Province/Territory: Newfoundland and Labrador

A personalized, private adventure living and learning in three historic communities

  • 03 keys to three houses
  • 260000 breeding pairs of puffins
  • 02 blocks of bars and pubs on George St. in St. John's

In Newfoundland’s salty capital of St. John’s, pick up the keys to a car and three charming coastal houses that will be your home for the next 10 days. Cape Race Adventures has created a unique concept that allows you an unscripted vacation while offering a shortcut to experiencing the province’s most delightful attraction – its people.

You are given your own personalized guidebook based on a questionnaire you filled out that suggests shops to buy groceries and points you in the direction of places of interest and fun. Then you are on your own with no scheduled activities. No itinerary means you can say "yes" to a neighbour’s kitchen party invitation or drop in at the local pub to discover a fiddling jam in the works. A fisherman you meet on the local dock might offer you a chance to buy fresh catch. Your guidebook tells you about nearby biking and kayaking routes and coastal hiking trails with views of icebergs and puffins. What it doesn’t have to tell you is how to create your own unique experiences and the precious memories you take home with you.

Why you should visit
  • The East Coast Trail is a 265 km hiking trail, connecting 32 communities and encompassing lighthouses, archaeological digs, the world's most southerly caribou herd and a myriad of other sights.
  • Get up close and personal with whales, icebergs and the majestic cliffs of the island while on a sea kayaking adventure.
  • Watch whales and seals play below you as you sit on a cliff and enjoy a gourmet picnic by an old lighthouse.
  • Dine on nouvelle cuisine steeped in Newfoundland tradition.

Weather

Visitor information
When to go
  • Icebergs usually arrive in late May or early June and bird and whale sightings peak in mid-July.
  • Planned cultural events and music festivals are most often held in July and August.
  • Whale, bird and iceberg tours are available from May to September with the focus changing as the seasons progress.
  • Houses are available for rent in the winter, but no tours are arranged.
Need to know
  • Carry at least $100 in cash - many small towns don't have banks or ATM's.
  • Bring clothes for all kinds of weather: t-shirts, gloves, sun hats and rain hats.
  • Don't bother with an umbrella - the locals know they don't stand up to the wind - bring rainwear.
  • Small Newfoundland towns don't always have restaurants or even cafes so prepare to carry food with you when you are touring around away from St. John's.
  • Because this is a self-directed vacation you are welcome to do as much or as little as you want.
Getting Here
  • St. John's International Airport (YYT) is ten minutes from downtown St. John's where the first house is located.
  • A rental car is included in each holiday package.
  • All houses are within four hours of each other.