Newfoundland & Labrador (St. John's to Deer Lake)
Maple Leaf Collection
The beauty of Newfoundland and Labrador on Canada’s east coast is a definite must-see! Visit the national and provincial sites and parks. Explore the only authentic Norse settlement in North America, L’Anse aux Meadows National Historic site, and attend a Viking Dinner and Show. The Prime Berth Historic Fishing Village and the Cape Bonavista Lighthouse Provincial Historic Site are also featured on the tour. See the whales and puffins at the Witless Bay Ecological Reserve. Visitors are “Screeched-In” to become honorary Newfoundlanders.
11 Days 1 Country 13 Meals
Day 1 – Home City to St. John's
Depart your home city for St. John’s, and the start of your tour of Newfoundland and Labrador! Upon arrival a transfer to your hotel has been included.
Day 2 – St. John's
Get acquainted with the charming city of St. John’s and its surroundings this morning; a vibrant, historic, colourful, and contemporary city – 500 years young! Being the oldest colonized region in the new world your local guide will regale you with its history, legends & lore - all flavoured with personal anecdotes and good humour from which Newfoundlanders are so famous. Enjoy the brilliant vistas from Signal Hill, one of the most recognizable skylines in Canada. Other stops include Cape Spear National Historical Site the most Easterly point in North America, Quidi Vidi Village, Jellybean Row, Government House, the Roman Catholic Basilica and an orientation of the shops and restaurants of the downtown core. The tour will conclude at your hotel where the remainder of the day is yours to enjoy on your own.
Day 3 – St. John's to Clarenville
Today travel to Clarenville, but not before an award-winning boat tour of the Witless Bay Ecological Reserve. Composed of four small islands, this reserve is one of nature's greatest wonders. Home to the largest Atlantic puffin colony in North America (500,000+) and millions of other seabirds. Enjoy a spectacular performance by Humpback whales as they frolic, and breach with pectoral fins slapping right before your eyes there are bound to be a few breathtaking moments. A show not to be missed! Please note that sightings (birds, whales, and icebergs) vary by season and cannot be guaranteed. Then visit Heart’s Content Cable Station, where over 150 years ago, the first successful transatlantic telegraph cable landed, changing the way we communicate forever. This little Newfoundland town leapt into the history books and remained a global communications hub for over a century. The cable station is a time capsule of the communications technology that connected us all right up to the 1960s.
Day 4 – Clarenville
Today continue the journey to Trinity and Bonavista. Most of the old town of Trinity is a national heritage district, and there are several provincial historic sites to visit 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. While in Trinity stop by the Green Family Forge Blacksmith Museum, and the Trinity Museum and Archives as well as the Trinity Interpretation Centre. Then travel 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 Cape Bonavista Lighthouse Provincial Historic Site which has been restored to its original 1843 condition. Other stops 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. Attend a special treat this evening, an authentic Newfoundland Screech-In, and become an honorary Newfoundlander.
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 ‘Fathers of the Confederation’. At Boyd’s Cove visit the Beothuk Interpretation Centre, tour the centre where exhibits and artifacts foster an appreciation for this unique, and now vanished culture. In Twillingate visit Prime Berth Historic Fishing Village, learn about the history and culture of the area by visiting this living history museum and then on to Long Point Lighthouse, built in 1876.
Day 6 – Gander to Rocky Harbour
Before leaving Gander, often called the ‘Crossroads of the World’, stop at the Silent Witness Memorial, then visit the North Atlantic Aviation Museum, which tells the story of civil and military aviation in the town going back to the 1930’s. After, 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. Tonight, be prepared to tap your toes and sing along with a band of local musicians as they perform some of Newfoundland & Labradors’ lively, traditional songs at the popular Anchors Aweigh Show.
Day 7 – Rocky Harbour to L'Anse-Au-Clair
First stop, Arches Provincial Park to view a natural rock archway created by eons of tidal action. Then head for St. Barbe and board the ferry, sailing through Iceberg Alley to Labrador, keep watch for 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. Enjoy dinner this evening with your fellow travellers.
Day 8 – L'Anse-Au-Clair to St. Anthony
Before leaving Labrador, visit Point Amour Lighthouse Provincial Historic Site. If you are 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 you back to Newfoundland to overnight in the quaint town of St. Anthony. Dinner tonight will be a Viking Feast in a replica of Leif the Lucky’s home.
Day 9 – St. Anthony to Plum Point
Before departing this morning 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. In the afternoon take in L’Anse aux Meadows National Historic Site. Once home of Leif the Lucky and the Viking people who settled here around 1000 AD. Tour the reconstructed sod huts as animators recreate daily life at the site. This evening experience some local Newfoundland hospitality with a ‘Mug Up’.
Day 10 – Plum Point to Deer Lake
Today’s highlights include Gros Morne National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, visit the and Lobster Cove Head Lighthouse to catch a great view of Bonne Bay and the surrounding mountains. Then travel by water taxi from Norris Point to Woody Point. After a break for lunch visit the Discovery Centre at Woody Point to discover why Gros Morne is a UNESCO World Heritage Site where you can take in the exhibits and enjoy the stunning view from the deck. Join with your fellow travellers this evening for the Farewell Dinner.
