Glenn Nagel Photography | Next Up...Newfoundland!

Next Up...Newfoundland!

March 19, 2018  •  6 Comments

Now that I've returned from Iceland, planning is already underway for my next trip. I plan to drive from Chicago to Newfoundland this summer.

This will be a 28 day road trip that will cover more than 5,000 miles. I will spend 9 nights in Nova Scotia and 10 nights in Newfoundland. Once I reach the eastern coast of Nova Scotia, I'll drive my Prius onto the ferry. The ferry will take 17 hours to cross the Atlantic before reaching eastern Newfoundland. Later, I'll return to Nova Scotia from western Newfoundland. The return trip is a 7 hour cruise. I'm hoping for calmer seas than what the ferry experienced in this video:

The logistics involved with planning this trip was more complicated than for my past road trips. In addition to making my usual Hampton Inn reservations, I had to make arrangements with 8 separate B&B's in Nova Scotia and Newfoundland. I also had to make reservations for the ferry (for both me and my car) to get from Nova Scotia to Newfoundland and back. I have rented a cabin for the 17 hour overnight trip to Newfoundland.

Here's a preliminary itinerary for this journey:

Day 1: Toronto, ON

Day 2: Quebec City, QC

Day 3: Saint John, NB

Day 4: Halifax, NS - Halifax skyline, Citadel, Halifax Library, Province House, various churches

Day 5: Peggy's Cove, NS - Sunset at lighthouse and cove

Day 6: Lunenburg, NS - architecture and waterfront

Day 7: Lunenburg, NS - churches and harbor

Day 8: Pictou, NS - Pictou harbor and Hector Heritage Quay

Day 9: Whycocomagh, NS - Cape Breton Highlands National Park; Baddeck lighthouse

Day 10: Sydney, NS - Louisnbourg fortress

Day 11: Ferry from Nova Scotia to Newfoundland (17 hours)

Day 12: St. John's, NL - colorful houses of St. John's, Cape Spear lighthouse

Day 13: St. John's, NL - Signal Hill, Ferryland lighthouse

Day 13: St. Mary's, NL - Cape St. Mary's Ecological Reserve; Northern Gannets

Day 15: St. Mary's, NL - Cape St. Mary's Ecological Reserve

Day 16: Bonavista, NL - Village of Trinity, puffins of Elliston

Day 17: Bonavista, NL - Bonavista lighthouse, puffins of Elliston; harbor

Day 18: Rocky Harbour, NL - Gros Morne National Park

Day 19: Rocky Harbour, NL - Gros Morne National Park, Western Brook Pond boat tour

Day 20: St. Anthony, NL - fishing village

Day 21: St. Anthony, NL - L-anse aux Meadows Vikings settlement

Day 22: Channel-Port aux Bosques, NL 

Day 23: Sydney, NS - ferry from Newfoundland to Nova Scotia (7 hours)

Day 24: Bangor, ME

Day 25: Albany, NY - State Capitol

Day 26: Albany, NY - City Hall, Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception

Day 27: Cleveland, OH

Day 28: Orland Park, IL


Glenn Nagel Photography
Thanks Nick...I used Mapquest for this. Glenn
Nick Fox(non-registered)

What do you use to create your trip maps? It is done so nicely. Is it google maps or something else?

Glenn Nagel Photography
Thanks so much for taking the time to provide those recommendations. I visited Newfoundland as part of a photography tour back in 2010--so I am familiar and plan to return to Ferryland. And, I had an incredible experience with the whale watching at Witless Bay. We witnessed a whale kill...and saw a pod of orca whales feasting out in the Atlantic from just a short distance away in a zodiac. At one point, it was almost scary in that I'm sure I could have touched one of the whales. The event was covered by the local news.

I've added some of the locations to my itinerary--Tickle Cove and Elliston. I won't be in Newfoundland until August--so I'm guessing the icebergs won't be there that late into the summer.

Thanks again,
Geoffrey Whiteway(non-registered)
When in St. John's you can drive to the Ferryland lighthouse about 40 minutes away. If you like whale watching try Ecotours Zodiac Adventures in witless bay. It's about 20 minutes from St. John's on route to Ferryland. On the Bonavista leg of your trip stop in the Tickle Cove area, beautiful location. If you like photographing Puffins then Elliston (10-15 minutes from Bonavista) is a must stop. If you get time stop in Twillingate, great for icebergs from May to the Middle of July. If it is not in your plans google Western Brook Pond Fjord, nice walk and boat ride.
Glenn Nagel Photography
Thanks Kaleb...I once visited Newfoundland for about 8 days and enjoyed it very much. I have always wanted to return. Most of this trip will be spent in Nova Scotia and Newfoundland. I'm very much looking forward to it. Glenn (and thanks for pointing out that typo with QC)
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