Wild Newfoundland Adventure

18,000 Miles of Coastline, and a Story for Every Step of the Way

Newfoundland is a place apart. Known locally as ‘The Rock’, it is a massive island cut off from the rest of Canada, in the wild north Atlantic. In the winter it is buffeted by storms; in the short summer icebergs float by and the air fills with the cries of seabirds. Such a place breeds hardy folk renowned for stories, with more than a hint of Blarney from their Irish (and Viking) ancestors.

  • Starting From

    $2,775 USD

    per person
  • Trip length

    12 days

    11 nights
  • Hot Spots
    St. John's, Bay Bulls, Trinity, Twillingate, Norris Point, Bonne Bay, Deer Lake
LET’S PERSONALIZE THIS TRIP

A Unique Culture, History & People


The scenery is spectacular but what travelers remember most about Newfoundland is the warmth of the people and the richness of the culture. Whether you are kissing a cod-fish, getting ‘screeched in’, listening to fiddle music in a pub, or visiting Viking remains – you’ll know, this definitely ain’t Kansas!

A Unique Landscape


Newfoundland is windswept, brooding, romantic – an island on the edge of a continent. To be there is to connect with a certain wildness that is rare in the modern world.

Your Choice of Adventure Options Along the Way


Whether your idea of fun is a tasting tour of the best local seafood restaurants, a serious hike into Gros Morne National Park, or a boat trip to see whales and puffins, we have optional activities to suit every taste and ability.

YOUR TRIP
DAY-BY-DAY

Think of this itinerary as just a starting point. Our experienced Canadian Insiders will create a personalized experience for you that matches your schedule, travel style and budget.

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Day 01

Newfoundland Adventure Begins – Arrive in St. John’s

Upon arrival in St. John’s, get out and explore North America’s oldest city. Rich in history and distinct Irish and British heritage, this colourful port sits on the steep slopes of a snug and sheltered harbor, with brightly colored row-houses lining its hilly streets.

Intermediate Sized Car Rental

(1 of 2 activities)

Enjoy the freedom of exploring by vehicle. Your rental includes a GPS, loss damage waiver, unlimited mileage, and one additional driver.

Discovery Parks Pass

(2 of 2 activities)

We've included an unlimited pass to Canada’s national parks, national marine conservation areas and national historic sites.

Overnight in St. John's

Overnight at the Murray Premises Hotel. Built in 1846, the hotel is a historic collection of mercantile buildings, located on the St. John's waterfront. Rooms feature exposed 19th century wooden beams, contemporary furnishings and luxurious touches.

Day 02

Explore Historic St. John’s

You have an exciting day ahead! Explore the highlights of of St John’s.

Historical St. John's and Cape Spear Tour

(1 of 1 activities)

Discover Newfoundland's culture and history on a half day guided tour. Walk through Cape Spear National Historic Site, then visit the oldest standing light house in North America. Other stops include Quidi Vidi Village, Government House, and the shops and restaurants of downtown St. John's.

Day 03

Bay Bulls and the Southern Avalon Coast

Set off along the Avalon Peninsula to explore the beautifully rugged and wild coastline. See countless natural wonders comprised of stunning cliffs, sea caves, and waterfalls.

Prime whale watching season is mid-June to mid-August in this area

Suggested Add-On: Lighthouse Picnic

(1 of 1 activities)

After a serene 30-minute walk along a natural isthmus surrounded by the sea, enjoy an award-winning homemade picnic at beautiful Ferryland Head lighthouse (available Wednesdays through Sundays).

Witless Bay Puffin and Whale Watching Cruise

(1 of 2 options)

Cruise through the spectacular coastal vistas of Witless Bay Ecological Reserve, in search of whales and puffins. Enjoy live interpretation interspersed with a colourful mix of local humour, stories and song.

Private Kayak Tour (Extra Cost)

(2 of 2 options)

Discover hidden caves, waterfalls, and wildlife along the beautiful Avalon coastline. With your private guide, you'll have the chance to see puffins, whales, and in the early season – icebergs.

Day 04

St. John’s to Trinity

Depart St. John’s along the scenic Conception Bay coastal drive – on a clear day you will be able to see the still active Bell Island Lighthouse. Continue along the Bonavista Peninsula to Trinity – renowned for its unique historical architecture and thriving culture and arts.

