The New Newfoundland
The draw for travellers has traditionally always been the wide expanses of raw nature, from ranging moose to towering icebergs—that and Newfoundlanders’ legendary sense of hospitality. Today though, the island is rapidly garnering a reputation for a keen arts scene as well as a meaningful approach to preserving a traditional way of life. From the Rising Tide Theatre in Trinity to the Shorefast Foundation of Fogo Island, local artists are celebrated as are those who seek inspiration in the wild landscapes and deep history of Newfoundland. The hiking has always been good, the people friendly and engaging, and the fish fresh; it’s just that now the whole experience has become so much more interactive. Stories of old told by those whose grandparents told them, traditional skills revived and put to use in contemporary settings, and a lively celebration of everything that is this island, encompassing all art forms from the stage to the paintbrush.
We use premium hotels that are unique expressions of the region. Often they’ve had a previous life as a monastery or a castle, but in every case they offer an exceptionally comfortable stay.
These are stylish 4-star properties that offer a casual and comfortable stay. Often without a 24-hour concierge or room service, they tend to be smaller family-run hotels that are perfect for the region.
“I can’t say I really ‘work out,’ but I’m in good shape and am relatively active.”
“I enjoy a good walk or ride, and feel comfortable while on the move.”
“I get moving at least once a week, and don’t mind a little sweat.”
“I get moving a few times per week and enjoy some exertion.”
“I want to feel invigorated each day and going hard how I like to do that.”
The right number of like-minded travellers to make new friends.
Your dates. Your group. Our expertly-designed itinerary.
Tailored to your interests, a bespoke travel experience.
Combines the hallmarks of any B&R itinerary (excellent hotels and beautiful routes) with the freedom of pacing each day exactly the way you like.
Our friends on the ground are there to set you up with insider access and expert tips—then disappear when you’d prefer to be on your own.
Our B&R guides are with you throughout, anticipating needs, translating languages, providing advice and—above all—facilitating fun.
6 Days / 5 Nights
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From St. John’s we’ll head northwest for the Bonavista Peninsula. Our first hike is along the Skerwink Trail, one of Travel + Leisure magazine’s top 35 hikes in Europe and North America, offering sweeping views, sea stacks and perhaps even whales. Dine together at the hotel with views across the bay.
Take a short drive to the fishing community of New Bonaventure to meet our friend Bruce who will describe how life has changed here over the years. Land on the island of Ireland’s Eye and visit some of the abandoned buildings, a legacy of the controversial resettlement policies of the 1960s.
Drive north to catch the ferry that will take us to Fogo Island. Arriving mid-afternoon, hit the trails with a loop walk along the Lion’s Den trail offering spectacular views. Dine at the Inn this evening in what was recently named among the top three “Best New Restaurants in Canada” by enRoute magazine.
Take an early morning forage for the abundant wild food that grows on the island before heading to the community of Joe Batt’s Arm and boarding the MV Ketanja for a tour of some of the outlying islands and abandoned settlements around Fogo Island. Try your hand at jigging for cod and visit Little Fogo, once a thriving outport.
Head out to the community of Tilting to hike in the company of a geologist friend. End at the distinctive Squish Studio, a bold and modern structure that forms part of the Shorefast Foundation. Spend the afternoon either relaxing at the Inn or taking a short walk out to visit the Great Auk.
We’ll have breakfast together this morning before retracing our steps to the ferry and saying our goodbyes at Gander International Airport. Safe travels!
Fishers’ Loft, Port Rexton
Situated on the Bonavista Peninsula, Fishers’ Loft is a collection of buildings that have been lovingly and carefully brought to life in the authentic Newfoundland style. As one of the best hotels in Newfoundland, your every need will be catered to through impeccable and friendly service, as well as delicious home-cooked meals with produce fresh from the garden. View hotel website »
Fogo Island Inn, Newfoundland
On the gorgeous rocky shoreline of the Atlantic sits the new and luxurious Fogo Island Inn. Featuring 29 rooms with panoramic ocean views, windows that open 180 degrees to the fresh salt-sea air and hand-crafted furniture, the inn also offers locally inspired cuisine, rooftop hot tubs and a publicly accessible art gallery, library and cinema. View hotel website »
Suitable for travellers who enjoy going for a good walk and can even handle an incline or two, our daily walks range in distance from 2 to 6 km (1.5 to 4 mi.), on uneven paths and trails that weave along coastline and through forest.
Walking Sticks &
Included with all walking trips are Leki telescoping walking sticks and custom-made padded hip holsters, which comfortably carry one full half-litre water bottle. And while the walking sticks get “recycled” for use by another B&R traveller, the holsters are yours to keep at trip’s end.
- All hotel accommodation
- All meals, including wine
- Services of B&R guide
- All special events, private tours, guest experts and entrance fees
- Use of two lightweight, telescoping walking sticks
- All baggage transportation
- All transportation from rendezvous to drop-off
- Detailed maps, route suggestions and water bottle
- All gratuities for baggage, porters and hotel service
At Your Service
We take pride in choosing guides who are not only exceptional travelling companions, but who’ll go far beyond the call of duty to ensure an unforgettable experience.
“Our guides were amazing and spot on with every aspect of our trip: organization, food, wine and accommodations were all outstanding! A very impressive trip!”
— Gaye Leggat
Bespoke Newfoundland Walking 2010
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