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Newfoundland – a glimpse of the west

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This alternative itinerary takes you on a tour of Newfoundland’s stunning Northern Peninsula; this could be combined with standard Newfoundland tour above, to create a comprehensive tour of this beautiful island.

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Newfoundland – a glimpse of the west

This short itinerary includes just the fascinating western part of Newfoundland

Day 1: Deer Lake/Humber Valley
Day 4: Gros Morne National Park (South side)
Day 5: Port Au Choix
Day 6: Quirpon Island
Day 9: Gros Morne National Park (North side)
Day 11: Depart Deer Lake
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Here we suggest a self-drive tour of the wild and beautiful coast of Newfoundland’s west coast and Northern Peninsula. Explore Gros Morne National Park, a natural marvel of fjords, forests and mountains, which has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site because of its exceptional beauty and unique geology.

Day 1: Deer Lake/Humber Valley
On arrival into Deer Lake airport pick up your rental car and drive the short distance to Humber Valley. The Humber Valley stretches for 70 kms, sliced by the mighty Humber River, home to trophy-sized salmon. The River flows into Deer Lake, a 30 km fresh water lake, and continues to the seaport of Corner Brook, the region’s largest centre with 25,000 people. Humber Valley is one of Canada’s best-kept secrets, with its diverse environment of unspoiled nature that touches each one of its visitors.
Humber Valley 3 nights

Day 4: Gros Morne National Park (South side)
Depart Humber Valley and head north along the Viking Trail (Route 430) to Gros Morne National Park – this 1805 sq km park offers beauty and adventure that are unsurpassed by any in the world.
Woody Point 1 night

Day 5: Port Au Choix
Depart Gros Morne National Park and drive north continuing along the Viking trail. Visit Port au Choix National Historic Site and view artifacts of the Maritime Archaic people who occupied the region over 3700 years ago.
Port Au Choix 1 night

Day 6: Quirpon Island
Continue on to Quirpon dock. A unique remote Island experience awaits you! Stay in a recently refurbished original Light keeper’s residence. Relax and enjoy your Quirpon Island experience – whale watch from the Helipad, or the enclosed glass observation house or roam the rugged landscape. In season Quirpon Island is one of Newfoundland’s best locations for Iceberg viewing as they drift the Labrador Current on their journey south.
Quirpon Island 3 nights

Day 9: Gros Morne National Park (North side)
Depart Quirpon Island and transfer back over to the dock. Depart the Great Northern Peninsula and head back south along the Viking Trail to the north side of Gros Morne National Park. Enroute be sure to visit Table Point Ecological Reserve.
Rocky Harbour 2 nights

Day 11: Depart Deer Lake
Drive back to Deer Lake, dropping off the hire car at the airport for the flight home or to continue your adventure.

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Make sure you stay on Quirpon Island – the lighthouse keepers cottages is simple, but lovely.  Travel in June for the best view of icebergs potentially the size of apartment blocks.
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New Brunswick

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Adventure experiencing the delights and challenges of this hidden gem of Atlantic Canada. Fly fishing, whale watching, water sports are all on offer. Can be combined with a neighbouring Province

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New Brunswick

One of the four provinces jointly known at Atlantic Canada, this is a part of Canada that is waiting to be explored…

Day 1: Fredericton
Day 2: Miramichi
Day 5: Bay of Fundy
Day 7: St Andrews-By-The-Sea
Day 9: Halifax
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Day 1: Fredericton
The start of your fishing and outdoor adventure is in Fredericton for your first night stay. New Brunswick’s capital city is noted for its heritage and culture. Spend the afternoon exploring such places as the Historic Garrison District, Beaverbrook Art Gallery, City Hall, Christchurch Cathedral and the Old Government House. For the more energetic, perhaps rent a bicycle and ride the magnificent 85kms trails network that follow the St John River.
Fredericton 1 night

Day 2: Miramichi
Pick up vehicle and drive to one of the world’s best fly fishing rivers – the Miramichi. An angler’s paradise. Fly-fishers from around the world come here to challenge the legendary waters of the Miramichi River for the king of the game fish, the Atlantic salmon. Three night stay here giving you plenty of opportunity to learn or improve your fly fishing skills in this area, famed for having half of all line caught salmon coming from these rivers. An experience of a lifetime.
Miramichi 3 nights

