Intriguing Travel to Newfoundland

Just what is a Newfoundland CapeRace Travel Experience?

Immerse yourself in Newfoundland’s nature and culture through a unique, self-guided exploration adventure. We are the only travel company that initiates real connections with the local community in a self-guided travel format.

We spontaneously introduce you to the places and people that we know are the heart of Newfoundland and the source of great fun and intrigue.

6-10 day self-guided trips planned and organized to your personal travel style.

  • Self-guided, Self-driven, Self-catered trips from St. John's to Bonavista. 
  • Travel to St. John's on the Avalon Peninsula, Heart's Delight on Trinity Bay and Bonavista on the Bonavista Peninsula
  • Unlimited km full-size vehicle
  • Copy of professional travel guide written by CapeRace and personalized for you with clever itineraries and creative ideas
  • Fun Maps designed by CapeRace to maximize your explore time and to minimize your commute time.
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Explore & Engage

Provided with a car or van, a customized guidebook written for YOU, along with clever itineraries, you explore Newfoundland’s beautiful Avalon and Bonavista Peninsulas. Personalized journeys are created based on your traveling preferences. 

Depending on your prefereance for tempo, the trip includes staying at two or three three spectacular but modest coastal Newfoundland houses in the best urban and rural locations. Our goal is to help travellers make deep connections with local people that will create lasting memories.

 

"... thoughtfully crafted experiences that are eco- and culturally sensitive, provide uncommon access, and foster interaction with locals. It's the perfect antidote for these tumultuous times, as we reexamine what is important and look for trips that are meaningful and restorative"... The Editors of National Geographic Traveler after receiving "Top 50 Tours of a Lifetime" designation.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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A 10 Day Self-Drive Exploration Trip on the Avalon & Bonavista Peninsulas. Discoveries are yours to create at your own pace, on your own time.

 
  • 10 Days from St. John's to Bonavista
  • 3 nights stay at each of St. John's, Heart's Delight on Trinity Bay, and Bonavista on the Bonavista Peninsula
  • Exclusive use of  three private CapeRace coastal homes
  • Full-size vehicle with UNLIMITED mileage included
  • One copy of the "Traveller's Diary" Custom Guidebook
  • Trips initiated at St John's, concluded at Bonavista
  • Departures every four days April through October
  • PRICING: Single-family $2890 CDN per adult. Kids under 21 travel free
  • Mulit-family flat-rate pricing available
  • Can ccommodate groups of twelve
  • Payments accepted by VISA, AMEX, Mastercard or certified cheque; taxes extra
  • Flights not included

Ask a Question about this trip>>

 

Jonathan Tourtellot, Fellow, National Geographic Center for Sustainable Destinations: "...Things you (CapeRace) have done involving people are truly trailblazing. I don't know of anyone, anywhere that has figured out such a great way to get tourists in contact with local people..."  

 

 

"... thoughtfully crafted experiences that are eco- and culturally sensitive, provide uncommon access, and foster interaction with locals. It's the perfect antidote for these tumultuous times, as we reexamine what is important and look for trips that are meaningful and restorative"... The Editors of National Geographic Traveler after receiving "Top 50 Tours of a Lifetime" award.

 


Book an Adventure

 

It's about Exploration--10 Days of Spontaneous Events & Unique Discoveries-Our Best Seller

You determine your own pace for exploring Newfoundland's Avalon and Bonavista Peninuslas. Our role? Set you up with the keys to your own vehicle and exclusive access to three incredible coastal homes located in St. John's, the town of Heart's Delight on Trinity Bay, and Bonavista—all under three hours apart. This is the trip that National Geographic experienced.  It is our best-seller.

Unscripted Experiences--Adventure through People 

We'll also give you a customized bookstore-quality guidebook written and demand-printed specifically for your trip—the self-directing Traveller's Diary.  This book is your key to connecting with the people and adventures that make Newfoundland’s coast unique.  We are the only travel company that transparently initiates real connections with the local community in a self-guided travel format. The Traveller's Diary sends you to the places and people that we know are the heart of Newfoundland.  

