“A Treasure That Takes You Through Time, Myth & Legend”

Eastern Newfoundland winds 380 kilometers (236 miles) from Cape Bonavista in the north to the Burin Peninsula in the south. The charming villages here once rivalled the City of St. John’s as the fishing capital of North America, today they rival any spot in the world with their simple, old-world beauty.

The name ‘Bonavista’, for example,  means ‘Happy View’ in Latin, and it is believed that Italian explorer Giovanni Caboto (Anglicized John Cabot) stated “o buono vista” on the deck of his ship The Matthew when he arrived here in 1497.

Eastern maintains countless historical, architectural, and cultural attractions and expresses a true NL ‘outport’ lifestyle. A rich seafaring heritage thrives here, which, in many respects, remains unchanged since Europeans arrived on these shores over five centuries ago. This is particularly evident in the countless museums that document the development of the techniques and tools of the fishing trade.

Eastern is a seascape of natural wonders and stunning scenery too with quaint islands, sheltered coves, endless coastline, marvelous sandy beaches, and bright, blue waters. Much of the region also lies within ‘Iceberg Alley’ and also offers front row seat to countless species of whales.

  • An eating moose grazing and eating in the meadow

Places To Visit

Experiences To Cherish

Newfie ‘Boil-Up’

The ‘boil-up’ is a cherished NL pastime and led by local, knowledgeable guides, you will attend a sunset beach one. You will explore beautiful scenery, hear interesting stories past down generations, and partake in a delightful cultural foodie experience that includes moose, cod (cheeks and tongue), crab, rhubarb relish, partridge-berry jam, and wild mint tea.

Manor Dining

Nostalgic, 5-star dining inside this beautifully crafted Queen Anne Revival home with unparalleled ocean views of historic town and picturesque bay. A varied menu including prime rib, scallops, shrimp, cod, and partridge berry pudding with rum sauce. Gracious service, excellent display, and fabulous ambience for an unforgettable evening.

An 1800s Return

Guided storytelling tour along a beautiful coastal trail that leads to a large scale, authentic replica of early 19th-Century out-port living. Site includes sod and education houses, church, fishing stages/flakes, vegetable garden, and sheep grazing. Return to a time when a people, against all odds, fought to survive and flourish in a rugged, bleak land.

Puffin Frolicking 

Rugged coastal view of hundreds of puffins from land, the nearest site in North America. True seabirds, puffins spend most of their time swimming, diving, and feeding. Propelled by their powerful wings, they reach ocean depths of 70 m (200 ft), using their webbed feet as a rudder. Colorful, comical, and curious, they will wander right up to you.

Merchants of Cod

Witness the international inshore cod fishery trade of the 18th and 19th centuries told from the Newfoundland merchant. On this 2-hour, self-guided tour, you will explore five charming, clapboard, heritage buildings with fascinating displays, archival films, and hands-on activities. A historic return to Bonavista, an economic powerhouse that once rivaled St. John’s.

Of Land & Sea

An out-of-the-vault exhibition celebrating NL’s industrious, resourceful people and their deep connection to the land and sea from the 1800s to now. Includes inshore and offshore fishery tools, artifacts of ships and sailing and navigation, agricultural and transportation collections and items related to trades, professions, and work in the home.

Theatrical Dining

Step inside this historic building to see some of NL’s great actors in diverse productions like romance, comedy, mystery, and multi-instrumental song and dance. Delicious 3-course meal before the performance includes pork tenderloin with rum raisin sauce or pan-fried cod accompanied by roasted potato, root vegetables, sweet corn, and desserts. 

Where Life Began

Guided tour to a geological boundary between the Precambrian and Cambrian periods. Home to some of the world’s oldest fossils of skeletal organisms, superbly exposed shelled animals burrowed into sea floor circa 4.54 billion years ago. Includes visit to nearby geology centre with an innovative, interactive museum, a fascinating evolutionary experience.

Teeing Off Coastal

Hit the fairways on this beautiful 9-hole golf course with scenic coastal views. This most southerly course in NL has challenging play including tight fairways, fast greens, strategically-placed sand traps, and water hazards such as ponds and surrounding marshland. Large practice greens and rustic club house with restaurant and lounge on-site.

Memory Lane

Historic district with victorian-era properties and 1850s lighthouse. Stop and ‘yarn’ with fishers and schooner men, then stroll along the fascinating old harbour with active fishing boats and huge trawlers from the cod fishery heyday. Ask the locals to tell you the story of the ‘B’ on the lighthouse. A glimpse into the Grand Banks fishery of the past and present.

Going ‘Off The Grid’

Take this 1 hour, 45 minute ferry ride to a remote south coastal village on NL’s southcoast where no roads or cars exist. A true ‘off the grid’, cultural adventure with hiking to remains of ‘resettled’ communities and learning local knowledge on a cod/lobster fishing trip. Stunning vistas of coastal fjords here for your beachside cook-up

Ecology & Wildlife 

Self-guided boardwalk tour to a beautiful 7 square kilometer (2.7 square mile) wetland and boreal forest protected site. Includes 5 natural habitats: Wetland, Forest, Aquatic, Barren, and Cultural that examines human impact. An enriching educational experience in plant and animal conservation. Home to Black Bear, Lynx, Red Fox, American Bittern, Boreal Owl, American Coot, and more.

Cultural Spaces

Step inside this beautiful, architecturally-distinct Anglican church atop a magnificent harbour. Now transformed into an arts and entertainment venue where fantastic folk and indie concert performances take place by some of NL’s most talented musical groups, singers, and songwriters. An evening of music as moody and wildly local as it gets.

Artisan At Work

Visit this contemporary stoneware/ceramic studio, home to one of a kind, handcrafted works inspired by the subtle textures and colours of sea and sky. Watch pottery glow red hot inside a custom built wood burning kiln, the only one of its kind in NL, where flame, ash, and 1250 Celsius temperatures give each creation unique character and colour.

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