Day 5: Bay of Fundy
Head due south to the Bay of Fundy (Hopewell Rocks) area for a two night stay and time to relax after your exertions with the rod. Hopewell Cape is home to Hopewell Rocks; the giant rock formations carved over thousands of years by the Bay of Fundy’s awesome tidal forces. Visit the excellent Interpretive Centre on site before exploring these natural phenomena either at low tide by walking on the ocean floor in and among the rock formations along the coast or 6 hours later kayak the very same spot at high tide. Twice each day the highest tides in the world – up to 46 feet – flood the beach, a natural wonder not to be missed! Visit Fundy National Park which has 206 square kms of steep coastal cliffs, forested hills, deep rich valleys, rugged shoreline and rolling meadows. The park is renowned for its hiking trails, with over 104 kms of trails to choose from, ranging from easy ½ km loops to a demanding 50 km circuit around the Park. The Park is a haven for bird watchers, golfers, cyclists, canoeists and naturalists.
Bay of Fundy 2 nights

Day 7: St Andrews-By-The-Sea
Drive the Bay of Fundy coastal drive, with plenty of opportunity to observe whales, birds and a variety of other marine life – this is one of the greatest and most accessible concentrations of whales and seabirds in the North Atlantic. Consider taking the ferry from Blacks Harbour across to Grand Manan Island for walking trails and iconic lighthouses. Grand Manan is the largest Island in the Bay of Fundy and is a haven for whale watchers, bird watchers and nature lovers alike. There are many hiking trails on the island – a marvellous network of narrow rustic footpaths that allow for further exploration to areas not accessible by most vehicles. Enjoy an unforgettable fully narrated sailing adventure to view several whale species, including the endangered North Atlantic Right Whale, as well as seals and sea birds. Or, why not join one of the fishing boats and try your hand at sea fishing in this beautiful Bay?
Alternatively spend the day in St. Andrews by-the-Sea, one of Canada’s most beautiful seaside resorts. Consider playing a round of golf, visiting Kingsbrae Gardens or strolling along Water Street viewing the local wares of artisans and potters. A whale watching excursion can also be embarked upon from the St. Andrews wharf. Don’t miss an exquisite dining experience at Rossmount Inn; very affordable fresh, local cuisine
St Andrews By the Sea 2 nights

Day 9: Halifax
Start your journey home or continue your adventure with a spectacular drive back to Halifax

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For a slightly different approach to fishing, take a trip from Shediac to see how their world famous lobsters are caught and prepared and then enjoy a lobster lunch on board. 

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‘We really enjoyed the variety of experiences and the beautiful countryside in New Brunswick.  Great to see the huge tides first hand and the reversing falls at Saint John’
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Atlantic Canada

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I have just returned from spending time in Newfoundland followed by New Brunswick and I have to say that my 10 day trip was really not long enough.

With a flight time to St Johns,Newfoundland directly from Heathrow with Air Canada taking a little over 5 hours, Newfoundland is more accessible than many realise, with much of Atlantic Canada a similar distance.

My trip took me to just a small part of Newfoundland – the west coast including Corner Brook, the Humber Valley and Gros Morne National Park, and over on the east coast, St Johns. Each part of this amazing province is very different and we took a little time to see the city of Cornerbrook before continuing on up to the stunning Gros Morne National Park. Full of quaint seaside villages, stunning scenery and mountains, we took the water taxi from Norris Point to Woody Point enjoying a peaceful time on the water in this huge inlet – a place for adventure with kayaking opportunities. The National Park is home to the Tablelands – one of the very few places in the world where the earths Mantle is exposed and shows a complete contrast to the nearby mountains with it’s firey iron coloured rock. This is a must visit whilst inNewfoundland, to experience a walk on the earths Mantle, and learn of the geology through a visit to the Gros Morne Discovery Centre.

The visit then took me to the Humber Valley and a stay in a great chalet on a gated community. From here we visited nearby Marble Mountainand had a fun experience across the valley on a zip line tour – an incredible 9 zip lines that zigzag across the mountain can be experienced year round. The Mountain is home to ski runs during the winter months and would make a great weekend getaway ski break. ATV’s and snowmobiling are also on offer here.

Over on the east coast the city of St. Johns is home to fantastic multicoloured homes, the vibrant and lively George Street and Cape Spear – the most easterly point of Canada and home to Cape Spear Lighthouse National Historic Site which is the oldest surviving lighthouse in Newfoundland and Labrador.

My next stop was a three night whirlwind tour of New Brunswick. We Kicked off with a Lobster cruise on Shediac Bay learning how Lobsters are caught in a fun and educational way. After a demonstration on how to crack open a lobster to find all of the good meat, it was time to get messy and have a go ourselves with a lobster meal served cold – the best way to eat it apparently (they should know, Shediac is known as the ‘Lobster capital of the world’!!).

