In Search of Whales, Icebergs & History

From the airport town of Gander to the islands and coast of eastern Notre Dame Bay, this is the heart of adventure. Looks for whales, icebergs, Beothuk sites, and great hiking trails.

Day 1 - Explore Notre Dame

Start your journey at Gander, the "Crossroads of the World." Visit the North Atlantic Aviation Museum and learn how this small town played a big role in post-war passenger aviation.

Enjoy a drive through lush forests before meeting the roaring river at Gander Bay. Continue on Routes 331 and 335 to the ferry at Farewell for an excursion to Fogo Island and Change Islands.

Fogo Island is the biggest offshore island in the province and home to 11 distinct and lively communities. Explore the four ultramodern artist studios, and check out the luxury Fogo Island Inn - a striking display of architectural, culinary, artistic, and cultural expression.

Day 2 - Explore a Corner of the Earth

Time to go shank's mare - for a walk - and explore. No visit to Fogo Island is complete without the short climb up Brimstone Head, one of the four corners of the earth, according to the Flat Earth Society. The trail to Joe Batt's Point passes the Long Studio on the way to a monument to the now extinct Great Auk. The heritage buildings of Fogo provide insights into the town's past.

Visit Tilting, an Irish community brimming with antiquity and heritage. This Provincial Historic District is more than 250 years old. Walk the ancient footpaths that decorate the island, and keep an eye out for the caribou herd.

Finish the day with a gorgeous meal at Nicole's Café. Dine on traditional Newfoundland food with a contemporary twist, followed by savoury gourmet ice cream infused with local flavours from the island.

Day 3 - To Twillingate for Icebergs & Whales

In the morning, ride the ferry back to Farewell and hit the road towards Twillingate. First, visit Prime Berth - a Twillingate Fishing and Heritage Centre. Then head for Long Point Lighthouse, the perfect place to keep watch for whales and icebergs. If you want front-row seats, hop on a boat tour. Return to land to taste the array of locally produced wine.

In the afternoon, do some exploring and hike one of the many picturesque walking trails in the area. There's entertainment almost every night in Twillingate, so when the sun goes down put on your dancing shoes for an evening of traditional music. After you've exhausted yourself on the dance floor, retire to a cozy B&B for a well-deserved rest.

Day 4 - History Amongst the Bays

Today, delight in a scenic road trip along the shores of Notre Dame Bay and the Bay of Exploits. Drop by the Beothuk Interpretation Centre Provincial Historic Site at Boyd's Cove. Here you'll explore the fascinating culture of the Beothuk people, extinct since 1829. Walk the beautiful 1.5-kilometre trail to the original village site and visit the spirit garden.

Back on the road, drive through idyllic coastal communities like Birchy Bay and Loon Bay. Stop in Lewisporte where the By the Bay Museum gives you an in-depth look into the rugged reality of outport life.

The final stop is the World War II seaplane base at Botwood Heritage Park, where Bob Hope, among other celebrities, entertained the troops. End the night in one of the many well-appointed accommodations along the Exploits Valley.