"With luck, your guide will be Ed English, whose grandfather famously ran the SS Ethie ashore nearby in a 1919 hurricane, saving all 92 aboard. Ed's energy is legendary and his non-stop stories gruesome yet hilarious."
- Zoomer Canada
Linkum Tours (See map below) started in 1998 when Ed English was taken by the notion of owning a piece of Newfoundland heritage – the lighthouse on Quirpon Island. The jewel we discovered when we made our way through waist deep spring snow enthralled us and the dream began to take shape. Cheered by the success of our first Inn, in 2004 we added Cape Anguille Lighthouse Inn and are equally delighted. Central to it all, Linkum Tours has a wonderful team: people who plan, guide, and host holidays and generally ensure our guests’ enjoyment is complete.
Our philosophy, from 1998 to today, is to help others experience our Newfoundland & Labrador: its people, places, and hidden corners.
- We are: A group of Newfoundlander's whose pride in our province makes us want to share it with others.
- We are: Owners of our own unique inns, designed to offer comfort at night in locations that will astound and delight by day.
- We are: Part of the story. From our Grandfather's shipwreck to our generations of ancestors who have carved a life from this island. We are true Newfoundlanders.
- We are: Our Guests. The friends we have discovered in our clients helped shape the experiences we offer you. We have learnt more from them than we could have imagined. Their help and suggestions are incorporated into our itineraries and activities.
- We are: An Art Gallery owner, a Biologist, a Geologist, Kayakers, Hikers, Storytellers, a Musician, a Photographer, a Yoga Instructor and all naturally inquisitive.
- We are: Licensed guides who are internationally certified in Kayaking, Canoeing, Climbing, Wilderness & Remote First Aid, Skiing, and Avalanche Safety.
You may also want to or meet our friends and partners.
Linkum Tours and its Inns have hosted writers, producers and directors for print and visual media, including:
- Prime TV: On Top of the World, Weird Weddings, Valerie Pringle has Left the Building,
This is The Sea 2
- Newspapers: London Sunday Times, New York Post, London Free Press, National Post, Chronicle Herald,
The Times, Boston Sunday Globe, Toronto Sun
- Magazines: National Geographic Adventure, Robb Report, Saltscapes, National Geographic Traveler, CAA Leisureways,
Doctor's Review, Endless Vacation, Break
- Travel Guides: Frommer's, Lonely Planet, Greenwood Guide
You will notice other names in the quotes that appear on our
Wonderful artists, writers and other creative folk have also
found our locations inspiring. To show our support for their work and acknowledge the
beautiful images and words they created during their visits we would like to name drop a little.
What the Travel Guides say:
Frommer’s Guide for Canada lists Quirpon Lighthouse Inn in its places to stay.
Lonely Planet Guide to Canada: Their “Off the Beaten Track” destinations include L’anse aux Meadows, the Viking Settlement area and UNESCO World Heritage Site. In the print edition you’ll see Quirpon Lighthouse Inn listed in where to stay.
L’anse aux Meadows is within kayaking distance of our Inn – or we could take you over in our ferry boat.
In addition to its own planning, touring and accommodation, Linkum Tours works with other organizations to deliver the holiday you have in mind. These links will confirm to you that we partner with the best.
Do you need action in your days with "enough exercise to make
you appreciate supper and ensure you sleep well but not so much you
regret it the next day"? Kayaking with bergs and whales,
walking Western Newfoundland's best trails or crawling through
offers standard and elite vacation options for any level of
If you only unwind when the line on your reel does;
will take you into the heart of the best fishing in the world.
A variety of airlines provide service into Deer Lake & St.
John's. Direct flights from Toronto, Halifax, Montreal, London
(England, not Ontario) are all in place with others being added
frequently. We can help identify the best airline and schedule to suit your plans. Within Newfoundland and Labrador we have had great success with:
The amazing Gros Morne National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site is right in Linkum’s backyard and we couldn’t be happier.
Ed is a descendent of generations of
Newfoundlanders. While in Gros Morne you can visit the remains of
his Grandfather's ship and if you come along to Hebron in northern
Labrador be sure to get the story of his uncle's exploits living
on what was then a virtually untouched landscape in what is
now a Canadian National Historic Site. Ed won't let us post our
stories about him but to see how he has fooled the media, read on.
You'll have to ask us in person for the other stories.
The Kingston Whig
With a genie-in-a-bottle philosophy to guiding, English’s trademark
response to every customer’s wish list is simply, “Sure, we can do
Anywhere else in the world there would be extensive scheduling, maps,
routes, an itinerary and a long waiver form. But this is Newfoundland
and they do things just a little bit differently here. Rub the lamp,
speak to the genie and Ed English will make it happen.
