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Newfoundland Coastal Hiking Relaxed

7 Days & 6 Nights
  • Journey to the far reaches of Canada: the rugged isle of Newfoundland
  • Visit colorful fishing villages steeped in rich maritime history and traditions
  • Hike the acclaimed Skerwink Trail for seastack views and iceberg sightings
  • Relax at unique and indulgent inns offering locally sourced seafood
  • Explore the coves and coastlines of the Avalon and Bonavista Peninsulas
Newfoundland, known affectionately as “the rock”, sits so far east in the Atlantic that its time zone is half an hour earlier than Eastern Time. However, you’ll feel more like you’ve stepped back in time a century as you explore the charming fishing villages, visit the iconic lighthouses, and hike the winding paths of this island. From the tiny harbor of Quidi Vidi to the vibrant streets of St. John’s, the province’s capital city, immerse yourself in the local culture, food, and music. Spend your days on short hikes showcasing the highlights of the Avalon Peninsula, and relax each evening in a boutique inn. Drive to the next peninsula, Bonavista, where coastal walks offer the opportunity to spot icebergs, whales, and puffins. The hamlets of this peninsula will make history come alive; but even if you don’t believe in time travel, perhaps after a week in Newfoundland you’ll be a believer in magic.
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What To Expect

This leisurely twin-centered tour offers short coastal hikes, visits to cultural and historic sites, and encompasses the highlights of the Avalon and Bonavista Peninsulas. By night, enjoy unique luxury inns, each with an award-winning farm-to-table restaurant. If you want to experience the best of Newfoundland’s east coast, from purpose-built trails to artfully composed accommodations, and are interested in leaving your options open for what each day will bring, this drive & hike itinerary is the tour for you.

Trip Style:

Self Guided | Go at your own pace on an independent active holiday.

Activity:

Drive & Hike | Enjoy the best of a large region by car and on foot. Day hikes in the best places. Itinerary usually inn to inn, with mapping provided. No bag transfer. Car hire offered as an option or included.

This trip is suitable for:

Families, Multi-Generational, Mixed Abilities, First Timers, Avid Adventurers

Ideal if you have an interest in:

  • Wildlife
  • Coastal & Island
  • Special Occasions

Grade & Terrain

The hiking on this trip is easy to moderate. Hikes will typically take 2-4 hours, averaging 4-5 miles and up to several hundred feet of ascending and descending. Due to the nature of the itinerary, you will return to your car after each hike; therefore, you can always shorten a hike or completely skip a day of hiking if you’d like to take a day at leisure or do more sightseeing. We have also included several optional hikes that you may add if you’d like to hike more.

The hiking trails are paths on dirt, gravel, and rock – although they are maintained there is always the possibility of washed out, eroded, muddy, or loose trail conditions. For your safety and out of respect for the environment, please always stay on the trail. At times you will be on coastal trails where the forces of wind and waves have caused erosion and cliffs can be overhanging. Always obey trail signage regarding exposed areas and stay a safe distance from cliff edges.

Navigation

Navigating is easy using the Macs Adventure Navigation App. Your daily drives and hikes will be mapped in the app with GPX tracks, route notes, and turn-by-turn directions. All of these resources are available to download for offline use, which is important as cell phone and wifi service can be unreliable for parts of this tour. Written turn-by-turn driving directions are included in the app; although the drives are straightforward, you may still consider using a GPS device while in the car. You will also have 24/7 telephone support from us here at Macs Adventure.

Accommodation Information

Stay six nights in hand-picked accommodations, chosen for their indulgent comfort, authentic charm, and upscale style. Both inns provide outstanding service, warm hospitality, and include on-site restaurants serving locally sourced ingredients and homemade fare. We hope that your lodging is a memorable part of your Newfoundland experience.

As a summer destination with a short operating season, lodging in this region fills early. Booking early allows the best chance of securing your room at the inns below.

Single Rooms & Solo Walkers

This trip is based on two people sharing a room. If you’d like separate rooms, a single supplement is required. If you would like to request a twin room (same room with two separate beds), please notify us during booking so we can request this option, where available (Note: all Inn by Mallard Cottage rooms contain king beds.)

This trip is available to solo walkers and a solo supplement is required. The friendly locals and small, charming towns make this a great trip to enjoy as a solo traveler.

