Avalon Peninsula

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

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  • 1. 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 through...Read More

  • 2. 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 salmon...Read More

  • 3. 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...Read More

  • 4. 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 that...Read More

  • 5. 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...Read More

  • 6. Cupids Legacy Centre & Museum

    Museum/Gallery

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

  • 7. 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 Highway...Read More

  • 8. 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...Read More

  • 9. 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...Read More

  • 10. 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 more...Read More

  • 11. Witless Bay Ecological Reserve

    Nature Preserve/Wildlife Refuge

    Besides the colonies of seabirds and pods of whales, in late spring and early summer, this is an excellent place to see icebergs, which can...Read More

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