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Fogo Island, Twillingate & North Shore

  • Fogo Island, Twillingate & North Shore

    Fogo Island is the largest of the offshore islands of Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada. It lies off the northeast coast of Newfoundland, northwest of Musgrave Harbour across Hamilton Sound, just east of the Change Islands.

    • Punts in Joe Batt's Arm, Fogo Island

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    • Change Islands Coastline

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    • Hiking in Crow Head, Twillingate

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    • Iceberg at Crow Head

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    • Long Point Lighthouse in Twillingate

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    • Skerwink Trail

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    • Sunset in Crow Head, Twillingate

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    • Terra Nova National Park

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    Fogo Island & Change Islands are home to 12 communities, each with its own distinctive flair and allure. After your ferry ride, stroll among homes, stages, and stores (fishing sheds) unchanged for decades. Fogo has become a haven for artists from around the world, who come to work in incredible, inspiring modern studios.

    Brimstone Head, Fogo. A piece of rocky landscape jutting into the sky. The Flat Earth Society believes this is one of the four corners of the Earth, and standing at the top, facing the Atlantic, you can see why.

    The town of Tilting was first settled by the Irish in the 18th century and is now a National Historic Site of Canada. Here, you can wander through the tall, lush grasses and run your fingers over the red paint of old fishing rooms. Creative traditions of music, dance, and storytelling run strong throughout the island, which is also home to the Fogo Island Partridgeberry Festival.

    Walk the trails throughout the island and catch a glimpse of caribou herds grazing along the rolling hills.

    Imagine yourself seated on a patch of long grass, looking out over the pristine waters of the Atlantic Ocean. Twillingate embodies everything so many Newfoundland and Labrador outports are famous for: stunningly rugged coastline, historical, picturesque streets, and lush countryside roads. In the waters off the coast, look for whales, dolphins, harp seals, seabirds, and – if the season is right – icebergs.

    Twillingate is one of the stops along Iceberg Alley, a vast corridor of ocean that runs from Greenland and a popular path for these frozen leviathans. One of the best places to view all these sights is at Long Point Lighthouse, which looks out over the distant reaches of Notre Dame Bay. Take a boat expedition and witness whales breaching and playing just metres away from you.

    Walk through winding laneways and past the colourful houses standing proudly on the shore. Jump from rock to rock over rivers full of tiny fish. Twillingate offers a wide range of scenic walking trails and hiking tours.

    Spend time at the Twillingate museum, located in the former Anglican Rectory, and see how the wealthy lived at the turn of the century. Absorb the town's long history. Learn the story of Georgina Stirling, the town's most famous resident, a world-renowned opera singer who toured throughout the 1890s.

    During the summer months, there are live performances almost every night including kitchen parties, traditional music sessions and dinner theatre. Be sure to head to the annual Fish, Fun and Folk Festival during the last weekend of July. Join the excitement of scavenger hunts, parades, bonfires, fireworks, concerts, and so much more.

    As you explore the Central Region, you'll see clapboard houses atop rocky coasts, and working wharves that testify to the continuing importance of the centuries-old fishing industry.

    Most of the people living here are descends of English fishermen who settled the shores more than two centuries ago. There is also a rich Indigenous history that includes the Beothuk and Dorset peoples.

    Central is a perfect place to take a boat tour, or for both sea and river kayaking. It's also worth visiting Terra Nova National Park while you're here – 400 square kilometres of boreal forest and coastline, ideal for nature viewing, hiking, golfing, and camping.

  • Luxury Newfoundland

    Begins in and ends in St John's, Newfoundland

    8 Days / 7 Nights

    Departures: May to September

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    Your fly drive includes

    • Round trip scheduled flights
    • Intermediate SUV car hire, including insurances and satellite navigation
    • Accommodations as stated
    • Personalised Road Book
    • Colourful St John's

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    • Dining, Fogo Inn

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    • Fogo Inn

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    • Fogo Island

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    • JAG Hotel, St John's

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    • Tilting, Fogo Island, Newfoundland and Labrador 2

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    Arrive St John's

    Depart the UK on your chosen scheduled flight to St John's International Airport. Upon arrival, collect your hire car and transfer independently to the the JAG Boutique Hotel.

