13535
Newfoundland And Labrador
The Best of Spectacular Newfoundland Coast to Coast
Observe puffins and whales, visit an ancient Viking settlement, sail a land-locked fjord and learn the story of Newfoundland on a spectacular journey across the island.
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Program No. 13535RJ
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14 days
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14 days
13 nights
37 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 3:00 p.m.

Afternoon: Program Registration 4:00 - 5:00 p.m. After you have your room assignment, come to the Road Scholar table in the lobby to meet the Group Leader and register with the program staff and get your welcome packet containing your name-tag, up-to-date schedule that reflects any changes, other important information, and to confirm when and where the Orientation session will take place. If you arrive late, please ask for your packet when you check in.

Dinner: At the hotel, we’ll have a welcome dinner with coffee, tea, water included.

Evening: Orientation. The Group Leader will greet everyone and lead introductions. We will review the up-to-date program schedule, discuss roles and responsibilities, logistics, safety guidelines, emergency procedures, and answer questions. Periods in the daily schedule designated as “Free time” and “At leisure” offer opportunities to do what you like and make your experience even more meaningful and memorable according to your personal preferences. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions. 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.

DAY
2
St. John's, Cape Spear, Signal Hill, The Rooms
St. John's, Newfoundland
B,L
Quality Hotel Harbourview

Activity note: Walking approximately 2 miles over 4 hours. Driving about 35 miles over 1.5 hours

Breakfast: At the hotel, we will enjoy breakfast, with coffee, tea, water included.

Morning: We will begin our visit to St. John's with an expert-led exploration of the city, the capital of Newfoundland and Labrador. 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. Water Street is one of the oldest streets in North America. We'll visit Cape Spear, the most easterly point of land in North America, Signal Hill National Historic Site and Cabot Tower.

Lunch: En route, we’ll enjoy our boxed lunches.

Afternoon: We will visit historic Quidi Vidi Village, with an expert-led exploration of the brewery. Then, we will join an expert at "The Rooms" for an introduction to the people of Newfoundland. A unique blend of art gallery, archives and museum, its architecture emulates "fishing rooms" of the past. This is a wonderful opportunity to be exposed to local culture and craft as well as traditional and modern looks at life in Newfoundland and Labrador as it houses the largest collection of artifacts and specimens, from the First Nations, Vikings, French, and English. There will be some time for independent exploration this afternoon.

Dinner: This meal has been excluded from the program cost and is on your own to enjoy what you like. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
3
Marine Ecology, Puffin & Whale Watch, Witless Bay Reserve
Port Union, NL
B,L,D
Seaport Inn

Activity note: The puffin and whale watching is aboard stable passenger vessel, not converted fishing boat, with less seasickness and a more pleasant ride. Boating approximately 20 miles over 1.5 hours. Walking about 1/2 mile over 1 hour. Driving around 200 miles over 4 hours.

Breakfast: Hotel breakfast.

Morning: This morning, our local expert will discuss seabirds and the marine ecology of Newfoundland and Labrador. We'll learn about the diversity of North Atlantic seabirds and the Low Arctic ocean conditions along the coasts of Newfoundland and Labrador that provide their habitat. Newfoundland is the southern limit for icebergs and many Arctic seabirds. We will also explore the relationships between seabirds and their ocean environment and assess the current information about the North Atlantic, the fishes in it and climate change from the point of view of the spectacular seabirds of Newfoundland and Labrador. We'll then travel to Witless Bay with our expert, where a boat field trip will give us the opportunity to spot puffins and whales, weather and season permitting. The Witless Bay Ecological Reserve is where over 1,000,000 pairs of seabirds gather to breed during the summer months. The onboard interpretive program will describe the natural and cultural heritage of Newfoundland.

Lunch: At a local restaurant, we'll enjoy a meal with coffee, tea, water included.