The flexible self-driving, self-guiding, self-catering circuit-tour gives you the opportunity to experience cultural and ecological discovery at your own pace, on your own terms and on your own time.  It's a real distinctive travel experience--a way to satisfy curiosity and spontaneity through nature, culture and chance.

Trip Highlights

Where to start? With a self-guided package you determine your specific day to day itinerary so it's hard to predict what will be a highlight for you--however-- provincial entry surveys indicate most people come to Newfoundland for the wildlife and seascapes, and the exit surveys indicate their highlight was interaction the local people.

Trip Itinerary

Day 1-- St. John's:  Arrive in St. John's, sometimes described as where "San Francisco meets Dublin". Spend three nights at Hipditch House, a newly-restored coastal home located in one of the oldest neighbourhoods in St. John's-- The Battery. Hipditch House shares the property line with Signal Hill National Historic Park.Take a daily hike to Signal Hill via the North Head Trail, located literally on your doorstep.  For 3-4 days explore North America's oldest city, England's first colony. Sample the rich Celtic music scene, dine on local cuisine, and hike/walk the extensive coastal trail system located within city limits.

Day 4--Heart's Delight, Trinity Bay: Arrive at Heart's Delight, a quiet former fishing village located directly on the Baccalieu Trail. Spend three nights at the ocean-front EJ Sooley House, a restored traditional fisherman's house built in 1930 located on the banks of Trinity Bay. For 3-4 days explore over seventy small outport communities along 240 km of coastline. Drive the Cape Shore Trail to Cape St. Mary's Ecological Reserve where 60,000 nesting Gannets settle on a 300 foot cliff.

Day 7--Bonavista, Bonavista Bay: Arrive at Bonavista, a bustling town located on the Discovery Trail. Spend three nights at the historic The Thomas Mouland House, a newly restored oceanfront located in the central Mockbeggar neighbourhood, one of the oldest neighbourhoods in the town. For 3-4 days explore the Discovery Trail visiting outport communities of Trinity, Kings Cove and Maberly. Take in local theatre, walk and hike coastal trails, visit abandoned communities by boat.

Day 10: Depart Bonavista for St. John's Airport.

Order a FREE National Geographic Map of Newfoundland>>

FAQ: Frequently Asked Questions>>

 

 

 
 
 
 
 


All tours and activities taken outside of the CapeRace Cultural Adventures Inc. tour are undertaken at the risk and expense of the traveller. The tour is a cultural adventure that will take you to remote areas which may not offer all of the conveniences/services found at home. Personal insurance is mandatory—and not included.  Be sure to ask lots of questions if you have critical needs or certain services that are generally available in urban centers.  Not suitable for any type of Recreational Vehicle (RV) travel.  See our Terms & Conditions & Cancellation Policy

From Ancient City to Outport. A 7 Day Self-Drive Trip from St. John's to Bonavista.

 

  • 7 Days from St. John's to Bonavista
  • 3 nights stay at St. John's, and 3 nights stay at Bonavista/Elliston on the Bonavista Peninsula
  • Pricing based on "exclusive use" of two private CapeRace coastal homes
  • Full-size rental vehicle included
  • One copy of the "Traveller's Diary" Custom Guidebook
  • Trips initiated at St John's, concluded at Bonavista
  • PRICING: Single-Family $2490 CDN per adult. Kids under 21 travel free.
  • Multi-Family flat-rate pricing available
  • Payments accepted by VISA, Mastercard or certified cheque; taxes extra
  • Departures every three days 
  • Flights not included

Ask a Question about this trip>>

 

Jonathan Tourtellot,  Fellow, National Geographic Center for Sustainable Destinations, Geotourism: "...Things you (CapeRace) have done involving people are truly trailblazing. I don't know of anyone, anywhere that has figured out such a great way to get tourists in contact with local people..."  

 

Robert Reid, US Travel Editor, Lonely Planet, after a stay with CapeRace:  "...Newfoundland, there is no other. It's a gift to travelers, willing to look. In St John's, you experience Newfoundland first, city second -- the culture and kindness is found everywhere. Catching a real-live kitchen party in Heart's Delight was the definitive experience..."   

