2019 Tour of Newfoundland Landscape and Lighthouse Workshop

In 2019 I am returning to Newfoundland with a focus on iceberg ally, humpback whales, landscapes, lighthouses, night skies and the northern lights, and the endless seascapes. 

We will begin our time together as we live the life of a lighthouse keeper overlooking the entrance to “Iceberg Alley”... the large tabular or cathedral icebergs are being drawn down the current and you are in the perfect spot to see them as they start their final journey.

Here we will hear the Whales’ call echoing off massive icebergs in our own private cove and hopefully awaken to the sounds of the Humpbacks calling you across vast stretches of the North Atlantic. From this location we will explore the rugged landscape made famous in “The Shipping News”, the Pulitzer prize-winning novel and Kevin Spacey movie.

Dates of Workshop:

Dates: June 15 to June 23, 2019

Please schedule your arrivals into St. Johns airport on day one, or the day before the tour. We will help you schedule your flights from St. Johns to St. Anthonys on day one. We will have the whole group on one flight so that we can be at the airport to pick you up.

Flights should be scheduled out of Deer Lake International Airport on the last day. Plan your departure on the last on any flight departing after 1pm on the last day.

Instructors

Kevin Allen Pepper

Payment Information

$5395CDN plus applicable taxes for a maximum of 8 people

Deposit: $1000 with the balance due on March 15, 2019

What’s Included

Unlimited mileage vehicle, 8 nights high quality accommodations (two at Quirpon Lighthouse Inn and two at Cape Anguille Lighthouse Inn - meals and boat transfers included during your stay at the Lighthouses), little theatre performance, park passes, site passes at L’Anse aux Meadows and Grenfell Historic Properties, fjord boat tour, zodiac tours.  

What’s Not Included?

Items of personal nature, alcohol, dinners when not at lighthouses are not included and will be at restaurants that we will stop at on the way, international flights, flights from St. John to St. Anthonys on PAL airlines (we will arrange for everyone to be on that flights. You can drive up to Quirpon with me the day before), visa to enter Canada (if required), anything not listed as included.

Photos From Newfoundland

Itinerary of the Photo Tour

Day 1 - You will board your flight from St. Johns to At. Anthonys airport. There you will be picked up and taken to Quirpon Island. Here we visit the island’s unique sites and delicate biology. Don’t forget to ask about Tuckamore and the story of the mass murder that took place on the island. Take a walk along our cliff-top trails or explore the island following only your whims. Kittiwake colonies and Eider ducks nesting in tiny coves where there used to be a fishing village are favorites. There is also a Northern Gannet colony that we will be able to photograph from above as they fish for their meals.  

A popular option with our guests is to take a Zodiac tour to explore the area around the island and visit the bergs and whales. If anyone feels less adventurous? They can wander down to the indoor whale watching station with their books or cameras and have a good read – not to worry, the sound of the whales will tell you when to look up!  

Overnight: Quirpon Lighthouse Inn  

Day 2 - Now that you have wandered by land and taken Landscape and seascape photos, it is time to visit the whales and the dozens of icebergs by sea in our private kayak or zodiac.  

Our guide will take you on an exploration of the coastline not only in search of the massive wonders of this area that float aimlessly down the coastline from Greenland, but also the more subtle beauty...   

You will also photograph the Gannets, the Kittiwake colonies and Eider ducks nesting in tiny coves where you can pick mussels from the kayaks if the tide is low and tiny tickles which your boat can squeeze through ensure fun and dozens of photos.  

Overnight: Quirpon Lighthouse Inn

Day 3 - Head South to Gros Morne.  Just north of Gros Morne keep an eye out for The Arches. This unique rock formation is an ideal spot to stretch your legs. I can never resist the temptation to climb up on the top for a look but perhaps you will have more self-control! A few years ago an adventure race started at The Arches and then headed straight across the Great Northern Peninsula. 

This was done on foot and was only the first leg of a multi-day adventure that had the participants hiking, climbing, kayaking and biking in some of the harshest terrain imaginable. If you have been out wandering in the Tuckamore and looking at the mountains, you will appreciate the endurance of these folks.  

The white sand beaches near Cow Head which are wonderful and usually empty, very nice for a walk (or a swim, for hardier souls). Tonight enjoy some great local theatre at the Gros Morne Theatre in Cow Head, if you would like to experience the local culture.  

Overnight in Gros Morne National Park       

Day 4 -  Head off to the south side of Gros Morne National Park. Start at the Discovery Centre for an interpretation of the natural and cultural history of the National Park. From the centre you were able to see the Tablelands, the remarkable stretch of Mars like geology that makes this park a UNESCO World Heritage Site.   

