Tis tour can be done our of Halifax by Ferry across the Cabot Strait or by arriving by air on day two in Deer Lake. Visit the land rich with Viking history. From L'Anse aux Meadows to Port aux Choix, learn about Newfoundland & Labrador's earlier settlers, followed with a stop in Gros Morne National Park - a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Thousands of years of history come alive as you ferry across the Cabot Strait to explore the West Coast of Newfoundland & Labrador. Learn about ancient peoples-the Maritime Archaic and Dorset Indians at Port au Choix, the Vikings in L'Anse aux Meadows, and the Basque Whalers in Red Bay - as you meet the hospitable and friendly people of today. See the beauty of Gros Morne National Park - a UNESCO World Heritage Site and coastal fishing communities. Take a boat tour in St. Anthony (weather permitting) where you may see whales and, depending on the time of year, icebergs!
Day 1: Arrive Halifax
Arrive in Halifax and check in at accommodations for the night. Your lovely hotel is ideally located in the downtown core. This evening meet your fellow travelers and Tour Director at a welcome reception. Depending on time of arrival, you may wish to book a Tour of Halifax, Peggy's Cove or Lunenburg.
Day 2: Halifax - Port-aux-Basques
Travel via Truro and Antigonish to cross over the Canso Causeway to Cape Breton Island. At North Sydney, board a Marine Atlantic ferry for a relaxing crossing to Port aux Basques, port of entry on the island of Newfoundland. (CB, D)
Note: The Marine Atlantic Ferry schedule changes yearly. As such, an overnight crossing including cabin accommodation may be necessary.
Alternatively fly into Deer Lake tody and join the group at the start of the tour tomorrow morning.
Day 3: Port-aux-Basques - Port au Choix
Drive through the Codroy Valley and on to Corner Brook, the largest city on the west coast, for a brief tour. Your journey continues through Gros Morne National Park - to be enjoyed later on during your tour - to the fishing community of Port au Choix. (B, L, D)
Day 4: Port au Choix - L'Anse au Clair
Board the ferry from St. Barbe to cross the Strait of Belle Isle to Labrador. Continue to Red Bay National Historic Site where the Basques had a whaling station in the 16th century. Spend the night in Labrador. (B, D)
Day 5: L'Anse au Clair - St. Anthony
Return to Newfoundland and travel to L'Anse aux Meadows National Historic Site, the first cultural discovery in the world to receive recognition as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Hear of the Vikings who walked here over a thousand years ago. (B, D)
Day 6: St. Anthony - Cow Head
Enjoy a morning whale watching boat tour in St. Anthony (weather permitting)* before traveling to Cow Head for a two-night stay. (B, D)
*June and early July are the best time to see Titanic-size icebergs!
Day 7: Gros Morne local touring
Discover why Gros Morne National Park is truly one of the highlights of your tour. Visit the Broom Point Fishing Exhibit and Lobster Cove Lighthouse. Enjoy a scenic boat tour (weather permitting) as you learn the geology of the Tablelands, see the bald eagles that frequent the deep waters of the fjord, and hear the history of the small villages nestled on the shores. It is an unforgettable experience; some say the scenery is unequaled in eastern Canada. (B, Box L, D)
Day 8: Cow Head - Deer Lake
Have your camera at the ready as you catch your final glimpse of Gros Morne National Park. Continue to Deer Lake to catch your flight. Tours arrangements end on arrival at the Deer Lake Airport. (B)
Meet and Greet Event
Atlantic Canadian Tour Director or Driver Guide
Modern Touring Vehicle
Gros Morne National Park - UNESCO World Heritage Site
Lobster Cove Lighthouse
Strait of Belle Isle ferry to/from Labrador
Red Bay National Historic Site - UNESCO World Heritage Site
L'Anse aux Meadows National Historic Site - UNESCO World Heritage Site
The Great Viking Feast at Leifsburdir
Grenfell Historic Properties
Whale Watching Boat Tour
Scenic Boat Tour in Gros Morne
Hotels used for the tour:
- Cambridge Suites Hotel for those departing from Halifax
- Marine Atlantic Ferry for those departing from Halifax
- Deer Lake Motel for those departing from Deer Lake
- Sea Echo Motel - Port au Choix, Newfoundland
- Northern Light Inn - L'Anse au Clair, Labrador
- The Haven Inn - St. Anthony, Newfoundland
- Shallow Bay Motel - Cow Head, Newfoundland
June - September
From approx $2,195 CAD from Halifax, from Deer Lake from $1,938 CAD plus tax per person based on double occupancy
Departures within the seasons will determine the price
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