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Depart St. John's for Cape Spear National Historic Site of Canada if you didn’t do it yesterday. Afterwards, visit nearby Petty Harbour, a traditional Irish Newfoundland fishing community.
Continue down the Irish Loop Drive to the Bay Bulls/Witless Bay area where you can join Gatherall’s Puffin & Whale Watch and take a boat trip out to the Witless Bay Ecological Reserve - home to 2.5 million seabirds and the largest Atlantic puffin colony in North America.
If you’re feeling adventurous, explore the Southern Shore by kayak. Experienced sea-kayak guides will introduce you to paddling or customize a more challenging trip, depending on your comfort level.
After lunch, depart for Ferryland, which was founded by Lord Baltimore in the early 1600's. Visit the Colony of Avalon and discover the many artifacts found on the site of the original colony.
Near Trepassey and St. Shott's, keep an eye out for the most southerly woodland caribou herd in the world. Trepassey was a stopover point for Amelia Earhart when she became the first woman to fly the Atlantic. Stop in Saint Vincent’s for the night or continue a little longer to Saint Bride’s.
If you spent last night in St Vincent’s you may want to start out a little earlier as it will take you approx. 1.5-2 hours to reach Cape Mary’s Ecological Reserve this morning. For those who travelled the distance last night, it’s only a few kilometers to get to your next stop.
Located near St. Bride's, the Cape St. Mary's Ecological Reserve is one of the great natural wonders in Newfoundland and Labrador. The waters here are also a great place to see whales. The sanctuary at Cape St. Mary's may be visited year round and no permit is necessary.
Next, visit Trinity. Most of the old town is a national heritage community, and there are several provincial historic sites including the Trinity Arts Centre and Trinity Museum and Archives, as well as the Trinity Interpretation Centre. The main attraction here is not the architecture however, it's the theatre festival Season’s in the Bight, run by Rising Tide Theatre. Rising Tide also performs the popular Trinity Pageant, a comedic walking tour of the town, which runs several times a week. In addition to its history, Trinity is also a great place for whale watching and several boat tours cruise the coastal waters in search of humpbacks and other species.
Depart for the ‘Road to the Shore’ at Gambo and visit the Smallwood Interpretation Centre here. Along Route 320/330, watch for icebergs as well as whales.
Don't miss historic Greenspond Courthouse, the architectural gem of the region, and The Barbour Living Heritage Village in Newtown.
This afternoon you reach the Road to the Isles’ at Gander Bay. Visit the Boyd's Cove Beothuk Interpretation Centre at Boyd's Cove. At Twillingate you can visit the Twillingate Museum, craft shops, and the Long Point Lighthouse. Twillingate is at the centre of Iceberg Alley. Check out the CanaDream app for partner discounts on tours here.
The nearby Long Point Lighthouse, built in 1876, is one of the best places in Newfoundland to see icebergs. Built on a bluff, it overlooks the outer reaches of Notre Dame Bay. You may also catch a glimpse of the huge whales that spend their summers feeding along the coast.
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Next, your journey takes you north along the Viking Trail and Gros Morne National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Marvel at the spectacular ocean scenery and mountains. Hike the hills and trails. Choose from quiet paths to shifting elevations that overlook spectacular inland fjords, or hike over rocks that were once on the ocean bed.
Next, stop off at the Gros Morne National Park Visitor Centre in Rocky Harbour. Lobster Cove Head Lighthouse, only 10 minutes away, is a great spot for a picnic lunch, and don't forget to see the museum inside the lighthouse.
If sailing on a freshwater fjord sounds romantic, be sure to take a boat tour here.
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