Marine Atlantic Ferry

Marine Atlantic Ferry

Marine Atlantic is the company that provides the ferry services from Nova Scotia to Newfoundland.  Our options were a 7 hour trip to Port aux Basques, or a 16 trip to Argentia.  The decision was easy – the 7 hour trip.  Less time on the ferry and less expensive as well.  It was easy for us to book last minute because we had a passenger car.  If we had an RV, we likely would not have been able to cross over.  Advance reservations are highly recommended for families with RV’s.


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Bottle Cove

As we drove up the west coast of Newfoundland, we came to an area called Bottle Cove.  Their website https://www.obiec.ca/ calls it the Hidden Gem – this is so true! It’s beautiful, there are hiking trails, and it seems like a perfect spot for sleeping.  We decided to spend the rest of the day (and night) here.  The hiking trails in this area are excellent.  They are well maintained and markers for where it it safest to walk.  It’s considered an easy hike in most places.  Some spots are more difficult, but it’s not necessary to follow those trails to view the beauty of the area.


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Gros Morne National Park

Gros Morne National Park

It was a warm and sunny day when we arrived at Gros Morne National Park.  As we drove along the main road, we found many rest stops and viewing areas to admire the natural beauty of the park.  This is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, because of the internationally significant geological features here and for the outstanding natural beauty.  Gros Morne is home to The Tablelands – a very unique area where the earth’s mantle is exposed due to glacial activity many, many years ago.  We joined a guided walk where we learned a little bit about the geology of the landscape.  We also visited The Broom Point Fishing Premises on the north end of the park.  We joined a guided tour and learned what life was like in the 40’s and 50’s.  Lobster and cod were the main harvests back then.  Much of the original lobster traps and fishing nets are displayed.  The guides are very knowledgable, and give a very entertaining tour!


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L’Anse aux Meadows Viking Village

L’Anse aux Meadows Viking Village

We arrived at the Viking Village around 10:00 am.  It was COLD!  We searched through all our belongings for all our warmest clothes, and set off to explore.   It was the first time we ever saw snow in July!  We joined a guided tour with a very friendly and knowledgable guide.  We learned that vikings from Greenland were actually the first known presence in the Americas.  Dressed up actors were all around the site, giving us glimpses of what it was like living in this village all those years ago.  We highly recommend taking the extra time to visit this UNESCO World Heritage Site. And we strongly recommend warm clothing so the you can comfortably explore the site.


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North Atlantic Aviation Museum

North Atlantic Aviation Museum

Our next stop was Gander, Newfoundland.  We stopped for groceries and to see the North Atlantic Aviation Museum. We were able to get up real close to all the old airplanes.


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Long Point Lighthouse

Long Point Lighthouse

After Gander, we headed to Long Point Lighthouse in North Twilingate Island.  We walked a few trails and enjoyed the stunning views.  


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Puffin Viewing Site

We headed to the Bonavista Peninsula, to visit the Adorable Puffins in Elliston Newfoundland.  We had no idea how wonderful this visit was going to be!   It’s about a 10 minute walk from the entrance of the Puffin Viewing Site, through a well-kept meadow and toward the edge of the site.  On a large rock across the water there were hundreds, if not thousands, of puffins gathered and fishing for their meal.  A few brave ones were much closer for our viewing pleasure.  It’s quite wonderful and really indescribable on what it feels like to be there so close to them.  They were absolutely adorable!  We highly recommend visiting this site.  And if you go, make sure you have a good camera with a good zoom lens.  You can get some amazing pictures.  The pictures and video I have are poor quality, but still a wonderful memory of our visit there.


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Cape Spear

Cape Spear

Cape Spear is the easternmost point in Canada.  There is lots to see and do at the Cape Spear National Historic Site.  Many trails and boardwalks to explore and take in the fresh Atlantic air.  There is a fort to visit and learn about the history.  And of course, another beautiful lighthouse.


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St. John's

St. John's

We arrived in Colourful St. John’s Newfoundland at sunrise, just in time for breakfast.  The most noticable thing as we wandered around was the colour.  The homes are very well maintained, and the colours look amazing on this sunny and bright day.  We also made it up to Signal Hill, where we got the best view of the town and the port below.


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Terra Nova National Park

Terra Nova National Park

After we spent the morning in St. John’s, we decided that it was time to head back to Port aux Basques and take the ferry back to Nova Scotia.  We stopped at Terra Nova National Park along the way.  You could see for miles and miles at the various lookouts in the park.


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The natural beauty of Nova Scotia

The natural beauty of Nova Scotia

We explored many historic sites, experienced the highest and lowest tides, admired lighthouses, explored lovely little towns and quaint little fishing villages and admired the most beautiful sunrises and sunsets of our lives!

Canada 8 days $199 Jul 2019 Hiking