Everyone arrived in Deer Lake by early afternoon…great planning! We toured around Corner Brook (Cook’s Lookout) and enjoyed some delicious local berry tarts…a wonderful start! As always, Newfoundland is my lifelong passion so I was anxious to begin showing off the best of Canada’s East.
The next day, we enjoyed a wonderful day with fascinating stops, beautiful vistas and extremely pleasant warm weather…Port Aux Choix, Point Riche and area are gems. Each day following was every bit as delightful. We visited L'Anse aux Meadows and althought there was relentless, abundant rain, everyone had great fun. No complaints. Local entertainment at a lovely lunch was a hit. On to St. Anthony where a highlight was our visit to the UNESCO World Heritage site at L'Anse aux Meadows, home of Lief the Lucky and the Vikings who settled this area as early as 1000 CE. This captivating day ended with dessert and an interesting craft fair.
The following day, we departed by ferry for the big land, Labrador; it's always a major treat. The journey was somewhat rough, but everyone agreed it was more than worth it. Red Bay, the Journey and Point Amour Lighthouse are brilliant and captivating. We can’t control the weather, but result is world class. Departing from Labrador the next day and returning to Newfoundland, we experienced a pleasant, sunny day. We enjoyed a picnic lunch at the geographic marvel, The Arches, then proceeded to Lobster Cove Head Lighthouse; it is quite impressive! Arriving at Ocean View Hotel, everyone enjoyed an excellent traditional meal at Parsons Guest Home.
A tour highlight was a beautiful, gentle, very professional boat tour of Bonne Bay. We proceeded to Trout River where we enjoyed lunch, the Tablelands and the world class Discovery Center in Gros Morne National Park. The group thoroughly enjoyed listening to the excellent musical group Anchors Aweigh.
In Grand Falls, we visited the salmon ladder, taking in the beautiful vistas. We visited Lewisporte, with more local entertainment and a great “mug up". Our overnight was spent in Gander. In the morning, it was on to Twillingate and Iceberg Alley. Bergs are very, very rare this time of the year, but there is delicious scenery along a beautiful coastal drive. Twillingate is a gem. The group walked on the local wharf and talked with fishermen and workers. We visited the museum and church – simply delightful! After lunch most everyone snapped numerous photos of the breathtaking lighthouse area. Rumor had it there was an iceberg in the fishing community of Herring Neck. All plans for a reasonable return was down the tubes! And what an iceberg it was when we arrived! So many colours of green and blue. It was breathtaking and very unusual for this time of year. We had a world class day!
Another lovely day was our journey to Trinity (a veritable trip down memory lane). Delightful. In Bonavista, we experienced fabulous displays, historic sites, natural sights and stellar scenery. It was lots of fun with an abundance of music and culture. Everyone enjoyed the Bay Bulls Bird Tour. We had a grand lunch before it was on to Cape Spear with its lovely waves and vistas.
Finally, we arrived in my city…St. John’s, the oldest city in North America. We explored the RC Basilica, Government House, Memorial University and Signal Hill, all prominent landmarks. That evening we shared a very pleasing evening meal and there were many pleasant goodbyes. A wonderful surprise was a special visit from two members of the Celtic Fiddlers! My tours are always interspersed with a mix of humour, history, and music by provincial artists. It seems to be a good mix and as always, I particularly enjoy showing off my wonderful piece of Canada to Craig Travel’s travellers!
Join Bill on Craig Travel's next journey to Newfoundland and Labrador, August 4, 2021.