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Gros Morne & Western Newfoundland

  • Gros Morne & Western Newfoundland

    It took 485 million years for Mother Nature to create Gros Morne National Park, a place unlike any other on earth. A UNESCO World Heritage Site covering 1,805 square kilometres, the park is a never-ending series of wonders and delights, and a demonstration of the spectacularly raw and enigmatic beauty of the physical world.

    • Western Brook Pond Fjord Hikers

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    • Lobster Cove Head Lighthouse

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    • Tablelands, Gros Morne National Park

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    • Western Brook Pond Fjord Boat Tour, Gros Morne National Park

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    • Western Brook Pond Gros Morne

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    You can hike the amazing landscape along the earth’s mantle, or climb to life-changing summits. Travel along the water through fjords carved by glaciers millennia ago, leaving behind towering cliffs and thunderous waterfalls. Alongside the natural wonders are highlights of a cultural heritage rich in humour and creativity – festivals, music, art – found throughout the park in towns like Cow Head and Woody Point.

    Gros Morne National Park is the perfect backdrop for all kinds of outdoor activities, particularly hiking. Discover both marked and unmarked trails winding throughout the landscape, and explore the park's dense forests for rare plant, animal, and bird species.

    Hiking the Tablelands is an experience that cannot be forgotten. Here, where the theory of plate tectonics was confirmed, you can walk over ancient sea floor and preserved ocean avalanches. It’s a distinctive red landscape of exposed earth’s mantle, thrust up by the collision of tectonic plates millions of years ago.

    Experienced hikers can challenge themselves with the climb up the mountain overlooking Western Brook Pond Fjord, part of the Long Range Mountains. Summiting after a day’s hike, and experiencing that view, is a bucket-list worthy event.

    The trail at Green Gardens begins on the barrens of the Tablelands and descends through boreal forest to a fertile volcanic seacoast, where you will see a wonderful array of sea stacks, coves, and beaches.

    The sandy beach of Shallow Bay near Cow Head stretches for kilometres. There is also a beach at the mouth of the fjord at Western Brook Pond, and a warm, sandy beach located right next to an excellent seafood restaurant in the town of Trout River.

    The city of Corner Brook is a sizeable hub of activity just five minutes away from the world-class ski resort, Marble Mountain. At Marble, you'll find yourself standing at the base of a 1,700-foot vertical drop that receives an annual average 16 feet of natural snowfall. As well as offering skiing and snowboarding, there are 1,250 kilometres of trails for snowmobiling in the winter.

    Here in the wild west of the far east of North America, you'll find scenery to take your breath away. It's a place of mountains and of conservation areas like the Codroy Valley International Wetlands, where you can watch wildlife like moose, caribou, and migratory birds. It's a place where you can plan boat trips, go kayaking, hiking, and even visit secluded sandy beaches. It's also full of culture, so be sure to make time for some theatre, music, and art along the way.

  • Wonders of Western Newfoundland

    Begins in and ends in Deer Lake, Newfoundland

    11 Days / 10 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
    • Quirpon

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    • Gros Morne National Park

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    • Quirpon Lighthouse Inn

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    • Western Brook Pond, Gros Morne

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    Arrive Deer Lake

    Depart the UK on your chosen scheduled flight to Deer Lake Airport. Upon arrival, collect your hire car and transfer independently to the the Marble Inn Resort.

    Hotel: Marble Inn Resort

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    Humber Valley Area

    This morning why not drive to Newfoundland’s second city - Corner Brook, located on the south shore of the Humber Arm. Places to visit are the City Museum, the Newfie Bullet Historic Train and the Captain James Cook Monument. Further afield follow the Captain Cooks Trail following along the spectacular South Shore of the Bay of Islands - site of the former Frenchman’s Head Lighthouse and the picturesque communities of Bottle Cove and Lark Harbour. Continue back to Humber Valley and while en route see Shellbird Island - best viewed from the rest area at the exit from Bay of Islands to Marble Mountain. According to local legend, the Spanish buried treasure on Shellbird Island in the Humber River and if you look closely, you will see the face of The Old Man in the Mountain in a rock formation "standing guard" over the island. Also be sure to visit Steady Brook Falls, one of the Humber Valley's most scenic areas.

    Hotel: Marble Inn Resort

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    Gros Morne National Park

    Take a leisurely drive north along the Viking Trail to Gros Morne National Park - designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1987 for its impressive geological features, the 1805km.sq park offers beauty and adventure that are unsurpassed anywhere else in the world. Gros Morne is a hiker's paradise catering to all abilities, with over 19 hiking trails to choose from covering over 100kms of the park.

    Hotel: Seaside Suites

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    Quirpon Island

    Depart Gros Morne National Park driving north along the great Northern Peninsula, en route take time to visit Port au Choix National Historic Site and view artifacts of the Maritime Archaic people who occupied the region over 3700 years ago. Continue on to Quirpon Dock where you will be met at 4 pm to be transferred by small power boat over to Quirpon Island. A unique remote island experience awaits you! You will stay in a refurbished original Light Keeper’s residence, which is located on Quirpon Island in Cape Bauld on the northernmost tip of the Northern Peninsula. This is a truly once in a lifetime experience not to be missed!

    Hotel: Quirpon Lighthouse Inn

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    Main Brook

    Drive to the town of St. Anthony where it is possible to you take a nature cruise and explore the breathtaking coastal waters off St. Anthony; in season, expect to see whales and icebergs. Later visit the Grenfell Historic Properties and learn of the impact that Sir Wilfred Grenfell had on the social, medical and economic climate of the early 1900s during his worldwide mission. The historic properties tell the story of the evolution of northern Newfoundland and Labrador and the people of the region over the last 100 years. Tonight why not join The Great Viking Dinner Theatre at Leifsburdir. This building is a replica of the 1000 year old Leif Erickson's home at nearby L'Anse aux Meadows National Historic Site. "Leifsburdir" is covered in sod and nearly invisible from the outside, but inside it takes you back to 1000 AD when the Vikings roamed our land. Truly an experience not to be missed! Return back to Main Brook.

