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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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Starting at $1525 Per Night
Fogo Island's Partridgeberry Festival is the backdrop to Fogo Island Inn's long weekend coast to coast culinary collaborations and outdoor adventures with six of Canada's most notable chefs. They will gather over Thanksgiving to create an exquisite six-course feast. Featuring: Chef Dana Hauser, Fairmont Waterfront; Chef Lynn Crawford and Chef Lora Kirk, Ruby Watchco; Chef Emma Cardarelli, Nora Gray; Chef Katie Hayes, Bonavista Social Club and Chef Murray McDonald, Fogo Island Inn.

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Fogo Island Inn

Starting at $484 Per Couple
Recharge with a luxurious retreat and a creative workshop in the outstanding natural beauty of Gros Morne National Park. Enjoy two nights’ accommodations, and an evening of fine dining at the Sugar Hill Inn. Take time to explore the stunning surroundings and draw inspiration from nature, then take part in a fused glass workshop with glass artist Urve Manuel – where you will capture the memory in glass to bring home.
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Sugar Hill Inn

Starting at $1275 Per Night
There are over 20 types of edible berries on Fogo Island. And that's not all. Rare lichens, herds of caribou and skittish partridges are just some of what you can expect to find on the island's barrens and hills. Look out for partridgeberries, marshberries, crowberries, whorts, bakeapples and blueberries and gather wood for a Fogo Island boil up. The berry season tradition of an outdoor fire, roasted salt fish, berry tarts and strong tea is the simplest yet most satisfying of feasts.
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Fogo Island Inn

Starting at $1200 Per Person
Learn the skills and techniques required to construct a 16' Grandy Dory. Spend 5 days in the boat shed and build a complete dory - from the backbone, to timbers, planking and finishing. Spend 5 nights at the Point B&B in scenic Hant's Harbour, just 6 kms from Winterton and enjoy the clean, crisp and clear, blue Atlantic Ocean. A full breakfast, bag lunch and 3 course dinner is included each day. Workshop takes place 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM each day.
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Wooden Boat Museum of Newfoundland and Labrador

Starting at $669 Per Package
Let the majesty of Gros Morne National Park and the clear waters of Bonne Bay fill your soul and inspire you. Strengthen your body with yoga, dance and a nature walk. Spark your creativity with glass art and a cooking class. Enjoy the company of dynamic women such as Tina Coleman, Urve Mauel, Anita Best, Heather Harris-Cooper, Chef Joy Newman and Shirley Montague. Join us at the Neddies Harbour Inn and Black Spruce Restaurant. All you have to do is RELAX - This weekend is about you !
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Neddies Harbour Inn & Black Spruce Restaurant
  • Norris Point, Gros Morne National Park
  • (709) 458 3089
  • (877) 458 2929

Starting at $1479 Per Person
‘Come All Ye’ to one of the most spectacular corners of the earth to join in a singing opportunity like no other. In a stunning Newfoundland coastal setting, participants will come together to form their own singing ensemble. Over 5 days, (October 2-7) the group will be led by renowned Choral Conductor Dr. Douglas Dunsmore who is well-known for his skilled and engaging style. The culmination of the 5 day singing retreat is a public concert at Bonavista’s famous Garrick Theatre.
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Maxxim Vacations

Starting at $229 Per Couple
Enjoy the beauty of Gros Morne in Fall with our Gros Morne Fall Getaway package. Enjoy the spectaular fall colours. Relax in one of our comfortable guest rooms for 2 nights. Enjoy breakfast each morning in our family restaurant. Depart with 2 free gifts.
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Shallow Bay Motel

Starting at $65 Per Person
Discover what’s in the ocean near our coastline on a three-hour boat tour that will have you hauling crab and whelk pots, catching plankton with a fine mesh net, and leaning to fly our underwater remotely operated vehicle. A unique experience that will give you a deeper appreciation for the marine environment.
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Coastal Connections

Starting at $4950 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 $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

 

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