Avalon Region

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Just Beyond St. John’s, Reach Another World

Just Beyond St. John’s, Reach Another World

Just an hour from St. John's. And a million miles from anywhere. A breathtaking 10-room inn and spa tucked between the trees and the water's edge in Green's Harbour.

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How Newfoundland was First

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Instagram Tour of Newfoundland

Instagram Tour of Newfoundland

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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 $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 $89.95 Per Couple
For those Pre-Winter Post-Christmas Blues and Valentines Day Winter Retreat. For $89.95 a night....special deal! Let us pamper you with a hot gourmet breakfast for two in the A.M. Have a wine or highball as you sit in our amazing ocean front Inn. We will also cater to larger groups or family get-aways. We are 55 minutes from St Johns. Great Snow shoeing and hiking in the area.

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Inn By The Bay

Starting at $365 Per Person
Enter into an oasis of peace and serenity with head to toe treatments offered by our Aveda trained service providers. Starting with a Elemental nature facial and full body massage. Enjoy a light lunch in our Abbey Café while you await your pedicure and manicure to end off a luxurious day at the Monastery Spa, part of the Leaside Group.

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Monastery Spa & Suites

Starting at $229.99 Per Person
Your guide slows the boat as you pass Cpt. Kelly's Island learning of pirates and early settlers to the area. Nearing Bell Island he tells you stories of iron ore mining, German subs and WWII shipwrecks. On this rugged adventure, you feel the culture, history, and heritage, a true sense of place. On the beach, you meet your chef, with an amazing spread of seafood laid out that they call a Boil Up. You are overwhelmed with the smell of fish, home-made treats, and colorful wild edibles.
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Ocean Quest Adventures

Starting at $199.99 Per Person
Begin your adventure from a 200 year old fishing village. Puffins, Gannets and Eagles soar above, as you zip through the water, accompanied by dolphins and whales in the near distance. You may think its another whale, but the natural land-based geyser blows, you have reached the Spout. You can enjoy the splash zone from the boat, or slip into the water to explore the vibrant ecosystem below where the fish and marine life call home. Finish off with a rejuvenating natural waterfall shower.
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Ocean Quest Adventures

Starting at $3000.00 Per Couple
Experience wild Newfoundland & Labrador and dive deep into our cuisine. This 3 night experience is for the food enthusiast who is interested in a rustic ocean-side experience to discover a place through it's people, it's culture and it's food.

Our days will be immersed in beach-combing, woods-foraging, game butchery and wood fire cooking. This is an experience that will be bringing you close to the land and sea.

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Cod Sounds

Starting at $175 Per Person
Newfoundland is internationally renowned for its winter birds – most of which can be found in and around St. John’s. We search rugged coastlines for sought-after seabirds; visit quaint ponds to spot both local and European waterfowl; stroll wooded trails to find northern finches and songbirds, and enjoy the world-famous gull flocks in one of North America's oldest cities. Sometimes, we even find a rarity or two to add a little extra excitement to our day!
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Bird-The-Rock Bird & Nature Tours

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 $2190 Per Person
Multi-region
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 $95 Per Person
Set sail on an Award Winning Boat Tour that will leave you breathless. View 1/2 a million Atlantic Puffins at the Witless Bay Eco Reserve, watch playful Humpback Whales and sail past 10,000 year old Icebergs. Enjoy a beer tasting of 7 Award Winning ales and lagers at Quidi Vidi Brewery while learning the history of the charming fishing village.

*Full brewery tour available on Saturday’s and Sunday’s

Package includes: 2 hour boat tour, return shuttle service, brewery tasting, 2 pack QV beer.

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O'Brien's Whale and Bird Tours

Starting at $225 Per Person
Feel the salt water breezes as you relax in our seaside Inn for 2 nights. Laugh and jig your way into a 3-4 hour crab lovers escape in your bib and schooner hat.

Learn how to cook, eat and love the sweetest, most succulent Snow Crab, dripping with melted garlic butter. Savour tasty blue mussels, steamed in blueberry wine. Learn the art of cooking Toutons, a fried bread dough delicacy, drizzled with sweet, sticky molasses. Delicious!

