Avalon Region

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Regional Highlights

Experience Our Natural Wonders with Iceberg Quest

Experience Our Natural Wonders with Iceberg Quest

Icebergs, whales, coastline, and endless seascapes: you can experience all those things in St. John’s, our capital city.

Colony of Avalon

Colony of Avalon

Have you ever walked a 17th-century street? Every summer, archaeologists continue work at the Colony of Avalon site, telling its story at the on-site museum.

Woody Island in Placentia Bay

Woody Island in Placentia Bay

The resort on this resettled island in Placentia Bay celebrates many different parts of Newfoundland culture, offering no shortage of adventures.

Toutons & Tunes in Bay Roberts

Toutons & Tunes in Bay Roberts

Traditional music meets a traditional fried bread delicacy on the historic Shoreline Heritage Walk in Bay Roberts.

About the Avalon Region

Welcome to the far east. Where Newfoundland and North America begins. Where the sun shines first, at Cape Spear Lighthouse National Historic Site, just a few kilometres outside the historic, yet contemporary, capital city of St. John's.

The Avalon Peninsula is not only scenically stunning, but it's also a place full of natural wonders: icebergs drifting along coastlines, groups of whales frolicking, migratory seabirds nesting on cliffs, and caribou roaming. As the oldest region to be settled, the Avalon is full of the legends, lore and history of the early adventurers who first laid claim to the New World. It's home to bustling urban centres like St. John's, a city perched on the edge of nature, surrounded by scenic beauty and wildlife. From the downtown vibrancy of a city embracing both the old world and the new, full of music, boutiques, art, culture, quirky architecture and scenic walks, to charming, historic, outport communities gathered around its coast – the Avalon has something to offer every traveller.

It is a land of firsts. It was here Marconi ushered in the modern era of long-distance wireless communications by receiving the first transatlantic signal atop Signal Hill in 1901. And, of course, it was here the oldest city in North America, St. John's, was founded.

The Avalon bears a fitting name, reminiscent of the legend and romanticism of its misty, Arthurian island counterpart. It is also home to the East Coast Trail which, with hundreds of kilometres of scenic hikes, is perfect for exploring our stunning coastline. This is a place full of beauty, cultural depth and the rugged drama of a seafaring peninsula that has weathered trials, triumphs and everything in-between.

Starting at $419 Per Couple
Stay in and explore the outports with this package combining oceanfront cottages with cultural and scenic hot-spots. See where the first successful transatlantic communications cable landed in 1866 at the Cable Museum in Heart's Content. Learn about the salt cod fishery, life in a fishing village, or how boats were made at the Wooden Boat Museum. Grab a Shore Lunchbox and visit the Heart's Content Light House before hitting the easy but scenic Trinity South leg of the famous d'Iberville Trail.
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Ocean Delight Cottages

Starting at $124.99 Per Person
An interactive archaeological experience at the Colony of Avalon in Ferryland, Newfoundland, settled in 1621.

In this full-day program, participants work alongside archaeologists and conservators to reveal the lives of Ferryland’s early settlers. The day includes: guided tour of the site, orientation to techniques, hands-on archaeology and conservation activities, lunch and a Colony of Avalon membership.

No experience required. Spaces for this unforgettable experience are limited.

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Colony of Avalon Archaeological Site

Starting at $349 Per Couple
Get away to an idyllic seaside sanctuary, overlooking Trinity Bay.

Explore over 100 acres of rambling fields, walking trails, and English gardens. Tour the farm and say hello to our 4 Newfoundland Ponies. Unwind in our Aveda Spa and hot tub.

Dine in style with creatively prepared seasonal foods made from fresh, locally sourced ingredients and produce from our own on-site greenhouses. It's just what the doctor ordered. Just an hour from St. John’s. And a million miles from anywhere.

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The Doctor's House Inn & Spa

Starting at $250 Per Package
Capture amazing shots of the colourful architecture in downtown St. John’s. Delight in the vibrant reds, yellows, blues and pinks of the clapboard houses nestled tightly together. Tour guide (local professional photographer) Maurice Fitzgerald will take you to the most colourful streets and best vantage points. Get one-on-one photography instruction to help you get striking images of Jellybean Row. You’ll also enjoy locally made chocolate and coffee to keep those creative juices flowing.
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Far East Photograhy Tours

Starting at $120 Per Couple
Enjoy an enchanting night for two with Spirit of Newfoundland. Come, laugh, sing, clap and enjoy a taste of Newfoundland in one of St. John's most historic venues, The Masonic Temple. A delicious 3-course meal, accompanying by a bottle of wine in our preferred seating area, followed by an original Newfoundland musical comedic show brought to you by our talented Spirit of Newfoundland performers and staff.

