12391
Newfoundland And Labrador
Hike the Discovery Trail: Five Centuries of Newfoundland Coastal Life
Alongside experts, discover the unique story, culture and ecology of Newfoundland as you hike some of the world’s most famous trails to view rare birds and ancient seascapes.
Program No. 12391RJ
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8 days
7 nights
18 meals
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DAY
1
Check-In, Registration, Orientation, Welcome Dinner
St. John's, Newfoundland
D
Quality Hotel Harbourview

Activity note: Hotel check-in from 2pm

Afternoon: Arrive to beautiful St. John's and transfer to the hotel. Program Registration is between 4:00-5:00 p.m. Come meet our group leader in the lobby and get your welcome packet. If you arrive late, please ask for your packet when you check in and the front desk will be happy to help you.

Dinner: Welcome dinner at the hotel.

Evening: We’ll begin our evening with an orientation session where we’ll get to know each other as well as review the up-to-date program schedule and any changes. We’ll go over important information as well as have time for questions. Program activities, schedules, personnel, and indicated distances or times may change due to local circumstances/conditions. In the event of changes, we will alert you as quickly as possible. Thank you for your understanding. Continue getting to know your fellow Road Scholars or settle in for the night. You may also wish to explore what the city has to offer. The hotel is located downtown on St. John's picturesque harbor.

DAY
2
Hiking Signal Hill, Walking Exploration of St. John's
St. John's, Newfoundland
B,L
Quality Hotel Harbourview

Activity note: Hiking 4.5 miles on well-groomed trails over 3 hours. Walking 1.5 miles over 2 hours on sidewalks and pavement, some busy streets and uneven terrain

Breakfast: Breakfast at hotel.

Morning: We will hike up Signal Hill for sweeping views overlooking the Atlantic. Signal Hill was the site of St. John’s harbour defences from the 17th century to the Second World War and where Guglielmo Marconi received the world’s first transatlantic wireless signal in 1901.

Lunch: Boxed lunch on the trail.

Afternoon: Continue to experience St. John's, the capital of Newfoundland and Labrador, with a guided walk of the city. This colorful city, born of its sheltered harbor, was a busy port 40 years before the Mayflower landed at Plymouth. Although it is a small city, St. John's has a warm, vibrant spirit and boasts numerous historical sites, a unique culture, and natural beauty. We will walk along Water Street, the oldest street in North America.

Dinner: Dinner on your own. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions.

DAY
3
Hiking the Coast, Transfer to Port Union
Port Union, Newfoundland
B,L,D
Seaport Inn

Activity note: Hiking 6 miles over 3.5 hours on groomed trails with some uneven and potentially muddy sections. Driving about 200 miles over 4-5 hours with rest stops.

Breakfast: Breakfast at hotel.

Morning: We will check out and board the coach this morning on our way to Port Union. Our first stop will be at picturesque Cape Spear. The eastern-most point in North America (not counting Greenland), this Cape has been inhabited all the way back to the extinct Beothuk people. It is also home to the Cape Spear Lighthouse, a National Historic Site of Canada. The lighthouse was first operated in 1836 and was the second lighthouse to be built in Newfoundland, to help protect the entrance to St. John's harbor. We will hike along the coast, seeing first hand the scenery that prompted the building of the lighthouse as well as drew First Nations to the area.

Lunch: Boxed lunch on the trail.

Afternoon: Coach transfer to Port Union, an approximately four hour drive with rest stops en route. Arrive to Port Union in time to unpack and freshen up before dinner.

Dinner: Dinner at the hotel.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
4
Hiking Skerwink Trail, Trinity Walking Tour
Port Union, Newfoundland
B,L
Seaport Inn

Activity note: Today's hike along Skerwink Trail is 3.5 miles along maintained paths with sometimes uneven terrain and is considered moderate to difficult. Walking tour covers about 2 miles along streets with some busy sidewalks and potential uneven terrain. Driving 40 miles over an hour

Breakfast: Breakfast at hotel.

Morning: This morning, we will depart by bus for Port Rexton to hike the Skerwink Trail - Rated by Travel and Leisure Magazine as one of top 35 walks in North America and Europe, this looped trek offers fantastic photo opportunities. Hilly terrain along high cliffs, it is rated moderate to difficult but worth every minute we spend on the trail. This trail is one of the most popular in the area and provides fantastic views of the ocean and sea stacks with magical names like the “music box”.

Lunch: At a local restaurant in Port Rexton.

Afternoon: Enjoy an expert-led walking exploration of Trinity. Trinity has been a viable North Atlantic community for hundreds of years. Its defensible harbor, with abundant room for the ships of the day and shores well suited for outbuildings, wharves and fish-flakes, made it ideal for the early migratory fishery. The preservation of Trinity's cultural and built heritage has made it perhaps the most notable "heritage community" in the province. After the walk, there will be some time to explore the town independently. You may wish to see a play at the Rising Tide Theatre, one of Newfoundland's best loved professional theatre companies; visit historic sites or go kayaking.

Dinner: Dinner on your own in Trinity. There is a dinner theatre in Trinity - the cost is $38.00 - please let the Group Leader know in advance if you would like to book a ticket.

