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Newfoundland and Labrador

Newfoundland & Labrador: Gros Morne & the Northern Peninsula

Gain a deeper understanding of Newfoundland and Labrador as you visit coastal villages, explore national parks, discover a Viking settlement and learn the story of this ancient region.
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Program No. 19794RJ
Length
11 days
Starts at
3,049
Newfoundland and Labrador

Newfoundland & Labrador: Gros Morne & the Northern Peninsula

Gain a deeper understanding of Newfoundland and Labrador as you visit coastal villages, explore national parks, discover a Viking settlement and learn the story of this ancient region.
Length
11 days
Starts at
3,049
Program No. 19794 RJ
Prefer to enroll or inquire by phone? 800-454-5768
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itinerary
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DATES & starting prices
PRICES
Jun 5 - Jun 15, 2021
Starting at
3,049
Itinerary Note

Newfoundland is one of the best places in the world to view icebergs. Each year an average of 250 icebergs drift along in the cold waters of the Labrador Current and into Iceberg Alley. The best time of year to see icebergs is between the spring and early summer season; the best places will be on the ferry to and from Labrador and off the coast of St. Anthony.

Jun 19 - Jun 29, 2021
Starting at
3,099
Itinerary Note

Newfoundland is one of the best places in the world to view icebergs. Each year an average of 250 icebergs drift along in the cold waters of the Labrador Current and into Iceberg Alley. The best time of year to see icebergs is between the spring and early summer season; the best places will be on the ferry to and from Labrador and off the coast of St. Anthony.

Jul 3 - Jul 13, 2021
Starting at
3,099
Itinerary Note

Newfoundland is one of the best places in the world to view icebergs. Each year an average of 250 icebergs drift along in the cold waters of the Labrador Current and into Iceberg Alley. The best time of year to see icebergs is between the spring and early summer season; the best places will be on the ferry to and from Labrador and off the coast of St. Anthony.

Jul 17 - Jul 27, 2021
Starting at
3,199
Itinerary Note

Independent arrival Deer Lake, 1 night; coach to Cow Head (Gros Morne National Park), 2 nights; coach to Hawke's Bay, 1 night; Ferry, coach and boat to Battle Harbour, NL, 2 nights; coach to L’Anse-au-Clair, 1 night; Ferry and coach to St. Anthony, 2 nights; coach to Deer Lake, 1 night; departure.

Jul 31 - Aug 10, 2021
Starting at
3,199
Itinerary Note

Independent arrival Deer Lake, 2 nights; coach to Cow Head (Gros Morne National Park), 1 night; coach to Hawke's Bay, 1 night; Ferry, coach and boat to Battle Harbour, NL, 2 nights; coach to L’Anse-au-Clair, 1 night; Ferry and coach to St. Anthony, 2 nights; coach to Deer Lake, 1 night; departure.

Aug 14 - Aug 24, 2021
Starting at
3,199
DATES & starting prices
PRICES
Jun 5 - Jun 15, 2021
Starting at
3,679
Itinerary Note

Newfoundland is one of the best places in the world to view icebergs. Each year an average of 250 icebergs drift along in the cold waters of the Labrador Current and into Iceberg Alley. The best time of year to see icebergs is between the spring and early summer season; the best places will be on the ferry to and from Labrador and off the coast of St. Anthony.

Jun 19 - Jun 29, 2021
Starting at
3,729
Itinerary Note

Newfoundland is one of the best places in the world to view icebergs. Each year an average of 250 icebergs drift along in the cold waters of the Labrador Current and into Iceberg Alley. The best time of year to see icebergs is between the spring and early summer season; the best places will be on the ferry to and from Labrador and off the coast of St. Anthony.

Jul 3 - Jul 13, 2021
Starting at
3,729
Itinerary Note

Newfoundland is one of the best places in the world to view icebergs. Each year an average of 250 icebergs drift along in the cold waters of the Labrador Current and into Iceberg Alley. The best time of year to see icebergs is between the spring and early summer season; the best places will be on the ferry to and from Labrador and off the coast of St. Anthony.

Jul 17 - Jul 27, 2021
Starting at
3,829
Itinerary Note

Independent arrival Deer Lake, 1 night; coach to Cow Head (Gros Morne National Park), 2 nights; coach to Hawke's Bay, 1 night; Ferry, coach and boat to Battle Harbour, NL, 2 nights; coach to L’Anse-au-Clair, 1 night; Ferry and coach to St. Anthony, 2 nights; coach to Deer Lake, 1 night; departure.

