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CapeRace CULINARY St. John's - 4 Days

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  • NEW: Culinary Getaway to St. John's. A compact extended weekend full of great food, local music and outdoor fresh-air adventures all within the city limits

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      CAD USD
    SINGLE PERSON $1,860.00 CAD $1,432.20 USD
    KIDS UNDER 21 $570.00 CAD $438.90 USD
    Adults23456
    Price Per Person$1,860.00 CAD$1,390.00 CAD$1,150.00 CAD$1,100.00 CAD$980.00 CAD
    $1,432.20 USD$1,070.30 USD$885.50 USD$847.00 USD$754.60 USD
    Adults23456
    Price Per Person1,860.00 CAD1,390.00 CAD1,150.00 CAD1,100.00 CAD980.00 CAD

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    CapeRace CULINARY St. John's

    TRIP OVERVIEW:

    "Food is one of the key ways in which we experience a place when travelling. That secret locals' tapas bar you stumbled across down a backstreet; that briny-fresh seafood you saw hauled straight from the sea. Ingredients evoke landscapes, recipes recall history and certain dishes can unlock the very essence of a place and its people". St. John's is a secret foodie capital, with unparalleled cuisine inspired by the New Nordic movement that Copenhagen and Stockholm embraced ten years ago. Arrive Thursday evening and experience three nights/four days of culinary intrigue, great coastal hiking and walking and a unique music scene unmatched anywhere in Canada. By day, you’ll explore all "the Rock" has to offer: from wow-inducing icebergs to ocean-battered hiking trails; from breaching whales to swooping eagles; from friendly pubs to painted “jellybean” houses. By evening, you’ll sit down to dinner at three of the most exciting tables in the province. Montreal chef Chuck Hughes writes: "Newfoundland is one of the most unique, rugged and breathtaking places on earth... the best way to uncover its raw beauty, sense of history and culture is through its people and their food." Another Montreal chef, Derek Dammann, summed up the Newfoundland cuisine experience to the Globe and Mail: "This is, by far, the best food in Canada right now." After a great evening of culinary intrigue, you'll close the night in an ageless, timeless, friendly venue featuring the best east-coast music offered anywhere. We’ve made the impossible-to-secure dining reservations, checked out the best weekend music gigs, gathered a bunch of taxi chits, and prepared Hare's Ears Cottage for your stay; a sunny, raincoat-yellow painted cottage in the Outer Battery Village, a place of twisty roads, fishing stages and legendary friendly-funny Newfoundlanders. It's one of the oldest and scenic neighbourhoods in St. John's; a neighbourhood that Conde Nast Traveler calls "The Most Beautiful Place in Canada". We've written a time-specific guide to the city that will keep you as busy as you'd like to be, exploring areas only the locals would know. All you have to do is show up.

     

    "...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..." Jonathan Tourtellot, National Geographic Center for Sustainable Destinations

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"Ingredients evoke landscapes, recipes recall history and certain dishes can unlock the very essence of a place and its people".

Get under the skin of St. John's.This is a weekend gastro-cultural adventure that your senses will never forget. Your digs for the weekend are Hares Ears Cottage, nestled in the cliffs of the quirky Outer Battery Neighbourhood. Your culinary adventure will be steeped in local characters, spectacular wildlife and wide-ranging memorable dining experiences, from the exquisite to the edgy. We have based our CapeRace Culinary Adventures on our award-winning original Eco-Culture Experience™ trip. While traveling around St. John’s, our unique CapeRace Culinary MapGuide 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 in Newfoundland. Enjoy great flight access from New York and Toronto with three hour direct flights.

Meet renowned Newfoundland chefs such as Todd Perrin, (Canada’s Top Chef contestant) of Mallard Restaurant and Jeremy Charles of award-winning Raymond's fine dining. 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. Tour the QV Craft Brewery at Quidi Vidi Village and attend a tasting of their best-selling beers, including Iceberg Beer, made from 30,000 year old glacial ice. Walk in on their weekly ocean-side kitchen party held every Friday afternoon. 

Backstage Kitchen Pass

While touring the the city your CapeRace Culinary MapGuide will lead you to exquisite restaurants, simple-kitchen gems, and back-alley pubs. It will provide you with a packed insider's peek into little known sights, hiking trails and secret places only locals would know. Depending on when you travel, take in a day of coastal hiking, walking or coastal mountain biking, 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 the charming and cozy coastal Hares Ears Cottage.