Escape and fall in love with crab.

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A Schooner Inn

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 $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 $599 Per Couple
Located in scenic Green's Harbour, just an hour from St. John's, The Doctor's House is the perfect spot to get away and re-connect.

This 2-night package offers the best of 'life around the bay'.

- 2 nights in our romantic seaside inn

- Full breakfast for 2 each morning

- Gourmet multi-course dining for one night, and

- Your choice of two daytime activities including golfing, guided hike, scenic tour with picnic lunch.

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 $379 Per Couple
Unwind in a luxurious double sized Jacuzzi while you sip on a glass of bubbly and indulge in some chocolate covered strawberies . Then head over to Spirit of Newfoundland Theater, where you'll be served a three course meal and enjoy the superb performances of Spirit of Newfoundland's cast. After the show, come back to a Leaside property to enjoy a night of complete romance. In the morning, enjoy a sumptuous hot breakfast
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Monastery Spa & Suites

Starting at $3100 Per Person
North America's largest puffin colony and members of the world's largest humpback whale gathering headline a week-long holiday rich with the flavours and culture of Newfoundland. Great hotels, icebergs, lighthouses, orchids, sperm whales, caribou, and the New World's first city are also on the itinerary.

Immerse yourself in the colours, flavours, and adventures of this dramatic destination. Join our small groups to explore the coastal headlands and to voyage with local whale researchers.

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Wildland Tours

Starting at $429 Per Couple
Check in to one of Leaside's suites and unwind with a glass of bubbly. Await your chauffeur who will take you through scenic downtown St John's in to Quidi Vidi. You will enjoy a meal at Mallard Cottage, a one of a kind venue that showcases the provinces' vast array of wild game, seafood & produce. Later you will return to your inn where you can enjoy the rest of the evening huddled near the fireplace. The next morning awake to a hot breakfast served bedside.
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Leaside Manor

Starting at $250 Per Package
Stand atop the cliffs, high above the ocean at the edge of North America, at Cape Spear. You are in the dark and all you hear is the roar of the crashing waves below. See the sun slowly peak above the horizon as dawn breaks first on the continent. Tour guide (local pro photographer) Maurice Fitzgerald will provide one-on-one photography instruction to help you capture all the splendor during this golden hour of light. A bucket list must!
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Far East Photograhy Tours

Starting at $235 Per Person
Three hour exclusive audience with the whales for you and up to 5 of your closest friends. An intimate adventure in one of nature’s most awesome places hosted by senior naturalist. Includes a relaxing picnic lunch in a secluded cove. Relax to sounds of the waves lapping on the shore and the crash of nearby waterfalls. Lunch includes complimentary wine and local micro brewed beer.

Cruise in comfort aboard our 26' catamaran - washroom equipped. All safety equipment provided.

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Gatherall's Puffin and Whale Watch

Starting at $189 Per Couple
Your cozy room will await you with chilled bottle of wine, fine chocolates, and candlelight. Enjoy a steak dinner & dessert in the Garden Breeze Dining Room and a continental breakfast in the morning. You will enjoy the Bay Roberts Festival of Lights and the Bay Roberts Cultural Foundation’s “Finding Christmas” will take you back to times of yore. In nearby Port de Grave, take in one of our most special Christmas traditions with the 18th Annual Boat Lighting and Carole Sing.

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Silverwood Inn

Starting at $100.00 Per Person
Sit back, relax and enjoy the view as the largest population of Humpback Whales breach and frolic right before your eyes! 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. Feel the chill as you sail past towering icebergs. Take in the beauty of National Geographic's Top Coastal Destination.