Book an Adventure

 

It's about Exploration--7 Days of Spontaneous Events & Unique Discoveries

You determine your own pace for exploring Newfoundland's Avalon and Bonavista Peninuslas. We set you up with the keys to your own vehicle and exclusive access to incredible coastal homes located in St. John's and Elliston/Bonavista.

Unscripted Experiences--Adventure through People 

We'll also give you a customized bookstore-quality guidebook written and demand-printed specifically for your trip—the self-directing Traveller's Diary.  This book is your key to connecting with the people and adventures that make Newfoundland’s coast unique.  We are the only travel company that transparently initiates real connections with the local community in a self-guided travel format. The Traveller's Diary sends you to the places and people that we know are the heart of Newfoundland.  

The flexible self-driving, self-guiding, self-catering circuit-tour gives you the opportunity to experience cultural and ecological discovery at your own pace, on your own terms and on your own time. The award-winning Eco-Culture Experience™ is a great match for adventurous spirits and is the perfect way to a TRUE Newfoundland visit.  It's a real distinctive travel experience--a way to satisfy curiosity and spontaneity through nature, culture and chance.

Trip Highlights

Where to start? With a self-guided package you determine your specific day to day itinerary so it's hard to predict what will be a highlight for you--however-- provincial entry surveys indicate most people come to Newfoundland for the wildlife and seascapes, and the exit surveys indicate their highlight was interaction with local people. 

Trip Itinerary

Day 1-St. John's: Arrive in St. John's, sometimes described as where "San Franciso meets Dublin". Spend two nights at Hare's Ears Cottage, a newly-restored coastal home located in one of the oldest neighbourhoods in St. John's-- The Battery. Hare's Ears shares the property line with Signal Hill National Historic Park.Take a daily hike to Signal Hill via the North Head Trail, located literally on your doorstep. For 3 days explore North America's oldest city, England's first colony. Sample the rich Celtic music scene, dine on local cuisine, and hike/walk the extensive coastal trail system located within city limits.

Day 4-Elliston, Bonavista Peninsula: Arrive at Elliston, a quiet outport located on the Discovery Trail, 4km from Bonavista. Spend two nights at the historic Anchor House, a newly restored oceanfront home that shares 600 ft of CapeRace coastal waterfront property. For 3 days explore the Discovery Trail visiting outport communities of Trinity, Kings Cove and Maberly. Take in local theatre, walk and hike coastal trails, visit abandoned communites by boat.

Day 7: Depart Elliston for St. John's Airport.

FAQ: Frequently Asked Questions>>

 

"... thoughtfully crafted experiences that are eco- and culturally sensitive, provide uncommon access, and foster interaction with locals. It's the perfect antidote for these tumultuous times, as we reexamine what is important and look for trips that are meaningful and restorative"... The Editors of National Geographic Traveler after receiving "Top 50 Tours of a Lifetime" award.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

All tours and activities taken outside of the CapeRace Cultural Adventures Inc. tour are undertaken at the risk and expense of the traveller. The tour is a cultural adventure that will take you to remote areas which may not offer all of the conveniences/services found at home. Personal insurance is mandatory—and not included.  Be sure to ask lots of questions if you have critical needs or certain services that are generally available in urban centers.  Not suitable for any type of Recreational Vehicle (RV) travel.  See our 2012 Terms & Conditions & Cancellation Policy

A Gastro-Cultural Experience: Seven Days of Culinary Intrigue

For the Curious Diner. We've partnered with the Fogo Island Inn creating the ultimate culinary cultural travel experience. SEE National Post Story>>

Your stay begins on the breathtaking Avalon and Bonavista Peninsulas and concludes at Fogo Island, a remote island with a culture that dates back to 1500. It's a gastro-cultural adventure that your senses will never forget. Your trip will be steeped in local characters, spectacular wildlife and wide-ranging memorable dining experiences, from the exquisite to the edgy.