Feature Dinner in Trinity

(1 of 1 activities)

You have a reservation at Twine Loft Restaurant inside the Artisan Inn. Recommended in “Where to Eat Canada,” you’ll have a three-course set menu prepared by local chefs using only the freshest ingredients and seafood.

Overnight in Trinity

Overnight at the Artisan Inn. Located in beautiful Trinity, the Inn is comprised of multiple shorefront accommodations all within walking distance of each other. The Twine Loft restaurant is a focal point, with its seaside open-deck, and a fine-dining restaurant.

Day 05

Explore Trinity and the Bonavista Peninsula

Enjoy your choice of guided activity to explore the Bonavista Peninsula today. Then we recommend you hike one of Bonavista’s most scenic trails – the Skerwink, or visit the filming locations of The Shipping News and Random Passage.

Trinity is home to the unique Rising Tide Theatre, known for it's walking Pageant through the streets of the town.

Zodiac Whale Watching Tour

(1 of 2 options)

Learn to identify fin, humpback, sperm, minke, and pilot whales, as they play and migrate through a scientific study area of the Bonavista Peninsula. Keep your eyes open for species of porpoises, eagles and offshore sea birds including puffins and northern gannets.

Trinity Bay History and Nature Boat Tour

(2 of 2 options)

Learn about Newfoundland's historic cod fishery, as you cruise past enchanting and long-abandoned communities of Trinity Bay. Listen to your captain's first-hand stories to a backdrop of natural beauty and wildlife.

Day 06

Trinity to Twillingate

Drive along winding, coastal roads and explore Terra Nova National Park – a classic Newfoundland landscape of sheltered bays, rugged ocean coastline and rolling forested hills. Finally, arrive at the quaint fishing village of Twillingate and the 1876 Long Point Lighthouse – still active today.

Another great option for evening entertainment is the Twillingate Dinner Theatre. Ask us to make a reservation!

Suggested Add-On: Fogo Island Inn

(1 of 1 activities)

Before visiting Twillingate, add-on a stay at the incredible Fogo Island Inn. Situated on a gorgeous rocky shoreline where slabs of granite meet the moody North Atlantic, the luxurious Fogo Island Inn is an innovative community project, with 100% of profits being reinvested in the local economy. The Inn features 29 rooms with panoramic ocean views, hand-crafted furniture and quilts, locally inspired cuisine, rooftop hot tubs, saunas, and a publicly accessible art gallery, library and cinema. The island’s still-wild world has caribou to track, hills of berries to forage, nature trails to explore, and countless birds and sea life to behold.

Overnight in Twillingate

Overnight at The Captain's Legacy B&B. This oceanfront accommodation is a charming century-old home, once owned by the famous Sea Captain, Peter Troake. Enjoy traditionally appointed rooms, ensuite bathrooms, a full hot breakfasts, and spectacular views.

Day 07

Explore Twillingate

Explore Twillingate, which embodies the quintessential Newfoundland out-port character – stunningly-rugged coastline, historical, picturesque streets, and lush countryside roads.

Peak iceberg watching runs from early June to early July in the Twillingate area.

Twillingate Iceberg Tour

(1 of 1 activities)

Located in the heart of Newfoundland's famous Iceberg Alley, this tour gives you a front row seat to spectacular views of both the land and the sea!

Day 08

Drive to Norris Point - Gros Morne National Park

Leave behind the Central Region of Newfoundland and head west through a vast expanse of lush forest and contrasting scenery. Drive north along the Viking Trail to Gros Morne National Park – designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1987 for its impressive geological features.

Suggested Add-On: Norris Point Dinner Tour (Extra Cost)

(1 of 1 activities)

Enjoy Gros Morne's freshest local seafood and wine pairings during a fun, four course dinner tour. Meet the owners of the establishment, enjoy cultural discovery, and evening entertainment as part of your experience.

Overnight in Norris Point

Overnight at Neddies Harbour Inn. Perched on Bonne Bay Fjord, this charming hotel sits in the heart of Gros Morne National Park. In addition to majestic views, you'll enjoy amenities such as complimentary WiFi and continental breakfast, and a fine-dining restaurant with panoramic views.

Day 09

Explore Gros Morne National Park

Discover Gros Morne's towering cliffs, dramatic fjord valleys, glacial lakes, and highland plateaus. This is sure to be a highlight of your Newfoundland adventure.

