With Jonathan Hodgson


This is a comprehensive exploration of one of Canada's most isolated, physically beautiful, and historically / culturally distinct provinces. We are also pleased to include the offshore French territory of St-Pierre and Miquelon in a thorough program through one of North America's most distinct regions.


Dates & Prices

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Prices are in US Dollars (USD), before taxes (if applicable) - All pricing reflects per-person Land Only expenses, however, we can book flights from virtually every city. Please call us for an air quote.

Start DateEnd DatePriceMore Info
Tue 22 Aug 2017Mon 04 Sep 2017 $4590 USD Wait-list Only

PLEASE NOTE: The land price, single supplement, and any extra nights are subject to a +11.8% Canadian Tax (listed separately on your invoice). This amount is not included in the listed pricing. Please also note that, due to changeable ferry and flight schedules, the published DATES for the tour may SHIFT by a day or two. This will be determined before the end of 2016.

Optional Single Supplement: $889 USD (number of singles limited).

Tour Overview

This tour will be led by senior Tour Leader, Jonathan Hodgson, who invites you to join him on this unique journey:

"This one has been on my radar screen for a while. In recent years I, and my fellow travellers, have developed a fascination for unique island cultures and ways of life. On the heels of my recent forays into the Scottish Isles, the Faroes, Iceland and the Channel Islands, this was an obvious next step. We are delighted to partner with a first-rate local operator whose knowledge and experience in the region ensures a smooth and highly personal and rewarding journey. Join me on a thorough treatment of this unique corner of North America."

Regions visited: North America and Western Europe
Countries visited: Canada and France

Full Itinerary

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Day 1 Arrive Deer Lake / Corner Brook, Newfoundland
Today we arrive in Deer Lake (airport YDF) on Newfoundland's west coast.* We board our motorcoach for a short drive to Corner Brook, Newfoundland's second largest city with a population of 30,000.

* LAND ONLY passengers are not entitled to arrival transfers. Please ask your Tour Consultant for Corner Brook transfer times and per person costs. LAND AND AIR passengers' transfers are included in their tour cost.

Overnight in Corner Brook.

Meal plan: Dinner

Day 2 Corner Brook - Gros Morne National Park - Port au Choix
Today we set out by private motorcoach along the sheltered west coast of the Northern Peninsula, via Gros Morne National Park, a World Heritage Site. After a stop at the park's visitor center, we continue along the Viking Trail through the lands the Norsemen tamed and settled over 1,000 years ago are dotted with spectacular mountains and forests, rivers and lakes. We stop at Lobster Cove with its lighthouse and fascinating marine display. We also enjoy views of the famous Arches carved by eons of pounding waves.

Overnight in Port au Choix.

Meal plan: Breakfast and Dinner

Day 3 Port au Choix - L'Anse aux Meadows - St Anthony
This morning we visit the Port au Choix National Historic Site. Located on the Viking Trail, this site showcases a 4,500 year old time capsule of rare importance. While prehistoric coastlines have long since slipped beneath the encroaching ocean, the raised shoreline and alkaline soil conditions at the site have combined to preserve rich vestiges of the ancient Maritime Archaic Indian, Groswater Paleoeskimo, and Dorset Paleoeskimo First Nation cultures. Within the Visitor Centre are displayed original artifacts, interactive exhibits, a diorama of an archaeological site of a Dorset house, a topological model indicating the area's ancient beaches and a short film.

The highlight of our excursion north is a visit to L'Anse aux Meadows Historic Park, the oldest European settlement in North America, and World Heritage Site. Thought to be the elusive "Vineland" of Norse legends, the L'Anse aux Meadows site features overgrown mounds (excavated in the 1960's) which turned out to be the foundations of eight sod houses of the type the Vikings built in Iceland around AD 900. Evidence of ironwork and carbon-dated bone and turf place the settlement at about AD 1000. We tour the sod-house foundations with a local guide. Next is St Anthony, home of the Grenfell Mission. We visit the Interpretation Centre and browse the unique craft center.

Overnight in St Anthony.

Meal plan: Breakfast and Dinner

Day 4 St Anthony - St Barbe - Ferry to Blanc Sablon, Quebec - Red Bay, Labrador
Today we get a closer look at some of the earliest settlements in Canada. We ferry across the Strait of Belle Isle, known as Iceberg Alley, to the fishing village where Jacques Cartier first landed at Blanc Sablon, Quebec. We then continue by road to Red Bay, Labrador, the first major industrial complex of the New World and home to a 16th century Basques whaling station. We boat over to Saddle Island for an insightful tour of excavations and shipwrecks that confirm European habitation since the 16th century.

If skies are favourable this evening, you may see the Northern Lights.

Overnight in Red Bay.

