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We offer tours to all parts of the Maritime Provinces, Quebec, Newfoundland
All of our tours can be customized to meet the requirements of our clientele
No group too large or small. We can accommodate from 1 to 40 or more.
Depending on group size we travel in passenger vans and modern touring
From wilderness camping and eco-touring in the interior of Labrador to
sightseeing and exploring in the Gaspe Bay region of Quebec,we can design
and provide exciting and interesting trips.
Come with us to Newfoundland and visit the only authenticated Viking site
in North America or sit back and relax as we take you through the pastoral
and unique beauty of Nova Scotia and New Brunswick.
The Possibilities are Endless.
Here are a sample of the Itineraries that are available (remember they
can all be customized)
15 Day Quebec--Labrador--Newfoundland
Day 1 Pick up in Halifax and travel to Matane on the
south coast of the St.Lawrence River where we will spend the night at
the Hotel Riotel.
In Matane there are excellent hiking trails through the town with interpretive
panels and exhibits and a beautiful walking park where you can view salmon
swimming upstream and a sculpture exhibit.
Day 2 We board the Camille Marcoux,a large modern
ferry, for the 2.5 hour trip across the St. Lawrence River where whales
are often spotted. We disembark in Godbout a short distance from Bay Comeau
where we start our journey north. We will follow the valley of the Manicougan
River into the rugged Laurentians and the vast northern boreal forest.
There will be numerous stops along the way for sightseeing and picture
taking as we wind our way through some magnificent scenery. We will stop
at Manicougan #5 and the Daniel Johnson Dam,which is the largest arch
dam in the world,for a tour of the dam and the hydro station. We will
stop here for the night at the Motel Energie.
Day 3 We start for Western Labrador where everything
is oversized in the extreme-mega-developments in a mega-landscape.
From Manicougan#5 we follow the shoreline of the huge do-nut shaped Manicougan
reservoir which occupies the giant Manic M eteorite crater,one of the
largest known. About 38 million years ago, a meteorite about 1 kilometer
in diameter hit the earth here, vaporizing and melting 40km3 of rock and
leaving a crater 3 km deep and 28 km in diameter, later to be occupied
by one of the deepest lakes in North America.
We are now in the heart of the great Canadian Shield, a piece of earth's
original crust with some of the oldest rocks in the world.
We will also pass through the old townsite of Gagnon, a mining town of
some 3000 inhabitants that was completely relocated when the ore ran out
leaving only the vacant streets as a reminder.
We now pass through the Cartier mine ( a large iron ore mine ) and pass
the town of Fermont ( one of the northernmost towns in Quebec) which is
unique as all the services and living quarters are in one huge building.
We will tour this facility while in Labrador City.
We now come to the twin towns of Labrador City and Wabush
We will stay in the Sir Wilfred Grenfell Hotel in Wabush for 2 nights.
Day 4 Labrador City has the largest open pit iron
ore mine in the world and Wabush has another almost as large. We will
take a hands on tour of the Wabush mine.
We will take a tour of Labrador City & Wabush with a side trip to
Fermont,Quebec (10km away) visiting the Gateway Labrador cultural centre.
We will visit Grand Hermine park where we will enjoy the magnificent scenery
and take nature hikes. We will then enjoy a traditional meal in the main
lodge with a "screech in ceremony" where you will be presented
with Labrador Adventure Certificates
Back to the hotel for a nightcap.
Day 5 We start our journey on the Trans Labrador Highway
to the town of Churchill Falls.
We now cross a huge piece of the vast Canadian Shield which still show
signs of the glaciers of the ice age, littered with glacial debris and
a maze of lakes and streams, now overgrown with coniferous boreal forests
and areas of marsh, inhabited by moose,caribou,black bears,wolves and
We will stop along the way and hike into Hamilton Falls on the Churchill
River and view the Beaudoin Gorge and the once mighty falls.
We then come to the town of Churchill Falls and the gigantic hydro development
which is he reason for it's existence.
The scheme involves the diversion of the huge Churchill River into underground
turbines which produce enough electricity to power the needs of the New
England States in theU.S.A. It is one of the engineering marvels of the
We will have a guided tour of this facility before leaving.
