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Cultural Experiences

Boat Building Workshop, Wooden Boat Museum of Newfoundland and Labrador
Berry Picking near Pouch Cove
The Community of Tilting, Fogo Island
Folk Festival Dancers
Cod Fishing in Trinity
Chef Jeremy Charles at the King of Cod Event at Roots, Rants & Roars
Blacksmith at Trinity Museum
Torngat Mountains National Park - Basecamp

There are places on this earth that continue to live on inside of you, long after you’ve gone. Where the stories, tales, and traditions are filled with old-world charm, and coloured by Irish, English, French, and Aboriginal influences. And where the legendary culture has a way of seeping in under your skin. There’s no better way to soak it all up than through authentic encounters and hands-on learning experiences – the kind that leads to a true understanding of the living, breathing culture and traditions that exist in every corner of Newfoundland and Labrador.

The Irish Loop is a great place to start. Perched on a gentle slope by the sea, the Ferryland Lighthouse is just a 25-minute walk from the Colony of Avalon. Inside the restored 1870 icon, you’ll find the cheerful kitchen of Lighthouse Picnics in full swing, preparing made-to-order gourmet nosh and freshly squeezed lemonade. All you have to do is pick a spot outside, kick back, and enjoy dining al fresco in a truly inspired setting. They even deliver the delicious goods right to your blanket, so you can keep your eye on the whales below.

For a truly off the beaten path experience, head to the Torngat Mountains in northern Labrador. This national park is generously equipped with spectacular wilderness where Inuit hunt, fish and travel – just as aboriginal peoples have for thousands of years. Join a local guide on an Inuit harvesting trip to gather food for the Torngat Mountains Base Camp. Or take an overnight trip into spectacular fjords where their ancestors have camped and walked before. Hear ancient stories and legends as you enjoy a hot meal prepared over an open fire. Live and interact with researchers and, under certain conditions, accompany them in the field.

At the northern tip of Newfoundland, you’ll find a remote island oasis on the shores of Iceberg Alley where the long, leisurely iceberg season can last well into late summer. Quirpon Lighthouse Inn (pronounced like harpoon) offers the unique experience of an authentic lightkeeper’s home built in 1922. Catch a glimpse of icebergs, killer whales, and humpbacks – all regular visitors – from their indoor viewing station or from the seat of a kayak. Relax under a blanket of Northern Lights, and fall asleep to the lulling sounds of the ocean in the fully restored lighthouse inn.

If spontaneous encounters are an important part of your travels, then CapeRace Cultural Adventures is for you. Specializing in upbeat self-guided travel experiences, CapeRace initiates real connections to the local community and sends you off on an authentic adventure of a lifetime – where every day leads to something new and unexpected. Meet colourful characters as you explore the culture and communities at your own pace. Along the way, enjoy customized guidebooks, itineraries, guest homes, and vehicles that match your personal style and help create an unforgettable travel experience.

For an inspiring mix of hiking, storytelling and music all at once, don’t miss the Trails, Tales and Tunes Festival. This annual springtime festival, held in breathtaking Gros Morne National Park, offers two weeks of hiking and walking complemented by delicious food and top-notch musical entertainment. Bring your own instrument to the Tune Up, a musical workshop and jam session. And don’t miss the music, dancing and fun at the Singing Kitchen – a ‘time’ held at a local restaurant.

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Provincial Historic Sites Calendar of Events

Starting at $225 Per Person
Relax and unwind with 2 nights at our ocean front, charming, Heritage Inn. Laugh with new friends and learn traditions of the area as you settle in for a 3-4 hr lobster cooking adventure! In a small group you will learn lobster cooking and eating techniques as you bake fresh homemade bread. Sit at our Captain's Table to savour its sweet, succulent flavour; drizzled with melted butter. The next morning enjoy storytelling over homemade breakfast. A truly delicious and memorable food experience!
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A Schooner Inn

Starting at $150.00 Per Person
Join fisherman, Jody Caines, for a hands-on, interactive, Newfoundland cultural experience like no other. Cruise along the beautiful coast of Bonne Bay, Gros Morne National Park, as we share with you the story of the local fishery and the people. See a lobster fishing demonstration and if you like, try for a fish. Then relax on the beach and enjoy a lobster dinner (when in season, other seafood options available) with all the trimmings!
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Oceanside Excursions

