Canada: Newfoundland

St. John's and Trinity Bike Tour


Seven nights; seven days of bicycle touring on paved roads of Newfoundland's East Coast, enhanced with some hiking. See why Trinity is the jewel of the north shore, and enjoy rambunctious Newfoundland culture in St. John's and tiny fishing outports.

“The food was fantastic...The best dinners were at Artisan and the best lunch other than your picnics was at the Bonavista Social Club. Wonderful organization with fantastic adventures.” - Barb W.


2017: Jul 1-8; Jul 29-Aug 5; Aug 19-26; Sep 2-9
Best months: June - September







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Itinerary


Start: St. John’s, Newfoundland, Leaside Manor, 16:00 day one. Please contact us to arrange alternate pickup location.


Finish: St. John’s, Newfoundland, noon, day eight.


Day 1:

Introductions and hike to Signal Hill ~3km

Meet in St. John’s at 16:00. Enjoy a pre-dinner walk through the Battery to Signal Hill -the site of the first transatlantic communication and a fabulous viewpoint over St. John’s Harbour. After dinner you’ll have the chance to enjoy some Irish influenced music in one of many venues on George Street. D (Meal inclusions provided for guided trips only)
Leaside Manor, St. John's

Day 2:

Hike the East Coast Trail ~10km

This is truly a wild walk, along cliffs with carefully built bridges, showing you colonies of seabirds, including Atlantic Puffins, Northern Gannet, Common and Thick-billed Murres, Razorbills and the Blacklegged Kittiwake. After enjoying the most amazing views of this dramatic coast all the way to Brigus South, your van will transfer you back to your cozy inn. This is a challenging hike and we recommend you bring sturdy hiking boots and a day pack. BLD
Same lodging

Day 3:

Blaketown, Hearts Delight, Hearts Desire and Hearts Content ~75km

Start with a 60 minute transfer to Blaketown on the Shore of Dildo Pond where today’s cycling begins. You will ride through Heart’s Delight, Heart’s Desire and Heart’s Content – a spectacular coastal cycling route largely along the coast of Trinity Bay. You will find the local people in these scenic villages as unique and entertaining as the names of their villages. Finish at Carbonear on the west side of Conception Bay. BLD
Baccalieu Trail B&B, or

Sophia's Heritage Inn, Carbonear

Day 4:

The Baccalieu Loop Short: 70km / Long: 150km

Today's ride takes you around Conception Bay on the “Bacccalieu Loop” – a favourite ride of local cyclists. Enjoy magnificent seaside vistas of both Conception and Trinity Bays, and rewarding descents into quiet and picturesque fishing hamlets including Old Perlican and Bay de Verde. The cross-country route from Heart’s Content to Victoria is often a great place to view a moose enjoying a meal in the peaty fens, whether you cycle or take an end-of-the-day transfer back to Carbonear. BL
Same lodging

Day 5:

Carbonear, Harbour Grace, Bryant's Cove, Bay Roberts and Hibbs Cove ~50km

Follow meandering roads along the shores of Harbour Grace and Spaniard’s Bay on route to Bareneed, Blow Me Down and Hibbs Cove, small outports first surveyed by Captain James Cook in the mid 18th Century. Early in the afternoon you’ll be transferred by vehicle about 2 ½ hours northwest to Trinity. A jewel of a place, most of Trinity is a national heritage site and considered an essential stop on any Canadian explorer’s agenda. Depending on the pace of the group this morning, an early arrival at Trinity may allow time to experience the Skerwink Trail, an award winning hike with views of Trinity, rocky cliffs, caves, and wildlife. BLD
Artisan Inn, or Maidment House Trinity; or

Fisher's Loft, Port Rexton

Day 6:

Bonavista Loop: Up to 100km

Circumnavigate the outer Bonavista Peninsula, visiting Catalina, The Bonavista Social Club, Bonavista Lighthouse, and the puffin colony in Maberly. Stop for a swim in Catalina after completing your loop for the day. Return to Trinity by van or bike, along the rolling hills you started your day on. Keep an eye out for moose today, sightings are common! BLD
Same lodging

