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Birding Coastal Newfoundland: Sea Bird Capital of North America

Program Number: 20577RJ
Start and End Dates:
6/23/2014 - 7/1/2014;
Duration: 8 nights
Location: St. John's, Newfoundland & Labrador
Price starting at: $2,749.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Birding Activity Level: t (see description)
Meals: 21; 8 Breakfasts, 7 Lunches, 6 Dinners    

Newfoundland offers one of the best pelagic birding experiences, boasting vast coastal and island nesting colonies of more than 35 million seabirds. Join birding experts for an intimate exploration of globally significant seabird capitals, search for whales and glistening Arctic icebergs in coastal waters, and hike atop rugged cliffs and in boreal forests.




Highlights

• Experience the incredible wildlife of Cape St. Mary's Ecological Reserve, the most accessible seabird rookery in North America.
• Explore Witless Bay Ecological Reserve by boat — a breathtaking encounter with the largest Atlantic Puffin colony in North America, the second largest Leach's Storm Petrel colony in the world!
• Indulge in a traditional gourmet picnic lunch at the historic Ferryland Lighthouse. Ferryland has a fairly deep bay, so frequently you can see whales breeching and blowing right from your cozy spot on the shore.



Activity Particulars

Walking up to two miles over uneven ground; some stairs, and standing for long periods.



So you can get the most out of your experience, all of our birding programs have a maximum participant-to-instructor ratio of 14:1.




Date Specific Information

6-23-2014

Enjoy the latest in hearing technology — listening devices — on this date.



Itinerary Summary

Independent arrival St. John’s, 2 nights; coach to Trepassey, 1 night; coach to St. Bride's, 2 nights; coach to Port Union, 2 nights; coach to St. John's, 1 night; independent departure.




St. John's

St. John’s is on the northeast Avalon Peninsula, making it North America’s most easterly city. The sea has long affected the city’s growth and economy, from the 17th-century ebb and flow of migrating fishermen to the more recent discovery of underwater fuel reserves.



Accommodations
Well located hotels with private baths.
Meals and Lodgings
   Quality Hotel Harbourview
  St. John's, NL 3 nights
   Bird Island Resort
  St. Brides, NL 2 nights
   Seaport Inn
  Port Union 2 nights
   Quality Hotel Harbourview
  St. John's, NL 1 night
 Quality Hotel Harbourview
Type: Hotel
  Description: 160 Rooms, Open Year Round. Picturesque harborfront location. Enjoy the restaurants, shops, nightlife, historic sites, & attractions of downtown St. John's.
  Contact info: 2 Hill O'Chips
St. John's, NL A16 6B1 Canada
phone: 709-754-7788
web: www.choicehotels.ca/hotels/hotel?hotel=CN246
  Room amenities: Room Controlled Air Conditioning, Movie System, In-Room Coffee Maker, Hairdryer, Ironing Board and Harbourview Rooms.
  Facility amenities: Restaurant, Non-Smoking Rooms, Complimentary Sheltered Parking, Free Local Calls, High Speed Internet, Aeroplan.
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights prior: Call for availability & rates Please contact the hotel directly on your own OR if you require personal assistance contact Maritime Travel toll free at 1-888-905-5959. A service fee MAY apply.
  Check in time: 2:00 PM
  Additional nights after: Call for availability & rates Please contact the hotel directly on your own OR if you require personal assistance contact Maritime Travel toll free at 1-888-905-5959. A service fee MAY apply.
  Check out time: 11:00 AM

 Bird Island Resort
Type: Hotel
  Description: Set on acres of emerald landscape overlooking Newfoundland's largest bay, Bird Island Resort is a haven of tranquility and an ideal spot for a family vacation, or a group retreat. Awaken your senses to the fragrant salt sea air, the rolling hills, and the ever present chorus of Atlantic waves upon our jagged coastline. Experience the splendour of a harbour sunset from our expansive deck. Get away from it all and go somewhere where life is more fully appreciated, nature more highly prized and people more deeply loved.
  Contact info: Waterfront
St. Bride's, NL A0E Canada
phone: 709-337-2450
web: www.birdislandresort.com
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes

 Seaport Inn
Type: Hotel
  Description: Conveniently located between the historic communities of Trinity and Bonavista, the Seaport Inn is the ideal haven for sightseeing on the Discovery Trail.
  Contact info: P.O. Box 37
Port Union, NL A0C 2J0 Canada
phone: 709-469-2257
web: www.seaportinn.ca
  Room amenities: Bath/shower, non-smoking rooms, color cable TV, telephone.
  Facility amenities: Restaurant
  Smoking allowed: No