Starting at $1200 Per Person
Become immersed, experience and create something unique on your vacation. Spend your days learning how to build a traditional Newfoundland boat through hands-on instruction and interpretation from our resident boat builder and master story teller. Spend five nights in one of two seaside accommodations - The Point B&B in Hant's Harbour or Heart's Content Cable House B&B. Package includes full breakfast and boxed lunch.
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Wooden Boat Museum of Newfoundland and Labrador

Starting at $250 Per Package
Stand atop the cliffs, high above the ocean at the edge of North America, at Cape Spear. You are in the dark and all you hear is the roar of the crashing waves below. See the sun slowly peak above the horizon as dawn breaks first on the continent. Tour guide (local pro photographer) Maurice Fitzgerald will provide one-on-one photography instruction to help you capture all the splendor during this golden hour of light. A bucket list must!
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Far East Photograhy Tours

Starting at $379 Per Couple
Unwind in a luxurious double sized Jacuzzi while you sip on a glass of bubbly and indulge in some chocolate covered strawberies . Then head over to Spirit of Newfoundland Theater, where you'll be served a three course meal and enjoy the superb performances of Spirit of Newfoundland's cast. After the show, come back to a Leaside property to enjoy a night of complete romance. In the morning, enjoy a sumptuous hot breakfast
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Monastery Spa & Suites

Starting at $181.99 Per Couple
Experience the freedom of the great outdoors. After an exhilarating day, take advantage of this great stay and birding package which includes one night in a standard guest room at St. Christopher's Hotel, a dinner entree with a glass of wine and hot breakfast for two includes a field checklist prepared by bird biologist Bill Montevecchi for the Codroy Valley Area Development Association.

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St. Christopher's Hotel

Starting at $250 Per Package
Capture amazing shots of the colourful architecture in downtown St. John’s. Delight in the vibrant reds, yellows, blues and pinks of the clapboard houses nestled tightly together. Tour guide (local professional photographer) Maurice Fitzgerald will take you to the most colourful streets and best vantage points. Get one-on-one photography instruction to help you get striking images of Jellybean Row. You’ll also enjoy locally made chocolate and coffee to keep those creative juices flowing.
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Far East Photograhy Tours

Starting at $359 Per Night
Come experience some of the best quadding on the island on the Bonavista Peninsula. Create a one, two, three or more multiday package to experience wildlife and raw nature at its finest in the great Newfoundland outdoors. Experience a traditional Newfoundland boil up on the trail with an open fire alongside one of the many ponds, creeks rivers or the ocean. We use our lodge as the jump off point for our tours and the accommodations on our one and two day packages.
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Trinity Eco-Tours Lodge

Starting at $499 Per Person
Our local guides know these rivers best. We will take you to the best fishing locations on the rivers to give you the best opportunity to catch a salmon.

Dine on the river with a traditional "Boil Up" style meal of fresh salmon cooked on the open fire, and relax at our Sea View cottages and share your grand yarns of the ones that didn't get away.

Package includes:

3 nights cottage stay

2 days guided salmon fishing

2 traditional "Boil-Up" meals

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Tour Labrador

Starting at $379 Per Couple
Welcome Spring with a romantic fling!

Tucked between the trees and the ocean's edge just an hour from St. John's, our elegant historic inn is the perfect place to unwind and reconnect.

This package includes overnight accommodation in our stunning ocean front inn, full breakfast, and a multi-course gourmet dining experience for 2 in our fire-lit dining room.

Explore our nature trails, feed the farm animals, enjoy a drink in our solarium, or pamper yourself in our hot tub and spa!

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The Doctor's House Inn & Spa

Starting at $600 Per Person
Have you thought of surfing in the Labrador Sea? Bring you surf board along on your hike just in case the surf is up. Hike the southern part of the amazing Wundarstrand, dig for clams, pick mussels, camp along the shore.

The hardest part for us is deciding what to leave out so there is always room for you to make the trip your own but we have an itinerary we think will highlight our gems for those who don’t get to call this place home. Soft adventure journey that begins in an open boat.

