Eco-Culture Experience: St. John’s & Bonavista Staycation

It's about Exploration! 7 days of Spontaneous Events and Unique Discoveries. St. John's to Bonavista on the Discovery Trail!
A quick and easy way to retreat back to simpler times. You determine your own pace for exploring urban St. John's and bustling outport Bonavista, located on Newfoundland's Avalon and Bonavista peninsulas. We provide you with exclusive use of two private, locally-owned coastal homes, a rental vehicle and a customized copy of a Traveller's Diary, a personalized guidebook written by locals with fresh contributions from the previous travellers. You'll avoid time-consuming trip planning by taking advantage of both spontaneity and time management elements designed into this short self-guided trip!
7 Days from $3609/person CAD
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St. John's is Newfoundland’s capital city—a place with a "San Francisco meets Dublin" vibe. You’ll spend three nights there, based at Hare's Ears Cottage, a light-filled restored heritage cottage overlooking the sea, in the Battery, one of the oldest—and most colourful—neighbourhoods in St. John's. Hare's Ears is a short hike from Signal Hill National Historic Park, via the North Head Trail, which starts quite literally at your doorstep. For the three to four days you spend here in North America’s oldest city, you can listen to live Celtic music, dine on fresh seafood, and hike the extensive coastal trail system—or simply head to the independent boutiques and crafters’ studios.


En route for Bonavista, on the Discovery Trail, you’ll be treated to breathtaking ocean views, rugged scenery, lighthouses, and with any luck, icebergs and whales. Bonavista is a bustling fishing village of 3,500 people, and it will be your home base for three nights. You’ll sleep at Thomas Mouland House, right on the ocean—it’s a charming restored 19th-century fisherman's house. For two to three days, you can explore nearby outport communities, such as Trinity, Kings Cove and Maberly. There’s a vibrant local theatre scene—with outdoor productions in the warmer months—and spectacular coastal trails to hike, as well as abandoned communities to discover by boat.


Depart Bonavista for St. John's International Airport. Spend your remaining time exploring the Discovery Trail or missed sites in St. John's before your flight.



  • Extensive consultation to custom design and book your end-to-end itinerary
  • Exclusive use of two CapeRace-owned coastal homes is located in St. John's and Bonavista with "hotel-ready" outfitting
  • Lunch at Lighthouse Picnic
  • Ocean tour to an abandoned community
  • Unlimited km/mi full-size standard rental vehicle from National Car Rental. The second vehicle included (priced in) for groups larger than four adults. Upgrades for larger vehicles available at traveler expense
  • A copy of the "Traveller's Diary", written by locals with fresh contributions from previous travelers


  • Rental vehicle fuel, GPS, and insurance
  • Air transportation
  • Alcohol and gratuity over 15%
  • Travel insurance
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Primary Location

Newfoundland, Canada


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  • The flexible self-driving, self-guiding, self-catering trip gives you the opportunity to experience cultural and ecological discovery at your own pace, on your own terms, and on your own time. The award-winning Eco-Culture Experience™ is a great match for adventurous spirits and curious travelers. It's a distinctive travel experience; a way to satisfy curiosity and spontaneity through nature, culture, and chance.
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Optional Extras

  • Spend a day living off the land with Lori. Enjoy a coastal lunch made over an open fire
  • Cod Fishing
  • Stay at the Fogo Island Inn for 2 nights
  • Customize Your Guidebook
  • Upgrade your Rental Car to a Midsize Sport Utility Vehicle
  • Add days to your Fullsize Car Rental or Midsize SUV Rental
  • Rental Vehicle Drop-off Fee for Gander or Deer Lake Airports

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