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Newfoundland and Labrador: Gros Morne and the Great Northern Peninsula

Program Number: 19794RJ
Start and End Dates:
6/27/2015 - 7/7/2015; 8/15/2015 - 8/25/2015; 6/25/2016 - 7/5/2016; 8/13/2016 - 8/23/2016;
Duration: 10 nights
Location: Deer Lake, Newfoundland & Labrador
Price starting at: $2,945.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Natural History
Meals: 29; 10 Breakfasts, 9 Lunches, 10 Dinners    
Meal Options: Vegetarian; Low Fat    

The Northern Peninsula and Southern Labrador are places where nature's forces are stripped raw to meet in a dramatic contest of rock and water — get an intimate view of this magnificent landscape, its wildlife and its remote coastal communities.


• Cross the Strait of Belle Isle by ferry and journey along the Labrador Coast, exploring historic villages Red Bay and Battle Harbour, as well as Point Amour Lighthouse.
• Meet a local expert at L'Anse-aux-Meadows National Historic Site for an in-depth presentation on the only authenticated Viking Settlement in North America.
• Explore Gros Morne National Park, renowned for its spectacular landscapes and uncrowded spaces.

Activity Particulars

Walking up to two miles per day on uneven terrain; some stairs.

Due to the nature of this program, listening devices are not available.

Date Specific Information


The best time to see icebergs in good size and condition is in June in coastal Labrador and northern Newfoundland. Make sure you keep an eye on the water on the ferry trip to Labrador, as iceberg sightings are common.
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8-15-2015, 6-25-2016, 8-13-2016

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Itinerary Summary

Independent arrival Deer Lake, 1 night; coach to Cow Head (Gros Morne National Park), 2 nights; coach to Plum Point, 1 night; Ferry, coach and boat to Battle Harbour (Labrador), 2 nights; coach to L’Anse-au-Clair (Labrador), 1 night; Ferry and coach to St. Anthony, 2 nights; coach to Deer Lake, 1 night; independent departure.

Deer Lake

The first settlers in the area of western Newfoundland now known as Deer Lake were loggers and trappers from Cape Breton Island who arrived in 1864. The town is a significant base for exploring the diverse natural wonders of the Great Northern Peninsula, which include the UNESCO World Heritage Site Gros Morne National Park.

Deer Lake, Cow Head (Gros Morne National Park), Plum Point, L’Anse-au-Clair, St. Anthony: Comfortable, centrally located hotels and motels. Battle Harbour: Restored building in Battle Harbour National Historic Site with shared bath facilities, no singles available.
Meals and Lodgings
   Holiday Inn Express Deer Lake
  Deer Lake, NL 1 night
   Shallow Bay Motel and Cabins
  Cow Head, NL 2 nights
   Plum Point Motel
  Plum Point, NL 1 night
   Battle Harbour Historic Buildings
  Battle Harbour, NL 2 nights
   Northern Light Inn
  L'Anse-au-Clair, Newfoundland and Labrador 1 night
   Haven Inn
  St. Anthony, NL 2 nights
   Holiday Inn Express Deer Lake
  Deer Lake, NL 1 night
 Holiday Inn Express Deer Lake
Type: Full Service Hotel
  Description: The hotel is located just minutes from the Deer Lake airport as well as attractions like Marble Mountain and the Humber Valley.
  Contact info: 38 Bennett Avenue
Deer Lake, NL A8A 1A9 Canada
phone: 709-635-3232
  Room amenities: Hairdryer, iron and ironing board, coffee/tea maker, microwave oven, mini refrigerator, in-room safe, air conditioning.
  Facility amenities: Free high-speed Internet access, free morning newspaper delivery to rooms, cable/satellite TV, pay-per-view movies, free local phone calls, air conditioned fitness room with complimentary water, indoor pool, and Laundry facilities.
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights prior: Call for availability & rates Contact hotel directly.
  Check in time: 3:00 PM
  Additional nights after: Call for availability & rates Contact hotel directly.
  Check out time: 11:00 AM