We have based the CapeRace Culinary Adventure on our award-winning original Eco-Culture Experience™ trip. While traveling from St. John’s to Fogo Island, our custom written personal travel guidebook will lead you to many gastro-cultural experiences powered by colourful characters, local fun, indigenous music and cultural surprises that you'll only ever experience here in Newfoundland. Meet renowned Newfoundland chefs such as Todd Perrin, (Canada’s Top Chef contestant), of Mallard Restaurant and Jeremy Charles of the award-winning Raymond's Fine Dining located in downtown St. John’s, and Murray McDonald of Fogo Island Inn. Find out why the top chefs use wild rabbit and moose and foraged berries or be the judge of the best fish & chips in town, a battle raging between two St. John's restaurants that have sat side by side since 1951. Drop in on a 75-year old family business that still serves up take-out baked turkey legs over an ancient counter.  

While in the coastal outports you'll receive a backstage kitchen pass to experience simple-kitchen gems set in idyllic wilderness settings. Take in a day of coastal hiking, visit the local art galleries, take a boat to get close to the whales or sample local beer at a famous Newfoundland pub. Enjoy a coastal outdoor lunch overlooking towering icebergs, breaching whales and gigantic seabirds then settle in for the night at one of our charming and cozy coastal homes.

The perfect ending to this culinary cultural trip will be a stay at the world-renowned Fogo Island Inn, known as a place of wood-burning stoves, wry humor, dramatic seascapes, happy dogs, sensible luxury and generous community hosts. 

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Coastal cottages located in real outport neighbourhoods will be your home for four nights, and your journey will end with two nights at the stilted luxurious world-renowned Fogo Island Inn. With a custom guidebook in hand you will explore St. John's, the oldest city in North America, the Bonavista Peninsula, where John Cabot discovered North America, concluding at Fogo, an island, off an island, and off the radar.

 

INCLUDED

Seven nights' accommodation; exclusive use of CapeRace properties, three nights Hare's Ears Cottage or Hipditch House at St. John's, two nights Thomas Mouland House at Bonavista or The Anchor at Elliston, Bonavista Peninsula. All CapeRace Culinary dining experiences. (one dinner each day, excluding alcohol) unlimited full-size rental vehicle.

Two nights at the Fogo Island Inn, Fogo, all meals included (excluding alcohol)

One copy of  "The Traveller's Diary,  a Backstage Kitchen-Pass to Eastern Newfoundland".

PRICING: From $3,850 CDN per person including ground transportation (unlimited km/mi full-size rental vehicle). Kids 12 and under are free*

*may require larger room at Fogo Island Inn

 

 

"... thoughtfully crafted experiences that are eco- and culturally sensitive, provide uncommon access, and foster interaction with locals. It's the perfect antidote for these tumultuous times, as we reexamine what is important and look for trips that are meaningful and restorative"... The Editors of National Geographic Traveler after recognizing CapeRace for their "Top 50 Tours of a Lifetime" award.

A 13 Day Newfoundland Exploration Adventure-St. John's, Bonavista Peninsula, Fogo Island & Gros Morne National Park. *New for fall 2014*

 
  • 13 Days Province-wide from St. John's to Gros Morne National Park. Self-guided-Self-catered
  • 3 nIghts stay at each of St. John's, Bonavista/Elliston, Fogo Island, & Gros Morne National Park
  • Full size vehicle with unlimited milage
  • One copy of the "Traveller's Diary" Custom Guidebook
  • $3750 CDN per person--under 21 years of age, $600 CDN per person*
  • Payments accepted by VISA or certified cheque: taxes extra
  • Deposit of 50% required for reservation, balance payable 30 days before departure
  • Trips are initiated at St John's, concluded at Gros Morne/Deer Lake

            *parties over 5 may require additional vehicle and additional room. 

Ask a questiona about this trip>>


Jonathan Tourtellot, Fellow, National Geographic Center for Sustainable Destinations: "...Things you (CapeRace) have done involving people are truly trailblazing. I don't know of anyone, anywhere that has figured out such a great way to get tourists in contact with local people..."  