Our journey continued to Hopewell Rocks, home to some of the highest tides in the world on the Bay of Fundy – well worth a visit to walk on the sea bed before the 48ft tide arrives –then on through the village of Alma, it’s a must to stop for the fabulous sticky buns at the bakery here!!, and then into the fantastic scenery of Fundy National Park. On to the city of Saint John (not to be confused with St. Johns, Newfoundland) where the reversing rapids can be seen at the correct tide – the rush of water coming along the river from the Bay of Fundy pushes against the outgoing water causing a rapid effect where jet boat tours take advantage!

On to Fredericton, passing the pretty village of Gagetown before arriving in the City full of history and culture.

The four provinces of Atlantic Canada are so different and each have something different to bring to a holiday – maybe concentrating on one at a time is the best way to get the most from your trip. Having seen just a tiny area of two provinces, I can truly say that I must go back – there is too much that I haven’t seen!

To find out more or make this part of your bespoke, tailor made holiday please contact Yvonne on 01323 446550 or email on yvonne@experienceholidays.co.uk

Region: Atlantic Canada

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Atlantic Canada – Newfoundland, Labrador

The area known as Atlantic Canada is made up of the Provinces of Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island and New Brunswick – an area of beauty and history, both recent and not so recent in geological terms. Accessed by international flights from London this area is a mere stone’s throw, with so much to offer. The funnel shape of the Bay of Fundy results in one of the largest tidal ranges in the world. The extraordinary geological history of the Island of Newfoundland has bequeathed one of only two areas in the world where the earth’s mantle is visible at the surface and the equally extraordinary sight of Western Brook Pond – an inland fjord. Perhaps take a trip whale watching and view some spectacular icebergs.

For more information and itinerary ideas click on the links below or contact us to find out more

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Gastronomic Tour of Nova Scotia

New Brunswick

Prince Edward Island

Newfoundland

Newfoundland – A Glimpse Of The West

Canada Rail Adventures

 

Canada Rail Adventures

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Canada is home of several spectacular rail journey’s which can easily be combined with a self-drive or escorted holiday. Rocky Mountaineer is almost a household name, but don’t forget Via Rail Canada’s famous ‘The Canadian’ trans-Canada route, or the lesser-known Skeena, a wonderful way to see Canada from a different angle – letting the train take the strain. Canada rail adventures – a good way to get around Eastern Canada with excellent rail connections between the major cities.

Experience the ingenious Spiral Tunnels – inspired by the dangerous gradients of the Rocky Mountains – the railway’s played a major role in the pioneering exploration of Western Canada, and not so very long ago…

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Canada City Breaks

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Canada City Breaks – Vancouver, Calgary, Toronto, Montreal, Quebec and Halifax

With direct daily flights from London Heathrow to Vancouver, Calgary, Toronto, Montreal, Quebec and Halifax, together with internationally recognised accommodation, stores and malls of the highest and most extensive standards, world renowned theatre, museums and attractions and the wonderful Welcome that the Canadians ‘do’ so well – what better choice for a City Break, long weekend, retail therapy or simple get-away break. Our bespoke and tailor made service will ensure you capture all there is to see and do during your stay.

We will advise on the best choice of hotel – depending on your budget. Contact us to find out more

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Prince Edward Island

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Sandy beaches, warm ocean water, lively fun parks and an overall casual atmosphere make Prince Edward Island an ideal family destination.  PEI offers something for everyone; fly fishing, whale watching, water sports are all on offer…

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Prince Edward Island

Prince Edward Island is one of the four provinces that are together known as Atlantic Canada.  PEI is connected to the mainland by the Confederation Bridge to the west and by a ferry service to the south.

Day 1: Charlottetown
Day 3: Souris
Day 6: Brackley Beach
Day 10: Depart PEI
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With over 500 miles of beaches, 90 of which are sandy, Prince Edward Island is ideal for families, as many Canadians already know.  It also claims to have the warmest water north of the Carolinas, tempting you to linger on the beach.  Seven of the 50-odd lighthouses are open to the public, giving a vivid reminder of the treacherous nature of the sea and this provinces association with the ocean.  In addition to this, there are some 220 miles of cycle trails to explore including the Confederation Trail which uses an old railway line for much of the way and takes you through villages, wetlands, hardwood groves and along rivers.

