The Best of the East: The Maritimes, Newfoundland & Labrador

  • August 8 - 29, 2018
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Highlights

Newfoundland

Gros Morne National Park
Viking Dinner & Show
Anchors Aweigh Band
Lobster Cove Head Lighthouse
L’Anse aux Meadows National Historic Site  
The North Atlantic Aviation Museum
Cape Bonavista Lighthouse Provincial Historic Site  
Ryan Premises
Signal Hill National Historic Site
Prime Berth Historic Fishing Village
Witless Bay Ecological Reserve Whale & Puffin Tour
Cape Spear National Historic Site
Silent Witness Memorial
Three Dinners
All Breakfasts
Screech In & Mug up

All Newfoundland and Labrador photo credits COURTESY NEWFOUNDLAND AND LABRADOR TOURISM.

The Maritimes

Hopewell Rocks
St. Andrews By-The-Sea
Whale Watching Tour
Fort Louisbourg
Lunenburg, UNESCO World Heritage Site
Ministers Island
Magnetic Hill
Confederation Bridge
Anne of Green Gables House
Traditional PEI Lobster Dinner
Ferry Crossing
Rita MacNeil’s Tea Room
Cape Breton’s Miners Museum
The Cabot Trail
Alexander Graham Bell Museum
Maritime Museum & Grave Sites
Peggy’s Cove
City Tour of Saint John,
Charlottetown & Halifax
Farewell Dinner
All Breakfasts, 2 picnics, 5 dinners

 

Itinerary

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Day 1 Home Cities to St. John’s

Day 1

Home Cities to St. John’s

Depart home cities for St. John’s. Depart home cities for St. John’s to start your tour of Newfoundland. 

Day 2 St. John’s

Day 2

St. John’s

Depart St. John’s for the Witless Bay Ecological Reserve and take a boat tour to see the nesting seabirds, humpback whales and icebergs. Return to hotel for a free afternoon and evening to explore St. John’s. 

Day 3 St. John’s to Clarenville

Day 3

St. John’s to Clarenville

Today we travel to Clarenville, but not before we have a historical city tour of St. John’s, including Signal Hill National Historic Site, Government House, Anglican Cathedral and the Cape Spear National Historical Site. After leaving St. John’s, we will visit Heart’s Content Cable Station. A special treat this evening is an authentic Newfoundland Screech In.

Day 4 Clarenville

Day 4

Clarenville

Today we will continue our journey to Trinity and Bonavista. First we visit the community of Trinity. Most of the old town is a national heritage district, and there are several provincial historic sites such as Hiscock House Provincial Historic Site. Lester Garland Premises Provincial Historic Site, Lester Garland House/Wessex Learning Centre and St. Paul’s Anglican Church are our other stops. While in Trinity we will stop by the Green Family Forge Blacksmith Museum, and the Trinity Museum and Archives as well as the Trinity Interpretation Centre. We go back into history to the voyage of John Cabot. He sailed from England to Newfoundland landing at Cape Bonavista in 1497. One of the “must-sees” is the Cape Bonavista Lighthouse Provincial Historic Site which has been restored to its original 1843 condition. Other stops on your tour include the monument to John Cabot located near the lighthouse, Ryan Premises National Historic Site – which includes the Bonavista Museum and the Dungeon Provincial Park, a collapsed sea cave. 

Day 5 Clarenville to Gander

Day 5

Clarenville to Gander

Today’s first stop is Joey’s Lookout in Gambo, the birthplace of Joseph R Smallwood, the first premier of the province and one of the original ‘Father’s of the Confederation’. From here we go to Boyd’s Cove and visit the Beothuk Interpretation Centre and learn more about Newfoundland’s ill-fated indigenous people. In Twillingate we will visit Prime Berth Historic Fishing Village and learn about the history and culture of the area by visiting the Living History Museum and then on to the Long Point Lighthouse, built in 1876. 

Day 6 Gander to Rocky Harbour

Day 6

Gander to Rocky Harbour

Today, before we leave Gander, often called the ‘Crossroads of the World’, we will stop at the Silent Witness Memorial and then we’ll visit the Atlantic Aviation Museum which tells the story of civil and military aviation in the town going back to the 1930’s.

We’ll then depart for Grand Falls-Windsor to visit the Salmonid Interpretation Centre, a fabulous place to watch Atlantic salmon as they migrate to their spawning grounds. Our home tonight is Rocky Harbour. Tonight you can relax and tap your feet to the popular local band, Anchors Aweigh who will be playing a selection of local Newfoundland & Labrador music.

Day 7 Rocky Harbour to L’Anse-au-Clair

Day 7

Rocky Harbour to L’Anse-au-Clair

Our first stop is The Arches Provincial Park where caves carved by undersea wave action have been thrust above the surface over the eons.

Then we head for St. Barbe and take the ferry through Iceberg Alley. You may have an opportunity to marvel at the sight of majestic icebergs and breaching whales. Off to Red Bay National Historic Site, World Whaling Capital 1550-1600 AD. Experienced Visitor Centre guides will interpret the Basque whaling activity in the area during the 16th century. 

