Wander the streets of one of North America’s oldest cities, St. John’s, and you’ll find your heart
lifted with the jellybean colors of heritage houses and historical buildings. The people who live
here defy all description in their wit, their warmth, and their ability to have a great time no
matter what day of the week it is. When it’s time to get away, you’ll head to the outports where
the sea still plays an important role in everyday life. This six-night self-drive adventure in
Newfoundland and Labrador will be one of the most colorful experiences of your life!


Day 1 & 2


St. John’s features vibrantly colored homes, colorful characters and a rich arts community.
When in St. John’s, explore the many iconic landmarks, such as Cape Spear Lighthouse, Marconi
Tower on Signal Hill, The Battery, and St. John’s Basilica. A visit to The Rooms is a must to
explore the gallery exhibits, museum and the best views of the harbor in the city.

Day 3


Situated in one of the largest harbors on the Avalon Peninsula, Harbor Grace is a town with a
rich, varied history. Discover some of the town’s famous attractions, such as the shipwreck of
the SS Kyle, and the Harbor Grace Airfield, where Amelia Earhart’s successful 1932 solo flight
across the Atlantic began.

Day 4 & 5


Situated on the Bonavista Peninsula, there are beautiful drives and picturesque communities
steeped in history around every corner. Hiking the beautiful coastline of the peninsula is an
amazing way to explore this part of the world. The Skerwink Trail is one of the finest hiking
trails in Canada. Also visit their interesting little cafes and shops or take in a show at the Rising
Tide Theatre’s Trinity Pageant.

Day 6


Explore the wonderful downtown of St. John’s, with its eclectic shops, galleries and crafts.
Known for its fabulous dining and live music venues, it will be easy to spend a relaxing
afternoon here.

6 days

MAY MAGIC ON THE AVALON- 5 days 4 nights

A holiday where you choose the dates and leave the rest to Wildland. This trip enjoys the
comforts of old St. John’s in the evening while providing three fun days of exploration and
wildlife that features the highlights of the city and the countryside.


Day 1


You will be greeted at the St. John’s airport where you will be shuttled to the overnight location
and introduced to the highlights of the upcoming adventure.

Day 2


Taking a boat tour, you will witness North America’s largest puffin colony and thousands of
other seabirds. On this tour, you will often see the season’s first whales and dolphins as they
glide along the boat. In the afternoon, you will enjoy a local lunch in one of the New World’s
earliest fishing villages.

Day 3


As you circle the Avalon Wilderness Area, you will be welcomed by the world’s most southerly
caribou herd, small puffin colonies and seals along the coast. This is a perfect day to capture
breathtaking photos in the wilderness of Newfoundland.

Day 4 & 5


Travel to North America’s most easterly point and briefly explore the oldest city, St. John’s,
before traveling to the first outpost of New France. Here, you will visit the continent’s third
largest gannet colony which is also a breeding ground for thousands of other seabirds. You may
also see another caribou herd, moose, and a few whales as you walk along the coast. In the
evening, you will delight in a farewell dinner in the city of St. John’s. On day five, you can enjoy
the colorful downtown before we take you to the airport.

5 days 4 nights

The Edge of Newfoundland: Explore St. John’s with Your Grandchild- 6 days 5 nights

Sun’s up, so breathe in some healthy salty air. Ready? In North America’s eastern-most city,
start each day seaside with your grandchild, setting out by foot and by boat for learning and
adventure exploring St. John’s and the Avalon Peninsula. Discover how a local fisherman mends
his nets – and try it yourself. From a dory boat, fish for cod – and learn how to cook it over a
beach campfire. Decode signal flag messages, hear about pirate lore, touch the wiggly feet of a
starfish and stand at a boat’s railing for an up-close education about marine life. By week’s end,
you and your grandchild will be transformed into old salts with new, forever memories.


Day 1


Afternoon: Program Registration: 4:00-5:00 p.m. After you have your room assignment, join us
at the Road Scholar table in the lobby to register with the program staff and get your welcome
packet containing the up-to-date schedule that reflects any changes, other important
information, and to confirm the time and location of the Orientation session. If you arrive late,
please ask for your packet when you check in. Remember to bring your name-tag (sent

Dinner: At the hotel, we’ll enjoy a buffet dinner with coffee, tea, water included; other
beverages available for purchase.

Evening: Orientation: 7:30-8:30 p.m. The Group Leader will greet everyone and lead
introductions. We will review the up-to-date program schedule, discuss roles and
responsibilities, logistics, safety guidelines, emergency procedures, and answer questions. This
is a Road Scholar Grandparent program. Grandparents are responsible for their grandchildren
at all times. If/when separate age group activities are conducted concurrently, program staff
will supervise. Periods in the schedule designated as “Free time” and “At leisure” offer
opportunities to do what you like and make your experience even more meaningful and
memorable according to your personal preferences. The Group Leader will be happy to offer
suggestions. Program activities, schedules, personnel, and indicated distances or times may
change due to local circumstances/conditions. In the event of changes, we will alert you as
quickly as possible. Thank you for your understanding.

