Newfoundland and St. Pierre


The Hidden Gems of Newfoundland with St. Pierre

Join Travac this June for a comprehensive 19 day tour of Newfoundland (including a stay on the French island of St Pierre).

June is the perfect time to experience the beauty of icebergs and whales!

Indulge your senses on this special tour visiting all four regions of this incredible island. From Deer Lake to St Johns and all the beautiful outports, shorelines and quaint villages in between….

Visit the province where the Vikings first landed over 1000 years ago. Explore the beauty of the natural wonders, hidden gems and UNESCO sights. Immerse yourself into the friendly culture and taste the local culinary delights.  There is no doubt that this province will leave a lasting impression on you.

There is limited seating for this small group. Book early to avoid disappointment!

Tour Itinerary

Day 1

Depart from Ottawa and fly to the western side of Newfoundland (Deer Lake). Flight times will be given at time of booking.

Welcome Dinner tonight – time TBA

Overnight in Rocky Harbour–- Mountain Range Cottages | or Ocean View Motel

Day 2

Today is our day to explore Gros Morne National Park, designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1987 for its impressive geological features. Late this morning we will venture off (45minute walk in each direction) to one of the most beautiful boat tours in all of Newfoundland – “Western Brook Pond”. You will marvel at the landlocked Fjord while enjoying this narrated two hour boat tour.

Overnight in Rocky Harbour – Mountain Range Cottages | or Ocean View Motel

Day 3

Moving north, you will make your way to another UNESCO National Historic Site, L’Anse aux Meadows. It was here in 1960 that a group of Archeologists discovered the remains of what was an ancient Norse encampment that would have housed as many as 100 Vikings. While here, you will have a chance to view some of the recovered artifacts. Your guide will also go over how the encampment was discovered. Near the original encampment are several re-created sod and timber buildings, depicting how life was lived 1,000 years ago. These buildings are tended by costumed interpreters.

A special dinner is included tonight.

Overnight in St Anthony – Grenfell Heritage Hotel (or similar)

Day 4

Today we will take a guided tour of Sir Wilfred Grenfell Mission. The Grenfell Mission provided some of the earliest permanent medical services in Labrador and northern Newfoundland. Before the mission opened its first hospital at Battle Harbour in 1893, almost no health-care resources existed in the area – hospitals were nonexistent. After lunch we will embark on a 2.5 hour boat cruise of the scenic coastal waters off St. Anthony, an area famous for its bounty of icebergs, whales and seabirds.

Overnight in St. Anthony’s – Grenfell Heritage Hotel (or similar)

Day 5

This morning we cross the Strait of Belle Isle by ferry to Labrador. Our two visits today will be to Red Bay National Historic Site to see where the whalers from the Basques regions of Spain and France established a major whale port. We will also visit Point Amour Lighthouse – the tallest lighthouse in Atlantic Canada!

Overnight – Northern Light Inn (L’Anse au Clair NL)

Day 6

This morning we will retrace our ferry crossing and our drive south on the Northern Peninsula. There will still be many opportunities to relax and enjoy its natural beauty – our driver will make a few “Hidden Gem Stops” enroute for picture taking.

Overnight in Cow Head – Shallow Bay Hotel

Day 7

After breakfast, we will make our way to Gander. Gander is most famous for the role that it has played in Canadian aviation history. This role extends back the 1930’s and was most prominent in World War II when over 10,000 airmen were stationed in Gander. Most of the streets in Gander are named after famous aviators, including Amelia Earhart, Alcock and Brown, Charles Lindbergh, Eddie Rickenbacker and Marc Garneau. This is one of our longer driving days so we will have a few hidden gem stops (lunch enroute).

Might be able to book theatre (walking distance)

Overnight in Gander –Sinbad’s (or similar)

Day 8

Today you will make your way to Twillingate, one of the most picturesque outports in all of Newfoundland. Located on the northeastern shore of Newfoundland, Twillingate is affectionately known as the ‘Iceberg Capital of the World’. Twillingate was once an active fishing community and is one of the oldest ports on the island. A visit to Twillingate would not be complete without visiting Prime Berth Fishery & Heritage Centre –a private interpretive fishing center and craft studio created by David Boyd as a tribute to his fisher forefathers.

Overnight in Twillingate – Anchor Inn (or similar)

Day 9

This morning we will drive from Twillingate to Farewell – take the ferry via Change Island to Fogo Island – at Fogo we will be joined by a local guide for a tour. After our tour we will head back on the ferry and get off at the stop for Change Islands. Change Islands is the only place where they breed the Newfoundland Pony. We will stop and visit the amazing people that run the sanctuary. After our visit and lunch we will head back on the ferry to Farewell and then our drive back to Twillingate for the night.

