Newfoundland St. Anthony Iceberg Festival
Our first ever Exclusive tour to Newfoundland for the St Anthony Ice Berg Festival.
We start our tour with flights to Toronto where we will be transported to Niagara Falls for 2 evenings. Niagara Skywheel, Clifton Hill upon arrival and A boat tour to the Falls, Jackson Triggs Winery tour and time at Niagara on the lake fill our next day in Niagara Falls.
Our tour then shifts further East as we will be transported back to the airport where we will fly in to Deer Lake NL, meet our local guide and head to Rocky Harbour where we will enjoy the Anchors Aweigh lounge show to kick off the next 11 days in Newfoundland. Travelling North through Gros Morne National Park to St Anthony’s we will have many attractions to see. Once there we have a 2 hour Northland Discovery boat tour planned to see the ice bergs, The Grenfell Interpretation Center,The Ice Berg Festival activities around town, L’Anse aux Meadows,and a visit to the Viking Village.
Next we are off to Cornerbrook, Gander, Twillingate, Clarenville and ending in St Johns with many many more attractions to see. Read the Day to day details below for exciting details.
There is so much to see in these 13 days you won’t believe we can fit it all in.
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Tour Details by Day
Day 1 – Flights to Toronto
Meals Included: None
Your tour begins with a Westjet Flight from Edmonton to Toronto. Here we will be transported to Niagara Falls where we’ll be staying for the next two evenings. Upon arrival to the area, we will have passes to the Niagara SkyWheel for the most spectacular view of the falls, after which we will have free time at Clifton Hill for you to browse on your own. We will then transport you to your hotel for the evening where you may dine in the restaurant or choose one of many restaurants close by.
Clifton Hill is Niagara Falls top destination for attractions, restaurants, entertainment and more! Located just one block away from the Niagara Horseshoe Falls, the Street of Fun is a must-visit for families, couples and sightseers. Clifton Hill’s exciting array of attractions includes the Niagara Skywheel, a giant wheel 175 feet above the Falls providing you with views like no other of the Falls.
Day 2 – Niagara Falls, Local Vineyard and Guided Tour
Meals Included: Breakfast
Today features a Local guide joining us for a boat tour to Niagara Falls and a tour and tasting at Jackson-Triggs winery. After we have partaken of some divine wines at the winery, we will continue our area tour including Niagara on the Lake where we will have lunch on your own and time for browsing to top off a full day in Niagara Falls.
Voyage to the Falls
This legendary Niagara Falls boat tour attraction is Canada’s favourite visitor experience. It’s been thrilling millions of visitors from around the world for more than 150 years.
Hold onto your heart and get ready for the thrill of a lifetime. Prepare for an awe-inspiring journey aboard Hornblower’s state-of-the-art 700-passenger Catamaran boats, the Niagara Wonder and the Niagara Thunder. Hornblower Niagara Cruises will take you on a ride you’ll never forget, into the heart of the Canadian Horseshoe Falls. You’ll experience the world-famous Full Mist boat tour experience of the Niagara River Great Gorge with up-close viewing of the American Falls, the Bridal Veil Falls, and of course the ultimate thrill, a ride into the awesome power, thundering roar and amazing mist of the mighty Canadian Horseshoe Falls!
When you pick up a bottle of Jackson-Triggs, you can be sure you made the right choice. Jackson-Triggs is a name you know. It’s a name your friends know. It’s a name that stands for our commitment to crafting the perfect wine for any occasion, and our attention to detail shows. We are Canada’s most awarded winery and have been named “Best Canadian Winery” an unprecedented number of times in international and domestic competitions. You can feel proud when serving Jackson-Triggs wines in knowing that, no matter the varietal, vintage, or region, you’ll be pouring a premium wine that pairs perfectly with every moment, large or small.
Niagara-on-the-Lake is a town in southern Ontario. It sits on the shores of Lake Ontario, at the mouth of the Niagara River. It’s known for its wineries and the summer Shaw Festival, a series of theatre productions. The flower-filled, tree-lined old town features 19th-century buildings, mainly along Queen Street. Near the river, 19th-century Fort George was built by the British to defend against American attacks.
