- Historical St. John's and Cape Spear Tour
- Outports and Lucky Rocks Tour
- Bird Island
- Coastal Community Exploration
- Colony of Avalon
- Pre and Post Conference Tours
- Travel, Trade and Reception Services
The deep knowledge of this territory and the personable attitude of our guide was wonderful.
McCarthy's Party has a variety of local tours that run daily from the hotels and Bed and Breakfasts in the St. John's area. They feature the history, culture and spectacular scenery in St. John's and the surrounding area. All tours are lead by local guides who bring forth the history, current events and anecdotes that make this area so unique.
Historical St. John's and Cape Spear Tour
This is a great orientation of St. John's, as well as the most Easterly point in North America. You will be driven to the National Historic site of Cape Spear; where you may walk to thru a World War II gun battery, look for whales at the most Easterly point in North America, while having a chance to visit to oldest standing light house in North America. Then we will head back into the city to see the beautiful view on top of Signal Hill while hearing the historic tales of North America's oldest colony. Other stops include Quidi Vidi Village, Government House, the Roman Catholic Cathedral and an orientation of the shops and restaurants of downtown St. John's.
Outports and Lucky Rocks Tour
This is a beautiful scenic tour which takes you along the Atlantic coast and includes stops at Quidi Vidi Village with its snug cove; the Oceans Sciences Research Centre in Logy bay to touch and see the marine life of the Atlantic; Middle Cove Beach with its dramatic cliffs where you can look for lucky rocks or put your feet in the ocean, and Flatrock where the hills run so smoothly into the sea that they can be used as a natural slipway. Learn about the folklore, humour and culture of the Newfoundland people along the way.
Bird Island Tour
Today begins with a drive down the Southern shore to Bay Bulls where you will join the O'Brien's for a boat ride out to the Bird Islands to see the Puffins. On the way, they will scout for whales and icebergs and sing a few ditties. This tour is best suited for spring and early summer when the whales and birds are most prolific and the icebergs are often seen.
Coastal Community Exploration
Today we will go "around the Bay" along the picturesque coastline of Conception Bay, the home of pirates of centuries ago. We will stop along the way for picture taking and to visit some of the more interesting villages such as Brigus, one of the historic sailing ports of Conception Bay and home of the late, famous Captain Bob Bartlett who took Perry to the North pole. Our guide will regale you with the history culture and language of the Newfoundland people. (Minimum numbers required)
Colony of Avalon
This morning we will travel to the Southern Shore of the Avalon Peninsula along the winding coastline of the beautiful Irish Loop which is dotted with small ‘outport’ communities for which Newfoundland is so famous. Lunch will be served in the seaside town of Ferryland after which you will visit the Colony of Avalon Archaeology Site, where the remains of an early 17th century settlement is well preserved. We will walk on a 17th–century street, see a 17th–century herb garden, and look at the remains of everyday life in one of the earliest European colonies in North America. The colony was founded by George Calvert, later Lord Baltimore, in 1621. Most people have no idea that permanent European settlement in North America dates so far back, and that Newfoundland played such an important role. The Ferryland settlement was "forgotten", and its remains lay undisturbed for centuries. (Minimum numbers required)
Pre and Post Conference Tours
Newfoundland is not a destination you get to visit every day. Many people will extend their stay in the province to see what the areas outside of St. John?s have to offer. It is in the rural areas where the Newfoundland culture was developed. McCarthy's Party offers a number of escorted and self-directed tours of Newfoundland and Labrador that will allow you to experience the culture, scenery, wildlife and history of this unique destination.
Travel, Trade and Receptive Services
If you have a group interested in traveling to Newfoundland and Labrador, why not let McCarthy?s Party organize the trip on the ground? Our knowledge of the best places to go and see, our local, experienced guides, and our buying power with local suppliers allows us to design the best tour for your group available at a reasonable price. For groups big or small, "Let The Locals Be Your Guide".
McCarthy's Party is a full service receptive operator in Newfoundland and Labrador. We offer a 12, 8, and 7 day tour series that commences every week in Deer Lake on the west side of Newfoundland and finishes in St. John's on the eastern side of the island. The tours run from the middle of June to the end of September. The departures are guaranteed. Net rates on set departures are available for wholesalers.
Our other receptive services include half day to multi-day step on guide services, airport transfers, van and coach rentals, dinner and entertainment options. Our other receptive services include half day to multi-day step on guide services, airport transfers, van and coach rentals, dinner and entertainment options.
McCarthy's Party has worked closely with the travel trade since the formation of the company 25 years ago. Our industry partners are our greatest sales force - more than half of our customers have been recommended to us by agents and tour companies that have sold us over the years. Your customers are satisfied - a win win travel experience for everyone.
Because we offer tours of Newfoundland and Labrador and no others, we are able to focus on our product and complete our original mission - a company that uses our local knowledge and contacts to provide the best escorted tour of Newfoundland and Labrador available. Our partnerships with the travel trade deliver the customers; we in turn return an extremely satisfied customer - ready to use your company again for their next excursion.