What's Included:

 

Exclusive use of one CapeRace property; Hare's Ear's Cottage at St. John's for three nights.

Fridge stocked with local specialty items to get you started.

Three culinary dining experiences at leading St. John's restaurants. 

QV Craft Brewery tour and beer tasting session.

One copy of personalized  "CapeRace Culinary MapGuide", written by CapeRace with fresh contributions from previous CapeRace travellers

Transportation: 8 taxi chits to get you to and from your dining and evening experiences

What's not Included:

 

Air transportation. We can provide you with important advice on how to secure the best air fares. Great direct flights from New York (3 hours, from $250)  Toronto (3 hours from $250) and most Canadian cities.

Alcohol and gratuity over 15%

Travel insurance. Travel insurance can be purchased at your local bank.

Boat tours and activities. We can make suggestions and take care of bookings for great side trips and tours. Most of our recommendations are for activities that carry no charge. Outdoor activity opportunities  change with the seasons. It does not snow in the pubs.

Rental vehicle fuel, GPS, insurance. (Insurance coverage provided by most credit cards)

 

 

Day 1-4  St. John's

From the very start of your culinary adventure you’ll have reservations at the city’s most exciting dining destinations: One is helmed by a Top Chef Canada fan favourite; the other was named Canada’s best new restaurant—and best restaurant, period—by the country’s leading food critics. We’ll guide you towards many other local gems too, so you can sample everything from fresh seafood to traditional baked goods to vegetarian dishes for the rest of your time in town.  St. John's is Newfoundland’s capital city—a place with a "San Francisco meets Dublin" vibe. You’ll spend three nights there, based at Hare's Ears Cottage, a light-filled restored heritage cottage overlooking the sea, in the Outer Battery Village, one of the oldest—and most colourful—neighbourhoods in St. John's.  Hare's Ears is a short hike from Signal Hill National Historic Park, via the North Head Trail, which starts quite literally at your doorstep. For three to four days you spend here in North America’s oldest city, you can listen to live Celtic music, hike the extensive coastal trail system or simply head to the independent boutiques and crafters’ studios to find one-of-a-kind souvenirs. 

Hare’s Ears Cottage- Outer Battery Village, St. John’s

Conde Nast Traveler, Feb 2016, calls the Outer Battery Village "Most Beautiful Place in Canada..."

Stay at the most easterly guest house in North America

  • Ten minute walk from St. John's downtown core
  • Shares property line with Signal Hill National Park
  • Located in the cliffs on the Signal Hill trail system
  • Contemporary decor in an artisan craftsman atmosphere
  • Three bedrooms, two bathrooms. 2 queens + 2 twins
  • Expansive kitchen with bar + deck and barbecue
  • Ground floor studio with separate entrance; 3rd bed, 2nd bath, 2nd kitchen
  • Sweeping views of the city, harbour 
  • Fully equipped with Internet, cable TV and laundry facilities
  • Featured in Romantic Homes Magazine and over five times in HOUZZ, leading magazine for design enthusiasts and architects

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"Sunny yellow, cherry red, turquoise blue—St. Johns’ pop-art-colored houses, collectively known as Jellybean Row, look especially awe-inspiring clustered in the cliffs of this atmosphere-drenched coastal neighborhood just outside downtown..."  Condé Nast Traveller, February 2016, profiling the Battery Village, St. John's.

This coastal home on St. John's harbour is the most easterly guest house in North America. It shares the property line with Signal Hill national park and has door-step access to the Signal Hill hiking and walking trails. Nestled in the cliffs of the popular Outer Battery Village, the house is just 30 feet from the ocean and one minute from the park, three minutes from downtown by car and twelve minutes by foot. It has a deck with gas bbq, panoramic views of the harbour & city skyline, and a southern exposure. The Outer Battery is one of the oldest neighbourhoods in the city and still maintains the look and feel of a small fishing village. Bald Eagles nesting near property. With an independent ground floor studio, it is configured for the multi-generational traveller and great for those who want the option of indepedence from their travelling companions. 

