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Explore Newfoundland and Quirpon Lighthouse

  • Halifax
  • Baddeck
  • Trepassey
  • St Johns
  • Trinity
  • Twillingate
  • Quirpon Island
  • Gros Morne National Park
  • Port au Choix
  • Port aux Basques
  • Sydney NS
  • 17 nights from
  • £3,689 per person
  • Trip Code: SD-1294

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Holiday Overview

Explore Newfoundland and Quirpon Lighthouse Fly Drive Holiday


Experience the real Newfoundland! Visit both the highlights and the special places few travellers ever see. Abundant wildlife, deep fjords, wild islands and untouched rivers form the landscape. People live only in towns and villages where they have fishing ports on the ocean. This rugged lifestyle has produced a culture unique in Canada. 

You explore the most dramatic eastern edge of the North American continent... a land of huge expanses of wild country, icebergs in August heat, and just enough development to allow you to discover this pioneer land.

Explore Newfoundland and Quirpon Lighthouse includes:

  • Return flights from UK
  • Car Hire
  • 17 nights accommodation including 1 night in cabin on board of ferry
  • Ferry Crossing North Sydney to Argentia, St. Barbe to Blanc Sablon and return; Port aux Basques to North Sydney for persons booked + 1 car

Day 1 - Arrival in Halifax

This is Canada’s traditional gateway to the world, combining charming old wooden homes and Victorian parks with modern shopping centres. The largest city in the region, it is home to 5 universities and several colleges and has the ambience of a lively university town. Ships, from tall ships to naval vessels, can still be seen in the harbour, and old warehouses and shipfitters’ shops have become part of the exciting boardwalk along the waterside.

Featured accommodation

Atlantica Hotel, Halifax


Day 2 - Halifax – Baddeck (ca. 320 km)

As you follow Marine Drive several parks provide sandy beaches and wild seascapes of rocky islands. En-route, why not visit Sherbrooke Village - one of the largest “living museums” in the Maritimes which has been partially restored to its frontier days. Cross by causeway to Cape Breton Island and continue to Baddeck.

Featured accommodation

Inverary Resort


Day 3 - Baddeck – Ferry – Argentia (ca. 175 km)

Explore the attractions of the Island, including the Bras d’Or Lake, wild seabird colonies or the Fortress of Louisbourg, Canada’s largest National Historic Site, and the strongest French fortress ever built in the Americas. Between June and September, costumed “animators” live in the fortress, making it come alive as it was in the summer of 1744. Then board your ferry (included) to Newfoundland later today where you will spend the night on board.  


Day 4 - Argentia – Trepassey (ca. 225 km)

The Avalon Peninsula was the first area of the province to be settled and is filled with tales of the early adventurers who laid claim to this New World. Stop at Castle Hill, Placentia to see the remains of France’s 17thcentury fortress, The Castle Hill National Historic Site. Cape St. Mary’s Ecological Reserve is one of the best and most accessible places in the world to see tens of thousands of nesting seabirds at least until late summer. What makes it so spectacular, is that the birds can be seen from land, as close as 10 metres away. 

Featured accommodation

Edge of Avalon Inn


Day 5 - Trepassey – St. John’s (ca. 225 km)

Visit the lighthouse in Trepassey, enjoy a picnic by a lighthouse (not included) sitting at the end of a cliffy headland and watch for whales, delve into the rich history of this region where one of the first permanent European settlement in North America was established in 1621, or you may want to go whale watching tour at Bay Bulls. Nearby are Witless Bay and the Witless Bay Ecological Reserve which contains North America’s largest Atlantic puffin colony with more than 260,000 pairs of the province’s official bird. St. John’s is a combination of a booming oil town and picturesque wooden buildings from the Victorian period. Pubs and restaurants abound, and it seems as though the streets are never empty of pedestrians. Here you can shop in modern malls, tiny boutiques, or old time fisherman‘s outfitting stores; wander the brightly lit docks, or eat fresh seafood by the harbour. 

Featured accommodation

Alt Hotel, St John's


Day 6 - St. John’s – Trinity/Port Rexton (ca. 210 km)

The Bonavista Peninsula is one of the most historic and beautiful parts of the province. Some say that this is where John Cabot (Giovanni Caboto) landed in 1497 and claimed this ”New Found Land” for England. Whale cruises are available in the Trinity area.

