Self Drive in Newfoundland and Labrador
Legends and Lighthouses of NL
The Lighthouses of Newfoundland are symbolic of the rich history, ties to the sea and the enduring spirit of the people of Newfoundland. Revisit the past and discover the legends of daring rescues, fearsome storms and seafaring folk.
This journey provides a glimpse into the hardships and triumphs of the steadfast lighthouse keepers and the remarkable structures they called home.
Day 1 - St. John's
Arrive St. John’s and pick up your rental vehicle and explore the oldest city in North America. This historical, vibrant city has many attractions with the added bonus of a wide selection of restaurants from fine dining to traditional Newfoundland fayre. St. John’s has the highest concentration of pubs per capita on the continent and a visit to the infamous George Street is a must! Enjoy a city tour of St. John’s - highlights include Quidi Vidi Village, Government House and Signal Hill to name a few! This evening perhaps enjoy dinner theatre, an evening of hilarious wit, musical talent, character interaction and sumptuous food! Overnight St. John’s.
Day 2 - St. John’s
Depart St. John’s along the scenic coastal drive north to Brigus. En route visit the 1877 Cape St. Francis Lighthouse and continue through Conception Bay – on a clear day you will be able to see the still active Bell Island Lighthouse. Continue on to the charming town of Brigus - once residence of the world famous northern explorer Captain Bob Bartlett. Drive on & visit the Provincial Historic Site – Hearts Content Lighthouse before heading back to St. John’s. Overnight St. John’s.
Day 3 - St. John’s/Avalon Peninsula
Depart St. John's along the Irish Loop to the scenic Avalon Peninsula, home to over 5500 woodland caribou. En route visit Cape Spear – the most easterly point in North America. Continue along the south shore via Ferryland and see the Ferryland Head Light tower and take time to enjoy a lighthouse picnic before driving on to Canada’s most significant landfall marker – Cape Race Lighthouse. On April 14th 1912 this station received the distress calls from the HMS Titanic. Continue onto Witless Bay. Overnight Bay Witless Bay.
Day 4 - Avalon Peninsula
Drive the western shore of the Avalon Peninsula to Cape St. Mary’s. Take time to visit the Cape St. Mary’s Lighthouse, known as the “Bird Rock Light” also visit the Ecological Reserve Seabird Sanctuary. Overnight Witless Bay.
Day 5 - Avalon Peninsula/Burin Peninsula
Depart Witless Bay westward along the Burin Peninsula to Marystown. The Burin Peninsula was once a haven for smugglers, pirates and privateers.Lighthouses in the area include the Grand Bank Light Tower, the Little Burin Island Lighthouse and the St. Lawrence Point Lighthouse. In 1942 two American warships ran aground just offshore during a terrible storm, losing 203 lives. Overnight Marystown.
Day 6 - Burin Peninsula/Trinity
Drive north through the scenic Bonavista Peninsula on to the cultural capital of Newfoundland – Trinity. Trinity is renowned for its unique historical architecture including the Ryan Store, Hiscock House and the Blacksmith Museum. Trinity also hosts the New Founde Lande Trinity Pageant – a humorous look at Newfoundland & Labrador history. Overnight Trinity.
Day 7 - Trinity
Enjoy a whale watching cruise of Trinity Bay. Afternoon at leisure to explore the Bonavista Bay further. Be sure to visit the Ryan’s Premises and learn about the history of the fishery in Newfoundland. Also visit Cape Bonavista Lighthouse – a National Historic Site and the 1893 Kings Cove Head Lighthouse. Overnight Trinity.
Day 8 - Trinity/Notre Dame Bay
Depart Trinity and take a leisurely drive through Terra Nova National Park, a beautiful example of typical Newfoundland landscape, sheltered bays, rugged ocean coastline and rolling forested hills. Keep an eye out for ospreys, eagles, lynx and moose. Continue onto Notre Dame Bay. Take time this afternoon to visit the 1876 still active Long Point Lighthouse near Twillingate. Overnight Notre Dame Bay.
