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Literature, music, visual art, theatre—Newfoundland has it all, and in abundance far beyond anything you might expect of half a million people. Join celebrated Newfoundland writer Kevin Major for an insider’s look at the culture of his Island, three art-filled days at the edge of the North Atlantic. Let him take you through the multi-hued streets and back lanes of St. John’s, to his favourite galleries and music haunts. Meet artists and poets and musicians (sometimes all three in one). Spend time in their studios. Hear them explain their art. Listen as they read from their award-winning books, and relax and chat with them over wine. From the intimacy of an ornate nineteenth century reading room to the sweeping views of the city from the ultra-modern galleries of The Rooms (what The Globe and Mail has called ‘one of the world’s great small museums’), you’ll know you’re in the midst of a culture like no other in North America. Aesthetically, you might think yourself in Europe. Whether walking the stage of the LSPU Hall (where Mary Walsh and Rick Mercer honed their skills) or enjoying a pint and a song at The Ship or The Crow’s Nest, you’ll know for sure you’ve fallen into the arms of a spirited arts scene.

Food? Of course. Whether your preference is fine international cuisine or fish ‘n chips at Ches’s, St. John’s doesn’t disappoint. Shopping? That, too. From books personally autographed, to paintings and prints, to fine and funky crafts.

You’ll take a scenic trek south of St. John’s, part way down the Southern Shore, an hour outside the city. In Ferryland you’ll explore an on-going archaeological dig – the Colony of Avalon, where in 1621 the future Lord and Lady Baltimore and an intrepid group of colonists established one of the earliest permanent settlements in North America. Lunch is at The Captain’s Table, where fresh Newfoundland seafood fills the menu. All along the route are outport communities steeped in their Irish ancestry, as interesting as their names suggest – Bay Bulls, Witless Bay, Cape Broyle. And it is in these places that an array of artists and craftspeople have settled. You’ll visit them in their homes and studios, the full Atlantic seascape just outside their doorsteps. You might even be lucky enough to spot a whale or, if your eyesight is really good, a puffin.

Then it’s back to St. John’s for our last evening meal together in one of the city’s finer restaurants. There’ll be chance to relive the three delightful days, before offering a final rousing toast to Newfoundland’s culture and people.

day 1
Arrival in St. John’s
day 2-3
St. John’s & Beyond, Through an Artist’s Eyes
day 4

Arriving in St. John’s, make your way to the Delta hotel to check-in before a personal tour of St. John’s and area with celebrated local author Kevin Major, followed by our first group dinner.

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Oct. 11, 2012 - Oct. 14, 2012

All prices are per person, in US Dollars (USD) unless specified otherwise, and are cash or cheque discounted.

  • 1

    $999.00   Base on double Occupancy, HST is additional

  • 2

    $465.00   Single supplement, plus HST


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  • Kevin Major

    Kevin Major

    Historian & Author

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What's Included

  • Dinner Oct. 11 - Lunch Oct. 14
  • Three nights accommodations
  • All transportation
  • Your guide, Kevin Major
  • Special guest appearances
  • Admission to galleries, museums and special events

    What's Not Included

  • Transportation to/from St. John’s
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Any expenses incurred due to itinerary changes beyond our control
    • A personal tour of St. John's and area with a celebrated author
    • Relax and chat with artists, poets and musicians in their studios while they explain their art
      forms and inspirations
    • Enjoy a pint and a song at The Ship or the Crow’s Nest
    • Explore an on-going archaeological dig at the Colony of Avalon
    • Walk the stage of the LSPU and visit the celebrated modern museum The Rooms
    • A chance to try some traditional Newfoundland cuisine