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Winter Lover's Road Trip - Fogo Island Inn - 5 Days

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  • Special February Adventure: Valentines' Winter Lover's Road Trip

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    SINGLE PERSON $4,299.00 CAD $3,482.19 USD
    KIDS UNDER 21 $0.00 CAD $0.00 USD
    Adults2
    Price Per Person$4,299.00 CAD
    $3,482.19 USD
    Adults2
    Price Per Person4,299.00 CAD

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    Winter Lover's Road Trip - Fogo Island Inn

    TRIP OVERVIEW:

    Based on our popular CapeRace Culinary trip to Fogo Island Inn, we have designed a one-time romantic winter trip for the month of February 2018. We'll take the highlights of our Culinary Adventure and concentrate them in into a uniquely romantic road trip that takes you from urban St. John's, a secret foodie capital with unparalleled cuisine inspired by the New Nordic movement, to the famed Fogo Island Inn, one of National Geographic's "Unique Lodges of the World". En route to Fogo Island, you'll overnight in the romantic, rural village of Heart's Delight, sampling the always unscripted traditional "outport" Newfoundland hospitality. It's an untouched setting that will take you back to familiar simpler times. The following day you'll move on to Farewell, your departure point for Fogo Island and your stay at the Fogo Island Inn.

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Winter-Lover's Dream

 

Get under the skin of Newfoundland. Your stay begins on the breathtaking Avalon Peninsula and concludes at Central's Fogo Island. It's a winter adventure that your senses will never forget.  Your trip will be steeped in local characters, spectacular wildlife and wide-ranging memorable dining experiences. We have based the Winter-Lovers adventure on our award-winning CapeRace Culinary trip. While traveling from St. John’s to Fogo Island, our custom written personal travel guidebook will lead you to many unique experiences powered by colourful characters, local fun, indigenous music and cultural surprises that you'll only ever experience in Newfoundland. This is a self-driven trip that requires little preparation.  We provide you with a rental vehicle at the airport, four nights of unique coastal accommodation, hard-to-secure dinner reservations for arrival night, and a custom guidebook written specifically for the trip. And, most important, should you choose, opportunities to mingle with the locals.

In St. John's you will stay in the Outer Battery Village, one of the oldest neighbourhoods in the oldest city in North America. Your digs for the evening will be Hare's Ears Cottage, the most easterly guest house in North America.  Take in a day of winter coastal hiking, visit local art galleries, shop, or sample local craft beer at a famous Newfoundland pub. Meet renowned Newfoundland chefs such as Todd Perrin, (Canada’s Top Chef contestant) of Mallard Restaurant or 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 taste many of their craft beers including QV Iceberg Beer, made from 30,000 year old glacial ice. 

Heart's Delight 

Your second night will be spent in Heart's Delight, Trinity Bay, at the W.B. Sooley House, an original fisherman's house overlooking Trinity Bay.You'll snuggle in to your quaint bungalow for the evening, with chances high that you'll get a taste of the local crowd. Heart's Delight, along with the communities of Heart's Desire and Heart's Content were named after fishing vessels, the Heart's Delight, the Heart's Desire and the Heart's Content, that fished out of the surrounding harbour during the fishery in the 17th century.  .

Fogo Island Inn

Your third and fourth nights are spent at the world-renowned Fogo Island Inn, known as a place of wood-burning stoves, wry humor, dramatic seascapes and sensible luxury. Each guest suite is a contemporary expression of traditional outport design and decor: "handmade modern."   You'll have a half day Fogo orientation with a dedicated Fogo community host and full use of the Inn's facilities: cinema, sauna, contemporary art gallery, gym and yoga space, heritage library, bicycles for independent exploration, use of storm weather gear and rubber boots, and binoculars in each suite. All of the Inn’s rooms were created using only natural materials such as wood, wool, cotton, and linen and all furniture and textiles were custom designed, locally crafted.  The only plastic in the guest rooms is the telephone. 

Your culinary experience here at the Inn reflects traditional cultural norms. Fogo Islanders have historically hunted, grown, foraged, and caught their food both out of necessity and for pleasure.  The Inn carries on these traditions by foraging for berries, supporting local growers and fishers, and exploring the barrens surrounding the Inn in search of the perfect garnish for the spectacular culinary creations. Savoring Fogo Island Inn’s food is a cultural experience combining the best of Fogo Island’s customary foodways with the exciting forward-thinking of contemporary cuisine. 
Fogo Island spans about 35 kilometres from east to west and 24 kilometres from north to south with 2,395 people living in 10 distinct communities. The Island boasts countless plant and animal species that thrive in its untamed wilderness. Although located just over halfway between the equator and the North Pole, the Labrador Current passing by Fogo Island's doorstep brings with it the makings for a subarctic landscape and a temperate maritime climate. The Island's boreal forest plays host to herds of caribou, beavers, foxes, mosses, grasses, and wildflowers. 

