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Iceberg Alley – Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada

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When it comes to viewing icebergs, Iceberg Alley is one of the best places in the world. On a sunny day, view these 10,000-year-old glacial giants from many points along the northern and eastern coasts of Newfoundland and Labrador in every shape and size. The colours of each iceberg differs ranging from snow-white to the deepest aquamarine.

There are a number of ways to experience these amazing natural spectacles. Go on a boat tour, paddle along in a sea kayak or hike along parts of the 29,000 km of coastline and watch a sparkling spring berg parade down Iceberg Alley.

 

Quirpon Island Zodiac Iceberg

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To mark this occasion an Iceberg Festival takes place every June on the Great Northern Peninsula. It celebrates the coming of spring in the north and the annual arrival of icebergs. The festival features music, food, entertainment, history, culture, great hospitality and of course icebergs. Dip your toes into the North Atlantic! Have a dance! Eat seafood fresh from the sea! If you want breathtaking landscapes and seascapes, fantastic fare and good company, you belong at the Iceberg Festival!

Nor is that all you can do while in this beautiful region. Here nature is very much to the fore and the scenery is spectacular. The people very welcoming and it is still one of those places that is well off the well trodden holiday destinations.

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Green Gardens, Gros Morne National Park

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Iceberg Near Triton Island, Green Bay

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Puffins

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Newfoundland and Labrador…

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This is a destination for those of you that love the great outdoors. With some of the best walking trails in North America, rugged and stunning scenery, quaint fishing villages and some amazing vistas you will be spoilt for choice in Newfoundland and Labrador. Gros Morne National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, should be on your list of places to visit and walk. Use part of your days here to take the boat tour to Western Brook Pond – a cruise through gorges and fjords that tower up to 600 metres above you.

Newfoundland and Labrador

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Taking to the sea by kayak, tour boat or, for the truly intrepid, getting in to the sea with wetsuit on to seek out the 22 species of whales and dolphins including the rare Blue and Sperm whales. There are millions of birds nesting along the coast edge – enough to keep any twitcher happy. In the north of Newfoundland you will have the chance to stay in the lighthouse-keepers’ residence on Quirpon Island. Your time here will be spent looking out for whales and icebergs from the shore or for a closer view take out a sea kayak

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While you are here, consider visiting the remains of the 1,000 year old Viking Village at L’Anse aux Meadows , another Unesco World Heritage Site, the first time Europeans set foot on North America.

Planning your time here is imperative to make the most of all that Newfoundland and Labrador have to offer.

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Newfoundland

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This itinerary takes you off the beaten track to explore this beautiful province/island: fishing villages, rich geological history, unique landscapes, hidden lodges, diverse wildlife and a warm welcome await.

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Newfoundland

One of the four Atlantic Canada provinces and much closer then you might think and reminiscent of New Zealand in many ways, but considerably closer.

Day 1: St John’s
Day 3: Avalon Peninsula
Day 5: Trinity
Day 6: Terra Nova
Day 7: Twillingate
Day 8: Gros Morne National Park (south Side)
Day 10: L’Anse Aux Meadows
Day 12: Gros Morne National Park (north side)
Day 14: Depart Newfoundland
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Awaken your senses to a boundless beauty, with breathtaking views and dramatic exposures as you drive to the harbours and fishing villages that are definitely off the beaten track. Newfoundland is an island the size of the UK with a mere half million inhabitants where titanic icebergs float by tiny villages and Inuit culture thrives.

Day 1: St John’s
St John’s is the small vibrant capital city of Newfoundland. Take a harbour cruise to view Icebergs and Humpback whales and drive to see Cape Spear, the Cabot Tower, Quidi Vidi Village, the Titanic Museum and Signal Hill.
St Johns 2 nights

Day 3: Avalon Peninsula
Drive south to the Avalon Peninsula. From here tour Witless Bay where the largest Puffin colony in North America nests. Also visit Cape St Mary to see the colony of Northern Gannets.
Avalon Peninsula 2 nights

Day 5: Trinity
Drive north to Trinity – the cultural capital of Newfoundland. Follow the fascinating Discovery Trail and recognise various film sets along the way.
Trinity 1 night

Day 6: Terra Nova
Drive to Terra Nova. Terra Nova National Park has sheltered bays, rugged ocean coastline and rolling forested hills. Keep an eye out for Ospreys, Eagles, Lynx and Moose.
Terra Nova 1 night

Day 7: Twillingate
Drive on to Twillingate. Visit the Long Point Lighthouse, one of the best places in Newfoundland to see humpback whales and icebergs. Take a cruise of Iceberg Alley – majestic icebergs, breathtaking scenery and a mixture of wildlife.
Twillingate 1 night

Day 8: Gros Morne National Park (south Side)
Take time to explore the south side of this magnificent park. Suggestions include visiting the impressive Discovery Centre, perhaps take a boat cruise on Trout River Pond – an excellent way to see the spectacular Tablelands.
Gros Morne south side 2 nights

Day 10: L’Anse Aux Meadows
Drive the Viking Trail up the Northern Peninsula and visit both L’Anse aux Meadows – the only authenticated Viking settlement site in North America and Norstead Viking Village – a fascinating re-enactment of how Vikings lived over 1000 years ago.
L’Anse Aux Meadows 2 nights

Day 12: Gros Morne National Park (north side)
Drive north into the Gros Morne National Park – a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Visit the Visitor Interpretation Centre, walk along the boardwalk to Western Brook Pond and take a boat cruise.
Gros Morne north side 2 nights

Day 14: Depart Newfoundland
Fly from Deer Lake Airport back to St. John’s and then home to London

If time permits, spend a couple of nights in the Lighthouse Keepers Cottage on Quirpon Island – fantastic views, sunsets and sunrises to die for, whilst whales and dolphins frolic and bask beneath the rocky headlands…

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Don’t miss the Tablelands, one of only two places on the planet where the earth’s mantle is exposed.  Little grows here other than a few harebells clinging to tiny crevices where soil has lodged.
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‘What an experience, in so many ways the people seem to be stuck in a different age, but what lovely, friendly people, they were the high point of our wonderful adventure. Enormous amount of Icebergs (which dragged down temperature) about, very interesting, and gave some good photo’s.  A very beautiful country, enjoyed all stopovers on route. So, must say, that the tour and arrangements stood up to the usual quality we have come to expect from Experience, thoroughly pleased.

Only problem now is: we have to decide is which direction we want you to send us next.
Many thanks Jackie’.

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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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Atlantic Canada

Gastronomic Tour of Nova Scotia

New Brunswick

Prince Edward Island

Newfoundland

Newfoundland – A Glimpse Of The West

Canada Rail Adventures

 

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