We spend the night here in the Churchill Falls Inn.
Day 6 We follow the Churchill River to Lake Melville
( an inland arm of the ocean approximately 100 kilometers from the coast)
and Happy Valley - Goose Bay where we spend the night at the Labrador
Goose Bay was established as a staging point for planes traveling to and
from Europe during world war II. It is still an important military base
for training NATO pilots,with a population of 7,000.
Here we take a tour of the area and travel to North West River (about30
km ) to visit the Labrador Heritage Museum and the Hudson's Bay Museum
where they feature a trappers traditional shelter and tools of the trade.
Day 7&8 We board the ferry for a 12 hour voyage
to the Labrador coast.
This takes us across Lake Melville,through the narrow Hamilton Inlet and
on to Cartright on the Sea of Labrador. Here we travel the newly completed
coastal highway which was completed in 2002 linking the many small fishing
villages dotted along the rugged Labrador coast.
Reaching the south coast of the Strait of Belleisle opposite the island
of Newfoundland, we find the oldest settled area of Labrador, and one
of the most historic areas of Canada.
Here we stay 2 nights at The Northern Lights Inn. We will enjoy their
traditional menu including caribou and local seafood.
Exploring the sights of the southern Labrador coast. Amongst the few small
villages we will see several interesting historic sites and museums. The
7500 year old L'Anse-AmourBurial Mound of a Maritime Archaic Indian is
the oldest known burial site in North America, but the prime attraction
of the region is the site of theBasque Whaling Station at Red Bay which
was the largest whaling station in the world in the late 16th century
with a population of 2000, the finds from 3 whaling galleons which sank
here and remained well preserved in the freezing waters are displayed
at the visitors centre.
Day 9 We travel to Blanc Sablon on the Quebec border
and cross the Straits of Belleisle to Newfoundland on the morning ferry.
We land at St. Barbe and travel to the tip of the northern peninsula to
the fascinating L'Anse-aux-Meadows National Historic Park, site of a 1000
year old Viking settlement, the only authenticated site of earliest European
settlement in North America. These Vikings from Scandinavia and Greenland
built boats here and even smelted iron and forged nails. Amongst the village
remains see several reconstructed sod buildings showing how people lived,
browse the interpretive centre, and walk the 3km coastal trail.
In the town of St. Anthony see it's fine harbor and views of towering
coastal cliffs at Fishing Point Park Stay 1 night at The Vinland Motel
Day 10 We travel south along the Viking Trail
from St. Anthony,one of the most extraordinary and beautiful roads in
eastern North America. Besides the regions great beauty and it's wealth
of wildlife, there are several more historic attractions to be seen along
the way. Port au Choix National Historic Site preserves the history of
two groups of early settlers- the Maritime Archaic Indians who lived here
more than 3000 years ago.These are seen along a trail to Point Riche Lighthouse.
At Arches Provincial Park, see a rocky formation looking like a 3 span
bridge carved by waves in limestone.
Then enter magnificent Gros Morne national Park( a UNESCO world heritage
We will stay at the Ocean View Motel for 2 nights.
Day 11 We spend in Gros Morne Park. On drives in the
park and on short hiking trails we see some of the parks varied scenery.
Fiords that rival Norway's, majestic red-rock tablelands that were once
part of the sea floor, lakes and waterfalls, forests and wildlife including
caribou and moose (even on the roads), sandy beaches,rugged pieces of
coastline and small fishing villages.
Day 12 We travel to Deer Lake and then eastward through
the centre of the island. We stop at Grand Falls-Windsor where we visit
the interpretation centre which explains the life and ecology of the salmon
and the Exploits River (largest in Newfoundland). We will also visit the
Mary March Museum which explains the 5000 year history of the area and
the Loggers Museum where you get a taste of what life was like in this
We will travel on to Gander and spend the night.
Gander, with a population of 13,000 is best known for its historic airport.
It opened in 1938 to cater to transatlantic travel as the shortest crossing
to Europe, and during world war II, became a strategic command and refueling
base, later to be bypassed by the new long range jets.
Gander became a centre of attention on Sept.11/01 when dozens of transatlantic
flights were diverted here and their stranded passengers had to be housed.