Meal plan: Breakfast and Dinner

Day 5 Red Bay, Labrador - Rocky Harbour, Newfoundland
Today we ferry back across to Newfoundland and continue to Rocky Harbour in the Gros Morne National Park.

Overnight in Rocky Harbour.

Meal plan: Breakfast and Dinner

Day 6 Rocky Harbour - Table Lands & Gros Morne - Grand Falls
This morning we visit the Table Lands in Gros Morne National Park, a United Nations World Heritage site known for its exceptional beauty and unique geological features.

Bidding goodbye to the "Viking Trail," we head south then east through open country dotted with lakes and patches of spruce and pine. Soon we are travelling along the Exploits River and through thick forest country to the town of Grand Falls.

Overnight in Grand Falls.

Meal plan: Breakfast and Dinner

Day 7 Grand Falls - Twillingate - Gander
This morning we stop at the Salmonid Interpretation Centre to view one of North America's largest Atlantic salmon enhancement projects.

We continue to Twillingate, one of Newfoundland's oldest seaports, first settled in 1700 and now with a population of 5,000. Twillingate's location puts it in the path of icebergs drifting south from the Arctic. We visit the Twillingate Museum, with its collection of antiques gathered from the homes in the area. There is also time to shop for the fine knitted handicrafts produced locally.

On to Gander, once a crucial refueling point on transatlantic airlines from former eastern block nations and a favourite spot for passengers seeking political asylum. En route to Gander we visit the Beothuk Interpretation Centre, based on recent archaeological research at a large Beothuk village circa 1650-1720.

Overnight in Gander.

Meal plan: Breakfast and Dinner

Day 8 Gander - Salvage - Clarenville
We visit Terra Nova National Park on Bonavista Bay, with its tiny islands, rocky headlands and forested slopes; a brief stop at its visitors center. Along the "Road to the Isles" the local predilection for colourful language comes across with place names such as "Too Good Arm," "Virgin Arm," and "Crow Head." With luck, you might spot drifting icebergs and whales along the coast. Then to Salvage. This friendly little village, perched on the rocks around a picturesque harbour, is perhaps the prettiest spot in Newfoundland. Fishermen's huts, silver-grey from sun and salt, stand at the end of jetties piled with lobster pots and fishing gear. Clapboard homes are dressed in a variety of colours. We continue to Clarenville.

Overnight in Clarenville.

Meal plan: Breakfast and Dinner

Day 9 Clarenville - Bonavista - Trinity - Clarenville
Today, two of Newfoundland's most famous outports, beginning with the site of John Cabot's arrival. We drive to Cape Bonavista, where Cabot is believed to have first sighted the New World on June 24, 1497. Back down the rugged Bonavista Peninsula is Trinity, which was named by the Portuguese explorer Gaspar Corte Real when he sailed into the harbour on Trinity Sunday, 1500. We stroll Trinity's narrow, tree-lined streets, enjoying the beautifully-preserved historic buildings.

Overnight in Clarenville.

Meal plan: Breakfast and Dinner

Day 10 Clarenville, Canada - St-Pierre, France
This morning we depart Clarenville and head south onto the beautiful Burin Peninsula via the famous "Heritage Run" route.

True to its name, the Heritage Run still rings loud with the echoes of colonial industry. The famous Grand Banks, was once a rich fishing ground and was the world's "bread & butter" for centuries. Codfish were plentiful here, attracting first the European fleets and then French and English settlers. From Placentia Bay's collection of islands and the communities that are tucked into the head of Fortune Bay, to the unsheltered vistas and haze covered French outposts of the peninsula's tip.

We travel to the village of Fortune, the departure point for our afternoon ferry to the French islands of St-Pierre and Miquelon (bring your passports!). These are two groups of islands with a fascinating maritime history; they make up a part of France off the coast of Newfoundland. Although many people in North America believe those islands are part of Canada or some type of autonomous region, the islands are an integral part of the French Republic. A specific series of institutions and limited autonomy was indeed granted by France but the islands are and shall likely remain French. Hence, the islands have a decidedly European feel; French is the primary language, plus you'll find French food, customs, and currency.

During our time on St-Pierre we will have a city / island tour. The "Place du General de Gaulle" on the waterfront, is the heart of the town. It is the unavoidable square to mingle and tap into the "ambiance". The "Zaspiak Bat" or basque playing wall, the "Pointe aux canons" lighthouse, the salt houses, the "Pointe du Diamant" and the last not least the "Arche" museum, are all must-see spots embodying the islands' identity.

Overnight on St-Pierre.

Meal plan: Breakfast and Dinner

Day 11 St-Pierre - Miquelon - St-Pierre
This morning we depart by boat for an excursion to the island of Miquelon.

