Newfoundland- The Hidden Gems of Newfoundland Tour with St. Pierre, Fogo and Labrador

See more than ever on this 3 week tour!

June 3-23, 2022

Small Group Tour – 30 persons maximum

Immerse yourself into the very soul of Newfoundland! This comprehensive 21-day road adventure will help you uncover the brilliant splendour of Canada’s most easterly province. You’ll meet its people, discover its culture, learn about its unique history and heritage as you travel along its dramatic coastlines, sweeping barrens and thick boreal forests.

This incredible journey will take you to many locations that other tours just don’t go.  You will travel the west coast with its fjords, make your way to Labrador, stay in St. Anthony where you will have chance to gaze at ancient icebergs thousands of years old.  You’ll also stop at Fogo Island with its clapboard houses, sea cliff footpaths and lush forests.

You’ll leave Newfoundland and travel to the French protectorate of St. Pierre. This quirky island will take you into the past and let you discover life as it was so many years ago

Travac’s grand tour of the hidden gems of Newfoundland is a once in a lifetime experience- don’t miss it!  This holiday adventure is limited to 30 passengers- early booking is essential.

Tour Itinerary


Day 1

Depart from Ottawa with one connection en route to Deer Lake, NL. Once we arrive, we will board our private motorcoach and be transferred to Cow Head. The drive is approximately 2 hours. We will stop for you to purchase a few items en route.

Welcome Dinner tonight – time TBA.

Overnight in Cow Head – Shallow Bay Hotel (or similar).

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. This afternoon we venture off on a 45 minute walk to one of the most beautiful boat tours in all of Newfoundland – “Western Brook Pond”. You will marvel at the size of the landlocked Fjord while enjoying this narrated two hour cruise.

Overnight in Cow Head – Shallow Bay Hotel (or similar).

Day 3

This morning we head further up the northern peninsula, we will 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 in L’Anse au Clair, Labrador – Northern Light Inn (or similar).

Day 4

Today we will head back onto the ferry after breakfast – heading to the tip of the peninsula – St Anthony. Our first stop will be at Sir Wilfred Grenfell Mission. We will have a guide meet us to take us on a tour of the site. 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 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 Parks Canada 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.

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

Day 6

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

Optional Newfoundland Show offering tonight ($).

Overnight in Rocky Harbour–- Mountain Range Cottages (or similar).

Day 7

Today we will explore more of Gros Morne National Park – we will visit the interpretation centre and talk a walk with a Parks Canada guide to the tablelands.

Overnight in Rocky Harbour–- Mountain Range Cottages (or similar).

Day 8

Today we will start our journey east into the central part of Newfoundland to Grand Falls/Windsor. We will make a few interesting stops today. First to Botwood Heritage Park, Museum and Archive a WWII seaplane base. You will also make a stop at the Salmonid Interpretation Centre with exhibits on the history, biology, ecology, and habitat of the Atlantic salmon.

Overnight in Grand Falls-Windsor – The Carriage House Inn.

Day 9

Today you will make your way to visit 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. Dinner is included tonight.

Overnight – Twillingate – Anchor Inn (or similar).

Day 10

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 (or similar).

Day 11

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).

Overnight in Gander – Comfort Inn (or similar).

Day 12

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 – Eriksons B & B(or similar).

Day 13

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 – Eriksons B & B (or similar).

Day 14

Today we leave the quaint village of Trinity and head 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 (or similar).

Day 15

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 (or similar).

Day 16

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 (or similar).

Day 17

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. We will stop to visit Castle Hill National Historic Site.

Overnight – Placentia – Bridgeway Hotel (or similar).

Day 18

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 – Hilton Doubletree (or similar).

Day 19

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 and then we will head to the Quidi Vidi Brewery for laughs, stories, tasting ale, and lagers and to see where Iceberg Beer is made.

Overnight St. John’s – Hilton Doubletree (or similar).

Day 20

Today is a free day to explore this historic city. There are many offerings of museums, churches and music venues. Your Travac Tours Director will have some ideas for you.

Farewell dinner included tonight.

Overnight – St Johns – Hilton Doubletree (or similar).

Day 21

It’s time to head home with many fond memories of this beautiful journey of Newfoundland. Your tour director will advise you of your transfer time to the airport for your return flight back to Ottawa from St. John’s.

 

Itinerary subject to change.

This tour is not for people with any walking disabilities. There are some walks that can take up to 1.5 hours on uneven ground.

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