Book an Adventure

 

It's about Exploration-13 Days of Spontaneous Events & Unique Discoveries, Province-wide

Like the Eco-Culture Experience™-Eastern trip, you determine your own pace for exploring, only the road trip takes you province-wide and is four days longer in duration.  Again, our role? Set you up with the keys to your own vehicle and access to four incredible coastal destinations at St. John's, Bonavista Peninsula, Fogo Island, and the magnificient Gros Morne National Park.

Unscripted Experiences--Adventure through People 

We are the only travel company that transparently initiates real connections with the local community in a self-guided travel format.  We'll give you a customized bookstore-quality guidebook written and demand-printed specifically for your trip—the self-directing Traveller's Diary.  This book is your key to connecting with the people and adventures that make Newfoundland’s coast unique.  The Traveller's Diary sends you to the places and people that we know are the heart of Newfoundland. 

The guidebook has details about the region's most popular destinations and activities but, more importantly, we send you on a scavenger hunt for interesting people and exotic places.  The Traveller's Diary contains clues to your destination's hidden secrets. The flexible self-driving, self-guiding, self-catering trip provides you the opportunity to experience cultural and ecological discovery at your own pace, on your own terms and on your own time.  You make all the decisions. 

The award winning Eco-Culture Experience™ is a great match for adventurous spirits and is the perfect way to a TRUE Newfoundland visit.  It's a real distinctive travel experience--a way to satisfy curiosity and spontaneity through nature, culture and chance.  Read about some of your possible adventures here.

 

Trip Highlights

Where to start? With a self-guided package you determine your specific day to day itinerary so it's hard to predict what will be a highlight for you--however-- provincial entry surveys indicate most people come to Newfoundland for the wildlife and seascapes, and the exit surveys indicate their highlight was interaction with local people. Our best effort at predicting your highlights can be found here>>.  Be sure to browse the entire Activities secition to get a feel for the trip.  

Trip Itinerary

Day 1- St. John's: Arrive in St. John's, sometimes described as where "San Franciso meets Dublin". Spend three nights at Hipditch House or  Hare's Ears Cottage, newly-restored coastal homes located in one of the oldest neighbourhoods in St. John's-- The Battery. Hare's Ears and Hipditch House share the property line with Signal Hill National Historic Park.Take a daily hike to Signal Hill via the North Head Trail, located literally on your doorstep. For 2-3 days explore North America's oldest city, England's first colony. Sample the rich Celtic music scene, dine on local cuisine, and hike/walk the extensive coastal trail system located within city limits.

Day 4- Bonavista Peninsula: Arrive at Bonavista or Elliston, quiet outports villages located on the Discovery Trail. Spend three nights at the historic Thomas Mouland House or  Anchor House, newly restored oceanfront homes. For 2-3 days explore the Discovery Trail visiting outport communities of Trinity, Kings Cove and Maberly. Take in local theatre, walk and hike coastal trails, visit abandoned communites by boat.

Day 7-Fogo Island, Central: Arrive at Fogo and spend three nights on the largest off-shore island of Newfoundland and Labrador and the oldest named feature on the coast dating back to the 16th century on French maps. Stay at quaint guest houses or B&B's. Relax and experience ancient folk customs brought from England and Ireland. Chat with locals that still maintain their Elizabethan English and Old Irish dialects. Visit Tilting Harbour, one of the most historically significant settlements in Eastern Canada that has been well presvered both architecturally and culturally.

Day 10-Gros Morne Park: Arrive at Gros Morne National Park, UNESCO World Heritage Site. Spend three nights at beautiful local Inn.  Walk, hike, boat, kayak, bike or drive your way through the 1800 sq km park. Experience fjords, glacial valleys, sheer cliffs, waterfalls and pristine lakes alone, with a group, or with a guide. Take in the outstanding local theatre at Cow Head. Dine on local cuisine in many of the local dining establishments found throughout the park.

Day 13-Gros Morne Park: Depart Gros Morne for Deer Lake Airport. 