Day 13 We leave Gander and travel east to Port Blanford
where we take the Discovery Trail to the Bonavista peninsula, one of the
most historic and beautiful parts of Newfoundland. The northern tip of
Bonavista Peninsula is where John Cabot landed in 1497.
Here we visit the Ryan Premises National Historic Site. This restored
fish merchants multi-building premises tells the story of the fishing
industry through multi-media displays and also houses the community museum.
We may also view a replica of Cabot's ship " the Matthew". We
travel from here along the northern shore of the peninsula for some scenic
views of the rugged coastline and then on to St. John's the historic capitol
city. We will spend the next two nights here.
John Cabot discovered the excellent well protected harbor in 1497. With
a settlement here in 1528, and England claiming all of Newfoundland from
here in 1583,St. John's is considered to be the oldest city in North America,
and England's first overseas colony, the establishment of St. John's has
been said to mark the birth of the British Empire. It was attacked by
the Dutch, fell to the Frenchthree times and almost burnt down twice.
From the 1880's it becamea centre for ship building and fish drying,smoking
and large scale export of cod caught on one of the greatest fishing grounds
in the world- the adjacent Grand Banks.
Day 14 Historic St. John's. A day to explore this
charming old city which rises steeply from the harbourfront, with narrow
streets of colorfully painted clapboard Victorian terrace houses. On the
northern side of the Narrows that form the entrance to the harbor, explore
Signal Hill National Historic Park with it's great views of the port and
spectacular piece of coastline. During the battle for Signal Hill in 1762,
the English took back St. John's from the French, and with this and the
already lost battle for Quebec in 1759, any French control of North America
came to an end. See the Queen's Battery, the Cabot Tower, and the site
where Marconi received the first trans- Atlantic radio message in 1901,
and wander some of the magnificent coastal trails.
Amongst the many museums that may be visited, two of the most interesting
are the underground Geo Centre featuring the geological history of Newfoundland
( and the world) and the Freshwater Resource Centre with it's fluvarium,
a glass-sided cross-section of a living river, the only public one in
Day 15 Leave for the airport and home.
8 Day Acadian--Quebec Gaspe Bay
New Brunswick Tour
Day 1 We travel through Nova Scotia to New Brunswick
where we will start our tour of the Acadian Coast. Here we experience
the unique Acadian culture,reflect on the past (400 years of French history)
and visit the present. We will visit the Irving eco centre-an award winning
ecological site that showcases one of the last remaining sand dunes on
the northeastern coast of North America and then on to Kouchibouguac National
Park- home of salt marshes,and colonies of the endangered piping plovers.We
will stay in Miramichi at the Comfort Inn
Day 2 We will continue our travel along the Acadian
coast to Shipegan and it's aquarium and marine centre where we will see
seals,visit the "please touch me tank" and learn about marine
species found on the Gulf of St. Lawrence. From here we will travel to
Caraquet,oldest of the Acadian villages (founded in 1757) and the Acadian
Historic Village, where Acadian culture comes to life. Step back in time
and watch as animators spin,weave,grind flour,churn butter and travel
by horse drawn cart.
We will spend the night at Howard Johnson's in Campbellton.
Day 3 & 4
We cross the Restigouche River and start our tour of Quebec's spectacular
Gaspesia peninsula and coastline.The first day will start at The battle
of Restigouche National Historic Site
at Pointe-a-la-Croix across the river from Campbellton.This has an excellent
exhibit of many objects recovered from the French sailing vessel
LeMachault.There is an animated film that relates the events of the naval
confrontation. This is about an hour visit.
From here we travel to New Richmond for a visit to the Gaspesian British
This includes 23 buildings and relives the exciting life of their
pioneers.Historic houses,antique furniture,interpretation platforms,an
centre ,hiking trails and game areas will help you live an unforgettable
experience. This is about a 2 hour experience.
