What type of terrain can I expect?
A detailed description of the terrain is included with each tour you book. The terrain may include paved roads, wooden boardwalks, gravel roads, dirt wooded paths, loose pebble beaches, and grassy fields. Not all trails have level footing and you may encounter exposed roots and rocks. Ascents and descents are limited and brief and the pace is generally leisurely, about two miles per hour.
What type of footwear should I bring?
Some tours require hiking boots or shoes with proper ankle support, while street shoes are appropriate for other tours. Please consult your tour description and confirmation details for recommended footwear. As safety is our priority, Seaport Strollers reserves the right to deny participation to any guest with inappropriate footwear.
Proper fit is crucial, so try on new boots or shoes while wearing socks you plan to use on tour. To avoid discomfort, be sure to break in new footwear well before your tour begins. Lightweight boots or shoes with proper ankle support and good tread help to ensure stability on all types of terrain. Waterproof footwear keeps feet dry in rain and water resistant footwear keeps feet dry in heavy dew.
What type of clothing should I wear?
The weather around coastal Newfoundland and Labrador can change quite often. Standing at the edge of the great Atlantic Ocean with stunning seascapes and breath-taking landscapes, it is possible to experience sunshine, cloud, fog, rain, and wind all in the space of a day. Although we generally enjoy warm, sunny summer days, it’s best to dress in layers that can be put on and taken off during the day as temperatures change.
We recommend polypropylene, lightweight wool, and similar synthetic fabrics, which wick away moisture. A windbreaker or light shell is also useful for cool mornings and days that are a bit chilly. Be sure to check the weather forecast before attending your tour.
Waterproof pants and jacket (with hood) are recommended to keep you dry and comfortable in rain. Alternatively, a folding umbrella can be stored in your bag in case of rain. Sunglasses or a hat with a broad brim or visor is recommended for those sunny days.
What other items should I bring on my tour?
The following items, while not required, may be helpful depending on your personal circumstances:
- Camera or smartphone with waterproof case or zip-lock bag
- Water bottle
- Sunblock, lip balm, insect repellent
- Personal first-aid kit including any medications you ordinarily take (in their
original container). Please note: Your Tour Guide will be carrying a first-aid kit at all times.
- Telescopic walking sticks (Seaport Strollers does not provide walking sticks)
For guests booking the Outporter’s Picnic Tour, a backpack-style cooler bag containing your picnic lunch will be provided. Each cooler bag features two shoulder straps and a non-toxic ice substitute pack to keep your lunch cool and fresh. The rental of the cooler bag and ice pack is included in the Outporter’s Picnic price.
Are tips included in the tour price?
Gratuities are not included in the tour price. While not required, tipping is customary in the industry. Travelers often enjoy the opportunity to recognize a tour guide who has added value to their vacation. Should you wish to tip your Seaport Strollers guide, you may pay your gratuity directly to your guide at the end of your tour. Tipping is, of course, always at your discretion.
Will my booking be processed in Canadian funds?
Yes, all tour bookings are processed in Canadian dollars. For up-to-date exchange rates, please see click here.
Do you offer tours in languages other than English?
All tours and cultural experiences offered by Seaport Strollers are conducted in English. Unfortunately, we are unable to offer translation services at this time.
Will I see icebergs during my walking tour with Seaport Strollers?
Twillingate is widely known as the Iceberg Capital of the World! Icebergs are best viewed in late May and early June along the coast of Newfoundland, and between March and July along the coast of Labrador. Bergs are actually most plentiful in April and May but are often trapped in sea ice that prevents tour boats from operating.
Usually, the last bergs melt away near St. Anthony in the first week of August, a few weeks earlier around Twillingate and St. John’s. Icebergs that drift near the coastline may be seen during a walking tour with Seaport Strollers. Boat tours offer an opportunity to see icebergs drifting farther offshore. When planing your trip, be sure to sign-up for iceberg alerts at Iceberg Finder and read detailed information about iceberg viewing.