Afternoon: We will continue on to Port Union. Historic Port Union is Canada's only union-built town, and it was a thriving industrial town during the period that the Fisherman's Protective Union flourished. The town's community spirit and citizens work to preserve their union-built heritage. We will check into our hotel.

Dinner: At the hotel, we'll enjoy our dinner, with coffee, tea, water included.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
4
Historic Port Union, Trinity History, Theatre
Port Union, NL
B,L,D
Seaport Inn

Activity note: Walking 2 miles over 4hours, some uneven terrain, stops for interpretation; no seating. Driving 60 miles over 1.5 hours.

Breakfast: At the hotel, we will enjoy breakfast, with coffee, tea, water included.

Morning: On an expert-led visit of historic Port Union, we will see the buildings of the town, including the factory and the Coaker Bungalow. Many are being restored to their original state. Local experts will tell us about each site and the part it played in the life and times of Port Union. Afterwards, a local historian will deliver a presentation on Port Union and its history. We'll learn how activist, labor leader, visionary, businessman, publisher, and politician Sir William Coaker formed a union of fishermen in the early 1900s to fight against the merchant trade of St. John's. His goal was to revolutionize the fishery, placing control of the fish trade in the hands of fishermen.

Lunch: At a local restaurant, we'll enjoy lunch, with coffee, tea, water included.

Afternoon: We will travel to Trinity to explore the town's historic sites and landmarks, so well-preserved along with its culture that it is noted through the province as a "heritage community."

Dinner: At a local restaurant, we'll enjoy our meal, with coffee, tea, water included.

Evening: We'll enjoy a theater performance in Trinity presented by the Rising Tide Theatre Company. Since its founding as a professional theater company in 1978, Rising Tide Theatre has offered audiences some of the finest plays and talent available in Canada. We'll then return to the hotel.

DAY
5
Puffins, Root Cellars, Ryan Premises, Community Dinner
Port Union, NL
B,L,D
Seaport Inn

Activity note: Walking 2 miles over 4.5 hours. Driving 45 miles over 2 hours.

Breakfast: Hotel breakfast.

Morning: Before the advent of electricity, vegetables were stored in root cellars. Elliston has over a hundred of them, some which have been restored. That is why the town officially declared itself the "Root Cellar Capital of the World" in July 2000. Today we'll learn about early Newfoundland subsistence as experts will talk about the importance of the cellars in the life of the settlers and how they were constructed. We will also visit the Elliston puffin site. Elliston boasts the closest viewing of puffins from land in North America. Afterwards, we will learn about and reflect on the history of sealing and sealers at the John C. Crosbie Sealers Interpretation Centre. Their stories are enhanced through artifacts, art, and multimedia.

Lunch: At a local restaurant, we'll enjoy lunch, with coffee, tea, water included.

Afternoon: At Ryan Premises National Historic Site, we'll learn the intriguing story of the East Coast fishery from Parks Canada staff, who will describe the compelling story of the fishing industry in Newfoundland in the unique setting of these restored merchant's premises. We will then visit the Cape Bonavista Lighthouse, located at the headland of Cape Bonavista. As trained locals interpret this site, we will learn how important this lighthouse was in guiding mariners and shipping traffic bound for Labrador and discover the vital role lighthouses played and the extraordinary breed of men and women who operated them. Bonavista is one of the oldest settlements on the northeast coast of Newfoundland. A quaint fishing community of 4,600 people, it is the largest community in the province to rely solely on the inshore fishing industry. Its name is presumed to have come from Italian explorer John Cabot's exclamation "O Buena Vista", meaning "O Happy Sight", when he first sighted land off Cape Bonavista in 1497.

Dinner: Local residents will join us for dinner and share their stories about life in rural Newfoundland. Dinner will feature a variety of traditional Newfoundland dishes.

Evening: Following dinner there will be traditional music and dancing. We may want to try our hand at playing the "ugly sticks" and spoons, and become become an honorary Newfoundlander at a screech-in!