Overnight Twillingate (Anchor Inn)

Day 10

Today your journey today will take you to Bonavista. Here you will have the chance to view the cliffs and enjoy the wonderful coastal scenery. It was here that John Cabot made landfall in 1497. While in Bonavista we will visit The Ryan Premises National Historic Site of Canada to explore the internationally-recognized “Cod, Seals and Survivors” exhibition that tells the 500-year story of Canada’s east coast fishery.

Overnight in Trinity – Erickson Premises (B & B)

Day 11

Today you get to sit back, relax and explore Trinity – we will enjoy a guided tour of houses and churches of this beautiful town all by foot. Optional boat tours and theatre will be advised.

Overnight in Trinity – Erickson Premises (B & B)

Day 12

Today we leave the quaint village of Trinity and drive to the Burin Peninsula. Enjoy the beautiful drive viewing small bays, sheltered coves and blue water inlets. We will make a lunch stop enroute.

TONIGHT – Pack your overnight bag for St. Pierre. Since vehicles are not permitted on the ferry we have to walk on and walk off the ferry with our bags, we also have to walk over to our hotel (about 2 blocks). Please ensure you have all your medications and a change of clothes for the two nights. Make sure you have your passports for tomorrow as well.

Overnight in Marystown – Marystown Hotel

Day 13

This afternoon we will take the ferry from Fortune to St Pierre, France. Our coach will drop us off at the terminal and we will walk onboard the ferry. The crossing will take about 2 hours. Your checked luggage will stay with the driver/coach. These French Islands are Frances oldest overseas territory. On arrival (approximately 430pm) we walk across the street to our hotel for the next two nights.

Dinner included tonight

Overnight – St Pierre – L’Hotel Robert

Day 14

This morning after breakfast we will head out for our island tour of St Pierre with a local guide.

Evening will be free to wonder the streets of the village.

Overnight – St Pierre – L’Hotel Robert

Day 15

Early rise today. Our ferry departs St Pierre at 0800am. Our drive today will take us off the Burin Peninsula – stopping enroute for lunch we will then head to the Avalon Peninsula. Driving time today is about 5 hours.

Overnight – St. Bride’s – Bird Island Resort Motel (or similar)

Day 16

This morning we will visit Cape St Mary’s Ecological Reserve – you will see thousands of seabirds – gammets, razorbills, common murres, black-legged kittiwakes, northern gannets, and double-crested and great cormorants (as long as the fog does not roll in!). We will then head into St. John’s, the capital of Newfoundland. After lunch we will embark on a 2 hour city tour of St John’s. The city enjoys a long and vibrant history as the oldest English-founded city in North America. While the city owes a great deal to the fishing industry, it has been transformed into a modern city famed for its nightlife and its rich musical culture. Evening is free.

Overnight St. John’s – JAG Hotel

Day 17

Heading south from St Johns our first stop today is Cape Spear National Historic Park, the most easterly point of land in North America. Travelling further south we will make our way to Witless Bay where you will embark on a boat tour (weather permitting) and have a chance to view thousands of Atlantic Puffins, Murres and other seabirds that make their home here in the summer. After lunch we will visit Cape Spear.

Overnight St. John’s – JAG Hotel

Day 18

Today is a free day to enjoy the sights, sounds and tastes of St Johns.

Tonight is our farewell dinner – a Newfoundland Feast!

Overnight St. John’s – JAG Hotel

Day 19

Your Travac Tours Director will advise you of your transfer time to the airport for your return flight back to Ottawa from St. John’s.

Flight times will be given at time of booking.

We are sure that you will have many fond memories of your wonderful Newfoundland experience.

**Itinerary Subject to Change**

Accommodation Notes: Most properties in Newfoundland are Motel, B & B or Cabin style accommodations (except St Johns) – therefore walking and stairs can be an issue for some. If you have any mobility issues please let us know.  In some cases there are no elevators.

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Hotel Information

Mountain Range Cottages

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Hotel Address
32 Parson's Lane
Rocky Harbour, NL
A0K 4N0
(709) 458-2199

Haven Inn

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14 Goose Cove Rd
St. Anthony, NL
A0K 4S0
(709) 454-9100

Shallow Bay Motel & Cabins

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Hotel Address
193 Main St
Cow Head, NL
A0K 2A0
(709) 243-2471

Sinbad's Hotel & Suites

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Hotel Address
133 Bennett Dr
Gander, NL
A1V 1X3
(709) 651-2678

Marystown Hotel

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Hotel Address
76 Ville Marie Dr
Marystown, NL
A0E 2M0
(709) 279-1600

Hotel Robert

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10 RN2
St. Pierre & Miquelon,

+508 41 24 19

Bird Island Resort

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Route 100
Saint Bride's, NL
A0B 2Z0
(709) 337-2450

JAG Boutique Hotel

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115 George St W
St. John's , NL
A1C 0B7
(709) 738-1524

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