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Day 1 & 2

Arrive in Port aux Basques via Marine Atlantic ferry from North Sydney, Nova Scotia. Enjoy an evening stroll around the local outdoor market and sit down to a traditional meal at a harbourfront restaurant. The next morning, take a drive along the Granite Coast Scenic Route, stopping to tour the many seaside fishing villages such as Margaree, Harbour le Cou and Rose Blanche. Don’t miss iconic Rose Blanche Lighthouse, the only restored granite lighthouse in Atlantic Canada.

Overnight Port aux Basques – 2 nights.

Day 3

Start your day with a hearty Newfoundland breakfast of fish cakes, toutons and baked beans, then head out to the Port au Port Peninsula. Travel the French Ancestors Route and explore the unique culture of the area. Hike the Gravels Walking Trail, which winds along the coast towards the Our Lady of Mercy Church and Museum. This area is known for its unique geological features. Stop by the Alpacas of Newfoundland farm to feed the animals and browse through local crafts. During the summer, finish your day with a performance at the Stephenville Theatre Festival, Newfoundland’s longest running event if its kind.

Overnight Stephenville – 1 night.

Day 4

Take a 50 minute drive to Western Newfoundland’s largest community, Corner Brook. Stop for lunch at a downtown bistro, then make your way to the Captain James Cook National Historic Site, which offers a breathtaking view of the surrounding Bay of Islands. Explore Corner Brook Stream Trail, a network of wilderness walks around the city. End your evening at a local pub offering live music and friendly company.

Overnight Corner Brook – 1 night.

Day 5

Get an early start as today you’re off to Gros Morne National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. On the way, stop off at Marble Zip Tours, with Canada’s highest zip lines and the Spider Challenge adventure course. A must see as you embark on the Viking Trail is the Newfoundland Insectarium, famous for its butterfly garden and glass beehive ant colony. Head into the South side of Gros Morne National Park and settle into your accommodations in coastal Woody Point. Peruse this Registered Historic District with its many craft studios, shops and harbourside eateries.

Overnight Woody Point – 1 night.

Day 6

Start your day with a tour of Parks Canada’s state of the art Discovery Centre, including the interactive exhibits, art gallery and gift shop. The Centre boasts fabulous views of Bonne Bay. Walk on the earth’s mantle at the base of the Tablelands – these half billion year old rocks are normally found far below the earth’s crust and were exposed to the surface thanks to continental drift. Tonight, stroll along the boardwalk in Trout River, a scenic fishing village, and enjoy a meal fresh from the sea.

Overnight Woody Point – 1 night.

Day 7

Today’s your day to explore the North side of the park, starting with a visit to Lobster Cove Head Lighthouse. Grab a quick snack at an eatery in Rocky Harbour, then set off for your afternoon Western Brook Pond boat tour. This glacier-carved inland freshwater fjord boasts 2,000 foot cliffs, cascading waterfalls and hauntingly ancient rock formations. Time permitting, stop by the site of the SS Ethie Shipwreck of 1919 on your way to Cow Head. Take in a performance by Theatre Newfoundland and Labrador as part of the Gros Morne Theatre Festival. Enjoy a peaceful rest in one of the town’s cozy accommodations.

Overnight Cow Head – 1 night.

Day 8 & 9

Today’s you’ll continue to the tip of the Viking Trail, where you’ll find Western Newfoundland’s second UNESCO World Heritage Site, L’Anse aux Meadows National Historic Site. En route, make a stop at Port au Choix National Historic Site, including the archaeological dig at Philip’s Garden. After your journey up the coast, enjoy fine dining at a local restaurant, and choose between a cozy lodge or a traditional saltbox style home for the night. The next day, start your exploration of the 1,000 year old Norse site, the only authenticated Viking settlement in North America, with the Meeting of the Two Worlds tour. Enchanted with the Norse? Then head next door to Norstead, a Viking port of trade.

Overnight L’Anse aux Meadows – 2 nights.

Day 10

Looking forward to today’s boat tour along Iceberg Alley, where we are likely to see 10,000 year old icebergs and majestic whales. Captain says we may get a taste of a small piece of an iceberg, locally known as a bergy bit! For the history buff, explore the Grenfell Historic Properties for a self-guided tour of the life and work of Dr. Grenfell, a local hero. Stroll along Fishing Point’s many coastal walking trails, and enjoy dinner overlooking the ocean.