  • 2 minute walk to Fort Waldegrave Lookout
  • 7 minute walk to downtown Sheraton Hotel
  • 7 minute walk to Duckworth St. Restaurants
  • 15 minute walk to Water St Shopping
  • 15 minute walk to Duke of Duckworth Pub
  • Ultra-comfortable beds, premium pillow top mattress
  • 400+ thread-count Egyptian cotton bed linens
  • Premium brand small kitchen appliances
  • Fully-equiped laundry
  • Professional pre-arrival cleaning

 See the Fun Restoration Video>>

 

The Traveller's Diary: A bookstore quality Guidebook written annually by CapeRace to suit your travel style

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..."

 

Your secret weapon. We are the only travel company that initiates real connections with the local community in a self-guided travel format. Seasoned travellers know that technology has destroyed the printed old-school travel guide. It's been replaced by Trip-Advisor type "opinion" and paid-for, commercially influenced blogs. Mobile apps have also largely failed in this area.  We have used technology to improve the old-school guidebook.

Just how do we do it?

First, CapeRace believes the two major factors that impact the enjoyment of an adventure is spontaneity and time management. You simply need to allocate enough discretionary time to allow unplanned situations and interactions to influence your trip. This creates the sense of exploration and discovery. It's particularly important in Newfoundland to minimize your vehicle commute-time and maximize your commute-explore time. This is a challenge when touring the expansive island, as Newfoundland is a driving vacation. Many lose their trip to their car and return home with pictures taken through a bug-splattered window.

The CapeRace-written guidebook gets local. We write about people and places in your specific neighbourhood and recommend activities within 1.5-2 hours of each house. This creates a virtual "perimeter around the playground" and gets you back to your coastal home's deck for cocktail hour, just in time to watch the whales and magnificent sunsets.

Adventure Through People

Second, it is our strong belief that connecting with the local community produces the best travel experience. That memorable heart-felt and life-changing travel experiences occur off the standard tourist beat and with a sense of the unknown and discovery. We specifically write the guidebook in a way that changes the odds and nature of chance meetings of colourful characters, all set in a spectacular scenic backdrop. Through hidden agendas, the Traveller's Diary will lead you to a situation, but it is up to you to make the exchange happen through the development of your own relationship with the people you will encounter. It's all by chance, which creates the true, meaningful and most important, fun experience. This is the concept that caught National Geographic's attention and urged them to take the trip.

Responsible Travel

We use technology to quickly update the travel guide, swapping people and places in and out of the book as we discover new areas to explore and new people to meet. This dilutes the overall traveller's footprint and spreads out the economic benefit in rural areas.

 

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If you would like to have the "Traveller's Diary" customized to your specific travel style, we can edit and demand print a guide unique to you and your travelling group for a nominal charge.

Using new publication technology we can professionally demand-print single personalized copies of the travel guide. With our knowledge of your destination and a good understanding of where you stand on the Eco-Culture scale, we can demand-print one unique copy of the guide book, specifically for you. The Traveller's Diary creates that sense of adventure sometimes lost in large-scale tourism, that opportunity to truly connect with a person or place in a meaningful way. Contact us if you would like us to personalize your itinerary

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CUL4DAY17-9

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March 02, 2017 March 05, 2017
CADUSD
$1,860 CAD $1,432.20 USD
Adults23456
Price Per Person$1,860 CAD$1,390 CAD$1,150 CAD$1,100 CAD$980 CAD
$1,432.20 USD$1,070.30 USD$885.50 USD$847.00 USD$754.60 USD
Note : Kids under 21 can travel at $570 CAD / $438.90 USD per kid.
Adults23456
Price Per Person1,860.00 CAD1,390.00 CAD1,150.00 CAD1,100.00 CAD980.00 CAD
Note:Kids under 21 can travel at 570 CAD per kid.
CUL4DAY17-10

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March 09, 2017 March 12, 2017
CADUSD
$1,860 CAD $1,432.20 USD
Adults23456
Price Per Person$1,860 CAD$1,390 CAD$1,150 CAD$1,100 CAD$980 CAD
$1,432.20 USD$1,070.30 USD$885.50 USD$847.00 USD$754.60 USD
Note : Kids under 21 can travel at $570 CAD / $438.90 USD per kid.
Adults23456
Price Per Person1,860.00 CAD1,390.00 CAD1,150.00 CAD1,100.00 CAD980.00 CAD
Note:Kids under 21 can travel at 570 CAD per kid.
CUL4DAY17-11