Day 11 – Deer Lake to Home City
Sadly, all good things must come to an end. This morning we will transfer you to the airport for your flight home.
All prices are per person and include all taxes and fees. Prices are in CAD.
Not included in price:
- Airline baggage fees for additional or over-sized luggage
- Airline fuel surcharges if there is a change in fuel prices
- Gratuities for Tour Director and Driver
- Meals and activities not specified in the itinerary
- Any personal expenses
- Travel Insurance
- Pre or post tour arrangements
Gros Morne National Park
Carved by colliding continents and relentless glaciers, the ancient landscape of Gros Morne is unlike any other.
Viking Dinner Show
Theatre and food are the heart of any culture, so to make sure you experience Viking culture at its best we will treat you to an authentic Viking meal with added entertainment.
Anchors Aweigh Band
No Newfoundland experience would be complete without the music and wit of a group of local performers, and Anchors Aweigh is the very best the Gros Morne region has to offer. Filled with renditions of popular Newfoundland and Labrador songs, and sprinkled with wit and one-liners, the show has become one of the best attended in the whole province. Almost by accident, and practically overnight, the Anchors Aweigh band has found its way onto the list of ‘things to do’ for local residents and visitors alike.
Lobster Cove Head Lighthouse
Learn about life as a lighthouse keeper and what life is like along the cost at this century old lighthouse. You may even spot a whale or two.
L'Anse Aux Meadows National Historic Site
L’Anse aux Meadows is the only authenticated Norse site in North America and proof that Leif Erickson settled in Newfoundland and Labrador.
The North Atlantic Aviation Museum
Discover the history of North Atlantic aviation.
Cape Bonavista Lighthouse Provincial Historic Site
Being one of the few lighthouses in the world where you can still ascend the staircase of the stone tower makes this historic site a premier spot to see puffins, whales, and icebergs.
Dive into the rich history of the Newfoundland cod fishery and the family that pioneered generations of success in the industry.
Signal Hill National Historic Site
Hear their stories of British and French soldiers battling relentlessly to gain control of this strategic location and climb to iconic Cabot Tower and be overcome by spectacular views of St. John’s.
Prime Berth Historic Fishing Village
The 6th ranked museum in Canada makes for an excellent place to take in the history of the area.
Witless Bay Ecological Reserve Whale & Puffin Tour
Observe whales and puffins in their natural habitats.
Cape Spear National Historic Site
Cape Spear Lighthouse is the oldest surviving lighthouse in Canada and an iconic symbol of the provinces marine history.
Silent Witness Memorial
This tranquil park pays tribute to those who lost their lives in the 1985 Arrow Air Crash.
Screech In & Mug Up
Screech in and Mug up, is a traditional welcome ceremony for newcomers to the island. We won’t give away too many details on this sacred ceremony as to not ruin the surprise, but it involves a fish and locally made rum (Screech).
The guide was superb, she kept everything on time, great sense of humour. Very Definitely (would you recommend to your friends) Audrey Bell - Victoria, BC - 2014
The length & breadth of this tour was exceptional. It was pleasing to have the extent of water excursions as Newfoundland is a marine experience. Patricia & George Jones - Calgary, AB
First bus tour great experience. The guide did a wonderful job keeping things running smoothly. Joe (driver) couldn't be more friendly! Added a lot to the tour Brenda Caners - Winnipeg, MB - 2014
Guide & driver were treasures - our travel mates were wonderful. The people of Newfoundland truly kind, generous and heart warming. The scenery was just a huge bonus! Donald Schindolka - Fort Qu Appelle, SK - 2014
(We know how hard you work for your money, did we give you value?) Yes. We'd done previous research, but the tour exceeded our expectations over and over again! (Tour Guide) Oh my goodness where do we start! She was fantastic! Organized full of interesting tidbits, always cheerful, great sense of humour, accommodating. We didn't feel pushed but she kept us on schedule in such a pleasant way. She did it all and became a friend to us all. Dave & Annette Hundeby - Saskatoon, SK - -2014
It may sound like a cliché but Maureen S. had always wanted to visit Newfoundland. In fact, for 30 years she imagined travelling to this amazing Canadian destination. In July 2016, her wish became a reality when she booked with WestWorld Tours for the Newfoundland and Labrador Tour. It featured historic sites, picturesque national parks and coastal views, plus towering icebergs.
“I had never seen an iceberg before,” commented Maureen. Throughout the coastal tour, she saw icebergs of assorted sizes and shapes floating in the ocean. “There was a huge iceberg that had split apart into two pieces,” explained Maureen. “It was beautiful and very scenic with the mountains on each side and the icebergs in the middle.” There were more iceberg sightings during the ferry ride through Iceberg Alley. From the coast of Labrador to the northeast coast of Newfoundland, Iceberg Alley is where the famed Titanic struck an iceberg in 1912.
During the WestWorld Tours excursion, Maureen marvelled at the beautiful scenery found throughout Newfoundland and Labrador. There were planned visits to Signal Hill, Gros Morne National Park, Arches Provincial Park, Lobster Cove Head Lighthouse and L’Anse aux Meadows National Historic Site. While there, Maureen visited a replica home of Lief the Lucky and enjoyed a traditional Viking Feast.
