Newfoundland Explorer Self Drive

Explore the diverse landscape of Newfoundland through visits to national parks, whale-watching tours, and scenic drives.

Tour Description

Discover Newfoundland at your own pace on this independent vacation featuring guided tours, admission to national parks, and a scenic driving route. Arrive in Deer Lake and begin with a quick drive to the bayside city of Corner Brook, where you can explore on your own. Then it's off to Rocky Harbour, which is nestled by Gros More National Park. You have two full days to explore this scenic gem, with a tour of Western Brook Pond included.

Enjoy a relaxing drive to Twillingate, then hop on board the Iceberg Quest Boat Tour and keep your eyes peeled for whales. Next you'll follow the Trans-Canada Highway toward Clarenville. Along the way you can explore Terra Nova National Park. Afterwards, you have two days in St. John's to explore the city, its extensive walking trails, and lively downtown. 

Features & Inclusions

  • 8 nights hotel accommodations
  • 9-day full-size car rental, including GPS, LDW and unlimited kilometers
  • Western Brook Pond Tour
  • Gros Morne National Park entrance fee
  • Iceberg Quest Boat Tour
  • Terra Nova National Park
  • St. John's sightseeing tour


Day 1 – Arrive Newfoundland
Arrive in Deer Lake airport and pick up your rental car. Then make the short, scenic drive to Corner Brook. Here you can explore its amazing caves, stroll the Corner Brook Stream Trail, or visit the Railway Society of Newfoundland Historic Train Site. Overnight in Corner Brook.

Day 2 – Drive from Corner Brook to Rocky Harbour
Today you'll drive to Rocky Harbour, which is surrounded by Gros Morne National Park. While the trip is less than two hours, you can linger in Corner Brook, or arrive early in Rocky Harbour to explore. As you drive, the fjords and mountains come into view, creating spectacular scenery. You might want to participate in a Newfoundland tradition, the "Kitchen Party," where a home-cooked dinner turns into a jam session with live music and dancing. Overnight in Rocky Harbour.

Day 3 – Western Brook Pond Tour & Gros Morne National Park
Today you have admission to Gros Morne National Park, which includes a boat tour along the Western Brook Pond fjord. The Long Range Mountains, the northernmost extent of the Appalachians, contain numerous glacially-carved fjords. One of the most spectacular is the Park's largest lake, Western Brook Pond. This 16 kilometre lake with a depth of 165 metres is home to Atlantic Salmon, Brook Trout, and Arctic Char, as well as an unusual colony of cliff nesting gulls. On board, behold the spectacular glacier-carved land-locked fjord, waterfalls cascading from 2,000 feet that often turn to mist before reaching the pond, billion-year-old cliffs, and frequent wildlife sightings. After the tour, you are free to explore Gros Morne National Park at your own pace. Overnight in Rocky Harbour

Day 4 – Gros Morne National Park
You have another day to explore the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Gros Morne National Park. Here you can hike, search out waterfalls, or hang out on the beach. And don't forget to explore The Tablelands, a rare mountain of flat-topped rock. When you're ready, head east for the four-hour drive to Gander, which is dotted with scenic lakes and rivers. Overnight in Gander.

Day 5  Twillingate & Iceberg Quest Boat Tour
Take a lovely drive north to the South Twillingate Island and cross rivers, lakes and bays for amazing views of the maritime scenery. Explore the small town of Twillingate, and discover one of their museums dedicated to the fishing industry, enjoy the local art, or take a seaside hike.

Enjoy the included Iceberg Quest Boat Tour, a two-hour narrated tour in search of icebergs and whales on a true Newfoundland cultural adventure. Relax as the friendly crew proudly introduces outport Newfoundland's way of life. Explore Iceberg Alley and marvel at 12,000-year-old Greenland icebergs on their epic journey from the Arctic Circle to Newfoundland and beyond. Hear the ice crack under the Newfoundland sun, observe majestic humpback whales as they feed in Twillingate's coastal waters, and watch elegant seabirds frolic along the coastlines.

You might also enjoy a visit to Long Point Lighthouse. Built in 1876, this still-operational lighthouse sits 300 feet above sea level and offers stunning views of the Atlantic Ocean. Situated on a cliff above Notre Dame Bay, you can see the islands dotting the area, fishing vessels, and often even whales and seals. Overnight in Gander.

Day 6 – Trans-Canada Highway & Terra Nova National Park
Today, hop onto the Trans-Canada Highway as you head closer to the eastern shore of Newfoundland. Along the way, stop at Terra Nova National Park to explore at your leisure. The eastern-most national park in Canada has a diverse landscape of cliffs, forests, and green meadows. This park offers a variety of hiking trails, canoeing, boat tours, or even golfing on the shores of the Atlantic. After a busy morning, stop in seaside Trinity for lunch and amazing coastal views in the small town known as the "Pearl of Newfoundland Outports." Continue your drive up the peninsula to the Cape Bonavista Lighthouse. Built in 1843, it is the fourth-oldest lighthouse in Newfoundland, and you can climb the tower for stunning views. Then head to the Shoal Harbour valley to settle in for the night. Overnight in Clarenville.

Day 7 – St. John's Sightseeing
Head to Newfoundland's capital, St. John's, and explore the city at your own pace. Take advantage of its extensive walking trails, known as the Grand Concourse, to discover St. John's and its surrounding communities. Explore the downtown area, full of colorful row houses and plenty of shopping, art galleries, and theater. At night, indulge in amazing food at one of its many restaurants, or cap the night off with live music. Overnight in St. John’s.

Day 8  Seasonal Touring
Another fine day in St. John's awaits you, and your trip includes one of the following tours, depending on the season.

Departures June 24 – August 3: Bay Bulls Picnic with the Whales Cruise

Enjoy your very own private puffin and whale-watching tour from the comfort and safety of a smaller catamaran. This intimate tour of one of nature's most splendid wildlife reserves and an up-close visit with the whales is hosted by a senior naturalist, and includes a lunch stop in a secluded cove of a nearby abandoned fishing village. Relax and unwind as the sounds of the waves lapping on the shore and the crash of the nearby waterfalls create an unforgettable backdrop for a picnic lunch. The lunch includes a selection of beverages including a bottle of wine and local micro-brewed beer.

All other dates – Historical St. John’s & Cape Spear Tour

This is a great orientation of St. John's, as well as the most Easterly point in North America. You will be driven to the National Historic site of Cape Spear, where you may walk to a World War II gun battery and look for whales at the most Easterly point in North America, while having a chance to visit the oldest standing lighthouse in North America. Then you will head back into the city to see the beautiful view on top of Signal Hill while hearing the historic tales of North America's oldest colony. Other stops include Quidi Vidi Village, Government House, the Roman Catholic Cathedral and an orientation of the shops and restaurants of downtown St. John's.

After a day of touring and exploring, you still have the evening free to see more of St. John's. Overnight in St. John’s

Day 9 – St. John's Departure
Today is your day of departure. Return your rental car and depart from St. John’s airport.

Accommodation Options

Hotels include Glynmill Inn, Ocean View Hotel, Sinbad’s Hotel & Suites, St. Jude Hotel*, and Delta St. John’s Hotel & Conference Centre.

Dates & Prices

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Prices are correct at the time of publication, however are subject to change at time of booking. Prices are per person, based on double occupancy
Car rental drop charge is not included and will be charged at time vehicle is returned. *Accommodations in Clarenville for 2019 departures are at the Clarenville Inn.
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