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March 16, 2017 March 19, 2017
CADUSD
$1,860 CAD $1,432.20 USD
Adults23456
Price Per Person$1,860 CAD$1,390 CAD$1,150 CAD$1,100 CAD$980 CAD
$1,432.20 USD$1,070.30 USD$885.50 USD$847.00 USD$754.60 USD
Note : Kids under 21 can travel at $570 CAD / $438.90 USD per kid.
Adults23456
Price Per Person1,860.00 CAD1,390.00 CAD1,150.00 CAD1,100.00 CAD980.00 CAD
Note:Kids under 21 can travel at 570 CAD per kid.
CUL4DAY17-12

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March 23, 2017 March 26, 2017
CADUSD
$1,860 CAD $1,432.20 USD
Adults23456
Price Per Person$1,860 CAD$1,390 CAD$1,150 CAD$1,100 CAD$980 CAD
$1,432.20 USD$1,070.30 USD$885.50 USD$847.00 USD$754.60 USD
Note : Kids under 21 can travel at $570 CAD / $438.90 USD per kid.
Adults23456
Price Per Person1,860.00 CAD1,390.00 CAD1,150.00 CAD1,100.00 CAD980.00 CAD
Note:Kids under 21 can travel at 570 CAD per kid.
CUL4DAY17-13

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March 30, 2017 April 02, 2017
CADUSD
$1,860 CAD $1,432.20 USD
Adults23456
Price Per Person$1,860 CAD$1,390 CAD$1,150 CAD$1,100 CAD$980 CAD
$1,432.20 USD$1,070.30 USD$885.50 USD$847.00 USD$754.60 USD
Note : Kids under 21 can travel at $570 CAD / $438.90 USD per kid.
Adults23456
Price Per Person1,860.00 CAD1,390.00 CAD1,150.00 CAD1,100.00 CAD980.00 CAD
Note:Kids under 21 can travel at 570 CAD per kid.
CUL4DAY17-14

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April 06, 2017 April 09, 2017
CADUSD
$1,860 CAD $1,432.20 USD
Adults23456
Price Per Person$1,860 CAD$1,390 CAD$1,150 CAD$1,100 CAD$980 CAD
$1,432.20 USD$1,070.30 USD$885.50 USD$847.00 USD$754.60 USD
Note : Kids under 21 can travel at $570 CAD / $438.90 USD per kid.
Adults23456
Price Per Person1,860.00 CAD1,390.00 CAD1,150.00 CAD1,100.00 CAD980.00 CAD
Note:Kids under 21 can travel at 570 CAD per kid.
CUL4DAY17-15

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April 13, 2017 April 16, 2017
CADUSD
$1,860 CAD $1,432.20 USD
Adults23456
Price Per Person$1,860 CAD$1,390 CAD$1,150 CAD$1,100 CAD$980 CAD
$1,432.20 USD$1,070.30 USD$885.50 USD$847.00 USD$754.60 USD
Note : Kids under 21 can travel at $570 CAD / $438.90 USD per kid.
Adults23456
Price Per Person1,860.00 CAD1,390.00 CAD1,150.00 CAD1,100.00 CAD980.00 CAD
Note:Kids under 21 can travel at 570 CAD per kid.
CUL4DAY17-16

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April 20, 2017 April 23, 2017
CADUSD
$1,860 CAD $1,432.20 USD
Adults23456
Price Per Person$1,860 CAD$1,390 CAD$1,150 CAD$1,100 CAD$980 CAD
$1,432.20 USD$1,070.30 USD$885.50 USD$847.00 USD$754.60 USD
Note : Kids under 21 can travel at $570 CAD / $438.90 USD per kid.
Adults23456
Price Per Person1,860.00 CAD1,390.00 CAD1,150.00 CAD1,100.00 CAD980.00 CAD
Note:Kids under 21 can travel at 570 CAD per kid.
CUL4DAY17-17

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April 27, 2017 April 30, 2017
CADUSD
$1,860 CAD $1,432.20 USD
Adults23456
Price Per Person$1,860 CAD$1,390 CAD$1,150 CAD$1,100 CAD$980 CAD
$1,432.20 USD$1,070.30 USD$885.50 USD$847.00 USD$754.60 USD
Note : Kids under 21 can travel at $570 CAD / $438.90 USD per kid.
Adults23456
Price Per Person1,860.00 CAD1,390.00 CAD1,150.00 CAD1,100.00 CAD980.00 CAD
Note:Kids under 21 can travel at 570 CAD per kid.
CUL4DAY17-18