Featured accommodation

Rosewood Suites


Day 7 - Trinity/Port Rexton – Twillingate (ca. 240 km)

Terra Nova National Park features mountains and islands jutting into Bonavista Bay. Excellent walking trails and a boat tour provide chances to view the magnificent landscape. Follow the “Road to the Isles”, which takes you by a series of little causeways to remote Twillingate on Notre Dame Bay. This is one of the best areas for observing icebergs in early summer, and boat tours go out to the icebergs several times most days.

Featured accommodation

Harbour Lights Inn


Day 8 - Twillingate – Grand Falls (ca. 225 km)

You travel through the vast interior of Newfoundland, go past old company towns by the Trans-Canada Highway, through forests once inhabited by the now vanished Beothuk Indians. Moose are frequently seen by the roadside. You spend the night in a village surrounded by beautiful Gros Morne National Park.

Featured accommodation

Carriage House Inn


Day 9 - Grand Falls – Gros Morne NP (ca. 280 km)

You travel through the vast interior of Newfoundland, go past old company towns by the Trans-Canada Highway, through forests once inhabited by the now vanished Beothuk Indians. Moose are frequently seen by the roadside. You spend the night in a village surrounded by beautiful Gros Morne National Park.

Featured accommodation

Ocean View Hotel


Day 10 - Gros Morne NP – Port au Choix/Plum Point (ca. 170 km)

Enjoy the mountain and fjord scenery of the majestic Gros Morne National Park, declared by UNESCO as a “World Heritage Site”. The Tablelands where an 80 sq.km slab of the Earth’s mantle has been shoved up on land from deep beneath the ocean floor, a boat trip on the inland fjord of Western Brook Pond, or one of 22 Giant fossils and some of the most ancient rocks on earth are also among the attractions of Gros Morne. Follow the “Viking Trail” north along Newfoundland’s great Northern Peninsula. Port au Choix is where there is an archaeological site and exhibit centre dedicated to the Dorset Eskimo people who once lived on this coast.

Featured accommodation

Sea Echo Motel


Day 11 - Port au Choix/Plum Point – L‘Anse-auClair (ca. 90 km)

Labrador! One of the world’s last frontiers lies just across the Strait of Belle Isle. A 1½ hour ferry trip (included) from St Barbe brings you to Blanc Sablon, Quebec on the Labrador border. It is only a short drive to the scenic fishing outport of L’Anse au Claire in Labrador.

Featured accommodation

The Florian Hotel


Day 12 - Southern Labrador (ca. 150 km)

An 80km paved road takes you along the southern coast. One of Canada‘s most impressive lighthouses is located in L’Anse Amour, as well as the earliest known funeral monument in America...9000 years old. Continue through small communities with Indian crafts and across clear-flowing salmon rivers to Red Bay. Red Bay is the site of the remains of a Basque whaling station from the 1500’s.

Featured accommodation

The Florian Hotel


Day 13 - L’ Anse-au-Clair – Quirpon Island (ca. 150 km)

A 1½ hour ferry trip (included) brings you to the island of Newfoundland, where you travel to St Anthony to make the 30-minute boat trip (included) to Quirpon Island. Here you will stay in a former lightkeeper’s house. 

Featured accommodation

Quirpon Lighthouse Inn


Day 14 - Explore Quirpon Island

Only 7km in length, Quirpon Island is ideally located on the shores of “Iceberg Alley” – a perfect place to watch Icebergs and Whales (June/July). It is also a great spot to watch seabirds that feed along the coastline. 

Featured accommodation

Quirpon Lighthouse Inn


Day 15 - Quirpon Island – Gros Morne Nat. Park (ca. 370 km)

Before travelling south on the Viking Trail, why not visit L’Anse aux Meadows National Historic Site, the only known Viking settlement in North America. There is also the Norstead Viking Village nearby – a recreation of a Viking trading port at which is worth a visit.

Featured accommodation

Ocean View Hotel


Day 16 - Gros Morne Nat. Park – Port aux Basques (ca. 350 km)

Traverse the Long Range Mountains and drive through the Codroy Valley, stopping to enjoy the beaches and scenery at provincial parks along the way. Port aux Basques is a very old fishing village established centuries ago by Basque fishermen who came here long before Christopher Columbus.

Featured accommodation

St Christopher's Hotel


Day 17 - Port aux Basques – Sydney Area (ca. 25 km)

A 5-6 hour ferry (included) crossing brings you back to the mainland of Canada. When you come into harbour in Sydney, Nova Scotia, watch out for bald eagles, which are more abundant here than almost anywhere else in eastern America.

Featured accommodation

Clairestone Inn


Day 18 - Sydney Area – Halifax – Departure (ca. 395 km)

Today, you journey to Halifax Stanfield Airport for your departure.  

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