Avalon

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

The Avalon Peninsula 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 colourful provincial capital, and the oldest English-founded city in North America.

Avalon boasts a thriving art, foodie, and entertainment scene, as well as, an abundance of delightful architecture that will instantly endear you to NL’s rich island culture. Countless museums, historic sites, and narrow, winding roads bring the past to life 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 region 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 by John Guy in 1610 and believed to be the site of the first child born of European parents on the 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, 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

A two-hour musical getaway inside an ole-fashion kitchen in the heart of NL’s Irish Loop. An exclusive and intimate setting where you are encouraged to share your talents, so bring along a tune or a story. This engaging and entertaining song session is an authentic taste of Newfoundland life on its Gaelic 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 British and French forces battle along NL’s shores for control of a lucrative ‘global’ fishery. At this stone fort standing sentinel perched over a picturesque seaside town, a significant chapter of world history 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 leave you fascinated by the creativity and resilience of an island people.

English Settlement

Your state-of-art interactive museum experience that shines light on the rich historical story of Canada’s first English-speaking settlement. Nearby 17th Century plantation site where it began, and where you will 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 in the world. Highly obedient and intelligent, they are a sweet and gentle animal that, for 400 years, have played an integral role in building and sustaining NL. On your visit to this pony sanctuary, you will learn about their history and their importance and interact with them.

‘Local’ Mingling 

The best of NL hospitality and music at one of its finest venues, a super looking old style pub and popular gathering place with ‘locals’. Lots of colourful characters here 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.

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 some of NL’s top actors push the boundaries and tell colorful tales. Your perfect spot to explore that special connection NL, as an island people, has through language and culture.

Incubator Shopping

Situated inside this beautiful building atop a wharf are several artisan studios where you will meet passionate, local artists and watch them create in a diverse range of mediums. Your rare insight into how NL’s craftspeople create one-of-a-kind works. A wonderful, personalized shopping experience enriched by the opportunity to chat with its makers.

All Around the Table

Visit this cozy, intimate coffee and tea room inside a heritage house for great company and food. 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 scenic waterfall. Store-loft museum on-site with artifacts, folklore, and gift shop.

Seeking ‘Blue Ghosts’

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

Bazaar Extraordinaire

Step inside NL’s largest farmers market, featuring local products only, all hand made, baked or grown right here in the province. Browse a wide selection of veggies, meats, flowers, specialty bakeries, preserves, international and local foods, art, jewellery, clothing, crafts and much more. A 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. Rustic, but casually elegant dining with fireplace, period staircase and glittering, elegant chandeliers, all imported from Europe. Delicious, locally-sourced gastro-pub fare is served with live, local entertainment.

Birding Bonanza

One of NL’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. Site is reached via a 1-kilometer footpath through open meadows of beautiful 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 actually an ancient sea floor home to the oldest known 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 relatively easy terrain leads to this ecological wonder, the ultimate rock hound experience.


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