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Spirit of Newfoundland Productions Dinner & Show

Starting at $299 Per Couple
Two of Canada's Signature Experiences Collection have teamed up to provide an incredible day of Whales - from the water and from a lighthouse! Stan Cook Sea Kayak Adventures & Lighthouse Picnics are offering a coastal kayaking adventure followed by a leisurely picnic. Offer is filled with takeaways to remind you of an unforgettable day! A 2 hour Go & Tow morning adventure, with complimentary custom Tee Shirts from Stan Cook, followed by a lighthouse picnic at Ferryland with a gift blanket.
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Stan Cook Sea Kayak Adventures & Ferryland Lighthouse Picnics

Starting at $224.99 Per Person
Ride the waves on a Zodiac adventure and discover extinct creatures of the ancient ocean. Explore cliff coastline and sea caves, icebergs, whales and waterfalls; Bell Island has so much to offer! The more adventurous could even kayak or snorkel. In the afternoon, relax and enjoy a delicious picnic lunch on scenic Manuels River, then hold 500 million years of history in your hands as you discover the hidden trilobite fossils of the river with our friendly paleontologist Dr. Rod Taylor, Ph.D.
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Ocean Quest

Starting at $5 Per Person
Take a step back through time as you enjoy a leisurely walk along the rugged coastline on the Bay Roberts Heritage Walking Trail. The guide will take you on a journey to yesteryear as participants are treated to short dramatizations of historic activity in rural Newfoundland. The 40-minute hike finishes at a fisherman's shed where you will be entertained by local musicians and sample toutons, a local culinary delight with refreshments.
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Guided Walks of Bay Roberts

Starting at $165 Per Person
One-of-a-kind experience to a Newfoundland fishing village. Comfy accommodations & traditional meals. Boat transportation & a trip on the bay with a beach picnic. Old-fashioned Kitchen Party with live Newfoundland entertainment and Newfoundland dances. Magnificent scenery, sandy beaches & possible whale sightings. Numerous other outport delights. A must-do on your Newfoundland visit.
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Woody Island Resort
  • Route 210 Garden Cove, 20 minutes from Route 1
  • (709) 364 3701
  • (800) 504 1066

Starting at $1200 Per Person
Become immersed, experience and create something unique on your vacation. Spend your days learning how to build a traditional Newfoundland boat through hands-on instruction and interpretation from our resident boat builder and master story teller. Spend five nights in one of two seaside accommodations - The Point B&B in Hant's Harbour or Heart's Content Cable House B&B. Package includes full breakfast and boxed lunch.
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Wooden Boat Museum of Newfoundland and Labrador

Starting at $4275 Per Person
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The tour company that brought you the original Eco-Culture Experience is back with a journey into the kitchens of our new cuisine. CapeRace has dreamed up 8 days for the gut-foundered that include stays in the coastal foodie hotbed of St. John’s, the Bonavista Peninsula & the famed Fogo Island Inn. Emphasis is on the local- local inspirations and local people doing extraordinary things with traditional ingredients. Along the way you’ll see whales & icebergs, coastal villages & lighthouses.
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CapeRace Cultural Adventures Inc.

Starting at $1349 Per Person
Multi-region
The title says it all - with more than 29,000 kilometres of coastline, there are plenty of vantage points to see the true stars of this package, the whales, birds and bergs!

Package includes expert travel advice, 7 nights’ accommodation, 7-day mid-size car rental with unlimited kilometres, two whale watching boat tours, St. John’s city tour, a Lighthouse Picnic, and admission to select museums and attractions.

