Suggested 14Night Itinerary to Explore Newfoundland and Labrador by Motor Home The following is a suggested Itinerary for a Motor home tour of the province of Newfoundland and Labrador.
The Trans Canada Highway (TCH), Route 1, is the only road continuously crossing the province.
As this tour is only for 14 nights (15 days) days, I have tried to select locations that might give you a comprehensive overview of the province. You can refer to the 2013 Travel Guide for further information on our suggestion for your itinerary Day 9 is an optional day which you can fill in anywhere along the way, or use as a catch up day if you find you need more time in a particular location
Day 1 Arrive St. John’s International Airport.
Complimentary transportation to Islander RV Sales& Rentals. Upon arrival, you will receive an orientation on the use of your motor home as well as brochures, maps and directions for travel. Travel to shopping center to pick up supplies for your trip. (Exit TCH Rte 1 at 41B to Pitts Memorial Drive. Turn off at Ruby Line/Goulds exit, and left onto Old Placentia Road.) Arrival Celtic Rendezvous, Bauline East, Rte 10 Overnight Celtic Rendezvous RV Parking
Day 2 (Avalon Region – Irish Loop)
In the morning depart for Ferryland to visit the Colony of Avalon. In the 17th century site this site was the colony of Lord Baltimore. Tour the ongoing archaeological dig, interpretation center and gift shop. Enjoy a picnic at Lighthouse Picnics, Rte 10 – exquisite food and stunning views- Go to Northside Road, Bay Bulls (off Rte 10) for a morning boat tour with Gatheralls Boat tours or O’Brien’s Boat Tours to visit the Witless Bay Ecological Reserve to view the whales and bird colonies. Return to Rte 10 towards Witless Bay. Take Rte 13 to return to Rte 1. Continue west to Grand Falls. Overnight Sangor Park
Day 3 Central region)
While in Grand Falls, visit the Mary March Museum which explores the natural and cultural diversity of central Newfoundland from plate tectonics to today’s paper making industry. Be sure to also stop by Beothuck Village where you will experience another culture as you walk through he trails of the replica Beothuck Indian Village. The Beothuck became extinct when the last known survivor, Shawnadithit, died in 1829. Visit the Salmonoid Interpretation Center, off Scott Road, in Grand Falls to learn about the habitat and life cycle of the Atlantic salmon, and dont miss the underwater viewing. Or Travel to River Front Chalets, Badger to enjoy a rafting trip along the exploits river Continue west along Rte 1 to Deer Lake. Overnight George’s Mountain Village Trailer Park, Steady Brook, Rte. 1
Day 4 (Western Region – Viking Trail)
Take Rte 1 and then Rte 430 and turn off at Rte 431 to Woody Point and Trout River where you can view the south side of Bonne Bay. Here you have a great view of The Tablelands, a 600 metre high plateau of mantle rock, one of the worlds best examples of rock from the earths interior. Visit the Discovery center at Woody Point and take a boat tour at Trout River Pond Visit Gros Morne National Park Interpretation Center and learn of the geology which makes Gros Morne National Park a UNESCO World Heritage Site. At Western Brook Pond take a sailing cruise along a fjord. Visit the lighthouse at Lobster Cove Head and have a picnic lunch after visiting the museum. The Arches Provincial Park, a natural rack formation, has two large arches which were formed when the rock was under water eons ago. Or, take the day to hike to the top of fjord. Spend the evening at the Gros Morne Theatre Festival. Overnight Sea Breeze Park and Campground, Cow Head, Rte 430
Day 5 (Gros Morne)
