Baccalieu Trail

This extraordinary drive begins (if approaching from St. John’s) either on Veteran’s Memorial Highway, if accessed via the Trans-Canada Highway, or through the communities at the heart of Conception Bay, if driving the more scenic route via Holyrood. The Avalon Barrens give way to sheltered harbours and hills that seem to bubble up from the earth itself. On the western side of the route, major towns such as Bay Roberts, Harbour Grace, and Carbonear, are the major service centres for the area. At the northwest extremity of the Baccalieu Trail, lies Grates Cove, reputed landing site for John Cabot during his journeys to the New World. From Grates Cove, the route heads south, through the Three Hearts (Heart’s Content, Heart’s Desire, Heart’s Delight), eventually arriving at the curiously named community of Dildo. Inland, lies Whitbourne the province’s oldest community established off the coastline.

If you're planning a visit to the Baccalieu Trail, please visit the Itinerary Planner.

Product News And Developing Stories

If you are a travel trade professional, travel writer, or media producer, please contact Andrew Hiscock, Tourism Development Officer, for more details on the below and much much more!

New Programming at Rose Manor Inn: The Rose Manor Inn in Harbour Grace has a variety of amazing experiences that pair excellently with their 4.5 star accommodations. These include High Tea, Murder Mysteries, tours, and much, much more. The owners of Rose Manor Inn are amongst the most creative experience developers in the region, so keep an eye out for what they launch next! For more information, please visit

New Accommodations in Dildo: The owners of Dildo Boat Tours & Adventures are opening new accommodations in late spring, 2018. The Dildo Boat House Inn will feature 7 rooms (of which 2 are king deluxe), the new Music & Friends Cafe, and a private wharf from which the boat tours will depart. For more information on these developments, please visit:

New Programming from Coastal Cottages: The owner of Coastal Cottages is launching new programming in 2018. This will feature Shed Experiences and Ugly Stick Workshops, scheduled events running the tourism season. Please visit for scheduling and more information. 

Photos 1 and 2 copyright NL Tourism. Photos 3, 5, 6 copyright NL Tourism and Barrett and MacKay Photo. Photo 4 copyright NL Tourism and Dennis Minty.

Travel Stories

The Legendary Coasts of Eastern Newfoundland regularly works with travel media to discover our region. We assist in itinerary planning, story development, and logistics for qualified and approved visiting travelling media. If you are a travel writer or media producer and want to make Eastern Newfoundland your next great travel story, please contact Andrew Hiscock for more information about Eastern Newfoundland's tourism products and our Travel Media program.

Below is a sample of some travel stories to feature the Baccalieu Trail!

Calgary Herald: Canada's Most Romantic Province

Canada's History: Settlers and Seafarers

Canadian Living: The Fairy Folklore of Newfoundland

Cutlery Chronicles: How to spend 3 days in the Avalon Peninsula, Newfoundland’s East coast

Daily Echo: Find Paradise in Newfoundland

Dinky Guide: Journey to Heart’s Content in Newfoundland & Labrador, Canada

Discover NL: Cupids Legacy Centre

Discover NL: Perchance Theatre

Discover NL: Toutons and Tunes

Discover NL: Wooden Boat Museum of Newfoundland and Labrador

Feast An Edible Road Trip: Checking In To The Doctor's House

Feast An Edible Road Trip: Eating A Meal From This Rock

Feast An Edible Road Trip: Grates Cove: A Tale of Stacked Rocks and Jambalaya

Feast An Edible Road Trip: The Best Small Town Names Are In Newfoundland

Globe and Mail: Scientists say Newfoundland’s cod stocks are coming back. Can we get it right this time?

Go Eat Do: A Place to Stay: The Doctor's House Inn and Spa

Go Eat Do: A Valentine's Day Drive In Newfoundland and Labrador

Go Eat Do: With a Local: Bay Roberts, Newfoundland and Labrador

Hemispheres: Car Guys

Huffington Post: 150 Years of Transatlantic Communications in Newfoundland and Labrador

The Independent: Canada's Call Of The Wild: Newfoundland Offers Up Rugged landscapes and Startling Wildlife

Luxe Beat Mag: Chef Chris Chafe At The Doctor’s House Inn And Spa, Newfoundland

A Luxury Travel Blog: Top 10 tips for visiting Newfoundland – the edge of the world

Mallory On Travel: Harbour Lights, Lighthouses, and Places Alight in Newfoundland

Saveur: How To Drink Your Way Down The Craft Beer Trail in Newfoundland, Canada

Spoked Traveller: Theatre in Newfoundland

The Star: Along Newfoundland’s East Coast, creativity lurks in every corner

Suitcase and Heels: Excursion Around the Bay: Brigus and Cupids

Suitcase and Heels: Newfoundland Road Trips: Guide to the Baccalieu Trail

Toque and Canoe: Running Late in Newfoundland

Travel2Next: Newfoundland Food and Traditions Avalon Peninsula Steals Your Heart

Westjet Magazine: A Taste of Newfoundland Cuisine

Westjet Magazine: What to Do On a Fall Trip to St. John’s, Newfoundland