Region Overviews: Canada Travel Guide: Overview
Sprawling, massive Canada contains everything from six time zones to a series of ecosystems so diverse you could conceivably encounter polar bears and grizzly bears on the same trip.
Embark on a one-of-a-kind island journey off Canada’s far-flung North Atlantic coastline. A place where weather-worn landscapes illustrate the awesome power of the elements. Glistening icebergs might float by as you hike amid wildflowers and wildlife or sit seaside, drink in hand. Traditional fishing communities and jaw-dropping coastal scenery sweep you off your feet. On this remote stretch of wild earth, friendly locals will instantly make you feel at home. Join us in Newfoundland. You already don’t want to leave.
THIS ITINERARY: 6 days, 5 nights
ACCOMMODATIONS: Premiere & Casual Plus Hotels*
Start/End St. John's
Start/End locations may vary. Do not book flights until your trip details are confirmed.
Admire a kaleidoscope of colors as you walk past brightly painted houses in vibrant centuries-old St. John’s | Take in 360-degree views of the wild North Atlantic from the top of Signal Hill and learn about its fascinating history | Taste fresh-caught fare in a tiny fishing village | Fans of the hit musical Come from Away will experience the local warmth of character in real life | Hike through a rugged seascape where whales and wildflowers flourish | Be spellbound by Trinity, one of the prettiest towns in the province | Access some of Canada’s best hiking trails from the doorstep of our rustic harbor-side hideaway.
Nestled on a forested hillside by Trinity Bay, this captivating retreat—made up of a collection of traditionally inspired salt-box “houses” designed and furnished by local craftsmen—is celebrated across the province.
Spot ospreys, bald eagles and wild berries on a gradual morning climb up Gun Hill | Gaze out at beautiful Trinity Bay and the sleepy harbor communities that surround it | Ferry from Farewell Harbour to unforgettable Fogo Island | Immerse yourself in the marvels of an untouched subarctic wilderness | Caribou, puffins, razorbills and beavers are just a few of the creatures that call this paradise home | Share a cup of tea and a traditional Newfoundland lunch cooked over an open fire | Venture out for a guided dark sky adventure—you’ve never seen stars like this! | Experience the North Atlantic like few ever have at our incomparable island retreat | Celebrate a once-in-a-lifetime trip with an intimate farm-to-fork dinner by the sea.
Stunning views of the North Atlantic and a rugged wilderness are met here with award-winning world-class architecture, warm hospitality and an earnest commitment to sustainability and community investment.
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Every Backroads trip is designed to appeal to a wide variety of interests and fitness levels. Several routes and a range of levels are offered each day so you can choose how much or how little activity you want to do. Learn more about how we determine activity levels.
The terrain on this trip ranges from level to rolling on well-worn footpaths with occasional steep but short hills. Some sections of trails can be muddy, rocky or rooty. At times we walk on wooden stairs and boardwalks. This terrain varies depending on tides and storm surges. If you think you'll need extra support on this type of terrain, we recommend a sturdier hiking boot with ankle support. Windy and foggy conditions along some of our routes can also make walking more challenging.
We want to make sure you're on the right trip and that you have the best experience possible. Every Backroads trip is unique and this one is no exception.
The combination of Newfoundland and Fogo Island's northern location, rugged coastal landscapes, surreal seascapes and the Atlantic Ocean makes these island like no other places on earth. The islands' climate can be as prolific as their terrain, with weather patterns and microclimates that can bring sun, wind, fog, sleet and rain all in the same day (or hour!). Please be sure to bring warm layers and waterproof gear for every day of the trip. In addition, the forces of nature might result in mid-trip itinerary changes, but rest assured your Backroads Trip Leaders are always prepared to make necessary adjustments to ensure a great trip while keeping safety the top priority.
We travel 1½ hours on the Atlantic Ocean by public ferry to access the wonders of Fogo Island. Be prepared for the possibility of wet foggy conditions and bring seasickness medication if you think you'll need it.
This trip stays two nights at the traditional Fishers' Loft Inn. We chose this property for its proximity to our favorite hiking routes and for its fantastic views, though it offers a simpler stay and more casual services than typical Backroads accommodations. The inn's buildings and interiors reflect the tangible and aesthetic heritage of Newfoundland, particularly the local architecture and artisans.