Updated: Feb 17
This is a suggestion for a one day travel itinerary for those visiting Newfoundland's east coast and includes nature and wildlife experiences, visits to rural communities, and visiting the whales and puffins on a boat tour. The amount of time you wish to spend in each destination will influence the amount of time it takes to see visit attraction and your one day agenda can easily become a 2 or 3 day event.
Start each day of your Newfoundland travel off right by watching a beautiful sunrise along the coast. A peaceful morning begins with listening to the waves lapping the coastline as seabirds glide gracefully through the morning's first light.
At least once during your Newfoundland travel experience, be sure to go on a puffin and whale watching boat tour. These tours generally last for one hour but many companies provide opportunity for private reservations and longer excursions. In terms of Newfoundland travel dates, puffins are most often seen on rugged cliffs on Newfoundland shores between late May through early September. In addition to the Atlantic puffin, many other bird colonies are seen including the common murre, northern gannet, razorbill, and black legged kittiwake.
Whale sightings are most likely between late July through mid September yearly so those planning Newfoundland travel to see these amazing mammals should book their dates accordingly.
Some guests will be treated to the appearance of other mammals such as this white sided dolphin that I saw while on a boat tour during their Newfoundland travel. I have been on both the Gatherall's and O'Brien's puffin and whale watching boat tours and would recommend either to guests planning Newfoundland travel agendas. Both companies have friendly staff, provide excellent service, and are located a driving distance of about 55 minutes from my home in Pouch Cove.
During your Newfoundland travel experience, be sure to just head out one day and drive through some of the small fishing villages. I found this hidden gem, The Overfalls, during such a road trip and was so glad I did. The experience was captivating and felt like a giant hug from Mother Nature. It is a travel distance of about 40 minutes from Bay Bulls. See my visit in the link below to see my experience at The Overfalls.
Brigus is a travel distance of about 15 minutes from Conception Harbour and certainly worth a road trip during your Newfoundland travel. It is a small fishing village with narrow streets, a relaxed way of life, and friendly residents. The Brigus tunnel is a man-made tunnel and such a unique structure that I highly recommend it to guests visiting Newfoundland. Check out this link to learn more.
Salmonier Nature Park, a wildlife rehabilitation centre, is somewhat of a hidden gem for those preparing their Newfoundland travel agenda. The wildlife park is a distance of about 35 minutes from Brigus. The park offers a beautiful 3 km boardwalk trail which leads guests through natural wilderness, swamps, ponds, and forest. At points along the trail, there are informational signs drawing attention to the various animals in protective captivity.
The end of another day of Newfoundland travel experiences and beautiful memories to cherish. From Salmonier Nature Park to my home in Pouch Cove, the travel distance is about one hour. Once home, take time to relax, listen to the sound of the ocean lapping the shores, birds singing in the tree, and food sizzling on the grill.
To cap off the end to a perfect end on your Newfoundland travel adventures, catch an evening sunset as the land is painted in pastel shades of pink, blue, and yellow. Breathe in fresh air, breathe out stress. Please follow my Newfoundland Travel Blog to see my work on some other popular tourist attractions in eastern Newfoundland. I'd be delighted to hear from you so why not contact me today?