Overnight St. Anthony – 1 night.

Day 11

Embark on your journey back to Gros Morne National Park. En route, stop by the Torrent River Salmon Interpretation Centre to see wild Atlantic salmon eye to eye. Don’t miss nearby Arches Provincial Park, a great spot for a photo in front of one of Newfoundland and Labrador’s most iconic rock formations. Head into the quaint village of Norris Point for some fine dining and luxury accommodations.

Overnight Norris Point – 1 night.

Day 12

This morning, visit the unique sea creatures of Gros Morne at the Bonne Bay Marine Station. Time to head south back to Port aux Basques and the ferry home.

Day 1

Arrive in the coastal community of Port aux Basques via Marine Atlantic ferry from North Sydney, Nova Scotia. Take a short 1km ride to check-in at a local accommodation. Your adventure begins with a drive along the Granite Coast Scenic Route. Enjoy a hearty picnic lunch on the edge of the North Atlantic at Rose Blanche Lighthouse, the only restored granite lighthouse in Atlantic Canada. Discover this coast’s history of shipwrecks and heroic rescues on the Ann Harvey Trail in Isle aux Morts. Finish your day with an evening stroll along the harbourside boardwalk, exploring the many craft shops at Scott’s Cove Park. Oftentimes, you’ll be entertained with lively traditional music.

Overnight Port aux Basques – 1 night.

Day 2

A morning of birdwatching in the scenic Codroy Valley awaits. Meet your knowledgeable local guide at the Wetland Interpretation Centre for a stroll along the Wetlands Trail. The Codroy Valley is a recognized estuary of international significance as a resting area for over 200 species of migratory birds, including the endangered piping plover. Don’t forget your binoculars today! Time permitting, stop in to the Grand Codroy Wildlife Museum. Now you’re off to the Port au Port Peninsula. Take the loop around the French Ancestors Route to explore the hidden treasures along the coastline. Great photo opportunities in this area. Make sure to plan your visit around a stop at one of the many traditional French bread ovens for a taste of fresh baked bread with local preserves. Check out the live entertainment at Emile’s Pub in downtown Stephenville.

Overnight Stephenville – 1 night.

Day 3

Off you go to explore Corner Brook and the Bay of Islands. Visit the Captain James Cook National Historic Site. The legendary explorer charted the Bay of Islands from 1764 to 1767. The site boasts an excellent vantage point to look out over the bay. Take Route 450, also known an Captain Cook’s Trail, stepping back in time to visit quaint fishing villages along the way. Enjoy a seaside lunch at a local café. Head to downtown Corner Brook for local live entertainment.

Overnight Corner Brook or Humber Valley – 1 night.

Day 4

The Humber Valley is a haven for active outdoor experiences. Options for today’s adventures include: Canada’s longest zip line, the Spider Challenge high ropes adventure course, river rafting,  a local boat cruise, and much more. Don’t miss the Corner Brook Stream Trail, a walking network throughout the city. Stop by the Historic Train Site to explore the only mode of public transportation in the area up until the 1960s. Tempt your taste buds at one of the casual fine-dining restaurants in the area.

Overnight Corner Brook or Humber Valley – 1 night.

Day 5

The touring just keeps getting better – off to Gros Morne National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Tour the state of the art Discovery Centre, a great place to find out about the geology, ecology and history of the national park. Take a guided interpretive walk around the base of the nearby Tablelands, one of the few places on the planet where you can walk on the earth’s mantle. Enjoy any one of the local harbourside cafés in Trout River or Woody Point, a Registered Heritage District. Check out the variety of evening entertainment in the area.

Overnight Woody Point – 1 night.

Day 6

Today you will explore the north side of Gros Morne National Park. Interpretive boat tour options include: the Bonne Bay Tour, exploring the coastal communities and wildlife with live entertainment, and the Western Brook Pond Tour, travelling along the glacier carved fjord with 2,000 foot cliffs, cascading waterfalls and hauntingly ancient rock formations. Time permitting, visit Lobster Cove Head Lighthouse, the S.S. Ethie Shipwreck, the Bonne Bay Marine Station and Arches Provincial Park. Enjoy dinner at a local restaurant and a traditional Newfoundland “time” in Rocky Harbour.