Writer on the Loose for Moose, By Jo
English, our guide, was doing the thing he likes
best- telling stories about his colourful and history-rich province- and
if some of them sounded just a little bit unlikely, well, so be it. A
story just isn’t a story without plenty of drama.
Long and wiry with intelligent eyes and a face full
of mischief, English has steeped himself in the history of his island
and a late-night chat takes in everything from his eccentric mother (ah,
that’s where he gets it from) to the abundance of fine literature
produced by a myriad of Newfoundland writers. I recalled our talk later
that week when I walked into a bookstore in Corner Brook and was
confronted by a wall of books by Newfoundland writers.
English is a natural entertainer and his stories of
Newfoundland continue nonstop. He talks about people floating their
homes on oil drums from here to there, of trucks being toppled by
ferocious wind off the North Atlantic, of a man who snowmobiled off a
famous fjord in Gros Morne and lived to tell the tale, of the day he was
changing a tire on the highway when his car mysteriously began
shaking... it was only when he stood up that he realized a rather large
moose was scratching its head on the other side of the car.
Winter on the Rock
New York Post
Host, captain, and fearless iceberg explorer Ed
English is the co-owner of Quirpon Lighthouse Inn.
Close to Home
Our guide Ed English, whose company Linkum Tours
restored the lighthouse, demonstrated that he is part mountain goat,
hiking with an agility that I envied.
Follow the Viking Trail, By Cathy Stapells
Unchanged, but Always Changing
Formerly with the Newfoundland and Labrador
department of tourism, the unquenchably upbeat English teaches survival
skills and runs kayak and tour operations (Linkum Tours and Explore
Newfoundland) and owns the lighthouse/inn operation at Quirpon
(pronounced kar-poon) and another on the east coast of Newfoundland.
the history of this place. His grandfather was captain of a boat that
ran aground within sight of Quirpon.
|By Jim Kernaghan
Among the Giants
I meet Ed English, kayak guide, inn owner, and berg
connoisseur extraordinaire. English, a Newfoundland native, has glasses,
reddish hair and a goofy sense of humor – sort of an X-Games version of
Richie Cunningham. “I’ll be your interpretive guide,” he says, and
points his paddle toward the white mass in front of us, at the mouth of
|By David Howard
| National Geographic Adventure
talking icebergs with English for a while, David and I started referring
to him, in awe as Crazy Ed.
|By Byron Ricks
Kayaking Heaven – well Newfoundland actually
at Marble Inn and met our hosts, Joe and Ed. They and their crew ran the
inn and cabins, a kayak and canoe retail outlet, a sea and river
kayaking outfitting and guiding company, a travel agency, Lendal paddle
and NDK kayak importers, two lighthouse bed and breakfasts, and lord
knows what else. Joe and Ed sat down and chatted with us…we were treated
like old friends. We were to find that they always found time to chat
|By Michael Daly
…our group was led by the indomitable Ed English,
dubbed a “provincial treasure” by Brenda, marketing specialist with
Newfoundland and Labrador Tourism. As owner of Explore Newfoundland, a
premium guiding service for hiking, fishing, kayaking and whale
watching, English has tramped these caves since he was a boy with a
flashlight and a sense of adventure.
…If you ever get the chance to hire English as a
guide, make sure he tells you the story of the Newfoundland Ranger Danny
Corcoran. At turns horrifying, hilarious and incredulous, English spins
a wild yarn as only Newfoundlanders can.
Wilderness Redux, By Sandra Eagle
Run by the
redoubtable Ed English, an adventure tour operator out of Deer Lake, the
Quirpon Lighthouse Inn and its breathtaking setting are regularly
celebrated in the pages of the world’s better newspapers, and the
establishment deserves as much publicity as can get.
The Grand Outdoors, By Rob Beattie
Global Travel Guide
English read that the government had put the lighthouse and
lightkeeper’s dwelling on the island up for sale in 1998, he bought it
The Toronto Sun’s Destination Magazine ‘TRAVEL’
40-year-old MBA graduate… bought the lighthouse and two adjoining houses
“sight unseen” in 1999, opening the inn in July of the same year after
completely refurbishing it.
In the Company of Whales and Icebergs, By Sue-Ann
National Geographic Traveler
I love the
storm,” co-owner Ed English says. “This is a great spot to hunker down
when the wind is blowing and the waves are pounding below.
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