Newfoundland East Coast 2016

Be a part of the adventure again! This time we discover the east coast of Newfoundland. Rob Davidson is once again on board. We’ll be staying 4 nights in St. John’s, the last full day in the city is a free day. Moving on to Bay Robert’s we’ll explore my mother’s hometown, Brigus and the south eastern arm of the Avalon Peninsula. The last two nights we’ll explore Fogo Island, the latest and hippest art retreat.


Tuesday, August 2nd

Fly into St. Johns on your choice of airline and hire a cab to the Guv’nor where we’ll be staying for 4 nights before continuing on to explore the East Coast of the province. When everyone arrives, we’ll start the evening off with an icebreaker supper in the restaurant below the Inn. After we eat, we’ll review the itinerary for the week, then snuggle in for a good night sleep.


Wednesday, August 3rd

If anyone is so inclined, we’re on the right side of the water for spectacular sunrises that start at 4 am. Best to get up at 3:15 to drive out around the point to catch the colours. Although our building is right on the water, signal Hill will be in the path of the sun, though that in itself may make for interesting photos. The morning will be dedicated to the Rooms. The Rooms Café offers a breakfast, after which we can brows through the gallery at our leisure. At least until out reservation at Mallard Cottage around the point from Signal Hill. and if there’s time a hike nearby. The trail will be determined this day.


Thursday, August 4th

A day on Bell Island. Once a thriving mining industry for iron oar. We will have the entire day to explore the island (stop and shoot), visit the miners museum, where I will have the opportunity to learn more about my cousin, Jheau King, who was just one of the casualties in many mining accidents throughout the years in operation. This beautiful island may look like a wonky cookie cut out from above, but it’s no less beautiful to behold. We will stop for lunch at Dicks Seaside Restaurant. If we return to the ranch early (no promises) we will be able to have a reflective review of our photos from the day.


Friday, August 5th

Today is a free day. You have the option of exploring St. John’s on your own, or we can discuss a stratagem and options to divide and conquer depending on how people feel. Super at Yellow Belly Brewery ; 6pm with a tour of the UnderBelly which is Newfoundland’s oldest room and only Speakeasy.


Saturday, August 6th

On to Bay Roberts, which will be our next home base for the next two nights. Along the way we’ll stop at Cape Spear, only 20 minutes out of the city. For the rest of the ride, we’ll take scenic costal and scenic country abound. Our home base will be Silverwood Inn .


Sunday, August 7th

Today we’ll be exploring Mom’s hometown, Brigus. Known for Kent Cottage, the home of a Boston painter, Rockwell Kent in the early 1900’s. Brigus is also known as the home of Bob Bartlet, a famous North Pole explorer who sailed with Captain Perrie before getting his own command. These two men are linked together in a beautiful book called, “The Big Why”, by Michael Winter. You can read a review at Bookslut. Later in the afternoon there will be ab reflective review at the Brigus Library, then back to Bay Roberts for supper at Scrunchions Restaurant.


Monday, August 8th

The south eastern arm of the Avalon Peninsula, is home to many parks, most specifically to the Avalon Wilderness Reserve as well as La Manche Provincial Park where we will hike the La Manche Fall Trail. This trail can be completed in an hour, but when photographers are hiking, the rule of thumb is to double this time. For lunch we’ll be having a picnic at Ferryland Lighthouse Picnics. The lighthouse itself was originally built in 1870, and automated since 1970. After restoring the house, Lighthouse Picnics reopened in 2004, serving gourmet sandwiches pared with local berry chutneys. Reservations must be made.


Tuesday, August 9th

This is the part of the trip I’m looking forward to most. That is, Fogo Island. Within the last few years, it’s developed into a trendy artists community while preserving the fishing communities surround it. We won’t be staying at Fogo Island Inn, but will have one of our main meals there and hopefully have tour of the facilities as well as an exhibit. I will know closer to the date the exhibition and its artists. We’ll be staying at the Quiet Cannon Hotel . This day, however, will be spent driving to the Ferry, stopping at the Dildo Dory Grill in Dildo along the way.


Wednesday, August 10th

We’ll have a full day to explore Fogo Island. We’ll have the opportunity to go hiking and drive around the island to explore a bit. This night, we’ll have our meal at Fogo Island Inn. If it’s an early night, we will have a reflective review. Sadly this will be our last full day in the province.


Monday, August 11th

After Breakfast, we’ll make a bee line for the ferry to convey you all to the Gander International Airport to meet your flight back to Toronto. Please be sure to book your flights in the afternoon being mindful of the ferry crossing and drive to the airport.


Cost and Payment Information


$3200 double occupancy
$3500 Single occupancy

Prices are subject to change

Deposit of $1000 of total cost, payable 60 days before departure date. Includes $500 non-refundable fee for operating costs.

Inclusive of accommodations, ground and ferry transportation, workshop and guide service fees, gas and non-refundable deposit. Total cost is dependent on your choice of private or shared accommodations.

Flight, Daily Meals, Personal items, Cancelation Insurance and Out-of Province Health Insurance are not included.


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