Jul 31 - Aug 10, 2021
Starting at
3,829
Itinerary Note

Independent arrival Deer Lake, 2 nights; coach to Cow Head (Gros Morne National Park), 1 night; coach to Hawke's Bay, 1 night; Ferry, coach and boat to Battle Harbour, NL, 2 nights; coach to L’Anse-au-Clair, 1 night; Ferry and coach to St. Anthony, 2 nights; coach to Deer Lake, 1 night; departure.

Aug 14 - Aug 24, 2021
Starting at
3,829

At a Glance

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.
Activity Level
Keep the Pace
Walking up to two miles per day on uneven terrain; some stairs.
Small Group
Small Group
Love to learn and explore in a small-group setting? These adventures offer small, personal experiences with groups of 10 to 24 participants.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Cross the Strait of Belle Isle by ferry and journey along the Labrador Coast, exploring historic villages, Red Bay National Historic Site, Battle Harbour Historic District and Point Amour Lighthouse Provincial Historic Site.
  • Meet a local expert at L'Anse-aux-Meadows National Historic Site, a UNESCO World Heritage 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.
Featured Expert
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Tony Oxford
A native of Newfoundland, Tony Oxford grew up in Little Bay Islands during the last years of the Labrador salt cod fishery. A school administrator for 30 years, Tony is a natural teacher who is happy to answer any questions you have about language and expressions. Tony has been in the music industry for more than 25 years and has recorded several light rock and country albums.

Please note: This expert may not be available for every date of this program.

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A native of Newfoundland, Tony Oxford grew up in Little Bay Islands during the last years of the Labrador salt cod fishery. A school administrator for 30 years, Tony is a natural teacher who is happy to answer any questions you have about language and expressions. Tony has been in the music industry for more than 25 years and has recorded several light rock and country albums.
Visit the Road Scholar Bookshop
You can find many of the books we recommend at the Road Scholar store on bookshop.org, a website that supports local bookstores.
Vikings, The North Atlantic Saga
by William Fitzhugh (Editor), Elisabeth Ward (Editor)
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.
A Traveller's History of Canada
by Robert Bothwell
A readable and admirably concise march through Canadian history from prehistory to today, including a timeline.
Cod, A Biography of a Fish That Changed the World
by Mark Kurlansky
A sparkling extended essay on the cod, looking at the importance of the fish to cuisine and history, as well as to Scandinavian, American and Canadian commerce.
Island, The Complete Stories
by Alistair MacLeod
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.
The Far Traveler, Voyages of a Viking Woman
by Nancy Marie Brown
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.
This Marvellous Terrible Place, Images of Newfoundland and Labrador
by Yva Momatiuk, John Eastcott
This portrait of Newfoundland, compiled by two accomplished photojournalists, combines color photographs and oral histories of the area.
The Bird Artist
by Howard Norman
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
by Farley Mowat
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.
Baltimore's Mansion
by Wayne Johnston
A memoir and history of the author's family in remote coastal Newfoundland, including his father's days as a codfish-taster.
The Day the World Came to Town, 9/11 In Gander, Newfoundland
by Jim Defede
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.
True North
by Lawrence Millman (Introduction), Elliott Merrick
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.
The Atlantic Coast, A Natural History
by Harry Thurston
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.
A Field Guide to North Atlantic Wildlife
by Noble S. Proctor, Patrick J. Lynch (Illustrator)
A comprehensive pocket guide to commonly encountered marine mammals, seabirds and other marine life of Northeastern North America, from North Carolina to Newfoundland and the Canadian Maritimes.
Sweetland
by Michael Crummey
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.
Theatre of Fish, Travels Through Newfoundland and Labrador
by John Gimlette
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.
Sylvanus Now
by Donna Morrissey
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.
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11 days
10 nights
28 meals
10 B 8 L 10 D
DAY
1
Registration, Welcome Dinner, Orientation
Deer Lake, NL
D
Holiday Inn Express Deer Lake

Activity note: Hotel check-in begins at 3:00 pm.