Day 3 – Flights to Deer Lake
Meals Included: Breakfast
This morning we will be transported back to the Toronto Airport for our flights into Deer Lake, Nfld. Upon arrival, we will meet our local NL guide and coach driver and be transported to Rocky Harbour, here we will stop at the Visitor Centre for a brief intro to Gros Morne National Park. We will then be transported to our hotel, The Ocean View, and this evening in the lounge we will be welcomed to Newfoundland at the Anchors Aweigh Show, a mix of comedy and music that will have you laughing and singing along all night.
Anchors Aweigh Lounge show
No Newfoundland experience would be complete without the music and wit of a group of local performers, and Anchors Aweigh is the very best the Gros Morne region has to offer.
For many visitors it is a defining moment of their trip. Here, every Monday, Wednesday and Friday night during the summer, a group of five local performers gets together to entertain tourists and locals alike with a rousing three-hour show.
Filled with renditions of popular Newfoundland and Labrador songs, and sprinkled with wit and one-liners, the show has become one of the best attended in the whole province. Almost by accident, and practically overnight, the Anchors Aweigh band has found its way onto the list of ‘things to do’ for local residents and visitors alike.
Day 4 – Gros Morne National Park
Meals Included: Breakfast, Supper
We will start your tour of Gros Morne today with a visit to the Bonne Bay Marine Centre. We will then head to the Lobster Cove Head Lighthouse for a presentation, then continue onto Broome Point and then off to Cow Head for lunch. Afterwards we will carry on north to the Arches (a must see) and then onto our destination for the evening, Torrent River Inn, where we will enjoy a scrumptious Cod dinner, after which you are then free to explore on your own for the rest of the evening.
Gros Morne National Park
Gros Morne National Park is a world heritage site located on the west coast of Newfoundland. At 1,805 km2 (697 sq mi), it is the second largest national park in Atlantic Canada; it is surpassed by Torngat Mountains National Park, which is 9,700 km2 (3,700 sq mi).
The park takes its name from Newfoundland’s second-highest mountain peak (at 806 m or 2,644 ft) located within the park. Its French meaning is “large mountain standing alone,” or more literally “great sombre.” Gros Morne is a member of the Long Range Mountains, an outlying range of the Appalachian Mountains, stretching the length of the island’s west coast. It is the eroded remnants of a mountain range formed 1.2 billion years ago. “The park provides a rare example of the process of continental drift, where deep ocean crust and the rocks of the earth’s mantle lie exposed.
Day 5 – St Anthony's
Meals Included: Breakfast
We continue onto our destination of St. Anthony’s for the next two evenings. We will join Northland Discovery Iceberg and Whale Tours for a majestic boat ride to see the icebergs. Afterwards we will enjoy some of the activities for the Iceberg Festival in town. The Iceberg Festival celebrates the coming of spring in the north and the annual arrival of icebergs. It features music, food, entertainment, history, culture, great hospitality, and of course icebergs. If you want breathtaking landscapes and seascapes, fantastic fare, and good company, you belong with us at the Iceberg Festival.
Northland Discovery Iceberg and Whale Tours
Join the Alcock family for an award-winning Newfoundland boat tour experience. Iceberg tours, whale watching and seabird tours are just some of the highlights. Its an exciting ecological and cultural journey into our unique heritage. Our destination: the scenic coastal waters off St. Anthony, Newfoundland – Iceberg Alley – an area famous for its bounty of icebergs, whales, dolphins and seabirds. During your thrilling 2 1/2 hour tour, we will captivate you with a live interpretive program on our marine wildlife and culture. It’s a refreshing blend of nature, education and hospitality that you will never forget.