Package includes 2 hr Award Winning Boat Tour, shuttle service from St. John's, 1 Iceberg beer

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O'Brien's Whale and Bird 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 $325 Per Person
Discover a shared cooking and dining experience and spend the night at the beautiful Compton House Heritage Inn, just minutes from the downtown core in what was once the old St. John’s country. Whether you are a well-seasoned cook or a food enthusiast, we all continue to learn and I am sure we have a class to inspire you. Our classes are a mix of demonstration and hands-on and explore everything from traditional Newfoundland fare to breads and pastas, cheese making, charcuterie and butchery.
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Cod Sounds

Starting at $149.99 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 $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 $140.00 Per Person
Experience wild Newfoundland and Labrador through our unwritten food history. The people of our province have been hunters and gathers for hundreds of years. In this 3-4 hour experience we will forage the beaches, the woods and the sea, tasting and learning along the way. Our excursion ends when we get a fire going on the beach and have what has always been known to us as a traditional boil-up. Be it cod, mussels, arctic char or smoked mackerel we will taste the land and sea at it's finest.

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Cod Sounds

Starting at $81 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 hosts 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 $3400 Per Person
Join us to count humpback whales and enjoy the romantic history of old St. John's. An amazing holiday for whale enthusiasts and seabird watchers. Enjoy comfortable nights, wild days and some of our planet's most dramatic landscapes as we census humpbacks and hang out with some of the planet's largest seabird gatherings. Learn about our pioneering studies of eastern North America's orcas. Savour lobster and look for puffins, caribou, moose, icebergs, sperm whales, and other local highlights.
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Wildland Tours

Starting at $379 Per Couple
Welcome Spring with a romantic fling!

Tucked between the trees and the ocean's edge just an hour from St. John's, our elegant historic inn is the perfect place to unwind and reconnect.

This package includes overnight accommodation in our stunning ocean front inn, full breakfast, and a multi-course gourmet dining experience for 2 in our fire-lit dining room.

Explore our nature trails, feed the farm animals, enjoy a drink in our solarium, or pamper yourself in our hot tub and spa!

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The Doctor's House Inn & Spa

 

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  • 2 Days

    Step back in time and visit the culturally rich, oceanside town of Trinity. Beautifully restored fishing rooms and saltbox houses are surrounded by a lovely natural environment, with lots of opportunities for sightseeing and cultural experiences. Top-notch restaurants and entertainment make this an excellent place to enjoy a couple of days.

  • 3 Days

    Journey from St. John's and tour Conception Bay, one of the earliest European-settled parts of the island, then explore the northwest coast of the Bay de Verde Peninsula in Trinity Bay. Along the way you will visit Cupids, the first English settlement in Canada, old fishing towns, and sandy beaches. See how traditional small fishing boats are built and see the wonder of the 1860s – the trans-Atlantic telegraph cable.

  • 3 Days

    Taking in the lower half of the Avalon Peninsula, the Irish Loop and Cape Shore routes bring you from St. John's to Trepassey, Cape St. Mary's, and Placentia. A rich history and invigorating coastline make for a journey full of opportunities to see whales and birds, and to experience the Irish culture.

  • 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, and do a day's birding in the capital city, St. John's.

  • 3 Days

    The east coast of the Avalon Peninsula offers plenty of hiking and walking opportunities, ranging from a gentle stroll around a small lake in St. John's to a multi-day coastal hike. In and around the capital city, the Grand Concourse provides an extensive walking trail system. 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 will help you choose the best option for you.

  • 3 Days

    The capital is home to a vibrant nightlife, amazing food, and the bright houses of Jellybean Row. The port city is a charming mix of old and new, and you’ll have no trouble filling your days – whether you stay around town or take a day trip to see the sights nearby.

  • 4 Days

    Standing on the east coast of the Avalon Peninsula, you're the first in North America to see the sun rise. It's where you'll find the most easterly, and one of the oldest cities on the continent - St. John's. Spend time in the city, and visit Cape Spear National Historic Site and Bell Island.

  • 12 Days

    There's so much to experience in Newfoundland and Labrador that one trip isn't enough to see it all. We've packed some of the best bits into 12 days of whales and birds, music, history, hiking, icebergs, and all the best food. From the west coast, north to Labrador, and back east all the way to St. John's.

  • 13 Days

    This province-wide, 13-day itinerary takes you from coast to coast to coast. Along ocean and inland drives, through mountains and barrens, inlets, guts, and bays. To large seabird colonies, the largest concentration of humpback whales on the planet, and to the annual parade of massive icebergs.

  • 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.