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Experience Labrador

Starting at $100 Per Person
Flummies, Trappers Bread, a mainstay on the trap line. Learn how to cook this traditional Labrador food the way the trappers used to do. A unique experience you won't want to miss. Flummies and bakeapple sauce cooked at the base of “Black Head” on the sandy shoreline where the community of Cartwright began. The American Forces landed here to scout the location of their Radar Site which operated in the 50’s. View the Atlantic Ocean, smell the salt water, taste the Flummie you cooked.
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Experience Labrador

Starting at $87.00 Per Person
Our evening food tour showcases the historic seaside community of Woody Point and features a uniquely Newfoundland menu from the top food destinations. The 3 course progressive meal focuses on fresh, local and sustainable ingredients. Three stops complemented with plenty of local stories and insight can make for the perfect end to a unforgettable day or the start of a memorable night!
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Taste of Gros Morne

Starting at $165 Per Person
One-of-a-kind experience to a Newfoundland fishing village. Comfy accommodations & traditional meals. Boat transportation & a trip on the bay with a beach picnic. Old-fashioned Kitchen Party with live Newfoundland entertainment and Newfoundland dances. Magnificent scenery, sandy beaches & possible whale sightings. Numerous other outport delights. A must-do on your Newfoundland visit.
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Woody Island Resort
  • Route 210 Garden Cove, 20 minutes from Route 1
  • (709) 364 3701
  • (800) 504 1066

Starting at $189 Per Couple
Your cozy room will await you with chilled bottle of wine, fine chocolates, and candlelight. Enjoy a steak dinner & dessert in the Garden Breeze Dining Room and a continental breakfast in the morning. You will enjoy the Bay Roberts Festival of Lights and the Bay Roberts Cultural Foundation’s “Finding Christmas” will take you back to times of yore. In nearby Port de Grave, take in one of our most special Christmas traditions with the 18th Annual Boat Lighting and Carole Sing.

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Silverwood Inn

Starting at $119.99 Per Person
Our most popular food tour featuring 4 of Gros Morne's top rated restaurants. Enjoy the freshest local seafood, smell the garden grown herbs, and savour the sweetness of handpicked berries during this 4 course meal. We have also paired the perfect wines to accompany each course and enhance your dining experience. We include all the ingredients for a great evening; local food, first class service and fun guides...we’ll even pick you up!*
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Taste of Gros Morne

Starting at $400 Per Person
Looking for a truly unique weekend getaway? Come discover the Baccalieu Trail. Spend Saturday in Winterton where our resident boat builder and master story teller will provide hands-on instruction and interpretation of boat building. Saturday evening enjoy Cajun, Newfoundland and Fusion cuisine at Grates Cove Studio after exploring rock wall gardens and outdoor sculptures. Package includes 2 nights' accommodations in one of two seaside accommodations and 3 course dinner.
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Wooden Boat Museum of Newfoundland and Labrador

Starting at $3000.00 Per Couple
Experience wild Newfoundland & Labrador and dive deep into our cuisine. This 3 night experience is for the food enthusiast who is interested in a rustic ocean-side experience to discover a place through it's people, it's culture and it's food.

Our days will be immersed in beach-combing, woods-foraging, game butchery and wood fire cooking. This is an experience that will be bringing you close to the land and sea.

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Cod Sounds

Starting at $140.00 Per Person
Experience wild Newfoundland and Labrador through our unwritten food history. The people of our province have been hunters and gathers for hundreds of years. In this 3-4 hour experience we will forage the beaches, the woods and the sea, tasting and learning along the way. Our excursion ends when we get a fire going on the beach and have what has always been known to us as a traditional boil-up. Be it cod, mussels, arctic char or smoked mackerel we will taste the land and sea at it's finest.

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Cod Sounds

Starting at $65 Per Person
Dining in Atlantic Canada's tallest lighthouse is something that hasn't been experienced for more than 50 years. This year Tour Labrador in partnership with Provincial Historic Sites are offering exclusive Friday night opportunities to dine at Point Amour Lighthouse.

Come dine with us at Point Amour Lighthouse and continue the dinner conversation. We've taken traditional, locally sourced fish, vegetables and berries and given it a modern flare to create a three course dining experience.

