Orchids of Newfoundland

Newfoundland (Canada) has an amazing orchid flora, given how far north it is. Perhaps the Slipper Orchids are the stars of the show. Orchids we hope to see include Yellow Lady’s Slipper (Cypripedium pubescens), Showy Lady’s Slipper (Cypripedium reginae) Platanthera hookeri, Platanthera huronense, Platanthera aquilonis, and the rare Corallorhiza striata var. vreelandii.  Enjoy the blooms in the fabulous landscapes of Gros Morne National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The serpentine barrens and moonscapes features botanical gems such as Silene acaulis, Primula egaliksensis and the disjunct fern Adiantum aleuticum.  We will see lots of alpine flowers! Other sights feature Iris, Primula, fossils, pitcher plants, sundews, ancient Native American and early viking sites. We can enjoy a boat trip out of St. Anthony and enjoy fabulous seafood meals.

Dates & Prices

Price per person: $4200 (shared accommodation) or $5200 single

Dates: July 13-21, 2024

Key Deadlines:

Deposit $1000. Due Jan 15, 2024. Deposits are refundable up to this point.

Balance of payment: March 15, 2024. This is not refundable unless a replacement can be found

Price Includes: Hotels, ground transportation, entrance to parks and historic sites, meals.

Price does not include: round trip airfare, alcoholic beverages, tips, souvenirs, items of a personal nature.

July 13. Participants should arrive in Deer Lake, Newfoundland. Flights from Toronto and Montreal may be the best options.


July 13 – arrivals. Overnight in Deer Lake

July 14 – Tablelands and Lomond River trail. Overnight in night Cowhead

July 15 – Orchid bog for Arethusa and pitcher plants; boat tour of Western Brook Pond; Overnight in Cowhead

July 16 – Arches Provincial Park, Point Riche Peninsula. Overnight Plum Point

July 17 – Nameless Cove, Thrombolites trail; St. Barbe trail; Overnight in Plum Point

July 18 – Cape Norman; Overnight in St. Anthony

July 19 – Burnt Cape; L’Anse-aux-Meadows; Overnight in St. Anthony

July 20 – drive back to Cow Head with some stops along the way; Overnight in Shallow Bay

July 21 – Flights back home (its about 1.5 hours from Shallow Bay to Deer lake airport). Participants should plan afternoon flight times.


Todd BolandTodd Boland graduated from the Memorial University of Newfoundland with a Masters in plant ecology. Today he is the Research Horticulturist at the Memorial University of Newfoundland Botanical Garden. One of his many roles there is maintaining the ex situ population of rare endemic and near-endemic Newfoundland plants. He is one of the founding members of the Newfoundland and Labrador Wildflower Society and he is the current chair of the Newfoundland Chapter of the North American Rock Garden Society. A prolific photographer, lecturer and writer, he has authored six field guides on the flora of Atlantic Canada. In his spare time he is an avid birder and has travelled throughout the Americas to fulfil his avian passions.

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