At Clarenville, she attended the Screech in Ceremony. “I had to kiss a real cod on the lips,” explained Maureen, “drink a shot of traditional Newfoundland screech (rum) while wearing a Sou’Wester (yellow rain hat). I received an Honourary Newfoundlander certificate.”
“The trip was wonderful; every day was a new experience,” said Maureen. “It was educational and there was always something to see and do, and the people were out of this world; friendly and willing to chat with me everywhere I went.” The area had unique expressions of slang, for instance, “wash out” meant there was clothing on the line (not an eroded section of a road caused by flooding). Maureen particularly liked the craft shops at Rocky Harbour. “The handcrafted items were colourful and very pretty.”
All throughout the various excursions there was traditional Celtic and seafaring music including sea shanties (songs sung by sailors to help pass the time while working) and sailing songs. “The music was amazing - the singing seemed to come so naturally,” said Maureen. “Some of the musicians even played the “ugly stick” (a traditional instrument made of household and/or tool shed items) which had a distinctive sound.”
The tour also included visits to the tallest lighthouse in Atlantic Canada at the Point Amour Lighthouse Provincial Historic Site, the Atlantic Aviation Museum, and the Beothuk Interpretation Centre. Over 300 years ago, this was the site was of a Beothuk village. The centre had exhibits and artifacts telling the story of this now vanished culture.
Maureen explored the native flora and fauna of this rugged region. Along with her fellow travellers, they enjoyed the ancient thrombolites at Flowers Cove, salmon migrating upstream to its spawning grounds at the Salmonid Interpretation Centre at Grand Falls-Windsor, and watched the nesting seabirds and humpback whales at the Witless Bay Ecological Reserve.
This was Maureen’s first excursion with WestWorld Tours and she was very happy with her experience. “Kari Carpentier, our tour director, was personable, fun and lively,” she explained. “She was well-organized and went out of her way for us. I would definitely go on another tour with WestWorld Tours.”
Maureen S. at the Screech In Ceremony
Iceberg on Ocean near St. John's, Newfoundland, Canada
Experience Newfoundland and Labrador with WestWorld Tours
The trip to Newfoundland far exceeded our expectations. We saw many more attractions than we would have seen on our own. Bob & Gail Lay, Watrous, SK
This trip was so doable for me. I am 75 and have a great deal of trouble with one shoulder. My luggage was handled and I travelled my dream trip with not a worry in the world. Beverly Siebert - Milestone, SK - 2016
This was our first bus tour. If we had done this ourselves by car we would have missed a lot. We will recommend this tour to our friends and yes we did get value for what we spent on this trip. Jack Isaacson - Victoria BC
Absolutely yes!! you gave us value for what we paid. The tour director thought of every little detail to keep us informed and always had a smile. Victor Epp - Medicine Hat, AB
Tour director has an incredible talent dealing with people. She is very knowledgeble & would get back to you with information she didn't know. Will certainly travel with WestWorld again! Dave Howell - Campbell River, BC
Our guide had us all "On Board" after only a few hours. The hours and days flew by. Interesting and informative conversation with each one of us. Douglas Howell - Comox, BC
Guide and driver were excellent - paid attention to personal requirements & requests. Made the tour interesting & fun! C. Keating - Toronto, ON
This was our first tour with WestWorld and we didn't know what to expect. We would certainly consider another tour. Our guide went out of her way to make this tour a wonderful experience. Larry Mitchell - Saskatoon, SK
The tour was well planned and the other guides (local step on guides) that worked with our guide were very friendly and knowledgeable. Yes very much so. (recommend this tour to friends) Les & Phillis Bayer - Grand Prairie, AB
Our tour director could not have paid more attention to detail. She was thoughtful & knowledgeable - had done her research. Yes & have done so (recommend tour to friends). A lovely holiday journey. Faith D'Arcy - Mayne Is., BC
Tour Director - the very best - very knowledgeable & caring a lovely person, I'm sure she did the work of 2 people. Absolutely YES (would you recommend tour to friends?) I fully believe so. (did you receive value for your money?) Suzanne Shaw - Victoria, BC
Our tour director should get 10 (out of 5). Of all the tours I have taken she excelled. She always had a smile and was extremely knowledgeable. Patricia McWhirter - Pitt Meadows, BC
We could not have seen as much of Newfoundland/Labrador on our own. Thanks to all the research you have done (tour Director Alice) we were able to sit back & enjoy! Not juts the sights but the history & lore! Thank you Lorraine Krauss - Sherwood Park, AB - 2014
Lots of fun. I learned a lot about Newfoundland & Labrador, quite extensive in scope. Guide helpful and knowledgeable. Linda Cayer - Victoria, BC - 2014
Experience Newfoundland and Labrador with WestWorld Tours
It may sound like a cliché but Maureen S. had always wanted to visit Newfoundland. In fact, for 30 years she imagined travelling to this amazing Canadian destination. In July 2016, her wish became a reality when she booked with WestWorld Tours for the Newfoundland and Labrador Tour.