DAY
6
Terra Nova National Park, Boyd's Cove Beothuk Site
Twillingate, NL
B,L,D
Anchor Inn Motel

Activity note: Walking 1.5 miles over 3.5 hours. Driving 220 miles over 4.5 hours.

Breakfast: Hotel breakfast.

Morning: We will set off this morning for Twillingate, with stops en route. At the 400-square-kilometre park Terra Nova National Park, we'll learn about the geology and geography of the park, the marine life along its coastline and the issues affecting its ecological integrity. After watching a short introductory movie, we will have an expert-led visit of the marine exhibits and touch tank, then up to the top of Blue Hill. A vast array of wildlife call Terra Nova home.

Lunch: At a local restaurant, we'll enjoy lunch, with coffee, tea, water included.

Afternoon: At Boyd's Cove Beothuk Site, we'll learn the haunting story of the extinct Beothuk people, who they traded with and what sort of religion they practiced. We'll explore the physical world in which the Beothuk lived by following a traditional path through the forest used by early European settlers and possibly also by the Beothuk. Archaeological excavations have uncovered a group of house pits occupied between 1650 and 1720 AD, at a time when the now-extinct Beothuk people had had some interaction with Europeans and were making use of metal scavenged from European sites. The Boyd's Cove site and Notre Dame Bay area provide important information about the life and culture of this unique people. We'll then check into our hotel for dinner.

Dinner: At the hotel, we will enjoy dinner, with coffee, tea, water included.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
7
Prime Berth Heritage Centre, Twillingate Museum
Twillingate, NL
B,L,D
Anchor Inn Motel

Activity note: Walking 2 miles over 4.5 hours. Driving 25 miles over 1 hour.

Breakfast: At the hotel, we will enjoy breakfast, with coffee, tea, water included.

Morning: Our day will start with a visit to Prime Berth Fishing Heritage Centre, where we will learn about Newfoundland's inshore fishing heritage and culture as it is lived in the hundreds of little outport communities scattered around the coast. We'll see demonstrations in a 100-year-old fishing stage and learn how life has changed in these communities in the past 20 years. The large number of cultural artifacts enables us to connect with the "soul" of Newfoundland. We will also be able to speak to people who have spent their lives in tiny outport communities. They work in the commercial fishery, catching snow crab, cod, capelin, herring, lobster, mackerel and squid. Run by commercial fisherpeople, the centre features an old fishing stage, net loft and fish store. We will also learn how the province's people are coping since the collapse of the cod fishery.

Lunch: At a local restaurant, we will enjoy a meal, with coffee, tea, water included.

Afternoon: Next, we will visit the Twillingate Museum, in operation since 1973 and housed in the former Anglican Church Rectory built at the turn of the century and furnished as it would have been at that time. There are collections of family histories, historical photographs, local cemetery data, Beothuk and Maritime Archaic Indian artifacts. Later, we will have a chance to spend some free time on our own to explore local sites and discover Twillingate.

Dinner: Hotel meal.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
8
Gros Morne, King's Point Whale Pavilion, Cow Head
Cow Head, NL
B,L,D
Shallow Bay Motel and Cabins

Activity note: Walking 1/2 mile over 2 hours. Driving 250 miles over 8 hours (rest stops taken throughout journey).

Breakfast: Hotel breakfast.

Morning: This morning we'll board our motorcoach and head across the island to explore the West Coast and Great Northern Peninsula. We will make a few stops along the way in Grand Falls-Windsor, King's Point and Deer Lake before reaching our destination in Cow Head.

Lunch: At a local restaurant in King's Point, we'll enjoy lunch, with coffee, tea, water included.

Afternoon: We will visit the King's Point Whale Pavilion, where the main attraction is a 50- foot whale skeleton. Then, we'll continue on to Cow Head. This small fishing village is situated on the Gulf of St. Lawrence in Gros Morne National Park. It represents a large sample of Newfoundland's western highlands and coastal lowlands. We'll then check into our next hotel.