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May 04, 2017 May 07, 2017
CADUSD
$1,860 CAD $1,432.20 USD
Adults23456
Price Per Person$1,860 CAD$1,390 CAD$1,150 CAD$1,100 CAD$980 CAD
$1,432.20 USD$1,070.30 USD$885.50 USD$847.00 USD$754.60 USD
Note : Kids under 21 can travel at $570 CAD / $438.90 USD per kid.
Adults23456
Price Per Person1,860.00 CAD1,390.00 CAD1,150.00 CAD1,100.00 CAD980.00 CAD
Note:Kids under 21 can travel at 570 CAD per kid.
CUL4DAY17-19

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May 11, 2017 May 14, 2017
CADUSD
$1,860 CAD $1,432.20 USD
Adults23456
Price Per Person$1,860 CAD$1,390 CAD$1,150 CAD$1,100 CAD$980 CAD
$1,432.20 USD$1,070.30 USD$885.50 USD$847.00 USD$754.60 USD
Note : Kids under 21 can travel at $570 CAD / $438.90 USD per kid.
Adults23456
Price Per Person1,860.00 CAD1,390.00 CAD1,150.00 CAD1,100.00 CAD980.00 CAD
Note:Kids under 21 can travel at 570 CAD per kid.
CUL4DAY17-20

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May 18, 2017 May 21, 2017
CADUSD
$1,860 CAD $1,432.20 USD
Adults23456
Price Per Person$1,860 CAD$1,390 CAD$1,150 CAD$1,100 CAD$980 CAD
$1,432.20 USD$1,070.30 USD$885.50 USD$847.00 USD$754.60 USD
Note : Kids under 21 can travel at $570 CAD / $438.90 USD per kid.
Adults23456
Price Per Person1,860.00 CAD1,390.00 CAD1,150.00 CAD1,100.00 CAD980.00 CAD
Note:Kids under 21 can travel at 570 CAD per kid.
CUL4DAY17-21

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May 25, 2017 May 28, 2017
CADUSD
$1,860 CAD $1,432.20 USD
Adults23456
Price Per Person$1,860 CAD$1,390 CAD$1,150 CAD$1,100 CAD$980 CAD
$1,432.20 USD$1,070.30 USD$885.50 USD$847.00 USD$754.60 USD
Note : Kids under 21 can travel at $570 CAD / $438.90 USD per kid.
Adults23456
Price Per Person1,860.00 CAD1,390.00 CAD1,150.00 CAD1,100.00 CAD980.00 CAD
Note:Kids under 21 can travel at 570 CAD per kid.
CUL4DAY17-22

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June 01, 2017 June 04, 2017
CADUSD
$1,860 CAD $1,432.20 USD
Adults23456
Price Per Person$1,860 CAD$1,390 CAD$1,150 CAD$1,100 CAD$980 CAD
$1,432.20 USD$1,070.30 USD$885.50 USD$847.00 USD$754.60 USD
Note : Kids under 21 can travel at $570 CAD / $438.90 USD per kid.
Adults23456
Price Per Person1,860.00 CAD1,390.00 CAD1,150.00 CAD1,100.00 CAD980.00 CAD
Note:Kids under 21 can travel at 570 CAD per kid.
CUL4DAY17-23

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June 08, 2017 June 11, 2017
CADUSD
$1,860 CAD $1,432.20 USD
Adults23456
Price Per Person$1,860 CAD$1,390 CAD$1,150 CAD$1,100 CAD$980 CAD
$1,432.20 USD$1,070.30 USD$885.50 USD$847.00 USD$754.60 USD
Note : Kids under 21 can travel at $570 CAD / $438.90 USD per kid.
Adults23456
Price Per Person1,860.00 CAD1,390.00 CAD1,150.00 CAD1,100.00 CAD980.00 CAD
Note:Kids under 21 can travel at 570 CAD per kid.
CUL4DAY17-24

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June 15, 2017 June 18, 2017
CADUSD
$1,860 CAD $1,432.20 USD
Adults23456
Price Per Person$1,860 CAD$1,390 CAD$1,150 CAD$1,100 CAD$980 CAD
$1,432.20 USD$1,070.30 USD$885.50 USD$847.00 USD$754.60 USD
Note : Kids under 21 can travel at $570 CAD / $438.90 USD per kid.
Adults23456
Price Per Person1,860.00 CAD1,390.00 CAD1,150.00 CAD1,100.00 CAD980.00 CAD
Note:Kids under 21 can travel at 570 CAD per kid.
CUL4DAY17-25

