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Legends & Lighthouses Discover Newfoundland's Marine History

16 nights

The lighthouses of Newfoundland are symbolic of its rich history, ties to the sea and the enduring spirit of the people of Newfoundland. Revisit the past and discover the legends of daring rescues, fearsome storms and seafaring folk. This journey provides a glimpse into the hardships and triumphs of the steadfast lighthouse keepers and the remarkable structures they called home.

Newfoundland is only a 5 hour flight from London.

The Breakdown

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Day 1-2

St Johns

Arrive in St. John’s and explore the oldest city in North America.  This historic...

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Day 3

St Johns to Brigus

Depart St. John’s along the scenic coastal drive north to Brigus. En route visit the 1877 C...

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Day 4

St John's to Witless Bay

Depart St. John's along the Irish Loop to the scenic Avalon Peninsula, home to over 5500 woodland...

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Day 5

Witless Bay to Marystown

Depart Witless Bay westward along the Burin Peninsula to Marystown.  The Burin Peninsula was...

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Day 6-7

Marystown to Trinity

Drive north through the scenic Bonavista Peninsula on to the cultural capital of Newfoundland &nd...

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Day 8

Trinity to Notre Dame Bay

Depart Trinity and take a leisurely drive through Terra Nova National Park, a beautiful example o...

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Day 9

Notre Dame Bay to Hawkes Bay

Depart Notre Dame Bay through the scenic Exploits Valley and continue west via Deer Lake. Take th...

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Day 10-11

Hawkes Bay to Quirpon Island

Continue along the Viking Trail stopping to visit Port au Choix National Historic Site and view t...

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Day 12

Quirpon Island to Gros Morne National Park

Drive back down the Viking trail to Gros Morne National Park. Places en route to visit include Po...

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Day 13

Gros Morne National Park

Today take time to fully explore this outstanding area of Newfoundland. Visit the impressive Disc...

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Day 14

Gros Morne National Park to Corner Brook

Depart Gros Morne National Park and drive to Corner Brook – Newfoundland’s second cit...

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Day 15-16

Corner Brook to Cape Anguille

Depart Corner Brook along the Three Rivers Scenic Drive southwest towards the Codroy Valley. ...

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Day 17

Cape Anguille to Deer Lake

Make your way to Deer Lake to drop off the car ready to catch your flight home....

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Day 1-2

St Johns

Arrive in St. John’s and explore the oldest city in North America.  This historical, vibrant city has many attractions with the added bonus of a wide selection of restaurants from fine dining to traditional Newfoundland cuisine.  Why not take a city tour of St. John’s, visit the Johnson’s GEO Centre, St. John’s Botanical Gardens, or the Newman Wine Vaults, or maybe take a gentle stroll along sections of the Grand Concourse.

3 nights in St John's.

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Day 3

St Johns to Brigus

Depart St. John’s along the scenic coastal drive north to Brigus. En route visit the 1877 Cape St. Francis Lighthouse and continue through Conception Bay, on a clear day you will be able to see the still active Bell Island Lighthouse. Continue on to the charming town of Brigus, once the residence of the world famous northern explorer Captain Bob Bartlett.  Drive on & visit the Provincial Historic Site Hearts Content Lighthouse before heading back to St John's.

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Day 4

St John's to Witless Bay

Depart St. John's along the Irish Loop to the scenic Avalon Peninsula, home to over 5500 woodland caribou.  En route visit Cape Spear, the most easterly point in North America. Continue along the south shore via Ferryland where you will experience a picnic like no other.  This unique experience offers exquisite food at one of the most beautiful locations in the world – Ferryland Head.  If time permits, drive on to Canada’s most significant landfall marker, Cape Race Lighthouse.  On April 14th 1912 this station received the distress calls from the HMS Titanic. Continue Back to Witless Bay. 

1 night in Witless Bay.

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Day 5

Witless Bay to Marystown

Depart Witless Bay westward along the Burin Peninsula to Marystown.  The Burin Peninsula was once a haven for smugglers; pirates and privateers. Lighthouses in the area include the Grand Bank Light Tower, the Little Burin Island Lighthouse and the St. Lawrence Point Lighthouse. In 1942 two American warships ran aground just offshore during a terrible storm, losing 203 lives.

1 night in Marystown. 

