Tour description

If you’ve never visited Canada’s youngest and most easterly province, here is your opportunity to explore its unique culture and meet the warm, fun-loving people who live there. 

We begin and end our 14-day tour in the provincial capital, St. John’s, where we’ll visit Signal Hill, The Rooms museum and art gallery, the charming fishing village of Quidi Vidi, and take a boat trip on Witless Bay to see whales, puffins and many other birds around Gull Island. We also plan to attend a performance of Opera on the Avalon. 

We depart St. John’s and travel northwest by coach to Clarenville, from where we visit the Bonavista Lighthouse and see a performance of the Rising Tide Theatre in Trinity. From Twillingate, we head west to Gros Morne National Park. Here we visit the Tablelands and enjoy a short hike followed by a boat journey through a billion years of geological history. Before beginning our return journey to St. John’s, we head north to St. Anthony, from where we’ll visit the UNESCO World Heritage site of L’anse aux Meadows, the only authenticated Norse site in North America. On our way back to St. John’s we’ll stop in Twillingate, where we’ll get up close and personal with giant icebergs. 

Don’t miss this opportunity to visit The Rock—and to take the famous “Screech Challenge”! 

Academic resource

Robert Holliston is an accompanist and chamber player, who studied at the Victoria Conservatory of Music under Robin and Winnifred Scott Wood and at UBC under Robert Rogers. He has performed throughout Canada, the US, England and New Zealand, and recorded CDs with many other artists. Robert is currently keyboard department head and vocal coach at the Victoria Conservatory of Music, as well as curator, Public Engagement, Pacific Opera Victoria. A popular and entertaining public speaker, Robert has given pre-performance lobby lectures for Pacific Opera Victoria since 1993. Additionally, he has led three previous tours to New York City, five tours to the Santa Fe Opera and one tour to Newfoundland for Continuing Studies’ Travel Study program, and has taught many community courses. 

Pre-tour sessions

Your four pre-tour classroom sessions will be held on Wednesdays, May 15 to June 5 from 7 to 9 pm. Please note: should you be unable to attend any or all of the pre-tour sessions, we will do our best to send you information discussed and distributed at these classes in a timely manner. It is not possible to offer a reduction of the tour cost for missed classes. 

Travel itinerary

(subject to change and rearrangement)

Meals included: B = breakfast L = lunch D = dinner

Fees and registration

Tour dates June 13 – 26, 2019
Total tour cost$7,125.00
Early bird cost$6,925.00
Single supplement$1,300.00

To ensure a place on this tour, a non-refundable deposit of $500 is required with the registration form by March 2, 2019 (provided space is still available). The balance of payment is due on March 9, 2019. 

*Early bird: Pay your deposit by Dec. 14, 2018 and receive a $200 reduction on your balance. 



A cancellation fee of $500 per person will apply up to final payment date. 

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