Avalon

“A Mystical Wonderland Steeped In Legend, Lore, & History”

Avalon, NL’s most easterly region, strongly reflects 400+ years of English and Irish settlement. It is here that you will discover the enchanting, bustling city of St. John’s, NL’s colorful provincial capital, and the oldest English-founded city in North America.

The region boasts a thriving art, foodie, and entertainment scene, as well as, an abundance of delightful architecture that will instantly endear you to the island’s rich culture. 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 will meet warm, fun loving Newfoundlanders with world renown friendliness and kindness.

All parts of the Avalon are a 2-hour drive from the capital city with places like Ferryland (founded 1621 by Lord Baltimore), Placentia (formerly Plaisance, Newfoundland’s old French capital, established 1662), and Cupids (formally Cupers Cove, the first English settlement in Canada, established 1610 by John Guy, and believed to be the site of the first child born of European parents on the North American continent).

Stretched out along stunning coastal vistas, Avalon delivers 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, a UNESCO World Heritage Site that is home to some of the oldest and rarest ‘early life’ marine fossils on earth, also await your discovery.

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Places To Visit


Experiences To Cherish

the kitchen party

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

nl’s french capital

Stand where the fate of North America hung in the balance. Imagine cannons and muskets blazing as Britain and France battle for control of a lucrative ‘global’ fishery. At this stone fort standing sentinel, perched over a picturesque seaside town, you shall experience a significant chapter of world history that ultimately determined a continent’s destiny.

shades of the past

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

english settlement

Your state-of-the-art interactive museum experience that shines light on the story of Canada’s first English-speaking settlement. Then visit the nearby 17th Century plantation site where it all began, and where you shall witness an active archaeological dig that continues to reveal more about the lives of Canada’s first English settlers.

meeting nl’s pony

The Newfoundland pony is a critically endangered breed with only 400 remaining throughout the world. Highly obedient and intelligent, they are a sweet and gentle animal who, for more than 400 years, have played an integral role in building and sustaining the province. On your visit to this delightful pony sanctuary, you will learn about their history and their importance and get to interact with them.

‘local’ mingling 

The best of Newfoundland hospitality and music at one of its finest venues, a super looking old style pub and popular gathering place with ‘locals’. There are lots of colorful characters hanging out here, with awesome local entertainers performing and open mic sessions between sets. Your unique, creative, and cultural experience that will expose you to up and coming artists.

theatre shakespeare

An outstanding community theatre experience inside an intimate, beautiful performance venue, an Elizabethan playhouse modeled after Shakespeare’s famous open air Globe Theatre in London. Here you will watch some of NL’s top actors push the boundaries and tell fanciful tales. Your perfect spot to explore that special connection Newfoundland, as an island culture, has through its language.

incubator shopping

Situated inside a beautiful building, nestled in a cove, atop a wharf are several artisan studios where you will meet passionate, local artists and watch them function in a diverse range of mediums. This is your rare insight into how NL’s craftspeople create one-of-a-kind works. An outstanding shopping experience further enriched by the opportunity to chat with its makers.

all around the table

At this cozy, intimate coffee and tea room situated inside a heritage house, great company and food awaits you. Delicious meals are prepared fresh with locally-sourced veggies from the community garden. Situated in a beautiful rural setting with walking trails, a babbling stream, and a scenic waterfall. Store-loft museum located on-site with artifacts and folklore, as well as a gift shop.

seeking ‘blue ghosts’

Catch a thrill and encounter sharks up-close on this award-winning marine eco-tour. Help to find, tag, and release these amazing ocean creatures and, in doing so, become a global citizen scientist. The data that you collect will be provided to Canada’s Shark Research Laboratory, your electrifying opportunity to play an integral role in conservation efforts.

bazaar extraordinaire

Step inside Newfoundland’s largest farmers market featuring local products only, all lovingly hand made, baked, or grown right here in the province. Here you shall browse a wide selection of veggies, meats, flowers, specialty bakeries, preserves, international and local foods, art, jewellery, clothing, crafts, and much more. Your fantastic cultural and eclectic shopping experience.

19th century dining

Warm inviting digs inside a world-class, 160 year old heritage building with spectacular hand carved stone and woodwork. Your casually elegant dining experience with fireplace, period staircase, and glittering, elegant chandeliers, all imported from Europe. Delicious, locally-sourced gastro-pub fare will be served alongside live, local entertainment.

birding bonanza

Visit one of Newfoundland’s major seabird colonies that is surrounded by spectacular cliffs and home to 70,000+ nesting birds. The stars of the show here are the beautiful northern gannets and black-legged kittiwakes. The site is reached via a 1 kilometer (0.62 mile), relatively easy footpath through open meadows of gorgeous sub-arctic tundra. Your surreal and magical ecological experience.

where life began

Guided tour to a 5 kilometer (3.1 mile) stretch of coastline that is an ancient sea floor home to the oldest large fossils on earth (dating 580-560 million years). So abundant, that exposed areas the size of tennis courts are covered in ancient life. A 3 kilometer (1.9 mile) hike over easy terrain shall lead you to this ecological wonder, the ultimate geo-ecological experience.


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