The Stories Of Canada
Newfoundland and Labrador
Tucked into the furthest reaches of Eastern Canada, Newfoundland and Labrador is anything but ordinary. During this eight-night itinerary, guests will experience an enthralling corner of the world where every experience is backdropped by the Northern Atlantic – the wildest and most powerful ocean on the planet, home to centuries-old icebergs, Arctic floes and majestic wildlife. On land, visitors will find an idyllic collection of romantic and charming inns, colourful saltbox homes, and inspiring locals who share fascinating tales of the region’s storied history.
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1 | ST. JOHN'S, NL
Upon arrival at St. John’s International Airport, you’ll be greeted by a private driver and guide who will stay with you for the majority of your journey. Check into your hotel, and spend the rest of the day wandering St. John’s at your own speed. Accommodations are at the Murray Premises Hotel in an Executive King Guest Room.
2 | ST. JOHN'S, NL
Today, you’ll be treated to a private, day-long tour of St. John’s and Cape Spear, visiting landmarks such as Quidi Vidi, a quaint fishing village populated by idyllic cottages and a wharf lined with hardy fisherfolk; a cliffside World War II gun battery; and the oldest standing lighthouse in North America. You’ll also see Jellybean Row, a collection of colourful saltbox houses painted in cheerful Easter egg hues, and watch for seabirds skimming the surface of the Atlantic Ocean. Accommodations are at the Murray Premises Hotel in an Executive King Guest Room.
3 | PORT REXTON OR TRINITY, NL
Today, your driver will take you to the small town of Bay Bulls, where you’ll catch a boat to an ecological reserve that attracts humpback whales, seabirds and minke during the summer months. In May and June, you can glimpse glittering icebergs floating along the aptly named Iceberg Alley. After snapping photos of the sights, accompany your guide to the Ferryland Lighthouse, which was built in 1870. Linger here as you watch the water and tuck into a picnic of homemade delicacies. Then, it’s onward to Bonavista Peninsula, the historic site of John Cabot’s discovery of North America in 1497. Here, you’ll find houses situated amid rocky shores, pebbled beaches, and dense forest, as well as a mammoth sinkhole with two seaward channels. Accommodations are either at Fishers’ Loft Inn in Port Rexton in a Suite, or Artisan Inn in Trinity in a Private Vacation Home.
4-5 | PORT REXTON OR TRINITY, NL
Rise and shine! Start your day with an energizing sunrise hike on the Skerwink Trail, a picturesque coastal loop marked by sea stacks and circling eagles. In the afternoon, your driver and guide will show you the highlights of Bonavista, including legendary Spiller’s Cove (also called Twilingate), whose rugged coastline, picturesque streets and coveted location along Iceberg Alley embody the traditional Newfoundland and Labrador outport; and Dungeon Provincial Park, where a collapsed sea cave is bookended by separate openings to the sea. In the evening, consider dining at the Bonavista Social Club, which serves a seasonally inspired farm-to-table feast, with many of the menu’s ingredients harvested on the premises or sourced from nearby fishers, farmers and foragers. Accommodations are either at Fishers’ Loft Inn in Port Rexton in a Suite, or Artisan Inn in Trinity in a Private Vacation Home.
6-8 | FOGO ISLAND, NL
After breakfast, drive to Gander, a small town that captured the world’s attention when it welcomed thousands of stranded travelers on 9/11. From here, take a ferry to a truly bucket list experience: Fogo Island, your home for the next three nights. This offshore island is a haven for artists, and home to a luxurious inn sitting on the edge of the vast ocean. Here, you can meet talented craftspeople, participate in a traditional boil-up, track caribou as they graze the land, stargaze, and explore 400-million-year-old rocks with a resident geologist. There are also opportunities to fish for cod, pick berries, or lounge in an outdoor hot tub and watch the raging ocean. Accommodations are at the Fogo Island Inn in a second-floor Labrador Room.
9 | GANDER, NL
Today, bid farewell to Fogo Island and head to Gander International Airport. While the itinerary has come to a close, Newfoundland and Labrador’s unforgettable landscapes, character-filled towns and rich maritime history – not to mention the incredible hospitality of its people – will stay with you long after you depart.