    Hotel: JAG Boutique Hotel

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    St John's

    Today is yours to explore the charming city of St John's. Take a drive up Signal Hill for spectacular views and a trip out to Cape Spear National Historic Site, which is the most easterly point in North America. We also suggest a visit to one of the province’s most photographed places, Quidi Vidi Village, and perhaps a stop at Quidi Vidi Brewery.

    Hotel: JAG Boutique Hotel

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    Trinity

    Leaving the city, embark on a journey into the Bonavista Peninsula. In the small town of Bonavista, visit the Ryan Premises National Historic Site, the red and white striped Bonavista Lighthouse and the Matthew Legacy, a replica of John Cabot’s ship which voyaged across the Atlantic to find land in 1497. Following an overnight in Trinity, spend your day exploring the enchanting village, with its restored pastel coloured clapboard houses. Join the Trinity Pageant, a walking theatre that meanders through the village enticing viewers to live the history of the area.

    Hotel: Artisan Inn

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    Fogo Island

    Today, you will depart Trinity for the afternoon ferry to Fogo Island. With a long maritime history, the largest offshore island of Newfoundland and Labrador is a gentle world of bright-colored clapboard houses, sea-cliff footpaths, lush forest, and warm hospitality set against a striking coastline. Your home for the next two nights is one of the most unique hotels in the world; the Fogo Island Inn. Founded by resident Fogo Islander, Zita Cobb, the Inn is made from materials native to the island and all produce is locally sourced from fellow Islanders. Enjoy an island orientation tour from a local, go berry picking and have the kitchen turn your results into jam or simply kick back in the cinema. The next few days are yours to explore this stunning island and unique hotel.

    Hotel: Fogo Island Inn

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    07

    Take the morning ferry back to the main island of Newfoundland, before continuing your journey back to St John's. Stop en route at Gander and take in the Aviation Museum, which features displays from the famous Gander Airport, including the time when Gander played host to 6,122 passengers with nowhere to go on September 11th 2001, in one of the more heart warming stories from that day. Once back in St John's, enjoy a meal on your final night in Newfoundland.

    Hotel: JAG Boutique Hotel

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    08

    Journey Home

    Spend the morning shopping for souvenirs before driving the short distance back to St John's Airport, ready for your onward journey back to the UK.

    Prices

    From £2485 per person based on twin occupancy of Standard rooms in low season. Other prices available on request.

    Newfoundland Explorer

    Begins in and ends in St. John's, Newfoundland

    16 Days / 15 Nights

    Departures: May to September

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    Your fly drive includes

    • Round trip scheduled flights
    • Four wheel drive car hire, including insurances and satellite navigation.
    • Accommodations as stated
    • Personalised Road Book
    • Tilting, Fogo Island

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    • Change Island

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    • Quaint Fishing Villages

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    • Joe Batt's Arm, Fogo Island

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    • Crow Head, Twillingate Islands

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    • Gros Morne National Park

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    Day
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    Arrive St. John's

    Depart the UK on your chosen scheduled flight to St. John’s. Upon arrival, collect your rental car and proceed to your hotel, located in the heart of town.

    Hotel: JAG Boutique Hotel

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    St. John's & Avalon Peninsula

    Take a drive up Signal Hill for spectacular views and a trip out to Cape Spear National Historic Site, which is the most easterly point in North America. We also suggest a visit to one of the province’s most photographed places, Quidi Vidi Village, and perhaps a stop at Quidi Vidi Brewery. On the second day, drive to Bay Bulls where you can take a boat excursion to see whales and Atlantic puffin, and maybe even an iceberg. Next it’s on to Cape St. Mary’s Ecological Reserve, which is settled by thousands of sea birds, all nestled along the rocky shore’s edge.

