A friend and I are planning a drive to Newfoundland from Toronto. Going to try and get some kind of boat while we are there and go island hopping. Lots of secluded islands to explore. Going to be sleeping in the car and tents mostly. Leaving near the end of june from Toronto. We plan on slowly making our way east on the island, checking out some of the small towns and scenery along the way. St.Johns is having some sort of festival near the end of july, so we will probably be heading there for that week.
Just thought id see what you all have to say.
I live in St. John's.
George Street festival is at the end of July.
George Street is basically a street full of clubs. they close off the street and have bands perform there for 3 nights. It's a big party. good time. it happens from the 28th-31st.
Not sure what kind of boat you're thinking of renting or where you want to rent it...I can't think of anywhere offhand. if it's a larger boat though you'll probably need your certificate.
If you're starting from the west.. meaning Port aux Basques.. then there are a lot of nice places you can see along the way. Port aux Basques itself is pretty nice, very rugged.
As you drive east.. perhaps stop in Corner Brook, the second largest city in Newfoundland. I would definitely recommend Gros Morne National Park.. drive to Deer Lake and then get the Viking Trail north.. little towns like Rocky Harbour, Norris Point and Trout River are so quanit and sweet it's really worth your while. It is definitely one of the nicest places for scenery and camping on the island. I don't know if you can rent boats there, but there are boat tours. Western Brook Pond boat tour takes you deep into glacier carved fiords.. it's so beautiful. Green Point campground is really nice.
Twillingate is a beautiful town, try stopping there. There are lots of places to see.. try to keep close to the coast.
But of course St. JOhn's is amazing.. go see Signal Hill and Cape Spear, and you will love the George Street Festival !
I hope you enjoy your trip..