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Cape St. Mary's Ecological Reserve

Cape St. Mary's Ecological Reserve Review

The third-largest nesting colony of gannets in North America resides here, at the most accessible seabird colony on the continent. A paved road takes you within a mile of the colony. You can visit the interpretation center—guides are on-site in summer—and then walk to within 100 feet of nesting gannets, murres, black-billed kittiwakes, and razorbills. At busy times you may have to wait your turn at the observation point. Call the weather line to check on conditions before heading out. The reserve has some of the most dramatic coastal scenery in Newfoundland and is a good place to spot whales. Most birds visit from March through August. In July, August, and September the interpretation center presents local artists performing traditional music.

    Contact Information

  • Address: Off Rte. 100, Cape St. Mary's, NL
  • Phone: 709/277–1666 cell phone; 709/337–2473
  • Cost: Free
  • Hours: Mid-May–June and Sept.–mid-Oct., daily 9–5; July and Aug., daily 8–7
  • Website:
  • Location: Cape St. Mary's Ecological Reserve
Updated: 11-15-2013

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