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 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.


Start: St. John’s, Newfoundland, The Roses Heritage Inn, 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)
The Roses Heritage Inn, or
JAG Hotel, St. John's

Day 2

St John’s & Bell Island Loop; Short: 26.5km, Med: 54.7km, Long: 72.7km

The day begins with an option to ride or transfer to Portugal Cove, where a 20 minute ferry through the area known locally as ‘The Tickle’ at Conception Bay awaits. Spend the day leisurely circumnavigating Bell Island, once home to one of the most extensive submarine iron mines in the world, as you ride past meadowlands in search of abrupt cliffs and sea stacks. Enjoy a picnic lunch at the Bell Island Lighthouse cafe while watching for whales and seabirds. Discover the island’s haunted folklore at the underground mine tour and museum, and expand your knowledge of WWII history at the Coastal Battery. Ride through quiet rural communities, including the sites of Quidi Vidi, on your mid-afternoon return to St. John’s. BLD
Same lodging

Day 3

Blaketown, Hearts Delight, Hearts Desire and Hearts Content ~82km

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 your day on the shorelines of Harbour Grace. BLD
Rose Manor Inn, or

Rothsay House Inn, Harbour Grace

Day 4

The Baccalieu Loop Short: 65km / Long: 164km

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 Harbour Grace. BLD
Same lodging

Day 5

Carbonear, Harbour Grace, Bryant's Cove, Bay Roberts and Hibbs Cove ~40km

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! BL
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


Route expectations:

Best for energetic cyclists. Relaxed riders may choose shorter options, but might be advised to consider renting e-bikes, or will require some van support. Advanced cyclists will enjoy the longer distance options.

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 an introductory afternoon of exploring Signal Hill by foot before venturing west to ride the perimeters of two beautiful peninsulas whose coastal sites include Bell Island, 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!

Map & Elevations

Click here for the elevation profile

Day # Daily distance
Introductions & ~3km hike
Up to ~73km
Up to ~164km
Up to ~100km
Up to ~90km

Learn more

Visit "The Rooms" in St. John's - an amazing museum! There are very many restaurants and bars in dowwntown St. John's, all within walking distance of each other. The "Reluctant Chef" is often recommended.

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.

From St. John's, you can hike sections of the East Coast Trail, using taxis to get you to and from - super easy, and gorgeous! You can also do a half-day of sea-kayaking at Bay Bulls. The Gatherall's Puffin cruise usually reveals a lot of birds, and sometimes whales.

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.

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.

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US 4095 C 4695 (per person, double occupancy)

Includes 8 days, 7 nights, 7 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 6 dinners, luggage handling, van and guide support, route notes and maps, 15% sales tax

US 3495 C 3995 (per person, double occupancy)

Includes 8 days, 7 nights, 7 breakfasts, luggage handling, transfers on days 3, 5, and 8, route notes and maps, 15% sales tax

Single room

US 785 C 895


Hybrid: US 135 C 155
Road: US 255 C 295
Full Carbon Road: US 395 C 455
Electric-assist: US 395 C 455

All details and pricing are subject to change without notice.