We arrived in St. John’s Newfoundland in the afternoon on September 3rd, 2018. I was on a ladies trip with Alex Hibbitt, who is my friend, amazing artist and the best travel companion. We picked Newfoundland because of it’s remoteness and rugged landscapes. We found a package travel deal with Cape Race Adventures. The plan was to travel from St. John’s to Heart’s Delight-Islington, Bonavista, Fogo Island, Twillingate, then back to St. John’s. It was warm and windy when we got to the first place we were staying, Hipditch House, located in the Battery neighborhood. The house is located on a hill overlooking the harbor. The views are stunning! Outside the kitchen window of Hipdtich house are stairs that take you to Signal Hill.
On our first full day in St. John’s we headed into town to look for good coffee and to book a sea kayak adventure (September is the end of the tourist season in NL, so the tourist trips were limited). We had coffee and breakfast at Rocket Bakery, which I would highly recommend! They had lots of vegetarian options and iced coffee! Then we went to The Outfitters which was just down the street to check and see if we could take a sea kayaking tour. Their tours are based in Bay Bulls which is a easy half hour drive from St. John’s.
We decided to make the most of our proximity to Signal Hill and took the path next to our house. The path has several interesting land marks and building. The trail takes you to Cabot Tower with views of the harbor and the sea.
Day 3 in St. John’s we got up early to drive to Ferryland to visit the lighthouse and have a picnic provided by lighthousepicnics. The drive is about an hour and takes you through some cute little towns on the Irish Loop. As with most places we went to that were “tourist destinations” it is remarkable how few people were there. We were able to find a spot to relax and have our lunch without feeling like were we sitting on top of other visitors. Lighthouse Picnics provided a yummy lunch of sandwiches, side salads, deserts and lemonade.
Day 4 in St. John’s and we were on the move! We packed up our things, said goodbye to the Hipdtich House. We had booked a Sea Kayak tour with The Outfitters in Bay Bulls. To our surprise, Alex and I were they only two on the tour! Our guide, Girard was extremely knowledgeable about the area. Since it was late in the season, we didn’t see much wildlife (mostly jellyfish), but it was worth the effort to spend several hours out in a kayak in the ocean.