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Maxxim Vacations

Starting at $59.99 Per Person
Join us on the beach for one of Newfoundland and Labradors most treasured traditions; the boil-up. For those of you that have never heard the term before, it’s simply means a spot of lunch or tea cooked up over an open fire. We will sit around the fire and appreciate the beauty in our surroundings while you are shown how to prepare some of our traditional foods; all the while telling you stories and traditions around the food of our province.
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Cod Sounds

Starting at $169.50 Per Person
Board the MV Coastal Explorer with Captain Jan as he sails on Conception Bay from Holyrood to Cupids - site of an active archaeological dig at Canada’s first English settlement. On the way you will explore the coastline as explorer John Guy did in 1610. In Cupids walk in Guy’s footsteps & explore the site of his plantation & take part in the dig. Learn about his lasting legacy. End your day with homemade beans, a fishcake & toutons before a late afternoon sail back to Holyrood.

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Coastal Connections , Cupids Legacy Centre, Cupids Haven B&B & Cupids Cove Plantation Provincial Historic Site

Starting at $78 Per Person
90-minute cruise to the Witless Bay Ecological Reserve - home to the Atlantic Puffin and the best whale watching in North America. Fun! Exciting! Family friendly!

Great host and the best whale spotting record.

Join Gatherall's Puffin & Whale Watch for an unforgettable voyage to nature's ocean playground. Leave the driving to us. Transportation from/to St. John's hotels included. Gatherall's catamaran is the largest and most comfortable tour boat in NL. Transport Canada Certified.

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Gatherall's Puffin and Whale Watch

Starting at $1709 Per Person
Multi-region
Explore 9000 years of human history!

The rich and diverse human history of Newfoundland and Labrador is unlike anywhere else in the world. This self-drive tour will guide you to a series of Historic Sites and UNESCO World Heritage Sites representing all the cultures who have lived here – from the oldest known burial mound in North America to some of the earliest European settlements and industries in North America.

Observe archaeologists uncovering the past before your very eyes!

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Maxxim Vacations

Starting at $125 Per Person
Let Lori guide you through the streets of downtown St. John’s with a food tour that takes you to four of the best restaurants this city has to offer. At each stop, you’ll have the opportunity to taste their specially selected offerings alongside a paired beverage.

Lori has worked as a chef in this city, she has run her own personal chef business and these days you’ll find her foraging and offering cooking classes. To say the least, she has an inside experience to offer you.

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Cod Sounds

Starting at $1299 Per Person
Multi-region
Two vacations in one - Newfoundland and France! A mere 25 kilometres off the southeast coast of Newfoundland you will find the French Islands of Saint-Pierre et Miquelon. This 7-night self-drive package includes expert travel advice, 7-nights' accommodation at selected properties, 7-day mid-size car rental with unlimited kilometres, admission to The Rooms and guided tours of St. John's and Saint-Pierre. Enjoy the beauty and culture of two unforgettable places in this tale of two islands.
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Maxxim Vacations

Starting at $55 Per Person
Multi-region
Experience Twillingate, Iceberg Capital of the world with award winning Iceberg Quest.

Breathe in the fresh ocean air as we set sail down Iceberg Alley. Feast your eyes on a glittering parade of majestic icebergs. Witness the mighty humpback whale playfully thrust itself out of the water in a full breach. Sail past rugged coastlines. Dance a jig to a Newfoundland shanty. Fall in love all over again.

Book now & receive a complimentary Iceberg beer. Step aboard ... experience the WONDER!

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Iceberg Quest Ocean Tours & Quidi Vidi Brewery

Starting at $2490 Per Person
Multi-region
The key we give you to three restored coastal homes unlocks more than doors. It opens what National Geographic Traveler calls “one of the world’s most transformative travel experiences.” Meet the local characters whose spirit and wit gives their neighbours endless glee. With our home-grown guide book written for the trip and an unlimited distance vehicle, find the places you want to see, get close to wildlife, and hike trails to pristine spots that transform the spirit.
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CapeRace Cultural Adventures Inc.

Starting at $299 Per Couple
Wake up in one of North America’s National Historic sites and prepare for adventure!

Step aboard award winning Iceberg Quest. Sail past a glittering parade of 25,000 year-old icebergs. Witness the mighty humpback whale in full breach. Bask in our National Geographic coastlines as our Captain regales you with the history and culture of our people.

Retire to the Murray Premises Hotel for a dose of 19th century charm coupled with modern day luxuries in St. John's first ever boutique property.

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Iceberg Quest Ocean Tours

Starting at $158 Per Person
If you love coastal hiking without crowds this is for you. Guided walk along the Irish Shore's rugged coastlines, quaint villages to a famous lighthouse. Picnic lunch served atop a seaside meadow with vistas of puffins and other seabirds swirling below. The icebergs and whales we see are as interesting as the locals we meet. Their accents and distinct brogues are a delight (the folks, not the whales)! This is a special offer filled with takeaways to remind you of your unforgettable day!