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June 22, 2017 June 25, 2017
CADUSD
$1,860 CAD $1,432.20 USD
Adults23456
Price Per Person$1,860 CAD$1,390 CAD$1,150 CAD$1,100 CAD$980 CAD
$1,432.20 USD$1,070.30 USD$885.50 USD$847.00 USD$754.60 USD
Note : Kids under 21 can travel at $570 CAD / $438.90 USD per kid.
Adults23456
Price Per Person1,860.00 CAD1,390.00 CAD1,150.00 CAD1,100.00 CAD980.00 CAD
Note:Kids under 21 can travel at 570 CAD per kid.
  1. Question: 
    What is CapeRace Cultural Adventures?
    Answer: 
    A boutique travel company specializing in authentic self-guided travel experiences at Canada’s most eastern island of Newfoundland.
  2. Question: 
    Where are the coastal homes located?
    Answer: 
    CapeRace has six coastal homes that are used for different trips. The Eco-Culture Experience 10-Day trip utilizes three, the 7-Day uses two. Two houses are located in the Battery neighbourhood of St. John's at Signal Hill, two in the small quiet town of Heart's Delight at Trinity Bay and two are located on the Bonavista Peninsula, either at the Mockbeggar neighbourhood in the town of Bonavista, or in the small town of Elliston.
  3. Question: 
    What does CapeRace offer?
    Answer: 
    CapeRace offers outdoorsy, soft adventure, meaningful travel packages that bring Newfoundland’s rich history, performing arts, and the pristine wilderness together to create what we call an "Eco-Culture Experience"™. This occurs at the intersection of Newfoundland's unique cultural heritage, amazing wildlife and scenic wonders. It appeals to the mind and soul of the curious traveler and ensures the self-guided experience is filled with a sense of personal meaning and accomplishment. Sense of place, or geographical character of our destinations is highlighted through the encouragement of traveler participation in the local community in an authentic, sustainable setting.
  4. Question: 
    How does the tour package work?
    Answer: 
    CapeRace will give you a key that fits the locks of two or three newly restored homes situated in spectacular coastal locations, an unlimited milage vehicle, and a self-published commercial-grade guidebook written specifically for the CapeRace trip. In some cases we customize or extend these trips and access third-party accommodation. Travellers stay at two or three authentic indigenous homes on an exclusive–use basis, and use the self-directing "Traveller's Diary" to explore unique and out-of-the-way nature sites, pubs, and music venues - recommending activities that will inspire the traveler to become part of three local communities. Each are located within a three hour proximity, and offer a different take of Newfoundland lifestyle and culture. It is a flexible self-driving, self-guiding circuit-tour that offers the opportunity to experience cultural and ecological discovery at one’s own pace, on one’s own terms. For eample, guests on the 10-Day trip travel in a circuit tour, staying three nights in St. John’s, three nights in Heart’s Delight, and three nights in Bonavista/Elliston. Guests on the 7-Day trip travel in a circuit tour, staying three nights in St. John’s and three nights in Bonavista.
  5. Question: 
    What makes CapeRace Cultural Adventures different?
    Answer: 
    What makes CapeRace different from other tour operators is that we capture a balanced combination of the unique cultural heritage and spectacular scenic coastline, and package it up into a non-staged, experience. Our unique approach allows the traveler to become part of the local community, and can witness Newfoundland’s scenic wonders through the eyes of the locals. Most tour companies outsource their accommodations. Because CapeRace owns the three coastal homes, consistent high quality amenities are ensured across all three houses—including the most import—very high-end beds. Travellers stay in neighbourhoods exclusively in their own restored historic coastal homes. They become part of three very different communities. All houses are consistent, and are restored and outfitted to a common standard. New beds, new bed linen, new kitchenware, new paint- and ultra clean- no disappointing accommodation that happens when booking on the fly. All have a large outdoor deck with bbq and grand view of the ocean. All houses are architecturally different, and all offer a completely different take on Newfoundland living and lifestyle; creating a new and unique environment every three-five days. CapeRace takes the difficult and anxiety-causing task of planning out of the travel effort without effecting spontaneity or authenticity aspects of the experience. Travellers are self-directed and make all decisions. There is no “force-fed’ itinerary. The flexible self-driving, self-catering circuit-tour provides the opportunity to experience cultural and ecological discovery at one's own pace, on ones own terms. Not only are the actual destinations spectacular, but the road trip between the destinations is a large part of the adventure. The CapeRace tour creates time “safety-net” through its inherent itinerary--- set only by the home location and stay-duration.