Evening: We will return to Port Union by coach after dinner.

DAY
5
Hiking Murphy's Cove, Lodge's Pond Trail, Port Union
Port Union, Newfoundland
B,L,D
Seaport Inn

Activity note: Today's hike to Murphy's Cove on the Lodge's Point is on a 7.5 km/4.7 mile looped trail. Trail is narrow with hilly terrain and can sometimes be wet after a rainfall. Rated as easy to moderate. Approx 3 - 4 hours. Driving 80 miles over 1.5 hours

Breakfast: Breakfast at hotel.

Morning: We will depart from hotel for our hike to Murphy's Cove/Lodge's Pond trail, Port Union. This looped trail has a variety of headlands that provide viewing platforms where surrounding communities, whales, seabirds and fishing vessels can be photographed. The halfway point provides a lookout where we can view the Green Island Lighthouse, one of the last remaining manned lighthouses in Newfoundland. The trail follows the coastline offering great photo opportunities. Local guides will talk about the area and how the trails were once used by hunters and berry pickers. We can also look for fossils along the trail.

Lunch: In Port Union.

Afternoon: This afternoon, we will learn about historic Port Union and why it is the "Only Union Built Town" in North America. Hear about Sir William Coaker who in the early 1900's organized a union of fishermen, built a town, formed a large Trading Company, became a politician with his own union party and fought the merchants of the day. We will visit his home, now a museum, see some of the newly restored buildings, walk around the shipyard park, where more than 30 schooners were built, walk along the waterfront boardwalk and at low tide view 550 million year old fossils.

Dinner: In Port Union.

Evening: We will take an evening trip to Cape Bonavista to view puffins and possibly whales and enjoy some spectacular scenery.

DAY
6
Hiking Klondike Trail, Root Cellars, Bonavista
Port Union, Newfoundland
B,L,D
Seaport Inn

Activity note: The Klondike Trail is a 5 km (3.1 mile) linear trail; rated easy-moderate. Driving 40 miles over 40 minutes

Breakfast: Breakfast at hotel.

Morning: Hike along the Klondike Trail and go from forest to wetlands, heathlands to sea. Learn about the plants and animals inhabiting our area. Look for puffins, whales, kittiwakes and other sea life as well as spectacular coastal scenery. This area was initially called Bird Island Cove and offers hikers spectacular oceanfront scenery with plenty of seabirds and wildlife along the way. We will depart for Elliston to see the root cellars; take a walk back in time and enter cellars originally built in the 1850s, many of which are still used today to store root crops.

Lunch: In Bonavista at a local restaurant.

Afternoon: There will be some free time to independently explore the Historic Town of Bonavista, the Landfall of John Cabot when he discovered Newfoundland in 1497. You may wish to talk with local residents to learn the history of the town and their unique language.

Dinner: Community dinner in Port Union with local residents. Dinner will be a buffet style meal featuring traditional Newfoundland dishes.

Evening: Following dinner with local residents there will be traditional Newfoundland stories, music and dancing. Try your hand at playing the "ugly sticks" and spoons. Also, participate in a "screech-in" ceremony where you will be made honorary Newfoundlanders. An unforgettable evening of fun and laughter.

DAY
7
Hiking King's Cove, Transfer to St. John's, Free Time
St. John's, Newfoundland
B,L,D
Quality Hotel Harbourview

Activity note: Today's hike on the King's Cove Lighthouse Trail is 4.5 kms/2.8 miles and is on a well-maintained though occasionally uneven trail. Driving 250 miles over 4-5 hours with rest stops en route

Breakfast: Breakfast at hotel.

Morning: We'll check out and transfer to King's Cove by coach this morning to hike the King's Cove Lighthouse trail to Brook Point. The first and last parts of the trail are through meadows known as “Pat Murphy’s Meadow”, and were the inspiration for the famous folk song of that name. Most of the trail is through boreal forest with bogs and ponds. Coastal vegetation consisting of stunted or scrub spruce and fir predominates as we approach the coast. Tuckamore occurs on the coastal cliffs - a thicket of small stunted evergreen trees with gnarled spreading roots, forming closely matted ground-cover or thickets on the barrens and coastal regions. Shrubs of bog and sheep (goo-witty) laurel, Labrador Tea and rhodora grow in and around bogs, open areas and as forest undergrowth. Blackberry earth, irises, sedum, blueberry bushes and bakeapple plants are common. Brook Point is at the end of the trail and provides views of layer upon layer of multi-coloured, 570-million-year-old sedimentary rocks are exposed in these spectacular coastal cliffs.

Lunch: Boxed lunches en route.

Afternoon: We'll transfer to St. John's, a journey of about 3.5-4 hours. We'll arrive with time to check-in and do some independent explorations, or rest up for departure the next day.

Dinner: At a local restaurant..

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
8
Program Concludes
St. John's, Newfoundland
B

Breakfast: Hotel breakfast buffet. Program concludes

Morning: Departures from the hotel in St. John's per individual travel plans. We hope you enjoy Road Scholar learning adventures and look forward to having you on rewarding programs in the future. Please join our Facebook page and share photos of your program. Visit us at www.facebook.com/rsadventures. Best wishes for all your journeys!






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