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
Independent arrivals to the program hotel in St. John's, NL. Check-in after 2:00 p.m. Dinner is at 6:00 pm You will be staying at Quality Hotel Harbourview that night.
  End of Program:
Breakfast is at 7:30 am; independent departures from the hotel in St. John's after breakfast. Check-out is 11:00 a.m. You will be staying at Quality Hotel Harbourview the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required. PASSPORTS: Passport requirements are subject to change. Visit www.travel.state.gov/travel/cbpmc/cbpmc_2223.html for information.
  Parking availability:
For parking details, please contact the hotel directly at 709-754-7788.
Transportation
To Start of Program
  Location:  St. John's, NL
  Nearest highway: Highway 1
  Nearest airport:  St. John's International Airport (YYT)
  From End of Program
  Location: St. John's, NL
    (Additional transportation information same as above)
Travel Details
 

St. John's, (NL) Airport

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Taxi

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

Approximately $25 - 30
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

20 - 30 minutes 

   

From the St. John's airport, taxis are available to take you to the hotel. To get to St. John's NL, a participant can fly with a number of major or discount air lines. Air Canada, Tango, Jazz and, Westjet are examples.

 

Argentia

 

From Ferry Landing

 
 

Service:

 

Commercial Van/Shuttle
Newhooks
phone: 709-682-4877
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Distance:

 

81 miles/131 kms

   

A shuttle is available from the ferry in Argentia to St. John's, NL. Call 709-682-4877 for rates, schedules and reservations. There is a summer ferry between North Sydney, NS and Argentia, NL. Crossing time is 14 hours, For more information about the ferry visit Marine Atlantic www.marine-atlantic.ca/

 

St. John's, NL

 

To Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Taxi

   

From the St. John's airport, taxis are available to take you to the hotel. To get to and from St. John's NL, a participant can fly with a number of major or discount air lines. Air Canada, Tango, Jazz and, Westjet are examples.

 

Argentia

 

To Ferry Landing

 
 

Service:

 

Commercial Van/Shuttle
Newhooks
phone: 709-682-4877
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

Contact shuttle company directly
Prices are subject to change.

 

Distance:

 

81 miles/116

   

A shuttle is available from St. John's, NL to the ferry in Argentia. Call 709-682-4877 for rates, schedules and reservations. There is a summer ferry between Argentia, NL and North Sydney, NS. Crossing time is 14 hours. For more information about the ferry visit Marine Atlantic at www.marine-atlantic.ca/

 
Driving Directions
  St. John's Airport Take Portugal Cove Road south (left). Turn right on Logy Bay Road. Logy Bay Road turns into Kingsbridge Circle and then into Cavendish Square. Turn right on Duckworth St. Turn left onto Hill O’Chips.
Equipment Requirements: Good comfortable and supportive footwear/boots ideal for walking over trails, thick vegetation, muddy terrain and small inclines over the course of the day. Light rain gear/waterproof outer wear (jacket and pants are ideal).
The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.


Daily Schedule

Day 1: Independent Arrivals and Orientation/Seabirds and Marine Ecology
(Monday, June 23)

Note: As wildlife (and weather) are unpredictable, changes in times and locations may occur, even at the last minute. A final itinerary will be distributed at orientation.



   
 Afternoon: ARRIVALS AND INTRODUCTIONS: Independent arrivals and transfers to the program hotel after 2:00 pm. Please note that rooms are not generally available until mid to late afternoon. You will meet for introductions, a review of the program and site orientation.
 Dinner: Welcome dinner at the hotel restaurant.
 Evening: PRESENTATION: Seabirds and the Marine Ecology of Newfoundland and Labrador. A local expert will discuss "Seabirds and the Marine Ecology of Newfoundland and Labrador", followed by a video presentation "People of the Sea". You will learn about the diversity of North Atlantic seabirds and the Low Arctic Ocean conditions along the coasts of Newfoundland and Labrador that makeup the natural surroundings of their habitat. The icy coastal waters that wash the Newfoundland coasts are the lowest penetration of Arctic waters in the Atlantic Ocean. As a result, Newfoundland is the southern limit for icebergs and many Arctic seabirds. The cold productive waters provide an excellent environment for many species of marine fishes and mammals. We will explore the interrelationships between seabirds and their ocean based environment as well as assess current information about the North Atlantic, its key fishes and climate change. The remainder of the evening is free to continue exploring St. John's on your own or rest at the hotel.
   