  6. Question: 
    Your trips are self-guided. Can we hire a guide through you?
    Answer: 
    Yes- we have access to guides for all of our trips. Labrador extensions have guides included in the overall price. Guides can be hired through your outfitter for the Gros Morne Park extension.
  7. Question: 
    Tell me more about the Custom Guidebook known as “The Traveller’s Diary”
    Answer: 
    CapeRace is the only travel company that transparently initiates real connections with the local community in a self-guided, unscripted travel format. The travel guide is the vehicle we use to allow this to occur. A The guidebook is a crucial part of the overall CapeRace experience. It is the key enabler that allows us to deliver on the promise of a true Newfoundland experience experience. It is our strong belief that responsible travel ultimately produces the best travel experience--that memorable heart-felt and life-changing travel experiences occur without the intervention of a tour operator and without the deployment of intrusive traditional travel products and services. We deliver an enriched cultural tourism experience by creating a situation whereby our customers establish their own relationships with local people, without third party intervention. The “Traveller’s Diary” is a commercial-grade travel guidebook written specifically for the CapeRace Eco-Culture Experience and CapeRace Culinary tours, targeted at the Avalon and Bonavista Peninsulas and Fogo Island.
  8. Question: 
    So why is this special?
    Answer: 
    The guide self-directs the traveller not only to the popular sights in the vicinity of the three homes, but also to the unique and out of the way pubs, nature sites, shops and heritage sites that are not well known to the average sightseer. The travel guide covertly leads the guest to a potential cultural interaction, but it is up to the guest to make the exchange happen through the development of their own relationship. For example, the guidebook directs guests to the historic barbershop on Duckworth Street to see the numerous photographs of old St. John’s that hang on the wall. It’s our hidden agenda to have them meet the barber who has been cutting hair there for fifty years, knowing he would be able to recount the history of St. John’s much better than the pictures. Our ultimate objective to have the traveller purchase a haircut. Once you decide to go into the shop- you own the relationship that may transpire with the barber. Using new information technology we can professionally demand-print the travel guide. This has several major impacts; first, it allows the travel guide to be updated in near-real-time, to the point that we can print a new book for each traveling group. As CapeRace and our customers meet more interesting people, and visit more unique places, we evolve the guidebook to ensure the next traveller’s experience maintains originality, spontaneity, and authenticity. This allows us to get our guests to the sites long before they become popular- providing the most authentic experience and in a less crowded environment.
  9. Question: 
    How many copies of the book are supplied per trip?
    Answer: 
    One book per travelling party is provided. Additional books can be purchased for the cost of printing, or $80 cdn.
  10. Question: 
    Do you offer Group or Mulit-Family pricing?
    Answer: 
    Yes. You can see the multi-traveller pricing under the Booking Dates tabs under ADVENTURES. If booked well in advance we may be able to offer side-by-side trips that can provide accomodation for twelve travellers.
  11. Question: 
    Where are the coastal homes located?
    Answer: 
    Each is located within a 2-3 hour proximity of each other and offer a different measure of Newfoundland's intriguing cultural, scenic, and sporting assets. The tour starts in St. John’s and moves around the Avalon and Bonavista Peninsulas. The 10-Day traveller stays in St. John's and Heart’s Delight; 1 ¼ hours from St. John’s. They then travel on to Elliston/Bonavista Peninsula, a three hour drive from Heart's Delight. The 7-Day travller skips Heart's Delight and proceeds directly to Bonavista.
  12. Question: 
    When should we book?
    Answer: 
    The majority of our spring and summer trips are sold from January through July. You can check availability under the BOOKING DATES tab under ADVENTURES. Booking early will provide you with more choice for departure dates such as weekend or mid-week departures.
  13. Question: 
    What about flights?
    Answer: 
    For CapeRace Eco-Culture Experience trips, 7-Day and 10-Day, we recommed taking the earliest flight into St. John's International Airport and a late afternoon or evening departure flight out of St. John's International Airport. Its a three hour trip from Bonavista to the St. John's airport with little chance of delay on the highway. For the CapeRace Culinay trip, we recommed taking the earliest flight into St. John's International Airport and an afternoon departure flight out of Gander International Airport. For any extensions to Gros Morne or Labrador, you will need to book your departure flight out of Deer Lake Airport. Watch for seat sales. If you book your trips well in advance, you will find cheap flights. For example, flights from Toronto may be secured for $450 return, tax-in, if you have at least three month lead time. Charter flights, including both fixed-wing and helicopter are available and have the ability to land at Fogo Island.
