This week, I’m hosting a tour of Newfoundland with Globus.
We’re off to a great start, and the weather has been amazing.
We started in my hometown of Corner Brook, Newfoundland – and had a visit too the Captain Cook’s Memorial site, did a little shopping at the Newfoundland Emporium for souvenirs, headed to Lark Harbour for lunch at Mrytle’s by the Bay, and then toured around Bottle Cove. What a great first day, and the weather was glorious to show the landscape and do a little light hiking in York and Lark Harbour, and see the wonderful craggy coast and the beautiful expanse of the Bay of Islands. I even pointed out my dad’s ancestral home of Wood’s Island, and shared details on the resettlement program, as well as my family’s Qalipu First Nations’ connection.
Day 2, we headed up the Northern Peninsula of Newfoundland – and visited the Lobster Cove lighthouse, before heading into Western Brook gorge in the Gros Morne National Park to see the fjord. We had a fabulous lunch at Shallow Bay, before heading to Port au Choix and visiting the historic site there, and learning about the Maritime Archaic people and the history of human settlement from 4500 years ago on the northern peninsula of Newfoundland.
Day 3, we had an early morning rise to take the ferry to Labrador, where we visited Red Bay, the UNESCO World Heritage site, and learned all about the history of whaling, and the impact on both Canadian and European heritage and wealth. And then it was on to L’anse Amour, to learn about the shipwreck, as well as the discovery of a Maritime Archaic boy dating back to 7500 years ago.
We’re having a wonderful grand time with terrific food that includes cod, cod, and more cod – in all it’s forms of deep fried, pan fried, and cod au gratin. And, of course, some scallops and other yummies like partridgeberry and bake apple tarts and pies.
Today is day 4, and we’re headed to another UNESCO world heritage site – L’anse aux Meadows and the Vikings.
Stay tuned for next week, as I’ll be sharing more.
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If you’re tempted to do this tour, I’m hosting another group in May 2023 where we’ll add on a day for the iceburg festival.
It’s been a long time since I’d done a coach tour, and I must say I’m really enjoying it. We have a terrific guide and driver, we stop at least every 1.5-2 hours for either a visit some where or to do an excursion, and with the tour guide narrating the whole way (with me jumping in and sharing some details), we’re learning lots about Newfoundland and Labrador.
It’s a terrific holiday – and I’d highly recommend it.