Day 6 – St Anthonys
Meals Included: Breakfast, Supper (Great Viking Feast)
A short journey to L’Anse aux Meadows on the Great Northern Peninsula will start our day this morning. We will then, in the afternoon, be visiting the Norstead Viking Village for a guided tour. Join costumed interpreters, listen to mysterious Viking tales, step aboard the full-scale replica of the Viking ship “Snorri” and learn how the Vikings mastered the North Atlantic, it’s bound to be a fun and informative day. This evening, once we return, you can enjoy more of festivities in town for the Iceberg Festival.
L’Anse aux Meadows
At the tip of Newfoundland’s Great Northern Peninsula lies the first known evidence of European presence in the Americas. Here Norse expeditions sailed from Greenland, building a small encampment of timber-and-sod buildings over 1000 years ago against a stunning backdrop of rugged cliffs, bog, and coastline, discover the fascinating archaeological remains of the Viking encampment, declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1978. You’ll meet costumed Viking interpreters as you tour the recreated base camp and discover original artifacts from this internationally renowned archaeological find.
A Viking Village and Port of Trade on L’Anse aux Meadows, Newfoundland is a non-profit organization that was created to take history out of the exhibit case and place it in the hands of visitors. Join costumed interpreters in the dim light of the Viking-style Chieftain’s Hall and listen to mysterious Viking tales. Check out info on the blacksmith forging iron. Step aboard the full-scale replica of the Viking ship “Snorri”. Learn how the Vikings mastered the North Atlantic. Use a simple notched stick to measure distance by the stars. Get you “Runes” told by the wise women. Shape clay into pottery the way the Vikings did. Spin sheep fleece into yarn using ancient drop spindle technology, dye the yarn bright purple, pink, or rusty yellow using local plants and berries….weave it into cloth at the loom. It’s in your hands to explore!
Day 7 – St Anthonys to Corner Brook
Meals Included: Breakfast
We will make our way today, back through Gros Morne Park sightseeing along the way with a stop for lunch and short visit to Port au Choix and ending up in Corner Brook for the evening. We will visit the Captain James Cook Historic Site, which stands on Crow Hill overlooking the city before checking into our hotel.
Port au Choix
On the west side of Newfoundland’s Great Northern Peninsula, you’ll find the crossroads of 6000 years of human history. The sea’s bounty drew Maritime Archaic Indian, Dorset and Groswater Paleoeskimo, and “Recent Indian”s here long before Europeans arrived. Seals on passing iceflows were hunted by the Dorset and used for food, shelter and clothing.
Discover one of North America’s most fascinating archaeological finds amid a rugged coastline of unique limestone barrens, forests and bays. Visit ancient burial sites, settlements and view original artifacts, from slate spears to harpoons.
By the middle of the 19th century the population of Corner Brook was less than 100, and the inhabitants were engaged in fishing and lumber work.
The area was originally four distinct communities, each with unique commercial activities: Curling, with its fishery; Corner Brook West (also known as Humber West or Westside) with its retail businesses; Corner Brook East (also known as Humbermouth and the Heights) with its railway and industrial operations; and Townsite (known as Corner Brook), home to the employees of the pulp and paper mill. In 1956, these four communities were amalgamated to form the present-day City of Corner Brook The area was surveyed by Captain James Cook in 1767.
Captain Cook’s lookout
For a scenic treat, make your way to Captain Cook’s lookout at the base of Smoky Cape lighthouse. Pause to feel the salty breeze as you gaze out over the Tasman Sea and Hat Head National Park.
Visit between May and July to see southern right and humpback whales swimming past the headland. Or catch them on their return trip between August and October. Playful dolphins can be seen in the area, too.
As well as being an ideal spot for whale – watchers, Captain Cook’s lookout is great for birdwatchers, too. Although you don’t even have to watch anything at all if you’d prefer – just sit back, enjoy the clifftop picnic area and feel on top of the world.
Day 8 – Corner Brook to Gander
Meals Included: Breakfast
Get set for some sightseeing today as we work our way to Gander for the next two evenings, as we enter Gander, we will visit the North Atlantic Aviation Museum, which highlights Gander’s role in the development of Transatlantic Aviation, as well as a beyond worlds tour. After an insightful visit at the Museum we will end our day at our accommodations for the evening.
