Seven nights; seven days of bicycle touring on paved roads of Newfoundland’s East Coast, enhanced with some hiking.
“The food was fantastic… Wonderful organization with fantastic adventures.” – Barb W.
WHY THIS TRIP?
- Excellent cycling through unspoiled coastal scenery.
- Skerwink Trail hike and amazing look-offs.
- Whale, bird, wildlife sightings!
- Depth of maritime history at Trinity.
- Lively Newfoundland culture.
Requiring moderate fitness levels, these cover terrain with hills and valleys, and tend to include distances of 50-80km (30-50mi.)/day cycling, or 3-6 hours of walking per day. Most Freewheeling Adventures fall into this category, and are suitable for most ability levels.
Moderate rides on rolling terrain and paved roads. 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.
- DAY 1: Introductions & ~3km hike
- DAY 2: ~100km
- DAY 3: ~80km
- DAY 4: ~40km
- DAY 5: ~75km
- DAY 6: ~80km
- DAY 7: Return to St. John’s
Meeting, introduction, hike to Signal Hill: ~3 km
Meet in St. John’s for 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
Morning transfer to Dildo, ride the Avalon Peninsula through Hearts Delight, Hearts Desire and Hearts Content; ~100kms.
Start with a 60-minute transfer to Dildo 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 northern tip of the Avalon at your characteristic seaside lodging, with an optional short walk to a magnificent viewpoint over Baccalieu Island. BLD
Grates Cove to Harbour Grace; ~80kms
Ride from your inn along the Baccalieu Peninsula looking out over Cape St Francis as you ride through a collection of villages nestles into beautiful seaside coves and inlets. Get a glimpse of life in rural newfoundland, before you finish your day on the shorelines of Harbour Grace. BLD
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
Trinity to Bonavista; ~75kms
Ride north on the Bonavista peninsula, visiting Catalina on your way to Maberly where you can see the famous puffin colony. Continue to the tip of the peninsula, to the Bonavista Lighthouse. Ride into the town of Bonavista where you will rest your head amongst the small inlets and the local Newfoundland characters. Keep an eye out for moose today, sightings are common! BL
Bonavista to Tickle Cove and Keels; ~80km
Leaving your coastal village, ride towards King’s Cove and the beautiful coastal ride to Knights Cove and Keels, one of Newfoundland’s oldest and smallest communities, before continuing on to the Tickle Cove Sea Arches. Retrace your route a short distance then proceed to tonight’s lodging, just ‘round da bay. BD
Round Da Bay Inn, Plate Cove West
Return to St. John’s
Transfer approximately 3 hours to St. John’s following breakfast, arriving by noon. B
All details and pricing are subject to change without notice.
- Jul 9-15
- Jul 23-29
- Aug 6-12
- Aug 20-26
- Jul 7-13
- Jul 21-27
- Aug 4-10
- Aug 18-24
Self-Guided available any dates, except for those listed above. New dates are also welcomed for guided or private departures.
Guided: C 4795 (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
Small groups or private tours, fully supported with drivers/guides and vehicles, all lodging and most meals included. Choose from existing dates or request new departures. Read more on our “What to Expect” page.
Self-Guided: C 4595 (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
Semi-supported, independent tours including welcome briefing, lodging, luggage transfers and necessary vehicle transfers. Choose from existing dates or request new departures. Read more on our “What to Expect” page.
Single Occupancy: tba
Flat bars. Trek fx3 or similar, with rear rack/trunk bag
Drop bars. Trek Domane AL5 or similar, with rear rack/trunk bag
Drop bars. Trek Madone or similar, full carbon, no rear rack
Flat bars. Trek Verve+2 or similar, with rear rack/trunk bag
All details and pricing are subject to change without notice.
Please see above for accurate pricing and inclusions, unless we have proposed a customized trip for you and those details are provided in your custom proposal.
1. Choose an advertised date to join a small group, or see our Join a Group page to see where groups are already forming.
2. Pick your own dates. We will confirm quickly, and are happy to talk with you as you make your choice. If you would like a private guided date, price remains the same as advertised if you have at least six. If you prefer self-guided, we usually only require two participants to initiate a new date at the advertised price, and can sometimes reduce prices for you if you have four or more.
The best time to enjoy this tour is mid-June to mid-October.
Spring daytimes warm up to an average of 11°C (52 °F) by June. Note that seasonal businesses may still be closed, or on off-season hours, until late June.
Summer, mid June to mid September, is normally 15 to 20 °C (60 to 70 °F). Freshwater and saltwater swimming is encouraged.
Autumn, mid September to mid October, daytimes 10 to 15 °C range (50 to 60°F). Nights can be chilly, but rarely down to freezing.
BEFORE & AFTER THE TOUR
If you fly:
Fly to St. John’s International Airport (YYT).
If you drive:
Access the province by Marine Atlantic ferries, which operate between North Sydney, Nova Scotia and Newfoundland. These superferries carry hundreds of vehicles and passengers to two entry points. There is a year-round, daily service between North Sydney, Nova Scotia and Port aux Basques, in southwestern Newfoundland, and a June to September service operating three days per week between North Sydney and Argentia, Newfoundland (which is a 90-minute drive from the capital city of St. John’s). Please view Marine Atlantic’s website for schedule times, or to reserve your crossing at: www.marineatlantic.ca/en, or call 800-341-7981.
If you have one day:
Spend some time in St. John’s, enjoying the sights and sounds of this vibrant city.
If you have several days:
Extend your trip by joining our Newfoundland Viking Bike or Hike adventures, or one of
our Nova Scotia trips.
We recommend the following accommodations in St. John’s for before or after your tour;
please let us know if we can assist with reservations:
● The JAG Hotel, 115 George Street West
● Blue on Water, 319 Water Street
● Leaside Manor Heritage Inn, 39 Topsail Road