Icebergs, Whales & Puffins Oh My!
Icebergs, Whales & Puffins Oh My!
Discover a blend of scenic natural beauty, quaint villages, stunning ocean views, and exciting wildlife on this journey to Newfoundland & Labrador!
June is the perfect time to visit this northern and most easterly province of Canada. It is the time where you will see whales, icebergs and puffins! This unique adventure is Badger's own unique small group tour experience. Join us as we take in the beautiful natural scenery, enjoy the quaint villages and talk with the very friendly locals, learn about the reputed settlement of Viking explorer, Leif Erickson, take in the stunning ocean views and look for the exciting wildlife. Grab your passport and we are off to one of the most scenic areas in North America.
Board your flight for Deer Lake, Newfoundland. Upon arrival in Deer Lake you will be transferred to your hotel for the night.
Drive to Corner Brook, the largest community in Western Newfoundland. Situated along the southern shore of the Bay of Islands - hilly lowlands surrounded by the Long Range Mountains - this area was first surveyed and mapped in 1767 by renowned explorer Captain James Cook. Travel on to Gros Morne National Park – to be enjoyed later on during your tour – to the fishing community of Port au Choix to learn of ancient cultures at Port au Choix National Historic Site. The Port au Choix Peninsula juts slightly out into the Gulf of St. Lawrence on Newfoundland’s northwest coast and people have lived here for 5,500 years.B, L, D
Board the ferry from St. Barbe to cross the Strait of Belle Isle to Labrador. Continue to the Red Bay National Historic Site - a UNESCO World Heritage Site where the Basques had a whaling station in the 16th century. This mystical place takes the essence of Labrador coastal living and transposes it onto a tapestry of rich culture and history. You spend the night in Labrador.B, D
Return to Newfoundland and continue up the Great Northern Peninsula 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. Spend tonight in St. Anthony and enjoy dinner at The Great Viking Feast.B, D
Enjoy a morning whale and iceberg watching boat tour in St. Anthony (weather permitting). June is the best time to see Titanic-sized icebergs. Your destination is the scenic coastal waters
off St. Anthony - Iceberg Alley. This area has the largest concentration of icebergs in Newfoundland and is one of the best locations in North America for whale watching. Next you will visit Grenfell Historic Properties. The Grenfell Historic Properties celebrates the legacy of a great man who once walked the shores of Northern Newfoundland and Labrador - Sir Wilfred Grenfell. Travel back to the Gros Morne National Park area for a two-night stay.
Discover why Gros Morne National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is truly one of the highlights of your tour. Enjoy a scenic boat tour to 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 (weather permitting). It is an unforgettable experience; some say the scenery is unequaled in eastern Canada.B, BL, D
Have your camera ready as your time in Gros Morne National Park draws to a close. Later travel through central Newfoundland on to Gander where you will spend two nights. Stop on route at Mary March Museum and explore displays featuring 5000 years of human history.B, D
A scenic drive along the rocky coast of Notre Dame Bay leads to the beautiful outport of Twillingate. At the tip of the island, visit Long Point Lighthouse and the local coop. Learn about Newfoundland & Labrador’s fishing heritage during a visit to The Prime Berth. During a guided tour, see living historic fishing premises, complete with a traditional fisherman’s wharf, bark
pots, puncheons, splitting table for the once abundant northern cod. Also visit Auk Island Winery for a tour and tasting. Travel back to Gander to visit the North Atlantic Aviation Museum before returning to your hotel.
Head out on the Trans-Canada Highway to visit Terra Nova National Park, the most easterly of Canada’s beautiful national parks. Keep your camera close at hand for wildlife along the way. Learn about the hard life of the light keepers at Cape Bonavista Lighthouse Provincial Historic Site. This afternoon, stroll through the lanes of the charming town of Trinity and see several historic buildings including a typical early 20th century rural merchant’s house and a counting house. Arrive at your Clarenville hotel for the night.B, L, D
In Brigus, visit Hawthorne Cottage National Historic Site and learn about the adventures of world famous explorer Captain Bob Bartlett, the ice pilot who guided Robert Peary on his polar expedition in 1908. Continue on to the intriguing old seaport of St. John’s, your home for the next two nights. North America’s oldest city and Newfoundland’s capital boosts a stunning location in the granite cliffs and slopes of the Avalon Peninsula. Enjoy a city tour featuring the Victorian architecture of the downtown area, the busy modern waterfront, the Cathedral of St. John the
Baptist, Confederation Building, and the panoramic view from Signal Hill.
This morning, travel to Bay Bulls for one of the highlights of your trip, a boat tour in the Witless Bay Ecological Reserve to search for puffins and other seabirds (weather permitting). Next is a visit to the most easterly point in North America, Cape Spear National Historic Site. The afternoon is yours to explore St. John’s at your leisure.B
Transfer to the St. John’s airport for your flight home. Travel home with many incredible memories of your time in Newfoundland and Labrador.B
B=Breakfast, BL=Boxed Lunch, L=Lunch, D=Dinner
Day One - Deer Lake Motel, Deer Lake, NL
Day Two - Sea Echo Motel, Port au Choix, NL
Day Three - Northern Light Inn, LAnse au Clair, NL
Day Four - Hotel North, St. Anthony, NL Day
Five and Six - Fishermans Landing Inn, Rocky Harbour, NL
Day Seven and Eight - Sinbads Hotel, Gander, NL
Day Nine - The Wave Hotel & Fitness Centre, Clarenville, NL
Day Ten and Eleven - Delta St. Johns, St. Johns, NL
For Passenger Travel Protection Plans, please call Travel Guard at 1-800-826-1300 or visit their website at www.travelguard.com and they will be able to assist you with finding a plan to best fit your travel needs. Please note that air taxes are subject to change without notice and airline baggage fees are not included. Single Share program is not available on this trip. Valid Passport Required.
Price includes roundtrip aifare from Milwaukee (please call for other city airfare departures).
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