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

 
  • 9 nights 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 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 $2690 CDN per adult. Kids under 21, $600 CDN
  • 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

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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.

 


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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.

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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 Self-Drive Trip from St. John's to Bonavista.

 

  • 6 nights 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 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 $2190 CDN per adult.  Kids under 21, $400 CDN
  • 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..."   

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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, just 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

New for 2014. We've partnered with the Fogo Island Inn creating the ultimate culinary cultural travel experience. SEE PRESS RELEASE>>

Your stay begins on the breathtaking Avalon and Bonavista Peninsulas and conclude 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 CapeRace Culinary Adventures 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), of Mallard Restaurant and Jeremy Charles of the award-winning Raymonds 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

Bonavista Scoff

Six nights accommodation; exclusive use of CapeRace properties, two nights Hare's Ears Cottage at St. John's, two nights The Anchor at Elliston, Bonavista Peninsula. All CapeRace Culinary dining experiences. (one dinner each day, excluding alcohol) unlinited 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 $3,650 CDN per person including ground transportation (unlimited km/mi full-size rental vehicle). Kids are free (12 and under). 

 

 

"... 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.

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