You determine the pace for exploring the Avalon and Bonavista Peninsulas. We set you up with the keys to your own vehicle along with exclusive access to two beautiful CapeRace-owned coastal homes and accommodations in a unique repurposed Nun's Convent. You'll spend three nights in the capital city St. John's, then head onward to Trepassey, a small town on the Southern-shore of the Irish Loop driving trail. After three nights in Trepassey, you'll move on up the Bonavista Peninsula to Bonavista/Elliston.
Satisfy curiosity and spontaneity through nature, culture and chance...
We'll also give you a bookstore-quality, personalized travel guide written by us to suit your personal travel style. The "Traveller's Diary" was key to our success with National Geographic's "50 Tours of a Lifetime" recognition. (see press) It's your key to connecting with the people and nature experiences that make Newfoundland’s coast unique. The guidebook creates a sense of adventure often lost in large-scale tourism, that opportunity to truly connect with a person or place in a meaningful way. The book with self-direct you to a number of unique unmarketed sites.
While in St. John's, we'll arrange dining with "Lighthouse Picnic", an award-wining culinary experience located at the base of a remote lighthouse. Set up with a thick hand-made quilt, you'll find your way to a secret secluded spot where you will enjoy a gourmet lunch in the imposing rugged cliffs. On National Geographic's recommendation we'll send you on an heart wrenching and heartwarming ocean tour of an abandoned community by boat. The highlight of the tour is the guide, who as a young man experienced the upsetting controversial resettlement of his family in the failed government efforts to consolidate small land-locked and isolated island communities.
In 2016, the Mistaken Point Reserve, located near Trespassey, received the United Nations World Heritage (UNESCO) designation for its reserve that contains the oldest and largest known fossils from 579-560 million years ago. We will cover and manage your access to the UNESCO site. In addition to the the world's oldest and rarest marine fossils, this area has the world's largest puffin colony, the world's southern most caribou herd, the oldest continuous permanent settlement in Canada, and a unique culture that strongly reflects the settlement of Irish immigrants over the past 400 years. See the great Smithsonian story>>
You'll also find an impressive 5 kilometer stretch of cobblestone beach with deep water. This allows for unparalleled whale watching opportunities as the magnificent creatures cruise up and down the beach just meters from the shore. The history of the area dates back to the early 16th century when French and Portuguese fishermen visited in pursuit of the abundant cod stocks located just offshore. In addition to the impressive beach, a peaceful winding river connects to Holyrood Pond, a land locked 21 km lake that offers a unique ecosystem of salt and fresh water with 33 species of fish.
Located nearby is Cape Race. (the place we named our company after) Cape Race has been a little-known landmark for five centuries, appearing on maps made by European explorers as early as 1502. It was the site that took the first distress signal from the Titanic, which now lies 300 miles offshore from the Cape Race lighthouse. We'll direct you to the Marconi Wireless Station that called in the signal. Get the real story from locals that largely disagree with the official Titanic reports on what happened on that fateful night.
Within a few hours drive you can visit an ecological reserve that has over 60,000 nesting gannets on a 350 ft sea stack.
The entire area is undiscovered, offering opportunities to hike, walk and view nature. Every experience will have an intriguing cultural element that will at times trump the dramatic scenic backdrop.
Explore & Engage
The flexible self-driving, self-guiding, self-catering trip 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 curious travellers. It's a distinctive travel experience; a way to satisfy curiosity and spontaneity through nature, culture and chance.