We travel to Bonaventure where we can visit Bioparc de la Gaspesie which
features some of the most outstanding landscapes of the region. Along
kilometer trail you can observe close to 20 native animal species free
roaming and over 70 plant species in their individual ecosystems.The Bioparc
offers a dynamic and diversified interpretation program with a team of
Of course no visit to Gaspesia is complete without a stop at Perce where
will view the famous Perce rock and Bonaventure island with it's thousands
We then travel on to the Motel Adams at Gaspe for the night
The second day in Gaspesie we will make a stop at Parc de la Vallee
Soleil.Tepees and prospector camps allow visitors to share in the lives
Our next stop at Grande Vallee we observe a magnificent panorama at the
area of the village and church situated on a cape.
We will then travel on to Site du Phare where you can get guided tours
the lighthouse and the museum.
You can observe the Grand Sault,a magnificent 25 meter waterfall and veiw
the longest underground fish ladder in the world(457Feet)
Tour guides provide information about the salmon on site.
We will then travel on to Sainte-Anne-des-Monts where we can visit the
Centre de decouverte Explorama. This is comprised of an aquarium displaying
species from the Gulf of St.Lawrence.It also has a presentation on
ornithology and the mysteries of the sea.(about 1and 1/2 hours )
Then to Matane and hotel Riotel.
In Matane there are excellent hiking trails through the town with
interpretive panels and exhibits and a beautiful walking park where you
view salmon swimming upstream and a sculpture exhibit.
Day5 We leave Matane and travel through the central
part of the Gaspe passing through Amqui and traveling down the picturesque
Matapedia Valley. There are covered bridges and various exhibits available
for viewing. This is one of the most scenic parts of the trip.
We then enter New Brunswick and start our journey down the Beautiful Saint
John River valley. We will stop at Grand Falls to view the large waterfalls
We will stay in the Capitol city of Fredericton for 2 nights.
Day 6 We will spend the day with a tour of Fredericton
and free time for shopping and enjoying the atmosphere of this Picturesque
city nestled on the banks of the Saint John River.
Day 7 We resume our trip through New Brunswick to the
Loyalist City of Saint John, first settled by loyalists from the American
revolution in the 1780's , this city has become a vibrant seaport and
New Brunswick's largest city. Here we will view the world famous Reversing
Falls among other attractions.
Day 8 We resume our journey through New Brunswick and
Northern Nova Scotia stopping often at interesting sites and landmarks
and arriving back in Halifax.
9 Day Labrador Adventure
On this tour, we travel through the Gaspe Bay, northern Quebec, the magnificent
scenery of the Laurentian Mountains, and into Labrador.
We camp at Scenic Grand Hermine Wilderness Campground.
View Hamilton Falls and the Churchill Gorge.
Visit Lobstick Lodge where we dine from their traditional menu.
Enjoy a guided tour of Churchill Falls Hydro Generating Station, one of
the largest in the world.
Travel through the magnificent wilderness of Western Labrador and explore
numerous other sites.
A great trip and a memorable experience.
7 Day Newfoundland West Coast
Come with us and tour the picturesque western coast, where we highlight
the magnificent scenery of Gros Morne, and the many interesting sites
and scenes of this part of Newfoundland.
These are small group tours traveling in modern, air-conditioned passenger
vans with an experienced tour director.
The highlights of this trip include:
" Exploring the rugged beauty of Gros Morne National Park, a UNESCO
World Heritage Site.
" Visiting the 1000 year old Viking site at Lanse Aux Meadows.
" Crossing the Labrador straits to Red Bay, Labrador, and visiting
a 16th century Basque whaling station, a National Historic site.
" Visiting and exploring numerous other exhibits and sites.
Black Spruce Tours
6 Day Excursion To Western Labrador
Come with us and enjoy our wondrous Canadian north.
" Leave Halifax and motor through Gaspe, Quebec.
" Ferry across the St. Lawrence River.
" Travel through the beautiful Laurentian Mountains into Western
" Stay at Grande Hermine Wilderness Park.
" Enjoy the Northern Lights under the clear skies of Labrador.
" Tour Labrador City.
" View the Canadian Northland.
" Don't forget to bring your camera.
" Return to Halifax.
All of our trips include:
" All accommodations.
" All required camping equipment (sleeping bag excluded)
" All meals in wilderness areas.
" All transportation, including tolls and ferrys.
" All admission charges to any scheduled exhibits or tours.
" All taxes are included in pricing
" A knowledgeable tour guide certified in CPR and First Aid.