Eco-Culture Experience: St. John's & Outports - 10 Days
Day 1-4 St. John's
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 Hipditch House, our heritage cottage overlooking the sea, in the Battery, one of the oldest—and most colourful—neighbourhoods in St. John's. Hipditch House is a short hike from Signal Hill National Historic Park, via the North Head Trail, which starts quite literally at your doorstep. For the three to four days you spend here in North America’s oldest city, you can listen to live Celtic music, dine on fresh seafood, and hike the extensive coastal trail system—or simply head to the independent boutiques and crafters’ studios.
Day 4-7 Heart's Delight, Trinity Bay
Arrive at Heart's Delight, a quiet former fishing village located directly on the Baccalieu Trail driving route. 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 three to four days explore over seventy small outport communities along 240 km of coastline. Drive the Cape Shore Trail driving route to Cape St. Mary's Ecological Reserve where 60,000 nesting Gannets settle on a 300 foot cliff.
Day 7-10 Elliston, Bonavista Peninsula
En route for Elliston on the Discovery Trail, you’ll be treated to breathtaking ocean views, rugged scenery, lighthouses and with any luck, icebergs and whales. Elliston is a quaint fishing village located located in what is known as the Root Cellar capital of the world, just four miles form Bonavista, and five minutes from one of the best Puffin viewing sites on the peninsula. It will be your home base for three nights. You'll sleep at our historic Anchor House, right on the ocean-it’s a charming restored 19th-century fisherman's house. For three to four days, you can explore nearby outport communities, such as Trinity, Kings Cove and Maberly. There’s a vibrant local theatre scene in near-by Bonavista—with outdoor productions in the warmer months. Spectacular coastal trails to hike, as well as abandoned communities to discover by boat are all nearby.
Day 10- Depart Elliston
Depart Elliston for St. John's International Airport. Spend your remaining time exploring the Discovery Trail or missed sites in St. John's before your flight.