 Shallow Bay Motel and Cabins
Type: Motel
  Description: The motel is located in the small fishing village of Cow Head, within Gros Morne National Park - a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It's the closest 2.5 star motel to Western Brook Pond in Gros Morne National Park. The motel hosts the Gros Morne Theatre Festival (June through to September).
  Contact info: 193 Main Street
P.O. Box 44,
Cow Head, NL A0K 2A0 Canada
phone: 709-243-2471
  Room amenities: Hair dryers, iron/ironing board, coffee makers, private bath, clock radio, cable color TV, telephone, data port lines for computers.
  Facility amenities: Pub and eatery, outdoor heated swimming pool, located on the beach, 51 motel rooms and 18 cabins, free wireless high speed Internet, ATM, ice maker, vending machines, gift shop, sauna, laundromat, 18-hole mini golf, air conditioned restaurant.
  Smoking allowed: No

 Plum Point Motel
Type: Motel
  Description: The motel overlooks Old Ferrole Harbour where Captain Cook stayed in 1764. Come and enjoy history in Plum Point.
  Contact info: Route 430
Plum Point, NL A0K 4A0 Canada
phone: 888-663-2533
  Room amenities: Bath/shower, TV, telephone.
  Facility amenities: Dining room, restaurant, lounge, indoor pool, gift shop and laundromat.
  Smoking allowed: No

 Battle Harbour Historic Buildings
Type: Other
  Description: Stay overnight in one the restored buildings and experience the ambience of a life-style long past surrounding by period furnishings and fixtures. The Battle Harbour Inn: Once providing accommodation for the resident merchant and agents, this charming island haven is fully restored and renovated and cozily furnished with antiques. The glassed-in porch is a wonderful spot to sit and view sunsets and is the perfect vantage point for relaxing and taking in the beauty of the island and its setting. The Grenfell Cottage is equipped with a full kitchen, breakfast nook, dining room, parlor and "loo with a view" -a three piece bathroom with a claw-foot tub. The sun porch and veranda offer an ideal spot to gaze at the magnificent ocean view. The Isaac Smith House: This is the oldest private residence on Battle Harbour Island. A night in the historic cottage will transport you back in time. Keeping with traditional lifestyle, the Isaac Smith Cottage is lit by oil lamp and heated by wood (supplied). However, for your convenience they have incorporated hot water and full bathroom facilities, complete with a clawfoot tub. The Spearing Cottage: This was once located on Double Island and was used as the light keepers home. It also offers a fully equipped kitchen, sitting room and a bathroom with sink, shower and toilet. RCMP Detachment: Once the headquarters for the Royal Canadian Mounted Police at Battle Harbour, this house has two bedrooms on the first floor and two bedrooms on the ground floor. There is a full bathroom on the second floor and a half bath on the ground floor. This house is also equipped with a full kitchen, a dining room and living room and furnished to reflect its mid 1950s to late 1960s use as a home.
  Contact info: Battle Harbour National Historic Site
P.O. Box 140,
St. Mary's Harbour, NL AOK 3PO Canada
phone: 709-921-6325
  Smoking allowed: No
  Bathroom: Rooms are in restored historic homes - bathroom configurations vary. See Unique Features for information on each property.

 Northern Light Inn
Type: Hotel
  Description: The Northern Light Inn is a privately owned 3.5 star hotel and is widely recommended as "a great place to stay". A family run hotel since 1974, they provide warm and personal service to their guests. The Northern Light Inn is the closest hotel to the ferry (ten minutes away) and is the largest hotel in the region.
  Contact info: 58 Main Street
P.O. Box 92,
L'Anse-au-Clair, NL A0K 3K0 Canada
phone: 709-931-2332
  Room amenities: Air conditioned, Wi-fi, colour cable TV with remote control, AM/FM clock radio, hair dryer, telephone with voice mail system, room service, private bath with full tub and shower
  Facility amenities: 49 rooms, 3 suites, 2 wheelchair accessible suites, 5 housekeeping units, family restaurant, guest laundry facilities, fully licensed lounge, gift shop, large and small conference/banquet facilities, business service centre, ATM.
  Smoking allowed: Yes