Day 7:

Tickle Cove and Keels. Additional walking and cycling available: Up to 90km

Start with a 20 minute transfer to Southern Bay, your starting point for a beautiful coastal ride to Tickle Cove where you’ll visit the renowned sea arch. Retrace your route a short distance then continue cycling to Knights Cove and Keels, one of Newfoundland’s oldest and smallest communities. Afternoon transfer 45 minutes back to Trinity, perhaps in time for the short ride to New Bonaventure where you may explore the Random Passage site and the enchanting, long-abandoned communities of Kerley's Harbour and Ireland's Eye. BD
Same lodging

Day 8:

Return to St. John's

Transfer about 3 hours to St. John’s following breakfast, arriving by noon. B





Description




Note about the route:

Best for energetic cyclists, but available as a guided experience to relaxed riders with acceptance of van support. The East Coast Trail hike can be up to 8 hours and includes some steep grades; sturdy hiking boots and a day pack are recommended.






The isolated culture of rural Newfoundland and the stark unspoiled beauty of the landscapes make this an exceptional experience with unparalleled scenery and visits to truly special places.


The adventure starts and finishes in “the Battery”, and a downtown area packed with so many lively spots that nightlife is vividly entertaining. You will start with a full day of hiking on the best part of the East Coast Trail before venturing west to ride the perimeters of two beautiful peninsulas whose coastal sites include Grates Cove, Ryan Premises, and the astounding village of Trinity, about whose history you will learn as you walk with a theater troupe.


You will probably see whales and icebergs and will appreciate the unspoiled feel of the vast landscapes here. The past two centuries of isolation have preserved a distinctive accent, believed by linguists to be a relatively unchanged Elizabethan dialect. It is very easy to strike up conversation with the friendly folk who live here but whether you understand or are simply bemused by their colourful colloquialisms remains to be seen!





Maps & Elevations






Before & After

Rent a car to visit the most accessible seabird rookery in North America at Cape St. Mary's Ecological Reserve, an amazing experience even for non-birders.


Fly to Western Newfoundland to hike Gros Morne National Park.


Make a quick visit to France via St. Pierre et Miquelon. You can reach this lovely piece of France in North America via ferry from Fortune, NL to St. Pierre, or via a flight from St. John's. Both take approximately 55 minutes. Be sure to pack your passport!


More bicycle touring is available on the island's west coast along the The Viking Trail.




Costs

Start:
St. John’s, Newfoundland, Leaside Manor, 16:00, day one. Please contact us to arrange alternate pickup.


Finish:
St. John’s, Newfoundland, Leaside Manor, noon on day eight. Please contact us for alternate drop off location.



Guided Cost

US 2695 C 3195

(per person, includes 8 days, 7 nights, 7 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 6 dinners, luggage handling, van and guide support, route notes and maps)

Self-Guided Cost

US 2695 C 3195

(per person, includes 8 days, 7 nights, 7 breakfasts, luggage handling, guided hike on day 2, transfers on days 3, 5, and 8, route notes and maps)

Single Occupancy

US 575 C 675


Bicycle Rental

Hybrid: US 125 C 145, Racing: US 225 C 265, Full Carbon Racing: US 335 C 395, Electric-assist: US 335 C 395


All details and pricing are subject to change without notice. 15% sales tax applies; 7.5% for non-Canadians.




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Custom or Private Tours

Want to go but on different dates?
Want to make a change to the itinerary?
We can adapt for you!



Here are some terms:

Bring your friends. We will run most of these trips for you whenever you want, at the advertised price for a group of four or more on a guided trip, or two if it's self-guided! We reserve the right to make changes if the original inns, etc. are already booked. If you cannot find others, let us advertise the trip for you! Give us a commitment as far in advance as you can. As long as we have the minimum number of guests at the start, the price will be as advertised. The catch is that if it is just two of you and you want a guided trip, you must be willing to pay a 20% premium in the event that others do not join you. The bright side is that, once reserved, you can count on the trip, whether it remains private or becomes a larger group. Ask for changes to the itinerary.

We are very flexible, and given enough time, can create a new itinerary to match your desires.