Wednesday, September 21 to Wednesday, September 28, 2016
West Coast of Newfoundland– 8 day tour
A Unique tour by Land, Sea & Air……. Let us take you “Off the Beaten Path”
The western region is a great sliver of land on Newfoundland's island, stretching 750 kilometres from Channel-Port aux Basques on the southwest corner, to the Viking site of L'Anse aux Meadows at the tip of the Great Northern Peninsula. With ancient mountains, fjords, icebergs, whales thousands of miles of coastline and two UNESCO World Heritage Sites, this wild and rugged region sports abundant breathing room and diverse natural heritage. It's also home to the International Appalachian Trail, which extends from Mount Katahdin, Maine, through Eastern Canada and stretches fully across the western region of Newfoundland Labrador, before extending into Europe.
The land found here has a unique geological history dating back 1.25 billion years, not to mention a human history spanning 4,500 years, which is still being researched and discovered today. You'll find Gros Morne National Park here, a UNESCO World Heritage Site stretching across 1,805 square kilometres, encompassing the towering Long Range Mountains and the unique Tablelands. The park offers more than 100 kilometres of hiking trails, many passing through fascinating rock formations thrown up from the earth's core due to tectonic upheaval.
Join me for this personally guided tour and you will discover why I refer to Newfoundland and Labrador, as my “home away from home”. I love being near the sea. The landscape is both rugged and beautiful. The people are genuine. Their love of music, pride in their culture and sense of community will stay with you long after you return home.
Our tour is unique for several reasons:
- Personal service from the moment we depart, until we return to Pearson International 8 days later
- Experience - I have been tour guiding in Newfoundland since 2003 and truly love this destination
- Smaller group numbers – capped at 28 passengers maximum
- 2 UNESCO World Heritage Sites including Gros Morne National Park
- This tour is slower paced and allows for more photography options
- direct flights including prepaid baggage and airport transfer by motor coach
- Motor coach transportation & driver are provided by Parsons & Sons from Seal Cove, Newfoundland Regards, Susanne Hamilton
Day 1: Wed., Sept. 21 - The tour will depart from Orillia at 10:30a.m., Barrie, Bayfield Mall behind Canadian Tire Storeat 11:00a.m.and the Tour Office at 11:30a.m. for our shuttle to Pearson International Airport. We will fly on Air Canada flight #AC682 at 2:55p.m. from Toronto to Deer Lake, arriving 7:05p.m. We will transfer to our beautiful historic property the Glynmill Inn in Corner Brook for our 2 night stay.
Day 2: Thurs., Sept. 22 – Today we’ll visit Cook’s Lookout before heading south to Stephenville. From there we will drive out to Port au Port Peninsula – locally known as the French Shore, this area remains the French hub of Newfoundland. Today we will visit “Our Lady of Mercy Church” and discover such villages as Cape St. George, Three Rock Cove and Lourdes before returning to our hotel. (B, L & D)
Day 3: Fri., Sept. 23 – Today may become your favourite day of the tour. This morning we will depart for Gros Morne National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. You will marvel at the spectacular ocean scenery, mountains and fjords. Our day will include: Rocky Harbour, Lobster Cove Lighthouse and Photographers Lookout. We will be staying at the Ocean View Hotel in Rocky Harbour for 2 nights. www.grosmorne.ca
(B & D)
Day 4: Sat., Sept. 24 – This morning is a free morning to relax. This afternoon you will experience the beauty of
the fresh water Fjords of Western Brook Pond. (Weather permitting) Please note that in order to reach the docks of the boat tour – we must walk (a fairly level) 3 km walk or approx. 45 minutes OR the Bonn Bay Boat tour which requires no walking. (B)
Day 5: Sun., Sept. 25 – This morning we continue our drive up the Northern Peninsula – known as the Viking Trail to St. Anthony. We will travel along some of the most spectacular coastline in North America and visit the National Historic Park at Port au Choix, which interprets the intriguing history and lifestyle of the Maritime Archaic people who lived here over 3000 years ago. A group lunch will be in Plum Point. We will be staying at Hotel North in St. Anthony for our 2 night stay. (B & L)
Day 6: Mon., Sept. 26 – This morning we will visit the home of the famous medical missionary, Sir Wilfred Grenfell. The highlight of this day is our visit to the UNESCO World Heritage site at L’Anse aux Meadows Interpretative Centre. Here is the only known Viking Site in North America and the earliest evidence of Europeans in the western hemisphere. We will take the scenic drive out to Cape Onion (B)
Day 7: Tues., Sept. 27 – Today we will drive south along the Viking Trail stopping at the Arches, a natural phenomenon carved over many centuries by the sea. We will overnight in Cow Head at the Shallow Bay Motel. (B & D)
Day 8: Wed., Sept. 28 – All good things must come to an end. Today we will visit The Table Lands area on the south side of Gros Morne National Park. We will have lunch in Woody Point before visiting new Discovery Centre and take a short 1 hour guided hike of the famous Tableland Mountains. This evening our return flight from Deer Lake is AC# 685 departing at 7:40p.m., arriving in Toronto at 9:15p.m. Our Hammond Coach will be there to pick us up and return us to our original departure points. (B & L)
Tour includes: transfer to Pearson International Airport in Toronto by motor coach, return flights, departure taxes, airport baggage fees round trip, motor coach transportation with Hamilton Tours Director, 7 nights’ accommodation, hotel taxes, baggage handling for 1 large suitcase each, 7 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 3 dinners, National Park pass, 1 boat cruise, attractions, museum visits and guided tours as listed in the itinerary & HST.
Cost per person: Twin $3199.00 & Single $3655.00
RBC Travel Insurance is available through our office at the time of booking at an additional charge
An initial deposit of $500 is required upon booking.
A 2nd deposit of $2000.00 is due on May 1 with the balance due in full by August 1, 2016