 Haven Inn
Type: Hotel
  Description: The Haven Inn is named in recognition of Jacques Cartier, who in his 1534 visit named the protected harbor "St. Anthony’s Haven". The hotel prides itself on a warm, friendly atmosphere and their dedicated staff provide friendly and courteous Newfoundland service.
  Contact info: P.O. Box 4
St. Anthony, NL  Canada
phone: 709-454-9101
  Room amenities: Rooms feature wireless high speed Internet, remote controlled color television and cable service, telephone, hairdryer, coffee maker and personal desk.
  Facility amenities: Fully licensed lounge, located next to shopping centre. The Haven Inn is 100% smoke free.
  Smoking allowed: Yes

Travel Details
  Start of Program:
Arrivals to the program hotel; check in after 3:00 pm, Deer Lake, NL. Dinner is at 5:30 pm at the hotel. You will be staying at Holiday Inn Express Deer Lake that night.
  End of Program:
Breakfast at 8:00 am. A group transfer to the Deer Lake Airport will be provided after breakfast. Approximate arrival at the airport is between 9:30 and 10:00 am. You will be staying at Holiday Inn Express Deer Lake the night before.
  Required documents:
The Participant Information Form is required.
  Parking availability:
At the hotel, please call directly 709-635-3232. At the airport: Cost is CAD$5 p/d (any 24-hour period) to a max of CAD$30 p/wk (any 7-day period). Debit and cash not accepted at automated express exit stations. To arrange, call 709-635-3601
To Start of Program
  Location:  Deer Lake, NL
  Nearest city or town:  Cornerbrook, NL
  Nearest highway: Trans Canada Highway
  Nearest airport:  Deer Lake Airport (YDF)
  From End of Program
  Location: Deer Lake, NL
    (Additional transportation information same as above)
Travel Details


From Airport





If you purchased airfare through Road Scholar, you’ll receive free round-trip airport transfers to get you to and from your program. You will receive detailed information regarding the transfer approximately three weeks prior to the program start date. If you did not purchase airfare through Road Scholar, you will be responsible for making your own way to and from the airport. Please review the suggested options below.


Deer Lake


From Airport




Local Taxi
phone: 709-635-2521


Per Person/One Way:


$5 - 8 CDN (per taxi)
Prices are subject to change.


Taxi service at regular metered rates is available from the Deer Lake Regional Airport (YDF) to the Holiday Inn Express. Deer Lake Taxi (709) 635-2521 or Star Taxi (709) 634-4343. Travel time is approximately 5 to 10 minutes. Please note, there is NO shuttle service or public transit to the Holiday Inn Express.


Deer Lake, NL


From Ferry Landing




Public Transportation
DRL Coachlines
phone: 888-263-1854


Per Person/One Way:


Approximately $55
Prices are subject to change.




167 miles/265 kms


DRL Coachlines offers scheduled service from the ferry in Port-aux-Basques to Deer Lake. Call 1-888-263-1854 for up to date information or visit The ferry leaves from North Sydney, NS and crosses to Port-aux-Basques, NL (approximately 8 hours). Call Marine Atlantic for up to date ferry schedules and information at 1-800-341-7981 or visit


Deer Lake


To Airport




Commercial Van/Shuttle


Per Person/One Way:


Included in program cost
Prices are subject to change.


Travel Time:


5 - 10 minutes 


A coach transfer to the Deer Lake International Airport will be provided after breakfast on the final day of the program. Approximate arrival at the airport is between 9:30 and 10:00 a.m. NOTE: For those booked on earlier flights, you will need to take a taxi to the airport in Deer Lake - approximately $5 - 8 CDN.


Deer Lake


To Ferry Landing




Public Transportation
DRL Coachlines
phone: 888-263-1854


Per Person/One Way:


Approximately $55
Prices are subject to change.