Let us book Anchors Aweigh at the Anchor Pub, for a night of comedy and music. This show is often sold out! Runs Mondays, Wednesdays, and Saturdays.

Western Brook Pond Boat Tour

(1 of 2 activities)

Discover the spectacular Western Brook Pond Fjord on this scenic boat tour. Onboard, behold the spectacular glacier-carved land-locked fjord, billion year-old cliffs, and frequent wildlife sightings.

Suggested Add-On: St. Anthony & Quirpon Lighthouse Inn

(2 of 2 activities)

Ask your Fresh Tracks Canada vacation advisor about adding days to drive north to visit St. Anthony and the Quirpon Lighthouse Inn. On the way, explore L’Anse Aux Meadows UNESCO site, showcasing mysterious Viking remains. On Quirpon Island, you will stay in a recently refurbished light-keeper’s residence, on the northernmost tip of the Great Northern Peninsula. In season Quirpon Island is one of Newfoundland’s best locations for iceberg viewing as they drift the Labrador Current on their journey south. The waters here are a rich feeding ground, meaning excellent whale viewing. Expect to see minke and humpback whales in season, as well as orca and right whales.

Day 10

Norris Point to Woody Point

An hour-long drive brings you to Woody Point today. Although just across the Bay from Norris Point, you’ll find the scenery very different. Get out to explore surrounding nature hikes, or visit the Parks Canada Discovery Centre.

Overnight in Woody Point

Overnight at the oceanfront Bonne Bay Inn, just a short walk to the historic seaside village of Woody Point. Enjoy well appointed rooms, complimentary breakfast, and free Wi-Fi. Take in the spectacular views from the deck, then dine at the on-site restaurant followed by a drink in the pub or lounge.

Day 11

Gros Morne Discovery

Continue to explore Gros Morne National Park. From the vibrant history of the small town of Woody Point, to the vast landscapes of the park, you'll want to explore it all.

Gros Morne Private Guided Hike

(1 of 2 options)

Guided by a knowledgeable interpreter, discover plants, animals, and geology on your choice of hiking trail. Choose from Tablelands, Green Gardens, Gros Morne Mountain, Lookout Trail, Baker's Brook Trail, or Coastal Trail.

Cultural Explorer Tour

(2 of 2 options)

On this full day tour, dig deep and explore life in a featured community in Gros Morne Park.Your experience includes a scenic trail walk, lunch, and an artist studio visit.

Day 12

Vacation Ends – Woody Point to Deer Lake

Say goodbye to the awe-inspiring island you’ve come to know so well. Depart Woody Point and drive for an hour to Deer Lake airport where you will drop off your rental car.

WHERE YOU’LL STAY

Below you'll find examples of this trip's accommodation options.
Please call us for the full list or advice on how to customize your experience.

Hotel room featuring king size bed, 2 bed-side tables, and a wooden headboard against an exposed brick wall. Large, bright window also featured.Hotel room featuring jetted tub, sitting area with 2 armchairs, a corner fireplace with flat screen TV above, and 3 large windows with accent stone wall.
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HERE'S WHAT YOU GET

To make sure that your holiday is full of only good surprises, here's a comprehensive list of what is (and isn't) included in your package.


Accommodations:

  • Accommodation for 11 nights in historic hotels and inns

St. John’s Experiences:

  • St. John’s Sightseeing Tour

Southern Avalon Experiences:

Choose 1 of 2:

  1. Whale and Puffin Boat Tour
  2. Private Half Day Sea Kayaking (additional cost)

Suggested Add-on:

  • Ferryland Lighthouse Picnic (Wed–Sun, additional cost)

Trinity Experiences:

Choose 1 of 2:

  1. Zodiac Whale Watching
  2. Historic Interpretive Boat Tour

Twillingate Experience:

  • Nature and Iceberg Cruise

Gros Morne Experience (Day 1):

  • Western Brook Pond Tour

Gros Morne Experiences (Day 2):

Choose 1 of 2:

  1. Gros Morne Privately Guided Hike
  2. Full Day Cultural Explorer Tour

Gros Morne Suggested Add-on:

  • Gros Morne Tasting Tour with Wine Pairings (Tue, Thu, Sat - additional cost)

Meal Inclusions:

