The Great Trail is the longest recreational trail in the world, and true to its name, it embodies the vastness of Canada’s terrain and the diversity of its people. To celebrate the completion of The Great Trail and Canada’s 150th birthday, spend 4 days hiking the first 40 kilometres of the scenic path. Starting at North America’s easternmost point, our exploration on foot offers an unprecedented experience of nature. The routes near St John’s reveal some of Canada’s most dramatic scenery: barren headlands, silky marshes, and soaring coastal cliffs. Where else can you spot whales, icebergs, and an abundance of wildf lowers as you stride along with the salt-wind in your face? Walk this magnif icent terrain with stops along the way to enjoy the warmth of Newfoundland hospitality and seasonal local cuisine. Through stories and music, your trip hosts Ed Robertson and Alan Doyle bring their own special insights to Newfoundland culture. This is an epic Canadian experience not to be missed.
Photos courtesy of Newfoundland and Labrador Tourism, Barret & MacKay Photo, and Egzi Polat.
Dates: September 17 - 21, 2017 - **The trip is sold out, however we are accepting traveller names for the waitlist
Price is $3,180 CAD + HST per person based on double occupancy. Single Supplement is $945 CAD + HST. Per person trip cost includes $150 contribution to The Great Trail.
Note: This is an exclusive, fully-guided small-group journey (maximum number of travellers is 16) that's led by the inimitable Ed Robertson & Alan Doyle, along with Quench Trip Design Founders Jennifer Deacon & Mercedeh Sanati. For travellers wishing to extend their stay in Newfoundland, we are happy to design an add-on trip.
- Hike 40km of The Great Trail, including a visit to the easternmost point in North America, Cape Spear.
- Take in the stunning terrain of Newfoundland through marshes, bogs, and along the sea-cliffs.
- Enjoy a traditional Kitchen Party featuring the music of Ed Robertson, Alan Doyle, and other local musicians.
- Take a guided walk through the hometown of writer-musician Alan Doyle.
- Immerse yourself in Newfoundland culture on a fun pub crawl led by Ed & Alan, sharing their favourite haunts for craft beer and live music.
- Be amongst the very first guests at The Inn by Mallard Cottage, an 18th Century Irish-Newfoundland vernacular style cottage and a National Historic Site of Canada.
- The insight and animation of your hosts Ed Robertson & Alan Doyle.
4 nights’ accommodation in a boutique inn and National Historic Site of Canada.
3 dinners, 4 lunches with beverages and tips included.
Cultural excursions guided by local experts.
The insight and animation of trip hosts Ed Robertson & Alan Doyle.
Full-time dedicated Quench trip managers, Jennifer Deacon and Mercedeh Sanati.
The Inn by Mallard Cottage:
To learn more about the historical cottage that will serve as home-away-from-home during this epic Canadian journey, please watch this short video.
Ed Robertson is the lead singer, songwriter, and a founding member of Barenaked Ladies. BNL have sold over 14 million albums worldwide, have won eight Juno awards, earned multiple Grammy nominations, and become globally recognized for hit singles “One Week,” “Pinch Me, “Brian Wilson,” “If I Had $1,000,000” and many more. Ed wrote the theme tune for one of the most popular TV comedy series “The Big Bang Theory” and also co-wrote the official song for Music Monday with Canadian Astronaut, Commander Chris Hadfield, called “Is Somebody Singing”.
Most recently, Barenaked Ladies have released a very special collaboration with the legendary “Kings of A cappella” The Persuasions, with an album titled, Ladies And Gentlemen: Barenaked Ladies & The Persuasions which came out in April 2017. The album features 15 tracks, 14 of which are re-imagined songs from BNL’s award-winning catalogue plus the classic ‘Good Times’. The album was recorded live off the floor with The Persuasions in the Fall of 2016 in Toronto.
Alan Doyle, actor, producer, best-selling author, and best-known as lead singer for Newfoundland’s beloved Great Big Sea these past 20+ years hardly needs an introduction. With two solo albums under his belt and a third on the way, having recently completed recording with the legendary Bob Rock, Doyle has been touring the world with his ace six-piece band for the last f ive years. In late 2014, Doyle released his best-selling memoir Where I Belong, with a second book scheduled for release in October 2017. Amidst these projects, Doyle found time to write music for and appear on CBC’s Republic of Doyle, guest on CBC’s Murdoch Mysteries, a role in 2014’s Winter’s Tale and 2010’s Robin Hood.
Alan Doyle hails from Petty Harbour, NL, and formed Great Big Sea in 1993 with Sean McCann, Bob Hallett, and Darrell Power, in which they fused traditional Newfoundland music with their own pop sensibilities. Their nine albums, double-disc hits retrospective, and two DVD releases have all been declared Gold or Platinum and have sold a combined 1.2 million copies in Canada. So Let’s Go continues to cement Alan Doyle’s reputation as one of our country’s most treasured musicians and storytellers. “I always want people to have the greatest night of their life when the house lights go down.”
Quench owners Jen and Mercedeh have been designing memorable travel experiences for groups and individuals for decades. They love any opportunity to leave the office and join their travellers on the road, to share the delight in travel as it unfolds. It is a unique chance to share in a more personal way their favourite local characters and cultural moments, and they look forward to hosting this trip with Ed and Alan. For their full bios, please click here.