Newfoundland Travel – The Details

Newfoundland was one of our best trips ever! Great scenery, lots to do, tons to eat, the best travel companions and just all around fun. We’ve got to go back and see the rest of it someday, but here’s how we did it our Eastern Newfoundland adventures.

imageHappy adventurers

How We Got There:
Tickets to Newfoundland are pricey (around $1000 per person) so instead we flew points. Our Airmiles tickets with Westjet cost us $200 each round trip. We flew the red-eye direct from Calgary to St. John’s but on the return trip we had a stop in Halifax and Toronto.

What We Did:
We had all our stops planned before we left but not all of our activities. We started in St. John’s the morning after we landed and spent a quiet day in town. We picked up our rental car the next day and drove south to Horsechops Pond, stopping in Bay Bulls on the way for some whale watching and puffins. Using our cabin in Horsechops as a base we hiked the East Coast Trail and picnicked at the Ferryland Lighthouse. After 2.5 days in Horsechops we headed back to St. John’s for another day and a half. We went to Cape Spear for an afternoon and then spent our full day at Signal Hill and enjoying the city. Then we headed northwest from the city to Twillingate for a day and then onto Fogo Island where walked and enjoyed the quirky towns. Our final stop was tiny Comfort Cove before returning to St. John’s and flying home.

imageEnjoying our beach walk on Fogo

How We Got Around:
We booked a rental car well in advance and saved a lot of money by not picking it up at the airport. Having your own transportation isn’t necessary in St. John’s but you need it to visit any of the other places. Our B and B in St. John’s had free parking so it wasn’t a problem to park in the city. Generally driving in Newfoundland was quite easy but does take longer than here at home. We walked to most places when we were in a town.

What We Ate:
Going hungry really isn’t something that happens in Newfoundland! We stayed in B and Bs or rented houses so we usually ate breakfast at home. Depending on what we were up to we either ate a lunch we packed or grabbed something at a restaurant. We cooked our dinners at our rental houses but ate out the rest of the nights. There were also lots of stops for ice cream, baked goods and coffee along the way. Here are a few of the places we enjoyed:

  • St John’s: Both the Duke of Duckworth and the Ship Inn have good fish and chips. Piatto serves delicious pizza (for when you need a break from seafood) and Get Stuffed (you need reservations) is well priced “fancy” food. We enjoyed Rocket Cafe and Fixed Coffee for coffees and snacks.
  • Twillingate – Canvas Cove Bistro is a cozy place to enjoy a light dinner and the hotel restaurant Georgie’s has a surprisingly great dinning room (again, reservations needed). A light lunch can be had the Crow’s Nest Cafe after a visit to the lighthouse.
  • Fogo – make reservations at Nicole’s for dinner and enjoy the baked goods from Island Bakery with your lunch

Where We Stayed:
We either stayed in rental houses or B and Bs. I loved having our own house and would definitely rent again on our next trip.

  • St. John’s – The Narrows B and B has a great location in downtown St John’s. we were able to walk everywhere from our B and B and it was close to great restaurants and the harbour. Our host, Anne, was lovely and breakfast was great. Our room was large but a little noisy since we were on the ground floor. We had free parking, WIFI and cable TV. We paid $150 + taxes a night.
  • Horsechops Pond- The Getawayis the cutest little lakefront cabin. Swimming, a great deck and the most peaceful setting. It makes a great base to explore from and a nice place just to relax. We paid $150 a night for the whole house.
  • Twillingate – we stayed at the Hillside B and B(~$100 CAD). It has a very central location but is a little dated. Still, a nice place to stay and has free WIFI and a nice porch.
  • Fogo – We stayed in the Town of Fogo at a super cute salt box house. We rented from The Old Salt Box Co. and stayed at the very nice “Glady’s House”. It had a beautiful view, nice living room and free WIFI. It was also $150 a night.

imageThe very cute Glady’s House on Fogo

What We Wouldn’t Leave Home Without:
I shared my packing list but there are a few more items to pack:

  • Binoculars (Jon also bought a monocular) – makes it more fun to watch whales from the shore.
  • iPad games – to play while relaxing at the cabin
  • Cork screw – to sample berry wines!

Why You Should Go:
If you’re not convinced already…

    • So beautiful! It’s just like they promise in the brochures
    • You can fit a lot into a little amount of time.
    • The locals are so friendly and fun – we got stopped all the time by people wanting to talk or show us something.

imageEnjoying the top of Brimstone Head

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