North Atlantic Aviation Museum opened its doors in 1996, and is dedicated to preserving and presenting stories and artifacts highlighting Gander’s role in the development of Trans Atlantic Aviation.
In the spring of 2012, the museum completed extensive interior renovations, creating a modern and professional exhibit, with engaging multimedia displays and a brand new flight simulator.
The exhibit, covering the time period from 1935 to 2001, provides a rich narrative of Gander’s short but fascinating history.
Learn about Gander’s role as an important strategic base during WWII, how the town earned the nickname “Crossroads of the World”, why Gander was known throughout the Eastern Bloc, and finally hear the story of Gander’s unexpected role, in the days following 9/11.
Day 9 – Day trip to Twillingate
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
Today we will enjoy a day trip to Twillingate. On the way we will stop at the Beothuk Interpretive Centre for a video and tour and to enjoy the Ancient Gardens. Afterwards, we will continue to Twillingate located in Iceberg Alley, for a guided tour, wine tasting, and lunch at Auk Island Winery. We’ll also have time to visit the Twillingate Museum and Craft Centre and enjoy a short stop at the Long Point Lighthouse poised high in the cliffs. We will then retrace our steps back to Gander for the evening.
Twillingate is a town of 2,269 people located on the Twillingate Islands (“Toulinquet”) in Notre Dame Bay. The islands provide an excellent sheltered harbour and easy access to the rich fishing grounds nearby. In recent years, a causeway named after Walter B. Elliot was built, which connects it to the mainland via New World Island. Labeled as “The Iceberg Capital of the World”, the town is one of the oldest ports on the island. Imagine… a now-extinct people with a unique language and culture, thriving on the rich resources of the land and sea: seals, birds, fish…
Beothuk Interpretive Centre
300 years ago, this site was a Beothuk village. Tour the interpretation centre where exhibits and artifacts foster an appreciation for this unique, and now vanished culture.
From the interpretation centre, follow a 1.5 km groomed walking trail to the village site – today an outline of housepits is the only evidence of the Beothuk people who once lived here. Along the trail, a sculpture designed by renowned Newfoundland artist Gerald Squires evokes the tragedy of the Beothuks’ demise.
Day 10 – Gander to Clarenville
Meals Included: Breakfast
As we leave Gander today, we will enjoy a driving tour stopping at the Silent Witness Memorial, a tranquil park dedicated to the memory of the individuals who lost their lives in the Arrow Air crash, before heading north to Newton for a visit and lunch on your own at Barbour Living Heritage Village. Backtracking, we will then stop at the Dover Fault Lookout and Interpretation Centre, and then onto Joey’s Lookout for a stretch and picture opportunities. Our day will find us ending in Clarenville for the next two evenings.
The Barbour Living Heritage Village is the anchor tourist attraction on the Kittiwake Coast offering visitors a taste of history at the turn of the 19th Century into the mid 1900s (1873 to 1960). The Village is nestled in a picturesque corner of Newtown, right on the Tickle. The Village features living interpretation of the life of the Barbours, a well-known and prominent family involved in the fishing and sealing industries in Newfoundland.
There are 19 buildings in the Barbour Living Heritage Village; three of which are designated as registered structures by the Newfoundland Historic Trust. Over the next several years two others are expected to also receive that designation. The Village’s historic homes are furnished with their original contents and provide an excellent opportunity to give insight into the family life of one of Newfoundland’s most distinguished families.
At the Lookout you’ll find interpretive panels and maps explaining the location and significance of the Dover Fault.
Along the trail, stop to see the remnants of the wreckage of the WWII Digby B18 Bomber. The panels tell the story of the hospitality shown by the Dover residents who took in the downed airmen and gave them hot meals and dry clothing.
Also along the trail, take a break at one of the picnic tables and enjoy the fresh air and the scenery. In the summer, you’ll see lots of boats heading out the bay, especially during the recreational fishery!