Dinner: At the hotel, we'll enjoy a meal, with coffee, tea, water included.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
9
Gros Morne National Park, Discovery Centre, The Tablelands
Cow Head, NL
B,L,D
Shallow Bay Motel and Cabins

Activity note: Walking roughly 2 miles over 3 hours. Driving 60 miles over 1.5 hours.

Breakfast: At the hotel, we will enjoy a meal, with coffee, tea, water included.

Morning: This morning we set off to explore Gros Morne National Park by motorcoach, water taxi, and on foot. We'll visit the Discovery Center and learn about this spectacular region. The center features interactive exhibits, live programming, theater and art gallery.

Lunch: At a local restaurant, we'll enjoy a lunch, with coffee, tea, water included.

Afternoon: We will next learn about the remarkable geology in Gros Morne National Park in a presentation and expert-led walk to the Tablelands. Thanks to sharp ridges and huge cliffs, coastal bogs and highland tundra, dramatic ocean inlets and lakes, the scenery at Gros Morne National Park ranks among the most spectacular in Atlantic Canada. The park is a textbook illustration of plate tectonics, the theory that suggests that continent-sized plates of the earth's crust have collided and separated repeatedly over geological time. We'll return to the hotel at the end of the day.

Dinner: Hotel meal.

Evening: At leisure

DAY
10
Lobster Cove, Western Brook Trail, Boat Trip, Theater
Cow Head, NL
B,L,D
Shallow Bay Motel and Cabins

Activity note: Trail walking 3 km (2 miles) in length each way, on boardwalk and gravel with some slight grades. There is no transportation available on the trail. Two Coast Guard-approved vessels have a combined capacity of 165 people. Live interpretation of some the geological and historical features of this wonder of nature. Driving 60 miles over 1 hour.

Breakfast: Hotel breakfast.

Morning: We will depart by motorcoach to explore other areas of the park. Curving around a long and sweeping bay with the mountains in the background, we will see Rocky Harbour and stop at the Lobster Cove Lighthouse before we walk the Western Brook Pond Trail to begin the cruise on Western Brook Pond. We'll examine the variety of plant life, look for wildlife, or read the interpretive panels located along the trail.

Lunch: Dockside at Western Brook Pond, we will enjoy boxed lunches.

Afternoon: After lunch, we will take a trip by boat on Western Brook Pond in Gros Morne National Park. This is the largest lake in the park. On board the boat, we will see the spectacular, land-locked Western Brook Pond fjord. The fjord is just one of numerous glacially carved fjords in the Long Range Mountains, the northernmost extent of the Appalachian Mountains. Waterfalls cascade from a height of 3,000 feet (900 meters), and we may spot some of the local wildlife. We'll then return to the hotel.

Dinner: Hotel meal.

Evening: Tonight, we will enjoy a presentation at the hotel by the Gros Morne Theatre Company, focusing on Newfoundland stories, song and music, celebrating the Newfoundland culture, heritage, and most importantly her people.

DAY
11
Norstead Viking Village, L'Anse aux Meadows
St. Anthony, NL
B,L,D
Haven Inn

Activity note: Walking 1.5 miles over 3 hours. Driving 225 miles over 5.5 hours.

Breakfast: Hotel breakfast.

Morning: We will check out and depart by motorcoach for St. Anthony. The town had its beginnings as a seasonal fishing station for French and Biscayan (Basque) fishermen in the early 1500s. This is how Jacques Cartier came upon it in 1534, when he named the protected harbor St. Anthony Haven.

Lunch: At a local restaurant, we will enjoy our lunch with coffee, tea, water included.

Afternoon: At the Norstead Viking Village, a re-created Viking village, we'll learn how the Vikings would have lived 1,000 years ago. Costumed interpreters carry out authentic demonstrations. A full-scale replica of a Viking ship awaits at the boatshed, in addition to the chieftain's hall, blacksmith shop, tents and fire pit. At the place of worship, explore the transition from paganism to Christianity. Next, we'll explore L'Anse-aux-Meadows National Historic Site, the first European encampment in the New World and site of Leif Erickson's Vinland. Let's 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. Costumed interpreters will depict Viking life here as well.