Continue north along 430 and enjoy the scenic route through Gros Morne Park Next stop is St. Anthony. Be sure to visit the Charles S. Curtis Memorial Hospital to see the Jordi Bonet Murals which tell the story of the people of the Grenfell Mission. The Grenfell Properties, including Grenfell House, and Grenfell Interpretation Center, which also houses the Grenfell Interpretation Center, are also worth a visit Continue north on Rte 430 to L’Anse aux Meadows National Historic Site, a UNESCO world Heritage Site. Tour the reconstructed sod huts as animators recreate daily life at the site. Explore the replica Viking settlement of Norstead and sail aboard a replica of an eleventh-century Viking boat. In the evening, be sure to take a break from cooking and enjoy a Viking Feast at Leifsburdir, Fishing Point, and St. Anthony. (Reservations required) Overnight at Triple Falls RV Park, St. Anthony
Day 6 (Gros Morne)
Return south along Rte 230 towards Gros Morne In Port au Choix visit the Port au Choix National Historic Site with its ongoing archaeological dig and view the artefacts or the Maritime Archaic people who occupied the area 3200 to 3700 years ago. You also might like to stop in St. Pauls and take a boat tour to see the seals, or stop to enjoy a hike on one of the many scenic walking trails. Overnight at Gros Morne KOA RV Park
Day 7 Return East (Central Region)
Continue south along Rte 230 to Rte 1, and return east towards Grand Falls. Stop at Badger where you can have some excitement at Red Indian White Water Rafting. Continue along Rte 1 to Notre Dame Junction., and then take Rte 340 to Lewisport, a major service and transportation center. Continue on to Twillingate where you can visit the Twillingate Museum, the Long Point Lighthouse and avail of boat tours. Overnight at Peyton’s Woods RV Park and Campgrounds, Back Harbour, Twillingate
Day 8 Return to Gander via Rte 340 and 330 to the TCH, Rte 1.
Along the way be sure to stop at Boyd’s Cove to visit Boyd’s Cove Beothuck Interpretation Center which has been built using Beothuck structural concept near the site of a large Beothuck village. The center tells the story of these aboriginal people and includes an archaeological site. From Rte 1 continue west to Terra Nova National Park and enjoy the many park features including sea kayaking, touch tank, championship golf course and boat tours Overnight at Newman Sound Campground, Terra Nova National Park
Day 9 (Bonavista)
Continue east along Rte 1, TCH. At Port Blandford take Rte 233to Lethbridge and then Rte 235 to Bonavista to visit the landing site of John Cabot. Stroll through the Ryan Premises to experience the history of the ocean fishery in Newfoundland and Labrador. Outside the town, is the Cape Bonavista Lighthouse Provincial Historic Site where guides in period costume will show you around. Overnight Paradise Farm Trailer Park.
Day 10 Trinity
Take Rte 239 towards Trinity, a prosperous community built on the fishery, with some 50 architecturally significant buildings. People come from all corners or the world in summer to enjoy the theatre that abounds in this town. Become part of the walking tour of the town led by actors who portray a few of the more colourful characters from our past. In the afternoon stop in New Bonaventure to view the production set for the television series “Random Passage”, an account of the early years of Newfoundland settlement. In the evening, attend one of the productions of Rising Tide Theatre at various locations in and around Trinity. Seasons in the Bight, The Newfounde Lande Trinity Pageant Overnight at Trinity Cabins Trailer Park, Rte 239
Day 11 – Clarenville area
Take Rte 239 to Rte 230, and then Rte 230 A to Clarenville. Proceed to Hatchet Cove and spend the afternoon and evening At Brookside Golf and RV resort.
Day 12 –
On your return to St. John’s, stop to visit the communities of Cupids and Brigus, as well as the Rodrigues Winery in Markland. Continue Rte 1 to St John’s to Pippy Park. In the evening take a cab or enjoy a leisurely 1/2 hour walk to the downtown area. Enjoy a meal at one of the many great restaurants, and take in the entertainment on George Street. Overnight Pippy Park
Continue exploring the St. John’s area. Be sure to visit Cape spear (the most easterly point in North America to Europe) and Signal Hill.
Day 14 Return the motor home to Islander RV Sales & Rentals. (Between 9 am and 10:30 am) Complimentary transportation is provided to the airport with Islander RV Sales & Rentals.