  • Feature Dinner in Trinity
  • Most breakfasts at your accommodation (varies by location)

Transportation Inclusions:

  • Intermediate sized car rental including: Loss Damage Waiver (LDW) on car rental, airport surcharges, unlimited Kilometres, Third Party Liability Insurance Coverage (up to $1 million), fee for 1 additional driver, and vehicle licensing fee

Other Inclusions:

  • National Parks Pass (valid for National Parks, National Marine Conservation Areas and National Historic Sites)
  • A personalized documentation Kit, containing essential travel information and driving directions
  • Fresh Tracks Canada customer service – from the time you book, you are assigned your own personal Vacation Coordinator whom you can reach out to with any questions or requests.

Optional Fogo Island Inn Add-on:

  • 3 nights at the Fogo Island Inn
  • Full Meal Plan
  • Welcome Island Orientation
  • Additional car rental time

Optional Quirpon Island & St. Anthony Add-on:

  • 1 night of accommodation in St. Anthony
  • 2 nights accommodation in a restored lighthouse inn
  • Admission to Norstead Viking Village
  • Visit to L’Anse aux Meadows
  • Boat transfers to and from the island,
  • All meals at the Quirpon Island Inn
  • Day tour while on the island
  • Additional car rental time

Important Schedule and Trip Notes:

  • All tours and activities are subject to availability. Some tours run on certain days of the week, or may run seasonally. Ask your Fresh Tracks Vacation Advisor for more help.
  • Meals, other than those mentioned
  • Gratuities
  • Airfare (but please don’t hesitate to ask for help)
  • Car rental extras: Fuel and refueling fees, Personal Accident Insurance (PAI), Personal Effects Coverage (PEC), One way drop fee for car rental ($250 payable at counter) from St. John’s to Deer Lake, LDW deductible of up to $500 depending on car type, Fee for drivers under the age of 25
  • Trip cancellation insurance (highly recommended, ask us for a quote)
  • Canadian federal taxes

SEASONAL RESTRICTIONS

  • Witless Bay Cruise: Whales are most frequently spotted from mid-June to mid-August. Sightings outside of this window are considered a bonus. Icebergs are typically present in May and June.
  • Twillingate Iceberg Tour: Icbergs are best viewed from May to mid-July. From mid July onwards, this tour will focus on scenery and wildlife.
  • Gros Morne Private Hike: Hike location may be changed at the discretion of the guide due to weather conditions.

PRICES & DATES

This trip is available for departures between May and September.

Starting From

$2,775 USD
per person

based on double occupancy, May 2019 departure and our base class.

We offer a range of packages across all four seasons. Please speak with one of our travel advisors about personalizing your trip and getting a comprehensive quote.

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CUSTOMER REVIEWS

9 reviews
Lynne & Philip

Lynne & Philip

CA, USA

16 Aug 2017

We were both pleased with all the side trips you had scheduled for us

My favorite part of the trip was seeing so many puffins. My husband’s was the Viking Village. We were both pleased with all the side trips you had scheduled for us.

Julie & Gaylord

Julie & Gaylord

WI, USA

12 Jul 2017

We loved the east coast

We loved the east coast, especially St. John’s. It was a fun area. The Ferry Lighthouse picnic was wonderful. We could have used an extra day in this area. We also loved Trinity, the Artisan Inn was wonderful. The Rugged Beauty Boat tour was a highlight of the trip and it was nice to have the time in this area.

Donald & Nancy

Donald & Nancy

SCOT, UK

03 Jul 2017

This was a great way to see Newfoundland

This was a great way to see Newfoundland. Small villages like Trinity and Greenspond were an eyeopener on how things were and are.

Glen & Pat

Glen & Pat

TX, USA

01 Jul 2017

The service provided was first class

Seeing all the icebergs and the ice packed sea at Fogo Island was awesome. Everyone we met was very friendly and helpful. They are all very hard working people and some of the nicest people we have met. The staff at Fogo Island Inn were incredible. We had a health issue and they were very accommodating. It was also a… Read More

Joe & Anne

Joe & Anne

CO, USA

05 Oct 2016

The whole trip was very enjoyable

The whole trip was very enjoyable. The additional tours that were arranged were mostly exceptional. Fresh Tracks were, and continue to be, very helpful. Our experience was excellent.

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