Day 11 – Clarenville
Meals Included: Breakfast
We will travel to Trinity today, one of the oldest communities in North America, then we will carry on to Cape Bonavista, where you can experience the cliffs and coastal scenery. We will visit many coves along the way where John Cabot landed in 1947, and visit the Ryan Premesis National Historic Site. Returning to Clarenville we will take you along the Bonavista Bay Highway past Kings Cove for a different scenic route back.Terra Nova National Park Terra Nova’s landscape is typical of the northeast coast of Newfoundland, but with remnants of the Appalachian Mountains contributing to widely varied and rugged topography throughout the region. The park’s seacoast consists of several rocky “fingers” jutting into Bonavista Bay along an area stretching from just north of Port Blandford to the vicinity of Glovertown. The coastline varies from cliffs and exposed headlands to sheltered inlets and coves, contributing to Newfoundland’s prime recreational boating area.
Inland areas consist of rolling forested hills, exposed rock faces, and bogs, ponds and wetlands. Wildlife protected by the park range from small to large land mammals, migratory birds, and various marine life. Terra Nova also protects an area containing remnants of the Beothuk Nation, as well as many of the early pioneer European settlements in the region.
Day 12 – Clarenville to St John's
Meals Included: Breakfast
We depart today for our last city stop of the tour – St. John’s. Along the way we will stop at Petty Harbour, a quaint fishing village. Then it’s off to Cape Spear, the most easterly point in North America. Stand here with your back to the ocean and the entire North American population is to the west of you, face the ocean and the next stop east would be Ireland. We will then continue on to our destination accommodations for the evening, the Holiday Inn- St Johns, and then tonight we will enjoy a farewell supper on famous George Street.
Perched on a rugged cliff at our continent’s most easterly point lies Cape Spear Lighthouse – the oldest surviving lighthouse in the province and an iconic symbol of Newfoundland and Labrador’s mariner history.
Journey back in time and explore the remnants of the sites World War II coastal defence battery – Fort Cape Spear. Walk in the footsteps of Canadian and American soldiers as they guarded St. John’s from attack from lurking German U-boats.
Petty Harbour – Maddox Cove is a town of approximately 960 people located on the eastern shore of the Avalon Peninsula in the province of Newfoundland and Labrador. It is nestled deep in the heart of Motion Bay, just south (approximately 15 minutes away) of St. John’s. The present town is approximately 200 years old, though the site has been continuously occupied since at least 1598, predating the arrival of the Mayflower and making it one of the oldest European settlements in North America. During King William’s War, the village was raided by Canadiens in the Avalon Peninsula Campaign.
Constructed in 1836, Cape Spear Lighthouse is a striking example of the unique lighthouse architecture of the period. Rising up from the centre of the square lightkeeper’s residence, the all-important light was a beacon of safe passage until 1955, when a new lighthouse tower was built nearby, using the original light.
The human history of Cape Spear Lighthouse is the story of the Cantwells. For over 150 years, generations of this famous family of lightkeepers resided at Cape Spear and worked tirelessly to maintain a light so vital to mariners. Step inside the restored lighthouse and discover the lifestyle of a 19th-century lighthouse keeper. Journey back in time and explore the remnants of the World War II coastal defence battery – Fort Cape Spear. Walk in the footsteps of Canadian and American soldiers as they guarded St. John’s from lurking German U-boats.
Day 13 – St John's and Flights Home.
Meals Included: Breakfast, Farewell Lunch
Today before we depart for home, we have a city tour of St John’s including Signal Hill, be amazed that you have a 360 degree view of the harbour entering St Johns, the city below and learn how the first Trans-Atlantic wireless transmission was received here from a wireless Station in Cornwall, UK. After our tour we will transport you to the St John’s Airport for your flights home.
As St. John’s most popular landmark, Signal Hill recalls the town’s historic past and communications triumph, as well as offering coastal hikes and colourful performances against sweeping views overlooking the Atlantic. Signal Hill was the site of St. John’s harbour defences from the 17th century to the Second World War and where Guglielmo Marconi received the world’s first transatlantic wireless signal in 1901.