 

See National Geographic's videos from their Eco-Culutre Experience™ trip>>

See what the Travelers have to say >>

FAQ: Frequently Asked Questions>>

All tours and activities taken outside of the CapeRace Cultural Adventures Inc. tour are undertaken at the risk and expense of the traveller. The tour is a cultural adventure that will take you to remote areas which may not offer all of the conveniences/services found at home. Personal insurance is mandatory—and not included.  Be sure to ask lots of questions if you have critical needs or certain services that are generally available in urban centers.  Not suitable for any type of Recreational Vehicle (RV) travel.  See our 2012 Terms & Conditions & Cancellation Policy

Our classic 10 Day Eco-Culutre Experience trip with all the extras. New for 2015.

  • 10 Days from St. John's to Elliston, Bonavista Peninsula. Self-guided
  • Daily Departures May through October
  • 3 nights in St. John's, 3 Nights in Heart's Delight, 3 Nights in Elliston, Bonavista Peninsula
  • Exclusive use of  three private CapeRace coastal homes
  • 2 unique coastal meals
  • Private outport kitchen party with boil-up 
  • Day & Night tour of Old St. John's
  • Trip to the Abandoned Communities by boat
  • Scientific Whale Watching
  • Unlimited km full-size vehicle
  • One copy of the "Traveller's Diary" Custom Guidebook
  • Trips initiated at St. John's and concluded at Bonavista
  • $3990 CDN per person-- Multi-family rates available.  CLICK to Request  Quote>>
  • Under 21 years of age- $300 CDN per person  
  • Payments accepted by VISA, Mastercard or certified cheque; taxes extra

Ask a Question about this trip>>

 

Jonathan Tourtellot,  Fellow, National Geographic Center for Sustainable Destinations: "...Things you (CapeRace) have done involving people are truly trailblazing. I don't know of anyone, anywhere that has figured out such a great way to get tourists in contact with local people..."  

 

Robert Reid, US Travel Editor, Lonely Planet, after a stay with CapeRace:  "...Newfoundland, there is no other. It's a gift to travelers, willing to look. In St John's, you experience Newfoundland first, city second -- the culture and kindness is found everywhere. Catching a real-live kitchen party in Heart's Delight was the definitive experience. Newfoundland is a special place..."   

Book an Adventure

 

It's about Exploration--10 Days of Spontaneous Events & Unique Discoveries-Our Best Seller

Based on our orignal award-wining Eco-Culture Experience trip- with all the extras included. You determine your own pace for exploring Newfoundland's Avalon and Bonavista Peninuslas. We set you up with the keys to your own vehicle and exclusive access to three incredible coastal homes located in St. John's and Elliston, Bonavista Peninsula—all under three hours apart. In St. John's you'll have our colurful guide that will take you behind the scenes of some of St. John's hidden gems; hear the unscripted stories of the local fishermen at private twine lofts and explore the back streets and lanes of old St. John's.  He'll help become a true Newfoundlander at the lively pubs that only locals know. You'll enjoy great meals in two coastal establishments that you won't forget. Climb aboard a small boat that will take you to the unknown abandoned communities and hear the shocking stories of the 1960's outport resettlement from our favorite humourous and sometimes edgy pilot. No trip to Newfoundland is complete without a whale watching expereince-one that is different. On your small boat you will be accompanied by a biologist that will teach you about these magnificaent creatures that make their way to the Rock every summer.You determine your own pace for exploring Newfoundland's Avalon and Bonavista Peninuslas. Our role? Set you up with the keys to your own vehicle and exclusive access to three incredible coastal homes located in St. John's, the town of Heart's Delight on Trinity Bay, and Bonavista—all under three hours apart. This is based on the trip that National Geographic experienced, our best-seller.

Unscripted Experiences--Adventure through People 

We'll also give you a customized bookstore-quality guidebook written and demand-printed specifically for your trip—the self-directing Traveller's Diary.  This book is your key to connecting with the people and adventures that make Newfoundland’s coast unique.  We are the only travel company that transparently initiates real connections with the local community in a self-guided travel format. The Traveller's Diary sends you to the places and people that we know are the heart of Newfoundland.  

