Departure Date: October 2 – 12, 2018
Starting and ending in historic St. John’s, this trip offers an intimate experience of Newfoundland’s lively culture and dramatic scenery via daily expedition stops and community visits. A visit to the French island of Saint-Pierre completes the adventure. Famed for its music and stories, Newfoundland is also incredibly picturesque, with a rugged coastline rendered spectacular by autumn foliage and light.
Newfoundland’s rich natural history, including the remarkable geology of Gros Morne, is second only to its incredible cultural offerings. We will visit Red Bay’s Basque Whaling Station (a UNESCO World Heritage Site), learn about the Viking history in North America at L’Anse aux Meadows National Historic Site, and enjoy a taste of the Mi’kmaq culture in Miawpukek First Nation (Conne River). And we will do it all in the company of a lively resource staff of local musicians, artists, and naturalists.
This sailing is ideally timed for viewing spectacular fall colours and taking advantage ofexcellent hiking opportunities. Experience legendary music, food, and hospitality in true Newfoundland fashion: by sea!
Explore the remote reaches of Newfoundland & Labrador with fall colours in full show
Visit the reconstructed Viking settlement at L’Anse aux Meadows, UNESCO World Heritage Site
Travel with widely respected naturalists, musicians, and culturalists
Explore and hike the phenomenal landscapes of Gros Morne National Park
Share the warmth of a classic Newfoundland kitchen party
Visit Miawpukek, Newfoundland’s Mi’kmaq First Nation community
Explore Red Bay’s Basque Whaling Station—Canada’s 17th UNESCO World Heritage site
All Entry & Park Fees
Your Complete Itinerary
Team of Resource Specialists
Educational Program and Pre-departure Materials
All Shipboard Meals
All Zodiac Excursions
Service Charges and Port Fees including Discovery Fund Fee
Mandatory Medical/Evacuation Insurance
Additional Expenses in the event of delays or Itinerary changes
Discretionary Gratuities to Ship’s Crew (approximately $10 – 14 per passenger per day)
Discovery Fund Fee – $250.00
Visas, or Inoculations, if required
Physician’s Fees confirming you are fit to travel
Possible Fuel Surcharges
Day 1 | St. John’s, NL
Welcome to St. John’s—Newfoundland’s historic, vibrant capital. Picturesque and welcoming, with a world-famous harbour, St. John’s has been continually fished by Europeans since 1498, allowing it to boast the designation of North America’s oldest European settlement.
Here you will meet your Resource Staff and fellow travellers and make your way via coach to board our ship, the Ocean Endeavour. Sailing out of St. John’s has to be experienced to be believed: Signal Hill keeps watch over the world-famous Narrows as we head for open water.
Day 2–3 | North East Coast, Newfoundland
The northeast coast of Newfoundland is known for the dozens of picturesque villages that dot its rocky shores, and we’ll find harbour in one of these unique communities today. We look forward to a characteristically warm Newfoundland welcome upon our arrival. Photographers will have their work cut out for them, capturing the special charm of classic island construction.
Day 4 | L’Anse aux Meadows
L’Anse aux Meadows, A UNESCO World Heritage Site, is the only authenticated former Norse settlement in North America. The archaeological remains found here in 1960 date to approximately 1000 AD. Amazingly, the location of the ruins was first established by a close reading of the Viking sagas.
Today, a superb interpretive centre and reconstructions of the several Norse-style sod buildings make L’Anse aux Meadows a must-see for any visitor to Newfoundland.
Day 5 | Red Bay
Labrador is home to the Red Bay Basque Whaling Station, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Beginning in the 1500s, Basque whalers operated out of the Red Bay harbour, making it at one time the largest whaling station in the world. The site includes six hundred acres of terrestrial and aquatic protected area. Among the important artefacts found at Red Bay is the whaling ship San Juan, lost in a storm in 1565 and found centuries later submerged in the harbour in only ten metres of water. A large number of tools, personal items, and navigational instruments have been recovered from the wreck.
Day 6 | Woody Point / Gros Morne National Park
Gros Morne is internationally famed for its geographic diversity and majesty. The park’s mountains are both picturesque and highly unusual: The Tablelands, a six hundred-metre plateau, forms one of the world’s best examples of ancient rock exposed from the earth’s mantle. The park’s fjords are equally stunning. There will be a choice of walks here—catering to all levels of skill and interest—as we explore the surrounding area. The beauty of Bonne Bay during fall colours will surely be a highlight, as will the colourful cluster of houses and businesses that is the town of Woody Point.
Days 7–8 | South Coast Newfoundland
The wild and windswept coast of southern Newfoundland is home to a few remaining outport communities, still largely cut off from mainstream travel. Visits here are often a highlight of our trips. There are many unique bays and coves to explore via Zodiac or land excursions. Again, autumnal hues among the low-lying vegetation will keep photographers and botanists reaching for their cameras!
Day 9 | Miawpukek (Conne River)
The First Nations community of Miawpukek (Conne River) has an economically self-sufficient mandate, guided by traditional values. It became a permanent settlement sometime around 1822. Before then, it was one of many semi-permanent camping sites used by the Mi’kmaw people—who had traditionally, travelled nomadically throughout the East Coast. Since its establishment as a reserve in 1987, Miawpukek has often been referenced as a highly successful First Nation. We will receive a formal welcome from local leaders and have a chance to explore this special community.
Day 10 | Saint-Pierre, FR
Explore Saint-Pierre, a last bastion of France’s colonial territories in North America. The colourful and charming shops and residences of the town of Saint-Pierre reveal its unique historical character. French food, wine, cars, clothing, and shops are all in evidence here—and the sweets at the local cafes and bakeries are much in demand! Saint-Pierre offers a taste of European living, just a short sail from the coast of Newfoundland!
Day 11 | St. John’s, NL
On the final day of our expedition, we sail though the historic Narrows and into St. John’s harbour. We will say our farewells and begin the process of departure. Staff will be on hand to assist you with luggage and transportation arrangements.