Canada: Newfoundland

St. John's & Trinity Hike


Six nights; six days of hikes on the East Coast Trail and remote footpaths near Trinity. Visit two of North America’s largest sea bird colonies, spot whales and icebergs, and enjoy rambunctious Newfoundland culture on this multi day hiking adventure.

“...absolutely enchanted with the people, the scenery, and all the delicious food! We experienced the wonders of Newfoundland, including whale sightings, bald eagles, puffins, bakeapples, blueberries, magnificent sea stacks, and moose stew!” - Lynn B.





Itinerary


Start: St. John’s, Newfoundland, JAG Hotel, 13:00, day one. Please contact us to arrange alternate pickup location.


Finish: St. John’s, Newfoundland, JAG Hotel, 12:00, day seven. Please contact us to arrange alternate drop off location.


Day 1

Introductions; hike Signal Hill & The Battery; up to 5km.

Meet in your guides in St. John’s at 13:00 then hike through the Battery to Signal Hill, site of the first transatlantic communication, and a fabulous viewpoint over the mouth of St. John’s harbour. You’ll return to the city for dinner then have time to enjoy some traditional music in one of many venues on the infamous George Street. D (Meal inclusions provided for guided trips only).
JAG Hotel, or
Alt Hotel, St. John's

Day 2

Hike the East Coast Trail; ~11km

Hike the East Coast Trail as it passes through quiet woods to an imposing headland featuring a rolling meadow, abrupt cliffs, sea stacks, and nesting Kittiwakes. Watch thousands of seabirds along the shore including the Atlantic Puffin. Enjoy a picnic lunch then hike the trail to Cape Spear, the easternmost tip of Newfoundland. Set high on a cape and restored to its original appearance, the Cape Spear lighthouse, built in 1836, is the oldest surviving lighthouse in Newfoundland. This trail follows the sea edge, weaving through woods, heath, and meadowland. Keep an eye out for whales and seabirds along the way! BL
Same lodging

Day 3

Brigus Head; hike up to 7km; drive up to 2 h

After a short transfer, you’ll hike the coastal Brigus Head path from Brigus South to Admirals Cove passing through Devil's Hollow, Devil's Footprint, and past Devil's Kitchen. This is a truly wild walk along cliffs with carefully built bridges. Following the ridge of the rugged peninsula, the hiker can take in views of the coast and the sea, isolated beaches and a resettled community. Savour the amazing views of this dramatic coast all the way to Admirals Cove from where you will be transferred back to your inn at St. John’s. BL
Same lodging

Day 4

Transfer to Trinity; hike Gun Hill (1km) and/or Mad Rocks (3.5km); afternoon Pageant or optional boat tours

Start with an approximate 3 ½ hour transfer to Trinity, which can be broken up by stopping at “Mad Rocks”, or the Shoreline Heritage Walking Trail to stretch your legs before your visit in the beautiful town of Trinity. A Newfoundland jewel, most of Trinity is a national heritage site - an essential stop on any Canadian explorer's agenda. Here you will be introduced to the small town on a walk up Gun Hill to view the harbour and learn about the history of this small town and its inhabitants. The afternoon is reserved for the New Founde Lande Trinity Pageant, a walking theatrical production led by the Rising Tide Theatre portraying Trinity’s culture and more outrageous characters from the not-too-distant past. Optional afternoon activities include themed boat tours or sea kayaking experiences. BLD
Artisan Inn or Maidment House, Trinity; or

Fisher's Loft, Port Rexton

Day 5

Skerwink Trail (5km) and Kerleys Harbour (~2km); drive up to 1 hour

Start the morning with the award winning Skerwink Trail: a 5km hike with views of Trinity, rocky cliffs, caves and marine wildlife that will leave you in awe. After lunch you will explore Kerleys Harbour and the Random Passage site: the former set of a popular television show which aired in 2002 and was derived from the book written by Bernice Morgan in 1992. Your hike will take you through the abandoned outports and fishing villages of the 1954-1975 resettlement program; more than 300 communities across Newfoundland and Labrador were abandoned as a result of this controversial program involving the relocation of more than 30,000 people. BL
Same lodging

Day 6

Klondike Trail (~4km) and/or Fox Island Hike (~5km); drive up to 2 hours

Visit the puffin colony at Maberly where between May and September you’ll have the best chance of getting a super close up view of the colourful colony. From here you’ll hike the Klondike Trail, a short but truly spectacular 3 km hike that follows the old railway line that once connected the surrounding towns. After lunch at the Bonavista Social Club you’ll continue to Champney’s West to experience the beauty of hiking on Fox Island before returning to Trinity by vehicle. BLD
Same lodging

Day 7

Farewell

Following an early breakfast you will transfer about 3½ hours to St. John’s following breakfast, arriving by noon. B


“...fantastic scenery and utter ruggedness. You could feel the remoteness...we didn't see any other people on the trails except for our group!” - Maxine B.



Description




Note about the route:

Best for energetic walkers. 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 walks in and from Trinity are varied, and can be tailored to suit the group. This tour was rated as the world's number one coastal destination by National Geographic. See the story here.






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 travel down the beautiful East coast, past Witless Bay Ecological Preserve to La Manche where the hiking is challenging yet superb. You will probably see whales and icebergs and will appreciate the unspoiled feel of the vast landscape 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. You will rest in 17th century villages; explore coastal barrens peppered with “erratics” and hike along shores where privateers once lured ships onto the rocks to loot their booty. In Trinity, you will learn about the rich maritime history of the outport with its sheltered harbour, and will have an opportunity to see whales up close on an optional whale watching cruise.





Maps & Elevations




Click here for the elevation profile

Day # Daily distance
1
  Up to 5 km
2
  11 km
3
  7 km
4
    1 km and/or 3.5 km
5
  5 km and 2 km
6
  4 km and/or 5 km
7
  Farewell




Learn more

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.

Try to visit "The Rooms" - an excellent museum and gallery.

 

In St. John's, the Waterford River Trail, Habourside Park, and mile zero of the Great Trans-Canada Trail have all been recommended.

Fly to Western Newfoundland to hike Gros Morne National Park or cycle The Viking Trail.

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!


Stories and Shorelines
Posted on September 30, 2017 by Doug and Cathy Hull



Iceberg Alley!

When it comes to viewing icebergs, this is one of the best places in the world. From May to August, these 10,000-year-old glacial giants are visible from many points along the northern and eastern coasts, especially on clear, sunny days. They come in every shape and size, with colours from snow-white to deepest aquamarine. Despite their arrival from the Arctic every spring, and their disappearance only months later, our awe of them remains new, year after year.

Check out: icebergfinder.com







Costs

US 2965 C 3495

(per person, double occupancy, includes 7 days, 6 nights, 6 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 3 dinners, luggage handling, ground transportation, guide support, trail notes, maps)

N/A

Not available for this tour.

Single Occupancy

15% tax included

US 635 C 755


All details and pricing are subject to change without notice. 15% sales tax included.