    Hotel: Tuckamore Lodge

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    Gros Morne National Park

    Depart the Great Northern Peninsula and head back south along the Viking Trail to the north side of Gros Morne National Park. En route be sure to visit Table Point Ecological Reserve, “The Arches” provincial park, Shallow Bay Beach and to visit the shipwreck remains of the "SS Ethie. Continue to the North side of Gros Morne National Park and visit the scenic communities of Rocky Harbour – the service hub of the Gros Morne area.

    Hotel: Neddies Harbour Inn

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    Journey Home

    Depart Gros Morne National Park and drive the short distance back to Deer Lake Airport, ready for your onward journey back to the UK.

    Prices

    From £2145 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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    • 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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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.

  • Evening Moose & Nature Trek

    Gros Morne National Park

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    • Moose

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    • Gros Morne National Park

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    Search for the mighty moose and explore for rare plants and wildlife on this evening walk in the park. Bakers Brook Falls trail is the perfect evening escape for those staying in Rocky Harbour or Norris Point. Learn all about moose in the park and try your hand at calling one out. Enjoy the chance to photograph rare plants and listen for migrating birds. Get to forage for “goods from the woods” and enjoy a local mug-up while watching the sunset into the ocean.

    Prices

    From £85 per person

    Gros Morne National Park Hiking

    Departs: Norris Point, Gros Morne National Park

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    • Gros Morning National Park Hiking

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    Explore the Arctic alpine summit of Gros Morne Mountain, traverse the earth’s mantle of the Tablelands, and reach the Big Lookout for the best panoramic view of Gros Morne National Park. Walking tours explore the unique geology and plants of the Tablelands and delve into the sea faring history of the quaint fishing villages of Trout River and Woody Point.

    These hiking and walking day adventures are led by naturalist guides and offer guests a great opportunity to see wildlife, unravel the mysteries of Gros Morne’s geology and flora and present it’s fascinating cultural history.

    Choose one of four options, depending on your fitness levels:

    • Tablelands - Challenging
    • Gros Morne Mountain – Challenging
    • Big Lookout - Moderate
    • Green Gardens – Moderate

    These full day hikes are fully guided and include lunch.

    Prices

    From £137 per person.

    Bonne Bay Nature Cruise

    Departs: Norris Point, Gros Morne National Park

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    • Bonne Bay Evening Cruise

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    Enjoy a two hour cruise on scenic Bonne Bay which is actually two connected fjords. The longer of the two is the South Arm, which runs more or less straight for 18 km out to the mouth of the bay. The East Arm is joined to the South Arm across a shallow sill, known as The Tickle and is by far the deeper of the two fjords. The tour passes over waters as deep as anywhere in the Gulf of St. Lawrence, reaching depths of 230 m (756 feet).

    Highlights such as Gros Morne Mountain, the geology of the Tablelands, the whales that frequent the deep waters of this fjord and bird sightings especially bald eagles. A brief history of the small villages nestled on the shores is also provided.

    Prices

    From £38 per person

    Marble Zip Line Tour

    Departs: Marble Mountain

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    • Marble Zip Lining Tour

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    Marble Zip is a cross between parachuting and flying and it’s the ride of a lifetime. It consists of a series of eight custom designed zip cables and platforms strategically placed at various elevations and distance along Marble Mountain Gorge.

    Your trained guide will prepare you for 'flight', ensuring your harness is in place and your helmet secured. You will embark on a journey of freedom, soaring across the picturesque Marble Mountain Gorge directly above Steady Brook Falls. You will Zigzag from platform to platform along zip lines up to 100 feet long and 300 feet high at speeds of up to 80 km/hr! You will view a 200 foot waterfall along the canyon below.

    This experience include 9 Zips, is fully guided and takes approximately two hours.

    Prices

    From £99 per person.

    Horseback Riding

    Departs: Reidville

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    • Horseback Riding Reidville

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    Departing Reidville, in Western Newfoundland, this one hour trail rides suits all levels of rider, with a minimum age of 7 years. Each rider is provided with a sturdy sure footed horse which matches their experience.

    Experience the thrill of riding the trail along the Humber River through picturesque wooded trails and hay fields while you enjoy the sights and sounds of the unique natural environment.

    Prices

    From £45 per person.

    Gros Morne National Park Sightseeing

    Departs: Gros Morne National Park

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    • Gros Morne National Park

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    This tour includes a full day exploring Gros Morne National Park - designated UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1987 for its impressive geological features. The 1805 sq. kilometer park offers beauty and adventure that are unsurpassed by any in the world.

    Highlights Include Communities of Woody Point, Trout River, Norris Point and Rocky Harbour, as well as Discovery Centre, Lobster Cove Lighthouse and Western Brook Pond Tour.

    Included are local pick up and drop off points, fully guided narrative, National Park entrance fees, lunch and a Western Brook Pond Cruise.

    Prices

    From £224 per person.

    Humber Arm Nature Cruise

    Departs: Corner Brook

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    • Humber Arm

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    Departing from Bay of Islands Yacht Club in Corner Brook, this two hour sailing along the south shoreline and returning along the north shoreline, is in essence an excursion around the bay!

    En route, your tour guide recounts the journeys of Captain James Cook , depicting the history of the Bay of Islands and explains the unique geography of the region. You'll enjoy narrative interpretation and traditional music along the way.

    Prices

    From £41 per person.