Visit the Iceberg Capital of Newfoundland: Experience Twillingate & Newtown
Day 1 & 2: Venture across the causeway to experience the splendor of the historic town of Twillingate – the Iceberg Capital of Newfoundland. With so much to do and see, spend at least two days in this mystical place. View 12,000-year-old leviathans of ice from the lookout at Long Point Lighthouse, and take to the water on one of the local boat tours for a more intimate experience. Humpback whales and a variety of seabirds often frequent this area. Return to shore to venture through town to visit the various museums, root cellars and gift shops. Also set aside time to explore the rugged coastline on one of the many coastal walking trails. In the evenings sample traditional food and drink, and immerse in local entertainment at various venues. Then nestle in for the night right next to the ocean.
Day 3: Don traditional slickers and take a morning tour to the fishing grounds to learn how to be a fisherman, and then tour the Prime Berth Fishing & Heritage Museum. Visit the Provincial Historic Site in Boyd’s Cove to learn about the now extinct Beothuk aboriginal culture and to add a token to the spirit garden. Then take the leisure drive along the “the loop” through small coastal communities. Along the way, stop to stretch your legs and discover a variety of songbirds on the Carmanville Wetland trails. Then enjoy the sunset at the beach in Musgrave Harbour.
Day 4: Step back in time as you explore the Barbour Living Heritage Village in Newtown, a town often referred to as the “Venice of Newfoundland”. Learn what life was like for a typical fishing merchant family. Tour the village, learn how to mend nets with a modern day fishermen, and even bake a pie with Aunt Hetti as part of their Make It, Bake it, Eat it culinary experience. Afterwards, get a behind-the-scene look at the art of printmaking in an authentic 1890 general store at Norton’s Cove Studio in Brookfield.
Adventure to the Islands off the Island of Newfoundland: Experience Fogo Island & Change Islands
Day 1: Catch the ferry in Farewell for a trip to the serene fishing village on Change Islands, known for its well-preserved fishing architecture. Pet and feed the endangered Newfoundland pony at the sanctuary, listen to the amazing stories at the Olde Shoppe and take a leisurely seaside stroll along the various coastal trails. Relax at the Seven Oaks Inn and take time to connect with the locals.
Day 2: Take the 20 minute ferry ride to neighboring Fogo Island, the largest inhabited island off the coast of Newfoundland. This island is teeming with authentic attractions and a great first stop is the Information Center that can provide information on daily events. Stop in the FU Trading Post in Seldom to learn about the Fogo Island process. Then head to Joe Batt’s Arm, to marvel at the modern architecture of the award winning Fogo Island Inn, and enjoy a culinary experience infused with local flavors. Compare shoe sizes with a sorceress at the oddball Witch’s Foot at Etheridge’s Point. Then travel to Tilting, the first provincial registered heritage district and now a National Historic Site that is soaked in Irish culture. Stroll the beach and catch a glimpse of the squish studio plunked amongst the hill side.
Day 3: Walk the streets of Fogo proper to visit various shops, and museums. Climb to the top of Brimstone Head, known as one of the four corners of the earth by the Flat Earth Society. Then stop into the Marconi Wireless Interpretation Center and if time allows explore the Lion’s Den Hiking Trail with panoramic views of the community.
Day 4: Enjoy a peaceful morning and then catch the ferry back to the mainland of Newfoundland refreshed and ready to continue exploring Adventure Central Newfoundland.