23007
Newfoundland and Labrador

St. John’s & the Avalon Peninsula: Where North America Begins

Explore the history of this picture-perfect province, from the geology of its creation, to the settlement by Great Britain and its culture today.
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Program No. 23007RJ
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7 days
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7 days
6 nights
15 meals
6 B 5 L 4 D
DAY
1
Check-In, Registration, Orientation, Welcome Dinner
St. John's, Newfoundland
D
Quality Hotel Harbourview

Activity note: Hotel check-in begins at 2:00 pm.

Afternoon: Arrive in colorful St. John’s and transfer to the hotel. Program registration begins at 4:00 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. Remember to bring your name-tag (sent previously).

Dinner: Enjoy a welcome dinner at the hotel.

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
Intro to Newfoundland, The Rooms, Traditional Dance, Music
St. John's, Newfoundland
B,L,D
Quality Hotel Harbourview

Activity note: Walking approximately 2 miles (3.2 km) for 3 hours over uneven terrain and inclines.

Breakfast: Enjoy a buffet breakfast at the hotel.

Morning: This morning’s lecture will discuss the culture, influences, and struggles which have shaped the history of Newfoundland. Additionally, linguist, Philip Hiscock, will illuminate the islands’ many dialects which have evolved from English and Gaelic, the languages of many immigrants to the area. Newfoundlanders have created words and phrases all their own, jargon which is largely only found on within the province.

Lunch: A catered lunch will be enjoyed at the Crow’s Nest Officer’s Club.

Afternoon: Explore The Rooms, St. John’s unique, public cultural space where you can study local culture, folk art, and crafts. Visit the art gallery, archives and museum of The Rooms to learn about First Nations peoples, Viking landings, French and English settlers, as well as the impact of the fishing industry on the island.

Dinner: Enjoy local cuisine at a nearby restaurant.

Evening: A dance scholar will give a short talk on Newfoundland dance, followed by a demonstration of traditional set dancing with a caller and music by traditional musicians. You may not be able to stay in your seat!

DAY
3
Coastal Outports, Grates Cove, Boat Building
St. John's, Newfoundland
B,L,D
Quality Hotel Harbourview

Activity note: Driving an accumulated total of 225 miles (362 km) for approximately 4.5 hours. Walking up to one mile (1.6 km) for an hour over uneven terrain.

Breakfast: A buffet breakfast can be enjoyed at the hotel.

Morning: We’ll travel by motor coach to Grates Cove, a National Historic Site. Terrence Howell, a local artist, will lead this walking excursion, weaving tales together to describe life in the area. Study the treeless headland and ruminate at the inhabitants’ ability to carve out a life amongst the formidable, and sometimes unforgiving, environment.

Lunch: Enjoy a meal that will present the fusion of Newfoundland Cajun Louisiana, and Asian-inspired influences inspired by the heritage of this land.

Afternoon: We’ll travel by coach to Winterton and learn about boat building from Master Boat Builder, Jerome Canning at the Wooden Boat Museum. Jerome will unveil the innovative techniques and skills used in this craft. Study various types of boats, from kayaks to the Thule, and the iconic fishing boats of Newfoundland. Enjoy a walking tour with a local historian in Brigus where you’ll hear about the town’s English, Irish and Welsh heritage.

Dinner: Enjoy local cuisine at a near-by restaurant.

Evening: We’ll journey back to St. John’s. The evening is yours to enjoy.

DAY
4
Walking Exploration of St. John's, Free Time
St. John's, Newfoundland
B,L
Quality Hotel Harbourview

Activity note: Getting on/off a motorcoach. Walking up to 2 miles (3.2 km) for two and a half hours on busy streets and over uneven terrain.

Breakfast: A buffet breakfast is provided in the hotel.

Morning: This morning’s field trip will involve exploring St. John’s and the harbor, listed by National Geographic as one of the top ten ocean fronts in the world. This harbor front was a busy port 40 years before the Mayflower landed at Plymouth. Learn about this and more as we journey along Water Street, one of the oldest streets in North America.

Lunch: Enjoy a meal at a local deli restaurant.

Afternoon: The afternoon is yours to enjoy. Try hiking Signal Hill, or explore beneath Signal Hill at the Johnson Geo Centre and hear the story of our planet, the future, and space.

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, or join the group leader to check out the local music scene in St. John's.

DAY
5
Witless Bay, Whale & Puffin Viewing, Marine Life, Ferryland
St. John's, Newfoundland
B,L
Quality Hotel Harbourview

Activity note: Getting on and off a motor coach which will be driving 50 miles (80.5 km) for approximately an hour to Bay Bulls. Getting on and off a boat, boating for approximately an hour and a half. Walking about 2 miles (3.2 km) for an hour.

Breakfast: Enjoy a buffet breakfast at the hotel.

Morning: Enjoy a boat journey of the Witless Bay Ecological Reserve with marine science expert, Bill Montevecchi, where you’ll observe whales and puffins, as well as learn about seabirds and the marine ecology of Newfoundland and Labrador. More than 1,000,000 pairs of seabirds gather to breed during the summer months.

Lunch: Enjoy a picnic at the Ferryland Lighthouse comprised of sandwiches featuring freshly baked bread, seasonal specialties such as shrimp, salmon, and crab along with scones served with berry jams, chocolate treats, specialty teas and freshly squeezed lemonade.

Afternoon: Return to St. John’s and enjoy free time.

Dinner: On your own to enjoy local fare.

Evening: At leisure to explore the arts scene in St. John's which is a big part of the culture where live entertainment can be found any night of the week. Explore the thriving music scene with guidance from our group leader - a local expert and one of the founders of the Newfoundland and Labrador Folk Festival.

DAY
6
Coach Exploration, Signal Hill, Petty Harbour
St. John's, Newfoundland
B,L,D
Quality Hotel Harbourview

Activity note: Walking 2 miles (3.2 km) for 2 hours over uneven terrain.

Breakfast: A buffet breakfast can be enjoyed at the hotel.

Morning: Explore Signal Hill, the site of St. John’s harbour defenses from the 17th century and the site where Marconi received the world’s first transatlantic wireless signal in 1901. Survey the fishing village of Quidi Vidi and the Quidi Vidi Lake, home of the Royal St. John’s Regatta, North America’s oldest annual sporting event. Visit the historic lighthouse at Cape Spear, situated at the easternmost point of North America. Traverse through Petty Harbour, a picturesque town on the eastern shore of the Avalon Peninsula.

Lunch: Enjoy lunch at Chafe’s Landing, a restored and renovated 19th century home, and the oldest, in this charming seaside village.

Afternoon: Meet a local fisherman and hear about first-hand experiences in the fishing industry. Petty Harbour remains an active fishing community, largely involved with cod and snow crab fishing. Enjoy a close encounter with local sea life at the catch-and-release aquarium.

Dinner: Enjoy a farewell dinner of regional cuisine with a local food expert.

Evening: Share your favorite memories with your fellow Road Scholar travelers.

DAY
7
Program Concludes
St. John's, Newfoundland
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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