Newfoundland and Labrador Explorer
- 14 Days
- Prices From:
- US$ 2,638
MODERATE | SELF-DRIVE: A diverse landscape of stunning coastlines, mountains and ancient forests with a rich history tracing its First Nations and European ancestry, this trip offers an excellent introduction to Canada’s most eastern province. St. John’s, the colorful capital city provides a dynamic contrast to the fishing villages along the northern shore or the rugged beauty of Labrador’s coastlines, while the vistas inside Gros Morne National Park are breathtaking. Add images of icebergs and whales up close for an incredible outdoor adventure.
This 14-day trip includes one of Canada’s greatest cities, along with Indigenous history, stunning coastlines and a fjord-like lake surrounded by towering mountains. You might see icebergs and whales along the way.
Day one begins in delightful St. John’s. Refresh yourself with a walk through the Battery district, a colourful maze of homes that cling to a cliff along the city’s famous harbour. If you’re ambitious, continue up hundreds of stairs to Signal Hill for amazing ocean and city views.
The next day is yours to explore in St. John’s. Try an iceberg or whale-watching cruise, or take a short drive to Quidi Vidi village for a hikes and postcard-worthy photos.
The next day takes you to the scenic village of Trinity. Try the Skerwink Trail in nearby Port Rexton for a fairly easy, rewarding hike with amazing views of massive rocks rising from the sea.
The next day allows you to explore the scenic beauty of Terra Nova National Park on the way to the northern shores of the island. Gander, which is a good stop for lunch, is the setting for the play “Come From Away,” a Canadian classic.
Twillingate is one of the most delightful places in Canada. In season, you can get close to 12,000 year-old icebergs drifting down from Greenland, or spot humpback whales. Head to Long Point Lighthouse for majestic views from cliffs that tower over the Atlantic Ocean.
From here it’s on to Rocky Harbour, passing picturesque villages such as Norris Arm. Take a detour to Woody Point, a small town on beautiful Bonne Bay. Nearby Trout River is the quintessential Newfoundland coastal town, with wooden homes clinging to the water’s edge, lobster traps in the yard, and a small, quaint church.
Rocky Harbour is the gateway to fabulous Gros Morne National Park, one of the highlights of this trip. Serious hikers spend up to a week in the park, which features dramatic terrain and endless vistas. If you’d rather not try a long hike, the boat ride along Western Brook Pond takes you along a fjord-like lake surrounded by towering mountains.
From here it’s across the St. Lawrence to wild and untamed Labrador. Don’t miss a trip to Red Bay, a UNESCO World Heritage Site that preserves some of the buildings and equipment essential to the European whaling industry at its height.
You’re back across the river the next day, heading to St. Anthony. Visit the L’Anse aux Meadows National Historic Site, which marks a Viking settlement from around 1,000 AD. No trip to St Anthony is complete without a visit to Fishing Point Municipal Park, with its iconic square lighthouse.
From here you’ll head back southwest and check out attractive, seaside villages such as Cow Head. Check out the white sand and clear water of Shallow Beach Bay.
It’s then on to Gander, where the airport museum displays artifacts from the earliest days of Canadian aviation, and then back to St. John’s.
- 14 Days
- Prices From:
- US$ 2,638
Arrive in St. John’s
Arrive at St. John’s International Airport and transfer independently to your centrally located hotel. The Roadbook you received has all the information needed for your holiday/trip/journey. The remainder of the day is yours to enjoy the local sights of Newfoundland and Labrador’s largest city. St. John’s is colorful, rugged, and refined all at the same time and, clearly, the creative and cultural heart of the province. It is easy to enjoy the nightlife as lively music venues, pubs, pints and laughs all point to generations of influence from Ireland and the British Isles.
Overnight St. John’s
Today you have a full day to explore St. John’s and the surrounding area. The city is one of the oldest in North America, its colorful streets and houses seemingly competing with the natural beauty of the surrounding hills. Wander through the steep narrow streets of the old city and climb the rock of Signal Hill rewarding you with magnificent views over the harbor. Admire its historic buildings and sites, but also consider a drive to Bay Bulls, less than half an hour away, famous for its whale-watch cruises and puffin tours. A bit over an hour’s drive from St. John’s gets you to the Ferryland Lighthouse, a trip we recommend for stunning views and an, overall, unique experience.
Overnight St. John’s.
St. John’s to Trinity (269 km / 167 miles)
The road northward today travels through Iconic inlet villages of North West Brook and Clarenville boasting the classic colors and architecture of the Canadian Maritimes. With plenty of scenic stops on your way to Trinity, you have great photo opportunities and time for exploratory walkabouts.
In Trinity, the echoes of the 19th century still ring in the steeple of St. Paul’s Anglican Church, just as the English Arts Harbour Centre celebrates crafts, traditional art, and music of the island. Here, local towns and villages offer a glimpse of the island’s past, such as the weather-beaten fishing houses of New Bonaventure, just twenty minutes ‘down the road’ from Trinity.