Afternoon: Program registration begins at 5:00 pm After you have your room assignment, join us at the Road Scholar table in the lobby to register with the program staff and get your welcome packet containing the up-to-date schedule that reflects any changes, other important information, and to confirm the time and location of the Orientation session. If you arrive late, please ask for your packet when you check in.

Dinner: Enjoy a welcome dinner at 6:30 pm at the hotel while hearing a musical introduction to the province.

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 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.

DAY
2
Newfoundland History, Gros Morne Park, Tablelands, Theatre
Cow Head, NL
B,D
Shallow Bay Motel and Cabins

Activity note: Walking about 1 mile (1.6 km) for approximately 1 hour on mostly flat terrain and boardwalks, as well as over pebbly and rocky trails. Driving 121 miles (193.5 km) for approximately 3 hours.

Breakfast: Enjoy a buffet breakfast of hot and cold options at the hotel. Coffee, tea, and water are included.

Morning: At the Gros Morne National Park, park staff will give insight into the forces which shaped the landscape of this UNESCO World Heritage Site at the Discovery Centre. Gros Morne is characterized by a diverse landscape which includes barren cliffs, fjords, bogs, beaches, mountains, and forests.

Lunch: 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.

Afternoon: Explore the Tablelands with a Senior Parks geologist after travelling by motorcoach. While walking Earth’s mantle, our geologist will explain the plate tectonics and glacial formations which shaped the Tablelands as well as introduce us to the unique plants and vegetation in the region.

Dinner: Taste local flavors at the hotel.

Evening: Enjoy a performance at the Gros Morne Theatre Festival featuring Newfoundland stories, songs, and music celebrating the Island’s heritage and peoples. Following the performance, we’ll have the opportunity to meet the cast.

DAY
3
Western Brook Trail, Fjord Cruise, Newfoundland Fisheries
Cow Head, NL
B,L,D
Shallow Bay Motel and Cabins

Activity note: Walking approximately 2 miles (3.2 km) each way on the Western Brook Pond Trail for 2.5 hours over boardwalks, gravel paths, mostly flat terrain with a few slight inclines. Getting on and off a boat. Boat ride for 1.5 hours. Driving approximately 27 miles (43.2 km) for less than an hour.

Breakfast: A breakfast buffet will be provided at the hotel.

Morning: Walk the Western Brook Pond Trail after transferring by motorcoach. Bask in the view of the land-locked fjord, waterfalls, and billion-year-old cliffs while wandering the recently revitalized trail.

Lunch: Enjoy a boxed lunch at the Western Brook Pond. Indoor washroom facilities are available. Canteen services are available for purchase.

Afternoon: Explore the Western Brook Pond by boat (weather permitting). A local resource person will provide onboard commentary. The “pond” is one of numerous glacially carved fjords in the Long Range Mountains, the northernmost extension of the Appalachian Mountains. Waterfalls cascade from a height of 2,000 feet, and we may even 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.

Dinner: Dinner will be served at the hotel.

Evening: Enjoy music and discussions about the collapse of the Northern cod fishery which culminated in the 1992 moratorium and learn about the political, natural, and technological forces which contributed to this decision.

DAY
4
Port au Choix, French Rooms Cultural Centre
Plum Point, NL
B,L,D
Plum Point Motel

Activity note: Walking one mile (1.6 km) for approximately 2 hours on maintained trails, gentle terrain, rock crossings which are slippery when wet. Wear sturdy shoes or boots. Driving 130 miles (208 km) for 2.5 hours.

Breakfast: Breakfast will be buffet style at the hotel.

Morning: Travel by motorcoach along the Viking Trail to the town of Port au Choix, known as the fishing capital of Western Newfoundland. Visit the Port au Choix National Historic Site and learn about the Maritime Archaic people, Groswater paleo people, Dorset paleo people and Beothuk who thrived in the area long before Europeans arrived. Amid rugged limestone barrens and fascinating coastline, discover ancient burial sites, artifacts, and settlements.

Lunch: Enjoy local cuisine at a nearby restaurant.

Afternoon: Visit the French Rooms Cultural Centre where a local resource person will discuss the Point Riche Lighthouse, the dispute over the fishing rights between the French and the British, and the Resettlement program.

Dinner: Dinner will be served at the hotel.

Evening: Finish the day with a discussion about modern-day First Nations in Newfoundland and Labrador.

