Explore the Coast of Bays in Southern Newfoundland: Experience Harbour Breton & McCallum
Day 1: Start your Coast of Bays experience in the Town of Harbour Breton with a tour of Sunny Cottage Heritage Centre, the former residence of a local merchant. Then hike to the top of Gun Hill for a picnic with breathtaking views of the area and the last remaining French communities, Saint Pierre and Miquelon. Visit the Elliott Premises to learn the history of Newman and Company in this region, and the area's strong relationship with the sea. End your day relaxing seaside on the unique red sands at Deadman’s Cove.
Day 2: Head to Hermitage to catch the 90 minute passenger ferry to scenic McCallum. This isolated community is considered one of the most reminiscent to a 1900’s Newfoundland outport. With no vehicle traffic, and only boardwalk paths to meander around the community, a visit to McCallum is sure to help any visitor relax and soak up the area’s natural beauty.
Day 3: Catch the ferry back to Hermitage today and head north. Along the way, visit Conne River, the Miawpukek First Nations Reserve which is the only first nations reserve in the Newfoundland Labrador. View the local crafts and learn about the culture and history of the aboriginal people of the region.
Explore the Longest and Largest River in Newfoundland: Experience Grand Falls-Windsor & Botwood
Day 1: Join the mighty Atlantic salmon and journey down the longest and largest river in Newfoundland – the Exploits River. Rafting Newfoundland will gear you up for a full-day river adventure of surfing waves and swimming rapids. Then venture into the town of Grand Falls – Windsor to get an underwater look at the majestic Salmon at the Salmonid Interpretation Centre, which is the site of one of the largest salmon enhancement projects in North America. In the evening, enjoy hiking the Corduroy Brook Nature Trails before taking in some local music and entertainment at the Queen Street Dinner Theatre.
Day 2: In the morning follow the Exploits River to the sea and explore the town of Botwood. Visit the Botwood Flying Boat Museum, which is located on a former WWII anti-submarine base, and learn about the community’s rich aviation story. Then, explore the community to search for the many world-class murals that depict many significant moments of the community’s history. In the evening, take a drive north to the small community of Glover’s Harbour and measure yourself next to the giant squid of the sea, measuring 55 feet long! Then relax along the rocky coastline at an accommodation nestled on the bay.
Day 3: Head to Bishop’s Falls — one of the top fishing locations in Newfoundland —to fly-fish with a licensed guide from Brookdale Country Inn RV Park. The Exploits River runs through the community, so you don’t have to travel very far for that trophy catch. When off the river, be sure to pick up some ice cream at the local parlor and head across the famed Bishop’s Falls Trestle. There are plenty of trails to explore in this area. To finish your day, head to your accommodation, Brookdale Country Inn, to meet a few horses and hear some farming stories. Finish the day by relaxing in the outdoor pool, and don’t be surprised if a few people come together for a campfire.
Adventure to the Islands off the Island of Newfoundland: Experience Fogo Island & Change Islands
Day 1: Catch the ferry in Farewell for a trip to the serene fishing village of Change Islands, known for its well-preserved fishing architecture. Pet and feed the endangered Newfoundland pony at the sanctuary, listen to the amazing stories at the Olde Shoppe Museum and take a leisurely seaside stroll along the various coastal trails. Relax at the Seven Oaks Island Inn — a refurbished 1800s fish merchant's home — and take time to connect with the locals.
Day 2: Take the 20-minute ferry ride to neighboring Fogo Island, the largest inhabited island off the coast of Newfoundland. This island is teeming with authentic attractions and a great first stop is the Information Centre that can provide information on daily events. Stop in the FU Trading Post in Seldom to learn about the Fogo Island process, and then head to Joe Batt’s Arm to marvel at the modern architecture of the award winning Fogo Island Inn. Compare shoe sizes with a sorceress at the oddball Witch’s Foot at Etheridge’s Point, and then travel to Tilting, the first provincial registered heritage district and now a National Historic Site that is soaked in Irish culture. Stroll the beach and catch a glimpse of the squish studio plunked amongst the hillside. Bus tours and walking tours are also available on Fogo Island.
Day 3: Walk the streets of Fogo proper to visit various shops, and museums. Climb to the top of Brimstone Head, known as one of the four corners of the earth by the Flat Earth Society. Then stop into the Marconi Wireless Interpretation Centre and learn about the important role that wireless communication played in Newfoundland and Labrador's history. The original Marconi station was built in 1911, and for many years was the only station between Cape Race and Belle Isle. If time allows explore the Lion’s Den Hiking Trail with panoramic views of the community.
Visit the Iceberg Capital of Newfoundland: Experience Twillingate & Newtown
Day 1 & 2: Venture across the causeway to experience the splendor of the historic town of Twillingate – the Iceberg Capital of Newfoundland. With so much to do and see, spend at least two days in this mystical place. View 12,000-year-old leviathans of ice from the lookout at Long Point Lighthouse, and take to the water on one of the local boat tours for a more intimate experience. Humpback whales and a variety of seabirds often frequent this area. Return to shore to venture through town to visit the various museums, root cellars and gift shops. Also set aside time to explore the rugged coastline on one of the many coastal walking trails. In the evenings sample traditional food and drink, and immerse in local entertainment at various venues. Then nestle in for the night right next to the ocean.
Day 3: Don traditional slickers and take a morning tour to the fishing grounds to learn how to be a fisherman, and then tour the Prime Berth Fishing & Heritage Museum. Visit the Provincial Historic Site in Boyd’s Cove to learn about the now extinct Beothuk aboriginal culture and to add a token to the spirit garden. Then take the leisure drive along the “the loop” through small coastal communities. Along the way, stop to stretch your legs and discover a variety of songbirds on the Carmanville Wetland trails. Then enjoy the sunset at the beach in Musgrave Harbour.
Day 4: Step back in time as you explore the Barbour Living Heritage Village in Newtown, a town often referred to as the “Venice of Newfoundland”. Learn what life was like for a typical fishing merchant family. Tour the village, learn how to mend nets with a modern day fishermen, and even bake a pie with Aunt Hetti as part of their Make It, Bake it, Eat it culinary experience. Afterwards, get a behind-the-scene look at the art of printmaking in an authentic 1890 general store at Norton’s Cove Studio in Brookfield.