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Credit Yvonne Dann

 

I have just returned from spending time in Newfoundland followed by New Brunswick and I have to say that my 10 day trip was really not long enough.

With a flight time to St Johns,Newfoundland directly from Heathrow with Air Canada taking a little over 5 hours, Newfoundland is more accessible than many realise, with much of Atlantic Canada a similar distance.

My trip took me to just a small part of Newfoundland – the west coast including Corner Brook, the Humber Valley and Gros Morne National Park, and over on the east coast, St Johns. Each part of this amazing province is very different and we took a little time to see the city of Cornerbrook before continuing on up to the stunning Gros Morne National Park. Full of quaint seaside villages, stunning scenery and mountains, we took the water taxi from Norris Point to Woody Point enjoying a peaceful time on the water in this huge inlet – a place for adventure with kayaking opportunities. The National Park is home to the Tablelands – one of the very few places in the world where the earths Mantle is exposed and shows a complete contrast to the nearby mountains with it’s firey iron coloured rock. This is a must visit whilst inNewfoundland, to experience a walk on the earths Mantle, and learn of the geology through a visit to the Gros Morne Discovery Centre.

The visit then took me to the Humber Valley and a stay in a great chalet on a gated community. From here we visited nearby Marble Mountainand had a fun experience across the valley on a zip line tour – an incredible 9 zip lines that zigzag across the mountain can be experienced year round. The Mountain is home to ski runs during the winter months and would make a great weekend getaway ski break. ATV’s and snowmobiling are also on offer here.

Over on the east coast the city of St. Johns is home to fantastic multicoloured homes, the vibrant and lively George Street and Cape Spear – the most easterly point of Canada and home to Cape Spear Lighthouse National Historic Site which is the oldest surviving lighthouse in Newfoundland and Labrador.

My next stop was a three night whirlwind tour of New Brunswick. We Kicked off with a Lobster cruise on Shediac Bay learning how Lobsters are caught in a fun and educational way. After a demonstration on how to crack open a lobster to find all of the good meat, it was time to get messy and have a go ourselves with a lobster meal served cold – the best way to eat it apparently (they should know, Shediac is known as the ‘Lobster capital of the world’!!).

Our journey continued to Hopewell Rocks, home to some of the highest tides in the world on the Bay of Fundy – well worth a visit to walk on the sea bed before the 48ft tide arrives –then on through the village of Alma, it’s a must to stop for the fabulous sticky buns at the bakery here!!, and then into the fantastic scenery of Fundy National Park. On to the city of Saint John (not to be confused with St. Johns, Newfoundland) where the reversing rapids can be seen at the correct tide – the rush of water coming along the river from the Bay of Fundy pushes against the outgoing water causing a rapid effect where jet boat tours take advantage!

On to Fredericton, passing the pretty village of Gagetown before arriving in the City full of history and culture.

The four provinces of Atlantic Canada are so different and each have something different to bring to a holiday – maybe concentrating on one at a time is the best way to get the most from your trip. Having seen just a tiny area of two provinces, I can truly say that I must go back – there is too much that I haven’t seen!

To find out more or make this part of your bespoke, tailor made holiday please contact Yvonne on 01323 446550 or email on yvonne@experienceholidays.co.uk



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