The Avalon Peninsula is steeped in legend, lore, and history and strongly reflects 400+ years of English and Irish settlement.
It is here that you will discover the enchanting, bustling city of St. John’s, our colourful provincial capital and the oldest English-founded city in North America.
The region boasts a thriving art, foodie, and entertainment scene and with historical architecture abound, you will instantly be endeared by our island’s rich culture and heritage.
All parts of the Avalon are a mere 2-hour drive from the capital city. On your journey, you will meet warm, fun loving Newfoundlanders with world renown friendliness and kindness.
Countless museums, historic sites and narrow, winding roads are to be discovered here that bring the past to life and take you back to a forgotten time.
Along the way, you will explore places like Ferryland (founded 1621 by Lord Baltimore), Placentia (Plaisance, Newfoundland’s French capital established 1662) and of course Cupids (Cupers Cove, 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!