Trinity to Twillingate (309 km / 192 miles)
Today’s journey takes you through Terra Nova National Park on the way to the northern shores of the island. Photo opportunities abound at this small, but spectacular park. Gander, which is the half-way point on your way to the waterside community of Twillingate, is a good stop for lunch.
Embark on a two-hour narrated tour in search of icebergs and whales on a true cultural adventure. Explore Iceberg Alley and marvel at 12,000-year-old Greenland icebergs on their epic journey from the Arctic Circle to Newfoundland and beyond. You can hear the ice crack under the sun. Observe majestic humpback whales as they feed in Twillingate’s coastal waters and watch elegant seabirds frolic along the coastlines.
Twillingate to Rocky Harbour (425 km / 264 miles)
Crossing the top of the island, the road travels through small communities all of which live intricately connected to the bountiful natural resources around them. Time permitting, a 15-minute detour at Deer Lake to the village of South Brook and its multi-colored houses adorning the steep hillsides, is a great photo opportunity. Pass through the gates of Grose Morne National Park to reach the coast and your overnight destination at Rocky Harbour.
Overnight Rocky Harbour
Rocky Habour to L'anse Au Claire (240 km / 149 miles Land Only)
We suggest you get up early and make full use of your admission to Gros Morne National Park, one of the absolute highlights of this trip. Serious hikers spend up to a week in the park. The terrain is dramatic, and the vistas are magnificent, even if don’t leave your car. To climb the highest mountain involves a 6-8 hour challenging hike and cannot be done unless you spend at least one more night in the area. The view from the top is, of course, spellbinding. After leaving the park, the road leads up the north coast of the island’s ‘finger’ peninsula where it narrows against the Labrador coast, creating the Gulf of St. Lawrence. A short ferry ride across the mouth of the bay reveals the stark, dramatic beauty of the eastward Atlantic Ocean as it continuously carves the shoreline.
Overnight L'anse Au Claire
L'anse Au Claire
The shores of Labrador are among the most untamed, open-water shorelines in North America. Once a center for whaling in the 19th century, the area is now a center for historical and eco-tourism. Be sure to take a trip to Red Bay, a UNESCO World Heritage Site that preserves some of the buildings and equipment essential to the European whaling industry at its height.
Overnight L'anse Au Claire
L'anse Au Claire to St. Anthony (133 km / 83 miles Land Only)
A short ferry ride back across to the island begins the day before crossing its tip on your way to St. Anthony. What you do in St. Anthony depends, to some extent, on your time of arrival. Today might be a good day to visit L’Anse aux Meadows National Historic Site, where archeological excavations first took place in the 1960s. What was discovered here, at the northernmost tip of the island, were the remains of a Viking encampment, presumed to be the first known evidence of a European presence in the Americas. It was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1978.
Overnight St. Anthony
If yesterday did not allow for a visit to L’Anse aux Meadows, you might plan for it this morning. However, bear in mind that no trip to St. Anthony is complete without an afternoon at Fishing Point Municipal Park. With its iconic square lighthouse overlooking the waters, this coastline park is famous for iceberg watching into the early summer. Local restaurants serve up local fare, making it the perfect place to spend the day.
Overnight St. Anthony
St. Anthony to Cow Head (304 km / 189 miles)
A return trip along the southern shore of the Gulf of St. Lawrence gives you a second chance to visit the small coastal villages that populate the route. Take time in Cow Head and lounge on Shallow Bay Beach. In summer, its white sand and clear water beckon to spend time under the sun.
Overnight Cow Head
Cow Head to Gander (418 km / 260 miles)
After Cow Head you return across the heart of the island to the small, riverside city of Gander, a community with a rich aviation history and ideal, central location in the province. The airport museum displays the town’s relation both to the earliest days of Canadian aviation, and its later importance as a flight staging area during WWII.
Gander to St. John’s (333 km / 207 miles)
Today your Newfoundland and Labrador adventure ends as you drive back to St. John’s International Airport for your flight home or return to the city if you plan to extend your trip.
Overnight St. John’s
Daily departures: May 30 - September 25
- 14 day basic car rental
- Roadbook travel guide (Digital version)
- 2 nights accommodations in St. John’s
- 2 nights accommodations in Trinity
- 2 nights accommodations in Twillingate
- 1 night accommodations in Rocky Harbour
- 2 nights accommodations in L’Anse au Claire
- 1 night accommodations in St. Anthony
- 1 night accommodations in Cow Head
- 1 night accommodations in Gander
- Iceberg Quest Whale, Iceberg and Boat Tour - 2-hour
- Admission To Gros Morne National Park
- Ferry- St Barbe To Blanc Sablon
- Ferry- Blanc Sablon To St Barbe
- Car Rental insurance
- Entrances fees to sites
- Road tolls
- Travel insurance
- International and domestic airfare & airfare taxes
- Visa fees if applicable
- Meals and beverages not mentioned
- Items of a personal nature
TERMS AND CONDITIONS:
Prices are "from" per person based on twin/double share accommodation and for travel in low season. Seasonal surcharges and blackout dates may apply. Limited seat/spaces and all pricing is subject to change and availability. Rates for single or triple travellers are available on request. Additional terms and conditions apply for car rental - please inquire.
1 Jan 2025