Eastern Region

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Regional Highlights

Provincial Seamen’s Museum in Grand Bank

Provincial Seamen’s Museum in Grand Bank

New exhibits this year include the Titanic, Sealing Disaster, and 17th Century Currency.

Bonavista

Bonavista

Bonavista is the historic landing site for John Cabot over 500 years ago, and has been a Top Destination ever since!

A Theatrical Delight

A Theatrical Delight

Step back in time at historic Trinity. Be sure to visit the spectacular Rising Tide Theatre for a dramatic treat.

Visit France by Way of Newfoundland!

Visit France by Way of Newfoundland!

St. Pierre et Miquelon are French islands off the coast of Newfoundland. Check out the 2014 ferry schedule and rates!

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.

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Starting at $620 Per Person
Enjoy a three night weekend at the legendary Roots Rants & Roars festival. Package includes full weekend festival pass; Friday night's admission to Cod Wars, a competition amongst local chefs for the best cod dish, Saturday's 5 km Food Hike along the spectacular Maberly coastline & Saturday night's Feast, where you will enjoy six courses of local foods, each prepared by a different chef. Your party will have exclusive use of a 3-bedroom oceanfront home located minutes from the festival grounds.
CapeRace Cultural Adventures Inc.

Starting at $535 Per Person
Stay 3 nights in an Artisan Inn vacation home while taking in one of Canada's most celebrated food festivals, Roots Rants and Roars. This package, based on 4 person occupancy, includes:

3 nights in an Artisan Inn vacation home in the heart of historic Trinity September 19th-21st

Weekend Passes to the Roots Rants and Roars Food Festival

Passes to The Random Passage Sunday afternoon guided hike and picnic to Kearley's Harbour

A multi-course meal at the Twine Loft on Sunday evening

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Artisan Inn & Vacation Homes

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Starting at $3650 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 6 nights and 7 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 $2145 Per Person
Multi-region
An escorted vacation of Newfoundland and Labrador led by a local guide. Visit the coast of Labrador, the Viking Villages in L'Anse aux Meadows, Gros Morne National Park and St. John's. View icebergs, whales, spectacular coastline and quaint fishing villages along our north and eastern coasts. Your local host will help you understand the history, ecology, culture, language and songs of this unique part of the world.
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McCarthy's Party Tours

Starting at $50 Per Person
During the Roots, Rants & Roars event, come experience a guided 2 km hike into this resettled community to unearth the stories of days gone by. Enjoy a picnic lunch that includes two varieties of sandwiches made with fresh homemade bread, pickles, a partridgeberry muffin, piece of homemade gingerbread. Once you arrive in Kerley’s Harbour explore the remains of this once thriving community. Find evidence of days of old as old root cellars and collapsed remains of old houses are visible.
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Random Passage Site

Starting at $5250 USD
Multi-region
Want to take a record-breaking trophy moose? With nearly 100% success rates, you’re bound to harvest moose with spreads up to 59 inches. Our adventures are for the true outdoor sportsman or sportswoman. Contact Bob for more information.
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Efford's Hunting Adventures

Starting at $40 Per Person
Take a journey back in time walk to and tour the Random Passage site and experience what life might have been like in a fishing outpost in the early 1800's. Along the way enjoy a traditional picnic lunch with local foods in your own Random Passage cooler bag. A Roots, Rants and Roars partner event.
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Random Passage Site

Starting at $200 Per Person
Join a local fisherman and board his boat to experience Newfoundland fishing at its finest. Participate in the Newfoundland Recreational Fishery where you will catch your own fish, learn how to clean it and prepare for cooking. Then, at the Random Passage Tea Room, you will work alongside a chef to cook your fish and enjoy it as part of your dining experience. Then, take a tour of the Random Passage site to learn about life in the past in a Newfoundland outport fishing village.
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Random Passage Site

Starting at $1649 Per Person
Multi-region
Explore the east and west coast of the island in this truly unforgettable 8-night self-drive adventure!

Package includes round trip airfare, 8 nights’ accommodation, 8 day mid-size car rental with unlimited kilometres, 2 day Gros Morne National Park pass, a Lighthouse Picnic and admission to The Rooms. This cross-island getaway promises breath-taking scenery and unforgettable hospitality, a trip not to be missed!

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Maxxim Vacations

 

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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.