Travel Time:


167 miles/265 kms 


DRL Coachlines offers scheduled service from Deer Lake to the ferry in Port-aux-Basques. Call 1-888-263-1854 for up to date information or visit The ferry leaves from Port-aux-Basques, NL and crosses to North Sydney, NS. (approximately 8 hours). Call Marine Atlantic for up to date ferry schedules and information at 1-800-341-7981 or visit

Driving Directions
  Directions from airport: Hotel is located 3 km (1.86 miles) from the airport. Head NW to Airport Road, turn left onto Airport Road. Turn right onto Highway 1 (TransCanada Highway). Take Exit 15, Deer Lake/Nicholsville. Turn right on Lakeside Drive. Turn right on Nicholsville Road. Take first right, Bennett Avenue. Hotel is located on the right at 38 Bennett Avenue.
  Port aux Basques (Ferry) Take the ferry from Nova Scotia by car, travel from the ferry terminal in Port aux Basques, to Deer Lake along the Trans Canada Highway. Take Exit 15, Deer Lake/Nicholsville. Turn right on Lakeside Drive. Turn right on Nicholsville Road. Take first right, Bennett Avenue. Hotel is located on the right at 38 Bennett Avenue.
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: Arrival and Check-In/ Welcome Dinner/Newfoundland History and Culture
(Saturday, August 15)
 Afternoon: Arrivals and transfers to the program hotel. Check-in after 3:00 pm. Please be aware that program activities and scheduled times could change due to local circumstances. In the event of changes, we will alert you as quickly as possible. Thank you for your understanding.
 Dinner: The welcome dinner will be held at the hotel. Following dinner, you will meet for introductions, a review of the program and site orientation.
 Evening: A presentation by a local expert and educator will provide an introduction to Newfoundland history and culture including early Newfoundland music, the Norse and Beothuk peoples and the resettlement program.
Accommodations: Holiday Inn Express Deer Lake
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Gros Morne National Park/Exploratory Walk of the Tablelands/Newfoundland Fisheries
(Sunday, August 16)
 Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel.
 Morning: Today we travel to the world renowned Gros Morne National Park - a world of spectacular landscapes and uncrowded spaces. During your stay in the Park you will meet experts, local residents, musicians and storytellers as part of your introduction to this phenomenal place. Declared a World Heritage Site by the United Nations in 1987, the park is internationally renowned for its scenic beauty, vast landscape and endless hiking trails. Gros Morne is also world renowned for its complex geology. It was here that geologists proved the theory of plate tectonics. Meet with a Park expert to examine the forces of nature that have shaped the land and the people on this World Heritage coast. Visit the state-of-the-art Discovery Centre. This is not just another interpretation centre, but an integral part of your Park experience.
 Lunch: Lunch at the award-winning Seaside Restaurant, located in the scenic coastal fishing village of Trout River.
 Afternoon: Following lunch continue on to the southwest corner of Gros Morne National Park to the coastal settlement of Trout River. Explore magnificent views of the coast and the startling geology of the nearby Tablelands - the most important geological feature in Gros Morne Park, and the main reason for the park being declared a World Heritage Site. With a Senior Parks geologist, explore the lunar-like landscape where you will bear witness to the forces of plate tectonics and ancient glaciation that occurred about 470 million years ago, and the much more recent glaciation of 15,000-20,000 years ago.

Meet with a local expert to hear stories of Newfoundland's fisheries. Although the tradition of fishing is an old one in Newfoundland, the innovations required to sustain the practice are anything but archaic. The creativity required in keeping the fishing industry afloat is one of the biggest challenges in Newfoundland. Hear about how they are adapting to the changing times. Continue on to the town of Cow Head where you will be warmly welcomed by your hosts.

 Dinner: Dinner at the hotel.
Accommodations: Shallow Bay Motel and Cabins
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Western Brook Trail and Fjord Cruise/Gros Morne Theatre Festival
(Monday, August 17)

Note: This morning you will walk the trail to Western Brook Pond which is 3 km (2 miles) in length each way. The trail is boardwalk and gravel, mostly flat with a few slight grades. There is no transportation available on the trail.

 Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel.
 Morning: This morning, you will walk the Western Brook Pond Trail to begin the cruise on Western Brook Pond.
 Lunch: Enjoy a picnic lunch dockside at Western Brook Pond. There is a sheltered waiting area, indoor washroom facilities, canteen services and a gift shop as well as several beautiful picnic areas.
 Afternoon: This afternoon you will take a boat excursion on Western Brook Pond in Gros Morne National Park (weather permitting). This is the largest lake in the park. On board the boat, you will see the spectacular, land-locked Western Brook Pond fjord. The "pond" is just one of numerous glacially carved fjords in the Long Range Mountains, the northernmost extension of the Appalachian Mountains. Waterfalls cascade from a height of 3,000 feet (900 meters), and you may spot some of the local wildlife. The lake is home to Atlantic salmon, brook trout and Arctic char as well as an unusual colony of cliff-nesting gulls. After returning from the cruise in late afternoon, enjoy some free time to relax at the hotel.
 Dinner: Dinner at the hotel.
 Evening: Enjoy a performance featuring Newfoundland stories, song and music, celebrating the Island's heritage and most importantly her people. Following the performance, enjoy a meet and greet with one of the performers.
Accommodations: Shallow Bay Motel and Cabins
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Old Mail Road Trail/Port au Choix National Historic Site
(Tuesday, August 18)
 Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel.
 Morning: This morning we head out for the Old Mail Road Trail. This short walk (4 km return) follows the old winter mail route that was traveled by dog teams up until the middle of the last century. The trail will take us through coastal tuckamore forest with a dense interlocked tree cover and across beautiful white rolling sand dunes. The entire length of the trail runs parallel to the ocean.
 Lunch: Lunch en route.
 Afternoon: This afternoon we head north on the Viking Trail to the town of Port au Choix, known as the "fishing capital" of Western Newfoundland. French, Spanish, Portuguese and Basque fishermen swarmed the west coast and settled in this port following John Cabot's discovery of cod. Today some come to sample the day's catch but the greatest attraction is the mystery buried underground. In the 1960s archaeologists discovered the graves of 90 Maritime Archaic Indians that date back almost 5,000 years. It is regarded as one of the richest archeological finds in North America. A presentation will focus on "The Ancient Peoples of Port au Choix - Groswater and Dorset Inuit and Maritime Archaic Indians".
 Dinner: Dinner at the hotel.
 Evening: Enjoy the remainder of the evening to explore Plum Point, or catch up on your rest.
Accommodations: Plum Point Motel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Ferry to Labrador/Point Amour Lighthouse/Afternoon Social/Ferry to Battle Harbour
(Wednesday, August 19)
 Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel.
 Morning: Travel to St. Barbe to board the "Apollo" ferry en route to Labrador. Make sure you keep an eye out for whales; it is also a good bird watching opportunity. Upon arrival, we travel north along the Labrador Coastal Drive. The scenery along this road is beautiful yet harsh, a reminder that those who live here are toughened by the elements that shape their existence every day.
 Lunch: Lunch at Point Amour Lighthouse.
 Afternoon: After lunch we explore the Point Amour Lighthouse, the tallest lighthouse in Atlantic Canada. Lighthouses play an integral part in the history and culture of Newfoundland as you will discover through a presentation at the historic site featuring a local storyteller and an afternoon social featuring Labrador tea and wildberry tarts.

Depart for Mary's Harbour for a short ferry ride to Battle Harbour. Ferry crossing approximately one hour; whale and iceberg sightings are common.