    Hotel: JAG Boutique Hotel

    167Mi/268Km

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    Bonavista & Trinity

    Leaving the city, embark on a journey into the Bonavista Peninsula. In the small town of Bonavista, visit the Ryan Premises National Historic Site, the red and white striped Bonavista Lighthouse and the Matthew Legacy, a replica of John Cabot’s ship which voyaged across the Atlantic to find land in 1497. Following an overnight in Trinity, spend your day exploring the enchanting village, with its restored pastel coloured clapboard houses. Join the Trinity Pageant, a walking theatre that meanders through the village enticing viewers to live the history of the area.

    Hotel: Artisan Inn

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    06

    Port Rexton

    Now that you have a sense of the area, venture to Port Rexton and hike the Skerwink Trail. This easy walking trail will take you along the rugged coastline for spectacular views of the surrounding villages. In the afternoon, perhaps visit Bonaventure before returning to Trinity.

    Hotel: Artisan Inn

    193Mi/310Km

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    07

    Twillingate

    Today is a scenic drive via Terra Nova National Park, home to coniferous forests, ponds, and a plethora of walking trails, to Boyd’s Cove. Here you can visit the ancient Beothuk village, which was discovered by archaeologists in the 1980’s. Once in Twillingate, why not include an afternoon Iceberg Watch boat tour for an opportunity to see icebergs, whales and a beautiful sunset?

    Hotel: Anchor Inn

    268Mi/430Km

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    Gros Morne National Park

    The UNESCO World Heritage Site of Gros Morne National Park is spectacular. The park is home to quaint villages, bare topped mountains and forests populated by moose and caribou. Visit the village of Rocky Harbour and take a short hike to Lobster Cove Head Lighthouse. Ensure you include Lookout Trail which provides panoramic views of the park, and Tablelands Hiking Trail which cuts across the barren rock. Your accommodation is located in Norris Point.

    Hotel: Neddies Harbour Inn

    189Mi/303Km

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    Main Brook & L’Anse aux Meadows

    Heading toward St. Anthony, make a stop at Port Au Choix National Historic Site where three ancient cemeteries of the Maritime Archaic People were discovered. On the second day, visit L’Anse aux Meadows National Historic Site, the earliest European settlement in the Americas. We suggest a walk to the original village to see the full scale replicas of Norse buildings.

    Hotel: Tuckamore Lodge

    249Mi/401Km

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    Steady Brook

    Make your way back down the peninsula to Steady Brook. This picturesque community is surrounded by beautiful mountains and has the Humber River flowing through its heart. We’ve included a second day so you can explore the Humber Valley and Bay of Islands.

    Hotel: Marble Inn Resort

    158Mi/255Km

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    14

    Grand Falls-Windsor

    Crossing the island into central Newfoundland, an oasis awaits in the tranquil setting of Grand Falls-Windsor.

    Hotel: Riverfront Chalets

    266Mi/427Km

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    St. John’s

    It is over 250 miles back to St. John’s, but a wonderfully scenic drive, and you are rewarded with another evening in the capital city.

    Hotel: JAG Boutique Hotel

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    16

    Journey Home

    This morning take the short ride back to St. John’s Airport, return your rental car and check-in for your flight back to the UK.

    Prices

    From £2355 per person based on twin occupancy of Standard rooms in low season. Other prices available on request.

  • Twillingate Nature Cruise

    Twillingate, Newfoundland

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    • Twillingate Nature Cruise

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    • Iceberg Alley

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    Cruise the scenic waters around Twillingate Island and in particular “Iceberg Alley” and Notre Dame Bay. Expect in season to see not only majestic icebergs but also whales such as humpback, minke and finback. You may also see Atlantic dolphins and seals as well as many native seas birds like terns, black guillemot, kittiwakes, seagulls, puffins, murres and shearwaters. Twillingate is a nature lovers paradise.

    Prices

    From £49 per person

    River Rafting Adventure

    Grand Falls-Windsor, Newfoundland

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    • River Rafting in Newfoundland

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    The Exploits River, the largest & longest river in Newfoundland, offers a truly unforgettable rafting experience and provides a great way to enjoy the thrill of whitewater without being an expert paddler.

    Our whitewater trips are suitable for ages 5+. Children under 16 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. This adventure is a thrill of a lifetime!

    Prices

    From £105 per person