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Day 6-7

Marystown to Trinity

Drive north through the scenic Bonavista Peninsula on to the cultural capital of Newfoundland – Trinity.  Trinity is renowned for its unique historical architecture including the Ryan Store, Hiscock House and the Blacksmith Museum. On Day 7 enjoy a whale watching cruise of Trinity Bay. Also visit Cape Bonavista Lighthouse, a National Historic Site and the 1893 Kings Cove Head Lighthouse.

2 nights in Trinity.

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Day 8

Trinity to Notre Dame Bay

Depart Trinity and take a leisurely drive through Terra Nova National Park, a beautiful example of typical Newfoundland landscape; sheltered bays, rugged ocean coastline and rolling forested hills.  Keep an eye out for ospreys, eagles, lynx and moose. Continue onto Notre Dame Bay. Take time this afternoon to visit the 1876 still active Long Point Lighthouse near Twillingate. 

1 night in Notre Dame Bay.

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Day 9

Notre Dame Bay to Hawkes Bay

Depart Notre Dame Bay through the scenic Exploits Valley and continue west via Deer Lake. Take the Viking Trail north through Gros Morne National Park and see the landscape changing as you pass through many small communities before arriving at Hawkes Bay.

1 night in Hawkes Bay.

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Day 10-11

Hawkes Bay to Quirpon Island

Continue along the Viking Trail stopping to visit Port au Choix National Historic Site and view the artifacts of the Maritime Archaic people and the still active Point Riche Lighthouse. Continue north via the Ferolle Point Lighthouse, Flowers Island Lighthouse, Cape Norman Lighthouse before continuing on to Quirpon. Transfer by boat over to Quirpon Island home of Cape Bauld Lighthouse. Your accommodation will be in the renovated 1922 Light keeper’s home, adjacent to the still active 1884 Lighthouse.  QuirponIslandis one ofNewfoundland’s best locations for iceberg viewing as they drift the Labrador Current on their journey south. In season expect to see many whales including Minke and Humpbacks and maybe the Orca and Right whale.

1 night on Quirpon Island.

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Day 12

Quirpon Island to Gros Morne National Park

Drive back down the Viking trail to Gros Morne National Park. Places en route to visit include Portland Creek, the Arches lookout, and the SS Ethie near Sally’s Cove to see the remains of the shipwreck, before arriving at Gros Morne National Park.  Designated an UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1987 for it’s impressive geological features, the 1805 sq kilometre park offers beauty and adventure that are unsurpassed by any in the world.

2 nights in Gros Morne National Park.

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Day 13

Gros Morne National Park

Today take time to fully explore this outstanding area of Newfoundland. Visit the impressive Discovery Centre in Woody Point and, if time permits, visit the community of Trout River or take the stunning Western Brook Pond Fjord Boat Tour and see the dramatic ravine-like sides of this inland fjord tower over 600 metres above you.  Take time to visit the still active 1897 Lobster Cove Head Lighthouse, located at the western entrance to Bonne Bay near Rocky Harbour.

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Day 14

Gros Morne National Park to Corner Brook

Depart Gros Morne National Park and drive to Corner Brook – Newfoundland’s second city located on the south shore of the Humber Arm.  Places to visit within Corner Brook are the City Museum, the Newfie Bullet Historic Train and the Captain James Cook Monument. Further afield visit the spectacular Bay of Islands, site of the former Frenchman’s Head Lighthouse and the picturesque communities of Bottle Cove and Lark Harbour.

1 night in Corner Brook.

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Day 15-16

Corner Brook to Cape Anguille

Depart Corner Brook along the Three Rivers Scenic Drive southwest towards the Codroy Valley.  En route see the Sandy Point Lighthouse, which is located nearby St. Georges. Continue on through the stunning Codroy Valley to Cape Anguille.  Visit the community of Rose Blanche, which has a rich Basque whaling history and later became inhabited by French fishermen. Explore some of the fascinating lighthouses nearby including the recently restored Rose Blanche Point Lighthouse, unique because of its architecture - a granite stone dwelling with a slate roof.  Other lighthouses nearby include the Colombier Island Lighthouse, the Channel Head Lighthouse and Cape Ray Lighthouse – which played an important role in the history of Marconi and communications in Newfoundland.

2 nights in Cape Anguille.

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Day 17

Cape Anguille to Deer Lake

Make your way to Deer Lake to drop off the car ready to catch your flight home.

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