Day 9 - Notre Dame Bay/Hawkes Bay
Depart Notre Dame Bay through the scenic Exploits Valley and continue west via Deer Lake. Take the Viking Trail north through Gros Morne National Park and see the landscape changing as you pass through many small communities before arriving at Hawkes Bay. Overnight Hawkes Bay.
Day 10 - Hawkes Bay/Quirpon Island
Continue along the Viking Trail stopping to visit Port au Choix National Historic Site and view the artifacts of the Maritime Archaic people and the still active Point Riche Lighthouse. Continue north via the Ferolle Point Lighthouse, Flowers Island Lighthouse, Cape Norman Lighthouse before continuing on to Quirpon. Transfer by boat over to Quirpon Island home of Cape Bauld Lighthouse. Your accommodation will be in the renovated 1922 Light keeper’s home, adjacent to the still active 1884 Lighthouse. Overnight Quirpon Island.
Day 11 - Quirpon Island
Relax and enjoy your Quirpon Island Experience – a unique home away from home experience at the recently refurbished original 1922 light keeper’s residence. Quirpon Island is one of Newfoundland’s best locations for iceberg viewing as they drift the Labrador Current on their journey south. In season expect to see many whales including Minke and Humpbacks and maybe the Orca and Right whale. Overnight Quirpon Island . (All meals included).
Day 12 - Quirpon Island/Gros Morne National Park
Drive back down the Viking trail to Gros Morne National Park. Places en route to visit include; Portland Creek, the Arches lookout and the SS Ethie near Sally’s Cove to see the remains of the shipwreck before arriving at Gros Morne National Park. Designated an UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1987 for it’s impressive geological features. The 1805 sq kilometre park offers beauty and adventure that are unsurpassed by any in the world. Overnight Gros Morne National Park.
Day 13 - Gros Morne National Park
Today take time to fully explore this outstanding area of Newfoundland. Visit the impressive Discovery Centre in Woody Point, if time permits take the boat cruise of Trout River, an excellent way to see the spectacular Tablelands or the stunning Western Brook Pond Fjord Boat Tour and see the dramatic ravine-like sides of this inland fjord tower over 600 metres above you. Take time to visit the still active 1897 Lobster Cove Head Lighthouse, located at the western entrance to Bonne Bay near Rocky Harbour. Overnight Gros Morne National Park.
Day 14 - Gros Morne National Park/Corner Brook
Depart Gros Morne National Park and drive to Corner Brook – Newfoundland’s second city located on the south shore of the Humber Arm. Places to visit within Corner Brook are the City Museum, the Newfie Bullet Historic Train and the Captain James Cook Monument. Further afield visit the spectacular Bay of Islands, site of the former Frenchman’s Head Lighthouse and the picturesque communities of Bottle Cove and Lark Harbour. Overnight Corner Brook.
Day 15 - Corner Brook/Cape Anguille
Depart Corner Brook along the Three Rivers Scenic Drive southwest towards the Codroy Valley. En route see the Sandy Point Lighthouse, which is located nearby St. Georges. Continue on through the stunning Codroy Valley to Cape Anguille. Overnight Cape Anguille.
Day 16 - Cape Anguille
Spend the day exploring. Visit the community of Rose Blanche, which has a rich Basque whaling history and later became inhabited by French fishermen. Explore some of the fascinating Lighthouses nearby including the recently restored Rose Blanche Point Lighthouse, unique because of its architecture - a granite stone dwelling with a slate roof. Other lighthouses nearby include the Colombier Island Lighthouse, the Channel Head Lighthouse and Cape Ray Lighthouse – which played an important role in the history of Marconi and communications in Newfoundland. Overnight Cape Anguille.
Day 17 - Cape Anguille/Deer Lake
Depart Cape Anguille and make your way to Deer Lake Airport where you will drop off your rental car ready for your onward journey.
* Quirpon Island Lighthouse Inn — A hike from Quirpon Island dock to Inn may be required, dependent on weather conditions. All meals & boat transfer included at Quirpon Island
* Document Pack Includes: Travel Wallet, Full Itinerary, Vouchers, Driving Directions, Maps & Supporting Literature
* 16 Nights Accommodation
* Midsize Car Rental for Duration (unlimited kms)
* St. John's City Tour
* Trinity Bay Nature Cruise
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