Overnight Rocky Harbour – 1 night.

Day 7

This morning, explore Gros Morne at your leisure. The area has an array of shops and galleries where you can purchase your last-minute souvenirs. If you’re feeling more adventurous, spend the morning kayaking in Bonne Bay. On your return south, stop by the award-winning Newfoundland Insectarium, one of only two such facilities in Canada. Grab your last taste of Newfoundland cuisine in Port aux Basques before catching the ferry home.

Day 1 & 2

Arrive at Deer Lake Regional Airport in the evening, with transport to your comfortable accommodation in Deer Lake. After a restful night, your UNESCO experience begins with your first stop at Gros Morne National Park. You’re headed to the south side of the park to tour the state of the art Discovery Centre. This is a great place to find out more about this World Heritage Site, with interactive exhibits, an art gallery, the Tuckamore gift shop, and a great view over Bonne Bay. Next stop, a guided walk around the base of the Tablelands, where you can hold rocks over 400 million years old! This tour is entitled “Walk Upon the Earth’s Mantle”. Enjoy any one of the local harbourside cafés in Trout River or Woody Point, a Registered Heritage District. Check out the variety of evening entertainment in the area.

Overnight Woody Point – 1 night.

Day 3

Time to explore the north side of Gros Morne National Park. Experience the iconic Western Brook Pond boat tour, travelling along the glacier carved fjord with 2,000 foot cliffs, cascading waterfalls and hauntingly ancient rock formations. Enjoy a pleasant 40 minute walk to the departure dock – don’t forget to wear comfortable footwear and layered clothing, plus bring your camera. Next up, a stop at Broom Point heritage site to experience a variety of hands-on activities and learn to do things the Newfoundland way! Round off your day and take in one of the performances at the Gros Morne Theatre Festival in Cow Head.

Overnight Cow Head – 1 night.

Day 4

Today you’re headed up the Viking Trail to experience your second UNESCO World Heritage Site, L’Anse aux Meadows National Historic Site. Explore the only authenticated Viking site in North America with the earliest evidence of Europeans in the western hemisphere. This site ranks as one of the world’s most significant archaeological properties. It is a place of many firsts: the first cultural site to be inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage list, the site of the first iron production in North America, the first meeting of Europeans and Aboriginal people, and, according to the Sagas, it is also the place where the first European baby was born on North American soil. End your Viking filled day by attending the Great Viking Feast dinner theatre. Sample a variety of traditional Newfoundland delights while participating in a Viking court of law.

Overnight St. Anthony – 1 night.

Day 5

A day of outdoor adventure and history awaits. There are many touring options to fill your day. Spend some time indoors at Grenfell Historic Properties, including an interpretation centre commemorating the life of medical missionary Sir Wilfred Grenfell. Strike out on the water with Northland Discovery Boat Tours, an award winning whale and iceberg viewing tour along Iceberg Alley. For a relaxing stroll, St. Anthony boasts a variety of coastal walking trails, including Santana Trail, climbing 476 stairs to the top of Fishing Point to take in a mesmerizing view of pristine coastline and the Atlantic Ocean, or Tea House Hill Walking Trail, following the Grenfell Trail about 800 meters to Tea House Hill, a perfect place to view St. Anthony and take a photo.

Overnight St. Anthony – 1 night.

Day 6

Today its time to travel back south and take in a few of the hidden gems, with your first stop in the scenic fishing village of Conche. The French Shore Interpretation Centre is home to a 222 foot tapestry depicting the intriguing history of the Vikings and the French Shore. Next stop is the Bird Cove Interpretation Centre where you’ll explore 50 centuries of local history and an archaeological site. Time permitting, a few other treasures to explore include Port aux Choix National Historic Site, which preserves one of the most significant Maritime Archaic Indian sites in North America, and the Torrent River Salmon Interpretation Centre. View Atlantic Salmon in their natural habit through underwater chambers. Make a quick stop into Arches Provincial Park, a natural rock formation eroded by years of sea tidal action. A great photo opportunity! Just inside the Gros Morne National Park boundary, stretch your legs along the beach and view the remains of the SS Ethie Steamship that ran aground in a fierce winter storm in 1919.

Overnight Deer Lake – 1 night.

Day 7

Early rise for your trip home.

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