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“We’re see­ing more and more cy­clists get­ting off in Deer Lake and cy­cling the North­ern Penin­sula,” Flynn said. “There’s ab­so­lutely noth­ing like get­ting off the Trans-canada and spend­ing some time in those small coastal towns.”

How to get there The town of Deer Lake is the gate­way to the Vik­ing Trail. There are daily di­rect flights from Toronto, Hal­i­fax and St. John’s to Deer Lake. If you’re plan­ning to bike the whole route, you can catch a flight from St. An­thony back to Deer Lake. When to go May to Au­gust are the best months to visit. Where to eat If you’re in or near Gros Morne, try The Cat Stop in Nor­ris Point ( face­­e­cat­stop), or Sea­side in Trout River ( seasider­estau­ Far­ther north, North­ern De­light (Saint Lu­naire-gri­quet, 709-623-2220) has some killer fish and chips. Where to stay In Deer Lake, stay at the Drift­wood Inn ( drift­wood­, the city’s first ho­tel. Ac­com­mo­da­tion along the route ranges from charm­ing up­scale inns, such as Ned­die’s Habour Inn ( and the Tides Inn, to sim­pler spots. There are also camp­sites along the way. What to do off the bike Make the 14-km trek up and over Gros Morne for fan­tas­tic views. Take a guided tour through the Table­lands to learn more about the unique ge­ol­ogy of the area. Hike the Green Gar­dens Trail. You can also hop on a whale-watch­ing tour. Let your­self be trans­ported If you want to tackle the en­tire length of the Vik­ing Trail, Free­wheel­ing Ad­ven­tures ( free­wheel­ and Pedal and Sea Ad­ven­tures ( ped­a­land­seaad­ven­ of­fer week­long sup­ported cy­cling tours with a mix of cy­cling and hik­ing.

above Trout River, N.L.

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