The flexible self-driving, self-guiding, self-catering circuit-tour gives you the opportunity to experience cultural and ecological discovery at your own pace, on your own terms and on your own time.  It's a real distinctive travel experience--a way to satisfy curiosity and spontaneity through nature, culture and chance.

Trip Highlights

Where to start? With a self-guided package you determine your specific day to day itinerary so it's hard to predict what will be a highlight for you--however-- provincial entry surveys indicate most people come to Newfoundland for the wildlife and seascapes, and the exit surveys indicate their highlight was interaction the local people.

Trip Itinerary

Day 1-- St. John's:  Arrive in St. John's, sometimes described as where "San Francisco meets Dublin". Spend three nights at Hipditch House, a newly-restored coastal home located in one of the oldest neighbourhoods in St. John's-- The Battery. Hipditch House shares the property line with Signal Hill National Historic Park.Take a daily hike to Signal Hill via the North Head Trail, located literally on your doorstep.  For 3-4 days explore North America's oldest city, England's first colony. Sample the rich Celtic music scene, dine on local cuisine, and hike/walk the extensive coastal trail system located within city limits.

Day 4--Heart's Delight, Trinity Bay: Arrive at Heart's Delight, a quiet former fishing village located directly on the Baccalieu Trail. Spend three nights at the ocean-front EJ Sooley House, a restored traditional fisherman's house built in 1930 located on the banks of Trinity Bay. For 3-4 days explore over seventy small outport communities along 240 km of coastline. Drive the Cape Shore Trail to Cape St. Mary's Ecological Reserve where 60,000 nesting Gannets settle on a 300 foot cliff.

Day 7--Elliston, Bonavista Peninsula.   Arrive at Elliston, a quiet outport located on the Discovery Trail, 4km from Bonavista. Spend two nights at the historic Anchor House, a newly restored oceanfront home that shares 600 ft of CapeRace coastal waterfront property. For 3 days explore the Discovery Trail visiting outport communities of Trinity, Kings Cove and Maberly. Take in local theatre, walk and hike coastal trails, visit abandoned communites by boat.

Day 10: Depart Elliston for St. John's Airport.

Order a FREE National Geographic Map of Newfoundland>>

FAQ: Frequently Asked Questions>>

 

 

 
 
 
 
 


All tours and activities taken outside of the CapeRace Cultural Adventures Inc. tour are undertaken at the risk and expense of the traveller. The tour is a cultural adventure that will take you to remote areas which may not offer all of the conveniences/services found at home. Personal insurance is mandatory—and not included.  Be sure to ask lots of questions if you have critical needs or certain services that are generally available in urban centers.  Not suitable for any type of Recreational Vehicle (RV) travel.  See our Terms & Conditions & Cancellation Policy

Our classic 7 Day Eco-Culutre Experience trip with all the extras. New for 2015.

 

  • 7 Days from St. John's to Bonavista. Self-guided
  • Daily Departures May through October
  • 3 nights in St. John's, 3 Nights in Bonavista
  • Exclusive use of  three private CapeRace coastal homes
  • 2 unique coastal meals
  • Day & Night tour of Old St. John's
  • Trip to the Abandoned Communities by boat
  • Scientific Whale Watching
  • Unlimited km full-size vehicle
  • One copy of the "Traveller's Diary" Custom Guidebook
  • Trips initiated at St. John's and concluded at Bonavista
  • $3690 CDN per person-- Multi-family rates available.   CLICK to Request  Quote>>
  • Under 21 years of age- $300 CDN per person  
  • Payments accepted by VISA, Mastercard or certified cheque; taxes extra

Ask a Question about this trip>>

 

Jonathan Tourtellot,  Fellow, National Geographic Center for Sustainable Destinations: "...Things you (CapeRace) have done involving people are truly trailblazing. I don't know of anyone, anywhere that has figured out such a great way to get tourists in contact with local people..."  

 

Robert Reid, US Travel Editor, Lonely Planet, after a stay with CapeRace:  "...Newfoundland, there is no other. It's a gift to travelers, willing to look. In St John's, you experience Newfoundland first, city second -- the culture and kindness is found everywhere. Catching a real-live kitchen party in Heart's Delight was the definitive experience. Newfoundland is a special place..."   