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Cook's Coastal Walks & Stan Cook Sea Kayaking

Starting at $149 Per Person
You are bobbing up and down in the Atlantic Ocean. In the distance a different shade of blue grows and brightens, until it is white. It takes a moment to process that this is the underbelly of a humpback whale. How can anything living be so big? The whale surfaces for air and notices you. How curious and strange you must be to her. She decides to have a closer look. You realize you now have a new friend; too bad you can’t text her later. Available option: no snorkeling / stay aboard Zodiac!
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Ocean Quest Adventures

Starting at $134 Per Person
In the morning, explore past lives as an Archaeologist at a working seaside archaeological dig in Ferryland. At the Colony of Avalon, settled in 1621 by Lord Baltimore, you’ll step back in time while getting your hands dirty while uncovering the past with our archaeologists on-site. Continue your land and sea exploration with a two-hour coastal kayaking adventure with Stan Cook Sea Kayak Adventures, one of Canada’s Signature Experiences.
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Colony of Avalon Archaeological Site & Stan Cook Sea Kayak Adventures

Starting at $90 Per Person
Sit back, relax and enjoy the view as humpback whales breach, pectoral fin and fluke slap right before your eyes. With the largest population of humpbacks returning each summer you never know what you’ll see. You may even witness a rare double breach. Cruise to the Witless Bay Ecological Reserve, home to 1/2 a million Atlantic Puffins and millions of other seabirds. Sail past towering icebergs. Package includes: 2 hr Award Winning Boat Tour, Shuttle Service, 1 Iceberg Beer, 1 Puffin Souvenir

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O'Brien's Whale and Bird Tours

Starting at $145 Per Couple
Do you feel orange today?

We’re rolling out the canvas, and we want your help creating a masterpiece! Get inspired with Newfoundland's award winning boat tour. Sail past a dazzling parade of pristine blue icebergs. Catch a glimpse of the Atlantic Puffin's orange beak and the white belly of a humpback whale as she breaches.

Then it's time to unleash that inspiration upon your very own autographed copy of Bobbi Pike's The Colours of Newfoundland and Labrador colouring book!

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Iceberg Quest Ocean Tours - St. John's

Starting at $2090 Per Person
An escorted vacation of Newfoundland and Labrador conducted by a local guide. Visit the coast of Labrador, the Viking Villages in L’Anse aux Meadows, Gros Morne National Park and Red Bay – all UNESCO World Heritage sites. View icebergs & whales, walk the spectacular coastlines and meet the people of the quaint fishing villages along our north and western coasts. Your local host will regale you with our vibrant history, ecology, culture, language and songs from this unique corner of the planet.
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McCarthy's Party Tours

Starting at $224.99 Per Person
Departing the Sunset Key Marina in a 24' rigid hull Zodiac we head out on Conception Bay to explore the rugged cliff shoreline of Bell Island; 400' SeaCaves, waterfalls, the Mysterious Grebes Nest, “the Bell” and “the Clapper”; for close encounters with whales, icebergs and seabirds or to catch a cod fish in-season. With your appetite wet, our friends from Cod Sounds will be waiting on a favorite beach to treat us to a scoff of in-season seafood with traditional, homemade fixings.
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Ocean Quest

Starting at $400 Per Person
Looking for a truly unique weekend getaway? Come discover the Baccalieu Trail. Spend Saturday in Winterton where our resident boat builder and master story teller will provide hands-on instruction and interpretation of boat building. Saturday evening enjoy Cajun, Newfoundland and Fusion cuisine at Grates Cove Studio after exploring rock wall gardens and outdoor sculptures. Package includes 2 nights' accommodations in one of two seaside accommodations and 3 course dinner.
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Wooden Boat Museum of Newfoundland and Labrador

Starting at $225 Per Person
Relax and unwind with 2 nights at our ocean front, charming, Heritage Inn. Laugh with new friends and learn traditions of the area as you settle in for a 3-4 hr lobster cooking adventure! In a small group you will learn lobster cooking and eating techniques as you bake fresh homemade bread. Sit at our Captain's Table to savour its sweet, succulent flavour; drizzled with melted butter. The next morning enjoy storytelling over homemade breakfast. A truly delicious and memorable food experience!
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A Schooner Inn

