Our 23-foot Coastal Vokey boat is fully approved under Transport Canada’s blue label compliance program and is comfortable and safe for up to 12 passengers. We offer fishing for cod, sightseeing, interpretive tours/hiking of Historical Exploits Island, or a combination of all. All tours are a full day in length.
We are pleased to offer you a choice of Boat tours described below.
Iceberg viewing, either from a boat or a kayak has been a major desire for both tourist and locals alike for many years. Along with Whales, Sea Birds, and the sheer beauty of our rugged coastlines, Icebergs are definitely something to behold. Now some years are excellent for iceberg viewing and some years are not so good. They are constantly on the move and their locations are subject to many variables such as wind and tide. But the beautiful thing about them is that they can be tracked and by looking at the Canadian Iceberg Charts, as well as Facebook groups such as Newfoundland Iceberg Reports, we have a good idea where they are. This year, 2022, is shaping up to be a decent year but keep in mind that normally most icebergs have drifted out of sight by early July.
Combine iceberg viewing with any of our listed tours and monitor our Facebook Page www.facebook.com/adventuresnewfoundland for updated information on their locations within reach of our basecamp.
Exploits Island Fishing and Cultural Tour
Experience a full day visiting one of NLs largest resettled Villages. The village of Exploits was once one of the largest fishing centers on the North East coast of NL. Nestled between two islands that were once connected by a bridge, Exploits was a thriving fishing village with sawmills, shipyards, churches and schools. Census reports show 600 residents in 1874 but less than 300 by 1966. Today, Exploits Island is a seasonal destination for recreational boaters, people who have family ties to the island and others who just fell in love with the place and have built cottages there.
Your tour will begin with a 20-minute boat ride to the outer reaches of the Bay of Exploits and into the sheltered narrows of the Harbor of Exploits. Now, we can’t talk about NL culture without beginning with the cod fishery, so after a brief stop lets take a short jaunt to a fishing ground to see if we can catch some cod. Continuing with our cultural theme we will return to our Exploits harbor dock, clean your fish and give you a demonstration of how cod was cured back in the day. When lunch time rolls around you can choose between dockside fish and chips (using your fish) or a more traditional meal of “fish and brewis”.
After your meal settles a bit its off to explore the island by walking the old village foot paths. We’ll talk about its natural history, the indigenous but now extinct Beothuk and their clashes with early Europeans, the 1960s resettlement program and visit old cemeteries. With a bit of luck, we’ll run across some locals and have a chat about what it was like to grow up in a remote NL community. Unfortunately, we’ll soon be out of time and its back to Lawrence’s harbor with a day full of memories. Memories you won’t soon forget.
$195.00 per person plus 15% hst
Discounted rates available for groups over four.
Bay of Exploits Resettlement Tour
The history and commerce of Newfoundland and Labrador was built on the fishery and thus many small communities were established throughout the entire coastal region. Some of these communities were seasonal fishing stations and some eventually grew into communities which were very much isolated from much of the province, except for water transportation or overland hiking trails. In many communities the seasonal inshore cod fishery provided both sustenance and the vast majority of employment opportunities. (Wikipedia)
Many offshore islands were settled around coastal Newfoundland due to the close proximity to the fishing grounds. Many of these villages grew into sizable communities with churches, schools and shipyards. The Bay of Exploits boasted numerous communities, some small ones located in little coves where you would think it would be impossible to live, as well as much larger ones located in harbors of the larger Islands. However, the fate of these communities as well as others surrounding coastal Newfoundland was sealed in the mid-1960s as a result of the infamous resettlement program. Designed by the Smallwood government, the program aimed to move all residents to the mainland of Newfoundland where services such as hydro, health care, schools, roads and post offices could be provided much cheaper, as well as to centralize and modernize the fishery. The program took on many forms from 1954 to 1975 with different payment regimes for the families who moved from remote communities like Exploits. The main areas affected were the islands of Placentia Bay, Bonavista Bay and Notre Dame Bay, as well as communities on the southwest coast. It’s estimated that over 200 communities were abandoned with 28000 people being relocated to towns known as Growth Centers. The whole era of resettlement was and remains very controversial. Some believe it destroyed a way of life while others believe that improved services and access to better education was a blessing. During the moving process, some people left their homes but others tackled the laborious task of jacking up their houses and floating them across the bays to new locations. There are many pictures and paintings that exist today that depict people taking their houses with them.
This full day tour will take you to three of the largest resettled communities located within the Bay of Exploits. We will depart from Lawrence’s harbor base camp in our fully Transport Canada certified 24-foot Coastal Vokey boat to our first stop on Exploits Island. You’ll spend a bit of time here with an interpretive walk of the old village footpaths and taking in points of interest or if hiking is not your thing just taking in the sites as you remain in our boat. There’s lots to see and learn before heading over to Black Island Tickle for our second adventure. From Black Island its over to North and South Sampson Island to visit our third and last resettled community before returning to base camp at Lawrences harbor. This is a full day packed with the history of three remote communities whose residents, all with the exception of one couple, packed up and left for what they thought would be greener pastures. We always love the discussion this tour generates and hearing your opinions on the resettlement program.
Lunch will be provided
$195.00 per person plus 15% HST
Discounted rates available for groups over four.
Custom Tours and Water Taxi Service
We would be happy to custom build a boat tour of your choice or provide a water Taxi service within the Bay of Exploits. Rates will be based on length of tour/ trip and fuel prices at the time. Please contact us for details.
Sightseeing and Cod Fishing Tours
If its simply a day of Cod Fishing and sightseeing you are looking for, we can accommodate up to 6 people for a day of trying your luck with a rod and reel or a more traditional way known as “handlining”. These tours will be subject to the 2022 recreational cod fishing season dates and any announced quotas. For the past number of seasons, we have been permitted to catch and retain cod each weekend from Saturday to Monday and quotas have been 5 cod per person with a maximum of 15 fish per boat. Departure locations will either be Little Burnt Bay or Lawrences Harbour, whichever is more convenient for you. Please check with us for the 2022 season and quota announcements.
$600.00 per day plus 15% hst. Please note that this is a boat rate and is not a per person rate. Maximum 6 people.