Accommodations: Quality Hotel Harbourview
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Quidi Vidi Lake/Signal Hill/The Rooms Provincial Museum and Gallery
(Tuesday, June 24)

Note: Quidi Vidi: 4 kms/2.5 miles Signal Hill: 2 kms/1.26 miles - steep in places



   
 Breakfast: Early Morning Bird Walk: An optional early bird (6:00 a.m.) walk around the Signal Hill trails will be offered, followed by breakfast at the hotel.
 Morning: EXCURSION: Quidi Vidi Lake. Hike around Quidi Vidi Lake, once known for being a historic fishing village. The village itself is a little sheltered corner of the east coast, with a glimpse of the Atlantic Ocean from inside the gut. It was used after World War II for the construction of the United States’ Air Force Base. Nowadays, however, the village is a quiet community, where you can walk from one end to the other in five minutes flat. (4 kms/2.5 miles)
 Morning: FIELD TRIP: Signal Hill. You will have the opportunity to explore Signal Hill as you discover the many gulls, ducks and environs. Signal Hill has long been used for observation and communication. Here, signalmen surveyed the ocean for ships headed into St. John's harbor, years before the advent of ship-to-shore radio. From signal masts high atop the Hill, flags conveyed information on approaching vessels to military and mercantile interests in St. John's. Merchants then had plenty of time to prepare their docks for incoming vessels. (2 kms/1.26 miles, steep in places)
 Lunch: Lunch at a restaurant in St. John's.
 Afternoon: FIELD TRIP: The Rooms. Examine the bird, wildlife and archaeological exhibits at The Rooms that reflect life in Newfoundland and Labrador from the 1700s to present day. See the only Great Auk skeleton in Newfoundland (one of only two in Canada) and get a good feel for what you are about to experience in the great outdoors.
 Dinner: Dinner on your own to enjoy local fare or join the Group Leader (at a local restaurant).
 Evening: You may remain with your Group Leader to continue exploring local sites or take the opportunity to head off on your own to discover St. John's, NL.
   
Accommodations: Quality Hotel Harbourview
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 3: Seabird Population Trends/Witless Bay Ecological Reserve/Cape Spear
(Wednesday, June 25)

Note: Witless Bay: Boarding and disembarking boat Ferryland: Short walk on hilly terrain.



   
 Breakfast: Optional Early Morning Bird Walk: Enjoy a bird walk (6:00 am) around Kents Pond, followed by a buffet breakfast at the hotel.
 Morning: LECTURE: Seabird Population Trends. En route to Witless Bay, your guide will provide a presentation on seabird population trends in the Witless Bay Ecological Reserve. Years of study in the Reserve have provided insights into the complex relationship between the birds of the reserve, the smelt-like capelin that constitute the principal food source for most of those birds, and the humpback whales that come here to feed in the rich coastal waters. Hear about threats to the continued well-being of the birds on the islands, and the changing dynamics within the food web.
 Morning: FIELD TRIP: Cape Spear. We will make a stop in Cape Spear en route to Witless Bay. Cape Spear is renowned for its spectacular sea birding, on any given day you can expect to see Gannets and a variety of Alcids. Be on the look-out for Rough-legged Hawks, Willow Ptarmigan, Horned Larks, American Pipits and the labradorius subspecies of the Savannah Sparrow, owing to its geographic position the Cape is often frequented by vagrant birds from afar. Along the coast Black Guillemots, sea ducks, Bald Eagles and whales are commonly seen.
 Morning: FIELD TRIP: Witless Bay Seabird Ecological Reserve. At Witless Bay embark on an exploration by boat for up close and personal wildlife experiences. The name comes from the Whittle family who were among its early settlers. "Whittle's Bay" morphed into Witless Bay over the years. The Witless Bay Ecological Reserve near St. John`s comprises three islands: Great, Gull and Green. This reserve contains the largest Atlantic Puffin (Fratercula arctica) colony in North America. Green Island contains North America`s second largest colony of common murres. A visit to the reserve is a breathtaking encounter with a variety of seabird species. It has the largest Atlantic Puffin colony in North America and the second largest Leach Storm Petrel colony in the world!
 Lunch: Picnic lunch en route.
 Afternoon: FIELD TRIP: Colony of Avalon. This afternoon we will visit the Colony of Avalon, located in Ferryland. You’ll have the opportunity to walk on a 17th century street, see a 17th century herb garden and explore the remains of everyday life in one of the earliest European colonies in North America. The colony was founded by George Calvert, later Lord Baltimore, in 1621. The Ferryland settlement was "forgotten", and its remains lay undisturbed for centuries. The site is now being excavated. Constructed of stone, the buildings have left substantial remains. Archaeologists have uncovered over a million artifacts to date – gold rings, Portuguese ceramics and other unusual objects as well as a smithy, a stone-walled well and a sea-flushed privy.
 Dinner: Dinner at the hotel.
   