DAY
5
Labrador Ferry, Point Amour Lighthouse, Battle Harbour Ferry
Battle Harbour, NL
B,L,D
Battle Harbour Historic Site

Activity note: Walking about one mile (1.6 km) for 1.5 hours on pavement and ferry docks. Motorcoach travel for approximately 125 miles (200 km) for 3 hours. Boarding and disembarking ferries; ferry crossing is approximately 20 miles (35 km) for about 2 hours.

Breakfast: Enjoy a breakfast buffet at the hotel.

Morning: After travelling to St. Barbe by motorcoach, we’ll board the ferry for Labrador, keep watch for whales or icebergs which can sometimes be seen during the ferry crossing. Then travel by motorcoach along the Labrador Coastal Drive to the Point Amour Lighthouse Provincial Historic Site.

Lunch: Enjoy a catered lunch of local cuisine at the Point Amour Lighthouse Provincial Historic Site.

Afternoon: Explore the Point Amour Lighthouse Provincial Historic Site, the second tallest lighthouse in Atlantic Canada, with lighthouse staff. Taste Labrador tea and wild berry tarts while learning about the role lighthouses played in shaping the culture of this coast. Explore what’s considered to be the oldest known burial site in North America at L’anse Amour. Travel from L’anse Amour for two hours by motor coach to Mary’s Harbour and then travel on a small passenger vessel for 75 minutes to Battle Harbour.

Dinner: Dinner will be served in the historic inn.

Evening: Enjoy the evening at your leisure.

DAY
6
Battle Harbour National Historic Site
Battle Harbour, NL
B,L,D
Battle Harbour Historic Site

Activity note: Walking half a mile (1 km) for approximately 1.5 hours on paths, wooden wharves, and boardwalks, over some hills and uneven, rocky terrain. Climbing stairs in some historic buildings.

Breakfast: A buffet breakfast will be provided by the hotel.

Morning: Learn about Battle Harbour from a fourth generation descendent who will share personal stories and discuss daily life in the isolated Labrador community. Battle Harbour has been the centre of life and the salt-cod fishing industry in Labrador for centuries and is representative of the reason for settlement in the Province. Through presentations, walks with local residents and overnight stays in one of the restored historic homes in the village, discover some of the history embedded in the area. Additionally, explore the Marconi Station where Commander Robert E. Peary communicated details of his exploration of the North Pole to the world.

Lunch: Enjoy locally sourced food accompanied by homemade rolls and a selection of desserts in Battle Harbour.

Afternoon: Continue to explore Battle Harbour. Wander the wharves, shoreside boardwalk, and climb a hill to St. James the Apostle Church, which is the sole surviving example of architect William Grey’s work, and the oldest surviving Anglican Church in Labrador. Discover the heritage homes in Battle Harbour commemorating the life of early settlers from the 18th, 19th, and 20th centuries. Enjoy a boat excursion to examine trap berths, learn about barking technology for fishing. Then visit the easternmost point on continental North America at Cape Charles.

Dinner: Dinner will be served at the inn.

Evening: The Kitchen Party is an iconic tradition in Newfoundland and is offered for your enjoyment, featuring music, songs and stories. Dance the night away or simply take pleasure in the spectacle. This is also an opportunity for participants to present their own poetry and songs.

DAY
7
Red Bay National Historic Site, Basque Whaling History
L'Anse-au-Clair, NL
B,L,D
Northern Light Inn

Activity note: Walking about 1 mile, approx. 1.5 hours; pavement, ferry docks. Driving about 138 miles; approx. 3.5 hours

Breakfast: Enjoy a breakfast buffet at the hotel.

Morning: Travel by ferry from Battle Harbour to Mary’s Harbour and then travel by motorcoach to Red Bay.

Lunch: Enjoy local flavors at a nearby restaurant in Red Bay.

Afternoon: Learn about the Basque whaling industry, dating back to the 1500s, from a Parks historian while at Red Bay National Historic Site, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Explore the artifacts on exhibition at the museum and gain insight into the whale oil industry before continuing our journey to L’Anse au Clair.

Dinner: Dinner will be served at the Northern Light Inn.

Evening: The evening may be enjoyed at your leisure.

