My ultimate goal as a Canadian and a traveller is to one day say I’ve visited every province and territory within our beautiful country. I’ve been lucky enough to see the country by train, from Toronto to Vancouver, and have spent some awesome quality time within British Columbia and Alberta. However, my only trip out East was made over a decade ago to Halifax, and the remaining Maritime provinces haven’t received an ounce of love from me to date. This will change next week.
On the evening of Thursday, July 30th, my boyfriend and I will be departing Toronto on a two-week road trip to Newfoundland. We’ll be catching the ferry to Channel-Port aux Basques from North Sydney, Nova Scotia, and once we’re on “The Rock” we’ll be driving straight to St. John’s for the George Street Festival. While we’re in the provincial capital, we’ll also be enjoying a whale watching tour with Iceberg Quest Ocean Tours.
From St. John’s we’ll make our way back west, then up to the very northern tip of Newfoundland to pay homage to the only authenticated Viking settlement in North America and a UNESCO World Heritage Site, L’Anse aux Meadows.
We’ll be staying the night at Jenny’s Runestone House nearby, before we drive south to Gros Morne National Park, where we’ll be hiking Gros Morne Mountain (an all-day, 16 kilometre trail), and camping for the night.
To end our time on the island, we’ll be spending a few days with some good friends in Stephenville, where we’ll also attend the Black Duck Brook Festival — a traditional folk festival with French and English artists.
Once we’re back on the mainland, we’ll have a stopover in Moncton and a visit to Hopewell Rocks on New Brunswick’s Bay of Fundy. Hopefully we’ll arrive at low tide so we get to walk on the ocean’s floor!
From Moncton it’ll be a solid 15 hour drive home with no stops, and then it’s back to work the very next day.
This trip will see us driving through five provinces — Ontario, Quebec, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, and Newfoundland. It’ll be a first time visit to New Brunswick and Newfoundland for both of us, and I’ll be able to cross off more than a few items from my bucket list. We’ve been planning this journey for well over five months now, so for it to be a week away seems a bit surreal.
Oh! I forgot to mention that we’re getting “Screeched-In” during our boat tour in St. John’s. Maybe after that we’ll no longer be considered CFA’s (Come From Afars) and will be honourary Newfoundlanders. I have a feeling I’m going to fall head-over-heels in love with Newfoundland, so here’s hoping we come back. Or, maybe our friends in Stephenville just won’t let us leave 😉
Eight more sleeps!