 

Backstage Kitchen Pass- Traveler's Diary

Today, good old-fashioned paper-back touring information is hard to find. The cherished Lonely Planet-type guidebooks have morphed into paid-for biased on-line blogs and opinionated Trip Advisor accounts that rarely scratch the surface of a destination. We've written our own bookstore-quality guidebook that takes you into the depths of the culture only the locals would know.

 

What's Included:


Four nights accommodation.

Exclusive use of two CapeRace properties; one night at Hare's Ears Cottage at St. John's, one night at the W.B. Sooley House at Heart's Delight and two nights at the Fogo Island Inn at Fogo. 

Local specialty food items at Hare's Ears Cottage

One CapeRace Culinary dining experience at the Mallard Cottage or Raymond's  

All Fogo Island Inn dining experiences. Includes all meals (welcome snack, daybreak service, breakfast, lunch, supper) and all non-alcoholic beverages

Half-day Fogo orientation with Fogo community host.

Full use of all facilities within the Fogo Island Inn: cinema screenings, sauna, contemporary art gallery, gym, and heritage library. 

One copy of  "Traveller's Diary, A Backstage Kitchen-pass to Eastern Newfoundland", written by CapeRace with fresh contributions from previous CapeRace travellers

Unlimited km/mi full-size standard rental vehicle; pickup St. John's International Airport, drop off Gander International Airport. Vehicle drop off fees.  Upgrades for larger vehicles available at traveller expense. 

 

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)

Note that Children 12 and under stay for free at the Fogo Island Inn. Children 13 and older may require a room and meal upgrade at additional cost.

 

 

Day 1   St. John's

Noon:  Arrive in the capital of Newfoundland and Labrador, St. John’s. Pick up your rental car at the airport and make your way to your home for the night, located in the Outer Battery Village, a short twenty minute drive from the airport.  Coastal hike on one of the many trials located in the city.

Afternoon: Explore the oldest city in North America by foot, discover the breadth of the arts and music community, shop at unique retail establishments and chill out with a beverage in a warm pub by a roaring fire.  Take a coastal winter hike on one of the may trails in the city.

Evening: We will have made reservations at a fantastic world-class restaurant.

Late Evening: Good recommendations on where to pick up the best east coast Celtic music downtown.  


Day 2   Heart's Delight, Trinity Bay

Morning: Grab brunch at a local hotspot, pick up crafty souvenirs and explore more of St. John’s using your Travellers Diary. When you’re ready, hop in the car and make the hour and a half drive to Heart’s Delight, a beautiful coastal community on the shores of Trinity Bay. Check into your charmingly rustic Outport bungalow, pull on your walking boots (or snowshoes!) and head out on one of many trails in the area, such as Northern Point where incredible vistas and rocky coastlines await. 

Afternoon: Tour many of the small outport villages along the coast.

Evening: We bring the music to you in a very unique way.


Day 3  Fogo Island Inn, Fogo

Morning: Make your way north from Heart’s Delight to the small town of Farewell on the north-east coast of Newfoundland. From here take 45-minute ferry to Fogo Island. Once you have arrived on Fogo Island, let the island start to reveal itself on the 30-minute drive through outport communities as you make your way to your winter refuge, Fogo Island Inn. Take time to make time for exploration of the natural beauty found around every bend.

Noon: Check into Fogo Island Inn, a traditional yet contemporary masterpiece of modern architecture and design. The Inn was named as Travel & Leisure’s Best Resort Hotel in Canada, 2017 - among the country’s best hotels from coast to coast. Welcoming staff will escort you to your suite where additional comforts await.

Afternoon: After lunch, pair up with a Community Host for an Island orientation that will immerse you in the history and culture of this singular place. Unique to Fogo Island Inn, the Community Host Program matches a person from the local community with guests of the Inn to help orient them to the Island. Community Hosts are passionate, lifelong Fogo Islanders who are pleased to offer their insights into the Island’s natural and cultural heritage. They have fished the Island’s shores, picked its berries, climbed its rocks, driven its roads, and walked its trails hundreds of times over. They are intimately connected to their home and eager to pass on their extensive knowledge of Fogo Island’s culture and history to our guests.