Day 2


Breakfast: At the hotel, we’ll enjoy a hot buffet breakfast with juice, coffee, tea, water
included; other beverages available for purchase.

Morning: We are off to explore the fascinating history and charming characteristics of this port
city. Perched on the edge of the island’s Avalon Peninsula, St. John’s is the easternmost and one
of the oldest cities in North America. We will set off for the Johnson Geo Centre, a state-of-theart
geological interpretation center built into 500 linear feet of exposed rock going up to Signal
Hill. Here, a geophysicist will lead us on a roving presentation through Newfoundland’s natural
and human characteristics. We will start by examining the natural processes that formed and
continue to change the solar system and our planet and the Newfoundland rocks that are
amongst the oldest on Earth. Then we will discover the ways in which this natural history has
affected life, from the plants that grow on the island to the oil that is extracted from deep
below the ocean floor just offshore. Having learned about where we are and who lives here, we
will continue up the road to Signal Hill and Cabot Tower. With spectacular views of the Atlantic
Ocean in one direction, and St. John’s in the other, there is a wealth of history here, including
perhaps most notably being the site of the first transatlantic wireless transmission by Marconi.
We will be sure to look down to “The Narrows” – the entrance to St. John’s Harbour known
best for its incredibly shallow depth and narrow width.

Lunch: We will enjoy lunch at a historic venue, complete with fascinating artifacts and stories.
Afternoon: Having seen the harbor from above while on Signal Hill, we will walk along the
harbor and learn about the historic importance of this port. Ending at the dockyards, we will
continue our exploration of land and sea at the Newman Wine Vaults. What looks like an
unassuming stone building on Water Street from the outside houses two giant brick and stone
vaulted wine cellars. Here, the tales of pirates, ships, and the intriguing connection between
Portuguese wine and the unique properties of Newfoundland’s environment will be revealed.
Try your hand at decoding the signal flag messages that were once so crucial in communicating
news around the harbor.
Dinner: We’ll enjoy dinner at a downtown St. John’s restaurant. Coffee, tea, and water
included; other beverages available for purchase.
Evening: At leisure.

Day 3


Breakfast: Hotel buffet.
Morning: Venturing outside of St. John’s, we will travel part of the Irish Loop, a road that hugs
the coastline of the Avalon Peninsula with stunning views of jagged cliffs and crashing waves. In
a small seaside community, close to the Witless Bay Ecological Reserve, we will meet with a
wildlife specialist who will speak to us about and lead us through a hands-on demonstration of
the efforts in place to protect and preserve the seabirds and whales, and the special
environment that they live here. This area is home to North America’s largest Atlantic puffin
colony, the world’s second largest petrel colony, and thousands of black-legged kittiwakes and
common murres. For a closer look at these magnificent animals, we will board a boat and
venture out towards the rookeries thick with the colorful little birds. A biologist will join us on
board to discuss the animals we are seeing and the importance of protecting their special
habitats. Back on shore, we will board the bus to return to St. John’s.

Lunch: This meal has been excluded from the program cost and is an opportunity to explore the
many and diverse culinary experiences to be had in St. John’s. The Group Leader will be happy
to offer suggestions tailored to your interests and appetite.

Afternoon: Free time to explore St. John’s on your own. The Group Leader will be happy to
offer suggestions. Visit Quidi Vidi, a historic fishing village located west of downtown, known as
home to the Royal St. John’s Regatta – North America’s oldest annual sporting event – and the
Quidi Vidi Plantation, a building housing various artisan studio. To learn more about the history
of Newfoundland, visit The Commissariat, built between 1818-1820 as the home and offices of
the Assistant Commissary General, the supply officer for British forces in Newfoundland when
the island was still governed by the British navy. Discover the marine life of a river at the
Fluvarium, with panoramic views of brown trout living in their natural habitat and aquariums
showcasing fish and amphibian species found in Newfoundland and Labrador.
Dinner: This meal has been excluded from the program cost and is an opportunity to explore
the many and diverse culinary experiences to be had in St. John’s. The Group Leader will be
happy to offer suggestions tailored to your interests and appetite.
Evening: At leisure.