Accommodations: Quality Hotel Harbourview
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Salmonier Nature Park/Rocky River Fishway
(Thursday, June 26)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel.
 Morning: FIELD TRIP: Salmonier Nature Park. We walk through Salmonier Nature Park where birds of prey, caribou, moose, foxes, otters can be seen in natural enclosures. The role of the park is to help visitors gain an understanding and appreciation for wildlife and the natural community it inhabits. This role is based on the premise that it’s difficult to appreciate that which you don’t know. In order to help people gain this understanding and appreciation, Salmonier Nature Park provides visitors with a unique opportunity to view Newfoundland and Labrador wildlife face to face. However, the mission of the park extends beyond wildlife as it is traditionally thought of and includes the plants, insect life and landscapes of our Province. Birding along the boardwalks can be rewarding - expect Newfoundland Canada Jays, Boreal Chickadees, listen for boreal owls and woodpeckers.
 Lunch: Box lunch.
 Afternoon: FIELD TRIP: Rocky River Fishway. The Rocky River is the Avalon Peninsula’s largest salmon stream. The provincial anglers’ association has constructed a fish ladder to ease the upstream migration of the river’s Atlantic Salmon (Salmo salar) population past the waterfalls near Colinet. The deep pool and swift-flowing falls are surrounded by a network of wooded trails with viewing platforms, allowing not only for woodland birding but also the possibility of seeing bald eagles or ospreys fishing from the trees along the shore. We end the day on the shore of Placentia Bay in the fishing community of St. Brides.
 Dinner: Dinner at a local restaurant where we will dine on fresh fish or other local fare.
 Evening: LECTURE: Birds of Cape St. Mary's. A presentation on the birds of Cape St. Mary's will prepare us for tomorrow's adventure. Cape St. Mary’s is another Ecological Reserve on the southern Avalon Peninsula. It has a spectacular population of nesting Gannets plus a variety of other species including eagles, nesting predatory ravens, Cliff-herring gull, Great Black-backed gull, Ring-billed gull, Northern Fulmar and the Caspian tern - listed as a vulnerable species in Canada.
   
Accommodations: Bird Island Resort
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Cape St. Mary's Ecological Reserve/Brierly Cove/Local Storyteller
(Friday, June 27)
   
 Breakfast: Optional Early Morning Bird Walk: Enjoy a bird walk (6:00 am) around St. Brides followed by breakfast at the motel.
 Morning: FIELD TRIP: Cape St. Mary's. It’s off to Cape St. Mary where the fog horns wail and hagdowns (shearwaters) sail. Ecologically, the Eastern Hyper-oceanic Barrens ecoregion has immense value for its bird life. Seabird breeding colonies occur in remote islands and on Cape St. Mary’s. Cape St. Mary’s is another Ecological Reserve on the southern Avalon Peninsula; it has a spectacular population of nesting Gannets plus a variety of other species. Located about 200 kms/126 miles southwest of St. John's, Cape St. Mary's Ecological Reserve also known as "the Cape" is one of Newfoundland and Labrador's major seabird colonies. During the breeding season, it is home to 24,000 Northern gannet, 20,000 Black-legged kittiwake, 20,000 Common murre, and 2,000 Thick-billed murre. In addition, more than 100 pairs of Razorbill, more than 60 pairs of Black guillemot, plus Double-crested and Great cormorant, and Northern fulmar nest there. What makes it so spectacular, however, is that all these birds can be seen from land, as close as 10 metres/32 feet away. Most of the Northern gannets, for example, make their nests on "Bird Rock"—a 100-metre/328 feet-tall stack of sandstone that is separated from the viewing area by a chasm only a few metres wide. The gannets' courtship, nesting, and feeding behaviors, interactions, and delicate flying maneuvers over the crowded sea stack are endlessly fascinating and easily observed from the natural, cliff-top viewing area. Great photo ops at the most stunning and accessible colony of Northern Gannets; there will also be murres, Razorbills, kittiwakes, eagles and cliff-nesting predatory ravens. On the barrens, Rough legged hawk, Snowy owl, Savannah sparrow, and American pipit are all characteristic. In forested areas, Blackpoll warbler, Dark-eyed junco, and Northern waterthrush can be found. Willow ptarmigan and Yellow and Wilson’s warblers are some of the species that inhabit the region’s shrub habitat.
 Lunch: Box lunch at Cape St. Mary's.
 Afternoon: FIELD TRIP: Hike to Brierly Cove. We will set out on a short 1 km/.63 mile hike through a forested valley to the site of the former settlement at Brierly Cove, a fishing settlement in Placentia and St. Mary’s district.
 Dinner: Dinner at the Gannet's Nest.
 Evening: Following dinner, a local storyteller will spin some terrific yarns.
   