 Dinner: Dinner in historic Battle Harbour, usually a three course offering with salad or fish cake starter, beef, chicken or turkey as entree, potatoes plus one other vegetable, a selection of homemade sweet breads/cookies/pies, coffee and tea.
 Evening: The evening is free to explore local sites on your own.
Accommodations: Battle Harbour Historic Buildings
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Battle Harbour National Historic Site - Presentation and Guided Exploration
(Thursday, August 20)
 Breakfast: Breakfast in Battle Harbour.
 Morning: Battle Harbour has been at the center of life in Labrador for centuries. Through presentations, guided walks and overnight stays in one of the restored historic homes in the village, discover the centuries of history that are embedded in the area. Begin with a presentation by a fourth generation Battle Harbour descendent who will share his personal stories and discuss life in an isolated Labrador community. Learn about the village's past as we visit numerous historic structures, walkways and work areas that have been restored or reinstated. A collection of more than 500 artifacts related to the fishery and everyday life are on display and there is a special exhibit on the Labrador Fisheries. Visit the Marconi Station where Commander Robert E. Peary used its wireless services to share details of his reaching the Pole to the outside world - which created a great controversy between Peary and Frederick Cook as to who exactly had reached the Pole first, if at all.
 Lunch: Lunch in Battle Harbour. Fish in some form is usually offered during lunch accompanied by home made rolls, a selection of homemade sweet breads/cookies, coffee and tea.
 Afternoon: Continue your exploration of Battle Harbour, winding your way through and around the wharves, stores and the shore side boardwalk, up a hill to St. James the Apostle Church - built in 1852 and restored in 1991 it is the sole surviving example of famed architect William Grey and the oldest surviving Anglican Church in Labrador. Travel back along the main east to west path in front of the NL Ranger Station, the former RCMP Detachment and each of the heritage homes. These historic buildings were once homes to the first permanent settlers who came to Battle Island in 1775 to work at the fishery which was established in 1770. In the years following, it became a major base for the region's cod and seal fisheries and for the commercial trade that led to the formation of a permanent community. In 1992, the Battle Harbour Historic Trust began to restore many of the buildings to their original condition. The village is a living commemoration of the life and society created there by Newfoundlanders and Labradorians during the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries.
 Dinner: Dinner in historic Battle Harbour.
Accommodations: Battle Harbour Historic Buildings
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7: Red Bay National Historic Site/Sampling of Local Preserves
(Friday, August 21)
 Breakfast: Breakfast in Battle Harbour.
 Morning: After breakfast we travel by ferry from Battle Harbour to Mary's Harbour where you may again encounter more whales. Enroute we stop at the oldest mound burial in North America (time permitting) to ponder the mystery of the ceremonial burial of a Maritime Archaic adolescent who died some 7500 years ago, that's about 2000 years before the construction of the pyramids.

At Red Bay, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, a presentation by a Parks historian will highlight the Basque whaling industry dating back to the 1500s and the role that it played in the history of Canada. Explore artifacts and exhibits that tell the intriguing story of 16th-century Basque whalers who built the first industrial complex in the New World here. Learn about the thriving industry of the production of whale oil that lit the lamps of Europe in the late Middle Ages. Red Bay is the most complete and best preserved example of these ports.