Day 4


Breakfast: Hotel buffet.
Morning: We will depart for a modern day “outport” – a small coastal community. On our way
to Petty Harbor we will stop at the most easterly point in Canada and the second most easterly
point in the continent of North America, Cape Spear. Overlooking the weather-worn cliffs and
blue rolling waters of the Atlantic Ocean, we will venture into the oldest surviving lighthouse in
Newfoundland, which has lead ships through dense grey fog since 1836. We will then make our
way to nearby Petty Harbor. At the Petty Harbor Mini-Aquarium we will learn about the smaller
critters that live in the Atlantic Ocean. A seasonal catch-and-release public aquarium, there is
always a surprising array of marine life to view and touch. Feel the smooth shell of colorful
crustaceans, the bumpy top and wiggly feet of a starfish, and prickly spikes of a sea urchin. As
we move through the different tanks we will learn about the biology of these mysterious
creatures, the ecology of the waters they live in, and their past and present connection to the
fishing industry.

Lunch: We will get a taste of the local cuisine at a restaurant in Petty Harbor. Coffee, tea, water
included; other beverages available for purchase.

Afternoon: We will take a stroll back to the water to the Island Rooms, home of Fishing for
Success, a nonprofit dedicated to rebuilding a connection between people and the ocean. Here,
a local fisherman and fish maker will lead us through a series of hands-on activities to provide a
glimpse into life in rural Newfoundland. In the nearby hillside, we will scavenge for seasonal
berries. On shore, we will partake in some traditional games and skills, like weaving rope,
knitting nets we can take home, salting fish, and caulking a boat. We will even venture out into
the water on a Newfoundland dory boat to fish for trout or jig for a cod – a method of fishing
with a hand line! Waiting for a nibble on our line, surrounded by the lonely calls of gulls and
lapping of waves at the edge of our boat, we will hear about and experience the importance of
maintaining these traditional ways of life in modern-day Newfoundland.
Dinner: It’s all hands-on deck as we learn how to fillet a fish and prepare our own dinner over a
beach bonfire in the fresh salty air.
Evening: After returning to St. John’s, the remainder of the evening is at leisure.

Day 5


Breakfast: At the hotel, we’ll enjoy a buffet breakfast.

Morning: Full of knowledge of the history of this people and place, we will delight in the
cultural expressions that have developed and lasted on this island. This morning, a local
heritage expert will join the group to speak about some of the fascinating traditions of
Newfoundland. Frequently born in the areas of many Newfoundlanders’ ancestors, like England
and Ireland, many of these customs have changed drastically or largely died out in their
homelands but have found a safe home to continue to grow and thrive here. Among these
interesting practices are the only public holiday in Canada that is determined by the weather –
the Royal St. John’s Regatta – and Newfoundland mummering, a Christmas tradition involving
colorful humorous outfits, singing, and dancing. A local craftsperson will then help us to draw
on Newfoundland creativity to craft a memorable keepsake for ourselves.
Lunch: At a local restaurant on Water Street.

Afternoon: We will explore Newfoundland’s provincial museum. In a nod to the gable-roofed
fishing sheds called “fishing rooms” that once dotted the coastlines of communities around the
island, The Rooms is a unique blend of museum, archives, and art gallery. With natural history,
including a diverse showcase of the plants and animals, human history like that of the
Indigenous people that lived on the island, and a rotating display of works by some of
Newfoundland’s finest artists, much of the island’s past and present can be found in this
impressive landmark of the St. John’s skyline. We will then put the knowledge we have gained
this week to the test as we embark on a scavenger hunt through downtown. Stop by the
statues of the two dog breeds that are named after the province, find the second largest church
in Canada, discover the store on Water Street that was once the largest seller of accordions in
the country, and more.
Dinner: We will enjoy our farewell dinner at a local restaurant where a well-known local
entertainer will join us for a rousing performance of humorous Newfoundland songs about life,
practices, and beliefs. He will even teach us a tune for a memorable sing-along as a highlight
end to our journey.
Evening: At leisure.

Day 6


Breakfast: Hotel buffet. This concludes our program.
Morning: If you are returning home, safe travels. If you are staying on independently, have a
wonderful time. If you are transferring to another Road Scholar program, detailed instructions
are included in your Information Packet for that program. We hope you enjoy Road Scholar
learning adventures and look forward to having you on rewarding programs in the future. Don’t
forget to join our Facebook page and follow us on Instagram. Best wishes for all your journeys!

6 days 5 nights


History and learning about my surroundings is an obsession. Being deeply immersed in
Canadian History and Newfoundland Culture, I have worked in Museums across Canada for
nearly a decade.
My experience is difference because there are no mass tourist groups or big bus tours. My
experience has small numbers which gives us an intimate atmosphere where you can connect
and interact with your surroundings. You are free to ask questions and we can have deep
discussions. I want to give you a firm understanding of Newfoundland History and a new
perspective of the culture!


Departure Point

Pier 10 - Harbor Drive Boardwalk, 3-1 Clift's - Baird's Cove, St. John's, NL A1C 1B4, Canada

Return Details
Murray Premises, 5 Becks Cove, St. John’s, NL A1C 6H1, Canada

5 hours