Wander “downtown” Woody Point to explore the shops and waterfront.  After building an appetite it is time to head for a meal on a balcony overlooking Bonne Bay. I know the food will be great, but keep one eye on the ocean so you don’t miss whales that might be chasing the capelin into the bay, looking for their own seafood supper

To top the day off, before the sun goes down, it’s a great photoshoot at an impressive waterfall… but the waterfall is not the star of the show, it’s the Atlantic salmon that are jumping up the falls to their spawning grounds. These massive, 20-30lb fish throw themselves just meters from out feet and you can capture them in air, backs arcing… a photoshoot you only see on the Nat Geo channel.  

Overnight: South side of Gros Morne  

Day 5 - Feeling energetic? Today we will hike the Green Garden Trail that leads you through remarkable biological and geological wonders which are not equaled anywhere else on earth. This is approximately a 45-minute walk down a park trail to the coast. Wander along the coast as long as you like enjoying the seastacks, pillow lava, wild meadows, sea cave and semi-wild sheep. Then - more strenuous walking as you head back up the valley to our vehicle. You will be gone for a few hours, at least, so we will make sure we pack a lunch.

Trout River is a picturesque working fishing village wedged between the Tablelands and the Gulf of St. Lawrence. Take a gentle walk on the Boardwalk and visit the museum, interpretation centre and historic house of Jacob A Crocker, the first settler of Trout River. There are also some wonderful craftspeople so you may be able to get a new pair of socks directly of the clothesline. A visit to the wharf is a must, not only for the photos, but because it gives you a chance to meet the local fishers and see what is destined for your plate later. Trout River boasts some beautiful walking trails and be certain to drive in back of the community to visit Trout River Pond. When you are overlooking it you have to realize that, as impressive as it is, you can only see about one third of it! There are several restaurants so we won’t go hungry eating local cuisine.   After supper, time to drive around Bonne Bay to the north side of Gros Morne.  

Visit some of the sites on the north side of the park including Lobster Cove Head Lighthouse, Norris Point Look-off, the Ethie shipwreck and Rocky Harbour.   

If time permits we will do a return trip to Sir Richard Squires Provincial Park where the Atlantic Salmon jump the falls in their struggle to reach the headwaters of the Humber River. This is a great spot to relax and watch the salmon leaping while you try for the perfect photo of them in the air. This actually is the spot where National Geographic comes when they are looking for that ideal shot.

Overnight: South side of Gros Morne

Day 6 and Day 7 -  This morning we head further south to Cape Anguille Lighthouse. The Inn at Cape Anguille is a restored century-old light-keeper’s home in a beautiful corner of western Newfoundland and is designated as a Registered Heritage Structure for Newfoundland and Labrador. The Atlantic Ocean provides the temperamental backdrop to the peaceful landscape, dotted with horses and sheep wandering the meadows and hills.

Nature lovers will enjoy the eagles patrolling the cliffs and silhouetted osprey carrying fish to their young as the sun sets on a limitless sea. Avid birdwatchers will delight at the variety and number of rare birds that call this place their home. Hikers and sightseers will revel in chance to walk the hills and coastline around the lighthouse, enjoying agreeable terrain and spectacular views, while those less inclined to hike can relax and enjoy the sights and sounds of the sea, birds hopping by your doorstep and the gentle seaside path that starts at our lawn.

Lovely white sand beaches at the provincial park lure you in for a stroll and perhaps even a swim, while the shopkeepers and craftspeople of the area are warm and welcoming.

This corner of Newfoundland is the most likely location for spotting blue whales, the largest animals ever known to have lived on the Earth. Keep an eye out for spouts on the horizon! A very rare beluga whale has also called the area its summer home, providing exquisite company for swimmers and paddlers alike. With luck, our bubbly buddy will return to renew friendships.

During our time here we will also take a day long boat tour. This is a tour of the now-resettled remote communities of Grand Bruit and Petites, with a bonus stop in the still-active fishing village of La Poile. It includes a full day of boating with interpretation and close up views of sea birds, marine life and possibly whales. You will look for beach-combing critters like otters and wild game such as caribou, moose and bear which often frequent the shoreline.

La Poile is one of the last surviving isolated Newfoundland villages that is completely dependent on the commercial fishery for survival. Our skipper is from La Poile and knows the area intimately. You will learn about lobster and crab fishing, and you will try for a cod or mackerel. If you long for fresh air and would like to feel as if you've stepped back in time, this is the excursion for you. 

Overnight: Cape Anguille Inn 

Day 8 - We travel back to Marble Mountain Resort for one final night together. We will check into our hotel and then head to bay of Islands. You will want to make sure you camera is ready for 3 hours of breathtaking scenery and wildlife in the Bay of Islands. Bald Eagles are abundant in this area as well as other animals such as moose and sea birds.  

Overnight at Marble Mountain Resort

Day 9 - you are taken to Deer Lake Airport in the morning for your flight home... or you can continue on a possible extension with me to photograph more icebergs humpback whales, and the largest puffin colony in North America. Ask me about that if you are interested in knowing more. The details will be announced soon. 

Ready to hear the whales echo off the icebergs? Click on the button below to contact us and we will see you in Newfoundland.