Discover Newfoundland & Labrador
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Starting in Nova Scotia you’ll discover the delights of Halifax before sailing to the fishing villages, fjords and national parks of Newfoundland. Look out for moose and bears on land and whales and dolphins offshore, hop over to Labrador, before finishing in the delightful town of St John’s, one of Canada’s easternmost points.
Some of the highlights included are:
- Admire the dramatic fjords and cliffs of Gros Morne National Park
- Look for wildlife that includes whales, dolphins, bears and moose
- Explore the delightfully colourful streets of St John’s
- Set foot on the rather windy easternmost point of land in North America
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- Authentic local experiences
- All international flights
- 14 nights in 4–4.5* hotels
- 15 days car hire
- North Sydney to Port-aux-Basques ferry
- St Barbe to Blanc-Sablon return ferry
- Argentia to North Sydney overnight ferry
- Admission to Gros Morne National Park
Need to know
- Arrives: Halifax Stanfield International Airport (YHZ)
- Time difference: GMT-4
- Visa requirements: British passport holders require an Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA), available online
- Language: English, French
- Currency: Canadian dollar (CAD)
- Flying time from UK: around 7 hours direct
- Plug type: 2 flat pins
- Voltage: 120V
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Today is a free day to explore Halifax, the capital of Nova Scotia, a breezy, leafy sort of place with plenty of pubs and local cafés to try. Take a stroll along the historic waterfront, or perhaps visit pretty St Paul’s Church; have a wander around the blooming flowers and manicured beds of the Victorian Public Gardens or pay your respects at the Halifax Explosion memorials, commemorating the 1917 maritime disaster.
4* Atlantica Hotel Halifax
Port aux Basques
From Halifax, head north through the Bras d’Ors basin. If you aren’t in a hurry you could stop for a walk or a picnic before leaving Nova Scotia for Newfoundland, taking the ferry from North Sydney, across the Cabot Strait to Port-aux-Basques. While onboard, keep a look out for whales, dolphins and seabirds along the clifftops. Port-aux-Basques is a pretty little place, with colourful wooden buildings and boats bobbing about in the bright waters.
3* St Christopher’s Hotel
Drive along the shoreline, past the 17th century colonial village of St George to Gros Morne National Park, a stunning area dotted with fjords, cliffs and tablelands. In this World Heritage-listed wilderness you can choose to climb to the top of Gros Morne Mountain (807m) and admire the glacially-carved landscape, take a boat trip through the fjords, or even rent a canoe or kayak to explore the area in further detail. Spend the night in Cow Head.
3* Shallow Bay Motel
Follow the Gulf of St Lawrence coastline to St Anthony, perhaps stopping at the Port au Choix National Historic Site, which has been inhabited for many thousands of years. In St Anthony, you can learn about the earliest known European settlement in the Americas at L’Anse aux Meadow Historic Site, home to reconstructions of various Norse buildings. While you’re here, why not set sail on a cruise on the iceberg-filled waters off the coast and keep a look out for humpback whales, Atlantic white-beaked dolphins and kittiwakes, as well as other seabirds?
3* Grenfell Heritage Hotel & Suites
The Highlands between St Anthony and St Barbe are home to more moose and bears by area than any other place in Canada; keep your eyes peeled and you might be lucky enough to spot one! From St Barbe, you’ll ride the ferry to L’Anse au Clair, a small village and National Historic Site in Labrador. You’ll have a full day to explore the L’Anse Amour burial mound or, if you prefer, learn more about the Basque Whalers of Labrador at the Red Bay National Historic Site.
1* Northern Light Inn
Cross back over to Newfoundland and follow the James Callaghan Trail, a dramatic, windswept route with plenty of wildlife-watching opportunities. Keep an eye out for Arctic hare, black bear, lynx and caribou among others. Spend the night in Rocky Harbour, from where you can enjoy a scenic cruise on Bonne Bay, with the looming peak of Gros Morne Mountain as your backdrop. It’s a beautiful spot, with deep fjords and quaint coastal villages, and if you’re really lucky, you may glimpse a bald eagle or two.
1* Ocean View Hotel
Admission to Gros Morne National Park
Continue east through woodlands and past ancient historic sites to Gander, and discover the coves, islands and inlets of the Kittiwake Coast. Don’t miss a stop at the Roads to the Isles, a fabulous viewpoint from where you might spot giant icebergs floating by. Once in gander, you might choose to visit the North Atlantic Aviation Museum and learn more about the local fishing villages and First Nations history of the area.
3* Sinbad’s Hotel and Suites
Enjoy a scenic drive along the Trans-Canada Highway to St Johns. Along the way, stop off at Terra Nova National Park for hiking and canoeing among pristine forest scenery. St John’s, the capital of Newfoundland, is a delightful spot, filled with colourful houses and crossed by steep, narrow streets, including Signal Hill, from where there are stupendous views out to sea. Spend the day exploring the most easterly point of land in North America before boarding the overnight ferry to North Sydney.
4* Delta St John’s Hotel & Conference Centre
Overnight ferry from Argentia to North Sydney