 Lunch: Lunch features traditional Basque food.
 Afternoon: En route to L'Anse au Clair, enjoy a sample of local preserves. Cloudberries and lingonberries (called bakeapples and partridgeberries in Newfoundland and Labrador) as well as blueberries, are processed into gourmet spreads and syrups.
 Dinner: Dinner at the hotel.
Accommodations: Northern Light Inn
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8: Ferry to Newfoundland/Grenfell Historic Properties
(Saturday, August 22)
 Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel.
 Morning: Board the ferry and cross the Strait of Belle Isle back to Newfoundland. Continue your journey along the Viking Trail to St. Anthony, a seasonal fishing station for French and Biscayan (Basque) fishermen in the early 1500s. As the largest town at the tip of the Great Northern Peninsula, it was a base camp for early European settlers. St Anthony is the largest town in the vicinty of L'Anse aux Meadows.
 Lunch: Enjoy a delicious lunch at the Lightkeeper's Cafe in St. Anthony. Take in the ocean view while dining on Newfoundland specialities.
 Afternoon: Explore the Grenfell Historic Properties complex in St. Anthony. At Grenfell House Museum and Interpretive Centre, learn about the life and times of Sir Wilfred Grenfell, a medical missionary who devoted his life's work to serving the people of northern Newfoundland and Labrador. You will have an opportunity to visit Grenfell Handicrafts, located in the Interpretation Centre. The Jordi Bonet Murals in the rotunda of the nearby Charles S. Curtis Memorial Hospital are a series of ceramic murals depicting the culture and history of the people of Newfoundland and Labrador. On entering the rotunda, one is at once struck by the beauty and harmony of design and color. Some of the panels are quite realistic and not difficult to interpret while others are more abstract.
 Dinner: Dinner at the hotel.
Accommodations: Haven Inn
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 9: Whale Watching/L'Anse-aux-Meadows/Norstead Viking Village
(Sunday, August 23)
 Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel.
 Morning: Embark on a whale watching safari off the coast of St. Anthony to explore the breathtaking coastal waters of Iceberg Alley, an area noted for icebergs, whales and seabirds. The St. Anthony coast is one of the best places in the world for viewing humpbacks and Atlantic white-beaked dolphins. Minke, fin and killer whales are also common.
 Lunch: Lunch en route. Experience the renowned Newfoundland hospitality and a choice of traditional or non-traditional dishes.
 Afternoon: This afternoon we set out for L'Anse-aux-Meadows National Historic Site - one of the highlights of this program. Meet a local expert for an in-depth presentation on the only authenticated Viking Settlement in North America. Here you will learn about this ancient settlement, the first European encampment in the New World and site of Leif Erickson's Vinland. Discover the westward migration of the Vikings and understand how they lived so long ago. Stand on the same grassy plain facing the sea where the Vikings stood 1,000 years ago, then stoop to enter the reconstructed sod house that once protected them from the chill, wind and snow. Experience first-hand the warm, smoky atmosphere of these efficient buildings, while interpreters depict Viking life. Eight Norse sod-house foundations were unearthed by explorer Helge Ingstad and his wife, archaeologist Anne Stine Ingstad, in the 1960s. They were assisted by George Decker, a local fisherman, who showed them what he thought was an Aboriginal campsite. This confirmed the discovery of the first European encampment in the New World.

Continue to Norstead Village, a re-created Viking village. A presentation will examine the human history of a Viking village and about the port of trade. Explore how the Vikings would have lived 1,000 years ago and discover what crops they would have planted in a reenactment of the daily life of a Viking. Marvel at a full-scale replica of a Viking ship and uncover the chieftain's hall, blacksmith shop, tents and fire pit and sample the fare and culture of the ancient Vikings at this UNESCO World Heritage Site.

 Dinner: Dinner at the Norseman Restaurant. Explore an unforgettable dining experience in L'Anse aux Meadows. Take in a fabulous view of the ocean where whales and icebergs cross paths.
Accommodations: Haven Inn
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 10: Coach to Deer Lake/Arches Provincial Park/Farewell Dinner
(Monday, August 24)
 Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel.
 Morning: Following breakfast, we will travel south to the village of Hawke's Bay.
 Lunch: Pizza and pasta buffet lunch at the Torrent River Inn in Hawke's Bay.
 Afternoon: This afternoon, continue on to Deer Lake, with a stop at Arches Provincial Park. The Arches are a limestone formation formed underwater eons ago by sea action and raised above sea level when the glaciers retreated and the land rebounded from their crushing weight. The site includes a trail leading to the huge rocks.
 Dinner: Final dinner at the hotel in Deer Lake.
Accommodations: Holiday Inn Express Deer Lake
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 11: Program Concludes/Transfer to Airport/Departure
(Tuesday, August 25)
 Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel is at 8:00 am.
 Morning: A coach transfer to the Deer Lake International Airport will be provided after breakfast. Approximate arrival at the airport is between 9:30 and 10:00 am. For those booked on earlier flights, you will need to take a taxi to the airport in Deer Lake. This concludes our program. We hope you enjoy Road Scholar learning adventures and look forward to having you on rewarding programs in the future. Please be in touch via the Road Scholar Social Network, where you can share memories, pictures and comments. Best wishes for all your journeys.
Meals Included: Breakfast
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Author: Alistair MacLeod

Description: Raised in Cape Breton, Alistair MacLeod writes of family, the pull of old Gaelic traditions, love and the landscape and folkways of Nova Scotia in this collection of 16 stories. Winner of the Pen/Malamud Award.

