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Day 1: St. John’s
We meet in St. John's—Newfoundland's historic, vibrant capital. Picturesque and welcoming, with a world-famous harbour, St. John’s has been continuously fished since 1498, allowing it to boast the designation of North America's oldest European settlement.
Day 2: Trinity Bay
Newfoundland's history is intricately bound up with the cod fishery. In the heyday of sail, smaller centres like Trinity could claim to compete with St. John's. Today the preservation of Trinity's cultural heritage has made it perhaps the most notable "heritage community" in the province. Abandoned communities nearby add to the character of this destination, as did the roles it played in the motion picture The Shipping News and the TV series Random Passage.
Day 3: Conche
On the Great Northern Peninsula, the people of Conche welcome us into their charming community. Complete with ties to its history, religion, fishery, and wildlife, Conche is made up of mostly Irish descendants. We will explore the colourful town on foot, but don’t be surprised if locals invite you in for a "mug up"!
Day 4: L’Anse aux Meadows
A UNESCO World Heritage Site, L'Anse aux Meadows is the only authenticated 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.
Day 5: Red Bay
Labrador is home to Red Bay Basque Whaling Station, Canada's newest 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 are the whaling ship San Juan, lost in a storm in 1565 and found 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’s geographic diversity and majesty needs no introduction. The park's mountains are both picturesque and highly unusual: the Tablelands, a 600-metre plateau, forms one of the world's best examples of ancient rock exposed from the earth's interior. The park's fjords are equally stunning, and the town of Woody Point has become widely renowned for its annual Writers' Festival.
Days 7 - 8: South Coast
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, outport communities, and coves to explore via Zodiac or land excursions.
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 were, at the time, nomads travelling throughout the east coast. Since its establishment as a reserve in 1987, Miawpukek’s employment rate has increased from 10% to nearly 100% and Indian and Northern Affairs often reference the community as a model for other First Nations.
Day 10: Saint-Pierre, FR
Explore exotic Saint-Pierre, a last bastion of France’s colonial territories in North America. The island’s 6,500 residents are of various descents including French, Basque, Breton, and Normand.
Day 11: St. John’s
Discover one of the oldest cities in North America, a city unlike any other. Cradled in a harbour carved from 500-million-year-old rock and surrounded by hills running down to the ocean, St. John's is the most easterly city in North America. St. John's has been vitally important for centuries to explorers, adventurers, merchants, soldiers, pirates, and all manner of seafarers, who provided the foundation for this thriving modern day city.
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