Day 8 L’Anse-au-Clair to St. Anthony

Day 8

L’Anse-au-Clair to St. Anthony

Before leaving Labrador we visit the Point Amour Lighthouse Provincial Historic Site. If you’re up to the challenge, climb the 122 steps to the top of this castle-like structure; the tallest lighthouse in Atlantic Canada. A relaxing ferry ride will take us back to Newfoundland where will overnight in the quaint town of St. Anthony. Dinner tonight will be a Viking Feast in a replica of Lief the Lucky’s home. 

Day 9 St. Anthony to Plum Point

Day 9

St. Anthony to Plum Point

We will stay in St. Anthony for the morning and visit the Grenfell home and the Charles S. Curtis Memorial Hospital to see the Jordi Bonet Murals. The murals tell the story of the Grenfell Mission, named for famous medical missionary Sir Wilfred Grenfell.

This afternoon we take in L’Anse aux Meadows National Historic Site. This was the home of Leif the Lucky and the Viking people who settled here around 1000 AD. You will be able to tour the reconstructed sod huts as animators recreate daily life at the site. This evening we partake in a Newfoundland ‘Mug Up’

Day 10 Plum Point to Deer Lake

Day 10

Plum Point to Deer Lake

Today’s highlights include Gros Morne National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, where we will visit the Discovery Centre. We also visit Lobster Cove Head Lighthouse and from there get a great view of Bonne Bay and the surrounding mountains. We will then take a water taxi from Norris Point to Woody Point. Tonight in Deer Lake join all your friends for the WestWorld Tours Farewell Dinner

Day 11 Deer Lake to Halifax

Day 11

Deer Lake to Halifax

Today we are heading to Halifax to begin our journey through the Maritimes!

Day 13 Halifax

Day 13

Halifax

This morning our city tour of historic Halifax includes a visit to the gravesites of some of the passengers on the ill-fated Titanic.

After lunch we visit the Maritime Museum and then on to the most photographed village in Canada, Peggy’s Cove.  Tonight, join your fellow travellers, Tour Director and Bus Driver for a Welcome Dinner.

Day 14 Halifax to Sydney

Day 14

Halifax to Sydney

Enroute to Sydney we will through Nova Scotia north to scenic Cape Breton Island.  A treat this afternoon as we visit Rita MacNeil’s Tea Room for tea and a pastry.

Day 14 Halifax

Day 14

Halifax

Today we visit a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Lunenburg.  Enjoy their historic architecture, working waterfront and many other attractions.  Later in the day you will have some free time to do some of your own exploring in Halifax.  Your dinner this evening will be included.

Day 15 Sydney to Fort Louisbourg and Return

Day 15

Sydney to Fort Louisbourg and Return

A historic day trip to Fort Louisbourg.  On the way back to Sydney, we will be visiting Cape Breton’s Miners Museum, home of the famous choir of miners “The Men of the Deeps”.  There is a museum explaining the history of mining in Nova Scotia and you can then take a stroll through their historic village.  There will be time for you to do the Optional Mine Tour at your own expense.

Day 16 Cabot Trail

Day 16

Cabot Trail

Today we travel the breathtaking Cabot Trail, the most photographed and scenic highway in Canada.  There will be lots of photo stops along the way.  We will also visit the Alexander Graham Bell Museum.  A picnic lunch will be included today.

Day 17 Sydney to Charlottetown, PEI

Day 17

Sydney to Charlottetown, PEI

Today we take a ferry across Northumberland Strait to PEI where our home for the next couple of nights will be Charlottetown.

Day 18 Charlottetown

Day 18

Charlottetown

A local guide will show us around Prince Edward Island including a tour of Charlottetown.  Of course, not tour of PEI would be complete without a visit to the Anne of Green Gables House.  For dinner tonight, enjoy a traditional PEI Lobster Dinner (beef or ham is available if you are not a seafood lover).

Day 19 Charlottetown to Saint John, NB

Day 19

Charlottetown to Saint John, NB

On our way to Saint John, we cross the 13-km long Confederation Bridge.  We will stop at Hopewell Rocks and Magnetic Hill in Moncton, where vehicles appear to roll uphill!

Day 20 Saint John to St. Andrews By-The-Sea and Return

Day 20

Saint John to St. Andrews By-The-Sea and Return

This morning we will go to St. Andrews By-The-Sea.  St. Andrews is a treasure trove of beautiful architecture, unparalleled scenery and rich marine life.  While here we will have a spectacular tour of Whale Watching with Tall Ship adventures from the historic port of St. Andrews, Canada’s oldest seaside resort town. We will also visit Ministers Island.  Your dinner will be included this evening.

Day 21 Saint John

Day 21

Saint John

This morning we will have a city tour and then visit the unusual Reversing Falls.  This evening join your friends, your Tour Director and Coach Driver for a Farewell Dinner.
 

Day 22 Saint John to Home Cities

Day 22

Saint John to Home Cities

Transfer to the airport for your flights home.