Eastern Newfoundland is a treasure that’ll take you through time, myth and legend.

The name ‘Bonavista’, for example, means ‘Happy View’ in Latin and it’s believed 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 winds 380 km from Cape Bonavista in the north, to the Burin Peninsula in the south.

The charming villages located 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 region maintains countless historical, architectural and cultural attractions and expresses a true ‘out-port’ lifestyle our island people have long been known for.

On your journey here, you’ll meet honest, friendly folk and experience a rich seafaring heritage that, in many respects, remains unchanged since their arrival on these shores over five centuries ago.

This is particularly evident in the countless museums which document the development of the techniques and tools of the fishing trade.

Eastern is also a seascape of natural wonders and stunning scenery, including quaint islands, sheltered coves, endless coastline, marvellous sandy beaches and bright, blue waters.

Much of the region lies within ‘Iceberg Alley’ and provides you with a front row seat to countless species of whales. Here you’ll get up close and personal with these sensational ocean mammoths!

Places You’ll Visit

Unforgettable Experiences

The Newfoundland ‘Boil-Up’

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

Dining At A Historic Merchant’s Manor

Nostalgic 5-star restaurant inside a beautifully crafted Queen Anne Revival home with unparalleled ocean views of historic town and bay. Varied menu includes prime rib, scallops, shrimp, cod and partridge berry pudding with rum sauce. Gracious service, excellent display and a fabulous ambience will make your evening out unforgettable.

Returning To 1800s Newfoundland

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

Frolicking With Puffins

Rugged coastal view of hundreds of puffins from land, the nearest site in North America. True seabirds, puffins spend most 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. Colourful, comical and curious, these birds will wander right up to you mere meters away.

The 19th Century Merchant

The international cod trade and inshore fishery of the 1800s and 1900s told from the Newfoundland merchant perspective. On your 2-3 hour self-guided tour, you’ll explore five charming, clapboard, heritage buildings with fascinating displays, archival films and hands-on activities. Your 19th Century return to an economic powerhouse that once rivalled St. John’s.

Two Centuries On Land And Sea

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

Award-Winning Heritage Dinner Theatre

Historic building, home to some of the most talented actors in the province. Diverse productions including romance, comedy, mystery and multi-instrumental song and dance. Your delicious 3-course meal before the performance will include pork tenderloin with rum raisin sauce or pan-fried cod, accompanied by roasted potato, root vegetables, sweet corn and an assortment of deserts. A culturally rich evening out.

Where Animal Life Began

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

Teeing Off To Warm Bay Breezes

Hit the fairways on a 9-hole, ocean side golf course (the most southerly one in the province) with scenic coastal views. Tight fairways, fast greens and strategically-placed sand traps make for your challenging play. Various water hazards include ponds and surrounding marshland. Large practice green and rustic club house with restaurant and lounge for you to unwind.

Strolling Down Memory Lane

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

Going Off The Grid

A 1 hour, 45 minute ferry ride to a remote south coastal village where there are no roads or cars. Your true ‘off the grid’ adventure that includes hiking to the remains of ‘resettled’ communities and learning local knowledge on a cod or lobster fishing trip. Stunning vistas of coastal fjords for your beachside cook-up or bring your catch back to the dinner table.

Wildlife Watching At An Eco-Museum

Guided boardwalk tour to a beautiful 7 sq. km wetland and boreal forest protected site. 5 natural habitats include Wetland, Forest, Aquatic, Barren, and Cultural that examines human impact. Your enriching educational experience in plant and animal conservation. Habitat includes Black Bear, Lynx, Red Fox, American Bittern, Boreal Owl, American Coot and more.

Cultural Spaces & Heritage Preservation

Step inside a beautiful, architecturally-distinct, old-style Anglican church atop a magnificent harbour now transformed into an arts and entertainment venue. Home to fantastic folk and indie concert performances by some of Newfoundland and Labrador’s best music groups, singers and songwriters. Your evening of music as moody and wildly local as it gets.

An Artisan In Their Creative Element

A visit to a contemporary stoneware and ceramic studio with one of a kind, handcrafted works inspired by the subtle textures and colours of sea and sky. You’ll watch pottery glowing red hot inside a custom built wood burning kiln (the only one of its kind in the province). Flame, ash and 1250 Celsius temperatures give each creation unique character and colour.