Tides & Parks of Atlantic Canada
When it comes to viewing icebergs, this is one of the best places in the world. On a sunny day, these 10,000-year-old glacial giants are visible from many points along the northern and eastern coasts. They come in every shape and size, with colours from snow-white to deepest aquamarine. Despite their arrival from the Arctic every spring, our awe of them remains new, year after year. Cap off your visit with a few days in St. John’s; experience the food, breweries, music and local entertainment. An all-round amazing experience.
Upon arrival in St. John’s collect your rental vehicle. You may have a late arrival so the rest of the day is at leisure.
Drive to Bay Bulls to take a boat excursion to see Whales and the Atlantic Puffin - if you are lucky you may even spot an iceberg. Along the way explore the little villages that dot the coastline. After your whale watching excursion you may want to continue to Cape St. Mary’s Ecological Reserve. The reserve is settled by thousands of sea birds nestled along the edge of the rocky shore. (breakfast included)
Today embark on your journey to the Bonavista Peninsula, known for its scenic and rugged coastlines. The peninsula also contains some of the oldest settlements in Newfoundland, particularly the towns of Bonavista and Trinity. Before settling into your accommodation for the night, you may want to drive 20 minutes south of Trinity to New Bonaventure and
visit the Random Passage Site. Constructed in 2000 for the filming of the international TV mini-series “Random Passage”, the site today provides the opportunity to step back in time and experience what life might have been like in a fishing outpost in the early 1800s. (breakfast included)
Explore the enchanting village of Trinity with its restored white and pastel-coloured clapboard houses. Set along a dramatic coastline you will discover a sense of Newfoundland’s history and nature. Join the Trinity Pageant, a walking theatre that meanders through the village enticing viewers to live the history of the area. Time permitting, venture to Port Rexton today and hike the Skerwink Trail. This very walkable trail will take you along the rugged coastline for a spectacular view of the
surrounding villages set against the ocean. You may also want to head north to the town of Bonavista, where you can visit the Ryan Premises National Historic Site, a 19th-century replica fish processing factory. In this small village, you will also find the red and white striped Bonavista Lighthouse, and the Matthew Legacy, a replica of John Cabot’s ship which voyaged across the Atlantic to discover land in 1497. (breakfast included)
Enroute to Twillingate, pass through Terra Nova National Park. If you feel the need to commune with nature, a stop will introduce you to coniferous forests, ponds, and a plethora of walking trails. Continue towards Twillingate. In Boyd’s Cove make another stop at the Beothuk Interpretive Centre and visit an ancient Beothuk village discovered by archaeologists in the 1980s. Arrive in Twillingate where you will spend the next two nights, then grab your camera and head out on the ocean with the afternoon Iceberg Watch boat tour, where you will have an opportunity to see icebergs, whales, sunsets and many other spectacular views that the beautiful island of Twillingate has to offer. (Breakfast included)
Today drive the short distance to Gander International Airport where you’re Newfoundland discovery ends and you return you hire vehicle before boarding your flight back to the UK.