DAY
8
Ferry to Newfoundland, St. Anthony, Whale Watching
St. Anthony, NL
B,L,D
Haven Inn

Activity note: Walking about 1 mile (1.6 km) for 2 hours on pavement. Driving approximately 88 miles (140.8 km) for about 1.5 hours. Morning ferry crossing time is 2 hours over 30 miles (48 km). Getting on and off a 48-passenger boat, whale watching is 2.5 hours, distance is dependent on whale activity and weather. Vessel has on board restrooms and easily accessible viewing decks.

Breakfast: A buffet breakfast will be served at the hotel.

Morning: Travel back to the island by ferry and continue along the Viking Trail by motorcoach. Explore St. Anthony, a seasonal fishing station for French and Biscayan fisherman since the 1500s. St. Anthony is also the largest town at the tip of the Northern Peninsula.

Lunch: Savor local cuisine at a nearby restaurant.

Afternoon: Embark on a whale watching expedition off the coast of St. Anthony and explore the coastal waters of Iceberg Alley. Keep an eye out for humpback whales, Atlantic white-beaked dolphins, Minke, fin and killer whales which can sometimes be seen.

Dinner: Enjoy dinner at the hotel.

Evening: Enjoy the evening at your leisure.

DAY
9
Grenfell, L'Anse-aux-Meadows, Norstead Viking Village
St. Anthony, NL
B,L,D
Haven Inn

Activity note: Walking about one mile (1.6 km) for 2 hours over rocky terrain and uneven ground. Driving approximately 50 miles (80 km) for 1.5 hours.

Breakfast: Enjoy breakfast at the hotel.

Morning: Visit the Grenfell Historic Properties complex in St. Anthony. Learn about the life of medical missionary Sir Wilfred Grenfellfrom a local historian at the Grenfall House Museum and Interpretive Centre. Get crafty at the Grenfall Handicrafts located at the Interpretive Centre.

Lunch: Taste local cuisine at a nearby restaurant.

Afternoon: Visit Dark Tickle and meet two thoroughbred Newfoundland dogs. This breed is famous for their size, soft demeanor and heroism. The Dark Tickle champions the wild berry industry and offers a view of bakeapple berry, partridge berry, crowberry, and squash berry in their natural environment. Explore the recreated Viking Village, Norstead. A Viking interpreter will discuss human history and explain the crops Viking would have planted before we enjoy a spirited reenactment of daily life. Marvel at a full-scale replica of a Viking ship, see the chieftain’s hall, blacksmith shop, and sample the fare of ancient Vikings. Discover the only authenticated Viking settlement in North America at L’Anse-aux-Meadows National Historic Site, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Learn about Leif Erickson’s Vinland, the first European encampment in the New World and gain an understanding of the westward migration of Vikings from a local expert. Uncover what life was like in a traditional sod house with our interpreter.

Dinner: Savor local flavors at a nearby restaurant.

Evening: At your leisure.

DAY
10
To Deer Lake, Flower's Cove, Arches Provincial Park
Deer Lake, NL
B,L,D
Holiday Inn Express Deer Lake

Activity note: Walking about 1.5 miles (2.4 km) for 2 hours over rocky terrain and uneven ground. Driving approximately 258 miles (412.8 km) for 5 hours.

Breakfast: Enjoy a breakfast buffet at the hotel.

Morning: Learn about thrombolites at Flower’s Cove, formed by a photosynthetic process from the calcium carbonate found in the limestone rocks which is thought to have been the first creatures on the planet to release free oxygen. This is one of two locations on the planet where thrombolites are known to exist.

Lunch: Lunch will be served at a local restaurant in Hawke’s Bay.

Afternoon: Explore the Torrent River Salmon Interpretation Centre, including a presentation on the Torrent River Boardwalk and Salmon River Fish Ladder. The boardwalk ends in a spectacular waterfall and is the site of anunique and successful salmon-enhancement project. Discover limestone formations which were forged underwater eons ago while walking through Arches Provincial Park.

Dinner: Enjoy a farewell dinner at the hotel in Deer Lake.

Evening: At your leisure.

DAY
11
Program Concludes
Deer Lake, NL
B

Activity note: Hotel check-out by 11:00 am.

Breakfast: Enjoy a buffet breakfast at the hotel. This concludes our program.

Morning: If you are returning home, safe travels. If you are staying on independently, have a wonderful time. 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 rewarding programs 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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