  14. Question: 
    But I want to see more of Newfoundland- including Gros Morne on the west coast?
    Answer: 
    Sure. Check our TRIP EXTENSION section under each trip. We offer three night extensions to Gros Morne and can customize a trip extension for you. Most Labrador tours depart on Fridays, however, we can make arrangements for customstart dates. Contact us for more details.
  15. Question: 
    How often does the trip depart?
    Answer: 
    Departure dates every four days from April through October.
  16. Question: 
    Can we extend?
    Answer: 
    Yes. CapeRace has properties not listed on this site. We offer packaged extensions and also market trips via CapeRace Custom. For custom trips please contact us to disucss options. There are many.
  17. Question: 
    How can we pay?
    Answer: 
    We take payments by certified cheque, bank draft, email funds transfer, VISA, Mastercard, and American Express. We recommend you check the transaction fees charged to you by your credit card company and balance and charges this with the travel bennefits your card provides.
  18. Question: 
    What about the vehicle rentals and services offered by credit card companies?
    Answer: 
    While the cost of the rental vehicle IS calculated and included in the overall price of your trip, National Car Rental corporate policy dictates the driver contract with them directly for the duration of the trip. You will not be charged by National Car Rental when you pick up your vehicle, however, the driver will be required to sign a contract. Upon return of the rental vehicle damage-free, the driver will be released fom any agreements made after payment for expenses such as tolls, fuel, traffic violations, GPS rental, and parking tickets. The driver is responsible for vehicle insurance for the duration of the rental. Note that most premium credit cards offer services such as trip cancellation, trip accident, and rental vehcile insurance coverage. We recommend you understand the breadth of services are offered, the terms of those services and if there are transaction fees associated with your trip purchase. We're happy to discuss our experiences with credit card transactions and alternative methods of payment.
  19. Question: 
    What are your cancellation terms?
    Answer: 
    We use industry standard cancellation terms for boutique tour operators. You can read our terms and conditions here.
  20. Question: 
    Does your company carry insurance?
    Answer: 
    We carry General Liabilty Insurance on CapeRace Cultural Adventures Inc., a Newfoundland & Labrador incorporated company. This does not cover you if you are injured, become ill, or have to cancel your trip. It's important that you are properly insured when you travel. Travel insurance can be purchased for as little as $100 per person per trip through most banks.
  21. Question: 
    The preservation of the environment and responsible travel is important to me. What is CapeRace doing to minimize the damage tourism does to a destination?
    Answer: 
    The key to responsible travel is found in the Traveller’s Diary. Using new information technology we can professionally demand-print induvidual travel guides. This has several impacts: First, it allows the travel guide to be updated in near-realtime, to the point that we print a new book for each customer. As CapeRace and our customers meet more interesting people, and visit more unique places, we evolve the guidebook to ensure the next traveller’s experience maintains originality, spontaneity, and authenticity. Second, and of most importance, the guide allows us to adhere to sustainable travel practices as it ensures that the traveller's collective seasonal footprint on the specific destination is minimized, and the distribution of economic benefits are spread wider. With less concentrated intrusions we are protecting the platform upon which the travel experience occurs by minimizing the tourism-based cultural erosion. Newfoundland & Labrador being a largely undiscovered and unexplored place allows the Traveller's Diary to change often throughout the season as new people and new experiences are uncovered. Across the ten-day trip almost all experiences are by chance and the outcome is what the traveller makes of them. We do not stage the cultural interactions they will have rather we place them in the situation to have them. This gives the traveller choice and removes frustration and disappointment found in traditional tours stemming from unpredictable and often uncontrollable events such as the weather, mood, and operator incompetence.