Witness some of Eastern Canada's most unique sights on this 6-day Newfoundland road trip.
Traveling from St.
John's to Gander, you'll witness whales and the Atlantic Puffin on a boat excursion, wander small villages, uncover history at archaeological sites and feel utterly enchanted by the mighty icebergs floating just outside of Twillingate.
This itinerary allows for a leisurely-paced exploration of Newfoundland & Labrador (Canada’s easternmost province) with the best time to see icebergs between late May and early June.
Day 1 St. John’s | ArrivalArrive in St. John’s and pick up your rental vehicle. You may have a late arrival so the rest of the day is at leisure.
Day 2 Avalon Peninsula | Whale Watching, Puffins | 66 km/42 miSpend the day exploring the stunning coastline and the little villages of the Avalon Peninsula. Start your day driving to Bay Bulls for a boat excursion to see whales and the Atlantic Puffin - if you are lucky you may even spot an iceberg (May/June only). From Bay Bulls follow the Irish Loop to Ferryland, the home of the original Colony of Avalon founded by George Calvert, later Lord Baltimore, in 1621. The site of the Ferryland settlement is now being excavated, and archaeologists have uncovered over a million artifacts from the stone constructed buildings including gold rings, Portuguese ceramics, and other unusual objects. (breakfast included)
Day 3 St. John’s to Trinity | 269 km/167 miToday embark on your journey to the Bonavista Peninsula, known for its scenic and rugged coastlines. The peninsula also contains some of the oldest settlements in Newfoundland, particularly the towns of Bonavista and Trinity. Before settling in to your accommodation for the night, you may want to drive 20 minutes south of Trinity to New Bonaventure and visit the Random Passage Site. Constructed in 2000 for the filming of the international TV mini-series “Random Passage”, the site today provides the opportunity to step back in time and experience what life might have been like in a fishing outpost in the early 1800s.(breakfast included)
Day 4 Trinity | Bonavista Penninsula SightseeingExplore the enchanting village of Trinity with its restored white and pastel coloured clapboard houses. Set along a dramatic coastline you will discover a sense of Newfoundland’s history and nature. Join the Trinity Pageant, a walking theatre that meanders through the village enticing viewers to live the history of the area. Time permitting, venture to Port Rexton today and hike the Skerwink Trail. This very walkable trail will take you along the rugged coastline for a spectacular view of the surrounding villages set against the ocean. You may also want to head north to the town of Bonavista, where you can visit the Ryan Premises National Historic Site, a 19th century replica fish processing factory. In this small village you will also find the red and white striped Bonavista Lighthouse, and the Matthew Legacy, a replica of John Cabot’s ship which voyaged across the Atlantic to discover land in 1497. (breakfast included)
Day 5 Trinity to Twillingate | 309 km/192 miEnroute to Twillingate, pass through Terra Nova National Park. If you feel the need to commune with nature, a stop will introduce you to coniferous forests, ponds, and a plethora of walking trails. Continue towards Twillingate. In Boyd’s Cove make another stop at the Beothuk Interpretation Centre Provincial Historic Site and visit an ancient Beothuk village discovered by archaeologists in the 1980s. Arrive in Twillingate then grab your camera and head out on the ocean with the afternoon Iceberg Watch boat tour, where you will have an opportunity to see icebergs, whales, sunsets and many other spectacular views that the beautiful island of Twillingate has to offer. (Breakfast included)
Day 6 Twillingate to Gander | 112 km/70 miToday drive the short distance to Gander International Airport where your Newfoundland discovery ends