Accommodations: Bird Island Resort
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Castle Hill/Bellevue Beach Provincial Park
(Saturday, June 28)

Note: Castle Hill: Short trails 1 km/.63 miles or less.



   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel.
 Morning: FIELD TRIP: Castle Hill. From St. Brides we proceed north through the valleys and tiny villages of the Cape Shore along the eastern edge of Placentia Bay. We scan the bay and search out forest birds atop the Castle Hill – site of the fort that protected the former French capital. Today, the remains of France's 17th-century fortress at Castle Hill are all that is left of the French presence here. Events in Europe sealed Plaisance's (Placentia's) fate when the British gained sovereignty over Newfoundland by the Treaty of Utrecht, leaving France with fishing rights to the northeast and west coasts. The French colonists and soldiers moved on to build the Fortress of Louisbourg in Nova Scotia. Castle Hill was fortified by the British for a brief period during the Seven Years' War, but Placentia was overshadowed by St. John's. Short trails 1 km/.63 miles or less.
 Lunch: Lunch at Philip's Cafe in the lowlands of Placentia at the entrance to the harbor.
 Afternoon: FIELD TRIP: Bellevue Beach Provincial Park. The Osprey capital of Newfoundland, Bellevue is a small community located in Trinity Bay, Newfoundland and Labrador. It was founded in 1864 as Tickle Harbour, but the name was changed to Bellevue on December 11, 1896. It is a nature lover's paradise with whales, birds, fish and more. Keep your eyes open for nesting terns and gulls, Bald Eagles, Spotted Sandpipers, plovers and yellowlegs. From Bellevue, we head on to Port Union on the Bonavista Peninsula. The adjacent headlands are terrific sites for birds and for sightings of icebergs and whales.
 Dinner: Dinner at the hotel.
   
Accommodations: Seaport Inn
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7: Maberly Puffins/Elliston Root Cellars/Spillars Cove/Cape Bonavista
(Sunday, June 29)

Note: Spillars Cove: 3 - 5 kms/1.8 - 3.1 miles



   
 Breakfast: Optional Early Morning Bird Walk: Enjoy a bird walk (6:00 am) around the area followed by breakfast at the hotel.
 Morning: FIELD TRIP: Maberly Puffins. After breakfast it’s on to Maberly for an up close and personal view of the Puffins. Here we will get the best views and photo opportunities for this species in Newfoundland. Birders are often given the opportunity to view them up close.
 Morning: EXCURSION: Elliston. You will then be welcomed in Elliston, a town a small community located on the North eastern tip of the Bonavista peninsula. Elliston was once a busy fishing settlement but now is a quiet tourist destination. The town contains many attractions including the beautiful beach at Sandy Cove, camping facilities at Elliston municipal park, puffin sites and of course many examples of traditional Newfoundland root cellars.
 Lunch: Box lunch in Spillars Cove.
 Afternoon: FIELD TRIP: Spillars Cove. The cliffs and sea stacks along Spillars Cove provide nesting sites for Puffins, Guillemots and gulls. Then we head out to Cape Bonavista, renowned for its garnering of wayward European vagrants (e.g. Lapwings and Greater Golden Plovers from Europe). At Cape Bonavista one can stand close to the lighthouse and have a clear view of hundreds of birds going about their business. The business, of course, is cruising over the North Atlantic, diving and returning with lunch. It is amazing to behold, even on the foggy wet days which seem to come frequently to the Cape. Look for Killdeer, plovers and Whimbrels.
 Dinner: Dinner on your own to enjoy local fare or join the Group Leader (at a local restaurant in Trinity).
 Evening: You may remain with your Group Leader to continue exploring local sites or take the opportunity to head off on your own to discover Trinity before returning to the hotel.
   