Day 1: Charlottetown
This family holiday starts with a two night stay in Charlottetown. Victorian homes line the streets and an eclectic array of shops, restaurants and cafés are the perfect places to mingle with the locals or just people watch. Charlottetown hosts some of the island’s top festivals and offers attractions such as the world renowned Anne of Green Gables – The Musical™ at the Confederation Centre of the Arts. Another great family attraction is Founders’ Hall, a heritage attraction telling the story of Canada from its inception in 1864 up until modern day.
Charlottetown 2 nights

Day 3: Souris
As you travel to the eastern part of the Island for the next three days you’ll be welcomed by the 1,300 residents of the tranquil sea-side town of Souris. The beaches in the east are among the best on the Island; the spectacular dune system at Greenwich, PEI National Park is a must-do for this region and at Basin Head the sand will even sing to you. If you like to cycle or hike, one of the most scenic stretches of the Confederation Trail runs right through the village of St. Peters–also a good stopping point for shopping, dining, theatre and music. Cruise Manada Seal-Watching Boat Tours is another fun way to spend an afternoon.
Souris 3 nights

Day 6: Brackley Beach
Head to the north of the Island and to your base in Brackley Beach. Here stay for 5 nights – the region is a spectacular piece of Prince Edward Island’s acclaimed scenic landscape composed of red sandstone cliffs, white sand beaches and rolling farmland. Some of the classic coastline has been protected in the PEI National Park which hugs the central north shore. Cavendish Grove is an ideal entry way into the Park with its walking trails, picnic grounds and stands of sugar maples. For family fun, spending time in Cavendish is a must-do. There are amusement parks, mini golf, water slides and restaurants that cater to all ages and tastes. Just down the road, in North Rustico, adventure seekers can choose from kayaking, canoeing or deep-sea fishing.
Brackley Beach 5 nights

Day 10: Depart PEI
Start your journey home or continue your adventure in one on PEI’s neighbouring provinces

Photographs by kind permission Tourism Prince Edward Island

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Canada Day

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Did you know July 1st is Canada Day? The national day of Canada is a celebration of the anniversary of the enactment of the British North America Act 1867 which united three colonies into a single country.

This holiday is celebrated in lots of different ways but usually include several outdoor public events such as parades, carnivals, barbecues, air shows, fireworks and free music concerts, with all these celebrations taking place it makes Canada a great place to visit this time of year.

However if you didn’t manage to get over there this year you can always join in the celebrations in London’s Trafalgar Square, the location of Canada House, here you will find  Canadian performers, visual artists and a street hockey tournament among other activities.

So if you want to join in the celebrations next year and make it part of your bespoke tailor made holiday, now is the time to start thinking about it please call us on 01323 446550 or Email info@experienceholidays.co.uk  

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Ultimate Road Trip – No. 6 Celtic Colours of Atlantic Canada

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Celtic Colours of Atlantic Canada is a trip for those of you that enjoy your folk music in its pure form.  Attracting singers from all over the world, this festival spreads across Cape Breton Island in Atlantic Canada’s province of Nova Scotia giving you the best excuse for travelling through this wonderful region. Add in some of the best whale watching available, fresh food from the land, rivers and sea and wildlife and scenery that changes regularly and you have a tour to remember. 

If the music is not for you, the provinces that make up Atlantic Canada have a multitude of scenic and interesting drives and adventures to make your perfect holiday.  The beautiful Gros Morne National Park and the remoteness of a stay in the Lighthouse Keepers Cottage on Quirpon Island are just some of the wonders of Newfoundland.  At the right time of year, watch as huge icebergs float by along ‘Iceberg Alley’.  A full holiday of around two weeks could easily be spent just in Newfoundland.  Visiting Nova Scotia, start in the delightful city of Halifax and be sure to visit Cape Breton Island with spectacular whale watching opportunities, and Louisburg Fortress where you will see life as it was in 1744 are all found in Nova Scotia.  New Brunswick is home to the incredible tides of the Bay of Fundy, visit Hopewell Rocks to view the incredible tides and the rocks shaped like giant vases are covered by the tide each six hours.  Last, but by no means least, Prince Edward Island with beaches, villages, and PEI’s National Park featuring a 19th century wooden farmhouse, inspiration for the classic novel “Anne of Green Gables”. and the provincial capital Charlottetown.   

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Contact us to start planning your holiday to Atlantic Canada on 01323 446550 info@experienceholidays.co.uk.

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Destinations Holiday and Travel Show

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Experience Holidays along with Destination Quebec are attending Destinations: The Holiday & Travel Show, Olympia London, 29th January – 1st February 2015.  This is the UK’s biggest and longest-running travel show.
 
Come along and visit us on stand AC12  to discuss your travel plans.    

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