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London, Canada
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We have a 6 day trip to Newfoundland planned for late August. It's the first time there for both of us. We will arrive in St. John's on a Monday and fly home from Deer Lake the next Sunday. We'd be grateful for any suggestions regarding route, timing, stops and places to stay. We realize it's a short trip for such a beautiful and big place but it's the best we can do this trip.

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Guelph, Canada
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1. Re: Newfoundland

Are those flights locked in at this point? It's 7 hours across the island (and not a pretty drive), which is very costly for such a short trip.

Your choice of flights hints at a focus on St. John's and Gros Morne National Park. Is that the case? What are your primary interests? Whales? Seabirds? Hiking? History? How much time are you comfortable driving each day?

In the absence of further information, I'd go with something like:

Monday/Tuesday nights St. John's & area

Wednesday night somewhere on the Bonavista Peninsula

Thursday/Friday/Saturday nights GMNP

Since you have so few nights to allocate, knowing the approximate flight arrival and departure times would help a little as well.

Gros Morne National...
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2. Re: Newfoundland

You might want to look at the cost of one way tickets between St. John's and Deer Lake. Some times you can get lucky and buy tickets for less than the drop fee in Deer Lake (rental car Fee) . And then rent a car at each location. Then split your time between St John's and Gros Morne NP. If you have not bought tickets yet, I, too, strongly suggest you stick to one coast.

Calgary, Canada
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3. Re: Newfoundland

Also strongly suggest you get your accommodation booked right away - that might determine exactly where you're going on this trip.

Gander NL
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4. Re: Newfoundland

make sure you can get a rental car and then look for accomodations. This is late in the game if you are going to the busier areas. Look for places outside the larger (by our standards) centres. So try Elliston and Maberly and Plate Cove West instead of Bonavista if you are having trouble finding places.

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