Day 1: The Steady Brook Waterfall is the ideal spot to refresh yourself and when you taste supper, you will appreciate arriving hungry. After great food, retire to Marble Inn Resort and take advantage of the sauna or indoor salt water pool - just because you are on an adventure vacation there is no need to leave comfort behind at night.
Day 2: After stretching your legs on the trail you head to your home for the night - Cape Anguille Lighthouse Inn - and watch the sun dip into the ocean. The inn is a restored century old light keeper's home surrounded by the Atlantic where horses and sheep wander at will through the meadows.
Day 3: Time to gain a little altitude as we walk the Starlite Trail. The Annieopsquotch hills offer a panoramic view of the Codroy Valley in one direction and a breathtaking drop to a pond behind you. The valley that beckons is covered with long alpine grass that traces each breath of wind. Some days the air is so clear you can see St. Paul's island off Cape Breton. It is here I once virtually tripped over a newborn moose barely able to stand.
Day 4: The mountains that overlook the Bay of Islands outside Corner Brook are remarkable for their ruggedness. From trails into secret swimming spots to isolated coves pinched between cliffs, today you enjoy exploring the coastline, beachcombing and picnicking. You are only limited by how much driftwood and flotsam you can carry.
Day 5: Unearthly is the word that comes readily to mind to describe the hike today. Gros Morne National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site is home to the Tablelands where the earth's mantle has been thrust up like nowhere on earth, allowing you to roam on a mountain which should be kilometers deep under the ocean.
Day 6: Your goal for the day is Quirpon Lighthouse Inn perched on the tip of an island off the northernmost point of Newfoundland. After being dropped at Grandmother's Cove you strike out along the cliffs toward the inn. Sip a drink and relax on the cliffs, helipad or in the indoor whale watching station as you watch the bergs and whales continue their eternal parade. This island is the best location in the world for watching whales and icebergs at one time.
Day 7: We didn't want you to have nightmares so we saved the visit to the nearby cove of L'Anse aux Pigeon for today. This abandoned community was the site of a mass murder and suicide which was the climax of a tragic tale told in Earl Pilgrim's book "Curse of the Red Cross Ring". It is only one of the stories of hardship that have made this island famous. We know more. After hiking Quirpon Island you visit the only Viking site on this side of the Atlantic. Ten centuries ago, long before Columbus set sail, the Vikings landed in North America at this spot. The factors that led this astounding culture to inhabit and then desert this settlement will set your imagination afire. No wonder it is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Day 8: Not since you flew in have you been as high as you will be today on Gros Morne Mountain. Your trail today takes you to the summit where the views are breathtaking. No restaurant can match the ambiance of picnicking at the top of 2,500 foot cliffs as you spot the moose, caribou and black bears wandering below.
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