“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.

With its sheltered coves and abundant cod, this region was the first part of the New World to be discovered and settled. The name ‘Bonavista’, for example, means ‘Happy View’ in Latin, and it is purported that Italian explorer Giovanni Caboto (Anglicized John Cabot) stated “o buono vista” (oh happy sight) on the deck of his ship The Matthew when he arrived here in 1497.

Eastern maintains countless historical, architectural (over 500 heritage structures in Bonavista alone, and the largest number outside St. John’s), 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 with sweeping landscapes, quaint islands, endless coastline, marvelous sandy beaches, outcrops of semi-immersed rock, and bright, blue waters. Much of the region is also situated along ‘Iceberg Alley’, and also offers front row seats to countless species of migrating whales.

  • An eating moose grazing and eating in the meadow

Places To Visit

Experiences To Cherish

the newfie ‘boil-up’

The ‘boil-up’ is a cherished Newfoundland 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), snow crab, rhubarb relish, partridge-berry jam, and wild mint tea.

manor dining

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

an 1800s return

Guided storytelling tour along a beautiful coastal trail that leads you to a large scale, authentic replica of an early 19th-Century ‘outport’ community. Site includes sod and education houses, church, fishing stages and flakes, vegetable garden, and grazing sheep. This is your return to a time when a people, against all odds, fought to survive and flourish in a rugged, bleak land.

puffin frolicking 

Rugged coastal views 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 can reach ocean depths of up to 70 meters (230 feet) using their webbed feet as a rudder. Colorful, comical, and curious, they will even wander right up to you, mere meters (yards) away.

merchants of cod

Witness the international inshore cod fishery trade of the 18th and 19th centuries told from the perspective of 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. Your historic return to Bonavista, an economic powerhouse that once rivaled St. John’s.

of land and sea

An out-of-the-vault museum exhibition experience that celebrates Newfoundland’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 extensive items related to trades, professions, and work in the home.

theatrical dining

Step inside this historic building to see some of NL’s greatest actors perform in diverse productions like romance, comedy, mystery, and multi-instrumental song and dance. A delicious 3-course meal shall be served to you before the performance and to include pork tenderloin with rum raisin sauce or pan-fried cod, with roasted potato, root vegetables, sweet corn, as well as desserts.

microcosms of life

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

teeing off coastal

Hit the fairways on a beautiful 9-hole golf course with scenic coastal views. This most southerly course in Newfoundland and Labrador has challenging play for you including tight fairways, fast greens, strategically placed sand traps, and water hazards including ponds and surrounding marshland. A large practice green and  a rustic clubhouse with restaurant and lounge to unwind are also situated on-site.

memory lanes

Visit a historic district with victorian-era properties and an 1850s lighthouse. Stop and ‘yarn’ (chat) with the local fishers and schooner men, then stroll along the fascinating old harbor with active fishing boats and huge trawlers from the cod fishery heyday. Ask the locals to tell you the story about the ‘B’ on the lighthouse. This is your glimpse into the Grand Banks fishery of the past and present.

going ‘off the grid’

Take a 1 hour and 45 minute ferry ride to a remote coastal village on Newfoundland’s south coast where no roads or cars exist. Your true ‘off the grid’, cultural adventure that includes hiking to the remains of ‘resettled’ communities and learning local knowledge on a cod and lobster fishing trip. Upon your return, stunning vistas of coastal fjords await you for your beachside seafood cook-up.

ecology and 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. Native animals include black bear, lynx, red fox, American bittern, boreal owl, and American coot. Your enriching, educational experience in plant and wildlife conservation.

cultural spaces

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

an artisan at work

Visit this contemporary stoneware and ceramic studio, home to one of a kind, handcrafted works inspired by the subtle textures and colors of the sea and sky. Here you shall watch pottery glow red hot inside a custom built wood burning kiln, the only one in NL, where flame, ash, and 1250 Celsius (2282 Fahrenheit) temperatures give each creation unique character, color, and form.

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