Built in 1878 and originally home to one of Prime Minister Wilfred Laurier’s cabinet members, The Idlewyld Inn has slowly been turned into a boutique hotel with full services.
A pleasant walk from the downtown core and a short walk from the funky Wortley Village in London’s Old South, this former B&B sits on a long, quiet street, flanked by equally historic and majestic structures where London’s elite used to live. The front of the Idlewyld maintains the classic yellow bricks that London is known for, while the back has a modern and cozy garden courtyard that opens in the summer.
Here, guests and non-guests alike can enjoy a menu that evolves with the seasons and a Niagara-focused wine list that changes twice a year. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are available year round in a tastefully turned out dining room on the Inn’s main floor.
Think heavy drapes, thick dark carpet, white linen tablecloths and well-cushioned chairs to help you relax and enjoy the attentive service and delicious food. None of the property’s 23 rooms are the same, ranging in features from homey touches like a fireplace to a second floor room that boasts three large windows and an uparallelled view of the quiet, tree-lined street outside.
Room rates start at $149 and include breakfast.
Western Brook Pond Boat Tour
The idea for Gros Morne National Park began here in beautiful Western Brook Pond. Although it is not a true fjord, due to the water being fresh rather than saltwater, the 700-metre plus cliffs of granite and green are breathtaking and draw fjord tourists from around the world.
And it’s not a pond either, rather a 16-km long lake with some of the purest water in the world. So what is it? A must-see on any tour of the national park.
True North Charters & Tours
"Our outposts are good for what ails ya”, sings Tony Oxford, the harmonica and guitar-playing captain of the 45-foot boat named Pilgrim Chapter 2 during a fishing and sightseeing tour. Oxford and his wife named the boat after their camper that in turn was named after a Kris Kristofferson song. After retiring from the school system where he was an administrator, Oxford fulfilled his dream of owning a boat coupled with his wife’s dream of running a business.
The Gravels Walking Trail
This multipurpose stop gives travellers a place to stretch their legs, fill their stomachs and dip their toes in the water while surrounded by historical significance and sweet and fresh coastal Newfoundland air.
After a fifteen-minute drive from Stephenville you’ll find yourself on an isthmus connecting the Port au Port Peninsula to the rest of the rock. Park your car in the ample space provided and read about the history of the area from the bilingual (English and French) storyboards.