Starting at $1956 Per Person
Multi-region
Newfoundland is one of the world's truly authentic places, and this self-drive tour highlights all the island has to offer. Take two nature cruises to search for whales and icebergs, enjoy a Ferryland Lighthouse picnic, tour Western Brook Pond in Gros Morne, and experience the old port city of St. John's.
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Vision Atlantic Vacations

Starting at $85 Per Person
Join us on the Coastal Explorer to learn all about our Atlantic lobster & its harvest. Get your hands wet by hauling lobster pots & taking care of the catch while you learn about the lobster’s life & the fishery in Newfoundland. Become a modern explorer above & below the waves by flying our underwater robot to see the lobster’s home without getting wet.

To learn how to cook lobster include Schooner Inn's Lobster Flavour overnight package for an additional $225 pp. Visit http://bit.ly/1purn6H

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Coastal Connections

Starting at $96 Per Person
In the morning, explore past lives as an Archaeologist at a working seaside archaeological dig in Ferryland. At the Colony of Avalon, settled in 1621 by Lord Baltimore, you’ll step back in time while getting your hands dirty and uncovering the past with our archaeologists as you dig on-site. Then scrub up and hike to the lighthouse for a leisurely gourmet picnic prepared by Lighthouse Picnics, one of Canada’s Signature Experiences.
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Colony of Avalon Archaeological Site & Ferryland Lighthouse Picnics

 

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  • 3 Days
    The Avalon Peninsula offers a multitude of hiking and walking opportunities, ranging from a gentle stroll around a small lake in St. John's a to a multi-day coastal trail for the serious — and fit — hiker. For walkers, the Grand Concourse in St. John's and nearby communities provides an extensive and well-maintained trail system that criss-crosses the city, from hilltop and river valley to parks and downtown. For the serious hiker, the East Coast Trail is both a challenge and a journey of discovery into the heart of Irish Newfoundland. There are many more trails all over the region, and a bit of research prior to arriving will give you an idea of the variety available.
  • 3 Days
    Some of the most accessible seabird colonies in the world can be found in Newfoundland and Labrador's Avalon region. On this short three-day break, we visit two ecological reserves, an archaeological dig and a nature park, and do a day's birding in the capital city, St. John's.
  • 67 km
    The Admiral's Coast follows Route 60 along the western and southern shore of Conception Bay between Colliers and Paradise, and provides excellent views over the bay.
  • 230 km
    "Wherever you are steer northwest for Baccalieu." This old sailors' proverb (minus the compass direction) is still good advice for today's traveller. Along Routes 80 and 70, and their offshoots, you'll find charming fishing villages, gorgeous coastal scenery, and a few surprises. There are several ways to access The Baccalieu Trail: from Route 60, or take Routes 75 or 80 from Route 1.
  • Avalon
    303 km
    This tour takes you to the Cape St. Mary's Ecological Reserve seabird sanctuary, one of the most incredible wildlife spectacles in the world, and into an area of Placentia Bay that played an exciting part in the history of North America during its early days when England fought France for control of the colony and the continent.
  • Avalon
    312 km
    This scenic and historic drive starts at St. John's and heads south on Route 10 into the heart of Irish Newfoundland, and the magical world of whales, seabirds and caribou, then loops back to St. John's along Routes 90 and 1.
  • 55 km
    According to the Dictionary of Newfoundland English, a killick is "an anchor made up of an elongated stone, encased in pliable sticks bound at the top and fixed in two curved cross-pieces, used in mooring nets and small boats." In other words, it's a homemade anchor. The Killick Coast stretches from St. Thomas to Logy Bay on the northeast coast of the Avalon Peninsula and includes Bell Island. This is a favourite scenic drive for people who live in the area. It takes you into old fishing villages, a former mining town, and through farmland.
  • Avalon
    28 km
    The Osprey Trail skirts the southern coast of beautiful Trinity Bay.
  • 35 km
    Newfoundland and Labrador's capital city of St. John's is one of the oldest European settlements in North America. Originally called St. John's Bay, this perfectly sheltered harbour drew explorers and fishermen in the 1500s. Possessing an eclectic history, from being a summer fishing station and brawling, colonial seaport to a commercial and communications hub, today it is one of the most economically- and artistically-vibrant cities in Canada.