Dinner: At a local restaurant, we'll enjoy dinner, with coffee, tea, water included.

Evening: We will depart and arrive for check-in at tour next hotel in St. Anthony.

DAY
12
Whale Watching, Grenfell Historic Properties, Hawke's Bay
Hawke's Bay, NL
B,L,D
Maynard's Torrent River Inn

Activity note: Approximately 30 miles of boating over 2.5 hours. Walking 1 mile over 1.5 hours. Driving 130 miles over 3.5 hours.

Breakfast: At the hotel, we will enjoy a meal, with coffee, tea, water included.

Morning: We'll 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. In season, this northern corridor of Iceberg Alley consistently has more icebergs than any other location in Newfoundland. The St. Anthony coast is also one of the best places in the world for viewing humpbacks and Atlantic white-beaked dolphins. Minke, fin and killer whales are also common. A naturalist will provide us with interpretive commentary on icebergs, marine wildlife, and Newfoundland culture.

Lunch: At a local restaurant, we'll enjoy lunch, with coffee, tea, water included.

Afternoon: At Grenfell House Museum and Interpretive Centre, we'll 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. A local expert will take us on an exploration of the Grenfell Historic Properties complex. We will continue on to Hawke's Bay, a town on the Viking Trail between Gros Morne National Park and St. Anthony, at the tip of the Great Northern Peninsula. It is rich in history, from whaling to early aviation and beyond. We'll check into our next hotel.

Dinner: At the inn, we'll enjoy a seafood dinner, with coffee, tea, water included.

Evening: We will enjoy a presentation by a local expert highlighting early Newfoundland culture.

DAY
13
Port au Choix Nat. Historic Site, Salmon River Fish Ladder
Deer Lake, NL
B,L,D
Holiday Inn Express Deer Lake

Activity note: Walking 1 mile over 2.5 hours. Driving 170 miles over 3.5 hours.

Breakfast: At the hotel, we will enjoy a meal, with coffee, tea, water included.

Morning: On a field trip to Port au Choix, we will learn how the rich waters off this coast have supported many different groups of people. The remains of four ancient cultures have been found at Port au Choix to date: Maritime Archaic Indian, Dorset and Groswater Paleoeskimo, and recent Indians. Archaeologists searched many years for a site such as this one, which sheds new light on our understanding of native peoples in this part of the world. We'll visit the lighthouse at Port Riche and have an opportunity to hunt for fossils.

Lunch: At the inn, we'll enjoy a pizza and pasta lunch. Entertainment is provided by a local musician during and after lunch.

Afternoon: A presentation on the Torrent River Boardwalk and Salmon River Fish Ladder will be followed by a visit to the Fish Ladder. The boardwalk along the Torrent River ends in a spectacular waterfall, and the province's most successful salmon-enhancement project. When the salmon are migrating we can see them jumping up the ladder to the area where they will spawn. Afterwards, we will depart by motorcoach for Deer Lake, arriving approximately 6:15.

Dinner: At the hotel, we'll enjoy a farewell dinner, with coffee, tea, water included.

DAY
14
Insectarium, Program Concludes, Transfer to Airport
Deer Lake, NL
B

Breakfast: At the hotel, we will enjoy breakfast, with coffee, tea, water included.

Morning: We will explore the Insectarium in Deer Lake and learn all about the world of insects, especially species found in Newfoundland and Labrador. This concludes our program. If you are transferring to another Road Scholar program, detailed instructions are included in your Information Packet for that program. We hope you enjoy Road Scholar learning adventures and look forward to having you on another rewarding program in the future. Don’t forget to join our Facebook page and follow us on Instagram. Best wishes for all your journeys!






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