Moon Handbook Atlantic Canada

Author: Andrew Hempstead

Description: A comprehensive guide to New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Newfoundland and Prince Edward Island. With regional maps and detailed descriptions of St. John's and other points of interest, along with an overview of the people, wildlife and history of the region.

Newfoundland & Labrador Map

Author: ITMB

Description: This double sided map shows Newfoundland on one side (with St. Pierre et Miquelon and an inset of St. John's) with Labrador on the reverse.


Author: Michael Crummey

Description: Facing the prospect of losing his land, the fierce, enigmatic Moses Sweetland recalls stories about his home, a village founded by his ancestors on a storm-battered island in Newfoundland.

Sylvanus Now

Author: Donna Morrissey

Description: Morisette writes with authority of the struggles of cod fishermen and their families in a remote coastal village in the 1950s in this third novel of maritime Newfoundland.

The Atlantic Coast, A Natural History

Author: Harry Thurston

Description: Thurston illuminates the geology, plant and animal life and nature of the Atlantic coast from Newfoundland and Labrador through the Maritime Provinces and the Northeastern United States south to Cape Hatteras in this illustrated, engaging survey.

The Bird Artist

Author: Howard Norman

Description: Memorably set in a remote coastal village in 1911, this vivid book is the tale of an odd local man who murdered the lighthouse keeper. It's as much about human character and motivation as it is about Newfoundland.

The Boat Who Wouldn't Float

Author: Farley Mowat

Description: A laugh-out-loud account of Mowat's determination to refurbish and sail a clunky old boat in the not-always-forgiving waters of Newfoundland.

The Day the World Came to Town, 9/11 In Gander, Newfoundland

Author: Jim Defede

Description: When thirty-eight jetliners bound for the United States were forced to land in Gander, Newfoundland, on September 11, 2001, due to the closing of United States airspace, the citizens of this small community were called upon to come to the aid of more than six thousand displaced travelers.

The Far Traveler, Voyages of a Viking Woman

Author: Nancy Marie Brown

Description: Brown's intriguing account of the life of the young Viking woman Gudrid sheds light on early Norse settlements in Iceland, Newfoundland and beyond. It's an archaeological mystery, a history of ancient seamanship and a biography all rolled into one.

Theatre of Fish, Travels Through Newfoundland and Labrador

Author: John Gimlette

Description: A rollicking account of Gimlette's adventures in Newfoundland and Labrador on the trail of a great-great grandfather. It's a witty tale, soaked in fishy history, myth, lore and incident.

This Marvellous Terrible Place, Images of Newfoundland and Labrador

Author: Yva Momatiuk, John Eastcott

Description: This portrait of Newfoundland, compiled by two accomplished photojournalists, combines color photographs and oral histories of the area.

True North

Author: Lawrence Millman (Introduction), Elliott Merrick

Description: Merrick's 1933 ode to Labrador, a warmly detailed, affectionate account of abandoning city life for the wilderness, his experiences living and working with trappers and settlers, and the nurse he met and married.

Vikings, The North Atlantic Saga

Author: William Fitzhugh (Editor), Elisabeth Ward (Editor)

Description: An extensively illustrated volume of Viking culture, history and exploration that focuses especially on voyages to North America. Published in conjunction with a Smithsonian exhibit, it features essays and 400 color photographs.

Whales, Dolphins and Porpoises

Author: Mark Carwardine

Description: In the trademark, graphic Eyewitness style, this sturdy guidebook colorfully describes the world's cetaceans with numerous illustrations, range maps, fluke drawings and a few paragraphs on each species.

Wildlife of the North Atlantic, A Cruising Guide

Author: Tony Soper, Dan Powell (Illustrator)

Description: This compact, illustrated guide covers the many petrels, ducks, gulls, terns and other seabirds, as well as the rich abundance of life existing under the waves, that populate the vast Atlantic region from the British Isles to Newfoundland.

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