Newfoundland Hiking Holiday

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Summer hiking and foodie group tour around Gros Morne Newfoundland

This truly Canadian adventure rewards active days in rural Newfoundland with some of the best gourmet food the country has on offer. The unique UNESCO World Heritage Site of Gros Morne National Park plays host to stunning scenery ranging from deep fjords to moon-like tablelands, friendly communities and world class dining. Encircled by historic seaside communities, the region encompassses diverse landscapes including forests, freshwater fjords, dramatic cliffsides and meandering shorelines. Explore the very best hiking trails with experienced local guides, spot moose in pristine forests and find your sea legs on boat trips in search of migratory whales. Evenings are spent immersed in local communities and culture, enjoying oceanside fine-dining and world class evening entertainment with Newfoundland charm. This unforgettable small group tour highlights the very best of the spectacular Gros Morne National Park.

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ITINERARY

WHAT, WHERE & WHEN

Day 1:

Your Gros Morne adventures begin from Deer Lake airport where you are met by a local guide before enjoying a scenic tour through the park. Journey to the heart of Gros Morne National Park where you will find Norris point, your Newfoundland home for the next week. Accommodation for the week is spent at cosy traditional eastern Canadian Inns renowned for warm hospitality, comfortable rooms and fine local dining. This evening you will meet your guides and travel companions while enjoying a laid back local meal.

Day 2:

Explore the central highlights of Gros Morne today to discover why the park is unofficially billed as the 8th wonder of the world.

Hike through pristine forests home to prime moose habitats and the only inland fjord in North America. Western Brook Pond fjord provides a dramatic setting for a boat tour. This 16 kilometre lake with a depth of 165 metres is home to Atlantic Salmon, Brook Trout, and Arctic Char, as well as an unusual colony of cliff nesting gulls. Experience the fjord on board a small boat, beholding the spectacular glacier-carved land-locked fjord, waterfalls cascading from 2000 feet that often turn to mist before reaching the pond, billion year-old cliffs, and frequent wildlife sightings. A boxed lunch is enjoyed overlooking the towering cliffs of the fjord.

Your day comes to a close at one of the best restaurants in the park. Watch the sun drop behind the horizon whilst enjoying a selection of local produce. Cap your evening off with either a wine or scotch tasting tour, a perfect way to end your first day of activities in Newfoundland.

Day 3:

Following a delightful breakfast it is time to find your sea legs, boarding a chartered boat heading to Woody Point. Along the way watch for humpbacks and fin whales feeding in the deep waters.

Today's hike is to the extraterrestrial-like Tablelands, a mountain of flat-topped rock of a kind usually found only deep in the earth’s mantle. This is a truly awe-inspiring walk like no other on earth. Dropping into the picturesque community of Trout point is like stepping back in time and is considered as authentic as Newfoundland gets.

This evening's meal is at one of Canada’s best seafood restaurants enjoying spectacular views of Bonne Bay and the St. Lawrence. Local musicians provide toe tapping entertainment to accompany your meal. Following dinner you will be treated to an evening cruise of live music and refreshments on the waters of Bonne Bay, watching the sun go down to reveal an expansive night sky.

Day 4:

You don’t have to go far to enjoy the spectacular beauty of Gros Morne National Park. Today stay close to home, exploring the communities of Norris Point and Rocky Harbour. The day's adventures begin with an interpreted hike of Burnt Hill and Bonne Bay Aquarium, learning about the delicious seafood the region is famous for.

Visit the friendly Old Store café for lunch to enjoy freshly baked goods and the best coffee around. Get friendly with local craftsmen learning about glass making and local art. Be sure to pick up a souvenir of local art to transport you back to this wonderful time.

This evening’s meal is spent at Java Jack’s restaurant and gallery. Explore the organic garden that supplies the kitchen with fresh vegetables that accompany some of the best seafood in the world.

Day 5:

Cross Bonne Bay, locally known as the ‘tickle’, keeping your eyes peeled for whale sightings en route to the historic community of Woody Point. The day's hike offers panoramic views of the park from the surrounding hills of the Gros Morne on the lookout trail. Enjoy lunch with a trip back in time at the Merchant Warehouse and Retro Cafe. A quick ramble around the small town (population 281) highlights the beautiful waterfront and heritage buildings, where you will meet some of the artists, craftsmen and local characters.

Enjoy local fare at the Old Loft Restaurant, accompanied by world class musicians and performers. Following dinner it is time to spot the Milky Way on a second evening boat cruise before heading back to your Newfoundland home in Norris Point.

Day 6:

Head to the north of the park this morning to find the the intriguingly named community of Cow Head. Explore part of the famous Viking Trail, exploring the ‘Head’ that provides some of the most diverse mix of landscapes and seascapes of all the hikes. Lunch with the locals at a favourite of the region, enjoying a selection of wild game. Expansive beaches stretch out to Shallow Bay. Choose to explore these or wander around the town where you will discover local gems of history, storytelling and music.

Gros Morne Theatre Festival call Cow Head home and the highly regarded small theatre is known around the world for the impact and creativity they use in telling the stories of Newfoundland history and people.

Day 7:

A farewell brunch is enjoyed by the group before saying goodbye to your fellow travellers. Chose to venture into the waters by kayak today to catch another glimpse of passing whales, stunning coastal cliffs and remote communities. Shuttles to the airport are arranged to suit your travel needs. Extend your stay in Newfoundland in the vibrant city of St John’s, follow the Viking Trail to L’Anse Aux Meadows National Historic Site or visit the architectural wonder that is Fogo Inn. Get in touch with the team to find out more.

PRICE

From £1995 per person, based on two sharing (excluding flights)

£1995.00 GBP roughly converts to: 2,195 EUR | 2,613 USD

Price conversions are indicative only, payment is in GBP.

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Price Includes

  • Six night's accommodation in 4 star Inns

  • All transportation including airport transfers

  • All meals (6 breakfasts, 5 lunches and 6 dinners)

  • Taste of Gros Morne food and wine tour

  • Western Brook fjord boat tour

  • Two evening boat cruises

  • Parks Canada park passes

 

All our trips include:

  • 24/7 emergency line and concierge service
  • Personalised travel documents
  • Exclusive access to our client travel app where you'll find your travel documents, destination guides, maps, practical tips, Arctic Library and pre-trip inspiration

 

Price Excludes

  • International flights

  • Gratuity
  • Tax

 

Photo Credits: Barrett & MacKay Photo

Additional Info

DATES

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Many of trips can be tailored to your requirements and departure dates. Please get in touch with us for a tailored quotation and details of availability for your preferred travel dates. All trips and departures are subject to availability.

AIRPORT ARRIVAL

Deer Lake (YDF)

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