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Eco-Culture Experience: St. John's & Outports - 10 Days

Trip detail

Ten Days of Spontaneous Events & Unique Discoveries. Our Best Seller

You determine your own pace for exploring Newfoundland's Avalon and Bonavista Peninsulas. We set you up with the keys to your own vehicle along with exclusive access to three beautiful CapeRace-owned coastal homes located in urban St. John's, outport Heart's Delight, Trinity Bay, and the coastal village of Elliston on the Bonavista Peninsula.

Unscripted Experiences -  Adventure through People

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.  

On National Geographic's recommendation we'll send you on an heart wrenching and heartwarming 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 Heart's Delight we'll send you off to a local kitchen party where you'll meet longstanding members of the local community. You'll find out how the accordion can transform a room.. While in St. John's, you'll dine with "Lighthouse Picnic", an award-wining culinary experience 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. 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.

What's Included:


Exclusive-use of three CapeRace-owned coastal homes in located in St. John's, Heart's Delight and Elliston/Bonavista with "hotel-ready" outfitting. 

Unlimited km/mi full-size standard rental vehicle from National Car Rental. Second vehicle included (priced-in) for groups larger than four adults. Upgrades for larger vehicles available at traveller expense. 

A copy of the personalized "Traveller's Diary", written by CapeRace with fresh contributions from previous CapeRace travellers.  

Small participant ocean tour of abandoned communities; tour recognized by National Geographic.

Lunch at the award-winning "Lighthouse Picnic".

Meet up with the locals at a real Heart's Delight Kitchen Party.

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.

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

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.