Meals

Breakfast is included each morning. Please notify us of any dietary restrictions at the time of booking.

Your breakfast at Inn by Mallard Cottage includes fresh baked goods, fruit, coffee or tea. Your breakfast at Fishers’ Loft includes a full hot breakfast of rotating specials, or bacon and eggs, along with fresh baked goods, fruit, hot & cold cereals, and beverages.

One dinner is included in the price of the tour; we have booked you a seating at the Fishers’ Loft Dining Room on the first night of your stay there. This is a set menu, so be sure to give us any dietary restrictions at the time of booking. You may choose to book dinners there on subsequent nights or eat off-site.

The restaurant at Mallard Cottage can be busy, so we recommend booking a table in advance if you would like to dine on-site. St. John’s, with many outstanding eateries, is only a ten-minute drive from the inn.

All lunches and five dinners are not included. This allows you to choose from available restaurants or pack a picnic. There will be suggestions for food and drink in your route notes, and your hosts are always happy to help you decide.

Extra Nights

You may opt to add extras nights during this itinerary as there is plenty more to see, do, and hike in all three destinations. For further details and pricing, please ask us at the time of booking. 

Included
  • 6 nights in boutique inns
  • 6 Breakfasts, 1 Dinner
  • Detailed pre-departure information pack
  • Turn-by-turn route notes
  • Macs Adventure Navigation App
  • Donation to Hike Discovery
  • 24/7 telephone support
Excluded
  • Travel to/from St. John’s
  • Car rental (Can be added)
  • All lunches, snacks, drinks, and five dinners
  • Personal equipment
  • Travel Insurance
Extras
  • Car rental (can be added)
  • Additional nights before, during or after the trip

When To Go

There are great reasons to travel to Newfoundland throughout the hiking season! In May and June, you will have a higher chance of seeing icebergs as they are carried south on ocean currents. Puffins and whales can be spotted most frequently from mid-May to mid-September, with the whale watching season typically at its peak from mid-June.  If it’s berries and warmer weather you’re after, August is a great time to visit. And lastly, if you’re looking for solitude and perfect hiking temperatures, September and October are crisp, cool, and quiet.

Availability

This tour is available from May through October. We suggest you book as soon as your plans are finalized as this destination is popular in the summer months and availability is limited. Please note you can start this tour on any day of the week.

Getting to the Start

Fly into and out of St. John’s International Airport (YYT) and rent a car on site. There are direct flights from/to many Canadian cities, as well as London and Dublin. 

General Information

You will need a car for this itinerary. Either plan to drive to the trip start or fly to St. John’s, Newfoundland, and rent a car. If you wish, we can arrange a rental car for you for an additional charge.

Visas

For US citizens traveling to Canada for less than 180 days, no visa is required. You are required to have a valid passport with a blank passport page.

For non-US citizens traveling to Canada, an electronic travel authorization (eTA) is required to enter. For more information about the eTA system, and to apply online, visit the official Canadian government website. See Entry requirements.

Trail Donation

Book a trip to Newfoundland and a $50/person donation will be given to Hike Discovery. Hike Discovery Inc. is committed to and oversees the development and maintenance of a hiking trail network on the Bonavista Peninsula. Your donation will support the outstanding work that they do.

Equipment

Our pre-departure information pack includes a detailed equipment list on what to take with you. This includes warm and cold weather gear, hiking boots, rain gear, and lots of other specifics. If you have any questions about what to take, we'd be happy to share our own top tips and advice.

Travel Insurance

Travel insurance helps protect your travel investment, your belongings and most importantly you, from unforeseen circumstances that may arise before or during your trip. For more information, please visit our travel insurance page.

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Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive St. John’s Day 2: Hike Signal Hill & St. John’s 5.5 miles / 9 km Day 3: Hike Blackhead to Cape Spear Path 3.5 miles / 5.5 km Day 4: Drive to Port Rexton, visit Trinity and hike Gun Hill Trail 2 miles / 3 km Day 5: Hike Skerwink Trail & Optional Hike Fox Island Trail 4 miles / 6.5 km Day 6: Visit Port Union, Elliston, and Bonavista, Hike Cape Shore Trail to Cape Bonavista Lighthouse 5.5 miles / 9 km Day 7: Onward Travel

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