Evening: As evening closes in, spend some time relaxing in your suite. When you’re ready, find your way down to the Lounge and sip on seasonally inspired cocktails. Dine on the fresh flavours and the bounty of land and sea as supper is prepared by Fogo Island Inn’s talented chefs in the Inn’s dining room. After dinner head to the rooftop, gazing up to find a sky about to be filled with celestial beauties you’d never dream to find under the clouds of any city.


Day 4  Fogo Island Inn, Fogo

Early Morning Greet the sun as she rises and find a handmade wooden daybreak box outside your door filled with coffee, tea and fresh pastries. Linger. Breakfast is served in the Dining Room at your leisure.

Late Morning: Wrap up warm and embark on an outdoor adventure, choosing from a variety of exhilarating winter activities: toboggan down hills of blindingly white snow, skate on ponds long frozen over, or jump on the snowmobile for a carefree jaunt. 

Afternoon: After a satiating lunch in the dining room, head back outdoors for additional winter adventures, or if a more leisurely afternoon is what you need, take in the comforts of the Inn itself: rooftop saunas and outdoor hot tubs, the Fogo Island Gallery, and the Cinema are all yours to revel in.

Evening: The award-winning dining room is where you will enjoy a contemporary take on Newfoundland cuisine, while waves crash on the shoreline just beyond your table setting. Then, convene to the Lounge to enjoy cocktails flavoured from the island’s 16 varieties of edible berries, or sip from our extensive wine collection influenced by the best of Canadian wines and Fogo Island’s traditional trading partners (Italy, France, Spain and Portugal).

 

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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 & Privacy Policy
Trip Extensions
Purchase at Checkout Extensions Price
This year Fogo Island Inn has created a three night minimum stay between July 1st and August 27. If you plan to purchase a CapeRace Culinary + Fogo Island Inn trip between those dates please add an additional night.
$1875 CAD
If you are on a CapeRace package that includes the Fogo Island Inn you can upgrade your room from the Labrador Suite to the Family Suite. These suites offer possibilities for two to four persons. Family suites can be configured with a sitting room, a second bedroom, or a workspace. All have a bath, walk-in shower, and wood stove. *CapeRace does not mark up Fogo Island Inn rates.
$2400 CAD
National Car Rental is our vehicle provider. Your package includes an unlimited km Standard Fullsize Vehicle, defined as Chevy Malibu (or similar), 5 people, 2 bags, automatic transmission, air conditioning. Upgrade your vehicle to an unlimited km midsize Sport Utility Vehicle, defined as Grand Cherokee (or similar) 6 people, 3 bags, automatic transmission, air conditioning. Check the box and select the number of days corresponding with your trip duration.
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$21 CAD
Daily vehicle extension if your package includes a full-size car. Terms and conditions remain the same.
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$69 CAD
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>>

W.B. Sooley House, Heart’s Delight, Trinity Bay

Rustic Charm. Vintage restoration of an Outport Bungalow.The WB Sooley House is restored to a vintage rustic-luxe finish, with great beds, premium linens and a great ocean views.

  • Oceanfront location at Heart's Delight on Trinity Bay
  • One hour and fifteen minutes from St. John's
  • True outport living in a 1940's fisherman's home
  • Shares the property line the EJ Sooley House
  • Endless coastal exploring
  • Three bedrooms, 2 queen + 2 twins
  • BBQ and deck overlooking Trinity Bay
  • On-site laundry facilites
  • Stockpile of vintage bikes

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This coastal home was built after the war when William Bishop Sooley returned from duty in Europe.  The house was built alongside his father's house, the E.J. Sooley House.  

Heart's Delight is a small quiet outport centrally located on the Baccalieu Trail, one of the four eastern Newfoundland tourist driving routes.The house, located on the cliffs of Trinty Bay, is typical of 1940's outport architecture and decor.  Nearby are the towns of Heart's Desire and Heart's Content, not far from the town of Cupids. The location is great for short road trips throughout the small coastal villages around Newfoundland's Avalon Peninsula. The house is restored to a vintage rustic-luxe finish, with great beds, premium linens and a great ocean views. Tourist Driving Routes: Baccalieu Trail, Cape Shore Trail, Irish Loop.

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Fogo Island Inn - Fogo Island

This is a lodge with a soul, filled with the handiwork of the local people: traditional outport furniture, handcrafted quilts, and woven rugs—once-disappearing arts now given new life and purpose.