Book an Adventure

 

It's about Exploration-- 7 Days of Spontaneous Events & Unique Discoveries- New for 2015

Based on our orignal award-wining Eco-Culture Experience trip- with all the extras included. You determine your own pace for exploring Newfoundland's Avalon and Bonavista Peninuslas. We set you up with the keys to your own vehicle and exclusive access to two incredible coastal homes located in St. John's and Bonavista—all under three hours apart. In St. John's you'll have our colurful guide that will take you behind the scenes of some of St. John's hidden gems; hear the unscripted stories of the local fishermen at private twine lofts and explore the back streets and lanes of old St. John's.  He'll help become a true Newfoundlander at the lively pubs that only locals know. You'll enjoy great meals in two coastal establishments that you won't forget. Climb aboard a small boat that will take you to the unknown abandoned communities and hear the shocking stories of the 1960's outport resettlement from our favorite humourous and sometimes edgy pilot. No trip to Newfoundland is complete without a whale watching expereince-one that is different. On your small boat you will be accompanied by a biologist that will teach you about these magnificaent creatures that make their way to the Rock every summer.

This trip is based on the adventure that National Geographic experienced and reported on>>.

Unscripted Experiences--Adventure through People 

We'll also give you a customized bookstore-quality guidebook written and demand-printed specifically for your trip—the self-directing Traveller's Diary.  This book is your key to connecting with the people and adventures that make Newfoundland’s coast unique.  We are the only travel company that transparently initiates real connections with the local community in a self-guided travel format. The Traveller's Diary sends you to the places and people that we know are the heart of Newfoundland.  

The flexible self-driving, self-guiding, self-catering circuit-tour gives you the opportunity to experience cultural and ecological discovery at your own pace, on your own terms and on your own time. The award-winning Eco-Culture Experience™ is a great match for adventurous spirits and is the perfect way to a TRUE Newfoundland visit.  It's a real distinctive travel experience--a way to satisfy curiosity and spontaneity through nature, culture and chance.

Trip Highlights

Where to start? With a self-guided package you determine your specific day to day itinerary so it's hard to predict what will be a highlight for you--however-- provincial entry surveys indicate most people come to Newfoundland for the wildlife and seascapes, and the exit surveys indicate their highlight was interaction with local people. Our best effort at predicting your highlights can be found here>>.  Be sure to browse the entire Activities secition to get a feel for the trip.  

Trip Itinerary

Trip Itinerary

Day 1-St. John's: Arrive in St. John's, sometimes described as where "San Franciso meets Dublin". Spend two nights at Hare's Ears Cottage, a newly-restored coastal home located in one of the oldest neighbourhoods in St. John's-- The Battery. Hare's Ears shares the property line with Signal Hill National Historic Park. Take a daily hike to Signal Hill via the North Head Trail, located literally on your doorstep. For 3 days explore North America's oldest city, England's first colony. Sample the rich Celtic music scene, dine on local cuisine, and hike/walk the extensive coastal trail system located within city limits.

Day 4-Bonavista: Arrive at Bonavista, a bustling town located on the Discovery Trail. Spend three nights at the historic The Thomas Mouland House, a newly restored oceanfront located in the central Mockbeggar neighbourhood, one of the oldest neighbourhoods in the town. For 3-4 days explore the Discovery Trail visiting outport communities of Trinity, Kings Cove and Maberly. Take in local theatre, walk and hike coastal trails, visit abandoned communities by boat.

Day 7: Depart Bonavista for St. John's Airport.

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FAQ: Frequently Asked Questions>>

 

All tours and activities taken outside of the CapeRace Cultural Adventures Inc. tour are undertaken at the risk and expense of the traveller. The tour is a cultural adventure that will take you to remote areas which may not offer all of the conveniences/services found at home. Personal insurance is mandatory—and not included.  Be sure to ask lots of questions if you have critical needs or certain services that are generally available in urban centers.  Not suitable for any type of Recreational Vehicle (RV) travel.  See our 2012 Terms & Conditions & Cancellation Policy

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