Trip Planning 101
Now that you’ve made the decision to take that bucket list trip to Newfoundland and Labrador, there are a few things to cover before you pack up the RV or book a flight.
The early bird gets the rental car.While this place is certainly off the beaten path, lots of people want to get lost and found at the very same time as you. It’s always a good idea to make reservations before you travel. You can travel when you want, stay on budget, and avoid line-ups during the busy summer season. This is especially true for car rentals and accommodations.
If you’re planning on taking a few road trips to see all there is to see in this big, beautiful province, be sure to book your car rental in advance. By securing your rental car and at least your first and last night’s stay – in addition to your air or ferry arrangements – you can concentrate on the things that matter when you arrive, like the breathtaking scenery and fresh coastal air.
St. John’s – that extra ‘s’ is important.
It’s a confusing coincidence, but there are two similar-sounding cities in Atlantic Canada. When you are booking your flights, car rental, and any accommodations, make sure that you are booking for St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador (YYT), and not that other one, Saint John, New Brunswick (YSJ).
It’s bigger than you think.
This province is big. Really big. People don’t always realize that. And with over 400,000 square kilometres of land, you never know where you might find yourself. To put things in perspective, Newfoundland and Labrador is a little smaller than California, slightly bigger than Japan, and twice the size of the entire United Kingdom. The island of Newfoundland covers 111,390 square kilometres – an area that rivals the size of Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, and Prince Edward Island combined. With the addition of the vast territory of Labrador, it goes without saying that there’s plenty of breathing room.
Driving time from St. John’s to Corner Brook is about 7.5 hours, give or take an hour or two. It really depends on your ability to resist the tempting side trips, amazing views, and home-style cooking you’ll pass along the way. Travelling from St. John’s to L’Anse aux Meadows puts you into the 12.5-hour range, not a short trip. And if you want to continue your drive on to Labrador, there are ferries to account for as well. It’s not a bad idea to check out the driving distances before heading out the open road.
No matter how may times you visit, there is quite a lot to see and do here. Explore our Itinerary Planner to arrange the perfect trip and customize your days to focus on the experiences you’re looking for.
Bringing it all together.
So, a quick summary. It will really pay off if you plan your trip before you arrive. Get an idea of the sheer size of the place, and take time to ensure you have transportation (if you need it) and lodging booked in advance. These precautions will go a long way towards making sure that your vacation stories are good ones, full of rugged coastlines, whale sightings, tall tales, and new friends.