The Fogo Island Inn is the culmination of a major community revitalization project. The building’s rugged minimalist architecture balances traditional influences with a contemporary sensibility, which architect Todd Saunders has made and built just for Fogo. A cultural destination in its own right where visitors and locals meet, the Inn includes an art gallery, heritage library, cinema and rooftop sauna. Each of the 29 guest rooms is unique, with every detail chosen with purpose and handcrafted by locals.

The Inn is a great feat of contemporary architecture, all stilts, angles, and vertical lines that contrast with the rough slabs of ancieant granite that surround it. But as much as it might stand out in its setting, the inn is integrally part of Fogo Island. This is a lodge with a soul, filled with the handiwork of the local people: traditional outport furniture, handcrafted quilts, and woven rugs—once-disappearing arts now given new life and purpose.

 

Zita Cobb, the founder of the Fogo Island Inn, grew up on the island and went on to make her fortune in high-tech communications, has recently been helping locals create a geotourism industry through her foundation, Shorefast. Fogo Island now has an internationally acclaimed artist residency program, a brand new inn and several thriving micro-businesses. Local entrepreneurs are doing everything from cultivating organic crops on the edge of the Atlantic to selling patchwork quilts to taking visitors out cod jigging.

 

 

2018 CapeRace Newfoundland Travel Guides

 

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

  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.
Trips Remaining Spring 0 Summer 0 Fall 0 Winter 0
Package Code Start Date End Date Price per Person Book
WINLOV2018-1

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February 01, 2018 February 05, 2018
CADUSD
$4,299 CAD $3,482.19 USD
Adults2
Price Per Person$4,299 CAD
$3,482.19 USD
Note : Kids under 21 can travel at $0 CAD / $0.00 USD per kid.
Adults2
Price Per Person4,299.00 CAD
Note:Kids under 21 can travel at CAD per kid.
WINLOV-2

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February 08, 2018 February 12, 2018
CADUSD
$4,299 CAD $3,482.19 USD
Adults24
Price Per Person$5,900 CAD$5,600 CAD
$4,779.00 USD$4,536.00 USD
Note : Kids under 21 can travel at $0 CAD / $0.00 USD per kid.
Adults24
Price Per Person5,900.00 CAD5,600.00 CAD
Note:Kids under 21 can travel at CAD per kid.
WINLOV2018-3

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February 15, 2018 February 19, 2018
CADUSD
$4,299 CAD $3,482.19 USD
Adults24
Price Per Person$5,900 CAD$5,600 CAD
$4,779.00 USD$4,536.00 USD
Note : Kids under 21 can travel at $0 CAD / $0.00 USD per kid.
Adults24
Price Per Person5,900.00 CAD5,600.00 CAD
Note:Kids under 21 can travel at CAD per kid.
WINLOV2018-4

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February 22, 2018 February 26, 2018
CADUSD
$4,299 CAD $3,482.19 USD
Adults24
Price Per Person$5,900 CAD$5,600 CAD
$4,779.00 USD$4,536.00 USD
Note : Kids under 21 can travel at $0 CAD / $0.00 USD per kid.
Adults24
Price Per Person5,900.00 CAD5,600.00 CAD
Note:Kids under 21 can travel at CAD per kid.
Trip Extensions
Extensions Quantity Price
This year Fogo Island Inn has created a three night minimum stay between July 1st and August 27. If you plan to purchase a CapeRace Culinary + Fogo Island Inn trip between those dates please add an additional night.
1
$1875 CAD
If you are on a CapeRace package that includes the Fogo Island Inn you can upgrade your room from the Labrador Suite to the Family Suite. These suites offer possibilities for two to four persons. Family suites can be configured with a sitting room, a second bedroom, or a workspace. All have a bath, walk-in shower, and wood stove. *CapeRace does not mark up Fogo Island Inn rates.
1
$2400 CAD
National Car Rental is our vehicle provider. Your package includes an unlimited km Standard Fullsize Vehicle, defined as Chevy Malibu (or similar), 5 people, 2 bags, automatic transmission, air conditioning. Upgrade your vehicle to an unlimited km midsize Sport Utility Vehicle, defined as Grand Cherokee (or similar) 6 people, 3 bags, automatic transmission, air conditioning. Check the box and select the number of days corresponding with your trip duration.
1
$21 CAD
Daily vehicle extension if your package includes a full-size car. Terms and conditions remain the same.
1
$69 CAD