Bay of Islands Explorer: Captain Cook's Lookout & Scenic Fishing Villages by Vehicle

4 Hours
Private Activity
Mild
Shore Excursion with Guaranteed Return to Ship

From (USD) $419 Per Vehicle

Bay of Islands Explorer: Captain Cook's Lookout & Scenic Fishing Villages by Vehicle

4 Hours
Private Activity
Mild
Shore Excursion with Guaranteed Return to Ship

From (USD) $419 Per Vehicle

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      Bay of Islands Explorer: Captain Cook's Lookout & Scenic Fishing Villages by Vehicle

      Corner Brook, Newfoundland, Canada
      From (USD) $419 Per Vehicle
      Highlights
      • Captain Cook's Lookout: See spectacular views across scenic Corner Brook Harbor. Hear dramatic tales of the famed British navigator who mapped this coast in the 1760s – that's before he became famous as a worldwide explorer.
      • Scenic fishing communities: View the colorfully painted fishing boats bobbing in Lark Harbor.  Earning a living from the sea is a way of life here, and you'll see  fishermen returning with their catch to the docks at Frenchman's Cove.
      • Blomidown Trail: On this optional short hike, you'll view rocks identical to the geological features that make Gros Morne a World Heritage Site. This is a chance to add a mini-trip that gives you sense of the magnificent Gros Morne.
      • Totally Private: Hey we love group tours. But we know sometimes you want to explore with just your friends and family.  Customized to fit your whole crew - up to five people. Your GoBe guide is also your driver and knows the sweet spots. 
      • Depart and return from the Port of Corner Brook.
      About this Corner Brook tour

      Captain James Cook is famous for circumnavigating the globe (twice) and exploring regions as diverse as the tropical South Pacific Islands and the iceberg-strewn waters of Antarctica. But before he made any of those renowned voyages, Captain Cook came to Newfoundland.

      Cook was an excellent mapmaker and the first to survey the rugged coast of this province. He initially caught the attention of British naval bosses during the Seven Years War (1756–1763), when his detailed maps of the Saint Lawrence River helped the Brits plan an unexpected attack on French-held Quebec City. As a reward, Cook was given a schooner, the HMS Grenville, and the task of charting Newfoundland.

      Cook spent five summer seasons here, and it's believed he wintered over in the Corner Brook area due to ice conditions in the bay. To complete his maps, he hired local pilots to identify rocks and hidden hazards along the coast. (The pay for this dangerous work was paltry – just four shillings per pilot, per day.) The map Cook produced was meticulous. In fact, it was still in use into the twentieth century.

      The skills Cook honed in Newfoundland took him far. They won him command of his first round-the-world voyage because he'd proved he could navigate uncharted waters in difficult conditions and create precise maps. After Newfoundland, he wrote that his goal was to go "farther than any man has been before me, but as far as I think it is possible for a man to go." With that spirit, we think Cook would be a fan of GoBe tours.

      Not long after Newfoundland, Cook was cooked

      As the first European to reach Hawaii, Cook was hailed as a god by islanders. But their initial awe soon faded. In 1779, he was murdered by a Hawaiian warrior with a knife that was a gift from Cook. Still, the islanders treated his corpse like a deity, preserving his hands in sea salt before roasting his body and cleaning his bones, which were retained as religious icons. Eventually, Cook's remains got a well-deserved burial at sea.

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      Cancellation policy

      Full refunds issued for cancellations made 7 full days prior to the date and time of requested services. Cancellations made within the 7-day and 72-hour window will receive a 50% refund of purchase total. Purchases are non-refundable inside of 72 hours.

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