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Tour Labrador

Starting at $1468 Per Person
Day one includes visiting the 16th century Basque whaling industry at the new UNESCO World Heritage site in Red Bay. Walk in the footsteps of pioneers on the Pioneer Footpath and visit the Point Amour Lighthouse Provincial Historic Site and visit the 7500 year old Maritime Archaic Burial Mound. Day two we'll experience aquaculture! At AquaLabadie, learn about scallop farming, helping to harvest lines, and enjoy a scallop of your choosing with champagne.
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Tour Labrador

Starting at $950 For Two Nights
Do your Iceberg hunting on our aptly named ferry the Iceberg Hunter! Battle Harbour is recommended on IcebergFinder.com – our location in the Labrador Sea will give you a front row view – both from land and at sea.

Package includes the regular ferry rides, meals and tours but also an additional 2 hour iceberg hunting boat tour in the afternoon and bread making lesson in the morning. You get to keep your Battle Harbour apron with the bread making lesson and you get to eat your creation.

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Battle Harbour Historic Properties

Starting at $50 Per Person
Experience the sea as a Newfoundlander! Get close and personal with icebergs or try your hand at cod fishing, hauling lobster pots, or checking the nets of Captain Dave’s commercial fishery. Join Captain Dave, an experienced commercial fisherman for an Newfoundland adventure like no other. Then enjoy a personal tour of the Prime Berth Fishing Museum, winner of the 2015 Tourism Sustainability Award and ranked the 6th Best Museum in Canada by TripAdvisor.
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Captain Dave's Boat Tours and Prime Berth Twillingate Fishing and Heritage Center

Starting at $1575 Per Night
Have yourself a different kind of Christmas this year. Join us for Newfoundland traditions like special Tibb’s Eve libation and centuries-old mummering, Christmas crafting, carolling and caribou watching, gingerbread houses and Christmas baking, tree decorating and lazy hours of film watching in the cinema. Christmas here is for old-fashioned people of all ages. It is Christmas as it should be- safely tucked away from even the tiniest of malls. All meals are included.
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Fogo Island Inn

Starting at $225 Per Person
Feel the salt water breezes as you relax in our seaside Inn for 2 nights. Laugh and jig your way into a 3-4 hour crab lovers escape in your bib and schooner hat.

Learn how to cook, eat and love the sweetest, most succulent Snow Crab, dripping with melted garlic butter. Savour tasty blue mussels, steamed in blueberry wine. Learn the art of cooking Toutons, a fried bread dough delicacy, drizzled with sweet, sticky molasses. Delicious!

Escape and fall in love with crab.

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A Schooner Inn

Starting at $4595 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 8 days for the gut-foundered that include stays in the coastal 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 $429 Per Couple
Check in to one of Leaside's suites and unwind with a glass of bubbly. Await your chauffeur who will take you through scenic downtown St John's in to Quidi Vidi. You will enjoy a meal at Mallard Cottage, a one of a kind venue that showcases the provinces' vast array of wild game, seafood & produce. Later you will return to your inn where you can enjoy the rest of the evening huddled near the fireplace. The next morning awake to a hot breakfast served bedside.
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Leaside Manor

Starting at $5990 Per Person
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Unique culinary experiences of St. John's & the Fogo Island Inn are combined with winter outdoor activities such as caribou tracking, storm watching, coastal hiking and skating on frozen ponds. Fantastic east coast music, fiddles, accordions and belly-laughs in warm friendly pubs. 3 nights in St. John's in the Outer Battery Village, 2 meals at leading restaurants, winter hike & traditional outdoor boil-up. 3 nights at the Fogo Island Inn, all Inn meals, rental vehicle for 4.
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CapeRace Cultural Adventures Inc.

Starting at $150.00 Per Person
See Gros Morne Mountian from another view! Join us for an all-terrain vehicle (ATV) tour in the back country of Rocky Harbour. Enjoy beautiful views of raw wilderness, flowers, wildlife, Eastern Arm Pond, and much more! Stop and enjoy a traditional Mug up, including beans, bologna and more. A few stories and laughs along the way!

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Oceanside Excursions

Starting at $229.99 Per Person
Your guide slows the boat as you pass Cpt. Kelly's Island learning of pirates and early settlers to the area. Nearing Bell Island he tells you stories of iron ore mining, German subs and WWII shipwrecks. On this rugged adventure, you feel the culture, history, and heritage, a true sense of place. On the beach, you meet your chef, with an amazing spread of seafood laid out that they call a Boil Up. You are overwhelmed with the smell of fish, home-made treats, and colorful wild edibles.
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Ocean Quest Adventures

 

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