your breath away. Journey through the Humber Valley with sheer, sweeping beauty stretching 70 lush kilometres. Visit Gros Morne National Park, the second largest National Park in eastern Canada and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Encircled by tiny seaside communities, encompassing forests and striking cliffs and shorelines, the spectacular beauty of the park provides the perfect backdrop for all kinds of outdoor adventures. A highlight of your trip is visting Quirpon Island, Newfoundland's best location for viewing icebergs due to its northernmost location.
Thousands of years of history come alive as you ferry across the Cabot Strait to explore the West Coast of Newfoundland & Labrador. Learn about ancient peoples-the Maritime Archaic and Dorset Indians at Port au Choix, the Vikings in L’Anse aux Meadows, and the Basque Whalers in Red Bay - as you meet the hospitable and friendly people of today. See the beauty of Gros Morne National Park – a UNESCO World Heritage Site and coastal fishing communities. Take a boat tour in St. Anthony (weather permitting) where you may see whales and, depending on the time of year, icebergs!
Come to the place where the New World begins. You will eat food you’ve never heard of before, drink the traditional “Screech”, sing a ballad or two and experience the unique history, environment, culture and life-style of the friendly and warmhearted people who love to live here. Some of the very best Newfoundland has to offer is featured in this comprehensive vacation: picturesque out ports, national parks, dramatic mountain-to-fjord scenery, and trips off-the-beaten-path.
History, scenery, culture and eclectic characters will all play an important role in your journey through Newfoundland. Be inspired by the vivid streets of St. John’s, awed by the coastal views of the Atlantic Ocean and uplifted by the notorious hospitality of the people who want you to love their home as much as they do.
Deer Lake is the air arrival destination for Gros Morne National Park, Humber Valley Resort and other parts of western Newfoundland. (Airport code: YDF.) Car rentals: Avis, Budget, Enterprise, National, Thrifty. There are two hotels with a total of 143 rooms in the town, and the resort and park are each 30-45 minutes’ drive away. Corner Brook (population 25,000) and Marble Mountain Ski Resort are an hour away. The superferry terminal at Port aux Basques, with service to North Sydney, Nova Scotia, is 2.5-3 hours away. L’Anse aux Meadows National Historic Site, a tenth-century Viking village, is four hours north on Route 430.
Fogo Island is the largest island around the coast of Newfoundland, which is itself the 17th largest island in the world. Settled centuries ago by both English and Irish migrants, it was a fishing centre for most of that time. When the fishery declined, hard times set in, but a remarkable revival is under way. A visionary daughter of the town has returned to lead it into the current century through a unique form of social capitalism. International artists’ studios attract visual artists from everywhere, and the ultra-luxe Fogo Island Inn has won high praise.
Gambo’s main claim to fame is as the birthplace of Joey Smallwood, the politician who led Newfoundland and Labrador into Confederation with Canada in 1949. Prior to that it was first a colony, then a semi-autonomous member of the British Empire, and finally a dependency with a suspended constitution. There’s a museum to Smallwood in the town.
The park is a UNESCO World Heritage Site famed for its geology and scenery. Park HQ and visitor centre is at Rocky Harbour in the centre of the park. There’s also a Discovery Centre outside Woody Point in the park’s southern section. Features include Western Brook Pond, an inland fjord with 2,000 foot high walls; the Tablelands, a mesa-like area with rocks thrust to the surface from deep in the earth’s mantle; sandy beaches; front and back-country hiking trails; boat tours; indoor swimming pool; annual events; winter cross-country skiing and snowmobiling; campgrounds.
The Great Northern Peninsula has a host of attractions. With access via air through Deer Lake and St. Anthony, travellers can enjoy Gros Morne National Park and L’Anse aux Meadows National Historic Site, both UNESCO World Heritage Sites; explore ancient aboriginal cultures at Port au Choix National Historic Site; go off the usual tourist track to the old French Shore; discover the good deeds of Dr. Wilfred Grenfell, who brought modern medical care to the region in the early twentieth century; take to the ocean in search of icebergs and whales; and hike its many trails.
St. Anthony is best known as the home of modern medical service in northern Newfoundland and Labrador which was brought to the area by Sir Wilfred Grenfell, from the 1980s until his death in 1940. He founded the Grenfell Association which carries on his work to this day. In St. Anthony the Grenfell Historic Properties tells the story of his life and exploits. Not far away, L’Anse aux Meadows National Historic Site, also a UNESCO World Heritage Sites, is where Vikings from Greenland and Iceland built a sod hut village just over 1,000 years ago, the first European settlement in North America.
This old seaport is the most easterly city on the continent. Its compact downtown is full of boutiques, pubs and restaurants, and the nightlife is very active. This is a musical city, and has more artists living downtown than anywhere else in the country. It’s also a green and walkable city – if you don’t mind hills. It’s the capital and main business centre, and has a university (16,500 students) and an international airport (YYT). About 220,000 people live in the metro area, many drawn to recent prosperity due to offshore (200 miles away) oil production.
Trinity is one of the older towns in the province, being settled in the 1600s. Over the past 25 years it’s become a tourist attraction because of its well-preserved wooden houses, some dating to the nineteenth century, and it’s village atmosphere. The town and the area around it have been the backdrop for feature films and a TV mini-series. Some of the old houses have been converted to bed-and-breakfasts and other accommodations and eateries. Rising Tide Theatre makes its home here, producing a summer theatre series and a comedic walking tour.
Newfoundland and Labrador are a land full of rich history and natural wonders: stunning coastlines, breaching whales, icebergs, and some of the most incredible
skyscapes you'll ever see. With a temperate climate, Newfoundland and Labrador is a perfect place to enjoy outdoor adventures like hiking and kayaking
in the late spring, summer and fall, as well as sports like snowboarding, skiing and snowmobiling in the winter. From vibrant cities to quaint, historical
out ports, mountain ranges, rivers, waterfalls and winding coastlines, there are always fascinating places to see and countless things to do.
Top 10 Things to See and Do:
Visit Gros Morne National Park, a natural wonder 20 times older than the Rockies
Take a sea kayak to caves, inlets and secluded beaches
Visit the botanical gardens which showcases 110 acres of specialized species
Spend a day on the greens, with more than 20 courses to choose from
Visit Marble Mountain and experience dogsledding, skiing, and snowmobiling
Spend the day in St. John’s, one of Canada’s oldest cities
Take in one of the internationally acclaimed festivals of film or music
Visit Cape Spear National Historic Site, North America’s most easterly point
Check out the world’s largest concentration of humpback whales
Visit L’Anse Aux Meadows National Historic Site
Reel in your line for your trip to Newfoundland and Labrador. Pack your woolies and wind breaker but don’t forget your rain wear. When the sun shines,
you will find paradise and you can dress accordingly. Don’t forget the sunscreen, even with cooler weather offshore the wind and sun will find you.
As seeing is believing, be sure to have your camera and binoculars close at hand. Layer up, you can always “peel” off. Newfoundland and Labrador is
a virtual feast for the eyes but always have handy a fleece or a jacket so that you will enjoy your holiday in comfort. It’s well known that we can
have 3 seasons in one day! With so much to see in this off-the-beaten-path location – be sure to book car rentals early. That way you can concentrate
on the things that really matter when you arrive.