OPTIONAL TOURS

Half Day Options

Signal Hill and The Far East of the Western World                                 

First off today we will visit the National Park at Cape Spear, the most easterly point of land in North America.  Here the lighthouse has been restored to circa 1836.  Explore the bunkers built by Canadian soldiers in the side of the cliffs here during the Second World War.  Now you can say you have been to the other "Far East"" where you can stand with your back to the Atlantic and face every other being in North America - or turn your back on them.  The choice is yours. From Cape Spear we tour old St. John's with plenty of time to see such National historic sights as Cabot Tower and Signal Hill.  Hear the legends of Dead Man's Pond, and Government House and the history surrounding the Colonial Building.  This tour will orient you and give you a feel for the history, legend and lore of St. John's, the oldest community in North America.  

PRICE PER PERSON:  $50.00 includes taxes, transportation, and guide

                                                                      

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Birds and Whales                                                                 

Today the group will travel by coach along the “Irish Loop” to Bay Bulls where we join the O’Brien family for a private boat ride out to the Witless Bay Ecological Reserve.  The Bird Islands is home to over 100,000 Atlantic Puffins that nest here every year as well as thousands of murres and kittiwakes.  In the summer months Witless Bay is also home to many humpback and minke whales.  The sight of a whale showing his tail on its terminal dive in a glistening bay is one to be remembered for years to come.  Be sure to bring your camera!

PRICE PER PERSON:  $85.00 includes taxes, transportation to and from Bay Bulls with guide

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Full Day Options

Outports, Lucky Rocks, and John Guy’s Colony    

Today we will go "around the Bay" along the picturesque coastline of Conception Bay, the home of pirates of centuries ago.  We will stop along the in Holyrood to search for ‘Lucky Rocks’ on the beach.  We also stop for picture taking as we make our way to Brigus, one of the historic sailing ports of Conception Bay and home of the late, famous Captain Bob Bartlett who took Perry to the North Pole.  Here we have the opportunity to visit Hawthorne Cottage and take ‘The Walk’ around the community.  Lunch and local entertainment today is in Cupids, one of the oldest settled communities in Newfoundland.  This area is celebrating its 400thanniversary in 2010 of John Guy establishing a colony in this area for the Merchant Ventures’ in Bristol England. After lunch we would take a walk through the museum in Cupids and visit the archaeology site where the old colony is being rediscovered.  Our guide will regale you with the history culture and language of the Newfoundland people.

PRICE PER PERSON:  $125.00 includes taxes, transportation, McCarthy’s Party guide, all entrance fees, and lunch.

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Lighthouse Picnic at the Colony of Avalon 

Today we head south of St. John’s on the Irish Loop.  This driving route takes us along the southern shore through communities settled by Irish immigrants in the mid 18th century.  Our destination today is the town of Ferryland. George Calvert, later Lord Baltimore, founded the colony in 1621. Most people have no idea that permanent European settlement in North America dates so far back, and that Newfoundland played such an important role. The Ferryland settlement was "forgotten", and its remains lay undisturbed for centuries. The site is now being excavated. Constructed of stone, the buildings have left substantial remains. Archaeologists have uncovered over a million artifacts to date – gold rings, Portuguese ceramics and other unusual objects – as well as a smithy, a stone-walled well, a sea-flushedprivy and the "prettie street" described in very early accounts. We will tour the interpretation centre and the Colony of Avalon site.  After touring the site the group will take the leisurely 35-minute walk to the Ferryland Lighthouse.  As one of the oldest communities in North America we are retracing the steps people have walked for hundreds of years, scanning the sea for warships and privateers.  The vista for us is far more peaceful and overlooks a quiet harbour, the Ferryland Museum and the Holy Trinity Church.   At the lighthouse we meet Jill Curran, the proprietor of the Ferryland Lighthouse Picnics.  Jill will set the group up on blankets on the hillsides overlooking the ocean and serve them individual gourmet picnic lunches.  This location has been featured by MacLean’s magazine, Canada AM, and En Route magazine.  After lunch we have the opportunity to take a tour of the lighthouse before we head back to Ferryland for our trip back to St. John’s. 

PRICE PER PERSON:  $125.00 includes taxes, transportation, McCarthy’s Party guide, all entrance fees, and lunch.

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Sea Kayaking Adventure

Take a peaceful trip through the world famous wildlife sanctuaries in a sea kayak. A well trained guide will give you an orientation while on shore and then you will get to explore shorelines and hidden coves accessible only by sea kayak. You will enjoy unforgettable backdrops provided by the caves, arches, waterfalls, and cliffs.

PRICE PER PERSON:  $125.00 includes taxes, and transportation.

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