Moderate
Difficulty level
Cycling
Activity (Bike)
7 Day, 7 Night
Duration

Canada, Newfoundland: St. John’s & Trinity Bike

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.

 

WHY THIS TRIP?

  • Excellent cycling through unspoiled coastal scenery.
  • Skerwink Trail hike and amazing look-offs.
  • Solitude of Bell Island.
  • Whale, bird, wildlife sightings!
  • Depth of maritime history at Trinity.
  • Sunrise at Cape Spear.
  • Lively Newfoundland culture.

 

ROUTE EXPECTATIONS:

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.


Daily Distance:

  • DAY 1: Introductions & ~3km hike
  • DAY 2: Up to ~73km
  • DAY 3: ~82km
  • DAY 4: Up to ~164km
  • DAY 5: 40km
  • DAY 6: Up to ~100km
  • DAY 7: Up to ~90km

NL: St. John’s & Trinity Bike – Elevation Profile


Start: St. John’s Newfoundland, The Roses Heritage Inn, or JAG Hotel, 16:00, day one.

Finish: St. John’s Newfoundland, 12:00, day eight.

Please contact us to arrange alternate plans, if necessary.

1

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 (meal inclusions shown for guided trips; self-guided include only breakfasts).

The Roses Heritage Inn, or JAG Hotel; St. John’s

2

St John’s & Bell Island Loop; Short: 26km, Med: 55km, Long: 72km

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 late-afternoon return to St. John’s. BLD

Same Lodging

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

Rothsay House Inn, Harbour Grace

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 see 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

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, Trinity; or Fisher’s Loft, Port Rexton

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

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

8

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.

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


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


Single Occupancy: 895


Bike Rentals:

Hybrid-Fitness: 155

Aluminum Racing: 295

Carbon Racing: 455

Electric-Assist: 455


All details and pricing are subject to change without notice.


2022 Guided dates:

  • Jul 10-17
  • Jul 24-31
  • Aug 7-14
  • Aug 21-28

2023 Guided dates:

  • Jul 9-16
  • Jul 23-30
  • Aug 6-13
  • Aug 20-27

Self-Guided available any dates, except for those listed above. New dates are also welcomed for guided or private departures.

Interested in custom or private departures?


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.

 
PLEASE NOTE: Trip Cancellation Insurance is highly recommended. If this is not provided by your credit card or elsewhere, please let us know and we can provide recommendations.

Difficulty This route is rated moderate (blue square).
Daily Distances 40-160km/day
Optional Extras Fishing, Swimming, Golfing
Best Months June-September

Before & After The Tour:

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.

Check out: icebergfinder.com


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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!