Accommodations: Seaport Inn
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 8: Terra Nova National Park/Buckley Cove/Return to St. John's
(Monday, June 30)

Note: Terra Nova National Park: 7 km/4.41 miles



   
 Breakfast: Early Morning Bird Walk: 6:00 am bird walk around the area followed by breakfast at the hotel.
 Morning: FIELD TRIP: Terra Nova National Park. After breakfast we head to Terra Nova National Park where we will take a 7 km/4.41 mile hike to Buckley Cove, where you can look for the rare Greater yellow legs feeding along the Barachois and enjoy the view of Mount Stamford. You can also explore the birding opportunities for Forest warblers, thrushes, grouse and marten.
 Lunch: Box lunch at Buckley Cove in Terra Nova National Park.
 Afternoon: This afternoon, return to St. John's.
 Dinner: Farewell dinner at the hotel.
 Evening: Continue exploring St. John's on your own or enjoy a restful evening at the hotel in anticipation of your morning departure after breakfast.
   
Accommodations: Quality Hotel Harbourview
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 9: Independent departures
(Tuesday, July 1)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel is at 7:30 am.
 Morning: Independent departures after breakfast. Check-out is 11:00 a.m.
   
Meals Included: Breakfast

Free Time Opportunities
 
  St. John's, NL Johnson Geo Centre
You know what they say about icebergs being bigger than meets the eye? The same goes for the Johnson GEO CENTRE. Walking in through our distinctive glass entryway, you’d never guess what lies beneath. You’re just an elevator ride away from our gigantic, underground exhibit area. So sit back, and experience our GEO Theatre, explore Our Planet, Our Province, Our People and Our Future, and join in our always-changing travelling exhibitions. Just look for the hill. Getting to the Johnson GEO CENTRE is a breeze; after all, we are located at 175 Signal Hill Road on Signal Hill, one of the most famous landmarks in Newfoundland and Labrador. For additional information, visit www.geocentre.ca/visits/
  St. John's, NL
St. John's has historic buildings, museums, shopping, educational centers and a very active arts community. On June 24 each year the city celebrates the 500+ years of the city's birthday with over 30 free admission events. Participants can visit sites such as The Fluvarium, Cathedral Tea Room, Pharmacy Museum, National Research Centre ship testing wave tank, English style Parks and Gardens. Live theater downtown and movie theater. For additional information, visit www.newfoundlandlabrador.com/PlanYourTrip/Attractions?Keywords=Search+Attractions+%26+Activities&showMap=0&ProductIDs=&CityTownId=1668&DrivingOrderId=&TrailId=&showMap=0
  Port Union Terra Nova National Park
400 square km. park National Park located in Glovertown, 709-533-3126 for possible day trip before or after the program. Hiking, mountain biking trails, canoeing. Sandy Pond-Dunphy’s Canoe Route- a 10 km paddle. Interpretation of boreal and marine habitats. Several picnic areas. For additional information, visit www.pc.gc.ca/eng/pn-np/nl/terranova/index.aspx
Important information about your itinerary: Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy and completeness of the information featured on this website. Itineraries are based on our best information at this time. Circumstances beyond our control may require us to adjust itineraries or other details. We regret any inconvenience this may cause and appreciate your understanding. Information will be sent to you from your Program Provider approximately three weeks prior to the program start date. The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.

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Description: 2011, MAP This double-sided map shows the island of Newfoundland on one side (1:750,000), showing all roads and villages, and the French islands of St. Pierre et Miquelon, as well as an inset map of St. John's. The other side is the first-ever map of enormous and largely-unexplored Labrador at a scale of 1:1.39 million. There is a land connection from Baie Comeau in Quebec north to Labrador City, and an east-west dirt road to Goose Bay via the huge power station at Churchill Falls, and ferry services along the coast. The rest is as wild as it gets. 27"X39" (CND378, $7.95)





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