Miquelon's village, located on a stretch of land to the north of the island, houses 700 people, mostly descendants of Acadiens and Basques. Upon arrival, we take a guided tour of Miquelon village and have lunch. In the afternoon, we tour Grand Barachois, including the Pointe aux Barges Interpretation Center. The "Grand Barachois", to the south, is a protected laguna, the ideal home for the many bird species (Pintail duck, geen-winged duck...) to have settled there, as well as for seals, of wich an important colony (over 500) has taken up residence in the area.

We transfer back to St-Pierre in the evening for dinner.

NOTE: The order of St-Pierre / Miquelon sightseeing may vary depending on such variables as weather and / or our flight time to St John's, which can change without notice. Due to limited accommodation on St Pierre, we may have to split the group between 2 or more smaller hotel / inn properties, depending on group size.

Overnight in St-Pierre.

Meal plan: Breakfast and Dinner

Day 12 St-Pierre - Ile Aux Marins - St-Pierre
St-Pierre is a small but lively harbour town. Music bands and singer/writers are often booked in the city's bar, street performers entertain the passers-by and many summer / autumn activities play a part in giving the town its festive spirit.

This morning we will take boat to Ile Aux Marins and enjoy a guided walking tour of this picturesque museum island. We then return to St-Pierre with the balance of the day at leisure.

Overnight in St-Pierre.

Meal plan: Breakfast and Dinner

Day 13 St-Pierre, France - St John's, Newfoundland, Canada
This morning we take the short flight from St-Pierre to St John's where we clear Canada Customs (have your passports ready!).

We then have a tour of the city's historic sights. The town of St. John's goes back at least as far as the time of John Cabot who according to English seamen's tradition entered the harbour on the evening of St. John's Day in 1497. Since then ships of Western Europe came to Newfoundland to fish, and St. John's was a port of call for them all. The King commanded a West Country merchant named Bute to start a colony in Newfoundland. Bute came out to St. John's in the following year and built the first permanent residence on the island. The founding of the town can be said to date from the year 1528.

We visit Signal Hill, where Guglielmo Marconi received the first transatlantic wireless signal; Cabot Tower, the old town, and the Basilica of St John the Baptist. We also visit Cape Spear.

Overnight in St John's.

Meal plan: Breakfast and Dinner

Day 14 Departure
Departure from St John's.


Meal plan: Breakfast

Tour Map

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*The red tour trail on the map does not represent the actual travel path.

Trip Information

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Breakfast and dinner (hotels & local restaurants) daily. All transport, accommodation, sightseeing and entrance fees for sites noted as 'visited' in the detailed itinerary. Gratuities for local guides, drivers, restaurant staff, porters (if available). Airport transfers for land & air customers and for early arriving / late departing land & air customers who book their extra hotel nights through us.


Tour Leader gratuities, lunches, drinks, personal items (phone, laundry, etc), domestic and international air taxes (if applicable), any excursions referenced as 'optional'. Airport transfers for Land Only customers. Optional trip cancellation insurance. Our post-reservation trip notes offer further guidance on optional meal costs and shopping.

PLEASE NOTE: The land price, single supplement, and any extra nights are subject to a +11.8% Canadian Tax (listed separately on your invoice). This amount is not included in the listed pricing.

Seasonality and Weather

This trip is planned for late summer, when weather is at it's most stable and least stormy / rainy. That said, this entire region features some of the most unpredictable and changeable conditions on Earth; one must be prepared for rapid changes in temperature - sometimes all four seasons in one day!

Transport and Travel Conditions

We will have a private touring coach for most of our journey; on St-Pierre et Miquelon we will have smaller local vehicles to get around. Local ferry crossings are scenic and relatively short. We have one internal flight via a local air carrier on a light aircraft.

This tour is not strenuous per se, but one must be prepared for some early starts, long (but scenic) travelling days, and walking tours on uneven surfaces.

Please also note that, due to changeable ferry and flight schedules, the published DATES for the tour may need to SHIFT by a day or two. This will be determined before the end of 2016.


Toward the end of 2016 we will be loading the names and features of hotels to be used on this tour. Until then, we can generally advise that all hotels and inns used on this trip will be a mid-range standard (3 star), with private bath. Due to the isolated nature of some locales, and because there is not a lot of tourist traffic in some places covered, some hotels may be of a simpler standard. We may be divided among two or more properties while on St-Pierre. Our St John's hotel will be well-located and of an international standard.

Please note that porters will be available only in St John's (you will need to be independent with your baggage).

Staff and Support

This tour will be led by senior Tour Leader, Jonathan Hodgson. We will also have local step-on guides for a day or half day at several locations. We will have some main coach driver, and other drivers in St-Pierre and St John's.

Group Size

12-18 (plus Tour Leader)