The charm of Newfoundland meets the splendor of Labrador! Newfoundland’s Gros Morne is ‘The Galapagos of Geology,’ while in the Torngat Mountains National Park, the tallest mountains east of the Rockies tower over pristine Labrador coastline. Breeding and nesting seabirds are found in abundance. Icebergs, whales, polar bears and seals will have us scanning the horizon.
Beginning on the French island of Saint Pierre, we’ll journey through Newfoundland history, exploring French, Basque, and Viking influences. In Labrador, we’ll visit the Inuit homeland, Nunatsiavut, as we follow the trail of the explorers northward along
Canada’s wild East coast.
- Explore the remote reaches of Newfoundland & Labrador in spring bloom
- Visit the reconstructed first European settlement in North America at L’Anse aux Meadows
- Travel with widely respected authors, naturalists and culturalists
- Sail in heavy ice looking for polar bears, whales and seals
- Visit the largely inaccessible Torngat Mountains National Park
|Day 1||Saint Pierre, France|
|Day 2||South Coast|
|Day 3||Gros Morne National Park|
|Day 4||Red Bay|
|Day 5||St. Anthony & L’Anse aux Meadows|
|Day 9 to 11||Torngat Mountains National Park|
|Day 12||Kangiqsualujjuaq (George River)|
|Day 13||Kuujjuaq, QC|
The island of St. Pierre is not merely an obscure outpost of the former French empire; it is home to a contemporary French community, complete with cafes, high fashion shopping, fine wines and cheeses.
Yet St. Pierre’s irregular streets reveal an eclectic mix of French, Canadian and Newfoundland influences—a European city at home in North America.
The wild and windswept coast of Southern Newfoundland is home to a few remaining outport communities, still largely cut off from mainstream travel. Visits here are often a highlight of our trips. There are many unique bays and coves to explore via Zodiac or land excursion.
It has been said, "Gros Morne is to geology what the Galapagos are to biology." The Park's mountains are both picturesque, and highly unusual: the Tablelands, a 1900 ft (600m) high plateau, forms one of the world's best examples of ancient rock exposed from the earth's interior.
The Park's fiords are equally stunning, and the town of Woody Point has become widely renowned for its annual Writers' Festival.
The fishing village at Red Bay, Labrador is Canada’s most recent UNESCO World Heritage Site. Saddle Island was once the site of several Basque whaling stations, occupied between 1550 and the early 1600s. Amazing artifacts from a Basque shipwreck abound in the superb interpretive center here.
A UNESCO World Heritage Site, L'Anse Aux Meadows is the only authenticated Norse settlement in North America. The archeological remains found here in 1960 date to approximately 1000 A.D.
Amazingly, the location of the ruins was first established by a close reading of the Viking sagas.
Today a superb interpretive center and reconstructions of the several Norse-style sod buildings make L'Anse Aux Meadows a must-see for any visitor to Newfoundland.
When we think of Labrador, we may not think ‘beaches’—but the Vikings did. Two long trackless crescents of sand, washed by the cold Labrador Sea, backed by the Mealy Mountains were given the name “Wunderstrand” by the Norse seafarers, and earned a place in their Sagas.
Long hunted, traveled and occupied over thousands of years by various peoples, Wonderstrands is still largely unknown and rarely visited by non-Labradorians.
Explore this Inuit community, especially the Moravian Church and the Nunatsiavut Building with its labradorite stone.
Share in the fascinating history of the township, wander the roads or check out the new homes being constructed.
Long-abandoned Hebron was once one of the most northerly communities on the north Labrador coast. A Moravian Mission station was constructed here from 1829 to 1831 but the main buildings - the church, the mission house and the store - were not inhabited until 1837.
In a highly controversial move, the station was abandoned in 1959, forcing the relocation of the Inuit who resided there.
In 2005, Newfoundland and Labrador Premier Danny Williams apologized to people affected by the relocations. In August of 2009, the provincial government unveiled a monument at the site of Hebron with an inscribed apology for the site closure.
The Torngat Mountains have been home to Inuit and their predecessors for millennia, with archaeological evidence reaching back almost 7,000 years.
The fjords here reach deep into the heart of the Torngats, bounded by cliffs rising peaking at 1,700 m, the highest point of land in Labrador.
The Torngat Mountains comprise some of the oldest rocks on the planet and provide some of the best exposure of geological history. Polar bears, caribou, falcons and eagles are among the species hardy enough to make their homes here.
In the shelter of a commanding granite rock outcrop we find the easternmost community of Kangiqsualujjuaq, or George River. Twenty-five kilometers upstream from Ungava Bay, the ebb and flow of the tides define the summer lives of the people and fauna of this area. Arctic flora thrives in the protected valley. The calving grounds of the George River herd, the largest ungulate population in the world estimated at several hundreds of thousands of head is nearby. After our welcome back to Canada, we will have the freedom to explore the community, meet with locals and strike out of town for a hike on the tundra.
Kuujjuaq (formerly known as Fort Chimo) lies on the shore of the Koksoak River, 30 mi upstream from Ungava Bay in the Nunavik region of Northern Quebec. Moravian missionaries first arrived in 1811 to evangelize the Inuit; the Hudson’s Bay Company established a post in 1842 to trade with the Inuit, as well as Montaignais and Naskapi hunters and trappers.
The American military was present in Fort Chimo from 1941 and 1945, building the Air Base Crystal 1. Today Kuujjuaq Airport is an important hub for flights from Ottawa, Montreal, Iqaluit and smaller centers around the North.
* Itinerary may be subject to change
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