Eastern Region

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Trinity Bight Vacation Homes

Trinity Bight Vacation Homes

Filmmaker Barbara Doran is showing off rural eastern Newfoundland through her films and in her vacation homes!

Port Union National Historic District

Port Union National Historic District

Port Union, on the Bonavista Peninsula, has a very unique history in Newfoundland (and North America) as the only union-built town to date. This national historic district preserves this claim to fame.

Feel on Top of the World in Eastern Newfoundland

Feel on Top of the World in Eastern Newfoundland

You’ll find two great hilltop trails in Burin and Trinity, providing amazing views of coastlines, harbours, and communities.

Woody Island Resort

Woody Island Resort

Woody Island Resort delivers a complete and true Newfoundland outport experience in Placentia Bay.

About the Eastern Region

There are many historic, charming communities, flanked by big blue seas and sheltered coves to be found throughout the eastern region of Newfoundland and Labrador. The area was the first part of the New World to be discovered and it stretches from John Cabot's historical 1497 landing place on the Bonavista Peninsula to the gateway of France, the French islands of St. Pierre et Miquelon, which can be reached by a short ferry trip from the Burin Peninsula.

The eastern region also lays claim to scenic driving trails and several provincial parks, where you can camp, hike and boat, surrounded by sweeping coastal landscapes.

Centuries ago, towns in the eastern region once rivalled St. John's as the fishing capitals of North America. Today, the pace of life is a little more relaxed, and they instead lay claim to being some of the most historic, beautiful and unique communities on the continent. Here you'll see quaint English architecture, winding streets and breathtaking seascapes, which are perfect for whale, bird and iceberg watching, hikes and boat trips. In this area, you'll find some of the most beautiful walking trails on the island, and they weave through land richly populated with migratory birds like kittiwakes, gannets, great-backed gulls and puffins.

Throughout the entire region, you'll discover a vibrant sense of culture and artistry, and you can step inside the memories of a long-ago time – often by experiencing performance events like the renowned Trinity Pageant. It's all part of the charm and personality of eastern Newfoundland and Labrador.

Starting at $2490 Per Person
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The key we give you to three restored coastal homes unlocks more than doors. It opens what National Geographic Traveler calls “one of the world’s most transformative travel experiences.” Meet the local characters whose spirit and wit gives their neighbours endless glee. With a guide book tailored to your interests and an unlimited distance vehicle, find the places you want to see, get close to wildlife, and hike trails to pristine spots that transform the spirit.
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CapeRace Cultural Adventures Inc.

Starting at $1299 Per Person
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The title says it all - with more than 29,000 kilometres of coastline, there are plenty of vantage points to see the true stars of this package, the whales, birds and bergs!

Package includes expert travel advice, 7 nights’ accommodation, 7-day mid-size car rental with unlimited kilometres, two whale watching boat tours, St. John’s city tour, a Lighthouse Picnic, and admission to select museums and attractions.

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Maxxim Vacations

Starting at $259 Per Person
This is a two night accommodations / three day package featuring guided Zodiac or kayak tour, nature hike, historical three hour walk around Trinity and an evening play featured at the Rising Tide Theatre
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Trinity Eco-Tours Lodge

Starting at $80 Per Person
Ride on a zodiac tour to see whales up close and personal plus other marine wildlife like dolphins, porpoises, seals, eagles, turres & murres plus puffins. Icebergs are in and view able NOW!!!! After your experience of a lifetime, relax at Skipper Bob's café and enjoy a $20 gift certificate towards food at the Lodge or let us pack you a bag lunch to hike the Skirwink Trail rated one of the top ten trails in Canada! Or enjoy a two hour kayak trip at half price. We use tandem kayaks.
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Trinity Eco-tours

Starting at $335 Per Family
Create great family memories Lakeside.

Experience a Newfoundland family vacation at The Lakeside at Thorburn. Enjoy a 2 night stay in our motel with private hot tub time. Have some family fun with an attractions package. Race around the go-cart track; sail the lake in a canoe or peddle boat; spend the day at the beach or enclosed pools; play some mini golf; and tour the park in our land train. End the day with a BBQ and fire in the cook house. Discover Life...Lakeside. You deserve it!

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The Lakeside at Thorburn

Starting at $3850 Per Person
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The tour company that brought you the original Eco-Culture Experience is back with a journey into the kitchens of our new cuisine. CapeRace has dreamed up 7 nights and 8 days for the gut-foundered that include stays in the foodie hotbed of St. John’s, the Bonavista Peninsula & the famed Fogo Island Inn. Emphasis is on the local- local inspirations and local people doing extraordinary things with traditional ingredients. Along the way you’ll see whales & icebergs, coastal villages & lighthouses.
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CapeRace Cultural Adventures Inc.

Starting at $160 Per Couple
A three hour tour viewing spectacular marine scenery, whales, icebergs, bald eagles and nesting sea birds complete with tea with the whales on our custom built Zodiac. Tea includes a variety of hot and cold beverages and locally made baked goods.
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Sea of Whales Adventures

 

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  • 3 Days
    A three-day excursion of easy to moderate hikes on the Bonavista Peninsula centered in Trinity, home of the famous Seasons in the Bight theatre festival.
  • 4 Days
    In 1497, the Italian explorer John Cabot landed at Cape Bonavista and set off a five-century rush for the huge shoals of codfish he discovered. As it turned out, the spot where he landed developed into a major fishing centre whose history is told at a National Historic Site in the town of Bonavista. The whole of the area was consumed with catching, curing and shipping fish to market. The story took some surprising turns along the way to today.
  • 3 Days
    Churchill may not have been the first to use the words in the title above to describe the small boat fishermen of Newfoundland and Labrador, but he did make the phrase famous. Fishing remains a way of life here, and on this two-day tour we'll visit Bonavista and Grand Bank to explore 500 years of our seafaring history.
  • Eastern
    230 km
    There are three gateways to the Discovery Trail. You can take the west entrance from the Trans-Canada Highway onto Route 233 at Port Blandford; the central entrance near Thorburn Lake at Route 230; or the eastern entrance onto Route 230A at Clarenville. On this trip, we'll take the eastern route through Clarenville, loop up through Trinity and Port Union to Bonavista, and then cruise down the western shore to Port Blandford.
  • Eastern
    463 km
    The Heritage Run is steeped in colorful history. Located on the Burin Peninsula, the trail differs from the rest of the province in both geography and outlook. Separated from the seat of political power in St. John's for centuries, the Burin Peninsula developed its own trade links with the eastern seaboard and beyond. Its dialects, architecture and traditions are all unique. On this drive, keep an eye out for orange signs, which indicate viewparks — lay-bys with interpretive panels about the history and ecology of the trail.