Avalon Peninsula Sights

We’ve compiled the best of the best in Avalon Peninsula - browse our top choices for the top things to see during your stay.

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Cape St. Mary's Ecological Reserve

  • Nature Preserve/Wildlife Refuge

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...

Castle Hill National Historic Site

  • Arts/Performance Venue

Just north of Placentia, Castle Hill is what remains of the French fortifications. The visitor center has a "Life at Plaisance" exhibit...

Colony of Avalon

  • Archaeological Site/Ruins

A major ongoing archaeological dig at Ferryland has uncovered this early-17th-century colony founded by George Calvert, later Lord Baltimore...

Cupids Legacy Centre & Museum

  • Archaeological Site/Ruins

With interactive displays, interpretive tours, a shop, and an archaeological lab, this is a good place to get a glimpse of the English...

Ferryland Lighthouse

  • Nautical Site/Lighthouse

This historic lighthouse, built in 1871, now signals the spot for breathtaking views, worry-free picnics, and great food such as smoked...

Grates Cove

  • Archaeological Site/Ruins

Grates Cove community is 73 km (45 miles) north of Harbour Grace on Route 70. Here is a photographer's dream, with vistas of both Bonavista...

Hawke Hills

  • Nature Preserve/Wildlife Refuge

From Salmonier Nature Park to Brigus, take Route 90, which passes through the scenic Hawke Hills before meeting up with the Trans-Canada...

Hawthorne Cottage

  • House/Mansion/Villa

The home of the Arctic explorer Robert Bartlett is one of the few surviving examples of picturesque cottage style, with a veranda decorated...

Mistaken Point Ecological Reserve

  • Geological Site

At 575 million years old, this is one of the most significant fossil sites in the world. Fossils of more than 20 species of ancient organisms...

Salmonier Nature Park

  • Nature Preserve/Wildlife Refuge

Many indigenous animal species—including caribou, lynx, and otters—along with moose, which were introduced from New Brunswick a little...


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