Avalon

AVALONThe Avalon Peninsula is steeped in legend, lore, and history and strongly reflects 400+ years of English and Irish settlement.

It’s here that you’ll discover the enchanting, bustling city of St. John’s, our colourful provincial capital and the oldest English-founded city in North America.

The Avalon boasts a thriving art, foodie, and entertainment scene and with historical architecture abound, you’ll instantly be endeared by our island’s rich culture and heritage.

All parts of the region are a mere 2-hour drive from the capital city. On your journey, you’ll meet warm, fun loving Newfoundlanders with world renown friendliness and kindness.

Countless museums, historic sites and narrow, winding roads bring the past to life here and take you back to a forgotten time.

Along the way, you’ll explore places like Ferryland (founded 1621 by Lord Baltimore), Placentia (Plaisance, Newfoundland’s French capital established 1662) and of course Cupids (CupersCove, the first English settlement in Canada established by John Guy in 1610; also believed to be the site of the first child born of European parents on the continent).

Stretched out along stunning coastal vistas, Avalon is also a mystical wonderland with countless natural gems including whales, seabird colonies (some of the largest on the planet), icebergs and woodland caribou (the world’s most southerly herd).

Ecological reserves, the magnificent East Coast Trail and Mistaken Point UNESCO World Heritage Site (home to some of the oldest and rarest ‘early life’ marine fossils on earth) also await your discovery!

Places You’ll Visit

Unforgettable Experiences

The Kitchen Party

A two-hour musical getaway in an ole-fashion kitchen in the heart of NL’s Irish Loop. An exclusive and intimate setting where you’ll be encouraged to share your talents, so bring along a tune or a story. A song session that’s both engaging and entertaining. Your taste of authentic Newfoundland life on its Gaelic southern shore. An alcohol-free family friendly event.

Newfoundland’s Ole French Capital

Stand where the fate of North America hung in the balance. Imagine cannons and muskets blazing as British and French forces battled along Newfoundland’s shores for control of our lucrative fishery. At this stone fort standing sentinel perched over picturesque seaside town, you’ll explore a significant chapter of history that determined the destiny of a continent.

The Birth Of English Canada

Your state-of-art interactive museum experience that shines light on the rich historical and cultural story of Canada’s first English-speaking settlement. Tour the 17th Century plantation site where it all began and witness an active archaeological dig that’s revealing more and more about the lives of Canada’s first English settlers.

Shades Of The Past

The ultimate guided museum experience that includes a one-room school house, general store, blacksmith shop and photo museum. An extensive, thirty-year collection of artifacts that recaptures a Newfoundland way of life that once was. A walking tour experience that’ll leave you fascinated by the creativity and resilience of our island people.

Meeting The Newfoundland Pony

The Newfoundland Pony is a critically endangered breed with only 400 remaining worldwide. Highly obedient and intelligent, they are a sweet and gentle animal. For 400 years, they played an integral role in building and sustaining our province. On your visit to the pony sanctuary, you’ll learn about their history and their importance, and interact with them.

Hanging With ‘The Locals’

The best of NL hospitality and music at one of its finest venues, a super looking old style pub and popular gathering place for locals. Lots of colourful characters with awesome local entertainers performing and open mic sessions between sets. A unique creative and cultural experience that exposes you to up and coming artists and your very own chance to shine.

Community Theatre Shakespeare Style

An outstanding classic theatre experience at an intimate and beautiful performance venue, an Elizabethan playhouse modelled after Shakespeare’s famous open air Globe theatre in London. Here some of the NL’s top actors push boundaries and tell tales. Your perfect spot to explore that special connection we as Newfoundlanders have through our language and culture.

Shopping At A Craft Enterprise Incubator

A beautiful building atop a wharf housing several studios where you’ll meet passionate artisans in their creative element. A diverse range of mediums are made here from textiles to ceramic and print-making. A rare insight into how our craftspeople create their one-of-a-kind works. An outstanding shopping experience further enriched by the opportunity for you to chat with its makers.

All Around the Table

Heritage house coffee and tea room in a cozy, intimate setting where you’ll enjoy great company with locals and tourists. Delightful home cooked meals are prepared with locally-sourced veggies from the community garden. Situated in a beautiful rural setting with walking trails, babbling stream and a scenic waterfall. Store loft museum on-site with artifacts, cultural history, folklore and gift shop.

Seeking Out The “Blue Ghosts”

Catch a thrill and encounter sharks up-close on an award-winning marine eco-tour. Help find, tag, and release these amazing creatures – you’ll become a global citizen scientist! The data you collect will be provided to Canada’s Shark Research Laboratory. Not just a boat tour, you’ll learn about NL’s amazing natural environment and play an integral role in conservation efforts.

Bazaar Extraordinaire

Step inside NL’s largest farmers’ market showcasing only local products all hand made, baked or grown right here. Browse veggies, meats, flowers, specialty bakeries, preserves, international and local foods, art, jewellery, clothing, crafts and much more. Enjoy a delicious meal to local entertainment. A fantastic hangout for tourists and locals, a place bursting with cultural pride.

19th Century European Dining

Warm, inviting digs in a world-class, 160 year old, heritage building. Spectacular hand carved stone and woodwork creates your rustic, but casually elegant dining experience with fireplace, period staircase and glittering, elegant chandeliers, all imported from Europe. Delicious gastro-pub fare locally-sourced is on the menu with live local entertainment featuring traditional music.

Birding Bonanza

One of NL’s major seabird colonies, surrounded by spectacular cliffs and home to 70,000+ nesting birds mere metres away from you. The stars here are Northern Gannets and Black-legged Kittiwakes. Site is reached by a 1-km footpath through open meadows of beautiful sub-arctic tundra. Watch whale spouts from the ocean below. Your surreal and magical experience.

Where Life Began

Guided tour to 5 km stretch of coastline that’s actually an ancient sea floor. Home to oldest known large fossils on earth (dating to 580-560 million years ago). Get up close and touch complex life fossils, so abundant, that exposed areas, the size of tennis courts, are covered in ancient life. 3 km hike over relatively easy terrain leads you to this ecological wonder, the ultimate fossil experience.

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